Klein wins best young rider in Tour of Norway
Lisa Klein leaves the Ladies Tour of Norway as the best young rider while both she and Lotta Lepistö completed the race in the top 10 overall. German road champion Klein was fifth on the general classification while Lepistö was eighth.
The final stage was the longest of the race, 156 kilometres from Svinesund to Halden. The race ended in a bunch sprint with Lepistö sprinting to fourth, one better than the previous day.
Following Festival Esly Jacobs and Healthy Ageing Tour, this is the third time Klein has left a stage race as the best young rider this year.
“I am really happy,” she said after the stage. “Today was a really long stage. I had to respect the distance but also the final circuit which was very technical. It was a mental fight with myself and I feel like I won. With only 4 kilometres to go, I had a gap and I was done but I managed to bridge to the first group on the steep and short climb. It is great to finish fifth in a World Tour stage race. It’s unbelievable.”
Lepistö was consistent throughout the week and leaves the race with three top 10 placings.
“I think that was the toughest 4-day stage race I’ve done,” the Finnish champion said. “I found a good rhythm in the final today on the local laps and followed the attacks but maybe I followed too many. I just wanted to stay near the front because it looked like there could be gaps and I was concentrated on moving up on GC. I’m a little disappointed to not end on the podium on the last stage but the race was so uncontrolled with many attacks.”
Lepistö continued: “We had a young team here and they tried their best. Lisa wins another young rider jersey so it’s great that we have something to show for the race. It was a good race overall and now I’m looking forward to the next weeks on the bike.”
The UCI Wolrd Tour continues on 26 August when the team lines up in GP de Plouay.