The opening stage at the Tour of Scandinavia saw a punchy finish circuit where Megan Jastrab survived the climbs well and sprinted to a good fifth place finish.
Rolling out from Mysen in the afternoon, it was a relatively steady state of affairs for the majority of the stage despite the earliest attackers being brought back and a new break forming out front. With all Team dsm-firmenich riders in the bunch, focus remained on saving energy for what would be a tough final. After some early positioning work by the team, Esmée Peperkamp upped the pace and Franziska Koch used her classics skills to keep Jastrab and Eglantine Rayer towards the front as they hit the main climb on the circuit for the first time.
Climbing brilliantly, Jastrab was able to stamp on the pedals and made an initial elite front group of around 15 riders before the attacks started once more. A slowing in pace saw a group with Koch and Rayer return, before they heard the bell and were immediately onto the climb again. This time a serious pace was set and a duo managed to escape and the peloton split, but the Team dsm-firmenich riders didn’t panic and managed to return to the peloton on the descent. Uttrup Ludwig was solo out front at this point and heading under the flamme rouge the gap was in the balance, but she was just caught in the final 25 metres, where Jastrab showed her fast finish to get up and take fifth place; and move into the best young rider’s jersey.