Mathieu van der Poel has lost his leader's jersey in the Arctic Race of Norway on Saturday. The leader of Corendon-Circus crossed the finish line in arrears on a very tough final climb in the third stage.
The 24-year-old Van der Poel lost almost a minute and a half to the Norwegian Odd Christian Eiking, who was the first to climb the Storheia Summit. This climb was only 3.5 kilometers long, but had an average increase of no less than 11.8 percent.
Van der Poel soon had to leave a gap on the heavy final climb and saw the leading group drive further and further away. He finally crossed the finish line in 1 minute and 22 seconds from the stage winner.
Eiking kept the French champion Warren Barguil behind for five seconds. The Kazak Alexey Lutsenko finished third in thirteen seconds. Tom-Jelte Slagter admitted 32 seconds and was the best Dutchman in seventh place.
Partly thanks to the bonus seconds for Barguil, Barguil takes over the leader's jersey from Van der Poel.