Cyclist Madis Mihkels finished in 59th place in a peloton finish at the opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway, while reigning Estonian champion Mihkel Räim came 90th.
Making his debut for Belgian team Équipe cycliste Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, Mihkels noted that he had to battle the elements throughout the 186.1-km stage, adding that he has never before competed in a race in which the bulk of the competitors had donned rain jackets and leggings.
Mihkels also aided teammate Quinten Hermans in the last kilometers; Hermans finished 10th in the event, Mihkels as noted 59th, 41 seconds behind the stage winner.
Mihkels' compatriot, Mihkel Räim, felt unwell, possibly the result of getting too hot, and finished 7 minutes and 37 seconds behind the winner, and 90th overall.
A peloton finish is also expected for Friday's 154.3km stage, ERR's Sports portal reports.
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Editor: Andrew Whyte