He had already revealed his potential last year by winning the prologue of the Tour de l’Avenir 2021 in Charleville-Mézières and then the first stage in a sprint in Soissons. That was enough to show his abilities and his repertoire. This time, Norwegian rider Sören Waerenskjold has done it again at the finish of the first stage around La Roche-sur-Yon.
He used again his exceptional power – a real force of nature that has however refined his athletic profile since last year – to get away from the hazards of the bunch sprint at nearly five hundred meters from the finish line, which was drawn at the end of a relatively pronounced false flat where Peter Sagan had himself won a stage of the Tour de France in 2018. The Norvegian’s superiority was such that he was able to enjoy his success without fear of being swallowed up by the peloton, which was powerless against his acceleration, and he even imitated Peter Sagan’s antics by mimicking the character of Forrest Gump at the moment of triumph.
As a result, Sören Waerenskjold has exchanged the green jersey he received thanks to Norway’s second place in the team time trial (he still leads the points classification), to get back the yellow jersey he had already worn on the first two stages last year.
The 22 year old Norwegian, who is part of the Pro Team Uno-X where he rides with his compatriot Tobias Johannessen, winner of the 2021 Tour de l’Avenir, is potentially one of the best rouleurs-finisseurs to come at the highest level.
The second stage will take the riders from Benêt (Vendée) to Civray (Vienne) on a 152,8 km course without any major difficulties.