Cycling through 17th of May

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In addition to the thousands of Norwegians expected to be hitting the streets on the 17th of May holiday, nearly 200 professional cyclists and all their supporters will also descend on Oslo on Thursday for the “Tour of Norway” race. The race’s second stage, from Oslo to Drammen, is due to begin from the plaza in front of City Hall at 4pm.

Nineteen teams with eight riders in each were registered for this year’s five-day race in Norway, also known as the Glava Tour. It began on Wednesday with a lap from Sandefjord to Tønsberg that was marred by two accidents: Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that first a motorcycle escorting the race overturned, and then as many as four cyclists collided. The extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately clear.

The five stages will cover a total of 895.7 kilometers, with the race continuing from Lillestrøm to Elverum on Friday, then from Hamar to Lillehammer on Saturday, and ending with a lap from Gjøvik to Hønefoss, home base of the tour’s main organizer Birger Hungerholdt. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that Hungerholdt has arranged major races in Norway for the past 37 years.

This year’s Glava Tour of Norway has attracted several cycling stars including Alessandro Petacchi of Italy and Norway’s own Edvald Boasson Hagen, who was especially looking forward to the Hamar-to-Lillehammer stage. It will go right by Hagen’s own home in Lillehammer.

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