Lisa Klein (GER) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team celebrates wearing the best young rider’s white jersey after the prologue of the Ladies Tour of Norway – a 3.4 km time trial, starting and finishing in Vargarda on August 17, 2017, in Ostfold, Norway. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

The Ladies Tour of Norway got underway with a prologue on Thursday evening with Lisa Klein and Lotta Lepistö both finishing in the top 10.

Klein narrowly missed out on a podium place by 0.02 seconds, finishing fourth while Finnish champion Lepistö was ninth. Klein’s result was good enough to earn her the best young rider’s jersey.

“It was really painful and I gave my best,” the German road champion said. “All the corners were really good although maybe I went a little too fast into some of them. I did well in the U-turn which was an important part of the course. I’m disappointed to not be in the top 3 but in general, it was a smooth ride. I couldn’t feel my legs afterwards because it was a really painful ride. I was trying to use my track experience from the individual pursuit to get a good rhythm. I was so close to being in the top 3 but we start the race with a jersey so I will enjoy this moment. We’re going to have some fast racing over the next days and I am looking forward to that.”

The prologue took on an out and back route over 3,4 kilometres in Halden centre, finishing metres from the harbour. Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) won with a time of 3 minutes 44 seconds. Stage one continues on Friday, a 105-kilometre stage from Halden to Mysen.