By Brian Geraghty
Ireland's Sam Bennett took third place on the fourth and final stage of The Arctic Tour of Norway.
Bennett's podium finish came after a gruelling 165km stage which finished in the city of Tromso, the peloton had been whittled down to a select bunch.
Dangerman Marcel Kittel of team Giant Shimano had already been dropped on one of the Belgian-style short, but sharp climbs, leaving all eyes on local hero Thor Hushovd.
With 15km remaining, Team NetApp-Endura were protecting speedster Bennett in the hope of a bunch sprint.
The last climb of the day saw the lead group splinter to pieces leaving Bennett, who finished sixth in last weekend’s Surrey-London Classic, to fend for himself as attack after attack launched from the front group.
Bennett, who showed no signs of distress after his high speed crash two days ago, stuck to his task admirably and with 1.5km to go, Norway’s Hushovd of BMC Racing Team surged towards home opening a gap that looked like a winning move.
Bennett kept his composure and as the finish line approached only Norway's Alexander Kristoff of Team Katusha could better Hushovd, with Bennett crossing the line in third.
The overall winner of the second edition of The Arctic Tour of Norway was Belkin Pro Cycling Team rider Steven Kruijswijk, while Bennett was 86th in the final overall classification