The opening stage at the Tour of Scandinavia saw the peloton take on a mostly flat parcours, albeit with several rolling hills throughout the day to tempt attackers. Small attacks came and went throughout the day, with the team also active in trying to force things; with Esmée Peperkamp and Léa Curinier both applying the pressure at around 50 kilometres to go.
A short hill on the finish circuit would act as launchpad for more attackers, with Floortje Mackaij attempting to go clear on the first ascent but the bunch didn’t split, despite stretching out. Things then calmed down again before another flurry of attacks on the final lap, with Mackaij once again forcing the pace at the same point. She managed to get a small gap alongside Vollering, with Liane Lippert following close behind marking the chase out, but things ultimately all came back together.
With it clear the day was going to end in a full bunch sprint, the team fully focused on bringing Megan Jastrab into position, with the experienced Leah Kirchmann leading the Team DSM train into the final five kilometres. The run in to the line was hectic as teams fought for position but Jastrab held her own after being dropped off in a great position by the team, expertly navigating the wheels and ensuring she was at the front without having her nose in the wind. Under the flamme rouge the pace was high but the nature of the finish meant the bunch was spread across the road; making the fight for position even harder. Jastrab navigated out of a tight gap and produced a great turn of speed to take a strong second place – moving into the white jersey as best young rider.