Overview

Tour de Suisse

Stage 2) Langnau i.E. - Langnau i.E.

CH Switzerland, Sunday 16 June 2019
159.6 km

Tour de Suisse: Asgreen moves into the yellow jersey

Tour de Suisse: Asgreen moves into the yellow jersey

Kasper Asgreen was all over the road once the peloton entered into the business end of the tough stage 2, a 159.6km-long loop around Langnau im Emmental comprising six punishing climbs. It was on the penultimate of this, the Schallenberg, that Kasper Asgreen kicked away from the bunch and opened a small gap together with two other riders over the group, which the stiff gradients were mercilessly whittling down to around 40 men as the kilometers ticked down.

The group linked up with the Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider on the final ascent, but the Dane continued to head the peloton and push a tempo which saw many riders drop off the back. Then, on the descent, Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) clipped away and soloed to victory, a few seconds ahead of the chasers, from where Kasper – perfectly launched by Yves Lampaert – still had enough left in the legs to sprint to fourth place; his boldness paid off, the stage result together with the bonus seconds he had mopped up at the last intermediate sprint propelling the 24-year-old at the top of the general classification.

Riding his first Tour de Suisse, Asgreen showed again his hot run of form that this year has landed him a maiden pro victory, the points jersey and third overall at the Tour of California, in addition to a resounding runner-up spot at his Ronde van Vlaanderen debut.

“This season has been incredible for me so far! I’ve made some big steps this year and this jersey is definitely another step in the right direction and that makes me happy. I wasn’t sure I would survive the climbs, but I tried to do my best and gave everything. Leading both the GC and the best young rider standings is great and it gives me great pleasure, but for now I’m focused on tomorrow’s stage, when we’ll try to keep the race together and go for a bunch sprint with Elia”, said Kasper after becoming the first ever Dane to don the yellow jersey at the Tour de Suisse.

 

Photo credit: ©Heinz Zwicky/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
4:01:21
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
0:06
3 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
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4 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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5 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
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6 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
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7 Omar Fraile Matarranz
Astana Pro Team
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8 Sven Erik Bystrøm
UAE-Team Emirates
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9 Nathan Haas
Team Katusha Alpecin
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10 Ben Swift
Team INEOS
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23 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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34 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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58 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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134 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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136 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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138 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:12:16
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Rohan Dennis
Bahrain Merida
0:01
4 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
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5 Lawson Craddock
EF Education First
0:06
6 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:10
7 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
0:17
8 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
0:18
9 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolás
Team INEOS
0:19
10 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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36 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:44
37 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:46
108 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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109 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:11
131 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Rohan Dennis
Bahrain Merida
12 pt
2 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
12 pt
3 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
4 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
10 pt
5 Claudio Imhof
Switzerland
8 pt
6 Maciej Bodnar
BORA - hansgrohe
8 pt
7 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
7 pt
8 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
6 pt
9 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
4 pt
10 Omar Fraile Matarranz
Astana Pro Team
2 pt
1 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:12:16
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
0:24
3 Kevin Geniets
Groupama - FDJ
0:26
4 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
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5 Nicola Conci
Trek - Segafredo
0:41
6 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
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7 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:44
8 Matteo Fabbro
Team Katusha Alpecin
0:53
9 Héctor Carretero
Movistar Team
1:05
10 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
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1 Claudio Imhof
Switzerland
21 pt
2 Gavin Mannion
Rally UHC Cycling
12 pt
3 Fabien Grellier
Team Total Direct Energie
9 pt
4 Rohan Dennis
Bahrain Merida
8 pt
5 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
CCC Team
7 pt
6 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
7 Omar Fraile Matarranz
Astana Pro Team
6 pt
8 Valerio Agnoli
Bahrain Merida
6 pt
9 Marcus Burghardt
BORA - hansgrohe
5 pt
10 Domenico Pozzovivo
Bahrain Merida
4 pt
1 Team Sunweb 12:37:17
2 EF Education First 0:15
3 Team INEOS 0:28
4 Groupama - FDJ 0:29
5 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:32
6 Mitchelton-Scott 0:38
7 Movistar Team 0:48
8 UAE-Team Emirates 0:55
9 Astana Pro Team 1:02
10 Trek - Segafredo 1:04

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