Deutschland Tour

Stage 3) Göttingen - Eisenach

DE Germany, Saturday 31 August 2019
189 km

Asgreen emerges victorious in Eisenach

Asgreen emerges victorious in Eisenach

A rider destined for big things ever since bursting onto the scene in 2018, Kasper Asgreen continued his remarkable season in his first stage race since completing the Tour de France, the Deutschland Tour, which on Saturday scheduled a hilly 189km stage between Göttingen and Eisenach.

“We made a plan today, followed it and did our job perfectly. We set out this morning with the goal of taking the victory, so we placed one rider in the front so we didn’t have to work in the pack, then we kept a hard pace in the last hour and especially on the climbs, before making the decisive move. Being able to deliver the win after such a fantastic team effort makes me very happy”, an ecstatic Kasper said after picking up his third victory of 2019, one which helped Deceuninck – Quick-Step move into the team classification lead at the Deutschland Tour.

But long before Kasper hit the spotlight, it was Julian Alaphilippe who animated the day, as part of a three-man break that got to stay at the front for 150 kilometers. Julian’s presence there forced the other teams to work hard behind them and cut the four-minute deficit before the business end of the race, where the Wolfpack made use of their numerical advantage and put the hammer down, splitting the peloton with the likes of Remco Evenepoel and Enric Mas.

Our squad’s impetus whittled down the bunch to just 25 men over the top of the Hohe Sonne climb, where several riders tried to open a gap only to get reeled in by the same Deceuninck – Quick-Step riders, whose amazing selfless work rate ended up playing a huge role in the final outcome. When Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) powered ahead, Kasper Asgreen went after him as soon as he sensed a lull in the group, caught the Belgian and traded turns with him in the closing kilometers, before easily outsprinting him with 150 meters to go and putting on his palmares another impressive victory.

It was the 58th UCI win of the season for Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who has a fair chance of ending the year again atop the team victory standings, as it did in each of the past seven seasons, and Kasper explained what’s the main ingredient behind this astounding success: “Our team spirit is something really special. It comes down to everybody, not just the riders, but also the staff, everybody in the whole organisation. Every race we do is important to us, we take every single one seriously, and work all the time together for our goals. At the end of the day, this makes the difference and helps us win so many races. It doesn’t matter who takes the victory, as long as one of our guys crosses the line with his arms in the air.”

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:27:53
2 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
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3 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
0:17
4 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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5 Tom-Jelte Slagter
Team Dimension Data
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6 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
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7 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
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8 Jens Keukeleire
Lotto Soudal
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9 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
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10 Jhonatan Narváez Prado
Team INEOS
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16 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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17 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
57 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:53
116 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
12:38:21
2 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
0:13
3 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
0:18
4 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:19
5 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
0:20
6 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
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7 Tom-Jelte Slagter
Team Dimension Data
0:21
8 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:22
9 Jens Keukeleire
Lotto Soudal
0:23
10 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
,,
14 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:46
26 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:27
36 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:46
40 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:13
99 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:29
1 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
27 pt
2 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
24 pt
3 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
22 pt
4 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
5 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
6 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
15 pt
7 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
8 Joshua Huppertz
Team Lotto - Kern Haus
10 pt
9 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
9 pt
10 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Team Dimension Data
9 pt
17 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
12:38:41
2 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:02
3 Jhonatan Narváez Prado
Team INEOS
0:03
4 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
0:26
5 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
1:06
6 Nans Peters
AG2R La Mondiale
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7 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:07
8 Jenthe Biermans
Team Katusha Alpecin
5:50
9 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:26
10 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:53
1 Vincenzo Nibali
Bahrain Merida
6 pt
2 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
4 Davide Villella
Astana Pro Team
3 pt
5 Julien Bernard
Trek - Segafredo
3 pt
6 Mika Heming
3 pt
7 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
3 pt
8 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
2 pt
9 Igor Boev
Gazprom-RusVelo
2 pt
10 Jhonatan Narváez Prado
Team INEOS
1 pt
11 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 37:57:50
2 Team Dimension Data 0:26
3 Trek - Segafredo 2:30
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 2:42
5 Lotto Soudal ,,
6 AG2R La Mondiale 2:53
7 Team Sunweb 5:48
8 UAE-Team Emirates 6:42
9 Bahrain Merida 7:38
10 CCC Team 11:12

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