PostNord Danmark Rundt - Tour of Denmark

Stage 1) Struer - Esbjerg

DK Denmark Tuesday 10 August 2021 175.3 km

Cavendish on the podium in Esbjerg

Cavendish on the podium in Esbjerg

For the first time in seven years, the opening stage of the race concluded with a bunch sprint – albeit a reduced one as consequence of the technical finale and the numerous crashes that took their toll on the peloton inside the last ten kilometers – and Mark Cavendish was there for Deceuninck – Quick-Step.

Winner of nine races and of the prestigious Tour de France green jersey this season, the 36-year-old couldn’t rely on Michael Mørkøv – who lost contact due to an untimely mechanical just before entering the local circuit – but had Belgian ITT Champion Yves Lampaert and Jannik Steimle by his side as he navigated the nervous closing kilometers of the race.

Using his experience, Cavendish placed himself in the wheel of Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) with two kilometers to go before opening his sprint 150 meters from the line, on a short but tricky cobblestone segment, and taking runner-up for his 16th podium of the year.

“I am happy to be back in Denmark, the place where I became World Champion ten years ago, and I’m content with today despite not winning, as it was a nice day of racing. Unfortunately, we lost Michael at an important moment and he never came back, but Jannik and Yves did a great job for me, controlling the bunch. Going under the flamme rouge, I was in a good position but I lost a bit on that cobbled stretch and once that happened there was no way I was going to come back. We wanted the victory today, and despite not getting it, this result gives us confidence for the week”, Mark explained after his top 3 in Esbjerg.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
3:47:36
2 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
3 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Qhubeka NextHash
0:00
4 Arvid de Kleijn
Rally Cycling
0:02
5 Cees Bol
Team DSM
0:02
6 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:02
7 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
0:02
8 Tosh Van der Sande
Lotto Soudal
0:02
9 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:02
10 Louis Bendixen
Denmark
0:02
11 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:02
24 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:02
29 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:02
87 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:15
92 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:40
1 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
3:47:26
2 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:04
3 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Qhubeka NextHash
0:06
4 Arvid de Kleijn
Rally Cycling
0:12
5 Cees Bol
Team DSM
0:12
6 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:12
7 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
0:12
8 Tosh Van der Sande
Lotto Soudal
0:12
9 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:12
10 Louis Bendixen
Denmark
0:12
11 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:12
24 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:12
29 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:12
88 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:25
93 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:50
1 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
15 pt
2 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
3 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Qhubeka NextHash
10 pt
4 Norbert Banaszek
HRE Mazowsze Serce Polski
10 pt
5 Arvid de Kleijn
Rally Cycling
9 pt
6 Cees Bol
Team DSM
8 pt
7 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
7 pt
8 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
6 pt
9 Tosh Van der Sande
Lotto Soudal
5 pt
10 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
11 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Frederik Irgens Jensen
BHS - PL Beton Bornholm
20 pt
2 Norbert Banaszek
HRE Mazowsze Serce Polski
12 pt
3 Rasmus Bøgh Wallin
Denmark
8 pt
4 Aaron Van Poucke
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
8 pt
1 Morten Aalling Nørtoft
Riwal Cycling Team
3:47:38
2 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
3 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
4 Mathias Larsen
Restaurant Suri - Carl Ras
0:00
5 Antonio Puppio
Team Qhubeka NextHash
0:00
6 Tim van Dijke
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:19
7 Rick Pluimers
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:19
8 Sébastien Grignard
Lotto Soudal
0:19
9 Adam Holm Jørgensen
BHS - PL Beton Bornholm
0:19
10 Gilles De Wilde
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:19
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 11:22:46
2 Rally Cycling 0:08
3 Team DSM 0:08
4 Trek - Segafredo 0:08
5 Riwal Cycling Team 0:08
6 Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 0:08
7 Team Jumbo-Visma 0:15
8 Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:25
9 Lotto Soudal 0:27
10 ColoQuick 0:27

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