PostNord Danmark Rundt - Tour of Denmark

Stage 3) Tønder - Vejle

DK Denmark Thursday 12 August 2021 219.2 km

Evenepoel produces another stunning display

Evenepoel produces another stunning display

Remco Evenepoel delivered another massive show of strength on the demanding roads to Vejle, which once again took in a series of short but hard climbs, pitching up to 15%, that reduced the peloton until the moment only 30-odd riders were still part of it with 50 kilometers to go. Deceuninck – Quick-Step had Evenepoel, Olympic Champion Michael Mørkøv and Jannik Steimle in that group, and it was the 21-year-old winner of the Belgium Tour that attacked, drawing with him four other riders.

It was a short-lived action though, due to the lack of collaboration, but Remco kept on trying and his powerful accelerations further reduced the group, before he went clear again, this time with three men for company. It looked like that would be the winning move, but things changed in just a few seconds, after Evenepoel misjudged a corner which saw him lose contact with the other attackers and return to the peloton.

The Wolfpack stayed true to its spirit and didn’t give up, Mørkøv and Steimle exchanging turns at the front of the group as they began chewing into the leaders’ advantage. The amazing effort paid dividends when the trio were caught inside 20 kilometers to go, but Evenepoel wasn’t content with just being part of that group and soon attacked again, this time in an all-or-nothing move that came on uphill part marking the start of the three local laps still to be covered.

Riding everyone else off his wheel, Remco went into time trial mode and increased his margin over the chasers, unfazed by the hard hills that made for a demanding finish. By the time he arrived at the line, after lapping the whole peloton, Evenepoel managed to put one minute and a half between him and his nearest opponents, a result that brought also the leader’s jersey which now sits firmly on his shoulders.

“We knew it was going to be a hard race, so we remained attentive and always at the front, as the peloton was expected to split at some point. As you could see, I tried several times, and after one of these attacks I made that small mistake, but luckily, I had an amazing team around me, with Jannik and Michael burying themselves for me in order to catch the breakaway. In the final kilometers, I knew from Michael that a steep part was about to come and that’s where I attacked and made the difference.”

“The GC fight is not over yet, but I hope to have the feeling of today also in the remaining stages and take the jersey home. I was extremely motivated to win seeing how much the team worked for me and I’m glad of the way it panned out. At the same time, this first victory in a road stage after a very hard period means a lot to me. I had a lot of ups and downs, but I remained patient and confident, and the reward came today”, explained Remco after his perfect day in Denmark.

 

Photo credit: ©Mario Stiehl

Race details

1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:54:44
2 Tosh Van der Sande
Lotto Soudal
1:29
3 Nick van der Lijke
Riwal Cycling Team
1:32
4 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:32
5 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
1:41
6 Anthon Charmig
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
1:54
7 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
3:21
8 Milan Menten
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
3:21
9 Mads Rahbek
BHS - PL Beton Bornholm
3:23
10 Jeppe Aaskov Pallesen
ColoQuick
3:23
19 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:09
32 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:51
37 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:12
65 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:03
78 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:07
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:44:14
2 Tosh Van der Sande
Lotto Soudal
1:33
3 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
1:36
4 Nick van der Lijke
Riwal Cycling Team
1:38
5 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:40
6 Anthon Charmig
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
2:04
7 Milan Menten
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
3:31
8 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
3:31
9 Rasmus Tiller
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
3:33
10 Lucas Eriksson
Riwal Cycling Team
3:33
16 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:19
22 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:55
26 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:14
84 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:09
91 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:43
1 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
37 pt
2 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
25 pt
3 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Qhubeka NextHash
23 pt
4 Tosh Van der Sande
Lotto Soudal
21 pt
5 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
19 pt
6 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
7 Arvid de Kleijn
Rally Cycling
15 pt
8 Norbert Banaszek
HRE Mazowsze Serce Polski
13 pt
9 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
10 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
22 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
1 Rasmus Bøgh Wallin
Denmark
40 pt
2 Frederik Irgens Jensen
BHS - PL Beton Bornholm
32 pt
3 Emil Toudal
BHS - PL Beton Bornholm
20 pt
4 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
5 Julien Bernard
Trek - Segafredo
12 pt
6 Jesper Hansen
Riwal Cycling Team
12 pt
7 Daniel Stampe
Denmark
12 pt
8 Norbert Banaszek
HRE Mazowsze Serce Polski
12 pt
9 Jakub Kaczmarek
HRE Mazowsze Serce Polski
12 pt
10 Aaron Van Poucke
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
8 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:44:14
2 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
3:31
3 Rick Pluimers
Team Jumbo-Visma
9:33
4 Kasper Andersen
ColoQuick
13:34
5 Antonio Puppio
Team Qhubeka NextHash
13:38
6 Sébastien Grignard
Lotto Soudal
13:41
7 Tim van Dijke
Team Jumbo-Visma
15:11
8 Rasmus Søjberg Pedersen
Denmark
15:17
9 Simon Bak
Denmark
15:42
10 Mathias Larsen
Restaurant Suri - Carl Ras
16:05
1 Trek - Segafredo 38:21:35
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 8:18
3 Riwal Cycling Team 9:40
4 Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 10:06
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 10:53
6 Lotto Soudal 19:53
7 Rally Cycling 21:10
8 ColoQuick 21:20
9 Denmark 22:31
10 BHS - PL Beton Bornholm 23:36

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