Benelux Tour

Stage 1) Surhuisterveen - Dokkum

NL Netherlands Monday 30 August 2021 169.6 km

Hodeg takes third in chaotic Benelux Tour opener

Hodeg takes third in chaotic Benelux Tour opener

Alvaro Hodeg continued to show the strong legs that have recently netted him wins at the Tour de l’Ain and GP Marcel Kint, finishing on the podium of the Benelux Tour flat stage 1, which was far from being a straightforward day in the saddle, as the strong crosswinds ripped the peloton to pieces.

A group of around 30 men was left in the front with 40 kilometers to go, Deceuninck – Quick-Step being among the few teams to be well represented. Unfortunately, a couple of broken spokes in his front wheel just 29 kilometers from the finish saw recent Brussels Cycling Classic winner Remco Evenepoel drop out of the group, who continued to ride at a crazy pace, shedding riders out the back. Attacks soon came, just before the Golden Kilometer, and Kasper Asgreen was among those testing the waters with an acceleration that brought him two bonus seconds.

Despite some more attempts, the stage concluded in a reduced bunch sprint, where Alvaro Hodeg kicked out after being brought to the front by Stijn Steels, and took third place behind Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix). It was the 24-year-old Colombian’s fifth top 3 finish of the season, one that puts him on the overall podium of the race ahead of the individual time trial. The second group, containing Evenepoel, arrived almost one minute later having reduced their original 1:30 deficit in the last five kilometers.

“Today we raced full gas from the start, it was an insane speed of over 48km/h and you could feel that in the legs as we approached the finish, especially after a whole hour spent in the echelons, where you had to do your best to remain in the group. The legs were a bit empty and the headwind made things even more difficult, but I somehow managed to be in the top 3, which is a good result after such a hard stage”, Alvaro said.

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski / Getty Images

Race details

1 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
3:32:20
2 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
3 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
4 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
5 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
6 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
7 Max Walscheid
Team Qhubeka NextHash
0:00
8 Stanisław Aniołkowski
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
0:00
9 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
10 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:00
29 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
32 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
67 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:57
78 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:57
123 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:47
127 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:47
1 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
3:32:10
2 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
0:04
3 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:06
4 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:06
5 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
0:06
6 Tiesj Benoot
Team DSM
0:07
7 Lukas Pöstlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
0:07
8 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
0:08
9 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:08
10 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
0:10
32 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
67 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:07
78 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:07
123 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:57
127 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:57
1 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
30 pt
2 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
25 pt
3 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
4 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
19 pt
5 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
17 pt
6 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
15 pt
7 Max Walscheid
Team Qhubeka NextHash
13 pt
8 Stanisław Aniołkowski
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
12 pt
9 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
11 pt
10 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
10 pt
1 Bahrain - Victorious 10:37:00
2 Lotto Soudal 0:00
3 Team Qhubeka NextHash 0:00
4 Team DSM 0:00
5 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:00
6 Trek - Segafredo 0:00
7 Alpecin-Fenix 0:57
8 BORA - hansgrohe 0:57
9 EF Education - Nippo 0:57
10 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 1:54

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