Benelux Tour

Stage 4) Aalter - Ardooie

NL Netherlands Thursday 02 September 2021 166.1 km

Benelux Tour: Asgreen shows his GC ambitions

Benelux Tour: Asgreen shows his GC ambitions

Stage 4 took the riders to Ardooie, one of the traditional finishes of the race, although this year the closing kilometer was different and less technical than in the past, when late attackers managed to spoil the sprinters’ plans. Three men quickly formed a breakaway, but they didn’t have a chance against a peloton controlled by several strong men, including Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Iljo Keisse.

After the experienced Belgian peeled off the front, Dries Devenyns and Stijn Steels put in two incredibly long turns to bring Kasper Asgreen to the front just in time for the Golden Kilometer. There, the Dane made use of his power and speed to grab six bonus seconds that reduced the gap separating him from the overall leader, ahead of an action-packed weekend where the general classification will be up for a major reshuffle.

“The Golden Kilometer is there every day, so if I am in position to go for it, then I’m doing it. It wasn’t the plan in the morning to go for the bonifications, but my teammates did a great job in bringing me in a good position, so I just took as many seconds as I could. It’s good that I closed the gap to the first place, but the big changes and fights will come in the next three days, and we have a good team that is prepared to give everything”, said after the stage Kasper, who was active since day one, when he took bonifications at the Golden Kilometer before producing a solid ITT.

 

Photo credit: ©Mark Van Hecke / Getty Images

Race details

1 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
3:36:29
2 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
3 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
4 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
5 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:00
6 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
7 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
8 Max Walscheid
Team Qhubeka NextHash
0:00
9 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
10 Fabian Lienhard
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
14 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
24 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
31 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
73 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
90 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
124 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:44
125 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:44
1 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
11:01:24
2 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:13
3 Luke Durbridge
Team BikeExchange
0:20
4 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:20
5 Max Walscheid
Team Qhubeka NextHash
0:22
6 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:26
7 Victor Campenaerts
Team Qhubeka NextHash
0:26
8 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
0:36
9 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
0:40
10 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
0:40
27 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:21
49 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:11
82 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:31
87 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:55
122 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:28
125 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:40
1 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
60 pt
2 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
53 pt
3 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
51 pt
4 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
50 pt
5 Max Walscheid
Team Qhubeka NextHash
42 pt
6 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
38 pt
7 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
34 pt
8 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
32 pt
9 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
30 pt
10 Taco van der Hoorn
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
30 pt
15 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
16 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19 pt
1 Team Qhubeka NextHash 33:06:06
2 Team DSM 0:05
3 Bahrain - Victorious 0:08
4 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:08
5 EF Education - Nippo 0:30
6 Trek - Segafredo 0:49
7 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:10
8 Lotto Soudal 1:13
9 Alpecin-Fenix 1:38
10 Groupama - FDJ 1:48

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