Benelux Tour

Stage 5) Riemst - Bilzen

NL Netherlands Friday 03 September 2021 188 km

Bad luck for Asgreen at the Benelux Tour

Bad luck for Asgreen at the Benelux Tour

Until Friday, the Benelux Tour had been a perfect race for the Ronde van Vlaanderen winner. He avoided the crashes, survived the echelons, snatched bonus seconds on various occasions and produced a strong individual time trial – all putting him into a solid second place overall ahead of the first demanding stage of the week, which took the peloton from Riemst to Bilzen.

The 192km course was peppered with 15 climbs which gradually distanced some of the fast men, making the attackers confident a move could be successful once the breakaway was reeled in. Kasper Asgreen was among those to put the hammer down, but unfortunately for him, a mechanical scuppered his chances and from being at the front, the Dane found himself trailing the reduced group. Despite his and the team’s best efforts, Asgreen concluded the stage around 40 seconds down on winner Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and dropped out the GC top 10.

“It wasn’t the best day for us. Remco had to abandon due to stomach problems, while Kasper was feeling good and showed his intentions, but unfortunately, he lost his chain in a right-hand corner at a critical moment. He got it back on, but in that technical finale it was difficult to come back, despite getting a bit of help from Michael. The weekend brings two hard stages and we’ll see if we can still do something in the overall standings”, Deceuninck – Quick-Step sports director Tom Steels said.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
4:26:24
2 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
3 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
4 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
5 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
6 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
0:00
7 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
8 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
9 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:00
10 Oliver Naesen
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
55 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:42
71 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:23
85 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:06
87 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:06
104 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:59
112 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:35
DNS Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-04:26:24
1 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
15:28:08
2 Luke Durbridge
Team BikeExchange
0:02
3 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:06
4 Victor Campenaerts
Team Qhubeka NextHash
0:06
5 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
0:14
6 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
0:16
7 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
0:20
8 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
0:25
9 Tiesj Benoot
Team DSM
0:26
10 Lukas Pöstlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
0:28
13 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:35
65 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:14
69 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:00
100 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:11
107 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:14
109 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:26
1 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
75 pt
2 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
73 pt
3 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
53 pt
4 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
53 pt
5 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
50 pt
6 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
49 pt
7 Max Walscheid
Team Qhubeka NextHash
42 pt
8 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
41 pt
9 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
32 pt
10 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
30 pt
17 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
18 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19 pt
1 Team Qhubeka NextHash 46:25:18
2 Bahrain - Victorious 0:51
3 Trek - Segafredo 1:12
4 Lotto Soudal 1:23
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:23
6 Alpecin-Fenix 1:58
7 Team DSM 2:05
8 UAE-Team Emirates 2:12
9 Groupama - FDJ 2:30
10 AG2R Citroën Team 4:00

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