Benelux Tour

Stage 7) Namur - Geraardsbergen

NL Netherlands Sunday 05 September 2021 180.9 km

Asgreen goes all-out on final Benelux Tour stage

Asgreen goes all-out on final Benelux Tour stage

What’s harder than having the Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg on the course? Having them three times, stacked in the final half of a tough stage that also included ascents of the Overberg and Denderoordberg, enough to pour lead in the legs of the riders and make for an exciting race. To this contributed also Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who sent Dries Devenyns up the road in the break, before Kasper Asgreen decided to put the hammer down and open the race on the steep gradients of the Muur.

The Ronde van Vlaanderen quickly bridged to his teammate’s group, where Devenyns rode full gas to ensure the leaders a one-minute gap over a peloton that was left to pieces following his attack. When the experienced Belgian peeled off the front, the Danish powerhouse took over the reins and continued to push hard, apparently impervious to the leg-sapping climbs that continued to took their toll on the group, which was reduced to just four men.

It took a concerted effort from four teams to reel in Kasper with 25 kilometers to go, but his spell at the front didn’t end there, as the 26-year-old accelerated again the penultimate time up the Muur and made another selection, staying up the road until inside the last ten kilometers. In the end, the Ronde van Vlaanderen champion came home less than 30 seconds behind that group and concluded the race in 12th place.

“I wanted to race offensively and that’s what I did. I liked the course and was keen on trying something today, so I attacked from afar. It didn’t work out, but I had fun. I would have liked a victory at this race, but it wasn’t to be. Overall, it was a good week of racing, which gives me confidence for the goals I have until the end of the season”, said Kasper after the Benelux Tour.

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski / Getty Images

Race details

1 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
3:50:56
2 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
0:11
3 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:15
4 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:22
5 Fred Wright
Bahrain - Victorious
0:22
6 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:24
7 Tom Van Asbroeck
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:24
8 Greg Van Avermaet
AG2R Citroën Team
0:24
9 Tiesj Benoot
Team DSM
0:24
10 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
0:24
26 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:49
47 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:11
59 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:17
90 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:37
DNF Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-03:50:56
DNF Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-03:50:56
1 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
24:14:29
2 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
0:29
3 Victor Campenaerts
Team Qhubeka NextHash
1:14
4 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
1:26
5 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
1:28
6 Luke Durbridge
Team BikeExchange
1:30
7 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
1:37
8 Tiesj Benoot
Team DSM
1:54
9 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:55
10 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:01
12 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:25
36 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:03
84 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40:42
91 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
46:17
1 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
88 pt
2 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
80 pt
3 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
75 pt
4 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
68 pt
5 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
67 pt
6 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
63 pt
7 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
53 pt
8 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
49 pt
9 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
39 pt
10 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
30 pt
18 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19 pt
1 Bahrain - Victorious 72:47:35
2 Alpecin-Fenix 9:00
3 INEOS Grenadiers 9:44
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 10:15
5 Israel Start-Up Nation 14:02
6 UAE-Team Emirates 17:51
7 Lotto Soudal 19:28
8 Groupama - FDJ 27:42
9 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 29:08
10 Team Qhubeka NextHash 31:30

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