Kasper Asgreen takes maiden victory in Tour of California: I can't tell you how huge this is for me
May 14 2019 09:23 pm CET

Kasper Asgreen takes maiden victory in Tour of California: I can't tell you how huge this is for me
Kasper Asgreen takes maiden victory in Tour of California: I can't tell you how huge this is for me
Deceuninck-Quick-Step

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Kasper Asgreen has taken his first victory as a professional at the second stage of the Tour of California. The Dane was the strongest rider in the select group that arrived together to the finish line.

The second day of racing in the United States had six classified climbs and over 4000 vertical metres of ascents that managed to break the peloton. Asgreen performed several attacks and still had the legs to change the pace in the last metres, managing to cross the finish line ahead of the GC leader Tejay Van Garderen.

"It's my first pro win and I can't tell you how huge this is for me, especially as it came at World Tour level and on this brutal stage," Asgreen commented. "I had a free role from the squad, and honestly, I was hoping to notch up a good result, but this is beyond anything I could have imagined before the start. I am very, very happy."

"I've been on the attack quite early today and even though the chasing group bridged across, I managed to hang on as more and more riders got spat out the back. On the home stretch, Tejay was the first to kick out, but I didn't panic and felt that the best moment to open my sprint was as we came out of that corner, and even though it was longer than I wanted it to be, I could luckily hold it all the way to the line."

The Danish rider also commented on Elia Viviani's disqualification from the sprint at the third stage of the Giro d'Italia. "I didn't see the stage, just heard that Elia was relegated after winning. I am sad because he is a great guy and would have deserved to take the stage. I hope that my victory here will give an extra motivation to the team in Italy and we'll continue to amass many other great successes."




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