Kasper Asgreen takes E3 Harelbeke victory: I was aware I had one last chance and took advantage of it
Mar 27 2021 07:26 am CET

Kasper Asgreen takes E3 Harelbeke victory: I was aware I had one last chance and took advantage of it
Kasper Asgreen takes E3 Harelbeke victory: I was aware I had one last chance and took advantage of it
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Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) has taken the victory of the E3 Saxo Bank Classic after a flawless work of his team.

As is usual in recent times, riders like Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel were the favourites to take the victory of the 203.9-kilometre race with a start and finish in Harelbeke. But Deceuninck-Quick-Step played its cards well, having seven riders in the group by the point of the Taaienberg.

After the explosion in the pack, four remained and soon Asgreen made a move that finished with 12 kilometres to go. The Dane has two teammates with him and tried his luck again at five kilometres from the end, while Zdenek Stybar and Florian Senechal shut down the attempts of the chasers to bring him back.

The rider crossed the finish line 32 seconds before the favourites' group and became the first Danish rider in more than three decades to win the race. "Winning this makes me super proud and happy!" said Asgreen. "Today's result shows that these races that I love so much suit me and at the same time serves as confirmation of the hard work I put in during the winter.

"It's a great day for me, but it wouldn't have been possible without the help of this fantastic squad, to whom I am very grateful. My teammates were just unbelievable and showed again why we are the Wolfpack! We wanted to make the race really hard and we did it, and at the end we ripped off the rewards."

With this victory, the rider keeps showing his talents for the one-day races. "I felt good today, and also in the weeks prior to the race," explained the Dane. "I also knew every part of the course, as I did a recon this spring, so I had a lot of confidence during the race. We wanted to win, we were not afraid to open the race early and I'm happy I could pull it off. To win here against the best Classics riders in the world means a lot for my morale ahead of the next big one-day races, especially after a day like this, when I was on the attack for more than 50 kilometres, got caught and still had enough to try again in the finale.

"I don't know if I surprised the other guys in the group with my move, but I tried to use that traffic island to put some distance between them and myself so I could get a gap before they could react. I was aware I had one last chance and took advantage of it, knowing that in case it didn't work out, we had Florian and Zdenek ready to pounce."







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