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"Rasmus made a strong effort as well within the final ten kilometers but it's very difficult to go alone on a circuit like this and with numerous interests behind to close to down."

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MARTIN MORTENSEN

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06.08.2015 @ 00:34 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

It was an unusually long second stage of Tour of Denmark covering 235 kilometers from Ringkøbing to Aarhus and just like yesterday, it was a thrilling stage with lots of attacks from CULT Energy Pro Cycling's Martin Mortensen and Rasmus Guldhammer. But the stage was decided in a bunch sprint.

 

Six riders formed the first and longest lasting breakaway and they soon worked up a lead of 7 minutes but the field was not in the mood for games and Astana soon narrowed the gap down. Mathias Kriegbaum (Post Danmark) launched a solo attack from the group but was neutralized due to a series of attacks from among other CULT Energy Pro Cycling’s Martin Mortensen.

 

Astana continuously tried to keep the pack under control but they were really put to the test way outside the final circuit in Aarhus where the attacks kept flying. Both Martin Mortensen and Rasmus Guldhammer were in promising moves but everone was neutralized.

 

In the furious sprint for the finish line, Edvard Boasson-Hagen (MTN Qhubeka) took the stage win while there are no changes in the top of the overall classification. CULT Energy Pro Cycling's Michael Carbel finishes 6th.

 

Mads Pedersen is 6th overall and is still leading the youth classification.

DS Michael Skelde states:

 

"It was a long stage and that's what made it demanding for some of the riders. We had no intention being in the morning break as we figured it would be doomed unless a big group broke clear. Instead, we waited until the finale where Martin launched the first stinging attack from the field and from then on, it was just attack upon attack. Rasmus made a strong effort as well within the final ten kilometers but it's very difficult to go alone on a circuit like this and with numerous interests behind to close to down. However, I'm happy about the overall effort from the boys and we'll be out there again tomorrow," says Skelde.

 

Tomorrow's stage is 185 kilometers of up and down throughout the stage and with a demanding and hilly circuit in Vejle.

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