CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

In a bunch sprint, Guardini took his first European victory since the 2012 Giro d’Italia when he held off Ciolek and Breschel on stage 2 of the Tour of Denmark; Cort retained his overall lead

Photo: Sirotti

ANDREA GUARDINI

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

ASTANA QAZAQSTAN TEAM

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS

GERALD CIOLEK

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

MAGNUS CORT

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

MATTI BRESCHEL

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

POSTNORD DANMARK RUNDT

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

STÖLTING SERVICE GROUP

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS
07.08.2014 @ 19:57 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Andrea Guardini (Astana) has finally broken his drought in the European races after he won today’s second stage of the Tour of Denmark in a bunch sprint. The Italian sprinter held off Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka) and Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo) to claim his first win in the continent since 2012 while Magnus Cort (CULT) defended his overall lead.

 

Andrea Guardini has been through a very tough time since he beat Mark Cavendish in a sprint at the 2012 Giro d’Italia. Apart from a few wins in the Tour de Langkawi, the Italian has been unable to win in Europe and his many near-misses had caused a lot of frustration for the Astana sprinter.

 

Today he finally broke his drought when he won the second stage of the Tour of Denmark in a bunch sprint. As expected, it all came down to a battle between the fast men in Aarhus and here he beat Gerald Ciolek and local hero Matti Breschel into the minor positions.

 

The second stage of the race was the longest and brought the riders over 195km from Skive to Aarhus. In the first part of the stage, the riders tackled four small climbs but the second part was mostly flat. The riders ended the stage by doing a few laps on a slightly hilly finishing circuit that was unlikely to cause the sprinters too much difficulty.

 

The race was off to a very fast start with lots of attacks and the riders almost got to the first KOM sprint at the 21.5km mark before a break took off. KOM leader John Murphy (UnitedHealthCare), Jaco Venter (MTN-Qhubeka) and Marco Coledan (Bardiani) made up the group while Nikola Aistrup (Riwal) set off in pursuit.

 

Murphy led Venter and Coledan over the line in the KOM sprint and at that point, they had a gap of 1.10. Aistrup crashed on the descent and as the peloton decided to wait for him, they increased their advantage slightly.

 

Wanty had missed the move and they worked hard to bring it back. With 39km to go, the trio was caught and new attacks were launched on the second climb of the day.

 

A big crash brought down pre-race favourite Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) who was able to continue in the race. While he was chasing back, Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff) led Martin Wesemann (MTN), Nicola Boem (Bardiani) and Søren Kragh (TreFor) over the top of the second climb.

 

On the descent, Frederique Robert (Wanty); Kenny De Ketele (Topsport) and Rolf Nyborg Broge (Denmark) escaped and now the peloton finally slowed down. They built an advantage of 3 minutes while the CULT team of race leader Magnus Cort started to control the situation.

 

While Nyborg Broge led De Ketele and Robert across the line in the next two KOM sprints, the gap was kept at around 3 minutes. Boaro took the final point in the first sprint while Murphy was first from the peloton in the second one.

 

At the 135km mark, the riders hit a crosswind section which prompted Lotto Belisol to try an attack. Even though they failed to split the peloton, their pace was enough to reduce the gap to less than 2 minutes.

 

De Ketele won the first intermediate sprint while Tinkoff-Saxo joined Lotto on the front. After 150km of racing, the front trio were caught and Tinkoff-Saxo continued to set a hard pace.

 

Sean De Bie (Lottp) and Martin Grøn (Riwal) got a small gap but now CULT went back to work. They brought the duo back before the peloton hit the finishing circuits.

 

Here the attacking continued and a dangerous 7-rider group managed to slip clear. Rasmus Mygind, Christopher Juul (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Jonas Aaen (Riwal) were all in the move but the sprint teams managed to bring things back together for a bunch sprint. Here Guardini emerged as the strongest as he managed to beat Ciolek and Breschel in the final dash to the line.

 

Race leader Magnus Cort could only manage 19th in the sprint but that was enough to defend his leader’s jersey. He takes a 3-second advantage over Jasper De Buyst (Topsport) into tomorrow’s queen stage which is a mostly flat affair but has a nasty sting in its tail. The stage ends with several laps on a hilly circuit in Vejle that includes a 600m climb with gradients of more than 20% and will offer the climbers and classics riders a chance to gain time before the time trial.

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13

Currently no news in this list

Lorenz FIEGE
30 years | today
Hiroshi SATO
23 years | today
Tsikhan SHCHAMIALIOU
22 years | today
Richard MARDLE
42 years | today
Nassim SAIDI
28 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com