Kasper Asgreen beats Mathieu van der Poel to take Tour of Flanders victory
Apr 04 2021 10:23 pm CET

Kasper Asgreen beats Mathieu van der Poel to take Tour of Flanders victory
Kasper Asgreen beats Mathieu van der Poel to take Tour of Flanders victory
Tour of Flanders-Ronde van Vlaanderen

Kasper Asgreen (Elegant-Quick-Step) has taken the victory of the second Monument of the season, the Tour of Flanders.

The second Monument of the season, and the last one on the cobblestones in the first part of the season, was 254.3 kilometres long with a start in Antwerp and a finish in Oudenaarde. Riders like Julian Alaphilippe, Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel, and Tom Pidcock started the race as some of the favourites and they launched and repelled attacks in the first part of the race.

One of the important moments of the first part of the race happened when AG2R Citroën's Michael Schär was disqualified from the race after throwing a bottle to some fans at the side of the road.

At around 40 kilometres to go, Bahrain Victorious' Marco Haller launched an attack and was soon followed by his teammate Dylan Teuns and by Kasper Asgreen, Van der Poel, Van Aert and Alaphilippe. The toughness of the route slimmed the front group until only the Danish national champion, the Dutch champion and Van Aert remained in front.

On the climb of the Oude Kwaremont, Van der Poel launched an attack and was followed by Asgreen while Van Aert was left behind. The last climb of the day of the Paterberg allowed the chasers to catch the Belgian rider while the duo worked together at the front of the race to try to keep them away.

With a bit more than two kilometres to go, the chasers already thought of the third place of the podium and Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R Citroën) launched an attack from that group, and was followed by Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo). Van der Poel was the first rider to start the last sprint, but Asgreen showed to be the strongest man and crossed the finish line in the first position.

Van Avermaet won the sprint for the third position. Stuyven and Sep Vanmarcke completed the top five of the day.






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