Tour of Flanders - Kasper Asgreen: It was only with ten meters to go that I believed I could win
Apr 05 2021 03:54 am CET

Tour of Flanders - Kasper Asgreen: It was only with ten meters to go that I believed I could win
Tour of Flanders - Kasper Asgreen: It was only with ten meters to go that I believed I could win
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Elegant-Quick-Step's Kasper Asgreen has beaten Mathieu van der Poel to take the victory of the second Monument of the season, the Tour of Flanders.

The Danish national champion followed all the moves of the favourites and during the last climb of the day stayed at the wheel of Van der Poel. The duo arrived together to the final kilometre and although the Dutch champion launched his sprint earlier, Asgreen showed to have the better legs and crossed the finish line in the first position.

"I can't believe it! Ronde van Vlaanderen is the most beautiful race in the world for me, the cobbles and steep hills make it awesome, and to win it two years after I podiumed at my debut here feels incredible!" said the rider. "It's three years to the day I raced for the first time with this team and to be on the top spot at Flanders makes it even more special. It was a hard day, but I felt good and I couldn't be happier with this win that capped off a stellar job of my Elegant – Quick-Step teammates."

Up until the last stretch of the race, Elegant-Quick-Step had two cards to play: Asgreen and Julian Alaphilippe. But as the World Champion couldn't follow the front guys anymore, the Dane did and fought his way back to the front even at times when the others looked stronger, which in the end give him the biggest reward.

"I am grateful to the entire team. Tim (Declercq), Davide (Ballerini) and Bert (Van Lerbreghe) did an incredible race to keep us protected and having Julian in that front group helped as well. It wasn't all smooth today, as I got caught behind a big crash with more than 60 kilometers to go and that took some energy to come back, but I still felt good after that effort and could follow all the attack on the climbs, which gave me a lot of confidence. That's why I attacked inside the final hour of racing and seeing I made an important selection, I kept going together with Mathieu and Wout until the last time up the Oude Kwaremont.

"I was briefly distanced just before the top, but gave my best to come back and on the Paterberg me and Mathieu rode full gas, never looking back and determined to increase our lead. I didn't have enough in the legs for an attack in the final kilometres, so I decided to trust my sprint. I wanted to do my best there, so I decided to start it from the back, as I felt it was the best way to control it. I produced a powerful turn of legs, but it was only with ten meters to go that I believed I could win. I was confident in my left and I am extremely proud I could finish off my teammates' incredible work! It's been an incredible Classics campaign for us and to power to victory on my Specialized bike and add to my palmares this race which I used to watch on TV as a kid is insane."







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