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by Shane Stokes
September 13, 2017
NEWS & RACING BROUGHT TO YOU BY GIORDANA
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Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) was a disappointed second on stage one of the PostNord Danmark Rundt. Casper Pedersen (Giant-Castelli) soloed to the win.
European under 23 champion Casper Pedersen (Giant-Castelli) outfoxed riders from bigger teams on Tuesday’s opening stage of the PostNord Danmark Rundt, jumping clear inside the final kilometre of the race to Kalundborg.
He reached the finish six seconds ahead of a bunch led in by Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb), taking the first leader’s jersey in the process. The result follows on from earlier victories this year, including that European championship result plus wins in the GP Horsens and on stage two of the Flèche du Sud.
Earlier, the race was neutralized after a breakaway group was sent the wrong way. Racing was stalled and then restarted with Matthias Bregnhøj and Andreas Kron being given the same two minute 45 second advantage they had established prior to the mishap. However they were hauled back before the finish.
“It is regrettable and unfortunate that the two riders were not led the right way,” said race director Jesper Worre. “There were correct directions and signs, but the officials who were to show the riders the right way did not get there on time. As a race organizer, we take full responsibility for this.
“We are pleased with how we handle the situation, and I would like to thank all the riders for the mood they showed. It was simply excellent to experience their way of handling the situation.” The 2.HC-ranked race continues Wednesday with a 183.8 kilometre race from Svendborg to Odense.
Today’s feature image was taken by Tim Bardsley-Smith in Switzerland on the Furka Pass with Hotel Belvedere in the background.