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by Shane Stokes

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Mads Pedersen wins stage 3 of the PostNord Danmark Rundt

by Shane Stokes

Resuming the PostNord Danmark Rundt battle after Wednesday’s stage was called off due to dangerous weather conditions, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) wrenched the leader’s jersey from the shoulders of namesake and compatriot Casper Pedersen (Team Giant-Castelli) on Thursday.

Both riders are just 21 years of age and are regarded as huge talents in the sport. Thursday’s race went the way of the slightly older rider, Mads Pedersen, who soloed to victory at the end of the 183.6 kilometre race to Vejle. He beat Astana’s Michael Valgren by nine seconds, with Lennard Hofstede (Team Sunweb) a further five seconds back in third. Rasmus Guldhammer (Team Virtu Cycling) and Casper Pedersen were next home, 18 and 19 seconds back respectively.

Danish road race champion Pedersen was helped considerably by teammate Jasper Stuyven on the tough, uphill rise to the line. He received a strong leadout from the Belgian, then accelerated and opened up his sizeable gaps from that point. “Jasper yelled to me that I have to go because he looked back and saw I had a little gap, and from there on you just have to push and push and push,” he said.

“You are always afraid that someone is coming back when you make a gap like this and still have 500 meters to the top of the climb at the finish. I was a little bit afraid of Valgren and that he would come back, but for sure he was at his limit like I was, it was all about going really deep. It’s unbelievable. It’s so huge to win this stage.”

The newly-reshuffled GC sees Valgren nine seconds back, with Hofstede at14 seconds, Guldhammer at 18 and previous race leader Pedersen at 19. Next up is a 17.8 kilometre time trial, a penultimate-stage showdown against the clock which may well determine the final overall winner.

Stage 3: Otterup > Vejle - Stage Result

Thursday 14th September 2017

1. dk
PEDERSEN Mads
Trek - Segafredo
04:28:15
2. dk
VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
Astana Pro Team
0:03
3. nl
HOFSTEDE Lennard
Team Sunweb
0:06

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