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by Shane Stokes
September 14, 2017
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European under 23 champion Casper Pedersen’s defence of his race lead in the PostNord Danmark Rundt proved more straightforward than it might have been, with the Giant-Castelli rider remaining at the top of the leaderboard after Wednesday’s second stage was cancelled.
The race from Svendborg to Odense covered 168.8 kilometres and was run off in tough weather conditions. In addition to rain, strong winds buffeted the field and led to its neutralisation for some time. It was originally envisaged that the flag would drop once things became more safe, but ultimately the decision was made that things weren’t going to improve sufficiently.
“During the neutralization of the race, the riders announce that they do not want to complete the stage,” said race director Jesper Worre. “We listened to the desire and cancelled the stage.” The decision was made in relation to the UCI’s Extreme Weather Protocol, which enables the abandonment of racing when things become unsafe.
Pedersen will consequently don the leader’s jersey again on Thursday. He soloed to victory six seconds ahead of Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) on Tuesday. The French rider was ill on Wednesday and abandoned the race.