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Post Danmark Rundt (2.HC)
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 8/4/2008
Post Danmark Rundt (2.HC)
 

Post Danmark Rundt (2.HC)
18th Tour of Denmark - Young Gun and Mtn. Bike to road convert Jakob Fuglsang takes the six day event. Steven Cummings and Tom Stamsnijder fill out the podium. CSC Saxo Bank wins 4 stages but misses final podium in a top ten G.C. separated by 46 seconds.

From July 30 to August 3 the peloton gathered together in Denmark for the 18th edition of the Post Danmark Rundt. World Class mountain biker Jakob Fuglsang won the overall ranking. The stages went to Guillermo Bongiorno who won two, Matti Breschel who also took two while CSC team mates, Gustav Larsson and JJ Haedo each took a single win.

Despite the four stage wins of CSC they couldn’t beat 23 year old Young Gun - Fuglsang (Team Designa Køkken) for the overall win who finished with 9 seconds in hand over Barloworld's Brit Steven Cummings and Gerolsteiner's Tom Stamsnijder at 15 seconds. However CSC Saxo Bank could boast 4 riders in the top ten at the end of the six day contest, and...

It was also announced that Jakob Fuglsang was signed after the race for 2 years by CSC-Saxo Bank. Apparently Bjarne Riis has been watching the young gun for some time. ”I first noticed him last year where he did well in Tour of Denmark and I definitely think he's confirmed his potential this year, especially right now. He's definitely got major potential and appears to be an all-round rider with lots of different qualities. I think he's got a great future ahead of him and it'll be exciting to se him evolve with our team,”

Stage 1: Holstebro-Holstebro, 175 km
The first stage in the Post Danmark Rundt from Holstebro to Holstebro over 175 km is won by Ruben Guillermo Bongiorno of the CSF Group Navigare team. In the bunch sprint he was faster than Markus Zberg and Sebastian Siedler. Bongiorno is also the first leader of the Danish tour.

The stage was animated by Kristoffer G. Nielsen (Team GLS), Jesper Odgaard Nielsen (Glud og Marstrand Horsens) and Martin Mortensen (Team Designa Køkken). They attacked after about 15 km of racing and had a maximum gap of about eight minutes. But due to the work of Team CSC Saxo Bank and CSF Group the break was chased down in the final kilometers. The pace was kept high in the remaining of the stage so further attacks had no chance to succeed. CSF launched Bongiorno well to take the stage victory.

Stage 1: Holstebro-Holstebro Results
1 Ruben Bongiorno (Arg) CSF Group Navigare 4.07.39
2 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner
3 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano
4 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank
5 Daniel Foder (Den) Team Løgstør - Cycling for Health
6 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Barloworld
7 Jonas Aaen Jørgensen (Den) Team GLS - Pakke Shop
8 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Columbia
9 Daryl Impey (RSA) Barloworld
10 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Team Columbia

Stage 2: Skjern - Sønderborg, 220km
The second stage from Skjern to Sonderborg over 220 km is won by Breschel. Breschel was the fastest in the bunch sprint ahead of Belgian Champion Jurgen Roelandts and Markus Zberg. Race leader Bongiorno was dropped in the final kilometers and finished over 8.00 down on Breschel who stepped into the leaders yellow jersey.

Breschel a key component of the many pronged attack talents of CSC also announced he had signed for two more years with the team this week.

Stage 2: Skjern - Sønderborg Results
1 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC Saxo Bank 5.42.38
2 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence Lotto
3 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner

4 Jonas Aaen Jørgensen (Den) Team GLS Pakkeshop
5 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Team Barloworld
6 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
7 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Elk Haus – Simplon
8 Harald Starzengruber (Aut) Elk Haus – Simplon
9 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin/Chipotle Presented By H30
10 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Columbia

Stage 3: Padborg – Vejle, 200km
The third stage from Padborg to Vejle over 200 km was won by Matti Breschel, taking two victories in as many days. Breschel was the best of a small break ahead of Jakob Fuglsang and Tom Stamsnijder. Due to his win Breschel extended his lead by 4 seconds over his rivals on the G.C..

The stage was animated by a break of Kenny van Hummel (Skil-Shimano), Steven Cozza (Garmin/Chipotle), Kristoffer G. Nielsen (Team GLS), Thomas Riber-Sellebjerg (Team GLS), Morten Voss Christiansen (Glud & Marstrand Horsens) and Martin Mortensen (Designa Køkken). They had a maximum gap of about 4.30 but that wasn’t enough to stay away over the 200 kilometers to Vejle.

In the final a break with Breschel, Fuglsang, Stamsnijder, Martin, Fröhlinger, Cummings, McCartney, Tjallingii, Gasparotto and Steurs attacked. On the final climb up to the finish it was Breschel who was the best. The first part of the bunch finished 32 seconds down on the Dane who has extend his contract with Saxo Bank for the next two seasons.

CSC Saxo Bank after stage comments:
If there was still a shred of doubt anywhere that 23-year-old Matti Breschel is a huge talent it must certainly be gone now. On Friday he won a stage in Tour of Denmark for the second day in a row and managed to defend his lead in the race very convincingly as well as the Best Young Rider's Jersey and the Point's Jersey.

"We tried to make it a bit tougher during the laps in Vejle to create a separation, and on the last two times up the Kiddesvej climb I attacked. There were only two guys, who were able to keep up and the second time I let rip without looking back. Unfortunately they followed me but luckily I was the strongest in the sprint," explained Breschel.

It was Jacob Fuglsang (Designa Køkken) and Tom Stamsnijder (Gerolsteiner), who came second and third - two seconds behind Breschel and then another six seconds down to a group with Jason McCartney. "The peloton wasn't split all that much so any number of riders can still win this race – it's completely open. We have several cards to play but so does most of the other teams," commented Team CSC Saxo Bank's sports director Dan Frost and Breschel agreed:

"Yeah its still not decided yet. I'd like to have gained a bit more time and I think that both Fuglsang and Stamsnijder are stronger in a time trial than I am. But on the other hand you're can go far when you're in good shape - like I am right now - and of course I really hope to do well in that time trial."

Stage 2: Skjern - Sønderborg Results
1 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC Saxo Bank 4.41.37
2 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Designa Køkken 0.02
3 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Gerolsteiner
4 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.10
5 Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin/Chipotle Presented By H3O
6 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Team Barloworld
7 Jason McCartney (USA) Team CSC Saxo Bank 0.13
8 Geert Steurs (Bel) Silence Lotto 0.15
9 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence Lotto
10 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Team Barloworld 0.24

Stage 4: Ringe - Odense, 115km
The fourth stage from Ringe to Odense over 115 km once again ended in a mass sprint Ruben Guillermo Bongiorno taking his second stage victory. Bongiorno proved once again to have the fastest legs in the sprint ahead of Topsports' Kenny DeHaes and Gerolsteiner fast man Oscar Gatto. CSC's Matti Breschel remained in the overall lead going into the stage 5. Tyler Farrar of Garmin/Chipotle put in a strong performance for 5th.

Stage 4: Ringe - Odense Results
1 Ruben Bongiorno (Arg) CSF Group Navigare 2.26.38
2 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
3 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Gerolsteiner

4 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC-Saxo Bank
5 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Chipotle - H30
6 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto
7 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano
8 Jonas Aaen Jørgensen (Den) Team GLS - Pakke Shop
9 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Barloworld
10 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Columbia

Stage 5: Kerteminde (ITT), 14.5km
The fifth stage a 14.5 km individual time-trial in and around Kerteminde was won by Swedish TT specialist Gustav Erik Larsson. Larsson was 6 seconds faster than Steven Cummings and Michael Blaudzun. Due to the fourth rank of Jakob Fuglsang the Dane, who will contest the Mountainbike race at the Olympics in Beijing, took over the leader’s jersey from Matti Breschel.

"I went for it from the beginning to see if I could keep up the pace I thought necessary to maintain my lead, but I couldn't keep it up for the last five or six kilometers," sighed Breschel.

But Larsson on the other hand was extremely fast in the final kilometers and made up for the fact that he was only fourth after the initial five kilometers.  "I found a really good rhythm about halfway through so I was full speed ahead at the end. I'm actually a bit surprised at winning this stage but it's great to know the form's there. I felt strong but there are other great tempo riders here so I wasn't expecting this," said Gustav Larsson after the stage.

Olympian Michael Blaudzun was also satisfied with the day's result: "This was my final time trial in Danmark ahead of the Olympics so it was incredibly nice for me to show that I'm still in the game. I felt good from the start and all the way through really, even though it was a difficult route with loads of small hills."

After race comments by Marco Pinotti: "I am very satisfied with my results in Denmark; last year I had the same break and wasn't so good. Only in the time trial I was 3rd but I was saving energy where I could. This year I've been fighting every day and it has not been easy with the wind and the battles. So I arrived at TT a bit tired but did a good performance. I am confident about upcoming races which will be the semi classics in Italy." http://cyclingfx.nl/MarcoPinotti/

Stage 5: Kerteminde (ITT) Results
1 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team CSC-Saxo Bank 17.08
2 Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld 0.06
3 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC-Saxo Bank 0.09

4 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Designa Køkken 0.11
5 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia
6 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia 0.19
7 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Gerolsteiner 0.24
8 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin Chipotle - H30 0.27
9 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Barloworld 0.35
10 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Chipotle - H30 0.36

Stage 6: Slagelse - Frederiksberg, 165km
The final stage in the Post Danmark Rundt from Slagelse to Frederiksberg over 165 km is won by JJ Haedo (CSC). Haedo was the fastest in the bunch sprint ahead of his team mate Breschel and German Sebastian Siedler. The stage ended up in a sprint after a break with CSC rider Lars Bak was chased down. Bak was the virtual overall winner for a while during the stage. It also was announced after the stage that Haedo has extend his contract with the Saxo Bank team for three more years.

The overall winner of the Post Danmark Rundt is 23 year old Jakob Fuglsang (Team Designa Kokken). Steve Cummings and Tom Stamsnijder completed the podium. For Fuglsang it’s his biggest victory on the road in his career. Further he is a multiple Danish MTB Champion and the 2007 U23 MTB World Champion. He also has lots of podium ranks at MTB European Championships.

Stage 6: Slagelse - Frederiksberg Results
1 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team CSC-Saxo Bank 3.26.49
2 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC-Saxo Bank
3 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano

4 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
5 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto
6 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner
7 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Chipotle - H30
8 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Columbia
9 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
10 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Volksbank

Tour of Denmark
General Classification Final (top 30)
1 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Designa Køkken 20.42.40
2 Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld 0.09
3 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Gerolsteiner 0.15

4 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team CSC-Saxo Bank 0.17
5 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC-Saxo Bank 0.21
6 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia 0.28
7 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC-Saxo Bank 0.34
8 Jason McCartney (USA) Team CSC-Saxo Bank 0.44
9 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia
10 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Barloworld 0.46
11 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.50
12 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto 0.59
13 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner 1.09
14 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Columbia 1.10
15 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto 1.18
16 Allan Johansen (Den) Team Designa Køkken 1.22
17 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC-Saxo Bank 1.23
18 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1.27
19 Clemens Fankhauser (Aut) Team Volksbank 1.28
20 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 1.30
21 Daryl Impey (RSA) Barloworld 1.31
22 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence - Lotto 1.41
23 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 1.49
24 Geert Steurs (Bel) Silence - Lotto 1.55
25 Michael Berling (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens 2.00
26 Jonas Aaen Jørgensen (Den) Team GLS - Pakke Shop 2.04
27 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team CSC-Saxo Bank 2.06
28 Scott Davis (Aus) Team Columbia 2.08
29 Harald Starzengruber (Aut) Elk Haus - Simplon 2.28
30 David Deroo (Fra) Skil-Shimano 2.41

Full Results: http://www.postdanmarkrundt.dk/

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