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Asgreen beats Van der Poel to win the Tour of Flanders classic

ODENAARD, BELGIUM (AP) – Danish cyclist Casper Asgrin had a great time in his attack for about 250 meters, bypassing the Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel, winning the classic tour of Flanders for the first time on Sunday.

Asgrin sat on the wheel of the reigning champion, entering the last kilometer, then jumped ahead of Van der Pyol, who tried to resist, but weakened just before the line when he realized that defeat was inevitable.

“I was still feeling good in the last few kilometers, so I decided to try to trust my speed,” said the 26-year-old Elegant-QuickStep rider. “I decided to stay on the wheel so I could decide when to go. It was a really tough race. We were both on the border. In the end, it was a matter of margins. “

Both completed the 254-kilometer (157.5-mile) journey in six hours.

The last Dane to win the race was Rolf Sorensen in 1997.

It was the second big win of the Asgreen season after winning the E3 Classic last month in Flanders, Belgium.

Van der Paul, who is part of the Alpecin-Fenix ​​team, won a great race last year, ahead of his former cycling rival, Wout van Aert of Belgium, who was 17km out of the top three riders (10.5 miles). He finished third, about 30 seconds behind the front two.

His father, Adrie van der Poel, won the competition in 1986.

Two riders were disqualified for the incident during the first hour of the race. Kazakh Azgeni Yevgeny Fedorov և Belgian Otto Vergaerde was kicked out after Vergaerde almost sat with Fedorov մասը when he suddenly hit the brakes and responded with a shoulder blow.

The competition, first held in the Flemish Ardennes in 1913, is also known as De Ronde, one of the five classics, along with Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege Ciro and Lombardy.

It contains many short but punitive climbs, such as Paterberg և Copenberg, է is one of the two classics with tiled sections along with Paris-Rubais. The France Classic showcase was scheduled for next Sunday, but has been postponed until October due to a coronavirus outbreak.


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