Asgreen claims first pro win at Tour of California
14 May 2019 02:59
Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) had a rough day on stage 1 of the Tour of California, losing 15 seconds at the end of pancake-flat stage that ended in a bunch sprint after three closing circuits in downtown Sacramento. But on Monday he won the epic stage 2 climbing fest to South Lake Tahoe, where he beat Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) in a three-up sprint and earned himself a 10-second time bonus. Asgreen's 15-second deficit from Sunday, however, meant that he could only claim third overall, as van Garderen's six-second bonus for second place and Moscon's four seconds lifted them past the Deceuninck-QuickStep rider and into first and second overall, respectively. Nevertheless, the stage victory – Asgreen's first professional win – was a huge accomplishment for the 24-year-old Dane.ADVERTISEMENT "It's my first pro win, so I'm really, really happy right now," Asgreen said at the post-stage press conference. "It's huge for me, and to take it on a stage like this, a really hard stage, means that I'm really happy with that." Asgreen had tried several attacks and finally made it into the select lead group that climbed to the parking lot of the Heavenly Resort in Tahoe to battle for the win and the race lead. Astana launched Davide Ballerini off the front with 2km to go, but van Garderen led the group back to the front. The pace of the EF rider shattered the group as the road reared up, leaving just him, Moscon, Asgreen and UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar in the lead.
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