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Alexander Kamp wins second stage of Circuit des Ardennes and takes the leaders jersey

With a more hilly profile at the day’s stage of Circuit des Ardennes, Alexander Kamp showed his immense power by outsprinting his competitors in an uphill sprint to the finish line, taking both the stage win and the lead in the general classification.

“It was super great, that we succeeded in our goal for the day”, says directeur sportif Michael Skelde. “It’s the fourth time I’m on the winning team of this stage, but the three previous times, we lost the leaders jersey on the last day - hopefully we can finish the job tomorrow.”

“Everybody rode super well today, and did their absolute best to help Alexander, who was just the strongest guy - no one were near his level today.”

Yesterday’s fifth place, Nicolai Brøchner, caught the early breakaway and sat in front for most of the day, giving the team a good reason not to work in front of the peloton.

“Hadn’t we had Brøchner out there, we would probably have had to take some responsibility in the peloton - so it was a tactical decision to send a rider out there and save some energy.”

A longer hill 15 km from the finish was where Alexander Kamp attacked, after the whole team had given everything they had in the run-in to the hill.

“Unfortunately he gets away alone, and we knew it was going to be an impossible thing to finish with 20 riders breathing down his neck. So he stops to regroup, and at the final sprint 300-400 meters uphill - resembling the well-known hill from Tour of Denmark, Kiddesvej - he showed that he simply was the strongest guy today”, says Michael Skelde.

Tomorrow awaits two half-stages with a 50 km hilly stage before midday and an easier stage in the afternoon, where the team and Alexander have to defend the lead in the general classification.

 

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