The Great Dane of Flanders

Apr 05, 03:41 PM
Richard Moore heads to Oudenaarde for the Tour of Flanders and then reviews the men's race with Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe.

The biggest question pre-race was whether Deceuninck, sorry, Elegant-Quick-Step could topple defending champion Mathieu van der Poel and his big rival Wout van Aert.

And the answer was, yes, thanks to another brilliant display by their Great Dane, Kasper Asgreen. After his solo heroics at the Grand Prix E3 Saxo Bank in Harelbeke last week, the Danish champion gambled on going all the way to the line with Van der Poel. The odds looked stacked against him in the sprint, but he pulled off a fantastic victory.

But what were the factors that contributed to Asgreen's win? Did Jumbo-Visma miss a trick leaving Van Aert isolated? And what about the three disqualifications from the race? Were the judges right?

All this and more in our Tour of Flanders recap.

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