Kasper Asgreen surprises the favorites in the Tour of California

The Danish, second in the Tour of Flanders, won the second stage ahead of Tejay Van Garderen, the new leader of the race. David de la Cruz, in the Top-10 of the general.


The promising youngsters of the Deceuninck Quick-Step are still talking about the squad this 2019. If Remco Evenepoel's self-confidence and the victories of Fabio Jakobsen have already stood out this Monday, Kasper Asgreen wanted to unite his teammates with a prestigious victory at the top of South Lake Tahoe in the second stage of the Amgen Tour of California. Asgreen, second classified this year in the Tour of Flanders after Alberto Bettiol, managed to resist with the best in a demanding stage and surpassed in the final ramp the American Tejay Van Garderen (Education First), new leader of the general.

The stage of this Monday, with 214 kilometers between Rancho Cordova and the arrival at high to South Lake Tahoe, it was presented as the first serious test for the general. Luke Rowe, Mads Pedersen, Evan Huffman, Davide Ballerini, Pawel Bernas, Michael Storer and Michael Hernandez formed the escape of the day and came to have 3 minutes on the peloton where Education First set the tone for Van Garderen. With the road biting up, the squad hunted the escaped to 76 kilometers from the finish line. Lachlan Morton and Kasper Asgreen tried to jump out of the group and caused a group of 16 to be formed at the head with Darwin Atapuma, David De la Cruz, Lawson Craddock, Davide Ballerini, Rohan Dennis, Felix Grosschartner, Alexander Cataford or Natnael Berhane on the way through Carson Pass while in the peloton jumped George Bennett and Sergio Higuita, which made the group increase the march and hunt the 16 fugitives, leaving a platoon of 40 units in the lead in the last 25 kilometers.

In this final section they returned it to try Ballerini and Asgreen, which in turn caused the movements of Moscon, Van Garderen and Dennis to form a group 10 in the head with Jumbo-Visma chasing. Finally Van Garderen, Moscon, Asgreen and Pogacar managed to open a gap in the last kilometer and between them they would play the stage win. In the last ramps of the arrival to South Lake Tahoe Asgreen showed his tip of speed before Van Garderen to add his first triumph in the UCI World Tour while the American of Education First was placed as new leader. Good performance from the young Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, who was fourth, from the debutant Sergio Higuita, who along with Rigoberto Urán finished in the Top-10 of the stage, and dthe Spanish David de la Cruz, who arrived in the squad of favorites and who already goes eighth in the general. This Tuesday, new demanding day with a route of 207 kilometers between Stockton and Morgan Hill with the sexy ascent to Mount Hamilton, Hors Port Category from 7 kilometers to 8.7%, to almost 70 kilometers from meta.

Classification of the second stage

1. Kasper Asgreen (DIN / Deceuninck Quick-Step) 6: 17: 11

2. Tejay Van Garderen (USA / Education First) mt

3. Gianni Moscon (ITA / Ineos) to 0: 0

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4. Tadej Pogacar (SVN / UAE Emirates) to 0: 10

5. Maximilian Schachmann (ALE / Bora-Hansgrohe) to 0: 16

6. Jonas Gregaard (DIN / Astana) to 0: 27

7. Rob Britton (CAN / Rally UHC Cycling) mt

8. Sergio Higuita (COL / E ducation First) to 0: 31

9. Rigoberto Urán (COL / Education First) mt

10. George Bennett (NZL / Jumbo-Visma) mt

General classification after the second stage

1. Tejay Van Garderen (USA / Education First) 9:31 : 19

2. Gianni Moscon (ITA / Ineos) to 0: 06

3. Kasper Asgreen (DIN / Deceuninck Quick-Step) to 0: 07

4. Tadej Pogacar (SVN / UAE Emirates) to 0: 16

5. Maximilian Schachmann ( ALE / Bora-Hansgrohe) to 0: 22

6. Rob Britton (CAN / Rally UHC Cycling) to 0: 33

7. Jonas Gregaard (DIN / Astana) mt

8. David de la Cruz (ESP / INEOS) to 0: 3

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9. Felix Grosschartner (AUT / Bora-Hansgrohe) to 0: 35

10. George Bennett (NZL / Jumbo-Visma) to 0: 36



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