Fuglsang seals home win in Denmark

Eurosport - Sun, 08 Aug 19:10:00 2010

Home favourite Jakob Fuglsang won the Tour of Denmark as Hayden Roulston took the final stage in Copenhagen.

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On the final straight of next year's World Championships course in Copenhagen, Roulston flew uphill to take the win in the last of many breaks during the stage.

Another Dane, Matti Breschel of Team Saxo Bank, was second, with Italian Manuel Belletti third.

Fuglsang stayed in touch to come 14th, winning with an overall time of 19:03:38, with Svein Tuft of Garmin-Transitions 27 seconds behind in second.

Team Radioshack's Matthew Busche was third overall.

"Hayden rode like he had diamonds in his legs today," said Sport Director Brian Holm. "He was amazing when he went up the final 800m straight.

"It was a very, very hard stage today. It was raining and it fast all day. At 120km everything was still together so there were constant attacks."

STAGE FIVE REPORT

Jakob Fuglsang took the lead of the Tour of Denmark after an impressive showing in the time trial in Middelfart.

Svein Tuft of Garmin-Transitions edged Richie Porte (Saxo Bank) for the win in the 19.4km time trial with a time of 23 minutes 20 seconds.

But Fuglsang's third place, just four seconds back, was enough to give him a 27-second lead over the field going in to Sunday's climax.

Previous general classification leader Matti Breschel lost almost two minutes on the time trial to lose any hope of a victory, with Fuglsang a clear favourite.

"I'm proud and relieved about tonight's success," said Saxo Bank team dierctor Dan Frost. "Jakob was doing tremendously well, but it's still too soon to claim the overall win.

"Tomorrow is basically about keeping the pack together and if anyone has the line-up to do so, it's us. But we have to stay focused."

STAGE FOUR REPORT

Mark Renshaw sprinted to victory in the fourth stage of the Tour of Denmark in Odense.

The Australian HTC-Columbia rider won the bunch sprint at the end of the 100km stage, edging team-mate Matt Goss, who had won the opening stage of the race.

Danish riders Niki Ostergaard, Christian Ranneries and Kasper Schjonnemann staged a breakaway alongside Belgian Tomas De Gent early on, but the peloton kept the gap to no more than minutes and closed the field back up in time for the climax.

Matti Breschel of Saxo Bank retained the lead going into Saturday afternoon's fifth stage, a 19.4km time trial in Middelfart.

STAGE THREE REPORT

Matti Breschel of Saxo Bank won the third stage of the Tour of Denmark to grab the overall lead in the six-stage race.

His team-mate and fellow home rider Jakob Fuglsang was second on the 185km stage from Hadsten to Vejle and is also in the runners-up spot overall, 10 seconds off the pace.

Fuglsang, the defending champion, also won the race in 2008. Both riders were 17 seconds quicker than Dutchman Joost Van Leijen of Vacansoleil, who is also third on GC, 29s in arrears of the leader.

Dane Troels Vinther of Glud & Marstrand was fourth on the day ahead of Cervelo Spaniard Xavier Florencio, who is fourth overall.

There will be two stages on Saturday, a 100km run followed by a 19.4km individual time trial. Another 185km stage ends the race on Sunday.

STAGE TWO REPORT

Michael van Stayen (Topsport Vlaanderen) won a bunch sprint in Randers to take stage two of the Tour of Denmark and also the overall lead of the race.

After finishing second in the opening stage, van Stayen went one better to take the overall lead from stage one winner Matt Goss who could only finish sixth.

The Belgian secured the win by edging out home favourite Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank), with another Belgian, Bert De Backer (Skil-Shimano), in third.

Van Stayen now holds a five second lead over Goss.

The six-stage race concludes on Sunday.

STAGE ONE REPORT

Australia's Matt Goss secured the opening stage of the Tour of Denmark in a sprint-finish.

The HTC-Columbia rider was the fastest in the stage in Holstebro as he nipped in ahead of Michael van Stayen (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator).

Goss's team-mate Mark Renshaw, returning after his Tour de France suspension, finished in third.

After his victories in a stage of the Giro d'Italia in May and in the Philadelphia International Championships in the USA in June, this is Goss's third win of the season.

"There were three laps of 3.5 kilometres at the finish and it was very technical. We knew that it might be risky so we went to check things out before and that helped a lot," said HTC-Columbia sports director Brian Holm.

"For the first 150 kilometres things were quiet, Saxo Bank were doing a lot of work, and then things started to get faster for the last part, and it all got a bit more complicated.

"One of our riders crashed (Gert Dockx) on the finishing circuit as it started raining very heavily, and that meant we knew we had to stay at the front. Coming up to the sprint, there were a lot of crashes too in the closing kilometres, but Goss got through them ok for the win. I'm very pleased for him."

Holm says that rather than looking too far ahead, the team will be gunning for stage wins. "Goss was hoping for a win here, he's got it now and I know all the

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