Alex Rasmussen delivered victory for his Saxo Bank team in Saturday’s GP Herning held over gravel roads across rural Denmark.
Rasmussen was part of a 12-man breakaway in the 198km race that bounces over 16 sectors of rough farm roads in northern Denmark. Rasmussen and Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil) attacked out of the group with 25km to go.
Mortensen knew he would be out-gunned in a sprint matchup against Rasmussen – a veteran track rider who earned a silver medal in the team pursuit in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.
Mortensen jumped with 2km to go, but Rasmussen, also the reigning world scratch race champion, reeled him in and made easy work in the sprint to claim yet another victory for Saxo Bank in the popular, one-day race.
“The plan was to make the race as hard as possible hoping that we would outnumber the other riders in the finale. A course with 16 gravel sections is like this is an elimination race but the domestic teams were not in the mood giving anything away so we had to fight for it,” Rasmussen said. “Next week, I’m doing 4 Jours de Dunkerque and I want to focus on the time trial which will hopefully give me a good overall result as well.”