Wout Van Aert (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan) is after the last ride still the leader in the Tour of Denmark (UCI 2.BC). He was Saturday, second in an individual time trial of 19 km, which was won by the Dane Mads Pedersen.
Since his stage win on Thursday, is bearing Aert the leader’s jersey in the Tour of Denmark. With the eye on the title was especially the time trial on Saturday in Nykobing Falster is of crucial importance. Of Aert defended a lead of six seconds on his first stalker, Alexander Camp.
And defend, that did Of Aert with class. He had only Mads Pedersen for him, the Danish revelation of the spring that the race of his own country, drive in the service of a national selection. Pedersen was eight seconds faster than Van Aert. The Dane Martin Toft Madsen was third, at eleven seconds.
“I am surprised by this good result”, responded Van Aert. “But that I at the same time, the jersey retains… A perfect day!”
In the general classification Of Aert now has a lead of 32 seconds on the number 2, and the Dane Rasmus Christian Quaade. Lasse Norman Hansen is third on 0:36. The chances of van Aert in title seem to be great: the final stage of 198 kilometres of Sunday is as good as a plane.