Veranda’s Willems-Crelan was thanks to cx’s great slokop on the last day of the Tour of Denmark, a stage race outside of category on the UCI calendar. Tim Merlier won the final stage in which his teammate Wout van Aert, the race no longer was a part of.
The troops of van Aert and Merlier, who earlier this week each won a trip, had gained in Denmark, went to Sunday firmly to the tank in the final stage over 199 km to a leading group of eight. The toughest vluchter, Casper Pedersen, it was only in the slotkilometers seized.
In the sprint in the streets of Frederiksberg, a bijstad of capital, Copenhagen, took Merlier, after a neck-to-nekstrijd with the slight difference of the German, Max Kanter, a 20-year-old trainee of Team Sunweb earlier this year, second in the Tour of Flanders for promises. Shane Archbold was third, Milan In fifth.
The race, van Aert was no longer in danger. The world champion cyclo-cross finished nineteenth in the race. In the end, he has respectively 32 and 36 seconds ahead of the Danes Rasmus Quaade and Lasse Norman Hansen. Van Aert came to Denmark to the European championship next week in Glasgow to prepare.