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Rasmussen wins in Denmark

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Kasper Malmkjaer, Team Energi Fyn on the closing rounds in Herning

Kasper Malmkjaer, Team Energi Fyn on the closing rounds in Herning
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The Peleton lead by Vacansoleil on the 8th Gravel road

The Peleton lead by Vacansoleil on the 8th Gravel road
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Team Glud Glud&Marstrand Marstrand-LRØ rider on the 8th Gravel Road

Team Glud Glud&Marstrand Marstrand-LRØ rider on the 8th Gravel Road
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Team Designa Køkken-Blue Water rider entering the fifth Gravel Road

Team Designa Køkken-Blue Water rider entering the fifth Gravel Road
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Rider from ISD Continental team struggling on the Gravel road

Rider from ISD Continental team struggling on the Gravel road
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Team Glud Glud&Marstrand Marstrand-LRØ riders pushing in the peleton on the second Gravel road

Team Glud Glud&Marstrand Marstrand-LRØ riders pushing in the peleton on the second Gravel road
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Rasmussen shows off the spoils of victory

Rasmussen shows off the spoils of victory
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Alex Rasmussen, Team Saxo Bank after the finished line, claiming the victory ahead of Martin Mortensen, Vacansoleil

Alex Rasmussen, Team Saxo Bank after the finished line, claiming the victory ahead of Martin Mortensen, Vacansoleil
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Martin Mortensen, Vacansoleil leading Alex Rasmussen, Team Saxo Bank on the last round in Herning

Martin Mortensen, Vacansoleil leading Alex Rasmussen, Team Saxo Bank on the last round in Herning
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Jakob Fuglsang, Team Saxo Bank heading a group on the closing rounds in Herning

Jakob Fuglsang, Team Saxo Bank heading a group on the closing rounds in Herning
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Vacansoleil in front of the peleton on the 8th Gravel road

Vacansoleil in front of the peleton on the 8th Gravel road
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Alex Rasmussen, Team Saxo Bank pushing ahead on the 8th Gravel road

Alex Rasmussen, Team Saxo Bank pushing ahead on the 8th Gravel road
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Joost Van Leijen, Vacansoleil entering the fifth Gravel Road

Joost Van Leijen, Vacansoleil entering the fifth Gravel Road
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The Peleton lead by Vacansoleil at Rind Church

The Peleton lead by Vacansoleil at Rind Church
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A group lead by Rene Jørgensen, Team Designa Køkke-Blue Water on the second Gravel road

A group lead by Rene Jørgensen, Team Designa Køkke-Blue Water on the second Gravel road
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The early break lead by Kasper Malmkjaer, Energi Fyn on the second Gravel Road

The early break lead by Kasper Malmkjaer, Energi Fyn on the second Gravel Road
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Palmans-Cras and AC Sparta Praha rider passing the finished line at the closing rounds in Herning

Palmans-Cras and AC Sparta Praha rider passing the finished line at the closing rounds in Herning
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Jakob Fuglsang, Team Saxo Bank on the second Gravel road

Jakob Fuglsang, Team Saxo Bank on the second Gravel road
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Frank Høj, Team Saxo Bank leading a teammate into the fifth gravel road

Frank Høj, Team Saxo Bank leading a teammate into the fifth gravel road
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Lasse Bøchmann, Team Glud & Marstrand-LRØ on the chase at Rind Church

Lasse Bøchmann, Team Glud & Marstrand-LRØ on the chase at Rind Church
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A waiting Bobby Traksel, Vacansoleil on the second Gravel road after giving his wheel to a teammate

A waiting Bobby Traksel, Vacansoleil on the second Gravel road after giving his wheel to a teammate
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The peloton lead by Team Energi Fyn on the second Gravel road

The peloton lead by Team Energi Fyn on the second Gravel road
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Team Concordia Forsikring riders on the closing rounds in Herning

Team Concordia Forsikring riders on the closing rounds in Herning
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Asbjørn Andersen edges out teammate Nicolai Brøchner

Asbjørn Andersen edges out teammate Nicolai Brøchner
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Junior men's podium: Frederik Thalund (3rd), Asbjørn Andersen (1st) and Nicolai Brøchner (2nd)

Junior men's podium: Frederik Thalund (3rd), Asbjørn Andersen (1st) and Nicolai Brøchner (2nd)
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Frederik Thalund (3rd), Asbjørn Andersen (1st) and Nicolai Brøchner (2nd)

Frederik Thalund (3rd), Asbjørn Andersen (1st) and Nicolai Brøchner (2nd)
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Asbjørn Andersen won the junior men's race

Asbjørn Andersen won the junior men's race
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Alex Rasmussen (Saxo Bank) leads through a corner

Alex Rasmussen (Saxo Bank) leads through a corner
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The front group make their way past the finish line on the finishing circuit

The front group make their way past the finish line on the finishing circuit
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Jacob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) races on home soil

Jacob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) races on home soil
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It was a dirty day in Denmark

It was a dirty day in Denmark
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The remnants of the peloton line-out on the finishing circuit

The remnants of the peloton line-out on the finishing circuit
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Danish national team riders hold their place in the peloton

Danish national team riders hold their place in the peloton
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Designa Kokken riders show the effects of a day in the dust

Designa Kokken riders show the effects of a day in the dust
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Alex Rasmussen (Saxo Bank) claims victory at the 2010 Grand Prix Herning

Alex Rasmussen (Saxo Bank) claims victory at the 2010 Grand Prix Herning
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Martin Mortensen (2nd, Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team), Alex Rasmussen (1st, Saxo Bank) and Joost Van Leijen (3rd, Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team)

Martin Mortensen (2nd, Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team), Alex Rasmussen (1st, Saxo Bank) and Joost Van Leijen (3rd, Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team)
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The place-getters let rip on the podium

The place-getters let rip on the podium
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Riders battle their way alongside the team cars

Riders battle their way alongside the team cars
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Saxo Bank seize control of the race on the gravel roads

Saxo Bank seize control of the race on the gravel roads
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Team Designa Kokken are ready an waiting

Team Designa Kokken are ready an waiting
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Rasmus Guldhammer catches up with some mates at the sign-on

Rasmus Guldhammer catches up with some mates at the sign-on
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A chance to catch up on the start line

A chance to catch up on the start line
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Many Danish ProTour riders made the trip home for the GP Herning

Many Danish ProTour riders made the trip home for the GP Herning
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The race gets underway

The race gets underway
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Easy does it in the dirt

Easy does it in the dirt
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Steely focus as the riders navigate the dirt roads around Herning

Steely focus as the riders navigate the dirt roads around Herning
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Riders look through the corner to see what's coming next

Riders look through the corner to see what's coming next
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Alex Rasmussen (Saxo Bank)

Alex Rasmussen (Saxo Bank)
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The dirt roads claim a victim

The dirt roads claim a victim
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Puncture sorted and away you go!

Puncture sorted and away you go!
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The leaders spread out on the gravel

The leaders spread out on the gravel
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A breakaway tries to move clear on the gravel roads

A breakaway tries to move clear on the gravel roads
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Saxo Bank's Frank Høj in command of the peloton

Saxo Bank's Frank Høj in command of the peloton
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Alex Rasmussen (Saxo Bank) holds his trophy aloft

Alex Rasmussen (Saxo Bank) holds his trophy aloft
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Alex Rasmussen (Team Saxo Bank) won the GP Herning on Saturday ahead of Martin Mortensen and Joost Van Leijen (both Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team)

Rasmussen was part of a 12-man break away during the 198km stage, which featured 16 gravel sections. With 25km to go, he jumped from the lead group along with Mortensen.

Aware of Rasmussen's power, Mortensen attempted a solo break with just two kilometers to go to the finish line, but the Danish Rasmussen closed the gap and put in a superior sprint at the end.

"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 like this is an elimination race, but the domestic teams were not in the mood to give anything away, so we had to fight for it," said Rasmussen.

It was Rasmussen's second victory of 2010. He also won the scratch race at the World Championships. He'll head next to the 4 Jours de Dunkerque, with a focus on the time trial and overall.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank5:07:06
2Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:03
3Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:11
4Dominic Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
5Michael Reihs (Den) Team Designa Kokken - Blue Water
6Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
7Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Team HTC - Columbia
8Lasse Bochmann (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning
9Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:14
10Andreas Frisch (Den) Team Energi FYN0:00:17
11Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:28
12Kasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning0:00:33
13Thomas Riber Sellebjerg (Den) Team Concordia Forsikring - Himmerland
14Timothy Vangheel (Bel) Palmans - Cras
15Kasper Jebjerg (Den) Team Designa Kokken - Blue Water
16Kristian Sobota (Den) Team Concordia Forsikring - Himmerland
17Jakob Bering (Den) Team Energi FYN0:00:37
18Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:39
19Jacob Nielsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning0:01:24
20Sebastian Lander (Den) Team Concordia Forsikring - Himmerland0:01:27
21Morten Ollegaard (Den) Danish National Team
22Igor Abakoumov (Bel) ISD Continental Team
23Jesper Odgaard Nielsen (Den) Danish National Team
24Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
25Nikola Aistrup (Den) Team Concordia Forsikring - Himmerland
26Oystein Stake Laengen (Nor) Plussbank Cervelo
27Vaclav Hlavac (Cze) AC Sparta Praha
28René Joergensen (Den) Team Designa Kokken - Blue Water0:01:32
29Niklas Aakvik (Nor) Plussbank Cervelo
30Pelle Clapp (Den)
31Michael Berling (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning0:01:45
32Michael Tronborg Kristensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning
33Marc Hester (Den) Danish National Team
34Kaspar Larsen Schjonnemann (Den) Team Concordia Forsikring - Himmerland
35Morten Voss Christiansen (Den) Team Designa Kokken - Blue Water0:01:56
36Christer Jensen (Nor) Ringeriks - Kraft0:05:26
37Morten Kruse Brink (Den) Danish National Team
38Anatoliy Pakhtusov (Ukr) ISD Continental Team
39Hannes Gründlinger (Aut) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss
40Josef Kugler (Aut) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss
41Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Team Designa Kokken - Blue Water0:05:29
42Yuriy Agarkov (Ukr) ISD Continental Team
43Kasper Malmkjaer (Den) Team Energi FYN0:05:31

 

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