Asbjørn Kragh Andersen wins Tour du Loir et Cher
With his third podium finish in 3 days Asbjørn Kragh Andersen took the overall victory in Tour du Loir et Cher and the 2nd in a row for Team VIRTU Cycling.
There were only 97 kilometers between Asbjørn Kragh Andersen and the overall victory in Tour du Loir et Cher before the 5th and final stage Sunday. Team VIRTU Cycling once again made a great performance, as the team controlled the race and brought everything together before the finish, where Asbjørn Kragh Andersen took another podium finish.
It was more than enough for hum to keep the yellow jersey and he therefore took the overall victory in Tour du Loir et Cher.
“The most important part was to bring home the yellow jersey, but of course I would have liked to win the stage as well. What I’m the most happy about is the way we rode as a team. All riders did an extraordinary performance, and it is almost just a great being a part of that, as it is winning. Everyone are so strong and we prove it as well by winning the team classification,” a happy Asbjørn Kragh Andersen says.
It was also his first overall victory in a stage race as a senior, and the brings a taste for more for the rest of the season.
“It’s alway great to win, so it’s nice to wing this one off now, but I don’t want to stop here. We must keep fighting. It’s motivating to see, what I’m capable of. We have started good, but it gets better and better with each race, and the better we get to know each other. With more race kilometers under the belt we start to make that difference in the races, that we want to – that is crazy motivating,” Asbjørn Kragh Andersen says.
His sports director Michael Skelde was of course very happy with the team being able to tage the overall victory.
“They have been awesome, it has worked perfect the whole week. It feels great that everything came together. We came to the race with a responsibility on our shoulders from the start, but we tackled it well and kept focused through the race. I top my hat for all the riders, they put the team before themselves – Alexander as well and he was for sure one of the strongest riders in the race too,” Michael Skelde says.
“We have done the right things and stuck with, that if we kept doing it, the wins would eventually come, and they did today. It was great. We have reached our level, and if we can stay their, more victories will come in the future,” he says.
It was Brittish Matthew Gibson, who won the last stage. Alexander Kamp also did a great result finishing 6th, while Asbjørn Kragh Andersen also won the points competition. The team also won the overall team classification.