Per Strand Hagenes (Jumbo-Visma) outsprinted Romain Grégoire (Groupama – FDJ) to win stage 5 of the 4 Jours de Dunkerque in Cassel. Gregoire takes over the chief’s jersey on the Queen Stage, with a 13-second lead on Kasper Asgreen (Soudal-QuickStep). Alexis Rénard (Cofidis) crossed the road 5 seconds again for third place.
“We had a plan earlier than the race. Within the ultimate, I may observe assaults and mark the strikes. If I had legs, I marked the transfer and I feel Gregoire went as onerous as potential to get as a lot time as potential on GC, after which for me, it was only for me to sit down and wait,” stated Hagenes.
Gregoire (Groupama-FDJ) launched early on the ultimate climb of Mont Cassel, going at 400 meters to go together with solely Hagenes in a position to cowl his assault. 19-year-old Hagenes, the youngest rider of the peloton, jumped from Grégoire’s wheel within the ultimate meters to take the win.
Earlier within the day, a breakaway of seven riders shaped within the opening kilometres of the 188km stage from Roubaix to Cassel. The transfer included Nicolas Debeaumarché (St. Michel-Auvic-Auber93), Niklas Larsen (Uno- X), Kevin Kuhn, (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty), Jelle Wallays (Cofidis), Alex Colman (Flanders-Baloise), and Kenny Molly and Norman Vahtra of Van Rysel-Roubaix Lille Métropole.
Working collectively, the group managed to recover from 5 minutes on the peloton led by Asgreen and his Soudal-QuickStep teammates.
All break riders have been reeled again in at first of the sixth and ultimate time across the ending circuit. Valentin Retailleau (AG2R Citroën) and Loïc Vliegen (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) made a late race assault, solely to be caught within the ultimate three kilometres.
In search of the stage win, TotalEnergies and AG2R Citroën upped the tempo on the entrance, till Grégoire made his transfer on the 1.5 km climb with a mean gradient of 4.4%.
Asgreen crossed the end line in eleventh place, 14 seconds behind the winner.
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