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"Honestly, I'm disappointed right now. Being able to smell the podium is naturally frustrating but at the end of the day, finishing 4th overall is a very good result considering the quality riders in the field."







09.08.2015 @ 00:24 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Today the 25th anniversary edition of Tour of Denmark was concluded with a 150 kilometer flat stage between Hillerød and the traditionally well-dressed Frederiksberg Allé in Copenhagen and the sprinters’ feast of a bunch sprint decision. And the spectators weren't disappointed. By finishing the stage with the favorites, Rasmus Guldhammer finished 4th overall.


Naturally, the stage was dominated by different breakaways but the longest-lasting front group contained four ambitious riders including Pim Ligthart who secured the mountain jersey by picking up the points along the way. In the peloton, CULT Energy Pro Cycling were focusing on protecting Rasmus Guldhammer in order to bring home his overall 4th position.


Entering the circuit in Frederiksberg, there was a crash including Gerald Ciolek (MTN Qhubeka) and the fast German never saw the front of the pack again. On the penultimate lap, the front group exploded and Brian van Goethem launched a solo attack while Bardiani and Tinkoff-Saxo were in control of the pace-making in the field. CULT Energy Pro Cycling were hiding in the slipstream with the MTN-Qhubeka squad of Edvald Boasson-Hagen.


In the final corner before the finish line, a gap opened up behind Tinkoff-Saxo and no one seemed to be able to close it, allowing Michael Mørkøv tok take the stage ahead of Matti Breschel.


CULT Energy Pro Cycling's Rasmus Guldhammer retained fourth overall while teammate Troels Vinther made it to 11th in the GC.


DS Michael Skelde is overall content with the team effort:


"I think we can be happy with our overall effort in the race. The riders have been in the crucial moves in the finales. Mads Pedersen finished 4th in the initial stage, Guldhammer finished second on home ground in Vejle after a strong effort from him and Troels Vinther who supported him in a finale where the field exploded with 40 kilometers to go. Naturally, it's always a little frustrating to finish just outside the podium but Rasmus has been riding excellently and he will be back even stronger next year. Furthermore, we saw Martin Mortensen delivering a countless number of fierce attacks during the 235 kilometer second stage so we have definitely made our mark the race and we took our chances."


Rasmus Guldhammer says:


"Honestly, I'm disappointed right now. Being able to smell the podium is naturally frustrating but at the end of the day, finishing 4th overall is a very good result considering the quality riders in the field. Both big international names and the broad mass of Danish talents emerging here in the Tour of Denmark who put the pressure on and improved the standards of the race to a new level. That also included Mads Pedersen who really had a national breakthrough in this race. Surely, I owe this personal result to my teammates who sacrificed themselves along the way to put me in this position and I'm truly grateful. I'm coming back next year for more action and with the same ambitions."


CULT Energy Pro Cycling's next race is the stage race Arctic Race of Norway before moving south for Vattenfall Classics in Hamburg.



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