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Once again it is summer. The Tour de France is over, the weather is fine, everybody is enjoying the holidays. In other words:
It is time for the Tour of Denmark!

A little bit of history (and then more)
The root to this race was laid in 1983 by Henrik "Rico" Elmgreen, who held several criteriums around the country over the course of one week. The winner of this series was Kim Andersen (now DS at RadioShack-Leopard and confidante of Andy Schleck), who also won in 1984.
For 1985, the race secured sponsorship from the Bikuben Foundation. It was known as Bikubens Danmark Rundt, and was now a real stage race which attracted several foreign teams. The first winner was Moreno Argentin, world champion a year later; the 1986 edition was won by Jesper Worre who is now the race director. The race continued until 1988, but then it wasn't held for 7 years (I presume because of sponsorship shortage).
In 1995, fueled by the success of Danish cyclists like Bjarne Riis and Rolf Sørensen (although their era is now tainted by doping) it came back: Because of the sponsorship from the Danish postal agency, Post Danmark, it was henceforth known as Post Danmark Rundt - and in fact that name has been imprinted into my own consciousness to such an extent that if I heard only "Danmark Rundt" I would think there's something missing.
The palmarès has both Danish and foreign names, including Bjarne Riis, Jakob Piil, Servais Knaven, Tyler Hamilton, David Millar, Sebastian Lang, Ivan Basso, and Simon Gerrans. Rolf Sørensen had a history of runner-up places, finishing just short of the victory five times from 1987 to 1999, before finally winning in 2000.
Kurt-Åsle Arvesen has won twice, and in 2004 he won only because his teammate Jens Voigt let him win one of the intermediate sprints on the last stage, and thus gave him the lead (in a matter similar to that of Simon Gerrans in this year's Tour de France). That year also saw the first stage finish in Vejle, after three laps including the short, but brutal 22% ascent of Kiddesvej. This is now a mainstay and often the deciding stage of the race (together with the time trial).
The most successful rider, however, is Jakob Fuglsang with three - consecutive! - victories from 2008 to 2010, the first of these while riding for Team Designa Køkken, beating the might of CSC-Saxo Bank.

Kurt-Åsle Arvesen is central to my own earliest memory of the race from the roadside: In 2002 the race crossed the border for the first (and until now, only) time on a stage to Sønderborg, with the riders completing a loop through Flensburg (the city I went to high school in, riding a total of 90 km by bus every day) with a hill sprint up the steep Toosbüystraße. The Norwegian, then riding for Team Fakta, had a puncture at the bottom of the hill - but he must have recovered, as he finished second that year. I still hope that Flensburg will be a part of the route again soon - now that the city has a mayor from the Danish minority, there should be a possibility of it coming true (maybe even as a finish town).
In 2006 Fabian Cancellara showed his talent after being overlooked for the Tour de France: He won the stage to Vejle (which was the second stage I saw at the roadside; first at Denmark's highest point - a whole 173 m! - and later at the finish) and the ITT on road to overall victory.
I also saw the final stage in 2007 (while looking for an apartment in Copenhagen), being witness to Mark Cavendish's first triumph on Danish soil.
Because I was on holiday, I didn't see anything of the 2008 or 2009 editions; but I went to Rudersdal north of Copenhagen in 2010 to see the final stage (which also doubled as a test of the 2011 World Championships circuit), won by Hayden Roulston who together with two other escapees narrowly held off the sprinters.
In 2011, I went to Jylland to ride the "Kongeetapen" cyclotour a few hours ahead of the pros, and then stood on Kiddesvej when Jakob Fuglsang took the stage win as a consolation prize (he was thrown out of GC contention by missing the echelons on stage 1). The next day I took the train to Helsingør and saw Richie Porte get the same consolation prize (he had also missed out on the echelons, but won the ITT). And on Sunday I was back in Frederiksberg (a sub-urban district of Copenhagen - it is, however, a separate municipality) for the traditional final on "Denmark's Champs-Élysées", won by Theo Bos.
2012 "only" saw me taking a train across the Great Belt and a bus to Kerteminde in order to watch that year's ITT, where Lieuwe Westra won the stage and took the overall lead, as well as the Frederiksberg finish - again won by Mark Cavendish.
This year, I plan to watch all three stages held on Sjælland. As I was also on the roadside when Cavendish won his rainbow jersey, I am almost certain he'll come up short on the first three stages - but I'm just as certain he'll win the final sprint. :D

If this trip down memory lane wasn't enough, you can find more history lessons here (only in Danish; the English version lists all the stage winners, however - which the Danish does not).

PREVIOUSWINNERS
1985 *it Moreno Argentin Sammontana-Bianchi 2002 *dk Jakob Piil Team CSC-Tiscali
1986 *dk Jesper Worre Santini-Cierre 2003 *de Sebastian Lang Gerolsteiner
1987 *dk Kim Andersen Toshiba-Look-La Vie Claire 2004 *no Kurt-Åsle Arvesen Team CSC
1988 *au Phil Anderson TVM-Van Schilt 2005 *it Ivan Basso Team CSC
1995 *dk Bjarne Riis Gewiss-Ballan 2006 *ch Fabian Cancellara Team CSC
1996 *it Fabrizio Guidi Scrigno-Blue Storm 2007 *no Kurt-Åsle Arvesen Team CSC
1997 *nl Servais Knaven TVM-Farm Frites 2008 *dk Jakob Fuglsang Team Designa Køkken
1998 *be Marc Streel Casino 2009 *dk Jakob Fuglsang Team Saxo Bank
1999 *usa Tyler Hamilton US Postal 2010 *dk Jakob Fuglsang Team Saxo Bank
2000 *dk Rolf Sørensen Rabobank 2011 *au Simon Gerrans Team Sky
2001 *uk David Millar Cofidis 2012 *nl Lieuwe Westra Vacansoleil-DCM
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    The route
    This year, the race keeps itself mostly to the southern part of Jylland, with three stage finishes in the region of Syddanmark and only one stage start in Østjylland, and spends a lot of time in Sjælland with two half-stages and the traditional final stage.

    For profiles of the final circuits (each road stage ends with 3 laps of a short circuit; on stage 6 10 laps are ridden), refer to search's brilliant work further below.

    Stage 1 (31/07): Silkeborg - Varde, 181.5 km
    The race starts in Silkeborg, in the heart of Søhøjlandet (the "lake highlands"), but leaves this hilly area on the shortest route, going southwest. There is only one hill sprint, at Rørbæk after 39.4 km. After 67.1 km there is a 2 km gravel section north of Billund (of the international airport and LEGOLAND) where some riders' dreams could be busted, but I can't see it being all that decisive. Two intermediate sprints (after 54.7 and 95 km, the last one in Vorbasse, famous for its Iron Age village) provide points and bonus seconds.
    The peloton uses small roads approaching Varde and finishes with a short circuit in the town, including a short cobble-section on the town square. And there are predictions of showers for tomorrow. Nevertheless, I expect a sprint: Cavendish, Farrar, Bos, Modolo - these guys will be the favourites.

    Stage 2 (01/08): Ribe - Sønderborg, 177.5 km
    Starting in Ribe, arguably Denmark's oldest town (going back to the 8th century AD), this stage follows the western coastline to Højer. The wind is expected to blow from the southwest, so echelons are a definite possibility. After 51.7 km and an intermediate sprint, the route turns east, running close to the Danish-German border (but never crossing it). The riders will pass through Møgeltønder (with a 700 m cobble section), Tønder and Padborg before arriving at the Flensborg Fjord in Kollund and more or less following the coastline (except for a hill sprint in Sønderhav after 127.9 km) to Sønderborg, where the stage concludes with three laps through the old town and finishing at Dybbøl Mølle, a symbol of the 1864 war. The second intermediate sprint is held when the riders pass the finish line for the first time after 157.4 km. The final circuit has a short cobble section, and the finish is uphill - I wouldn't necessarily expect the pure sprinters to feature. Matti Breschel won the Danish championship in 2009 on almost the same route, he is one of the favourites (as are other riders in his mould).

    Stage 3 (02/08): Sønderborg - Vejle, 197.8 km
    The queen stage. Starting in Sønderborg, we stay close to the coast until Kolding, but taking in some hills along the way (hill sprint at km 33.9, intermediate sprint at km 97.8 on an uphill shortly before Kolding). From Kolding, the route turns inland and features the second intermediate sprint (at km 158.5 in Rauning, known for the Ravning Enge bridge leading to the Viking Age "capital" in Jelling) as well as three more hill sprints (km 147.2, 151.1, 174.6 - but these are far from the only hills the peloton will face; it's a constant up-and-down).
    The traditional finish in Vejle features a 5.6 km circuit with climbs up Gl. Ribevej/Koldingvej and the fearsome Kiddesvej (up to 22%).
    This is the day where overall contenders have to be at the top of their game, and try to make the difference: Lars Bak, Wilco Kelderman, Matti Breschel, Martin Velits, Thomas Löfkvist, Jelle Wallays, Asbjørn Kragh Andersen, André Steensen, Lasse Norman Hansen, Martin Mortensen, Sebastian Lander and the like.

    Stage 4 (03/08): Høng - Asnæs Indelukke, 102.5 km
    Usually the morning stage before the ITT was a short, mostly flat affair with no GC significance whatsoever. This year it's different - the finish is in Odsherred, the hilliest region of Sjælland (and the location of the short-lived GP Odsherred/Copenhagen Classic). Starting in Høng, the stage passes Tissø (where there was a chieftain's homestead in the Migration Period and Viking Age) before hitting the hills with the first hill sprint after 50.2 km. Odsherred hasn't been part of Post Danmark Rundt since 1996, and the final with the climbs of Høve Stræde and Åsevangsvej is almost as difficult as the circuit in Vejle. There are hill sprints on Høve Stræde (km 59.0, 72.4, 85.8, 99.2) and an intermediate sprint at the first passage of the finish atop the Åsevangsvej climb (which is where yours truly will try to find a good spot).
    Like in Vejle, the GC heavyweights will come out to play - and I actually think that the time gaps could be bigger here than on the traditional queen stage.

    Stage 5: Holbæk (ITT), 12.1 km
    It's a fairly short and straightforward ITT: Going east out of Holbæk and returning westward on a slightly different route. The last words concerning the overall classification will be spoken here, and the ITT specialists will target the stage win. Manuele Boaro, Anton Vorobyev, Alex Rasmussen, Wilco Kelderman, Martin Velits, Gustav Larsson, Thomas Löfkvist, Rasmus Quaade and Lasse Norman Hansen are my guesses for a possible stage winner.

    Stage 6: Roskilde - Frederiksberg, 165.1 km
    From Roskilde, the seat of the Danish archbishop in the Middle Ages, the route takes a detour through Nordsjælland (with intermediate sprints at km 26.8 & 60.5 and hill sprints at km 43.7, 69.0 & 76.8) before reaching the capital and finishing with 10 laps in Frederiksberg, going up Valby Bakke to the Copenhagen Zoo (although that's a hill even I can do on the big ring if I want to). The stage should come down to a sprint, and Mark Cavendish has won on Frederiksberg Allé twice already - after missing out on the real Champs-Élysées this year, he'll want revenge on the "Danish Champs-Élysées".
    Normally, the GC should already be decided, but it could come down to bonus seconds from the intermediate sprints; and the first of those is placed in the same spot as in 2004, when Kurt-Åsle Arvesen got the overall win from his teammate Jens Voigt.


    The broadcasts
    Alas, this is one of the very few HC races that isn't televised live.
    DR1 will air approximately half an hour each night with highlights, interviews etc. under the name of "DR AftenTour" (evening tour, also produced during the Tour de France):
    31/07 at 22:00
    01/08 at 22:00
    02/08 at 21:25
    03/08 at 22:55
    04/08 at 21:30

    The ITT and the final stage will be broadcast on radio (DR P3):
    03/08 16:00-21:00
    04/08 14:00-21:00

    Finally, there will be a livestream for the last hour of each stage, accessible on the race website (as well as on Kanal Sport on Danish TV, but I guess very few of you will have that channel anyway). At long last, and hopefully this is a step to full TV coverage in the near future.


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    The teams
    #vacansoleil VACANSOLEIL - DCM *nl #topsport TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN - BALOISE *be
    1 MOL Wouter *nl TT 91 VAN STAEYEN Michael *be
    2 FLECHA Juan Antonio *es 92 WALLAYS Jelle *be
    3 KEIZER Martijn *nl 93 LAMPAERT Yves *be U23
    4 LEUKEMANS Björn *be 94 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter *be
    5 LIGTHART Pim *nl 95 VANOVERBERGHE Arthur *be
    6 MARKUS Barry *nl U23 96 DE VREESE Laurens *be
    7 VAN HUMMEL Kenny *nl 97 VAN HOECKE Gijs *be U23
    8 RUIJGH Rob *nl 98 DECLERCQ Tim *be
    #saxotinkoff TEAM SAXO - TINKOFF *dk #iam IAM CYCLING *ch
    11 BRESCHEL Matti *dk 101 LARSSON Gustav *se TT
    12 LUND Anders *dk 102 BRÄNDLE Matthias *at
    13 JUUL JENSEN Christopher *dk 103 ELMIGER Martin *ch
    14 MCCARTHY Jay *au 104 PELUCCHI Matteo *it
    15 AAEN JØRGENSEN Jonas *dk 105 ISTA Kevyn *be
    16 BOARO Manuele *it 106 LÖFKVIST Thomas *se
    17 MØRKØV Michael *dk RR 107 BANDIERA Marco *it
    18 KUMP Marko *si 108 GODDAERT Kristof *be
    #belkin BELKIN PRO CYCLING TEAM *nl #novonordisk TEAM NOVO NORDISK *usa
    21 BOS Theo *nl 111 CALABRIA Fabio *au
    22 BROWN Graeme *au 112 CLANCY Stephen *ie U23
    23 VAN EMDEN Jos *nl 113 CRAVANZOLA Paolo *it
    24 GOOS Marc *nl 114 DE MESMAEKER Kevin *be U23
    25 HOFLAND Moreno *nl U23 115 PERON Andrea *it
    26 KELDERMAN Wilco *nl U23 116 MORRIS Justine *au
    27 FLENS Rick *nl 117 VERSCHOOR Martijn *nl
    28 TJALLINGII Maarten *nl 118 WILLIAMS Christopher *au
    #garmin GARMIN - SHARP *usa #bwater BLUE WATER CYCLING *dk
    31 FARRAR Tyler *usa 121 NORMAN HANSEN Lasse *dk U23
    32 FERNANDEZ Koldo *es 122 FODER Daniel *dk
    33 HUNTER Robbie *za 123 ØLLEGAARD Morten *dk
    34 KREDER Michel *nl 124 NIELSEN Jacob *dk
    35 MAASKANT Martijn *nl 125 GULDHAMMER Rasmus *dk
    36 RASMUSSEN Alex *dk 126 PEDERSEN Mark Sehested *dk U23
    37 ROSSELER Sebastian *be 127 NIELSEN Mathias *dk U23
    128 VORRE Aske *dk U23
    #lotto13 LOTTO - BELISOL *be #cult TEAM CULT ENERGY *dk
    41 BAK Lars *dk 131 STEENSEN André *dk
    42 BULGAC Brian *nl 132 VINTHER Troels *dk
    43 CORDEEL Sander *be 133 REIHS Michael *dk
    44 DEBUSSCHERE Jens *be 134 VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael *dk U23
    45 DEHAES Kenny *be 135 HANSEN Jesper *dk
    46 KAISEN Olivier *be 136 CORT NIELSEN Magnus *dk U23
    47 NEYENS Maarten *be 137 STEROBO Rasmus *dk U23
    48 ROBERT Frederique *be 138 MOBERG JØRGENSEN Christian *dk
    #katusha KATUSHA TEAM *ru #trefor TEAM TREFOR *dk
    51 ISAYCHEV Vladimir *ru RR 141 FOLSACH Casper *dk U23
    52 HALLER Marco *at U23 142 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn *dk U23
    53 KRITSKIY Timofey *ru 143 LARSEN Kaspar Schønnemann *dk
    54 KUZNETSOV Vyacheslav *ru 144 MYGIND Rasmus *dk
    55 PORSEV Aleksandr *ru 145 PLESNER Frederik *dk U23
    56 SELIG Rudiger *de 146 QUAADE Rasmus Christian *dk
    57 TCATEVICH Aleksey *ru 147 VINJEBO Emil *dk U23
    58 IGNATYEV Mikhail *ru 148 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren *dk U23
    #opqs13 OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK STEP *be #concordia CONCORDIA FORSIKRING - RIWAL *dk
    61 CAVENDISH Mark *uk RR 151 MORTENSEN Martin *dk
    62 VERMOTE Julien *be 152 AISTRUP Nikola *dk
    63 FENN Andrew *uk 153 BERLING Michael *dk
    64 KEISSE Iljo *be 154 GADE JACOBSEN Mathias *dk
    65 RABON Frantisek *cz 155 GRØN Martin *dk U23
    66 VANDENBERGH Stijn *be 156 KLOSTERGAARD  Kasper *dk
    67 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume *be U23 157 MORTENSEN Mikkel *dk
    68 VELITS Martin *sk 158 STEVENSON Christofer *dk
    #europcar TEAM EUROPCAR *fr #teamdk TEAM POST DANMARK *dk
    71 COQUARD Bryan *fr U23 161 LANDER Sebastian *dk U23
    72 BERNAUDEAU Giovanni *fr 162 HAUGAARD Kristian *dk U23
    73 GAUDIN Damien *fr 163 BROGE Rolf *dk
    74 HUREL Tony *fr 164 JENSEN Dennis *dk
    75 KERN Christophe *fr 165 KILSGAARD Markus *dk U23
    76 LAMOISSON Morgan *fr 166 BRØCHNER Nicolai *dk U23
    77 THURAU Björn *de 167 GARBY Marc *dk U23
    78 TURGOT Sébastian *fr 168 SØRENSEN Jimmi *dk
    #bardiani BARDIANI VALVOLE - CSF INOX *it
    81 MODOLO Sacha *it
    82 COLBRELLI Sonny *it
    83 CANOLA Marco *it
    84 BATTAGLIN Enrico *it
    85 BARBIN Enrico *it
    86 COLEDAN Marco *it
    87 BONGIORNO Francesco Manuel *it
    88 ZARDINI Edoardo *it

    Peloton analysis is scrapped due to time constraints - but rest assured that the field is of a high quality, and that the Danish teams (especially Cult Energy) aren't just pack fodder.


    The jerseys
    The general classification works just as usual - accumulated time, minus bonus seconds: 10, 6 and 4 seconds for the top-3 on the road stages, except the half-stage on Saturday - there it's 6, 4 and 2 seconds. At each intermediate sprint, 3, 2 and 1 second(s) can be picked up.
    The leading rider wears a yellow jersey, sponsored by Post Danmark. It's a very dark, almost orange yellow - if you've ever seen a Danish postal car, you'll know the colour.

    The points classification is also run as normal. The top-12 on each stage get points, starting with 15, 12 and 10, and then trickling down to 1 point for no. 12. At each intermediate sprint, 5, 3 and 1 point(s) are awarded.
    In case of riders finishing on equal points, the normal UCI rules are used.
    The leader wears the blue points jersey, sponsored by Novo Nordisk under the "Changing Diabetes" brand.

    What is normally called the mountain classification is in Denmark realistically termed the hills classification. 10, 6, 4 and 2 points are at stake for the first four riders over each of the classified hilltops (there are plenty of short, unclassified hills).
    The leader wears the green hills jersey, sponsored by Telmore.

    The classification for the best young rider is limited to U23 riders (born in 1991 or later) - not U25 as it usually is. Otherwise, it works like the general classification.
    The leader wears the white youth jersey, sponsored by Skoda.

    The fighter competition, sponsored by Europcar, doesn't have a separate jersey. A panel awards 10, 6, 4 and 2 points on each stage (except the ITT) to riders they deem combative (they may choose not to award all points). The rider with most points at the end of the race wins the competition.

    The team classification is sponsored by Dana, and works as you would expect, adding the times from the best three riders of a team for each stage.


    The reglement
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    I'm surprised that there isn't a stage finish in Aarhus. I thought they went there almost every year :O
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    Updated the opening posts with more info.

    oitallefotua, you're completely right - Aarhus is on the route ca. every second year. They hosted a finish in 2011 and 2012, so it's reasonable that the race goes elsewhere this year. I guess Aarhus will be back in 2014.
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    profiles for the stage finishes











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    There's something wrong with stage 2 & 3 search.
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    mh, strange, it's working for me. but sometimes t4b is a bit buggy and it working after refreshing the site.

    if not, these are the links:

    Stage 1: http://www.tracks4bikers.com/tracks/show/151489

    Stage 2: http://www.tracks4bikers.com/tracks/show/151491

    Stage 3: http://www.tracks4bikers.com/tracks/show/151493

    Stage 4 (3 Laps): http://www.tracks4bikers.com/tracks/show/151499

    Stage 5: http://www.tracks4bikers.com/tracks/show/151500

    Stage 6 (10 Laps): http://www.tracks4bikers.com/tracks/show/151501
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    I just found out. Nvrmnd -.-'
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    The opening posts have now seen their final overhauls.
    The race starts tomorrow (technically today), I hope it'll be a good one. :)
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    excellent preview.. Now I need to sort out DR1 so i can upload it.. hmm..
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    excellent preview.. Now I need to sort out DR1 so i can upload it.. hmm..

    the highlights are always on their website shortly after tv coverage
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    Of course, if this turns out someday to be the industry standard integrated handlebar-computer-braking solution then I'll eat my kevlar-reinforced aerodynamic hat.

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    The so-called livestream was saddening; the TV highlights were much better.

    Magnus Cort and Nikola Aistrup were both part of the day-long breakaway; Cort snatched the hills jersey on the only hill sprint of the day. On the final circuits in Varde Lars Bak broke away from the peloton and rode up to the break. Aistrup had left the other escapees behind, then Bak blasted through them on his way to the front, and Cort was the only one to hold his wheel. Bak drove the trio all the way on the last lap, and unsurprisingly was beaten in the sprint.

    A brilliant result for young Magnus Cort (who is from the lovely island of Bornholm, by the way); Nikola Aistrup can console himself with the points jersey, and Bak has picked up a couple of seconds on the other GC favourites.
    I love this edition already, and I'm sure it will only get better from here on.

    The wind may not play that big a role tomorrow, it's now predicted to be rather weak and mostly from the south in the early hours of the stage when they ride along the west coast.
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    And finally a little teaser for tomorrow:


    Ribe will host the start


    After riding down the west coast, the riders will face these cobbles in Møgeltønder


    The windmill atop Dybbøl Banke will overlook the finish line
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    CyclingQuotes: Breschel wins back to back victories in Tour of Denmark

    CyclingQuotes: Breschel: Things are going well for me

    CyclingQuotes: Kelderman still hopes to win Tour of Denmark


    Tomorrow we'll have two half-stages: First a short, but hard morning stage from Høng to Asnæs Indelukke, finishing with a circuit on Høve Stræde

    and Åsevangsvej (up to 10%)



    I expect something similar to Vejle, where those GC favourites with a weak ITT (Breschel, first and foremost, but also Bongiorno, Zardini and Wallays) will try to get more time, while those favourites with a good ITT (Kelderman, Bak) will probably just try to sit on and leave the decision to the evening ITT.
    Further back, the ITT specialists that are out of the GC (especially Alex Rasmussen, Rasmus Quaade and Lasse Norman Hansen) will try to come in just inside the time limit and save as much energy as possible in order to put it all out in the evening. The rest of the peloton will do the same, but nevertheless they'll have to work for their food tomorrow.

    The evening ITT in and around Holbæk is a flat out-and-back course - one for the specialists, and the place to decide the GC. Alex Rasmussen predicts a winning average of >50 km/h.
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    Any photo requests for tomorrow and/or Sunday?
    Especially at the ITT the riders are very accessible, and most are happy to stop for a shot or an autograph.
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    The sprint for 3rd between Kelderman and Bak could very well end up as deciding for the overall.
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    Looking at the weather forecast.
    The early and middle parts of the ITT could coincide with rain/thunder. Right now it looks as if it will clear up for the final riders.
    Bugger, that could make the difference between Denmark having 3 or 6 Worlds spots this year (Sterobo, Quaade and Norman Hansen start quite early as they're way down on GC).

    EDIT: And here's the starting order for the ITT.
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    Kelderman wins the ITT and probably the race.. well done by him! Bak lost out on a few seconds, disappointing for him he list that much on such a short parcours.
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    Meh, Kelderman is good at both prologues and long time trials. I think as u23 rider he already beat all pro's in tour l'ain in a prologue.
    And he was clearly in form (off form Kelderman often does a mediocre/average ITT) this time as well
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    The sprint for 3rd between Kelderman and Bak could very well end up as deciding for the overall.

    Seems to be the case.

    Hopefully Bak will attack tomorrow and try to snatch some bonus seconds.
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    I will try and watch tomorrow. frankly the day one coverage was so bad I kinda tuned out.
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    Stage 6:


    GC:


    Cav takes the final stage - a surprise to noone, least of all myself, as I predicted it a week ago already - and now sits in a Frederiksberg garden, drinking beer, eating good food (I saw him there myself); and probably burning Holm's sweater. :D

    Kelderman keeps #yellow and #white and even snatches #blue away from Breschel. Martin Mortensen takes #vert (hill jersey) from Søren Kragh; if the Kragh brothers were one rider they'd have won it.
    #bardiani Bardiani win the team classification.
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    Well done, Fus, for bringing us better coverage than Danish TV.  :ohu That was very poor, I must say.
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