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 remaining, I might observe assaults and mark the strikes. If I had legs, I marked the transfer and I feel Gregoire went as exhausting as attainable to get as a lot time as attainable on GC, after which for me, it was only for me to take a seat and wait,” stated Hagenes.
Gregoire (Groupama-FDJ) launched early on the ultimate climb of Mont Cassel, going at 400 meters to go along 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 remaining meters to take the win.
Earlier within the day, a breakaway of seven riders fashioned 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 in the beginning of the sixth and remaining 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 remaining three kilometres.
Searching for 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 median gradient of 4.4%.
Asgreen crossed the end line in eleventh place, 14 seconds behind the winner.
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