Francesco Chicchi (Liquigas) has won the first stage of the Tour of Denmark in a bunch sprint. The 26 year-old beat CSC's Juan Jose Haedo and Mark Cavendish after the 175km stage between Thisted and Aalborg. Chicchi also took the first race leader's jersey.
"As well as the win, I am very satisfied with the team's performance," said Liquigas' team manager Stefano Zanatta. "Backstedt did the hard work attacking with one km to go; Gasparotto led out Chicchi for his great final sprint."
Tomorrow's second stage is between Aars and Århus, over 197km.