Breschel breaks Danish drought

Matti Breschel has given the home nation its first stage win in five years in the Tour of Denmark. The CSC rider won the 197km second leg between Aars and Århus, beating Italians Enrico Gasparotto (Liquigas) and Lorenzo Bernucci (T-Mobile). In doing so, Breschel took over the race leadership from Francesco Chicchi.

Matti Breschel has given the home nation its first stage win in five years in the Tour of Denmark. The CSC rider won the 197km second leg between Aars and Århus, beating Italians Enrico Gasparotto (Liquigas) and Lorenzo Bernucci (T-Mobile). In doing so, Breschel took over the race leadership from Francesco Chicchi.

Stage 2 was dominated by a five man breakaway that went clear after 12km. Preben Van Hecke (Predictor-Lotto), David Deroo (Skil-Shimano), Jacob Moe Rasmussen (Team GLS), Michael Berling (Glud & Marstrand) and Kasper Jebjerg (Designa Køkken) composed the break, which managed a maximum lead of 9'04 after 104km. But their lead melted once Liquigas and the sprinters teams began to chase, and it looked like coming down to a bunch sprint.

With 8km to go, Breschel attacked together with his teammate Nicki Sørensen, Enrico Gasparotto (Liquigas), Lorenzo Bernucci (T-Mobile), Denys Kostyuk (Intel Action) to bridge up to the remnants of the break, with only Van Hecke able to hold onto them. The six man group held off the peloton by just six seconds at the finish, with Breschel triumphing over Gasparotto and Bernucci.

Tomorrow's third stage will be between Århus and Vejle, over 187km.

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