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Video: Irish Dane Juul Jensen takes brilliant Tour de Suisse win

Posted on: June 12th, 2018

Chris Juul Jensen grew up in Ireland and his win today was a popular one with Irish cycling fans. He won an epic stage 4 in the rain at the Tour de Suisse.

 

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The only Irish rider in the Tour de Suisse may have lost time today but a cyclist ‘made in Ireland’ was leading the way; Chris Juul Jensen winning stage 4.

He claimed a brilliant solo stage win into Gstaad. After 189km in the saddle he was the sole survivor of the breakaway.

And in epic wet conditions he had enough in the tank to hold off the much-reduced peloton.

Juul Jensen, who grew up in Ireland and began racing here, claimed a popular win by just eight seconds.

Behind him the sprint for the runner-up spot was won by Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb).

The eventual winner got clear in an early  breakaway with Silvan Dillier and Nans Peters of AG2R La Mondiale.

Also present was Mark Christian of Irish team Aqua Blue Sport and Nathan Brown (EF Education First-Drapac).

Paul Ourselin (Direct Energie) and Sho Hatsuyama (Nippo-Vini Fantini) completed the move.

 

 

Their gap was almost five minutes just 13km into the contest. However, the BMC team of race leader Stefan Kung soon began leading the chase.

The gap gradually came down through the stage. But on the Saanenmöser climb, which began 18km from the finish, the breakaway attacked each other.

That action saw Peters ride strongest up the climb; the young Frenchman surging twice on the ascent.

Juul Jensen was the only other rider in the breakaway to respond, though he did not catch his rival until the descent.

And it was going down the hill in the rain that Juul Jensen’s bike handling was far superior.

He pulled clear to win while all of those he spent the day up the road with were caught.

Chris Juul Jensen declared for Denmark, the country of his parents, when he was about 15-years-old.

He moved from Wicklow, where he rode with Sorrento CC, to Denmark to take a place in a special sports school.

The best of the Aqua Blue Sport men today was Larry Warbasse. He was 24th, finishing in the 65-man group just behind the winner.

Eddie Dunbar was 104th, some 6:14 in arrears. But he is gaining invaluable experience in his first WorldTour stage race.

 

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