Westra romps into Danish lead
Geraint Thomas second for Team Sky
Last Updated: 25/08/12 8:07pm
Lieuwe Westra: In a class of his own in Denmark to put him in the box seat
Lieuwe Westra took no prisoners on stage five at the Tour of Denmark as he powered to victory in the time trial and took the race lead.
The Dutchman (Vacansoleil-DCM) lit up the time sheets as he went quickest at both the intermediate split and the finish, clocking an eventual time of 16 minutes and 36 seconds on the 14.5-kilometre course.
Behind Westra and having led for most of the evening, Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas had to settle for second place, 19 seconds back on the man that ran Bradley Wiggins so close at Paris-Nice.
The result still marked an impressive return to the road for Thomas following his gold medal-winning performance in the team pursuit at the Olympics.
The penultimate stage in Kerteminde always looked likely to be decisive and so it proved, with Westra jumping into a 10-second lead over Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp) when the dust settled.
Race of truth
Last man down the ramp, Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Team Sky) entered the stage with a slender one-second advantage over compatriot Alexander Kristoff (Katusha).
A competitive opening split saw the Norwegian in the mix and the end result saw him drop to 10th overall, three seconds back on team-mate Michael Rogers.
Early on it was Thomas who set a strong benchmark, rammed home with an impressive finish to the course following an opening split which wasn’t among the top 10 times.
The time of 16:55 was the only sub-17-minute time for a long period before Westra’s strong opening split saw him put clear daylight between him and his rivals by the finish.
The race concludes on Sunday with a flat final stage which sees the riders tackle 165km from Slagelse to Frederiksberg.