Only the second Danish rider in history to have triumphed in Ronde van Vlaanderen, the pinnacle of a memorable spring campaign, Kasper Asgreen is ready to start his fifth season with Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at the Tour de la Provence, a race he has ridden also in the previous two years.
“I had an unforgettable and truly amazing 2021 with the team, but now’s the time to think of what’s to come over the next couple of months. There’s no secret that my aim is to have another strong outing in the cobbled Classics that I love so much. It goes without saying that I would like to win again there, because it gives you such an extraordinary feeling, but it remains to be seen if it will happen. What I can say for sure is that I will try, and at the same time, help the team get the maximum out of those races”, Kasper explained.
Consisting of four stages, including a tough summit finish on Montagne de Lure, the Tour de la Provence will be the 26-year-old Dane’s only race before kicking off his Spring Classics campaign at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and Asgreen is keen on hitting the right notes before going to Belgium.
“Everything went according to plan so far this winter. I stayed out of trouble, had no sickness or injuries, and I’m really happy with where I am at the moment. We’ve done some good training in Calpe and I’m on track for my first race of the season. I have always felt good in France, and I can’t wait for La Provence in three weeks’ time”, the Ronde van Vlaanderen winner added.