Winner Hagenes succeeds Kooij in Münsterland Giro
Per Strand Hagenes crowned Team Jumbo-Visma's perfect team play at the Münsterland Giro with a handsome victory. Together with Christophe Laporte and Edoardo Affini, the young Norwegian was in the lead group throughout the race and rode solo to the finish.
Strong winds and heavy rain broke up the race right from the start in Osnabrück. A first group, with Affini, Laporte and Hagenes, broke away and quickly took the lead. Jos van Emden, who won the race in 2007 and 2013, rode safely in the chase group with Olav Kooij, Jesse Kramer and Tim van Dijke.
In the hilly middle section of the German race, the peloton and the lead group continued to thin out. Team Jumbo-Visma was always alert and joined the chase. In the slippery streets of Münster, Laporte attacked in the final. Hagenes attacked after Laporte was caught and held on until the finish line, two kilometres from the finish.
"We played strong and were in the breakaway with three riders”, said Hagenes, who succeeds Kooij as the winner of the Münsterland Giro. "The collaboration was still good after the climb, and we were confident we could make it. It was just a matter of keeping going. In the last few kilometres, Christophe said I had to try something. I took a shot, and it turned out to be the right one. I only realised I had won when I saw the staff cheering.”
"The classics should suit me, and these are the races where I can develop."
"I'm already looking forward to next season”, said the winner, who will make the final move to the WorldTour team. "The classics should suit me, and these are the races where I can develop. I hope to race a lot, but most of all, I hope to learn a lot."
It is the third victory of the season for the young Norwegian. He previously won the Profronde van Drenthe and a stage in the 4 Jours de Dunkerque. Hagenes' victory brings the total number of victories for Team Jumbo-Visma this year to 65.