The Sunweb rider, who also won the 14th stage
in Lyon with an instinctive move in the finale, jumped away from
a group of late breakaway riders to give his team their third
stage win this year after Marc Hirschi's victory in the 12th
"The victory in Lyon gave me confidence because I had proven
myself on the biggest race in the world," Kragh Andersen told a
"That's why I went for it today. I was suffering but I knew that
in that case the others were suffering as well."
Slovenian Luka Mezgec took second place on Friday, and Belgian
Jasper Stuyven finished third, both 53 seconds behind, as Primoz
Roglic retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.
Roglic leads second-placed and fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar by
57 seconds going into Saturday's decisive individual time trial,
which should see the Jumbo Visma rider secure his maiden Tour
Ireland's Sam Bennett did a good job at keeping triple world
champion Peter Sagan at bay, even extending his lead in the
points classification to 55 points from 52.
Bennett is hoping to become the first Irishman to win the green
jersey since Sean Kelly in 1989 while Slovakian Sagan is looking
to claim it for a record-extending eighth time.
France's Remi Cavagna was the only early breakaway rider and the
Deceuninck-Quick Step rider, helped by a strong tailwind, opened
a decent gap.
He was however caught by the bunch 50km from the finish and
several attacks took place within the group of 12 riders,
featuring top sprinters and one-day race specialists, who broke
clear with 25km to go.
Kragh Andersen then accelerated away and his move went
unanswered. The Dane did not look back and quickly extended his
advantage, his rivals then looking to prepare for the sprint for
"At first I didn't realize I had that much of a gap in the final
kilometre but then I thought 'Wow, I'm winning two stages in the
same Tour, some riders will never win one in their career',"
said Kragh Andersen.
"It's better than anything I ever dreamt of as a child," added
the 2018 Paris-Tours winner.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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