Tour of Scandinavia report: Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig delivers on promise to go down swinging with stage 5 win

Annemiek van Vleuten won overall by just two seconds over double stage winner Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig.

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-Suez) wins stage 5 of the 2023 Tour of Scandinavia. Photo: © Cor Vos

Kit Nicholson
by Kit Nicholson 27.08.2023 Photography by
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Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-Suez) started the final stage of the Tour of Scandinavia with a 17-second deficit to Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) after the latter took over the race lead on stage 4. Following Saturday’s ITT, Uttrup promised to go down fighting, and despite the yellow jersey being glued to her wheel for much of the final day, the Dane delivered in the finishing laps, her last and victorious attack coming 800 metres from the line.

The stage victory belonged to Uttrup who celebrated in front of a home crowd in Haderslev, but the gap to the chasing bunch was just two seconds too small, and Van Vleuten wrapped up overall victory in the penultimate stage race of her career.

How it happened

Brief stage results

Final GC standings

Overall champ Van Vleuten congratulates stage 5 winner Uttrup.

Quote of the day

Uttrup made a promise and did not disappoint, even as torrential rain made the finale ever more dramatic.

“The last few laps were crazy in the rain, oh my god,” Uttrup said post-stage. “It was like flooding, full-on rain, but I was a woman on a mission. I wanted to give it my all and I really did.

“I think I tried a few times and we also tried to split it a bit earlier in the wind. That didn’t happen but it was good fun.”

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