Nordhaug storms to overall lead

Team Sky's Lars-Petter Nordhaug won the third stage of the Post Danmark Rundt, putting him in the overall race lead in the process.

Nordhaug storms to overall lead

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Norway's Lars-Petter Nordhaug of Team Sky (Reuters)

Nordhaug kept ahead of Wilco Keldermann (Rabobank) and Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp) to win the stage to Vejle in a sprint finish.

The Norwegian now leads Andre Greipel by three seconds heading into Saturday's time trial.

“It was amazing to get a win for the team," said Nordhaug. "It was really motivating to have Mark (Cavendish) and the guys who won in the Olympics pulling for you. I really wanted to try and win or help Mick and Luke. I wanted to do a good race either way but I got the victory and I’m super happy.

“I won earlier in the season, I had a super spring and then I trained for the Olympics. It’s been a bit up and down since then and I’ve been a bit sick but I’m training for the worlds now and it’s nice to get the victory. It’s good to be back in the game.

“I haven’t done a time trial since the nationals. I’ve had an improvement in my time trialling this year and in the national I did a really good performance. I just need to go as fast as I can and see how it goes.

"But I’m happy with this victory as I wasn’t sure I could get a good result here. I’m sure Mick and Luke can be up there tomorrow and we have a good chance of winning the race.”

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