Stage 3, 181km from Aarhus to Vejle, was the toughest stage of this edition, with three finish circuits that included the Kiddesvej climb, with sections claimed to be as steep as 21 percent.
Fugslang and teammate Davide Vigano broke away on the penultimate lap.
“Each lap included two climbs,” Fugslang said. “First, there was a smaller climb and then the Kiddesvej. ‘Viga’ led me out on the first climb and down the first descent. He did an amazing job. Really, the whole team did a good job for me today. ‘Viga’ gave everything he had until we were more or less alone. He made the gap for me and I only had to defend it.”
Fugsland soloed over the final climb and held on to win by two seconds ahead of Gerrans, who was part of an elite chase group that came together on the final lap.
The tour offers two stages Saturday, a shorty hilly road race followed by a 13km individual time trial.
Gerrans’ sports director Marcus Ljungqvist was confident that the Australian could hold the jersey through Saturday’s road stage, at least.
“We have a short hilly stage tomorrow. Nothing too difficult but we will be out to defend the jersey. It is great for the morale of course to have the jersey so we will see what happens.”
- 1. Jakob FUGLSANG, (DEN) Leopard-Trek, in 4:29:38
- 2. Simon GERRANS, (AUS) Team Sky, at 2
- 3. Daniele BENNATI, (ITA) Leopard-Trek, at 11
- 4. Niki OSTERGAARD, (DEN) Glud & Marstrand Horsens, at 13
- 5. Bertjan LINDEMAN, (NED) Vacansoleil-Dcm, at 13
- 1. Simon GERRANS, (Australia) Team Sky, in 13:03:15
- 2. Matti BRESCHEL, (Denmark) Rabobank Cycling Team, at 4
- 3. Daniele BENNATI, (Italy) Leopard-Trek, at 8
- 4. Michael MORKOV, (Denmark) Saxobank-Sungard, at 9
- 5. Bertjan LINDEMAN, (Netherlands) Vacansoleil-Dcm, at 17