His teammate Mads Pedersen finished ten seconds down on Skelmose after splitting the race several times.
Pedersen started to attack as far out as 55 km to go and finally got away from a select group on the 10km hilly finishing circuit. Skelmose joined him with seven kilometres to go and then opened a gap on the climb to the finish.
Skelmose secured a ten-second time bonus for his stage win and so now leads the Tour of Denmark with a flat road stage on Friday and then Saturday’s 16.1km time trial to race. Pedersen is second overall at 10 seconds.
Stage 1 winner and race leader Søren Wærenskjold (Uno-X) dropped out of contention after a puncture with 18 km to go.
Magnus Cort (EF Education-Easypost) won the sprint for third place. He was 44 seconds down on Skelmose but rose to third overall at 50 seconds.
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