Cavagna secures first podium of the season

Cavagna secures first podium of the season

Thursday 14 February 2019 - 16:33

Deceuninck – Quick-Step places three riders in the top 10 of the Tour de la Provence stage 1.

The fourth edition of the French race kicked off Thursday afternoon with an 8.9km-long individual time trial held in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a small town in the Camargue region, where according to an old legend, Mary Jacobe, Mary Salome, Mary Magdalene and Joseph of Arimathea – the bearer of the Holy Grail – arrived after their flight from Palestine.

First Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to go below the 10:30 mark was World TTT Champion Kasper Asgreen, who slotted into second, behind provisional leader Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First). Former Belgian ITT Champion Yves Lampaert – who got his season underway at the Tour de la Provence – also put in a solid time, slotting into the top 10 at the end of the short but intense solo effort.

But it was Rémi Cavagna who concluded the opening stage as Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s highest finisher, after stopping the clock in 10:15, just a few seconds behind the Dutchman and Filippo Ganna (Team Sky), who took the win. The 23-year-old Frenchman, who averaged 52.098km/h, was third by the time the dust had settled and notched up his first career podium in time trial.

“We always do a good ITT or TTT, and the same happened today. We can be satisfied with having three riders up there in the general classification, as this means we’ll have more cards to play in the coming stages”, said sports director Brian Holm after the stage that took Deceuninck – Quick-Step to the top of the team ranking. “Tomorrow it will be up and down on small and technical roads, which should make it difficult for the sprinters. We could have several scenarios, so it will be interesting to see how things will pan out.”

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Filippo Ganna
Team Sky
10:05
2 Sebastian Langeveld
EF Education First
0:09
3 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
4 Jasha Sütterlin
Movistar Team
0:15
5 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:18
6 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:19
7 Benjamin Thomas
Groupama - FDJ
0:20
8 Owain Doull
Team Sky
0:21
9 Sep Vanmarcke
EF Education First
0:24
10 Yoann Paillot
St Michel - Auber93
0:25
34 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
40 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
54 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:48
59 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Filippo Ganna
Team Sky
10:05
2 Sebastian Langeveld
EF Education First
0:09
3 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
4 Jasha Sütterlin
Movistar Team
0:15
5 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:18
6 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:19
7 Benjamin Thomas
Groupama - FDJ
0:20
8 Owain Doull
Team Sky
0:21
9 Sep Vanmarcke
EF Education First
0:24
10 Yoann Paillot
St Michel - Auber93
0:25
34 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
40 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
54 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:48
59 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Filippo Ganna
Team Sky
15 pt
2 Sebastian Langeveld
EF Education First
12 pt
3 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
4 Jasha Sütterlin
Movistar Team
9 pt
5 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
6 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
7 Benjamin Thomas
Groupama - FDJ
6 pt
8 Owain Doull
Team Sky
5 pt
9 Sep Vanmarcke
EF Education First
4 pt
10 Yoann Paillot
St Michel - Auber93
3 pt
1 Filippo Ganna
Team Sky
10:05
2 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
3 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:18
4 Benjamin Thomas
Groupama - FDJ
0:20
5 Romain Seigle
Groupama - FDJ
0:25
6 Julius van den Berg
EF Education First
0:35
7 Matteo Moschetti
Trek - Segafredo
0:37
8 Samuel Leroux
Natura4Ever - Roubaix Lille Métropole
0:38
9 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
0:39
10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:40
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 31:02
2 Team Sky 0:07
3 EF Education First 0:14
4 Groupama - FDJ 0:23
5 Movistar Team 0:37
6 Astana Pro Team 0:55
7 Trek - Segafredo 0:56
8 Team Sunweb 0:57
9 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 1:10
10 Corendon - Circus 1:12

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