Gilberts concludes La Provence in tenth overall

Gilberts concludes La Provence in tenth overall

Sunday 17 February 2019 - 16:40

Rémi Cavagna spends more than 150 kilometers in the break on the final day of the race.

Stage 4 of the Tour de la Provence rolled out from Avignon – the former trading post founded by the Greeks which in the 14th century was used as official residency by six popes, boasting at that times the largest library in Europe – and took the peloton to Aix-en-Provence, a city that has featured also on the Tour de France, first time in 1913, when Gustave Garrigou took the win after 325 kilometers in the saddle.

On Sunday, the riders had to cover only 162.2 kilometers, but the frantic pace and the numerous hills sprinkled over the route made up another tough day, one which Philippe Gilbert started by picking up three bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint. That was the cue for teammate Rémi Cavagna to attack and instigate a breakaway that ended up counting nine men, who worked well together and eked out a three-minute advantage.

In the run-in to La Cride (3.7km, 4.3%) – the day’s final ascent – Cavagna accelerated from the reduced front group and despite their gap having plummeted to 30 seconds, he put in a brave effort which forced the bunch to turn on the gas in order to bring him back. Over the top of the climb, a couple of riders, including Pieter Serry, tried their chance, but the sprinters’ teams were keen on seeing the stage come down to a bunch gallop and rode accordingly, nullifying the moves with two kilometres to go.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step placed two riders, Yves Lampaert (6th) and Philippe Gilbert (8th), in the top 10 of the sprint won by John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and was represented by the same Gilbert in the upper echelon of the general classification. Tenth thanks to the bonifications notched up early on the stage, the 2012 World Champion finished in the top 10 overall of a stage race for the 35th time in his career, a performance only nine other active riders have achieved.

Sports director Brian Holm was satisfied with how the week went for Deceuninck – Quick-Step in the team’s first European race of the season: “We started with a solid prologue, where we had three riders in the top 10, were active in the break with the likes of Kasper and Rémi, and had Philippe take a stage victory and finish today tenth in the rankings, so we can be happy, it’s been a good week all-around. These results will give us all more confidence for our next appointments, starting with Algarve, next week.”

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen/ Getty Images

Race details

1 John Degenkolb
Trek - Segafredo
3:52:11
2 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
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3 Anthony Maldonado
St Michel - Auber93
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4 Tony Gallopin
AG2R La Mondiale
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5 Damien Touze
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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6 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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7 Benjamin Thomas
Groupama - FDJ
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8 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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9 Warren Barguil
Team Arkéa Samsic
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10 August Jensen
Israel Cycling Academy
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23 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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45 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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52 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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97 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1006 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
13:18:06
2 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
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3 Tony Gallopin
AG2R La Mondiale
0:01
4 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:02
5 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
0:10
6 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:15
7 Eddie Dunbar
Team Sky
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8 Eduard Prades Reverte
Movistar Team
0:21
9 Jimmy Janssens
Corendon - Circus
0:26
10 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:29
22 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:59
37 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:09
47 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:06
54 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:57
58 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:25
1 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
38 pt
2 Tony Gallopin
AG2R La Mondiale
32 pt
3 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28 pt
4 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
19 pt
5 John Degenkolb
Trek - Segafredo
18 pt
6 Eduard Prades Reverte
Movistar Team
17 pt
7 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
12 pt
8 Eddie Dunbar
Team Sky
11 pt
9 Filippo Ganna
Team Sky
10 pt
10 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
20 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
13:18:21
2 Eddie Dunbar
Team Sky
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3 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
2:11
4 Lennard Kämna
Team Sunweb
2:54
5 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
3:14
6 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
5:27
7 Dorian Godon
AG2R La Mondiale
5:36
8 Damien Touze
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
7:55
9 Filippo Ganna
Team Sky
8:49
10 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:42
1 Lilian Calmejane
Direct Energie
16 pt
2 Dries De Bondt
Corendon - Circus
16 pt
3 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
8 pt
4 Eddie Dunbar
Team Sky
7 pt
5 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
5 pt
6 Jodok Salzmann
Maloja Pushbikers
5 pt
7 Anthony Delaplace
Team Arkéa Samsic
5 pt
8 Fausto Masnada
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
4 pt
9 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
3 pt
10 Lennard Kämna
Team Sunweb
3 pt
15 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Groupama - FDJ 39:54:13
2 Movistar Team 1:57
3 Deceuninck - Quick Step 3:50
4 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 4:16
5 Vital Concept - B 5:31
6 AG2R La Mondiale 5:55
7 Team Sunweb 6:17
8 EF Education First 10:38
9 Trek - Segafredo 11:32
10 Team Arkéa Samsic 12:31

Top results

1 John Degenkolb
Trek - Segafredo
3:52:11
2 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
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3 Anthony Maldonado
St Michel - Auber93
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