Critérium du Dauphiné: Deceuninck – Quick-Step animate tough stage in Auvergne

Critérium du Dauphiné: Deceuninck – Quick-Step animate tough stage in Auvergne

Monday 10 June 2019 - 18:21

Petr Vakoč made a big impression and finished seventh on the 180km rainy leg that brought more changes to the overall standings.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step were among the key players for the second day running at the Critérium du Dauphiné, on a savage stage which ended up shuffling the cards and leaving an important mark on the general classification. Eight ranked climbs were sprinkled on the route between Mauriac and Craponne-sur-Azoc, and it was on the first that a 13-man group containing Julian Alaphilippe and Rémi Cavagna plugged away.

Winner of the season’s first Monument, Milano-Sanremo, Julian claimed maximum points on the first five climbs of the stage and made significant inroads in the KOM classification. On the false flat that took the riders to Côte de la Baraque, Rémi – a native of the Auvergne region, which the race traversed on Monday – put in several charges, and at one point got clear, before being reeled in by the other escapees. The furious forcing of the peloton, which travelled at an average speed of 44.8km/h, spelled the end of leaders’ time in the front with two climbs still on the menu.

That was the cue for two other Deceuninck – Quick-Step riders – Philippe Gilbert and Petr Vakoč – to go on the attack and open a 50-second buffer over a small field which was counting under 50 riders on the excruciating slopes of Côte de Saint-Victor-sur-Arlanc, a 3.1km-long climb boasting a 9.4% average. The group imploded and many riders got distanced when two riders forged a small gap, which they kept all the way to the finish in Craponne-sur-Azoc.

A debutant at the Dauphiné, Petr gritted his teeth and rode with great composure, limiting the losses over the top of the last ascent, as he got overhauled by a strong group featuring many of the pre-race GC favourites. The Czech, who in February made his return to competition after an injury that kept him on the sidelines during the entire 2018 season, impressed as he continued his upward trajectory, sprinting to seventh place – his first individual top 10 placing of the year.

Sports director Brian Holm gave his take on Monday’s action-packed stage, which the team concluded with six riders, after Tim Declercq’s abandon: “Like yesterday, it was a very hard stage and we tried to get something out of it. Loulou and Rémi rode strongly, but Ineos chased everything down. As soon as there was a regrouping, Phil went away with Petr and they did a good job on this tough parcours. The whole team raced well, but unfortunately we missed out on the win; still, there’s a few more chances left this week and we’ll continue trying.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
4:12:41
2 Guillaume Martin
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
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3 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
0:13
4 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
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5 Michael Woods
EF Education First
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6 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
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7 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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8 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
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9 Wout Poels
Team INEOS
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10 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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12 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:44
54 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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92 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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116 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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129 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1005 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
7:37:03
2 Guillaume Martin
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
0:03
3 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
0:20
4 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
0:21
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
0:24
6 Michael Woods
EF Education First
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7 Wout Poels
Team INEOS
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8 Chris Froome
Team INEOS
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9 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
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10 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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11 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:49
44 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:14
80 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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84 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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92 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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139 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
34 pt
2 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
29 pt
3 Guillaume Martin
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
28 pt
4 Edvald Boasson Hagen
Team Dimension Data
25 pt
5 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
6 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
20 pt
7 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
20 pt
8 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
18 pt
9 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
18 pt
10 Michael Woods
EF Education First
16 pt
13 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
7:38:59
2 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
0:03
3 Odd Christian Eiking
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
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4 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
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5 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
0:04
6 Steff Cras
Team Katusha Alpecin
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7 Nick Schultz
Mitchelton-Scott
0:38
8 Lennard Hofstede
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:07
9 Gianni Moscon
Team INEOS
3:49
10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
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23 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:23
33 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Casper Pedersen
Team Sunweb
18 pt
2 Magnus Cort Nielsen
Astana Pro Team
13 pt
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
4 Fabien Doubey
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
10 pt
5 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
7 pt
6 Guillaume Martin
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
5 pt
7 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
5 pt
8 Oliver Naesen
AG2R La Mondiale
5 pt
9 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
4 pt
10 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
3 pt
13 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Astana Pro Team 22:53:57
2 EF Education First 0:31
3 Groupama - FDJ ,,
4 Bahrain Merida 1:22
5 Movistar Team 1:36
6 Mitchelton-Scott ,,
7 Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team 2:46
8 Team INEOS 3:45
9 Team Jumbo-Visma 3:46
10 Team Katusha Alpecin 7:01

Top results

1 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
4:12:41
2 Guillaume Martin
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
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3 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
0:13
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