Mas takes command of the Tour of Guangxi

Mas takes command of the Tour of Guangxi

Sunday 20 October 2019 - 09:09

Victorious on the race’s queen stage, the Spaniard became the 16th different Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to score a win in 2019.

Enric Mas soloed to his first victory of the year and moved into the red jersey at the Tour of Guangxi – the season’s last World Tour event – with just two days to go. In addition to that, the young Spaniard also took the white jersey, in what was a perfect day for the Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider, who is making in China his final appearance for the UCI World Team Classification leader.

Sunday’s result came after the entire Wolfpack devoted all their energies to working tirelessly for the 24-year-old, sheltering him as the 161.4km-long stage 4 progressed and bringing Enric into an ideal position at the foot of the final climb, where teammate Rémi Cavagna attacked to soften up the peloton. The Frenchman put in an admirable effort, but was overhauled inside two kilometers to go by a reduced group, from where three riders took off on the steepest section of the climb.

Mas was part of this move, which carved out a small advantage before our rider – at all times composed and in absolute control – decided to up the tempo with 700 meters remaining. Only Daniel Martinez (EF Education First) could stay in his wheel, but for a brief moment, with the Colombian getting dropped after another acceleration of our rider, who had enough time to put his arms in the air as he signed off Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 67th victory of the year.

“The team did an amazing work today, protecting me and chasing the break, which at one point had a pretty big gap over the peloton. Thanks to the guys, I was well positioned at the start of the climb and I had Rémi to launch a probing attack and make others work. When he was caught with some 1700 meters to go, I knew that it was up to me and that all I needed to do was attack and try to make the difference.”

The first Spaniard to win a stage at the Tour of Guangxi, where he’ll now carry a five-second lead into the penultimate day, Enric drew a lot of satisfaction from his win: “My season was a solid and consistent one, but truth being told, I was missing a victory, and to get it now, in my last race of the year and my final outing for this fantastic squad, feels really great. There’s still two more stages left, but we will try to defend the jersey and bring it home.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:52:53
2 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
0:01
3 Diego Rosa
Team INEOS
0:08
4 Antwan Tolhoek
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:12
5 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
0:19
6 Odd Christian Eiking
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
,,
7 Carl Fredrik Hagen
Lotto Soudal
,,
8 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
Team INEOS
,,
9 Martijn Tusveld
Team Sunweb
0:28
10 Davide Villella
Astana Pro Team
,,
15 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
45 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:28
61 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:38
80 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
102 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
103 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:50:50
2 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
0:05
3 Diego Rosa
Team INEOS
0:14
4 Antwan Tolhoek
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:22
5 Carl Fredrik Hagen
Lotto Soudal
0:29
6 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
7 Odd Christian Eiking
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
,,
8 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
Team INEOS
,,
9 Davide Villella
Astana Pro Team
0:37
10 Martijn Tusveld
Team Sunweb
0:38
12 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
38 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:38
47 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:44
54 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
73 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:10
106 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:23
1 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
37 pt
2 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
30 pt
3 Ryan Mullen
Trek - Segafredo
24 pt
4 Daniel McLay
EF Education First
19 pt
5 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
18 pt
6 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
7 Jérôme Cousin
Team Total Direct Energie
12 pt
8 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
10 pt
9 Alexandr Riabushenko
UAE-Team Emirates
10 pt
10 Sep Vanmarcke
EF Education First
10 pt
14 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
22 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
24 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:50:50
2 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
0:05
3 Antwan Tolhoek
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:22
4 Odd Christian Eiking
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
0:29
5 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:41
6 Steff Cras
Team Katusha Alpecin
,,
7 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
8 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin
Astana Pro Team
0:53
9 Alexandr Riabushenko
UAE-Team Emirates
1:15
10 Nick Schultz
Mitchelton-Scott
1:21
17 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:44
1 Guillaume Martin
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
21 pt
2 Tomasz Marczyński
Lotto Soudal
20 pt
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
4 Jacopo Mosca
Trek - Segafredo
6 pt
5 Ryan Mullen
Trek - Segafredo
6 pt
6 Davide Villella
Astana Pro Team
6 pt
7 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
Team INEOS
4 pt
8 Nic Dlamini
Team Dimension Data
4 pt
9 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
2 pt
10 Victor Campenaerts
Lotto Soudal
2 pt
11 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
15 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Lotto Soudal 41:35:24
2 Team INEOS 0:16
3 Astana Pro Team 0:17
4 Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team 0:33
5 Team Dimension Data 1:30
6 Deceuninck - Quick Step 1:35
7 Team Total Direct Energie 2:44
8 Israel Cycling Academy 4:57
9 Team Sunweb 4:59
10 CCC Team 5:09

Top results

1 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:52:53
2 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
0:01
3 Diego Rosa
Team INEOS
0:08
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