Runner-up for the Wolfpack on Tour Colombia opening day

Runner-up for the Wolfpack on Tour Colombia opening day

Tuesday 11 February 2020 - 20:14

For the second year in a row, our team concluded the TTT on the podium.

Julian Alaphilippe, Alvaro Hodeg, Mikkel Honoré, Bob Jungels, Jannik Steimle and Bert Van Lerberghe were the six riders to roll down the start ramp Tuesday afternoon, when the third edition of Tour Colombia got underway with a 16.7km team time trial in Tunja, some 130 kilometers northeast of the country’s capital, Bogota.

Second on this stage last year, our riders were keen on improving that result and had a strong start, but on the only climb on the course, the team split and two guys were briefly distanced before rejoining their teammates. Going through the intermediate checkpoint, the Wolfpack posted the fastest provisional time (12:15), before upping the tempo in the closing kilometers and averaging over 53km/h by the time they finished, which helped our squad move into the hot seat with a result of 18:46. Eventually, that time was improved by EF Education First, who took the victory and gave the race’s first leader, Jonathan Caicedo.

“We were very motivated and managed to put in a solid ride as soon as we left the start house, but unfortunately, due to the huge noise, the boys couldn’t hear the radio and a gap of around 25 meters opened. We lost some important seconds there, but even without this incident we wouldn’t have been at the top of the classification, as another team was faster than us today. Onwards and upwards from here”, said sports director Wilfried Peeters after Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 14th podium of the season.

 

Photo credit: ©Maximiliano Blanco / Getty Images

Race details

1 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Pro Cycling
18:01
2 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
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3 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
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4 Tejay van Garderen
EF Pro Cycling
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5 Lawson Craddock
EF Pro Cycling
0:09
6 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:45
7 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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8 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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9 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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10 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
0:46
155 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:07
156 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
18:01
2 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
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3 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:45
4 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
0:46
5 Brandon Smith Rivera Vargas
Team INEOS
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6 Jhonatan Narváez Prado
Team INEOS
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7 Cristian Camilo Muñoz
UAE-Team Emirates
1:00
8 German Enrique Chavez
EPM - Scott
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9 Aldemar Reyes Ortega
EPM - Scott
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10 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
1:02
60 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:07
61 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 EF Pro Cycling 18:01
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:45
3 Team INEOS 0:46
4 Rally Cycling 0:59
5 UAE-Team Emirates 1:00
6 EPM - Scott ,,
7 Movistar Team 1:02
8 Israel Start-Up Nation 1:21
9 Team Medellin 1:22
10 Uno-X Norwegian Development Team 1:32

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