Deceuninck – Quick-Step in the spotlight as racing resumes in Spain

Deceuninck – Quick-Step in the spotlight as racing resumes in Spain

Tuesday 28 July 2020 - 18:54

João Almeida is second overall after an intense day of racing at the Vuelta a Burgos.

Hot temperatures, Deceuninck – Quick-Step-powered crosswinds, a spectacular attack of Remco Evenepoel from the range, a gripping finish and a solid podium for João Almeida – the opening stage of the Vuelta a Burgos had it all, including face masks and temperatures checks before the start, as the peloton adapted to racing in the times of pandemic.

Four men took off soon after the start and put five minutes between them and the peloton, but the stage was properly animated only inside the final 50 kilometers, when crosswinds wreaked havoc and fragmented the group. The breakaway was easily reeled in as Remco Evenepoel and Yves Lampaert opened a gap, the latter paving the way for a strong attack of his younger countryman. Making his first appearance in five months, the Vuelta a San Juan and Volta ao Algarve winner tested his legs and built a 40-second margin over the bunch, before easing off and letting himself be absorbed by the chasers, who were back as one once the winds subsided.

“We knew there was a big chance of having an echelon and as I was positioned really well, I attacked with the idea that some guys would jump and join me, but that didn’t happen. Still, it was a nice opportunity to show my new Specialized Tarmac SL7, a gorgeous bike that I immediately fell in love with”, explained Remco, who eventually concluded the stage in tenth place. “It felt great to be back! Everybody was happy about returning, but at the same time nervous during the entire day, due to the crosswinds threat. Anyway, it was a good day and I think we all realised just how much we missed doing what we love the most!”

Inside the last ten kilometers, riders began jostling for position at the front and Deceuninck – Quick-Step were one of the team having delegates there: Evenepoel, Andrea Bagioli and João Almeida. The cards were made for the young Portuguese all-rounded, whose strong acceleration on the partially cobbled third-category climb of Alto del Castillo netted him an impressive second place, just a handful of seconds behind Felix Grossschartner (Bora-hansgrohe), who took the win.

This result garnered a trip to the podium for the soon to be 22-year-old, who pulled on the white jersey, which rewards him for topping the best young rider classification: “It was a day of mixed feelings for us. We tried several things in the crosswinds, but unfortunately others didn’t follow. Then, Michael crashed and Sam didn’t feel that good, so we decided to go for another plan. The boys did a great job and positioned me near the front and I tried my luck with 200 meters remaining. I had good legs, even after pulling in the bunch earlier in the day, so I can be happy with the result. Overall, it was a nice start to the race for the team, which gives us a lot of confidence.”

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
3:40:21
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:08
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
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4 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana Pro Team
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5 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
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6 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
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7 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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8 Jay McCarthy
BORA - hansgrohe
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9 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
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10 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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37 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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51 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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69 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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121 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:57
147 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
3:40:21
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:08
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
,,
4 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana Pro Team
,,
5 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
,,
6 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
,,
7 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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8 Jay McCarthy
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
9 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
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10 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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37 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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51 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
69 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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121 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:57
147 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
25 pt
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
16 pt
4 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana Pro Team
14 pt
5 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
12 pt
6 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
10 pt
7 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
9 pt
8 Jay McCarthy
BORA - hansgrohe
8 pt
9 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
7 pt
10 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:40:29
2 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana Pro Team
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3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:02
4 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
5 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
,,
6 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Team INEOS
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7 Alessandro Fedeli
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
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8 Arjen Livyns
Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles
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9 José Manuel Díaz Gallego
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
0:08
10 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
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22 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:51
1 Gotzon Martín Sanz
Euskaltel - Euskadi
16 pt
2 Diego Pablo Sevilla López
Kometa Xstra Cycling Team
12 pt
3 Jetse Bol
Burgos-BH
10 pt
4 Francisco Galván Fernández
Equipo Kern Pharma
8 pt
5 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
6 pt
6 Filippo Ganna
Team INEOS
6 pt
7 Finn Fisher-Black
Team Jumbo-Visma
6 pt
8 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
9 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Team INEOS
4 pt
10 Ben O'Connor
NTT Pro Cycling
4 pt
1 BORA - hansgrohe 11:01:23
2 Team INEOS 0:10
3 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:24
4 Astana Pro Team 0:30
5 NIPPO DELKO One Provence 0:37
6 Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
7 UAE-Team Emirates 0:43
8 Movistar Team 0:52
9 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:57
10 Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles 1:06

Top results

1 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
3:40:21
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:08
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
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