Deceuninck – Quick-Step on the offensive at the Tour de France

Deceuninck – Quick-Step on the offensive at the Tour de France

Thursday 10 September 2020 - 19:34

Sam Bennett enjoyed another stage in the green jersey on a day with over 3800 vertical meters.

The longest stage of the Tour de France (218 kilometers) departed from Chauvigny and travelled to Sarran, along the route visiting Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, the hometown of eight-time podium finisher Raymond Poulidor. Many were predicting a day for the breakaway, but surprisingly it took some time for four men to extricate themselves from the peloton, and even when they managed to do it, were kept on a tight three-minute leash.

Late to the party, Kasper Asgreen bridged across this group after an extraordinary effort which saw him wipe out a one-minute deficit in the space of just 15 kilometers and as soon as he arrived there, he took the front for a mammoth turn. Once things began moving at the front of the bunch, their gap tumbled to one minute, consequence also of several classified climbs which complicated matters, but Kasper’s pace didn’t abate and he kept going as long as possible, being the last man in the break to be reabsorbed on the La Croix du Pey.

A number of riders then attacked, among those who went up the road being Dries Devenyns and Bob Jungels, who were later joined by Julian Alaphilippe. Bob and Dries worked hard for the stage 2 victor to reduce the advantage of lone leader Marc Hirschi (Sunweb), before Alaphilippe took the matter into his own hands on the descent of Suc au May. A series of accelerations brought down the gap to 40 seconds, but with the other members of the group reluctant to sharing the workload, it became clear they wouldn’t make any more inroads into the Swiss’s margin.

Eventually, Julian finished just outside the top 10, a result that underlined his solid form as the race prepares to head into the Massif Central: “Today was very fast. I was thinking at the start that the breakaway would make it, but some teams had other plans, so they chased hard. When we arrived on the penultimate climb, I made my effort and had some help from Dries and Bob, who did the maximum, but we couldn’t catch Hirschi, who was the strongest today. I am a bit disappointed, but at the same time confident that other opportunities will come before we reach Paris next Sunday.”

Sam Bennett enjoyed a rather quiet day, the only moment when he got in the mix being at the intermediate sprint in Le Dorat, where coming off the wheel of Michael Mørkøv he was once again the fastest in the peloton, which passed there some two minutes behind the breakaway. The 29-year-old Irishman cemented his place at the top of the green jersey classification and now has a commanding 66-point lead ahead of the third weekend.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
5:08:49
2 Pierre Rolland
0:47
3 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
0:52
4 Quentin Pacher
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5 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
7 Hugo Houle
Astana Pro Team
,,
8 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
,,
9 Kenny Elissonde
Trek - Segafredo
0:56
10 Nicolas Roche
Team Sunweb
,,
11 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:48
79 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
86 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
91 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
112 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
141 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:25
151 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
160 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
51:26:43
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:21
3 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:28
4 Romain Bardet
AG2R La Mondiale
0:30
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:32
6 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Pro Cycling
,,
7 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:44
8 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
1:02
9 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
1:15
10 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
1:42
38 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
55:52
55 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:10:56
80 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:44:14
118 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:26:43
122 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:29:32
131 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:39:53
138 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:45:50
147 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:52:53
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
252 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
186 pt
3 Bryan Coquard
162 pt
4 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
155 pt
5 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
146 pt
6 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
131 pt
7 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
100 pt
8 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
100 pt
9 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
90 pt
10 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
88 pt
45 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
61 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
102 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
51:27:04
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:23
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
1:41
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
12:54
5 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
1:03:20
6 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
1:03:30
7 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
1:03:54
8 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
1:07:48
9 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
1:10:15
10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
1:15:16
15 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:26:22
19 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:45:29
1 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
36 pt
2 Nans Peters
AG2R La Mondiale
31 pt
3 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
31 pt
4 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
24 pt
5 Quentin Pacher
21 pt
6 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
18 pt
7 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
14 pt
8 Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Movistar Team
14 pt
9 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
14 pt
10 Michael Gogl
NTT Pro Cycling
12 pt
21 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
32 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Movistar Team 154:26:36
2 Trek - Segafredo 4:18
3 EF Pro Cycling 5:37
4 AG2R La Mondiale 13:47
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 17:32
6 Astana Pro Team 19:01
7 INEOS Grenadiers 26:32
8 Bahrain - McLaren 33:38
9 Mitchelton-Scott 40:35
10 Team Arkéa Samsic 1:14:31

Top results

1 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
5:08:49
2 Pierre Rolland
0:47
3 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
0:52
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