Stybar on the podium at the Vuelta a España

Stybar on the podium at the Vuelta a España

Wednesday 04 November 2020 - 19:16

The 34-year-old Czech went on the attack and came close to his second win of the season.

An aggressive start to the stage Wednesday morning saw the peloton travel at more than 45km/h for the first two hours, as numerous attempts to form a breakaway came from the riders who sensed a move could go all the way to Ourense, the former Roman settlement which returned as a stage finish for the tenth time in history and for the first time in 25 years.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step was in the thick of the action – Grand Tour debutant Ian Garrison, Rémi Cavagna and Mattia Cattaneo attacking one by one and getting infiltrated in moves that unfortunately turned out to be short-lived. Eventually, it was 70 kilometers into the race that a seven-man group managed to snap the elastic, and when it did, Zdenek Stybar was there for the Wolfpack and contributed to the group’s five-minute maximum advantage.

On Alto de Abelaira, the final climb of the stage, the gap came down to just two minutes, but somehow on the descent they managed to extend it to three minutes. With 14 kilometers remaining, the former Czech Champion accelerated and together with two of his fellow escapees put some daylight between them and their former companions.

Inside three kilometers to go, it looked as if they would fight for victory, but on the uphill kick to Ourense the chasers bridged across, making it a six-man battle for victory. Stybar was well in the mix and looked poised for his second career stage win at La Vuelta, but was boxed in on the technical and twisting climb and ended the day third, behind Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) and Michael Woods (EF Pro Cycling).

“Coming into the Vuelta two weeks ago, I didn’t have the best feeling, but kept improving day by day and today I felt really good, so I decided to give it a go. It was very intense from the start and once the move slipped away, we rode full gas until we took our advantage north of two minutes. Even then we continued to work well together and when we hit five minutes, we began thinking it would be our day.”

“When the gap dropped, I still kept believing that we would make it, because the tempo was really high in the group on the last climb. I was a bit on the limit, but making it over the top of the ascent and seeing that also the others were suffering gave me a lot of confidence. In the downhill I tried putting some pressure on the group and managed to drag two more riders with me, but we got caught just ahead of the flamme rouge, which was a real pity. The final kilometer was very tactical, and unfortunately, I got blocked with 400-500 meters to go and that was when I lost the chance to fight for victory. I am disappointed, but at the same time happy with my condition and with a podium on such a hard finish, which only add to my motivation for the next four stages”, Zdenek explained after racking up Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 35th top 3 finish of the season in the World Tour ranks.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
4:37:05
2 Michael Woods
EF Pro Cycling
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3 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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4 Dylan van Baarle
INEOS Grenadiers
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5 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
0:11
6 Thymen Arensman
Team Sunweb
0:13
7 Pierre-Luc Périchon
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
3:11
8 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
3:44
9 Gonzalo Serrano Rodríguez
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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10 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
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25 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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28 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:54
50 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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51 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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119 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:49
120 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:50
140 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
53:57:05
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:39
3 Hugh Carthy
EF Pro Cycling
0:47
4 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
1:42
5 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
3:23
6 Wout Poels
Bahrain - McLaren
6:15
7 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
7:14
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
8:39
9 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
8:48
10 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
UAE-Team Emirates
9:23
18 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:11
45 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:28:36
82 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:29:17
94 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:42:25
97 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:45:21
111 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:54:37
134 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:16:17
141 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:28:52
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
178 pt
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
113 pt
3 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
111 pt
4 Hugh Carthy
EF Pro Cycling
89 pt
5 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
74 pt
6 Michael Woods
EF Pro Cycling
72 pt
7 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
69 pt
8 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
66 pt
9 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
61 pt
10 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
57 pt
24 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27 pt
29 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
30 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
31 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
52 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
73 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
54:00:28
2 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
5:25
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
7:22
4 Georg Zimmermann
CCC Team
35:40
5 Will Barta
CCC Team
41:11
6 Gino Mäder
NTT Pro Cycling
42:44
7 Kobe Goossens
Lotto Soudal
42:55
8 Clément Champoussin
AG2R La Mondiale
1:10:20
9 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
1:18:08
10 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
1:21:53
12 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:25:13
26 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:25:54
32 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:39:02
38 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:51:14
1 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
76 pt
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
30 pt
3 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
28 pt
4 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
27 pt
5 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
24 pt
6 Hugh Carthy
EF Pro Cycling
21 pt
7 Michael Woods
EF Pro Cycling
21 pt
8 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
20 pt
9 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
18 pt
10 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
18 pt
19 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
20 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 Movistar Team 162:08:09
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 8:05
3 Astana Pro Team 39:49
4 UAE-Team Emirates 54:18
5 Mitchelton-Scott 58:42
6 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 1:22:16
7 INEOS Grenadiers 1:54:16
8 Groupama - FDJ 2:21:30
9 CCC Team 2:26:46
10 EF Pro Cycling 2:28:07

Top results

1 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
4:37:05
2 Michael Woods
EF Pro Cycling
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3 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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