Vuelta a España: Cattaneo’s big day at the front

Vuelta a España: Cattaneo’s big day at the front

Thursday 05 November 2020 - 19:43

Only the stiff headwind prevented the Italian from taking the biggest victory of his career, after an incredible ride.

The longest stage of the race waited the riders with a 230km journey from Mos to Pueblo de Sanabria, five classified climbs, more than 4000 vertical meters and some nagging rain, all making for a tough day in the saddle. The huge tempo in the first part of the stage, when several riders tried to go in the breakaway, abated only two hours later, once a group snapped the elastic and built a maximum gap of six minutes, with around 170 kilometers to go.

Mattia Cattaneo was there for Deceuninck – Quick-Step, marking his third time in the breakaway since the start of the race, and the 30-year-old Italian was one of the most active riders in the front, impressing with his workload. Then, with 30 kilometers remaining, he pressed on a short rise just ahead of Alto de Padornelo and pushed through the rain, putting some daylight between him and the other escapees, quickly taking his advantage to more than a minute by the time he arrived at the top of the climb.

Cattaneo displayed an amazing never-say-die attitude as he continued to dig really deep and empty himself in the strong headwind, fighting tooth and nail to maintain his slender lead over the heavily-depleted peloton on the long, wide roads of Castilla y Leon, but it was heartbreak in the end for him, as he got caught with just three kilometers to go.

“It was my goal to be in the break, so I attacked a couple of times until one of these moves managed to get clear. The entire stage was made very hard by the headwind we had all day, but I felt good, so I attacked on the climb and surged clear. I began believing in my chances when the gap stood at two minutes, but the road and conditions played against me and I got caught. I am disappointed, but at the same time determined to try again until the end of the race”, said after the stage an upbeat Mattia, who climbed a place in the general classification.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step moved to the front once the catch was made, experienced lead-out man Michael Mørkøv bringing neo-pro Jannik Steimle into a perfect position and keeping the German well-placed going into the final kilometer, which featured a 600m section averaging 6% and two 90-degree turns. Victorious at the Tour of Slovakia this season, the 24-year-old unleashed a powerful sprint and claimed his first Grand Tour podium, as Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) took the win in Puebla de Sanabria.

“I am very happy with this podium, my first in a Grand Tour. I liked the stage and the weather, so I was really looking forward to it this morning. A big thanks goes to Michael, who gave me a perfect lead-out in the closing kilometer. Unfortunately, I made a mistake there and lost his wheel as I got boxed in with 300 meters to go, and for that reason I lost some precious positions. I somehow managed to come back and I had good speed, but I also had to go a long way as Ackermann swerved twice to the left. Anyway, to be in the top 3 on the longest stage of the Vuelta is a good result, one which boosts my confidence”, explained Jannik after delivering our team’s fourth podium since the start of the race.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
6:18:57
2 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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4 Alfred Wright
Bahrain - McLaren
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5 Dion Smith
Mitchelton-Scott
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6 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
NTT Pro Cycling
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7 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Pro Cycling
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8 Dorian Godon
AG2R La Mondiale
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9 Stan Dewulf
Lotto Soudal
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10 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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53 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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99 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:53
110 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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119 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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142 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:27
145 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
60:16:02
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
17 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:08
54 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:47:03
81 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:29:13
96 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:49:18
104 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:57:45
114 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:03:07
127 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:16:17
141 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:47:19
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 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
66 pt
9 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
66 pt
10 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
61 pt
23 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27 pt
27 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24 pt
32 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
33 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
39 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
55 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
63 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
60:19:25
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 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
1:24:07
16 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:43:40
25 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:25:50
32 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:45:55
40 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:59:44
1 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
89 pt
2 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
34 pt
3 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
30 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
18 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
20 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 Movistar Team 181:05:00
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 EF Pro Cycling 2:28:07
10 CCC Team 2:35:16

Top results

1 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
6:18:57
2 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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See all race results

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