Vuelta a España: Cavagna gets most combative award

Vuelta a España: Cavagna gets most combative award

Friday 06 November 2020 - 19:50

The 25-year-old earns himself a visit to the podium after a stunning and spirited solo effort.

Rémi Cavagna confirmed again there’s a reason why he’s nicknamed the “TGV of Clermont-Ferrand”, Friday afternoon, when he almost single-handedly held off the peloton on the roads of the Salamanca province, on the 162km stage 16 of the Spanish Grand Tour. The day belonged to the breakaway, where the French ITT Champion found himself for an astonishing fifth time since the start of the race, helping the five-man group establish a six-minute margin over the red jersey group.

Surprisingly for the men at the front, the chase was led by some of the GC teams, which peeled back five minutes by the time they rode over the top of Puerto El Robledo, the day’s main difficulty. With the lead of the group slashed to a mere minute by the fast and furious bunch, Rémi attacked on the steepest part of the climb and forced a selection, only Robert Stannard (Mitchelton-Scott) being capable of following him.

Despite their advantage being a slender one, of just 20 seconds on the twisty downhill to Ciudad Rodrigo, the duo kept pulling hard and conserved the buffer. About 15 kilometers from the finish, another surge of the 25-year-old Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider helped him get clear of the Australian and power ahead, bravely taking on the long and flat final 12 kilometers. Tucked over his handle bars in full time trial mode, Cavagna kept motoring and enjoyed at one point a 20-second lead over the chasers, but that margin was narrowed down and eventually Rémi was reabsorbed agonisingly close to the finish, just two kilometers from the line, where Magnus Cort (EF Pro Cycling) prevailed in a reduced sprint.

“I was disappointed after my time trial and today was the last opportunity for me to try something. We were a nice group at the front, but the bunch chased hard and cut our lead, making it really difficult to survive until the end. Despite this, I did my best and gave everything, and with the help of the tailwind I really hoped I would make it, but it wasn’t the case. We showed again the Wolfpack spirit, we showed again that the Wolfpack never gives up and we can be proud of this”, said Rémi, who went to the podium to receive the trophy for the most aggressive rider of the stage, a performance he achieved also at the Tour de France.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step will go into the final weekend Vuelta a España with just seven riders, after neo-pro Andrea Bagioli – tenth on Arrate and third in Suances – had to abandon two days from Madrid. It wasn’t a good day also for another Grand Tour debutant, Jannik Steimle. The Tour of Slovakia winner crashed on a tricky downhill with 42 kilometers to go, an incident which left him with cuts and abrasions on the left side of the body, his elbow, hip and knee. Immediately after the finish, Jannik went to the race ambulance to get his wounds stitched, before traveling with the team to the hotel, where his condition will be monitored overnight by the Deceuninck – Quick-Step medical staff.

 

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Pro Cycling
4:04:35
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
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3 Dion Smith
Mitchelton-Scott
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4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
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5 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
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6 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
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7 Dorian Godon
AG2R La Mondiale
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8 Michael Valgren Andersen
NTT Pro Cycling
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9 Jasha Sütterlin
Team Sunweb
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10 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
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18 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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52 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:44
63 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:28
74 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:34
97 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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100 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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134 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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DNF Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-4:04:35
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
64:20:31
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:45
3 Hugh Carthy
EF Pro Cycling
0:53
4 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
1:48
5 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
3:29
6 Wout Poels
Bahrain - McLaren
6:21
7 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
7:20
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
8:45
9 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
8:54
10 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
UAE-Team Emirates
9:29
17 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:14
80 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:39:53
86 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:51:06
99 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:07:19
116 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:21:01
123 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:29:36
139 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:02:46
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
198 pt
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
125 pt
3 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
111 pt
4 Hugh Carthy
EF Pro Cycling
89 pt
5 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
78 pt
6 Michael Woods
EF Pro Cycling
72 pt
7 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
71 pt
8 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
69 pt
9 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
66 pt
10 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
66 pt
29 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
52 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
62 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
64:24:00
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 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
1:24:17
10 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
1:33:29
24 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:36:24
27 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:47:37
42 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:17:32
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
17 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13 pt
20 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
1 Movistar Team 193:19:02
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 7:48
3 Astana Pro Team 40:17
4 UAE-Team Emirates 54:01
5 Mitchelton-Scott 58:33
6 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 1:27:26
7 INEOS Grenadiers 1:54:29
8 Groupama - FDJ 2:26:48
9 EF Pro Cycling 2:29:11
10 CCC Team 2:52:47

Top results

1 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Pro Cycling
4:04:35
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
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3 Dion Smith
Mitchelton-Scott
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