Ballerini wins Tour de la Provence points classification

Ballerini wins Tour de la Provence points classification

Sunday 14 February 2021 - 20:14
Ballerini wins Tour de la Provence points classification

Ballerini wins Tour de la Provence points classification

Sunday 14 February 2021 - 20:14

UCI World Champion Julian Alaphilippe finishes runner-up in his first race of the season.

Davide Ballerini concluded the week as he started it, by making a visit to the podium after coming across the line a close second on the final stage to be awarded the race’s points jersey, a first for an Italian rider in the six years that have passed since the Tour de la Provence was created.

The 26-year-old Italian from Cantù was perfectly guided in the closing kilometers by his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates, who drilled the pace on the technical streets in Salon-de-Provence, Kasper Asgreen and Julian Alaphilippe making sure that Davide was close to the front going under the flamme rouge. Only Czech rider in history to have won a cobbled Classic, Zdenek Stybar took over and put in a huge turn for his teammate, who launched his sprint with 200 meters to go and looked poised to make it a hat-trick of victories in France, only to be denied by Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) in the final meters.

“It wasn’t easy to be in a good position in the finale, but the team did a great job. I was perfectly positioned by them, with Julian and then Styby delivering a great lead-out, but I just missed a bit in the legs with ten meters to go and that made the difference. On the other hand, it was a memorable week for us and we can be happy with our results – two stage wins, this jersey and Julian’s strong GC – and the strong Wolfpack spirit that helped us enjoy such a strong start to the season”, said Ballerini after his third podium in four days.

Also for the ever-entertaining Julian Alaphilippe it ended up being a good and satisfactory week, that has seen the UCI World Champion play a major role in all the stages – from the long-range breakaway on the opening day and his part in the Deceuninck – Quick-Step sprint train to his third place on the first mountain test of the season, Chalet Reynard.

That result put him onto the overall podium of the race, but the Frenchman wanted more, and soon after the start of stage 4 went for the intermediate sprint in Saint-Michel de Frigolet, where he claimed maximum bonus seconds that moved him to second in the overall standings.

“When I draw the line, I am happy with my form and with how things went for us in this beautiful Tour de la Provence. Our team had an excellent week, we were on the podium on all four days and I took second on my first race of the year, which isn’t too bad. The most beautiful thing was that I got to wear the rainbow jersey in France for the first time this year, it’s a great feeling. Now I will continue my preparation for the Classics season, which I kick off in two weeks’ time at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad”, Julian explained after the race.

Alaphilippe wasn’t the only Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to finish the Tour de la Provence in the top 10 overall, with 21-year-old Mauri Vansevenant taking a strong eighth place in just his fifth stage race since turning pro last summer.

 

Photo credit: ©James Startt/Agence ZOOM

Race details

1 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
3:47:01
2 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
3 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
4 Matteo Moschetti
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
5 John Degenkolb
Lotto Soudal
0:00
6 Bryan Coquard
0:00
7 Matthew Walls
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
8 Niccolò Bonifazio
Team Total Direct Energie
0:00
9 Eduard-Michael Grosu
DELKO
0:00
10 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
11 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
17 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
34 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
101 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
105 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
115 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:51
1 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
INEOS Grenadiers
17:00:17
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:18
3 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:19
4 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
0:39
5 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
0:57
6 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
0:57
7 Jack Haig
Bahrain - Victorious
0:58
8 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:58
9 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:58
10 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
0:58
77 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:50
78 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:56
94 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:15
109 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25:37
113 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:09
1 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
42 pt
2 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
20 pt
3 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
20 pt
4 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
18 pt
5 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
6 Eduard-Michael Grosu
DELKO
14 pt
7 Matthew Walls
BORA - hansgrohe
14 pt
8 Bryan Coquard
13 pt
9 Matteo Moschetti
Trek - Segafredo
13 pt
10 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
12 pt
38 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
41 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
INEOS Grenadiers
17:00:17
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:19
3 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:58
4 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
0:58
5 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R Citroën Team
1:28
6 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
1:28
7 Carlos Rodriguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
2:18
8 Ide Schelling
BORA - hansgrohe
3:52
9 Abner González Rivera
Movistar Team
4:26
10 Stefano Oldani
Lotto Soudal
4:52
1 Filippo Conca
Lotto Soudal
15 pt
2 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
15 pt
3 Jérôme Cousin
Team Total Direct Energie
9 pt
4 Delio Fernández Cruz
DELKO
9 pt
5 Jérémy Leveau
Xelliss - Roubaix Lille Métropole
8 pt
6 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
7 Samuel Leroux
Xelliss - Roubaix Lille Métropole
6 pt
8 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
INEOS Grenadiers
5 pt
9 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
10 Lluís Mas Bonet
Movistar Team
5 pt
18 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
23 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 INEOS Grenadiers 51:03:44
2 Bahrain - Victorious 0:44
3 AG2R Citroën Team 3:29
4 BORA - hansgrohe 3:31
5 Astana - Premier Tech 3:50
6 Movistar Team 4:28
7 Team Qhubeka ASSOS 6:39
8 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 9:00
9 Deceuninck - Quick Step 9:53
10 Team Arkéa Samsic 11:35

Top results

1 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
3:47:01
2 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
3 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
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