Deceuninck – Quick-Step animates Pais Vasco stage 3

Deceuninck – Quick-Step animates Pais Vasco stage 3

Wednesday 07 April 2021 - 18:23
Deceuninck – Quick-Step animates Pais Vasco stage 3

Deceuninck – Quick-Step animates Pais Vasco stage 3

Wednesday 07 April 2021 - 18:23

Mauri Vansevenant made his way into the top 10 overall Wednesday afternoon.

Vuelta al Pais Vasco reached the mid-point of this edition, but the hard climbs continued to come thick and fast and sap into the riders’ legs, who had to face the hardest day so far, a 154.8km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde culminating with a short climb averaging out at a lung-bursting 11%.

Mikkel Honoré and six other riders attacked once the peloton crested the Altube – the first ranked climb of the day – building a healthy lead that made them hopeful they could hold off the chasers and go on and fight for the victory, but an injection of pace in the bunch erased more than half of the deficit at the start of the penultimate climb, Malkuartu. With the gap coming down rapidly, Mikkel threw in one last effort and dropped his companions but despite leaving it all out there, he was caught by the charging peloton two kilometers from the top.

Nobody risked on the descent, but as soon as the road began to go up again, attacks began coming and Mauri Vansevenant was among those trying to get away. The yellow jersey favourites reacted swiftly, but this didn’t deter the ambitions of the Belgian, who remained active and went again, opening a small gap. The steepest gradients appeared ahead of the flamme rouge and that’s where Mauri was caught and distanced, but the 21-year-old continued to climb solidly, together with teammate James Knox, who in the meantime had managed to bridge across.

The two Deceuninck – Quick-Step youngsters combined well and reduced the gap to the front duo, from where Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) took the win, coming home just 16 seconds behind them. Their strong display on the Ermualde was rewarded at the end of the day, both gaining several places in the general classification of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, where Mauri is now tenth, which makes him the best Belgian rider at the week-long stage race, and James sits in 16th position.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
4:04:50
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
0:05
4 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:05
5 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
0:05
6 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:08
7 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:16
8 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:16
9 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:16
10 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:18
72 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:20
93 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:14
104 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:36
112 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:50
136 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:55
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
8:07:48
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:20
3 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:30
4 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:39
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
0:50
6 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:54
7 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
1:00
8 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
1:08
9 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:09
10 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
1:09
16 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:38
62 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:14
80 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:26
100 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:35
118 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:00
138 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:51
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
55 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
53 pt
3 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
32 pt
4 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
27 pt
5 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
26 pt
6 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
24 pt
7 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
24 pt
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
22 pt
9 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
20 pt
10 Omar Fraile Matarranz
Astana - Premier Tech
20 pt
20 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
24 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
35 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
13 pt
2 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
12 pt
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
12 pt
4 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
6 pt
5 Oier Lazkano
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
6 pt
6 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
6 pt
7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
6 pt
8 Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Movistar Team
4 pt
9 Jon Irisarri Rincón
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
4 pt
10 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
2 pt
15 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
8:08:08
2 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:10
3 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:34
4 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:49
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
0:59
6 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
1:09
7 Ilan Van Wilder
Team DSM
1:15
8 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
3:21
9 Mark Donovan
Team DSM
3:34
10 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
5:09
24 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:06
38 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:40
1 Team Jumbo-Visma 24:27:48
2 UAE-Team Emirates 0:01
3 BORA - hansgrohe 0:42
4 Bahrain - Victorious 1:25
5 Astana - Premier Tech 2:16
6 INEOS Grenadiers 5:19
7 Deceuninck - Quick Step 5:42
8 Movistar Team 7:43
9 Team Total Direct Energie 7:57
10 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 8:08

Top results

1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
4:04:50
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
0:05
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