Vansevenant ends Vuelta al Pais Vasco on a high

Vansevenant ends Vuelta al Pais Vasco on a high

Saturday 10 April 2021 - 19:21
Vansevenant ends Vuelta al Pais Vasco on a high

Vansevenant ends Vuelta al Pais Vasco on a high

Saturday 10 April 2021 - 19:21

The Belgian finished just outside the top 10 overall at the hardest stage race of the season so far.

Aribinieta, Elkorrieta, Azurki, Elosua-Gorla, Krabelin, Trabakua and Usartza (or Arrate, how it’s known in the cycling world) made for a tasty menu on the final day of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, which got off to an insane start. Riders attacked in waves, some trying to go in the breakaway, while others wanted to put pressure on the yellow jersey, who eventually cracked and lost contact with more than 70 kilometers to go, on a descent.

Mauri Vansevenant was present in the group that pulled clear, opening a 30-second gap over the chasers in the valley, and contributed to the pace-setting, helping them expand the gap to almost one minute by the time they hit the fifth ascent of the day. Three riders attacked there and put some distance on the 17% ramps, while behind them an eight-man group featuring the ever-present Mauri formed. The Belgian, sitting 11th in the general classification at the start of the stage, brought his contribution to the chase, who started the mythical Arrate with a 50-second deficit on the front group, from where David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) took the win.

Riding just his second World Tour stage race since turning pro with Deceuninck – Quick-Step last summer, the 21-year-old from Oostende continued to press on even though the massive effort he had put in up until that point was beginning to take its toll on him. With five kilometers to go, Mauri was dropped from the group but summoned his remaining energy, and not only he managed to limit the losses, but finished in the top 10, just like he did three days ago on the Ermualde, another brutal Basque climb.

This valiant ride helped Vansevenant retain his 11th place in the general classification, where another Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider, James Knox, finished 14th for what is his best result in a stage race since the start of the season.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
3:05:42
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
0:35
4 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:35
5 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:35
6 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:35
7 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
1:03
8 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
1:05
9 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
1:05
10 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:55
15 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:42
37 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:23
77 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:18
DNF Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-03:05:42
DNF Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-03:05:42
DNF Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-03:05:42
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
19:11:36
2 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:52
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
1:07
4 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
1:26
5 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
1:27
6 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
1:28
7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
1:33
8 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
2:17
9 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
2:38
10 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana - Premier Tech
2:59
11 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:16
14 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:32
54 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:05
83 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
49:14
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
106 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
75 pt
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
61 pt
4 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
48 pt
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
44 pt
6 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
42 pt
7 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
41 pt
8 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
37 pt
9 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
36 pt
10 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana - Premier Tech
35 pt
12 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29 pt
16 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
24 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13 pt
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
34 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
27 pt
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
20 pt
4 Hugh Carthy
EF Education - Nippo
17 pt
5 Antwan Tolhoek
Team Jumbo-Visma
15 pt
6 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
14 pt
7 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
12 pt
8 Patrick Bevin
Israel Start-Up Nation
11 pt
9 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
11 pt
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
11 pt
18 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
1 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
19:12:28
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:15
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:35
4 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:24
5 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
6:54
6 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
11:10
7 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
16:22
8 Ilan Van Wilder
Team DSM
16:38
9 Mark Donovan
Team DSM
20:30
10 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
28:00
25 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
48:22
1 Team Jumbo-Visma 57:47:23
2 Bahrain - Victorious 3:18
3 UAE-Team Emirates 18:04
4 Astana - Premier Tech 18:26
5 Deceuninck - Quick Step 20:04
6 Movistar Team 23:14
7 INEOS Grenadiers 26:53
8 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 30:30
9 BORA - hansgrohe 32:45
10 Team BikeExchange 53:34

Top results

1 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
3:05:42
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
0:35
See all race results

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