Masnada impresses in heavy Romandie rain

Masnada impresses in heavy Romandie rain

Saturday 01 May 2021 - 17:25
Masnada impresses in heavy Romandie rain

Masnada impresses in heavy Romandie rain

Saturday 01 May 2021 - 17:25

Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 27-year-old Italian makes a jump of eight places in the general classification.

Rain continued to pour on the peloton at this week’s World Tour race on Saturday, and as if this wasn’t enough, forecast of snow on the final climb of stage 4 prompted the organisers to move the start two hours earlier. Soon after the flag was waved, a breakaway took shape, and Josef Cerny was there for Deceuninck – Quick-Step, delivering some strong turns that helped the seven-man group start the last difficulty of the day with a gap well north of five minutes.

On the tough Thyon 2000, the group was blown to pieces and the riders got caught by the peloton one by one. The massive effort he put in throughout the stage meant that also Josef Cerny got pegged back by what was a diminished bunch just ahead of the toughest section of the ascent. A series of attacks with four kilometers to go enlivened the race on this miserable day of racing, Fausto Masnada being among those who bolted away from the disorganised field.

His attack drawn two other riders, who went out in pursuit of Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation), at that moment the sole leader of the race. The Italian, who is making just his third appearance of the season in Switzerland, tapped out a strong rhythm mounting a solid chase before losing contact with his companions at the 2km-to-go mark.

Masnada finished the rain-soaked stage around half a minute behind Woods, the solid effort he produced propelling him into the top 10 overall at the Tour de Romandie. With just an individual time trial standing between the riders and the conclusion of the Swiss race, Fausto is sixth and on the verge of racking up his best result of the season.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
4:58:35
2 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
0:17
3 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:21
4 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
0:34
5 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:37
6 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
0:42
7 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana - Premier Tech
0:42
8 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain - Victorious
0:52
9 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
0:53
10 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
1:57
16 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:28
73 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:56
83 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:36
84 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:36
105 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:39
1 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
17:37:35
2 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:11
3 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
0:21
4 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
0:33
5 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
0:36
6 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:45
7 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana - Premier Tech
0:48
8 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
0:49
9 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain - Victorious
1:04
10 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
1:58
14 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:28
60 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:23
94 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
49:50
100 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
58:50
109 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:06:54
1 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
98 pt
2 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Education - Nippo
76 pt
3 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
70 pt
4 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
66 pt
5 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
47 pt
6 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
37 pt
7 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
36 pt
8 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
32 pt
9 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
30 pt
10 Manuele Boaro
Astana - Premier Tech
30 pt
14 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27 pt
19 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24 pt
25 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19 pt
1 Kobe Goossens
Lotto Soudal
48 pt
2 Joel Suter
Swiss Cycling
43 pt
3 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
34 pt
4 Davide Villella
Movistar Team
34 pt
5 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
26 pt
6 Simon Pellaud
Swiss Cycling
25 pt
7 Antwan Tolhoek
Team Jumbo-Visma
20 pt
8 Manuele Boaro
Astana - Premier Tech
19 pt
9 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
18 pt
10 Robert Power
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
14 pt
1 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
17:39:38
2 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
1:34
3 Ilan Van Wilder
Team DSM
4:16
4 Gijs Leemreize
Team Jumbo-Visma
8:49
5 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
11:44
6 Felix Gall
Team DSM
11:49
7 Antonio Tiberi
Trek - Segafredo
12:57
8 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
19:21
9 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
25:44
10 Alessandro Covi
UAE-Team Emirates
28:07
21 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:04:51
1 INEOS Grenadiers 53:00:13
2 Team DSM 10:27
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 12:35
4 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 16:02
5 Bahrain - Victorious 19:11
6 Trek - Segafredo 20:51
7 Deceuninck - Quick Step 24:03
8 Astana - Premier Tech 25:04
9 Groupama - FDJ 27:49
10 Movistar Team 28:26

Top results

1 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
4:58:35
2 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
0:17
3 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:21
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