Tour de France: Ballerini animates the day

Tour de France: Ballerini animates the day

Friday 16 July 2021 - 18:06
Tour de France: Ballerini animates the day

Tour de France: Ballerini animates the day

Friday 16 July 2021 - 18:06

Mark Cavendish stays in green ahead of the race’s final weekend.

Davide Ballerini, one of Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s two Tour de France debutants, was again prominent as the race continued its journey to Paris. After playing a major role in Mark Cavendish’s victories and supporting Julian Alaphilippe in several breakaways, most recently a few days ago on the roads to Andorra, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner broke clear from the peloton 70 kilometers from the start and booked a place in the sizeable group that easily established a huge margin over the field.

The twenty men up the road worked well together until with 50 kilometers to go, when the skirmishes began as they all wanted to seize the moment and power clear from the group. Davide was one of the main instigators, valiantly attacking three times on the rolling roads to Libourne, but the other ones reacted to all these moves and pegged him back.

It was Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) who took advantage of all this, launching what proved to be the winning attack, while Ballerini concluded some two and a half minutes later, together with a small chasing group. Mark Cavendish came home together with the bunch and maintained the green jersey, which on Saturday he will wear for the 41st time in his career.

“It was very fast and warm from the beginning. The plan was to see what would happen after the intermediate sprint, and when the peloton fragmented and the speed went further up, we decided to make it in the front. I felt good and I tried several times to get a gap, but it wasn’t easy as the others jumped almost immediately after me. Then I began feeling all these efforts and couldn’t respond when the attacks continued. It didn’t pan out as we would have wanted today, but overall it has been a great experience for me here at the Tour and hopefully more good moments will come”, said Davide after the finish.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
4:19:17
2 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:58
3 Casper Pedersen
Team DSM
0:58
4 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:02
5 Nils Politt
BORA - hansgrohe
1:08
6 Edward Theuns
Trek - Segafredo
1:08
7 Michael Valgren Andersen
EF Education - Nippo
1:08
8 Georg Zimmermann
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
1:08
9 Anthony Turgis
Team TotalEnergies
1:10
10 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
1:10
13 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:37
71 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:50
104 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:50
105 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:50
109 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:50
111 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:50
115 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:50
142 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:50
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
79:40:09
2 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
5:45
3 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
5:51
4 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
8:18
5 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
8:50
6 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
10:11
7 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana - Premier Tech
11:22
8 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
12:46
9 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
13:48
10 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education - Nippo
16:25
12 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:36
29 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:38:29
69 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:43:38
108 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:31:40
136 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:17:44
139 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:30:00
140 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:31:03
142 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:53:15
1 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
304 pt
2 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
269 pt
3 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
216 pt
4 Jasper Philipsen
Alpecin-Fenix
186 pt
5 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
163 pt
6 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
155 pt
7 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
146 pt
8 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
113 pt
9 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
101 pt
10 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
88 pt
16 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
68 pt
26 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
56 pt
28 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
52 pt
82 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
107 pt
2 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
88 pt
3 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
82 pt
4 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
68 pt
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
66 pt
6 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
56 pt
7 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
44 pt
8 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
41 pt
9 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
41 pt
10 Anthony Perez
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
37 pt
16 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21 pt
19 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
44 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
79:40:09
2 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
5:45
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
18:42
4 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R Citroën Team
37:21
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
1:03:01
6 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
2:08:44
7 Mark Donovan
Team DSM
2:11:10
8 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
2:12:14
9 Jonas Rutsch
EF Education - Nippo
2:26:36
10 Brent Van Moer
Lotto Soudal
2:38:13
1 Bahrain - Victorious 239:22:04
2 EF Education - Nippo 23:25
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:15:32
4 INEOS Grenadiers 1:30:06
5 AG2R Citroën Team 1:30:41
6 BORA - hansgrohe 1:34:17
7 Trek - Segafredo 1:45:40
8 Movistar Team 2:01:22
9 Astana - Premier Tech 2:03:40
10 UAE-Team Emirates 2:42:57

Top results

1 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
4:19:17
2 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:58
3 Casper Pedersen
Team DSM
0:58
See all race results

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