Santos Tour Down Under

Stage 4) Unley - Campbelltown

AU Australia, Friday 18 January 2019
129.2 km

Tour Down Under: Devenyns carries strong form into Corkscrew stage

Tour Down Under: Devenyns carries strong form into Corkscrew stage

Dries Devenyns continued to make inroads in the overall standings at the season’s first World Tour event, on a day that was all about the infamous Corkscrew climb (2.3 kilometers, 8.9%). After tackling the Stirling, Aldgate and Hahndorf hills, where they allowed the six-man breakaway to nudge their maximum advantage to 4:30, the peloton began showing their intentions and trimmed the gap to a minute in the run-in to the stage’s main difficulty.

At the same time the lead group was splintering on the tough slopes of Corkscrew, Rémi Cavagna was going on the attack from the bunch, and even though he got caught after around 150 meters, his acceleration wasn’t without consequences, as more and more riders found the pace set by the pack behind the Frenchman too much and lost contact.

Four riders decided to throw caution to wind and attacked on the tough section of the climb, going over the top in the lead and putting some daylight between them and the chasers, which included also Dries Devenyns. The Belgian rode again a smart race, always alert and near the front of the group which made the catch on the fast and tricky descent, as they passed the 2km-to-go mark.

In the reduced sprint that followed, Dries squeezed himself between the other favourites and concluded the stage just outside the top 10, same time as the winner Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), who overtook overall leader Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) on the flat finish in Campbelltown. In the general classification, Devenyns continues to be the highest-placed Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider, in 12th position, after gaining five places following his strong effort on stage 4, ridden at an average speed of 42.26km/h.

 

Photo credit: Tim de Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
3:03:27
2 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
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3 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
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4 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
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5 Rubén Fernández Andújar
Movistar Team
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6 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
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7 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
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8 Michael Woods
EF Education First
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9 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
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10 Dylan van Baarle
Team Sky
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11 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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32 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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48 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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119 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:38
120 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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121 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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122 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:39
1 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
13:23:30
2 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
0:07
3 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
0:11
4 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
0:21
5 Ryan Gibbons
Team Dimension Data
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6 Jan Polanc
UAE-Team Emirates
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7 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
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8 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
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9 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
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10 Michael Woods
EF Education First
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12 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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36 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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41 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:46
86 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:22
118 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:14
121 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:29
127 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:27
1 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
48 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
36 pt
3 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
35 pt
4 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
5 Danny van Poppel
Team Jumbo-Visma
31 pt
6 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
28 pt
7 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
23 pt
8 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain Merida
22 pt
9 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
21 pt
10 Kristoffer Halvorsen
Team Sky
18 pt
1 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
13:23:51
2 Ryan Gibbons
Team Dimension Data
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3 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
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4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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5 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
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6 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
0:07
7 Ben O'Connor
Team Dimension Data
0:21
8 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
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9 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
0:27
10 Dmitry Strakhov
Team Katusha Alpecin
0:32
13 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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14 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:25
42 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:06
1 Jason Lea
UniSA-Australia
20 pt
2 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
16 pt
3 Manuele Boaro
Astana Pro Team
12 pt
4 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
12 pt
5 Artyom Zakharov
Astana Pro Team
12 pt
6 Michael Woods
EF Education First
8 pt
7 Wout Poels
Team Sky
6 pt
8 Michael Potter
UniSA-Australia
6 pt
9 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
4 pt
10 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
4 pt
1 UAE-Team Emirates 40:11:33
2 Mitchelton-Scott 0:28
3 Bahrain Merida ,,
4 Team Sunweb 0:32
5 Team Dimension Data 0:42
6 Movistar Team 1:07
7 Team Katusha Alpecin 1:37
8 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:45
9 BORA - hansgrohe 1:55
10 Deceuninck - Quick Step 2:04

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