Tour de la Provence

Stage 2) Istres - La Ciotat

FR France, Friday 15 February 2019
195.6 km

Gilbert in aggressive mode at Tour de la Provence

Gilbert in aggressive mode at Tour de la Provence

The longest stage of the Tour de la Provence travelled between Istres and La Ciotat over a 196km-long course peppered with several climbs, a route that inspired eight men to slip clear from the bunch and open a four-minute gap that was kept under control by the overall leader’s team.

With 50 kilometers to go, when the front group got whittled down to a handful of riders and their advantage reduced to around three minutes, Philippe Gilbert attacked on a short descent and put 20 seconds between him and the main group, where he returned after a few minutes. Almost immediately, the tempo went up and the peloton scratched another minute off the leaders’ buffer.

Going into the leg-sapping Les Crêtes, a 2.8km climb averaging 9.8%, riders began jostling for position in the pack, which was blown to pieces as soon as it hit the steep gradients of the climb that topped with 13 kilometers left. Attacks started flying in the peloton and a select ten-man group formed before the summit.

Philippe Gilbert fought admirably on the tricky descent that followed, chasing by himself the nine men at the front and limiting the losses to the leaders. The 36-year-old Belgian, who is making his first appearance of the season at the French race, finished less than 20 seconds behind winner Eduard Prades (Movistar), in tenth place, a result that helped him make an important jump in the general classification.

“It was a very nice stage, with beautiful weather, no wind and some proper racing. The pace was high today and a couple of teams dropped the hammer on that last climb, doing some damage in the peloton. Phil was close behind and put in a strong ride, which was made impressive by the fact that we are so early in the season. Provence is shaping up to be an intriguing race and we can’t wait to see what the next two stages will bring”, sports director Brian Holm explained in La Ciotat.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Eduard Prades Reverte
Movistar Team
4:50:15
2 Tony Gallopin
AG2R La Mondiale
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3 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
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4 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
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5 Eddie Dunbar
Team Sky
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6 Lilian Calmejane
Direct Energie
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7 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
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8 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
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9 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
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10 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:16
21 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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40 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:27
45 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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80 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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89 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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99 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
5:00:45
2 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:02
3 Tony Gallopin
AG2R La Mondiale
0:06
4 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
0:10
5 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
0:11
6 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:15
7 Eddie Dunbar
Team Sky
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8 Eduard Prades Reverte
Movistar Team
0:21
9 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
0:26
10 Jimmy Janssens
Corendon - Circus
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13 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:42
22 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:05
27 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:12
40 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:43
78 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:14
79 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:15
82 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:34
1 Eduard Prades Reverte
Movistar Team
15 pt
2 Tony Gallopin
AG2R La Mondiale
12 pt
3 Filippo Ganna
Team Sky
10 pt
4 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
10 pt
5 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
9 pt
6 Eddie Dunbar
Team Sky
8 pt
7 Sebastian Langeveld
EF Education First
8 pt
8 Lilian Calmejane
Direct Energie
7 pt
9 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
6 pt
10 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
15 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
16 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
17 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
5:01:00
2 Eddie Dunbar
Team Sky
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3 Filippo Ganna
Team Sky
0:47
4 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:57
5 Krists Neilands
Israel Cycling Academy
1:00
6 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
1:08
7 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
1:16
8 Lennard Kämna
Team Sunweb
1:33
9 Quentin Jauregui
AG2R La Mondiale
1:35
10 Romain Seigle
Groupama - FDJ
2:06
20 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:59
1 Lilian Calmejane
Direct Energie
10 pt
2 Dries De Bondt
Corendon - Circus
10 pt
3 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
6 pt
4 Jodok Salzmann
Maloja Pushbikers
5 pt
5 Anthony Delaplace
Team Arkéa Samsic
5 pt
6 Eddie Dunbar
Team Sky
4 pt
7 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
2 pt
8 Maxime Cam
Vital Concept - B
2 pt
9 Mauro Finetto
Delko Marseille Provence
1 pt
1 Groupama - FDJ 15:02:10
2 Movistar Team 1:38
3 Deceuninck - Quick Step 2:02
4 AG2R La Mondiale 2:18
5 Team Sky 2:38
6 Team Sunweb 3:07
7 EF Education First 3:21
8 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 3:22
9 Astana Pro Team 3:35
10 Team Arkéa Samsic 4:28

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