Overview

Tour de la Provence

Stage 3) Aubagne - Le Castellet

FR France, Saturday 16 February 2019
185.8 km

Philippe Gilbert wins on the Paul Ricard Circuit

Philippe Gilbert wins on the Paul Ricard Circuit

Only three days have passed since Philippe Gilbert made his season debut, and the Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider has already scored his first victory of the year, which was made even more special by the presence of his two boys, who attended the finish after visiting their father also before the start, in Aubagne.

“I had several teammates on the last lap and they helped me a lot today, putting me in a good position going into the final climb. I was in the sixth or seventh position and remained calm when it began pouring with attacks, stayed attentive and decided to follow them knowing they will fight for the GC, thus giving me a chance to keep my energy for a sprint. After the chasing group caught us with only a few kilometers left, I continued to stay near the front and found the best position from where to open my sprint. It was very important to remain calm in a hectic finale like the one of today and I’m happy for pulling it off”, Philippe explained after the podium ceremony.

Before Gilbert sprinted to Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s seventh victory of the year, another rider of the team – Kasper Asgreen – found himself in the spotlight. The 24-old-year Dane, who last year impressed at the Vuelta a España and World Championships, was part of a nine-man group who got away early in the stage between Aubagne and Le Castellet and carved out a 3:30-advantage which they kept until the foot of the last of the four ascents of the Côte du Brûlat.

A strong contingent of French riders went on the attack, but Gilbert responded with ease on the 7% gradients of the 3km-long climb and joined them before the summit. From there, only one more lap of the famous Paul Ricard Circuit – which since 1971 has played host to several editions of the Formula 1 French Grand Prix – remained and that favoured a regrouping with around four kilometres to go.

That didn’t change anything in the approach of Philippe, who kept a close eye on his opponents and kicked out 150 meters from the line, putting more than a bike length into Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) and Tony Gallopin (AG2R), who rounded out the podium.

“It’s very important to win so early in the season, because it’s less pressure now. This win will give me some rest and confidence ahead of my next races, which is always good. Having my boys here also made for a very nice moment, because it’s not every day that they are at a race that I win, and this is something we will never forget”, concluded Philippe, the fifth different Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to raise his arms in the air this season.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:25:10
2 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
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3 Tony Gallopin
AG2R La Mondiale
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4 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
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5 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
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6 Cyril Gautier
Vital Concept - B
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7 Guillaume Martin
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
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8 Julien El Fares
Delko Marseille Provence
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9 Dorian Godon
AG2R La Mondiale
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10 Eddie Dunbar
Team Sky
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29 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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32 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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47 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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48 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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98 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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106 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
9:25:55
2 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:02
3 Tony Gallopin
AG2R La Mondiale
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4 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
0:08
5 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
0:10
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 Jimmy Janssens
Corendon - Circus
0:26
10 Lilian Calmejane
Direct Energie
0:32
11 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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27 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:59
42 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:09
43 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:15
50 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:06
56 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:43
83 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:45
1 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
23 pt
2 Tony Gallopin
AG2R La Mondiale
22 pt
3 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
4 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
18 pt
5 Eduard Prades Reverte
Movistar Team
17 pt
6 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
12 pt
7 Eddie Dunbar
Team Sky
11 pt
8 Filippo Ganna
Team Sky
10 pt
9 Dries De Bondt
Corendon - Circus
8 pt
10 Matteo Moschetti
Trek - Segafredo
8 pt
16 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
23 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
24 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
9:26:10
2 Eddie Dunbar
Team Sky
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3 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
1:16
4 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
2:36
5 Lennard Kämna
Team Sunweb
2:54
6 Quentin Jauregui
AG2R La Mondiale
3:58
7 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
5:03
8 Filippo Ganna
Team Sky
5:12
9 Dorian Godon
AG2R La Mondiale
5:36
10 Damien Touze
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
7:55
11 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:28
21 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:30
1 Dries De Bondt
Corendon - Circus
16 pt
2 Lilian Calmejane
Direct Energie
10 pt
3 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
8 pt
4 Jodok Salzmann
Maloja Pushbikers
5 pt
5 Anthony Delaplace
Team Arkéa Samsic
5 pt
6 Eddie Dunbar
Team Sky
4 pt
7 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
3 pt
8 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
3 pt
9 Lennard Kämna
Team Sunweb
3 pt
10 Ramūnas Navardauskas
Delko Marseille Provence
2 pt
1 Groupama - FDJ 28:17:40
2 Movistar Team 1:57
3 AG2R La Mondiale 2:18
4 Deceuninck - Quick Step 3:50
5 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 4:16
6 Team Sunweb 5:23
7 Vital Concept - B 5:31
8 EF Education First 10:00
9 Trek - Segafredo 11:32
10 Team Sky 12:14

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