Overview

Itzulia Basque Country

Stage 2) Zumarraga - Eguesibar

ES Spain, Tuesday 09 April 2019
149.5 km

Alaphilippe surges to victory at Vuelta al Pais Vasco

Alaphilippe surges to victory at Vuelta al Pais Vasco

Julian Alaphilippe produced a perfect finish on the 8% gradients of Gorraiz – the small town which welcomed the Vuelta al Pais Vasco peloton for the third time in history – displaying an impressive burst of speed that helped him pick up his eighth success of the year and jump to second in the general classification at the season’s 15th World Tour event.

“I didn’t know how things will go after the break I took following my Milano-Sanremo victory, but the legs felt good and I was very motivated to get the win. The day was a very fast and nervous one, despite being short, due to the presence of those unpaved segments, but we managed the situation perfectly and I could rely on a strong squad, which kept me near the front at all times, so a big thank you goes to them for their valuable help”, Julian said immediately after crossing the line.

Tuesday’s 149.5km stage was an atypical one for the race, as it contained five gravel road stretches that seriously shook up the peloton, who reeled in the breakaway with more than 40 kilometers to go and continued to push a huge tempo at the front in order to put some of the riders into red, reducing the yellow jersey group to about 30 men by the time they left behind the final dirt road sector.

Protected by his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates, who helped him return to the field after two mechanicals, Julian Alaphilippe remained attentive and bided his time as things began heating up at the front of the bunch with the flamme rouge in sight. As the road went up, also Julian navigated to the front of the group and waited for the others to make their move before launching a devastating sprint with 200 meters to go and putting several bike lengths into his opponents en route to claiming his third career stage win at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who now counts 21 UCI victories in 2019, placed three more riders in the top 15 – Pieter Serry, Enric Mas and Mikkel Honoré – an indicator of the team’s remarkable strength in depth.

Alaphilippe, who on stage 3 will wear again the race’s green jersey, talked of Tuesday’s victory, which he made look effortless: “The finish suited me and I was well-positioned going into the closing kilometer. With 200 meters left, I saw an opening and kicked out, and that proved to be the right moment. I am really glad that I could take the victory. My goal at the start of this week was to take a stage win, and now that I have done that, I’ll just take it day by day and see how things go, especially as the general classification isn’t an objective.”

 

Photo credit: ©Gonzalo Moreno Arroyo/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:29:37
2 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
0:01
3 Michał Kwiatkowski
Team Sky
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4 Omar Fraile Matarranz
Astana Pro Team
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5 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
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6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
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7 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
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8 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
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9 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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10 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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11 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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14 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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73 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:29
82 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
130 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
3:46:44
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:05
3 Michał Kwiatkowski
Team Sky
0:10
4 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
0:13
5 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
0:23
6 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
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7 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:28
8 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
0:36
9 Dan Martin
UAE-Team Emirates
0:39
10 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:41
19 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
28 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
71 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:05
85 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:20
91 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:07
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
39 pt
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39 pt
3 Michał Kwiatkowski
Team Sky
32 pt
4 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
20 pt
5 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
20 pt
6 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
20 pt
7 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
19 pt
8 Omar Fraile Matarranz
Astana Pro Team
16 pt
9 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13 pt
10 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
12 pt
16 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
21 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
3:46:44
2 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
0:13
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:28
4 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
0:43
5 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:47
6 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:00
7 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
1:02
8 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
1:06
9 Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Egerzeigzaarhka
Team Dimension Data
1:12
10 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
1:14
28 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:20
1 Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
5 pt
2 Julien Bernard
Trek - Segafredo
5 pt
3 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
3 pt
4 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
2 pt
5 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
2 pt
6 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
1 pt

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