Itzulia Basque Country

Stage 4) Vitoria - Arrigorriaga

ES Spain, Thursday 11 April 2019
163.6 km

Deceuninck – Quick-Step hit again by bad luck at Vuelta al Pais Vasco

Deceuninck – Quick-Step hit again by bad luck at Vuelta al Pais Vasco

In terms of route, it wasn’t the toughest day of the 59th Vuelta al Pais Vasco, but the annoying rain and low temperatures that decided they would join the party really complicated matters for the riders who rolled out from Vitoria and headed to Arrigoriaga, which was hosting a finish for the first time in history.

An eight-man breakaway animated the stage for the better part of it, only to be caught by the peloton some 14 kilometers from home. A prominent Deceuninck – Quick-Step delegation began making its way to the front, in order to put Enric Mas in a good position for the start of the Zaratamo climb, which featured a 10% maximum gradient in the last 500 meters, but a crash that took place on a right-hand bend took neo-pro Mikkel Honoré, Enric Mas and Pieter Serry to the ground.

Unlike Julian Alaphilippe, who was forced to stop the race due after being involved in a big pile-up twenty-four hours earlier in Estibaliz, they fortunately didn’t sustain any serious wounds and could continue, but it was game over for Mas in terms of going for the stage win when four riders broke clear, despite a strong effort of Dries Devenyns, who did his best to bring the Spaniard back to the pack.

“The guys did a good job today and stayed around Enric. It was a hard stage, with the rain and the cold, but we were near the front of the bunch going into the closing kilometers. A rider in front of us went down and then three of our guys hit the deck as well. Mas returned on his bike and Dries brought him back to the bunch, but his bike was damaged and couldn’t follow the four guys who attacked”, sports director Klaas Lodewyck explained after the stage. “It’s been a rough couple of days for the team with all these crash-marred finales, but we need to keep the morale high and make sure we are up there again tomorrow.”

 

Photo credit: ©Gonzalo Moreno Arroyo/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
4:03:55
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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3 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
0:01
4 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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5 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
0:09
6 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
7 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
8 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
,,
9 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
,,
10 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
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17 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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47 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:05
78 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:00
79 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:11
114 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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133 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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DNS Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
12:38:16
2 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
0:51
3 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
0:52
4 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
1:07
5 Dan Martin
UAE-Team Emirates
1:08
6 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
1:10
7 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
1:24
8 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
1:30
9 Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
1:35
10 Mikel Nieve Iturralde
Mitchelton-Scott
1:38
26 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:40
52 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:59
57 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:22
77 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:56
84 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:57
106 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25:52
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
89 pt
2 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
40 pt
3 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
35 pt
4 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
29 pt
5 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
27 pt
6 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
26 pt
7 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
26 pt
8 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
20 pt
9 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
20 pt
10 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
20 pt
14 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13 pt
23 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
34 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
12:38:16
2 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
1:07
3 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
1:49
4 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
1:56
5 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
2:01
6 Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Egerzeigzaarhka
Team Dimension Data
2:05
7 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
2:08
8 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
2:13
9 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
2:18
10 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:40
19 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:59
35 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25:52
1 Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
12 pt
2 Julien Bernard
Trek - Segafredo
12 pt
3 Alessandro De Marchi
CCC Team
11 pt
4 Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Movistar Team
10 pt
5 Mikel Iturria Segurola
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
6 pt
6 Maxime Monfort
Lotto Soudal
6 pt
7 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
6 pt
8 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
4 pt
9 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
3 pt
10 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
2 pt

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