Overview

Tour de Romandie

Stage 4) Lucens - Torgon

CH Switzerland, Saturday 04 May 2019
176 km

Tour de Romandie: Evenepoel rides into the day-long break on queen stage

Tour de Romandie: Evenepoel rides into the day-long break on queen stage

The threat of snow and wet descents prompted a change of course from the organisers ahead of the Tour de Romandie queen stage. Two of the scheduled four ranked climbs were removed in the morning, leaving only 105.3 kilometers and less than 2000 vertical meters on the menu of the day, which took the peloton up to Torgon, a 10.5km-long ascent averaging 6.8%.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step started the day with six riders, after Elia Viviani was forced to pull out of the race due to a small flu: “I was a bit sick in the last couple of days, but kept going because this event was an important step to do for my big goal, the Giro d’Italia. I’m happy with the shape I have and I just needed to add a few recovery days before the Giro, so that’s why I took this decision together with the team.”

Early in the race, an eight-man breakaway took off and built a healthy margin on this rain-soaked day, but several teams committed to the chase and trimmed the advantage of the escapees, among whom was also Remco Evenepoel. The 19-year-old Deceuninck – Quick-Step neo-pro, who in Switzerland is racing his third World Tour event of the season, pedalled strongly in the group, exchanging turns at the front with his companions until with nine kilometers to go, when he was reabsorbed by the peloton, who then went on to claw back all the other escapees.

Attacks came only inside the final kilometer of the climb, several members of the reduced bunch being keen on moving clear ahead of the plateau where the stage would conclude, and this translated into a frantic pace and some riders being distanced, including James Knox. The young Brit paced himself admirably on the tough gradients of Torgon and led the chase in the first group behind Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), a solid effort which saw him arrive home less than half a minute behind the stage victor.

“I’m pretty satisfied with how it went today. Of course, I wish I could have been with that front group and fight for the win, but I got distanced when the hammer went down approaching the top of the climb and from there had to fight to the line in a small group to limit the losses. The boys helped me all day, keeping me out of the wind, taking my winter clothing and putting me in a perfect position for the climb, so I gave it all to try something and finish off their work”, explained James, whose admirable effort elevated him to 16th place in the general classification ahead of the Geneva individual time trial.

 

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Race details

1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:42:21
2 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
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3 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
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4 Michael Woods
EF Education First
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5 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
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6 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
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7 Jan Hirt
Astana Pro Team
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8 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
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9 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
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10 Ilnur Zakarin
Team Katusha Alpecin
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13 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:26
58 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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70 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:08
105 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:15
107 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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109 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1006 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
15:05:13
2 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
0:12
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:16
4 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
0:26
5 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
0:29
6 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:37
7 Michael Woods
EF Education First
0:38
8 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:39
9 Carlos Betancur Gómez
Movistar Team
0:57
10 Simon Špilak
Team Katusha Alpecin
1:00
16 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:31
71 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25:32
82 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:58
107 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
53:03
114 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
59:01
116 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:03:10
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
125 pt
2 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
97 pt
3 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
92 pt
4 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
88 pt
5 Michael Woods
EF Education First
55 pt
6 Claudio Imhof
Swiss Cycling Team
45 pt
7 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
44 pt
8 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
43 pt
9 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
42 pt
10 Jan Tratnik
Bahrain Merida
30 pt
36 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
1 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
15:05:29
2 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:15
3 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
4:05
4 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
4:46
5 Jaime Castrillo Zapater
Movistar Team
12:50
6 Jonas Gregaard Wilsly
Astana Pro Team
14:21
7 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
17:27
8 Florian Stork
Team Sunweb
25:08
9 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
26:58
10 Benjamin Thomas
Groupama - FDJ
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12 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:42
1 Simon Pellaud
Swiss Cycling Team
51 pt
2 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
24 pt
3 Diego Rosa
Team INEOS
22 pt
4 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
16 pt
5 Patrick Schelling
Swiss Cycling Team
16 pt
6 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
14 pt
7 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
12 pt
8 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
11 pt
9 Alexis Gougeard
AG2R La Mondiale
11 pt
10 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
10 pt
20 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 EF Education First 45:20:01
2 Movistar Team 0:04
3 Astana Pro Team 5:43
4 CCC Team 6:09
5 Groupama - FDJ 7:08
6 AG2R La Mondiale 8:22
7 Trek - Segafredo 8:45
8 Team Jumbo-Visma 9:02
9 UAE-Team Emirates 11:50
10 Team INEOS 13:19

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