Overview

Amgen Tour of California

Stage 3) Stockton - Morgan Hill

US United States, Tuesday 14 May 2019
208 km

Tour of California: Cavagna sails to first World Tour win

Tour of California: Cavagna sails to first World Tour win

Rémi Cavagna made it two in a row for Deceuninck – Quick-Step at the Tour of California, soloing to victory in Morgan Hill, the home of our sponsor Specialized, after attacking from the breakaway 75 kilometers out and holding off the chasers, in the process earning also the team’s 28th victory of the season.

“Since winning last year in Belgium, I was in search of another victory, and taking it today gives me huge satisfaction. I came in California to help the squad, to pull in the bunch every day, but the team gave me freedom today and I am happy I could repay them for their confidence. In cycling, you need to take your chance and give your best every single time, because sometimes it works. This was the case for me today”, said Rémi, the 11th different Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to score a victory this season.

Six ranked climbs were on the agenda of the 208km stage 3, which witnessed a frantic start peppered with numerous attempts to escape the peloton’s clutches, which eventually resulted in a sizeable group slip away. Tim Declercq and Danish Champion Michael Mørkøv were part of that move, but a lack of cooperation at the front helped the bunch reel in the fugitives. New attacks came 40 kilometers into the stage, and eventually two riders managed to snap the elastic – Rémi Cavagna and Alex Hoehn (US National Team) – and stretch their lead over the pack to more than ten minutes.

On the lower slopes of Mount Hamilton, the day’s toughest climb, Rémi rode clear of his companion and despite some hesitations on the tight hairpin bends of the technical descent, he managed to build a comfortable gap over Hoehn, at the same time maintaining his advantage on the bunch. With 20 kilometers to go, the 23-year-old Frenchman went into time trial mode, gritted his teeth, ignored the pain and pushed some big watts, relaxing only 200 meters from home, when he began celebrating his spectacular old-school victory.

“The stage was so long and hard. We rode full gas from the start, and when I sensed there was an opportunity, I jumped into the breakaway, where we worked really well together. Then, when I attacked, I felt I could go all the way. Ok, I was a bit scared on the downhill, because it was a very difficult one, but I remained calm and went as fast as I could there.”

Tuesday’s victory carried an extra significance for Cavagna: “Last week, we visited the Specialized HQ here in Morgan Hill and did some fine-tuning in the wind tunnel, before going on a recon of the final 50 kilometers. These small details helped me today and that’s why this feels like a double victory, one which I am so glad I could get for Specialized and Deceuninck – Quick-Step, for me, the best team in the world.”

Rémi Cavagna’s perfect day at the US World Tour race didn’t end here, as the “TGV from Clermont-Ferrand” made another visit to the podium to don the blue jersey, which is awarded to the most courageous rider of the stage. The young Frenchman was soon followed there by teammate and stage 2 winner Kasper Asgreen.

The Dane, for whom Zdenek Stybar provided a superb lead-out in the run-in to the finish, put in a strong sprint, emerging from the bunch to take fourth and cement his place at the head of the points classification, meaning that on stage 4 he will sport again the green jersey.

 

Photo credit: ©Chris Graythen/ Getty Images

 

Race details

1 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:44:22
2 Ben King
Team Dimension Data
7:11
3 Simon Geschke
CCC Team
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4 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:47
5 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
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6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
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7 Nathan Haas
Team Katusha Alpecin
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8 Davide Ballerini
Astana Pro Team
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9 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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10 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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92 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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101 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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103 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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112 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Tejay van Garderen
EF Education First
15:23:28
2 Gianni Moscon
Team INEOS
0:06
3 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:07
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:16
5 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:22
6 Rob Britton
Rally UHC Cycling
0:33
7 Jonas Gregaard Wilsly
Astana Pro Team
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8 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
Team INEOS
0:34
9 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
0:35
10 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:36
50 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:49
70 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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73 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:25
82 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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90 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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96 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:59
1 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
2 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21 pt
3 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
15 pt
4 Ben King
Team Dimension Data
13 pt
5 Tejay van Garderen
EF Education First
12 pt
6 Travis McCabe
United States
12 pt
7 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
11 pt
8 Gianni Moscon
Team INEOS
9 pt
9 Simon Geschke
CCC Team
9 pt
10 Max Walscheid
Team Sunweb
9 pt
14 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
33 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
15:23:44
2 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
0:20
3 Brandon McNulty
Rally UHC Cycling
7:57
4 João Almeida
Hagens Berman Axeon
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5 Tyler Stites
United States
8:05
6 Alex Hoehn
United States
8:18
7 Edward Anderson
Hagens Berman Axeon
16:55
8 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
17:36
9 Cole Davis
Hagens Berman Axeon
34:20
10 Mikkel Bjerg
Hagens Berman Axeon
35:38
1 Alex Hoehn
United States
31 pt
2 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30 pt
3 Davide Ballerini
Astana Pro Team
29 pt
4 Lachlan Morton
EF Education First
13 pt
5 Lawson Craddock
EF Education First
10 pt
6 Tejay van Garderen
EF Education First
8 pt
7 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
8 Evan Huffman
Rally UHC Cycling
7 pt
9 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
7 pt
10 Alexander Cataford
Israel Cycling Academy
5 pt
1 EF Education First 46:11:44
2 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:40
3 Rally UHC Cycling 1:07
4 Astana Pro Team 1:48
5 Israel Cycling Academy 1:50
6 UAE-Team Emirates 2:22
7 Team Katusha Alpecin 2:52
8 Trek - Segafredo 10:25
9 CCC Team 13:54
10 Team INEOS 14:57

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