Overview

Amgen Tour of California

Stage 4) WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca - Morro Bay

US United States, Wednesday 15 May 2019
212.5 km

A Wolfpack hat-trick at the Tour of California

A Wolfpack hat-trick at the Tour of California

Two years from its previous visit, the Tour of California returned to Morro Bay, where Deceuninck – Quick-Step became the first team in the event’s history to notch up three consecutive victories with as many different riders. After Kasper Asgreen and Rémi Cavagna, it was Fabio Jakobsen’s turn to shine, and the 22-year-old Dutchman seized the moment, reigning supreme on the uphill finish after having been piloted into an excellent position by a superb lead-out train consisting of Michael Mørkøv, Maximiliano Richeze and Zdenek Stybar.

“I had strong legs today, but also a formidable lead-out, which kept me out of the wind, protected me in those hectic final kilometers and delivered me where I needed to be for the sprint. This uphill drag to the line forced me to push hard, but I was confident and waited for the perfect moment to kick out and take another win for our team”, said Fabio after claiming his fourth success of the year.

Animated by a five-man breakaway, the stage was controlled by a couple of teams, who each posted a man at the front of the peloton to keep the lead group on a tight leash. Deceuninck – Quick-Step were represented by Tim Declercq, who put in an enormous amount of work and brought the field on the heels of the escapees, before Rémi Cavagna hauled back the leaders inside the last ten kilometers.

Our outfit was represented in the finale of the 214.5km stage by a strong contingent who made sure of stomping its authority on the race, which was marred by two crashes, before setting up Fabio Jakobsen for a convincing win over Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) and Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe). Kasper Asgreen made it two Deceuninck – Quick-Step riders in the top 10, thus retaining his third place on the general classification with three days to go.

“What makes us so successful? We are a great group of riders, all willing to sacrifice ourselves and work hard for each other”, responded Fabio when being asked at the press conference about the squad’s superb run at the Tour of California. “It’s worth mentioning also that we came here in good shape and the previous wins this week gave us a lot of confidence, so we’re just riding the wave at the moment and seizing every opportunity we get.”

 

Photo credit: ©Chris Graythen/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:53:22
2 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
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3 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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4 Nacer Bouhanni
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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5 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Team Dimension Data
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6 Davide Ballerini
Astana Pro Team
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7 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain Merida
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8 Kristoffer Halvorsen
Team INEOS
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9 Danny van Poppel
Team Jumbo-Visma
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10 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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28 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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33 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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41 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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65 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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103 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Tejay van Garderen
EF Education First
21:16:50
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
48 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:49
70 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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72 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:25
79 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:25
82 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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95 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:59
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
24 pt
2 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23 pt
3 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21 pt
4 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
19 pt
5 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
6 Ben King
Team Dimension Data
13 pt
7 Tejay van Garderen
EF Education First
12 pt
8 Travis McCabe
United States
12 pt
9 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
11 pt
10 Kristoffer Halvorsen
Team INEOS
10 pt
20 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
37 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
21:17:06
2 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
0:20
3 João Almeida
Hagens Berman Axeon
7:57
4 Brandon McNulty
Rally UHC Cycling
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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
17:30
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 Michael Hernandez
United States
13 pt
5 Lachlan Morton
EF Education First
13 pt
6 Lawson Craddock
EF Education First
10 pt
7 Joonas Henttala
Team Novo Nordisk
8 pt
8 Tejay van Garderen
EF Education First
8 pt
9 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
10 Evan Huffman
Rally UHC Cycling
7 pt
1 EF Education First 63:51:50
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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