Overview

Amgen Tour of California

Stage 5) Pismo Beach - Ventura

US United States, Thursday 16 May 2019
219.5 km

Asgreen back in green at the Tour of California

Asgreen back in green at the Tour of California

The Tour of California ventured to Ventura on Thursday, when the riders embarked on a 218.5km stage, the longest in the history of the race. As soon as the flag was dropped, the bunch negotiated the flat opening kilometers at a rapid start, the pace relenting only after the first intermediate sprint, where launched by the excellent Maximiliano Richeze, stage 2 winner Kasper Asgreen pocketed bonus seconds and vital points in the fight for the green jersey classification.

Best climber of Volta ao Algarve earlier this year, Tim Declercq then made the day’s large break, which despite not possessing more than three minutes over the peloton, forced the chasers to work hard in order to reabsorb them. Inside the last 20 kilometers, the gap dropped to under a minute and that was the cue for “El Tractor” to prise himself from the break and put in a huge and admirable solo effort, which came to an end only with five kilometers to go, on a short but quite brutal unclassified climb.

“It was great for once to be chased instead of chasing others. I really wanted to joined the break today, and once I got carte blanche from the team, I gave everything to stay there for as much as possible. Sensing there was no more cohesion at the front, I attacked with around 20 kilometers left and played my card, but it was really difficult, because the field was close. Nevertheless, it was a nice day and I enjoyed being in the main move”, a smiling Tim Declercq explained after the stage.

Zdenek Stybar then launched a probing attack, but was immediately countered by two riders who took the bonus seconds as they crested the summit of the hill. Behind them, two chasing groups came back together on the downhill and pushed a big tempo to make up ground, sweeping the lead duo with the flamme rouge arch in sight. In the final stretch, Max Richeze delivered a fine sprint to take second behind Ivan Cortina (Bahrain-Merida), his first podium since becoming Argentinean National Champion.

“To be in contention at the of such a hard stage, with so many climbs and a savage tempo from the very outset, gives me a lot of satisfaction. Of course, to have won would have been even better, but I’m content with this result, as it gave me the chance to be up there on the podium with this beautiful jersey”, Max said after netting Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 55th top 3 finish of the year.

Kasper Asgreen also got involved in the fight for a top ten in Ventura, sprinting to fifth place, a result that helped him reclaim the points jersey. At the same time, the young Dane – a runner-up at the prestigious Ronde van Vlaanderen this season – gained one position in the general classification, where he now finds himself in second ahead of Friday’s queen stage, thanks to the bonifications scored at the start of the day.

 

Photo credit: ©Chris Graythen/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain Merida
4:56:11
2 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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3 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
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4 Joris Nieuwenhuis
Team Sunweb
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5 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
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7 Paweł Bernas
CCC Team
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8 Nacer Bouhanni
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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9 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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10 Hugo Houle
Astana Pro Team
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21 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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37 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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71 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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74 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:15
75 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Tejay van Garderen
EF Education First
26:13:01
2 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:04
3 Gianni Moscon
Team INEOS
0:06
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:16
5 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:22
6 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
0:28
7 Jonas Gregaard Wilsly
Astana Pro Team
0:33
8 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:34
9 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
0:35
10 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
0:36
40 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:17
65 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:25
67 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:21
72 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:51
83 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37:40
84 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37:46
1 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
24 pt
3 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21 pt
4 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
19 pt
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
17 pt
6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
16 pt
7 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
8 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain Merida
15 pt
9 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
10 Ben King
Team Dimension Data
13 pt
25 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
39 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
26:13:17
2 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
0:12
3 João Almeida
Hagens Berman Axeon
8:25
4 Brandon McNulty
Rally UHC Cycling
16:01
5 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
17:58
6 Edward Anderson
Hagens Berman Axeon
18:22
7 Alex Hoehn
United States
23:36
8 Mikkel Bjerg
Hagens Berman Axeon
36:06
9 Szymon Sajnok
CCC Team
44:44
10 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
46:05
1 Davide Ballerini
Astana Pro Team
51 pt
2 Alex Hoehn
United States
35 pt
3 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30 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 Tejay van Garderen
EF Education First
8 pt
8 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
8 pt
9 Joonas Henttala
Team Novo Nordisk
8 pt
10 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 EF Education First 78:40:23
2 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:40
3 Astana Pro Team 1:48
4 Rally UHC Cycling 1:59
5 UAE-Team Emirates 3:18
6 Israel Cycling Academy 4:11
7 Team Katusha Alpecin 9:00
8 Trek - Segafredo 11:21
9 CCC Team 15:49
10 Team INEOS 15:59

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