Tour de France

Stage 17) Pont du Gard – Gap

FR France, Wednesday 24 July 2019
200 km

Asgreen rides to maiden Tour de France podium

Asgreen rides to maiden Tour de France podium

Kasper Asgreen showed again his talents and continued to impress in a season which so far saw him take second at his debut Ronde van Vlaanderen, conclude third overall at the Tour of California (where he adorned his palmares with a stage win and the points jersey) and dominate the National ITT Championships.

Asgreen has been everywhere at the Tour de France since the Grand Depart in Brussels, but not in a breakaway, until Wednesday that is, when he jumped from the peloton in the opening kilometers of stage 17 (Pont du Gard – Gap, 200km) and joined a sizeable group which ended up building a 20-minute lead over the bunch. Kasper brought his fair share of work before the front group disintegrated on the run-in to the last climb, when nine riders attacked.

With remarkable ease, the 24-year-old closed a 200-meter gap and continued to set the tempo, even after Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked and rode clear. One kilometer from the top of Col de la Sentinelle, Kasper got out of the saddle and accelerated, dropping his companions and going in pursuit of the Italian. Despite reducing the margin separating them, the Danish powerhouse rode out of road and had to be satisfied with second in Gap, a stage finish for the 24th time in history.

“I am really happy with the confidence the team gave me today. I felt pretty good and had a fun day in the break. On the Sentinelle, I decided to make my move inside the last kilometer, but at this point in the race there wasn’t too much power left in the legs, which made the gap really difficult to shut down. Second is a nice result, my first Grand Tour stage top 3, and I hope to keep it up in the last days of the Tour, which has been really great for us”, said Kasper after his eye-catching ride, which netted Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 100th podium of the season.

In the peloton, Yves Lampaert, together with national champions Michael Mørkøv and Maximiliano Richeze, took over the front, exchanging turns, keeping at all times the gap in check and protecting overall leader Julian Alaphilippe, who stayed hidden for most of the stage and spent an uneventful day as the pack decided to conserve their energy ahead of the first test in the Alps.

Escorted by Dries Devenyns and Enric Mas on the climb and subsequent descent, Julian rolled over the line some 20-odd minutes behind the break and made another visit to the podium, where he was rewarded with his 13th yellow jersey, which the 27-year-old Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider will try to defend on Thursday, between Embrun and Valloire.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
4:21:36
2 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:37
3 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
0:41
4 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
,,
5 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
,,
6 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
,,
7 Daniel Oss
BORA - hansgrohe
0:44
8 Pierre-Luc Périchon
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:50
9 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
,,
10 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:55
34 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:10
35 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
36 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
118 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
155 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:05
156 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
157 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
69:39:16
2 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
1:35
3 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:47
4 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
1:50
5 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
2:02
6 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
2:14
7 Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
4:54
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
5:00
9 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
5:33
10 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
6:30
29 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
44:02
90 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:56:35
123 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:32:09
129 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:40:06
131 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:40:51
151 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:58:15
154 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:00:23
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
309 pt
2 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
224 pt
3 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
203 pt
4 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
201 pt
5 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
198 pt
6 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
180 pt
7 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
157 pt
8 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
134 pt
9 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
117 pt
10 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
116 pt
37 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
38 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
74 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
97 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
69:41:18
2 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
13:31
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
42:00
4 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
49:15
5 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
51:24
6 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
51:49
7 Lennard Kämna
Team Sunweb
1:24:10
8 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
1:25:22
9 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
1:28:09
10 Gianni Moscon
Team INEOS
1:35:29
20 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:30:07
1 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
64 pt
2 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
50 pt
3 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
38 pt
4 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33 pt
5 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
30 pt
6 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
29 pt
7 Xandro Meurisse
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
27 pt
8 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
24 pt
9 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
24 pt
10 Natnael Berhane
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
20 pt
54 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Trek - Segafredo 208:59:41
2 Movistar Team 8:13
3 UAE-Team Emirates 46:23
4 BORA - hansgrohe 47:40
5 EF Education First 55:33
6 Team INEOS 56:15
7 Groupama - FDJ 1:02:45
8 Mitchelton-Scott 1:07:53
9 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:15:29
10 AG2R La Mondiale 1:20:56

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