Adriatica Ionica Race / Sulle Rotte della Sereniss

Stage 3) Palmanova - Lago di Misurina

IT Italy, Friday 26 July 2019
204.6 km

Knox impresses on Adriatica Ionica queen stage

Knox impresses on Adriatica Ionica queen stage

Deceuninck – Quick-Step made their presence felt for the second day in a row at the Adriatica Ionica Race, controlling the gap of the escapees right from the start of stage 2 (Palmanova – Lago di Misurina, 204.6 kilometers), then taking the race by the scruff of its neck and going on the attack early, on Sella Ciampigotto, where the forcing of our team cut the leaders’ gap and shrunk the peloton to around twenty riders.

From that group, ten riders – including Remco Evenepoel, Mikkel Honoré and James Knox – extricated themselves ten kilometers from the top, caught and dropped the last survivor of the break and continued to extend their lead on the chasers, who at that point sat more than one minute behind. Averaging 7.9% over 6.3 kilometers, the final ascent of the day was the perfect springboard for attacks, and the first to test the waters there was none other than neo-pro Remco Evenepoel.

The Belgium Tour winner opened a small gap, but those behind worked well together and reeled him in with six kilometers to go. Several skirmishes followed, but none proved to be decisive until inside the final kilometer, when Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida) took the win courtesy of a late acceleration, and with it, the leader’s jersey, worn during Friday’s stage by Alvaro Hodeg, following his beautiful victory in Grado.

James Knox, who has recently extended his agreement with Deceuninck – Quick-Step until 2021, suffered in the closing kilometers, but put in a valiant effort and dug really deep despite the inclement conditions, coming over the line in a solid fifth place, just a handful of seconds behind the front quartet.

“We controlled the race well and the guys were extraordinary, on both flat and climbs. The race exploded on the penultimate ascent, where the group got smaller and smaller. I was there with Remco and Mikkel, then just with Remco after an injection of pace, and he tried something, but they brought him back on the last climb. I too got distanced later, but kept fighting and closed the gaps. Unfortunately, I got dropped again when they sprinted with the line in sight, but overall, I am pretty happy with how the legs are after the break and this result is really something to build on”, said James after climbing to fourth in the standings.

With two stages remaining, Deceuninck – Quick-Step continue to top the team classification at Adriatica Ionica, while Alvaro Hodeg remains in firm control of the points ranking.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Mark Padun
Bahrain Merida
5:54:16
2 Dayer Quintana Rojas
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
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3 Ben Hermans
Israel Cycling Academy
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4 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Education First
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5 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:05
6 Matteo Badilatti
Israel Cycling Academy
0:41
7 Nicola Conci
Trek - Segafredo
1:07
8 Jan Polanc
UAE-Team Emirates
1:17
9 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:31
10 Daniel Muñoz Giraldo
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
2:28
11 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:10
60 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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69 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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93 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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DNF Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Mark Padun
Bahrain Merida
10:04:04
2 Ben Hermans
Israel Cycling Academy
0:06
3 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Education First
0:10
4 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:15
5 Nicola Conci
Trek - Segafredo
1:17
6 Dayer Quintana Rojas
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
1:32
7 Jan Polanc
UAE-Team Emirates
2:55
8 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:09
9 Daniel Muñoz Giraldo
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
4:06
10 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:20
52 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:52
53 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:54
85 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
57:45
1 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
2 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
3 Mark Padun
Bahrain Merida
17 pt
4 Dayer Quintana Rojas
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
12 pt
5 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
6 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
7 Dmitriy Gruzdev
Astana Pro Team
11 pt
8 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Education First
10 pt
9 Nicola Conci
Trek - Segafredo
10 pt
10 Ben Hermans
Israel Cycling Academy
9 pt
13 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 Mark Padun
Bahrain Merida
10:04:04
2 Nicola Conci
Trek - Segafredo
1:17
3 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:09
4 Daniel Muñoz Giraldo
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
4:06
5 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:20
6 Jonas Gregaard Wilsly
Astana Pro Team
6:48
7 Joan Bou Company
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
17:04
8 Yuriy Natarov
Astana Pro Team
21:25
9 Mattia Bais
Cycling Team Friuli
22:29
10 Kevin Rivera Serrano
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
23:49
23 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
57:45
1 Ben Hermans
Israel Cycling Academy
14 pt
2 Mark Padun
Bahrain Merida
12 pt
3 Dayer Quintana Rojas
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
12 pt
4 Matteo Badilatti
Israel Cycling Academy
10 pt
5 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
6 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Education First
4 pt
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 30:19:28
2 Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM 19:39
3 Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 20:31
4 Israel Cycling Academy 27:17
5 Trek - Segafredo 27:27
6 Bahrain Merida 41:46
7 Astana Pro Team 45:08
8 UAE-Team Emirates 51:25
9 Movistar Team 52:40
10 EF Education First 54:04

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