Okolo Slovenska / Tour de Slovaquie

Stage 4) Hlohovec - Senica

SK Slovakia, Saturday 21 September 2019
142.1 km

Yves Lampaert comes out on top at Okolo Slovenska

Yves Lampaert comes out on top at Okolo Slovenska

Elia Viviani notched up another win, his 11th of a strong and impressive season, after capitalising on his teammates’ flawless piloting. Once he was slotted into position inside the last meters of stage 4, the 30-year-old Italian put in an incredible rush towards the line in Senica, where the 63rd edition of the race came to a conclusion, and eased home ahead of Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) and Alexander Kristoff (Team UAE Emirates), claiming his 28th victory for the Wolfpack, who continue to lead the 2019 win ranking.

“I am very happy that I have won again. I knew I had to beat Demare so we could take home also the general classification and I’m happy that I helped my team this way. The guys delivered yet another perfect lead-out in what was again a fast finale, where I had Michael and Yves for company, and all I had to do was kick out with around 180 meters remaining and put the finishing touch to their impeccable work. After so many podiums here, it was the time to take a victory and I’m happy I could bring it in this beautiful European Champion jersey. We felt great in Slovakia, the home of our sponsor janom, and it feels nice to end the week on a high note”, said Elia, who raced Okolo Slovenska for the first time in his career.

Despite the relatively easy finish, the peloton once again fragmented inside the last kilometer, only 19 riders finding themselves at the right end of the split. Among them was also overall leader Yves Lampaert, who started the day with a seven-second buffer in the standings, knowing that in order to secure the win, Demare had to miss out on the stage success. With Elia basking in the victory, Yves sewed up the general classification by one second – the smallest gap in the history of the race – and became the first ever Belgian rider to triumph at Okolo Slovenska.

“This is the second GC victory of my career, after the 2015 Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, and it came following a beautiful but demanding week of racing, and that gives me even more pleasure. Today was a bit stressful, as my buffer wasn’t a big one, but thanks to the team’s excellent work, who protected me from start to finish and chased down the break, and Elia’s fine sprint, I can now savour this nice win. It’s a result which boosts my confidence ahead of next week’s World Championships in Yorkshire”, a happy Yves said after bringing UCI World Team Classification leader Deceuninck – Quick-Step its 65th victory of the year.

 

Photo credit: ©Jan Melicher / ©Photo Stancik

Race details

1 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:17:36
2 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
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3 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
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4 Erik Baška
BORA - hansgrohe
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5 Matteo Pelucchi
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
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6 Rudy Barbier
Israel Cycling Academy
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7 Emīls Liepiņš
Wallonie-Bruxelles
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8 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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9 Gijs Van Hoecke
CCC Team
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10 Nicolai Brøchner Nielsen
Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
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15 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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74 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:20
83 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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93 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:26
98 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:14:21
2 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
0:01
3 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:03
4 Kamil Gradek
CCC Team
0:17
5 Tom Bohli
UAE-Team Emirates
0:21
6 Gijs Van Hoecke
CCC Team
0:26
7 Matthias Brändle
Israel Cycling Academy
0:28
8 Lukas Pöstlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
0:34
9 Erik Baška
BORA - hansgrohe
0:40
10 Alexandr Riabushenko
UAE-Team Emirates
0:41
28 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:58
30 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:03
34 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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42 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:08
79 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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127 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:01
1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
46 pt
2 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
40 pt
3 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32 pt
4 Erik Baška
BORA - hansgrohe
27 pt
5 Martin Urianstad
Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
25 pt
6 Gašper Katrašnik
Adria Mobil
21 pt
7 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21 pt
8 Mateusz Grabis
Voster ATS Team
18 pt
9 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
10 Rémy Rochas
Delko Marseille Provence
16 pt
28 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
41 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Torjus Sleen
Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
17:15:05
2 Leon Heinschke
Development Team Sunweb
0:01
3 Dušan Rajović
Adria Mobil
0:54
4 Tim Naberman
Development Team Sunweb
2:18
5 Niklas Märkl
Development Team Sunweb
2:35
6 Petr Rikunov
Gazprom-RusVelo
2:40
7 Lukáš Kubiš
Dukla Banska Bystrica
2:46
8 Matúš Štoček
Slovakia
2:50
9 Nicola Venchiarutti
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
2:51
10 Aljaž Omrzel
Adria Mobil
2:52
1 Martin Salmon
Development Team Sunweb
42 pt
2 Kenny Molly
Wallonie-Bruxelles
31 pt
3 Martin Urianstad
Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
22 pt
4 Idar Andersen
Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
22 pt
5 Marek Čanecký
Dukla Banska Bystrica
14 pt
6 Rémy Rochas
Delko Marseille Provence
14 pt
7 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
9 pt
8 Maciej Bodnar
BORA - hansgrohe
6 pt
9 Mateusz Grabis
Voster ATS Team
6 pt
10 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
22 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
25 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 CCC Team 51:44:40
2 UAE-Team Emirates 0:26
3 BORA - hansgrohe 1:33
4 Deceuninck - Quick Step 2:08
5 Groupama - FDJ 2:12
6 Uno-X Norwegian Development Team 2:18
7 Israel Cycling Academy 2:41
8 Riwal Readynez Cycling Team 3:33
9 Adria Mobil 3:34
10 Roompot - Charles 4:03

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