Tour de la Provence

Stage 1) Châteaurenard - Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

FR France, Thursday 13 February 2020
149.5 km

Strong season debut for Asgreen

Strong season debut for Asgreen

The inaugural stage of the fifth Tour de la Provence rolled out from and journeyed to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the spiritual center of the Camargue and a town that Vincent Van Gogh captured in one of his paintings in 1888, when he made a short trip from Arles – where he was living – to what at the same was a small fishing village on the Mediterranean Sea.

A group of four prised itself clear and on the only classified climb of the day, Côte du Destet, eking out a 3:30 maximum advantage over the bunch, who wasn’t too worried about that move and tapped out a steady tempo, more preoccupied about the echelons which could make an appearance on the open sections of the course.

The race blazed into life with 20 kilometers remaining, when Deceuninck – Quick-Step took over the reins, but despite our team’s forcing, the wind didn’t want to join in, so the expected crosswinds failed to materialise. Pieter Serry picked up where he left off in Vuelta a San Juan, and together with US National ITT Champion Ian Garrison – who made his debut for the Wolfpack – and Grand Tour stage winners Rémi Cavagna and Iljo Keisse, brought back the quartet some three kilometers from home.

Kasper Asgreen got himself in a good slot and was at all times present in the top 10 as things heated up, and once again showed his fast turn of legs coming out of the last turn, taking eighth place on the line, which Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic) crossed victorious after a duel with Jakub Mareczko (CCC Team).

“It was very nice to get started again, as training over the winter has been really good this year and I was excited to see how the shape would be in the first race. Luckily, I felt good out there all day and I’m happy about that. The stage was flat and with the wind lacking, it was bound to end up in a bunch sprint. We don’t have a dedicated sprinter, so we decided that I should give it a shot in the final and see what I could do. The boys supported me really well in the last ten kilometers and I arrived in a good position. I was no match for the real sprinters, but I’m satisfied with my result and legs”, said Kasper after Thursday’s stage.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
3:16:35
2 Jakub Mareczko
CCC Team
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3 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
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4 Pierre Barbier
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
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5 Hugo Hofstetter
Israel Start-Up Nation
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6 Chris Lawless
Team INEOS
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7 Timothy Dupont
Circus - Wanty Gobert
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8 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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9 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
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10 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
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62 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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75 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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91 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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118 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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119 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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143 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:16
1 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
3:16:25
2 Jakub Mareczko
CCC Team
0:04
3 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
0:06
4 Charlie Quarterman
Trek - Segafredo
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5 Johan Jacobs
Movistar Team
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6 Louis Louvet
St Michel - Auber93
0:07
7 Romain Combaud
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
0:09
8 Pierre Barbier
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
0:10
9 Hugo Hofstetter
Israel Start-Up Nation
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10 Chris Lawless
Team INEOS
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12 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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66 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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79 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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93 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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119 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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120 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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143 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:26
1 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
10 pt
2 Jakub Mareczko
CCC Team
8 pt
3 Charlie Quarterman
Trek - Segafredo
6 pt
4 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
6 pt
5 Johan Jacobs
Movistar Team
6 pt
6 Louis Louvet
St Michel - Auber93
5 pt
7 Pierre Barbier
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
5 pt
8 Hugo Hofstetter
Israel Start-Up Nation
4 pt
9 Chris Lawless
Team INEOS
3 pt
10 Timothy Dupont
Circus - Wanty Gobert
2 pt
12 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Charlie Quarterman
Trek - Segafredo
3:16:31
2 Johan Jacobs
Movistar Team
,,
3 Louis Louvet
St Michel - Auber93
0:01
4 Pierre Barbier
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
0:04
5 Chris Lawless
Team INEOS
,,
6 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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7 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
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8 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
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9 Luca Mozzato
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10 Gabriel Cullaigh
Movistar Team
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32 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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37 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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49 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Charlie Quarterman
Trek - Segafredo
3 pt
2 Johan Jacobs
Movistar Team
2 pt
3 Romain Combaud
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
1 pt
1 Team Sunweb 9:49:45
2 Circus - Wanty Gobert ,,
3 Trek - Segafredo ,,
4 Movistar Team ,,
5 CCC Team ,,
6 Astana Pro Team ,,
7 Israel Start-Up Nation ,,
8 AG2R La Mondiale ,,
9 Array ,,
10 Team Arkéa Samsic ,,

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