Tour de la Provence

Stage 2) Aubagne - La Ciotat

FR France, Friday 14 February 2020
174.9 km

Bagioli showcases his talent in Provence

Bagioli showcases his talent in Provence

A relentless up and down course and over 2000 meters of vertical climbing – stage 2 of the Tour de la Provence was no stroll in the park for the peloton, who faced a hard start with the road kicking up immediately after they left behind the neutral zone. That made for some intense racing on Col de l’Espigoulier, a small group containing Cyril Barthe (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept), Jonas Koch (CCC Team) and Victor Lafay (Cofidis) getting clear only close to the summit.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step took over the front of the bunch and swapped pulls with the other teams interested to bring back the escapees, who went on to enjoy a maximum lead of nine minutes. Iljo Keisse worked ceaselessly and chewed into the trio’s advantage, which by the time they tackled the penultimate climb dropped below the two-minute mark. An attack of Pieter Serry helped to further reduce the gap to the leaders, who were caught at five kilometers to go, as the last climb, averaging 8.4% over 3.6 kilometers, began.

A series of searing attacks were launched, but they were all brought back by the bunch, where Andrea Bagioli sat in fifth wheel, after being excellently positioned by his teammates. With 1.5 kilometers to the finish, Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) went on the offensive and claimed the win and the leader’s jersey, the reduced group coming home 24 seconds later. Bagioli, who made his pro debut here at the Tour de la Provence, rode superbly, showing a lot of composure for his age, and remained in the peloton despite the big tempo, finishing an impressive fifth on La Ciotat/Les Crêtes, ahead of more seasoned riders, Grand Tour and Monument winners alike.

“To be fifth on my first race of the year is fantastic and makes me very glad. I am more than satisfied with this result and I want to thank the team for helping and pulling for me today, I think they had more confidence than I had in myself at the start of the stage. I was hoping to get a good result, but I never thought that I’d finish in the top 5. To be there with riders of such calibre, who until a couple of months ago I was watching on TV, is really incredible, such a great feeling”, the 20-year-old Andrea said after Friday’s stage. “The climb wasn’t that hard, but we had strong headwind and it made things really difficult. Tomorrow it will be very tough, a long climb, and we’ll see how things will unfold. Until then, I’ll just enjoy this moment and thank the guys again for their hard work.”

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
4:30:57
2 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:24
3 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
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4 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Pro Cycling
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5 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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6 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
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7 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
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8 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
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9 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
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10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
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23 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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45 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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70 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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71 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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72 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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122 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
7:47:22
2 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:28
3 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
0:30
4 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Pro Cycling
0:34
5 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana Pro Team
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6 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
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7 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
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8 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
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9 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
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10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
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11 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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23 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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44 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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60 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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68 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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74 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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141 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:47
1 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
15 pt
2 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
12 pt
3 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
10 pt
4 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
10 pt
5 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Pro Cycling
9 pt
6 Cyril Barthe
8 pt
7 Jonas Koch
CCC Team
8 pt
8 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
9 Jakub Mareczko
CCC Team
8 pt
10 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
7 pt
27 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
7:47:22
2 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana Pro Team
0:34
3 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
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4 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
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5 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
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6 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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7 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
0:38
8 Pavel Sivakov
Team INEOS
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9 Attila Valter
CCC Team
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10 Rémy Rochas
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
1:00
19 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:14
23 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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26 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Jonas Koch
CCC Team
17 pt
2 Victor Lafay
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
15 pt
3 Cyril Barthe
7 pt
4 Charlie Quarterman
Trek - Segafredo
3 pt
5 Romain Combaud
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
3 pt
6 Johan Jacobs
Movistar Team
2 pt
7 Sean Bennett
EF Pro Cycling
1 pt
8 Timothy Dupont
Circus - Wanty Gobert
1 pt
9 Yoann Offredo
Circus - Wanty Gobert
1 pt
1 Astana Pro Team 23:23:24
2 Groupama - FDJ 0:28
3 EF Pro Cycling 0:38
4 Team INEOS 0:42
5 AG2R La Mondiale 0:49
6 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:11
7 Team Sunweb 1:16
8 NIPPO DELKO One Provence 1:28
9 Deceuninck - Quick Step 1:46
10 NTT Pro Cycling 2:41

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