Tour de la Provence

Stage 3) Istres - Chalet Reynard Mont Ventoux

FR France, Saturday 15 February 2020
143.5 km

Cavagna shows again panache and grit

Cavagna shows again panache and grit

Since debuting in the Deceuninck – Quick-Step colours three years ago, Rémi Cavagna began making a name for himself as one of the peloton’s finest baroudeurs, a rider undaunted by the difficulty of a race or the weather. Long, solo breakaways at the Tour de Pologne or the Tour of Guangxi showed glimpses of his potential, and even though ended up in a frustrating manner for the young Frenchman, who was caught just kilometers from the finish, fed his confidence and acted as incentive to continue on this path.

That’s how he notched up his first World Tour victory, at last season’s Tour of California, by the largest winning margin seen in years (over seven minutes), and his maiden Grand Tour stage, just a few months later, when he dropped his breakaway companions on the rolling roads to Toledo and fended off an entire raging peloton to cap off what was another demonstration of sheer power.

At the Tour de la Provence, he decided to animate again the day from the break, and did it with great aplomb, igniting the stage’s main move immediately after the start, which saw him being joined by four other man, together with whom he opened a five-minute gap over the peloton. With 50 kilometers to go, not happy with how things went in the group, “The TGV of Clermont-Ferrand” sailed clear on a technical descent, showing his companions a clean pair of wheels and taking his advantage to six minutes.

It was another testament to the bravery and determination of the 24-year-old, who emptied himself as he tried to remain at the front, despite his margin plummeting once the GC teams went into another speed in the bunch. Shoulders rocking and teeth gritting, exhausted after his unbelievable effort that saw him spend 120 kilometers at the front, Rémi was caught two kilometers into the climb of Mont Ventoux, which appeared for the first time in five editions on the Tour de la Provence route.

“It was a nice day on the bike, the kind of day I like. I knew before the start that I would attack and went sole at first, before four other riders made it across. Then, with around 50 kilometers to go, I decided to take my chance, because the speed in the group went a bit down. 25 kilometers from the finish, when the gap sat at six minutes, I was still thinking it was possible to make it and take the victory, but then I began to feel in my legs the day in the break and that brutal climb was too much and they caught me. Still, it was a good training for the next races and I’m content with my ride”, a smiling Cavagna said after the penultimate stage, at the end of which he took the podium to be awarded with the most combative rider trophy.

Andrea Bagioli continues to be the best-positioned Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider in the Tour de la Provence general classification, after concluding in the top 20 the stage won by Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) at Chalet Reynard, a 9.5km climb averaging 9.4% which made for some big and potentially decisive gaps.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
3:36:26
2 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
1:28
3 Hugh Carthy
EF Pro Cycling
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4 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
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5 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
2:11
6 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:12
7 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
,,
8 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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9 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
,,
10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
2:25
20 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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42 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:36
62 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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72 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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74 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:21
85 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
95 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
11:24:12
2 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
1:04
3 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
1:28
4 Hugh Carthy
EF Pro Cycling
1:38
5 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
2:16
6 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
2:21
7 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
2:22
8 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:26
9 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
,,
10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
2:35
18 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:55
40 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:00
50 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:06
66 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:23
68 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:11
72 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
117 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:44
1 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
24 pt
2 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
22 pt
3 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
20 pt
4 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
18 pt
5 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
15 pt
6 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
10 pt
7 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
8 Hugh Carthy
EF Pro Cycling
10 pt
9 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
10 pt
10 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Pro Cycling
9 pt
14 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
32 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
11:25:16
2 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
1:17
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
1:31
4 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
1:40
5 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
2:46
6 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:51
7 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
3:05
8 Attila Valter
CCC Team
3:07
9 Pavel Sivakov
Team INEOS
3:40
10 Gijs Leemreize
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:20
22 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:19
24 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:07
26 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Jonas Koch
CCC Team
18 pt
2 Victor Lafay
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
14 pt
3 Johan Jacobs
Movistar Team
8 pt
4 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
7 pt
5 Cyril Barthe
7 pt
6 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
5 pt
7 Timothy Dupont
Circus - Wanty Gobert
4 pt
8 Charlie Quarterman
Trek - Segafredo
3 pt
9 Hugh Carthy
EF Pro Cycling
3 pt
10 Romain Combaud
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
3 pt
11 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Astana Pro Team 34:20:08
2 EF Pro Cycling 1:04
3 Groupama - FDJ 1:55
4 Team Sunweb 3:42
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 3:49
6 AG2R La Mondiale 4:28
7 CCC Team 7:50
8 Team Arkéa Samsic 7:59
9 NTT Pro Cycling 8:07
10 NIPPO DELKO One Provence 8:23

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