Tour de la Provence

Stage 4) Avignon - Aix-en-Provence

FR France, Sunday 16 February 2020
170.5 km

Garrison proudly displays Wolfpack spirit in Provence

Garrison proudly displays Wolfpack spirit in Provence

One of the eleven new riders to join Deceuninck – Quick-Step going into the team’s 18th season of existence, Ian Garrison didn’t need too much time to make himself noticed, making the headlines as early as his first race, the Tour de la Provence. After pulling at the front of the bunch on the previous days, the 21-year-old got carte blanche on the lumpy stage from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence, whose relentless up-and-down course made it for a hard day in the saddle.

Garrison’s attack came after several attempts of his teammate Rémi Cavagna, who just one day after staying off the front until the first slopes of Mont Ventoux, tried again to join the break, only for the peloton to respond each time. The fast tempo meant that the kilometers ticked down quickly, and for that reason, it was after more than one hour from the start that a proper group managed to escape the bunch’s clutches.

A fine time triallist, Elite and U23 reigning National Champion of the discipline, Ian made his presence felt in the four-man group that got away, putting in some long turns that contributed to the leaders’ maximum advantage going over six minutes. That gap started to evaporate once the peloton moved into another gear and began to drag the break back, but despite this forcing, the escapees went over the final climb with 50 seconds in hand.

When one of the leaders got a small gap, Ian was the one to shut it down and continue to bring in some rock-solid pulls for the group, who entered the last kilometer with just a few seconds over the peloton, but that margin came down rapidly, prompting the attackers to launch the sprint from the distance. Garrison got himself involved in this nail-biting finish and took third place, for his first top 3 with the Wolfpack and the squad’s 20th podium of the year.

“It’s the first race of the year for me and to get in the break and have such a solid day on this hard course is really awesome! I am so happy I could get a good result and show off the team’s colours at the front”, said Ian after his resolute display and strong effort that showed he has the perseverance to let his potential thrive and convert promise into achievement. “I felt good today and never thought if we would make it, I just gave everything to try and stay ahead for as much as possible. It’s still early in the season, but I hope this is just the start of a very strong year with the Wolfpack.”

Tour de la Provence was a good race also for another Deceuninck – Quick-Step youngster, Ronde de l’Isard winner Andrea Bagioli; the 20-year-old Italian neo-pro took fifth on the first uphill finish of the week on his way to concluding in 16th place.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Owain Doull
Team INEOS
4:07:32
2 Matthias Brändle
Israel Start-Up Nation
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3 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:02
4 Romain Combaud
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
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5 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
0:06
6 Damien Touzé
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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7 Pascal Eenkhoorn
Team Jumbo-Visma
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8 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Pro Cycling
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9 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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10 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
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16 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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40 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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80 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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97 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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109 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
15:31:50
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
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10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
2:35
16 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:55
37 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:00
57 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:15
63 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:01
65 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:11
67 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:55
114 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:46
1 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
30 pt
2 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
24 pt
3 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
20 pt
4 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
18 pt
5 Owain Doull
Team INEOS
15 pt
6 Romain Combaud
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
15 pt
7 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
15 pt
8 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Pro Cycling
14 pt
9 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13 pt
10 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13 pt
18 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
29 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
1 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
15:32:54
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 Pavel Sivakov
Team INEOS
3:40
9 Attila Valter
CCC Team
4:41
10 Rémy Rochas
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
4:42
20 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:57
21 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:07
22 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:51
1 Jonas Koch
CCC Team
18 pt
2 Victor Lafay
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
14 pt
3 Romain Combaud
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
13 pt
4 Johan Jacobs
Movistar Team
8 pt
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
7 pt
6 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
7 Cyril Barthe
7 pt
8 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
5 pt
9 Owain Doull
Team INEOS
4 pt
10 Timothy Dupont
Circus - Wanty Gobert
4 pt
14 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Astana Pro Team 46:43:02
2 Groupama - FDJ 1:55
3 EF Pro Cycling 2:38
4 Team Sunweb 3:42
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 3:49
6 AG2R La Mondiale 6:02
7 NIPPO DELKO One Provence 8:19
8 CCC Team 9:24
9 NTT Pro Cycling 9:41
10 Team Arkéa Samsic 11:07

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