Royal Bernard Drome Classic

FR France, 01 Mar
1 stages, 203 km

Deceuninck – Quick-Step in the thick of the action at the Drôme Classic

Deceuninck – Quick-Step in the thick of the action at the Drôme Classic

Taking place around the town of Livron-sur-Drôme and packing several Ardennes-type of climbs, the seventh edition of the Drôme Classic was animated by a three-man breakaway who nudged their maximum advantage to over eight minutes after the first hour. Our team was one of the three to control their gap, but with 100 kilometers to go, found itself one man short, after Mikkel Honoré hit the deck and had to abandon, fortunately with no consequences.

Neo-pro Andrea Bagioli and Ian Garrison shared pace-setting duties, reducing the deficit to the leading trio, before Ardèche Classic victor Rémi Cavagna moved to the front and made sure the bunch continued to make inroads into the escapees’ margin. With the gap cut to one minute, the favourites accelerated and forced a selection on Côte des Roberts, Julian Alaphilippe being among those to make the cut over the summit, even trying a probing attack at one point.

One long surge on the last hill of the day, launched after the attackers were brough back, left three riders at the front, and from this small group Simon Clarke (EF Pro Cycling) sprinted to victory. Alaphilippe finished in 17th place the French one-day race, his last outing before Paris-Nice, where he’ll make his return after two years.

 

Photo credit: ©Maximiliano Blanco / Getty Images

Race details

1 Simon Clarke
EF Pro Cycling
5:17:11
2 Warren Barguil
Team Arkéa Samsic
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3 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
0:02
4 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:26
5 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
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6 Gonzalo Serrano Rodríguez
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:36
7 Julien Simon
Team Total Direct Energie
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8 Sean Bennett
EF Pro Cycling
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9 Tanel Kangert
EF Pro Cycling
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10 Lilian Calmejane
Team Total Direct Energie
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17 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:17
22 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:52
48 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:10
DNF Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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DNF Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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DNF Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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