Paris-Nice

Stage 4) Saint-Amand-Montrond - Saint-Amand-Montrond

FR France, Wednesday 11 March 2020
15.5 km

Asgreen on the podium in Paris-Nice

Asgreen on the podium in Paris-Nice

Kasper Asgreen continued to impress, less than two weeks after winning Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, taking a strong third in the 15.1km-long individual time trial held around Saint-Amand-Montrond, the hometown of Julian Alaphilippe and the place where our team produced an unforgettable masterpiece at the 2013 Tour de France, when we split the peloton in the crosswinds and won the stage.

Featuring two short climbs, a sharp descent and a long flat section, Wednesday’s test against the clock was the first major test for the GC contenders, but presented also a nice opportunity for Asgreen, and the Danish Champion didn’t disappoint. Having started long before the yellow jersey favourites, the 25-year-old put in a strong turn of legs on the uphill part of the stage, caught his minute-man and continued to produce a fine ride, which propelled him into the hot seat at the finish, after improving the provisional time by one second.

His result – 19:03 – was bested by just two riders by the end of the stage, and Kasper notched up his first podium at World Tour level in an individual time trial, a result that he hadn’t expected at the start of the day: “I prepared mostly for the Classics so far this year, so I haven’t spent so much time on the TT bike and I didn’t know where I found myself. I wasn’t as good as I had hoped, but better than I had feared, so overall, I can be pretty satisfied with my result and ride. With more training I am sure I will be back at a high level in this discipline for the second part of the season, once I conclude my Classics campaign.”

The stage was special also for another Deceuninck – Quick-Step Julian Alaphilippe, who got to ride on the roads he knows so well. In front of his family, friends and many other fans who cheered him on during the time trial, the Velo d’Or recipient gave absolutely everything and posted at the finish a solid time which helped him make a jump of four places in the standings with four stages left.

“I knew I wasn’t going to win, but this didn’t stop me from pushing really hard on this course which suited me and where it was nice to be today, with the fans yelling my name. That motivated me and I did my best. I had a good rhythm, but not the best feeling, and it was very hard with the headwind in the last two kilometers. I want to thank everyone for their support and tell them I will keep fighting until Nice”, Julian said at the finish.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claesen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
18:51
2 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:06
3 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:12
4 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
0:13
5 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - McLaren
0:15
6 Victor Campenaerts
NTT Pro Cycling
0:17
7 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
0:18
8 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:26
9 Tobias Ludvigsson
Groupama - FDJ
0:27
10 Lawson Craddock
EF Pro Cycling
0:29
12 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
18 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
40 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:05
56 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:19
85 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:52
98 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
DNS Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-18:51
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
13:30:58
2 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
0:58
3 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
1:01
4 Nils Politt
Israel Start-Up Nation
1:05
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
1:06
6 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - McLaren
1:10
7 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
1:11
8 Mads Würtz Schmidt
Israel Start-Up Nation
,,
9 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
1:15
10 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
1:16
19 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:04
23 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:16
27 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:06
37 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:01
38 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:04
51 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:23
76 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:06
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
33 pt
2 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
24 pt
3 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain - McLaren
16 pt
4 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
15 pt
5 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
6 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
13 pt
7 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
13 pt
8 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
13 pt
9 Nils Politt
Israel Start-Up Nation
12 pt
10 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - McLaren
12 pt
13 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
35 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
13:32:04
2 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:10
3 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
3:27
4 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain - McLaren
3:47
5 Connor Swift
Team Arkéa Samsic
4:04
6 Damien Touzé
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
4:25
7 Piet Allegaert
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
8:45
8 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
9:36
9 Nils Eekhoff
Team Sunweb
10:44
10 Dušan Rajović
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
10:49
1 Jonathan Hivert
Team Total Direct Energie
22 pt
2 José Manuel Díaz Gallego
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
7 pt
3 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
4 pt
4 Tom Devriendt
Circus - Wanty Gobert
4 pt
5 Dries Van Gestel
Team Total Direct Energie
3 pt
6 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
7 Juraj Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
2 pt
8 Romain Combaud
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
2 pt
9 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - McLaren
1 pt
10 Nico Denz
Team Sunweb
1 pt
1 BORA - hansgrohe 40:35:35
2 Team Sunweb 0:49
3 EF Pro Cycling 1:03
4 Israel Start-Up Nation 1:04
5 Bahrain - McLaren 2:45
6 Groupama - FDJ 3:00
7 Deceuninck - Quick Step 3:49
8 Trek - Segafredo 3:50
9 NTT Pro Cycling 4:17
10 Lotto Soudal 4:54

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