Giro d'Italia

Stage 2) Alcamo - Agrigento

IT Italy, Sunday 04 October 2020
150 km

Giro d’Italia: Mikkel Honoré impresses in Agrigento

Giro d’Italia: Mikkel Honoré impresses in Agrigento

A second-year pro, Mikkel Honoré is one of the many young riders on Deceuninck- Quick-Step’s team at the Giro d’Italia , and the 23-year-old Dane, who is riding the Corsa Rosa again after a solid debut last season, impressed as early as the second stage, a lumpy one that took the peloton from Alcamo to Agrigento, where the race returned after more than a decade.

Long before the start, everyone knew that on Sunday afternoon it would be only about the final climb, a 3.7km one averaging 5.3% which suited attackers and those possessing a strong punch. Taking many by surprise, the first rider to show his intentions there was Mikkel, who powered away the strung out peloton and put some distance between him and the maglia rosa group, from where he was joined by just two riders under the flamme rouge.

The road briefly flattened out before going up again with 100 meters to go, and that was where our rider made another move, launching a strong acceleration. Coming off his slipstream, both Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) and Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) passed him, but Mikkel still had enough resources to take third, five seconds clear off a group from where teammate João Almeida sprinted to fifth place, a result that will see him sport on Monday the white jersey.

“Finishing third was unexpected for me. I knew that my condition was good, but before you get a good result, you never truly believe in it. I felt good and tackled that final climb with a lot of confidence, and I think this was shown in my result. On the other hand, I am also a bit disappointed, because I opened my sprint a bit too early and the others took advantage of that. Nevertheless, this is a big morale-boost for me, and the fact that it came so early in the race it’s very encouraging”, Mikkel said after his third place.

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

Race details

1 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
3:24:58
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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4 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
0:05
5 Luca Wackermann
Vini Zabù - KTM
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6 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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7 Gianluca Brambilla
Trek - Segafredo
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8 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
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9 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - McLaren
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10 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
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22 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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29 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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65 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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88 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:43
152 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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155 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
3:40:27
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:22
3 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:23
4 Tobias Foss
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:31
5 Josef Černý
CCC Team
0:36
6 Matteo Sobrero
NTT Pro Cycling
0:40
7 Jan Tratnik
Bahrain - McLaren
0:42
8 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
0:49
9 Tanel Kangert
EF Pro Cycling
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10 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:54
13 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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21 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:13
29 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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32 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:31
72 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:44
156 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:41
165 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:41
1 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
25 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
19 pt
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
4 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
15 pt
5 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
6 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
7 Mikkel Bjerg
UAE-Team Emirates
9 pt
8 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
8 pt
9 Mattia Bais
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
8 pt
10 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
7 pt
1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
3:40:27
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:22
3 Tobias Foss
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:31
4 Matteo Sobrero
NTT Pro Cycling
0:40
5 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:59
6 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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7 Ben O'Connor
NTT Pro Cycling
1:00
8 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
1:11
9 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:13
10 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
1:15
48 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:41
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
4 pt
2 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
3 pt
3 Rick Zabel
Israel Start-Up Nation
3 pt
4 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
3 pt
5 Mattia Bais
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
2 pt
6 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
7 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
8 Etienne van Empel
Vini Zabù - KTM
1 pt
1 INEOS Grenadiers 11:02:32
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 1:03
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:05
4 UAE-Team Emirates 1:14
5 Team Sunweb 1:16
6 EF Pro Cycling 1:25
7 NTT Pro Cycling 1:36
8 Mitchelton-Scott 1:40
9 CCC Team 1:41
10 Bahrain - McLaren 2:07

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