Tour de France

Stage 19) Bourg-en-Bresse - Champagnole

FR France, Friday 18 September 2020
166.5 km

Tour de France: Bennett closer to securing the green jersey

Tour de France: Bennett closer to securing the green jersey

Sam Bennett was in all the right places on Friday’s leg from Bourg-en-Bresse to Champagnole, which hosted a Tour de France finish for the first time in 83 years, digging deep and putting again a fine effort for which he was handsomely rewarded at the end of the day. Top 10 in the small town located in the Jura department, Bennett made another trip to the podium, to receive a green jersey which he has a strong chance of taking home.

For more than 100 kilometers, the day belonged to Rémi Cavagna, the “TGV of Clermont-Ferrand” who attacked early on the stage and went clear alone, building a three-minute maximum gap over the bunch. The 24-year-old Frenchman, a debutant at the race, pushed a strong pace and remained at the front until after the intermediate sprint in Mournans, a fantastic display of strength and determination for which he was rewarded with the trophy for the most aggressive rider of the day.

“It was the last proper opportunity for a breakaway to go all the way and I felt good, so I just went. It was nice to be off the front, even though I was alone there, and show the team colours. I had a good speed in the first part of the stage, but then I began feeling those long days in the mountains. It’s my first Tour de France and to be on the podium as a recognition of my solo effort feels amazing and gives me a lot of pride”, Rémi said after the stage.

At the same intermediate sprint, Michael Mørkøv once again helped Sam Bennett finish ahead of all his rivals and bag in more vital points. That was the moment the race properly came to life, as many riders who sensed they could go all the way to the line shot out from the peloton. Cavagna and Tim Declercq were among the protagonists, but it was only with 30 kilometers to go that a group managed to get clear, and when it did, Bennett and Dries Devenyns were there, part of a 12-man group which quickly carved out a three-minute advantage. The Irish Champion remained attentive at all times and marked his opponents, sticking like glue to their wheels as the kilometers ticked down.

With 15 kilometers to go, Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) attacked and carried the lead he forged out to the finish, where Sam arrived one minute later, sprinting to eighth and collecting more crucial points that helped him remain in firm control of the green jersey classification.

“Today was supposed to be a dangerous stage, a critical day where it was about being mentally strong. I just tried to mark Peter, as that was the way I had to race, but I also have to say a massive thank you to the team, who did a fantastic job. Michael, Kasper, Dries – who brought me to the front at the right moment when that attack went – Tim, all the boys were amazing and I’m grateful to them. It’s nice to have the green jersey on my shoulders going into the final weekend of the race”, a smiling Sam said.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
3:36:33
2 Luka Mezgec
Mitchelton-Scott
0:53
3 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
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4 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
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5 Oliver Naesen
AG2R La Mondiale
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6 Nikias Arndt
Team Sunweb
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7 Luke Rowe
INEOS Grenadiers
0:59
8 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:02
9 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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10 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
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12 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:15
24 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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36 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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112 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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132 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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142 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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143 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
83:29:41
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:57
3 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
1:27
4 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
3:06
5 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
3:28
6 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
4:19
7 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
5:55
8 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Pro Cycling
6:05
9 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
7:24
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
12:12
36 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:11:36
43 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:27:50
91 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:12:49
116 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:56:13
117 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:56:14
127 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:05:17
131 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:17:16
137 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:23:40
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
319 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
264 pt
3 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
250 pt
4 Bryan Coquard
173 pt
5 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
158 pt
6 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
150 pt
7 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
147 pt
8 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
138 pt
9 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
129 pt
10 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
123 pt
46 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37 pt
51 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33 pt
80 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
102 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
125 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
83:30:38
2 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
3:22
3 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
1:35:35
4 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
1:51:32
5 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
2:10:21
6 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
2:29:13
7 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
2:42:01
8 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
2:43:00
9 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
2:56:52
10 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
4:06:17
16 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:55:16
17 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:55:17
1 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
74 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
72 pt
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
67 pt
4 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
62 pt
5 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
51 pt
6 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
36 pt
7 Pierre Rolland
36 pt
8 Nans Peters
AG2R La Mondiale
32 pt
9 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
28 pt
10 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
27 pt
14 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
39 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
45 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Movistar Team 250:35:44
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 24:36
3 Bahrain - McLaren 58:47
4 EF Pro Cycling 1:15:27
5 INEOS Grenadiers 1:19:38
6 Trek - Segafredo 1:32:43
7 Astana Pro Team 1:39:58
8 AG2R La Mondiale 2:46:56
9 UAE-Team Emirates 3:10:46
10 Mitchelton-Scott 3:19:13

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