La Vuelta ciclista a España

Stage 6) Biescas - Col du Tourmalet

ES Spain, Sunday 25 October 2020
136.6 km

Vuelta a España: Birthday boy Cattaneo takes 7th atop Aramon Formigal

Vuelta a España: Birthday boy Cattaneo takes 7th atop Aramon Formigal

Mattia Cattaneo found a special way to mark his 30th birthday, by going in the breakaway together with teammate Rémi Cavagna and 21 other riders on Sunday’s 146.4km stage between Biescas and Aramon Formigal, which featured again on the race after four years.

The stage took place in atrocious weather – howling wind, spitting rain and low temperatures accompanying the riders from 100 kilometers to go. Cavagna, who featured in the break also on the opening day, and Cattaneo, who is racing his seventh Grand Tour, did a lot of work at the front, helping the large group establish a four-minute lead over the peloton, who began chasing hard only on the second classified climb of the stage, Puerto de Cotefablo.

With 20 kilometers remaining, the harsh condition started taking their toll on the main group, which was reduced to a dozen riders. From there, Ion Izagirre (Astana) attacked on the 14.4km climb at the end, dropping his companions and surging to victory. Mattia Cattaneo was among the few to survive from the day-long move and the Italian climbed to a solid seventh place, his best result of the season and a remarkable one for that matter, considering that two months ago his season looked to be over after a crash at the Giro dell’Emilia.

“It was such a hard day, due to the miserable weather conditions and the big tempo at the front, but I really enjoyed being in the break. I think it was a nice day to celebrate my birthday. When I think that last month I was still in bed with a broken vertebra not knowing if I would race again this year, this is a very good result, one that lifts my morale. I am happy with it and I hope to continue helping the team get more solid results at this last Grand Tour of the season”, said Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Italian, who made a jump of six places in the overall standings, up to 15th.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
3:41:00
2 Michael Woods
EF Pro Cycling
0:25
3 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
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4 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
0:27
5 Michael Valgren Andersen
NTT Pro Cycling
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6 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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7 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:38
8 Hugh Carthy
EF Pro Cycling
0:48
9 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
0:53
10 Sergio Henao Montoya
UAE-Team Emirates
0:55
31 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:14
110 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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113 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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122 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
130 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
149 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:09
150 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
24:34:39
2 Hugh Carthy
EF Pro Cycling
0:18
3 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:20
4 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:30
5 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
1:07
6 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
1:30
7 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
1:42
8 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
2:02
9 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
UAE-Team Emirates
2:46
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
3:00
15 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:46
30 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:01
89 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:00:08
94 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:01:44
116 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:08:47
119 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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123 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:09:45
126 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:10:22
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
79 pt
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
61 pt
3 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
57 pt
4 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
36 pt
5 Hugh Carthy
EF Pro Cycling
33 pt
6 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
33 pt
7 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
33 pt
8 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
29 pt
9 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
26 pt
10 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
26 pt
12 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
29 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
30 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
1 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
24:35:46
2 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
2:40
3 Gino Mäder
NTT Pro Cycling
2:57
4 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
5:27
5 Kobe Goossens
Lotto Soudal
12:36
6 Georg Zimmermann
CCC Team
12:54
7 Will Barta
CCC Team
14:06
8 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
INEOS Grenadiers
17:26
9 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:54
10 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
20:41
27 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
59:01
29 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:00:37
41 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
19 pt
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
18 pt
3 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
16 pt
4 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
15 pt
5 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
14 pt
6 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
11 pt
7 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
7 pt
8 Quentin Jauregui
AG2R La Mondiale
6 pt
9 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
6 pt
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
6 pt
31 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Movistar Team 73:49:56
2 UAE-Team Emirates 3:37
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 8:09
4 Astana Pro Team 10:06
5 Mitchelton-Scott 24:18
6 INEOS Grenadiers 35:13
7 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 39:21
8 Trek - Segafredo 41:52
9 Groupama - FDJ 53:30
10 Deceuninck - Quick Step 1:01:31

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