Okolo Slovenska / Tour de Slovaquie

Stage 2) Zilina - Banska Bystrica

SK Slovakia, Thursday 17 September 2020
206.6 km

Steimle keeps the yellow jersey

Steimle keeps the yellow jersey

Ten classified climbs crammed between Zilina and Banska Bystrica made for a very tough day at the Tour of Slovakia, a day with over 2500 vertical meters which Jannik Steimle started in the overall lead courtesy of his spectacular victory in Wednesday’s individual time trial. With the gaps in the general classification being quite minimal, Steimle was put under pressure soon after the start, but his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates rallied around him and kept him protected at the front, from where the German took valuable seconds at the intermediate sprint in Povazska Bystrica.

Over the first classified climbs, the race split, leaving just 50 riders in the front, including a large Deceuninck – Quick-Step contingent, but it eventually came back together before the third-category Mojtin ascent, where four riders slipped away. Pieter Serry and Mauri Vansevenant worked tirelessly and kept the gap in check, making sure it didn’t go north of four minutes. The front group disintegrated on Sturec, the penultimate difficulty of the day, but the fireworks came a bit later, on the short Sasova, where several riders bolted away.

The Wolfpack responded with ease, annihilating these moves and keeping the peloton as one before the finish in Banska Bystrica, where it came down to a reduced mass gallop. Jannik Steimle took second, behind Nico Denz (Sunweb), a result that helped the 24-year-old retain the lead in the general classification thanks to the bonification seconds that came with this result. Shane Archbold made it two Deceuninck – Quick-Step riders on the overall podium, after concluding this testing stage in the top 5.

“I have to say a big thank you to the team, they did an impressive job for me, they kept everything under control and chased down every attack. Our opponents made a hard race, attacking several times, but we were always there and for this I am grateful to the guys. In the sprint I did a mistake, as it was uphill and I started my effort a bit too early, which allowed Denz to pass me with 25 meters to go. On the other hand, the yellow jersey rests on my shoulder and I hope it will be here also after Friday’s stage”, said Jannik, the fourth different Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider since 2018 to lead the Tour of Slovakia.

 

Photo credit: ©Jan Melicher

Race details

1 Nico Denz
Team Sunweb
5:01:41
2 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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3 Jempy Drucker
BORA - hansgrohe
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4 Mihkel Räim
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:01
5 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
6 Emmanuel Morin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
,,
7 Jenthe Biermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
,,
8 Viacheslav Kuznetsov
Gazprom - RusVelo
,,
9 Charles Planet
Team Novo Nordisk
,,
10 Adam Ťoupalík
Elkov - Kasper
,,
26 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
44 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
47 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:56
111 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
113 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:40:07
2 Nico Denz
Team Sunweb
,,
3 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:16
4 Andreas Leknessund
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:17
5 Jasha Sütterlin
Team Sunweb
0:19
6 Chad Haga
Team Sunweb
0:22
7 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
8 Jempy Drucker
BORA - hansgrohe
0:23
9 Morten Hulgaard
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:27
10 Jakub Otruba
Elkov - Kasper
0:28
36 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:11
50 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:20
82 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:19
84 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:23
1 Nico Denz
Team Sunweb
33 pt
2 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31 pt
3 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23 pt
4 Martin Laas
BORA - hansgrohe
20 pt
5 Jempy Drucker
BORA - hansgrohe
16 pt
6 Sean De Bie
Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles
12 pt
7 Mihkel Räim
Israel Start-Up Nation
10 pt
8 Jay McCarthy
BORA - hansgrohe
10 pt
9 Guillaume Boivin
Israel Start-Up Nation
8 pt
10 David Per
Adria Mobil
8 pt
22 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
29 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Andreas Leknessund
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
7:40:24
2 Morten Hulgaard
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:10
3 Jakub Otruba
Elkov - Kasper
0:11
4 Alexis Renard
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:17
5 Joel Suter
Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles
0:31
6 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:54
7 Ben Tulett
Alpecin-Fenix
0:58
8 Davide Bais
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
1:13
9 Kristjan Hočevar
Adria Mobil
1:44
10 Andrea Pietrobon
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
3:13
18 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:02
1 Kenny Molly
Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles
55 pt
2 Mathijs Paasschens
Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles
32 pt
3 Guillaume Boivin
Israel Start-Up Nation
27 pt
4 Joel Suter
Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles
23 pt
5 Jonas Rapp
Team Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang
21 pt
6 Michael Kukrle
Elkov - Kasper
15 pt
7 Martin Haring
Dukla Banska Bystrica
15 pt
8 Gabriele Petrelli
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
14 pt
9 Juraj Bellan
Dukla Banska Bystrica
11 pt
10 David Per
Adria Mobil
11 pt
12 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
14 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 23:01:15
2 Team Sunweb 0:02
3 Elkov - Kasper 0:39
4 Israel Start-Up Nation 0:52
5 BORA - hansgrohe 1:10
6 Alpecin-Fenix 1:12
7 Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles 1:14
8 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 1:17
9 Gazprom - RusVelo 1:35
10 Cycling Team Friuli ASD 2:36

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