Okolo Slovenska / Tour de Slovaquie

Stage 3) Banska Bystrica - Ziar Nad Hronom

SK Slovakia, Friday 18 September 2020
181.3 km

Steimle to start Tour of Slovakia final stage in yellow

Steimle to start Tour of Slovakia final stage in yellow

Packing four classified climbs and plenty of rugged terrain in between, stage 3 of the Tour of Slovakia was a nervous affair from the very outset, with attacks coming on the first ascent from those trailing Jannik Steimle in the general classification. Our rider easily matched the pace, but the real challenge of the day came on the descent, where the yellow jersey punctured.

The alarms sounded off and Ian Garrison, Alvaro Hodeg and Mauri Vansevenant immediately dropped out from the bunch and waited for Jannik, engaging in a mad pursuit as soon as the 24-year-old linked up with them. The three-minute gap was erased by the strong Wolfpack, who bridged across in the valley to Cervena Studna and brought the overall leader at the front, in the process taking charge of the race and setting the tempo behind the escapees.

Unsurprisingly, more moves came on the last ascent of the day, just as our team was reeling in the breakaway, but they were all reabsorbed on the short descent. Deceuninck – Quick-Step – who leads the team classification at the four-day race – continued to keep everything together ahead of the steep finish in Ziar nad Hronom. Martin Laas (Bora-hasngrohe) surged to victory there, while Jannik Steimle’s fifth place was enough to help him retain the yellow jersey with one day to go.

“It was a really tough stage. Some teams tried to drop us on the first climb and go for the intermediate sprint, but we kept everything under control. Then I had a puncture on the descent, but fortunately Mauri, Ian and Alvaro were there and helped me make it back to the peloton. Without this unbelievable team, to whom I want to say a big thanks, I wouldn’t have the yellow jersey on my shoulders today and it’s their incredible work and commitment that motivates me for the final stage”, Jannik said at the end of Friday’s hectic stage.

 

Photo credit: ©Igor Stancik / Jan Melicher

Race details

1 Martin Laas
BORA - hansgrohe
4:12:24
2 Sean De Bie
Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles
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3 David van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
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4 Emmanuel Morin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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5 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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6 Marcel Meisen
Alpecin-Fenix
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7 Guillaume Boivin
Israel Start-Up Nation
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8 Viacheslav Kuznetsov
Gazprom - RusVelo
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9 Riccardo Stacchiotti
Vini Zabù - KTM
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10 Jempy Drucker
BORA - hansgrohe
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17 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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43 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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45 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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73 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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74 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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78 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:33
1 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:52:31
2 Nico Denz
Team Sunweb
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3 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:14
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 Jempy Drucker
BORA - hansgrohe
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8 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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9 Jenthe Biermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:25
10 Morten Hulgaard
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:27
42 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:39
52 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:53
71 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:23
76 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:47
1 Martin Laas
BORA - hansgrohe
40 pt
2 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36 pt
3 Nico Denz
Team Sunweb
34 pt
4 Jenthe Biermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
31 pt
5 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31 pt
6 Sean De Bie
Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles
27 pt
7 Jempy Drucker
BORA - hansgrohe
20 pt
8 Emmanuel Morin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
16 pt
9 David van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
15 pt
10 Guillaume Boivin
Israel Start-Up Nation
12 pt
21 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
34 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Andreas Leknessund
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
11:52:48
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 Ben Tulett
Alpecin-Fenix
0:58
7 Davide Bais
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
1:13
8 Kristjan Hočevar
Adria Mobil
2:12
9 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:22
10 Gabriele Petrelli
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
3:34
15 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:30
1 Kenny Molly
Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles
56 pt
2 Mathijs Paasschens
Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles
42 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 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
18 pt
7 Michael Kukrle
Elkov - Kasper
15 pt
8 Martin Haring
Dukla Banska Bystrica
15 pt
9 Gabriele Petrelli
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
14 pt
10 Juraj Bellan
Dukla Banska Bystrica
11 pt
16 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
18 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 35:38:27
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 Adria Mobil 3:57

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