Tour de l'Ain

Stage 2) Lagnieu - Lélex Monts-Jura

FR France, Saturday 08 August 2020
140.5 km

Almeida takes over the white jersey at the Tour de l’Ain

Almeida takes over the white jersey at the Tour de l’Ain

Col de Montgriffon (12.5km, 4.1%), Col des Pezières (3.9km, 6.5%), Col de Cuvillat (3.4km, 7.4%), Côte de Giron (7.6km, 6.2%) and Col de Menthières (9.1km, 6.3%) made for a hard to digest menu at the Tour de l’Ain, reshuffling the general classification led at the start of the day by the young Andrea Bagioli, courtesy of his impressive victory on Friday.

As expected, it all kicked off on the penultimate climb, when the GC teams took over the reins and pushed a brutal tempo that shredded the peloton to pieces. In the blink of an eye, only a handful of riders where left at the front, opening a sizeable gap over the chasers, which included Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s João Almeida. The Portuguese began a furious chase and showed some great descending skills, coming close to bridging across, only for the gap to go up again once the pace-setting was ramped up at the front.

This didn’t deter the young Portuguese all-rounder – third overall last week at the Vuelta a Burgos – who continued to grit his teeth and give everything, even after being joined by a small group with ten kilometers to go. From there, Almeida took eighth place at the finish, on an unclassified climb where Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) surged to the win ahead of Egan Bernal (Ineos), same position where he finds himself after two intense days of racing at the French race.

“I felt really good today, but that final classified climb was brutal once they put down the hammer. I tried to rejoin those at the front and I came close of doing it, but the last ascent was beginning to be felt in the legs and it became a suffer-fest there”, said João, who is the new leader of the best young rider classification. “It’s another jersey for my collection, after the one I got to sport for two days at the Vuelta a Burgos. This keeps me motivated, keeps me working for the next races and shows that I did a good job in all these months without racing. Being up there with the big guns gives me a lot of confidence and hope that I will put again a strong ride on the final stage.”

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

Race details

1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
3:58:14
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
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3 Valerio Conti
UAE-Team Emirates
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4 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
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5 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:07
6 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:15
7 Fabio Aru
UAE-Team Emirates
0:16
8 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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9 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolás
Team INEOS
0:20
10 Jan Hirt
CCC Team
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29 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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43 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:03
108 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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117 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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119 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
7:14:58
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
0:10
3 Valerio Conti
UAE-Team Emirates
0:12
4 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
0:16
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
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6 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:23
7 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:31
8 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:32
9 Fabio Aru
UAE-Team Emirates
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10 Jan Hirt
CCC Team
0:36
25 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:49
41 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:19
107 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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112 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:54
126 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36:22
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
45 pt
2 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
3 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
22 pt
4 Valerio Conti
UAE-Team Emirates
22 pt
5 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
6 Stefan Bissegger
Switzerland
16 pt
7 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
14 pt
8 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
14 pt
9 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
12 pt
10 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
12 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:15:30
2 Ilan Van Wilder
Team Sunweb
1:04
3 Erik Fetter
Kometa Xstra Cycling Team
4:35
4 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:17
5 Thymen Arensman
Team Sunweb
6:27
6 Jakob Geßner
Germany
7:44
7 Kevin Vermaerke
Hagens Berman Axeon
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8 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:47
9 Michel Ries
Trek - Segafredo
8:51
10 Miguel Heidemann
Germany
12:01
1 Julien Bernard
Trek - Segafredo
34 pt
2 Ivan Centrone
Natura4Ever - Roubaix Lille Métropole
20 pt
3 Jaakko Hänninen
AG2R La Mondiale
16 pt
4 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
15 pt
5 Joey Rosskopf
CCC Team
15 pt
6 Simon Guglielmi
Groupama - FDJ
13 pt
7 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
10 pt
8 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
7 pt
9 Nils Politt
Israel Start-Up Nation
7 pt
10 Martin Salmon
Team Sunweb
7 pt
14 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Team Jumbo-Visma 21:46:19
2 Team INEOS 4:34
3 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 9:49
4 AG2R La Mondiale 11:59
5 CCC Team 13:09
6 Team Arkéa Samsic 13:11
7 Team Sunweb 14:09
8 Deceuninck - Quick Step 14:25
9 UAE-Team Emirates 15:34
10 Kometa Xstra Cycling Team 17:05

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