Tour de l'Ain

Stage 3) Saint Vulbas - Grand Colombier

FR France, Sunday 09 August 2020
144.5 km

João Almeida takes Tour de l’Ain white jersey

João Almeida takes Tour de l’Ain white jersey

Seven years after Julian Alaphilippe wrapped up the best young rider classification at the Tour de l’Ain, another Deceuninck – Quick-Step youngster claimed the white jersey, after an impressive ride in the mountains against the big guns. Coming into the race after a solid third overall at the Vuelta a Burgos, João Almeida demonstrated consistency and maturity over the three days of the Tour de l’Ain, which this year featured several long and bruising climbs.

This quality display brought the 22-year-old Portuguese not just the white jersey, but also a well-deserved place inside the top 10 overall, a result that began to take shape after his eye-catching ride on stage 2 to Lélex Monts-Jura. One day later, on a stage whose last 110 kilometers were an exact replica of this year’s Tour de France stage 15 and was animated by stage 1 winner Andrea Bagioli from the break, Almeida was once again up there.

After his teammate, victorious on the opening day, got caught by the ruthless favourites group, João matched the GC contenders until with eight kilometers to go, when the gradient became painfully steep and the teams at the front began pushing a searing tempo. Without panicking or going into the red, Almeida showed endless determination and grinded his way up the daunting Grand Colombier at his own pace; as a result, he managed to claw back some time before coming home completely exhausted, but inside the top 10 and with the white jersey securely on his back.

“I am really happy after today! I knew that the last climb would be very tough and steep, so for me it was just about surviving there”, said João Almeida after finishing seventh overall and becoming the first Portuguese to win the best young rider standings at the Tour de l’Ain, a result from which he took a lot of heart. “Being capable of such a strong result in the company of so many Tour de France contenders in such a demanding race is great and gives me a lot of confidence. My results and shape have been really good so far this season and I hope the trend will continue in the next races.”

 

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Race details

1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:06:24
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
0:04
3 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:06
4 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:08
5 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
0:16
6 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:23
7 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:31
8 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:44
9 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
1:16
10 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:58
28 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:16
54 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:14
78 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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DNF Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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DNF Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
11:21:12
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
0:18
3 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:28
4 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:56
5 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:27
6 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
2:24
7 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:40
8 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
2:45
9 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
3:39
10 Fabio Aru
UAE-Team Emirates
4:26
29 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:15
44 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:43
91 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:04:58
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
70 pt
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
42 pt
3 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
30 pt
4 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
5 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
24 pt
6 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
22 pt
7 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
8 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
22 pt
9 Valerio Conti
UAE-Team Emirates
22 pt
10 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
17 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:23:52
2 Michel Ries
Trek - Segafredo
11:46
3 Thymen Arensman
Team Sunweb
15:24
4 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:35
5 Ilan Van Wilder
Team Sunweb
19:15
6 Jakob Geßner
Germany
21:20
7 Kevin Vermaerke
Hagens Berman Axeon
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8 Miguel Heidemann
Germany
24:13
9 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:03
10 Johannes Adamietz
Germany
28:01
1 Julien Bernard
Trek - Segafredo
59 pt
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
35 pt
3 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
4 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
22 pt
5 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
16 pt
6 Jaakko Hänninen
AG2R La Mondiale
16 pt
7 Joey Rosskopf
CCC Team
15 pt
8 Romain Sicard
Team Total Direct Energie
14 pt
9 Simon Guglielmi
Groupama - FDJ
13 pt
10 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
11 pt
11 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
20 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Team Jumbo-Visma 34:06:25
2 Team INEOS 14:35
3 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 22:52
4 Trek - Segafredo 27:00
5 Team Arkéa Samsic 36:02
6 Deceuninck - Quick Step 47:59
7 UAE-Team Emirates 49:11
8 AG2R La Mondiale 49:29
9 Groupama - FDJ 1:08:25
10 CCC Team 1:08:38

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