Tour Poitou-Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine

Stage 5) Thénezay - Poitiers

FR France, Sunday 30 August 2020
164.6 km

Keisse on the move in Poitou-Charentes

Keisse on the move in Poitou-Charentes

Eight years after taking a memorable victory at the Tour of Turkey in one of the most thrilling finishes ever seen, Iljo Keisse came close to repeat that feat, this time in France, at the final stage of the Tour Poitou-Charentes (Thénezay – Poitiers, 164.6 kilometers).

Having worked for his teammate Alvaro Hodeg on the previous days, the 37-year-old was given carte blanche and fully took advantage of it, infiltrating in a five-man breakaway that enjoyed a 3:40 maximum gap over the peloton. By the time they entered the final 15 kilometers, that buffer had melted down to one minute, prompting an attack of Keisse, who dropped his companions and eked out a ten-second margin over them. With the bunch sitting at 50 second behind him with 8 kilometers to go, having caught the other escapees, Iljo looked to have a strong chance of making it, as he powered through the pain and emptied himself.

The roads didn’t play into his favour, and despite this amazing effort, Keisse was pegged back with less than two kilometers remaining and the stage came down to a bunch sprint, won by Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) ahead of Ivan Cortina (Bahrain-Merida), the Frenchman also wrapping up the general classification thanks to the bonus seconds.

Colombian sprinter Alvaro Hodeg was again Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s best placed rider on the stage, but also on the overall standings, and leaves the French race with two top 3 finishes in the bag.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
3:34:13
2 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain - McLaren
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3 Alexander Krieger
Alpecin-Fenix
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4 Tosh Van der Sande
Lotto Soudal
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5 Silvan Dillier
AG2R La Mondiale
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6 Riccardo Minali
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
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7 Corné van Kessel
Circus - Wanty Gobert
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8 Alfdan De Decker
Circus - Wanty Gobert
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9 Thomas Boudat
Team Arkéa Samsic
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10 Orluis Aular Sanabria
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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20 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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40 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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45 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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60 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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81 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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DNS Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
15:18:59
2 Josef Černý
CCC Team
0:12
3 Joey Rosskopf
CCC Team
0:32
4 Thibault Guernalec
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:39
5 Alexis Gougeard
AG2R La Mondiale
0:45
6 Benjamin Thomas
Groupama - FDJ
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7 Elmar Reinders
Riwal Securitas Cycling Team
0:59
8 Julius Johansen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
1:03
9 Yoann Paillot
St Michel - Auber93
1:10
10 Silvan Dillier
AG2R La Mondiale
1:12
21 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:11
22 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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51 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:12
58 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:22
97 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:27
1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
96 pt
2 Alexander Krieger
Alpecin-Fenix
56 pt
3 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain - McLaren
40 pt
4 Luca Mozzato
38 pt
5 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36 pt
6 Tosh Van der Sande
Lotto Soudal
36 pt
7 Sander Armée
Lotto Soudal
29 pt
8 Lorrenzo Manzin
Team Total Direct Energie
28 pt
9 Pierre Barbier
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
25 pt
10 Silvan Dillier
AG2R La Mondiale
22 pt
22 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
41 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Thibault Guernalec
Team Arkéa Samsic
15:19:38
2 Julius Johansen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:24
3 Will Barta
CCC Team
0:33
4 Dorian Godon
AG2R La Mondiale
0:48
5 Stan Dewulf
Lotto Soudal
1:11
6 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:32
7 Florian Maitre
Team Total Direct Energie
2:09
8 Erik Nordsaeter Resell
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
2:10
9 Tobias Kongstad Moch
Riwal Securitas Cycling Team
2:44
10 Pierre Barbier
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
2:49
1 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
28 pt
2 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
3 Harry Tanfield
AG2R La Mondiale
9 pt
4 Héctor Sáez Benito
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
8 pt
5 Joey Rosskopf
CCC Team
6 pt
6 Silvan Dillier
AG2R La Mondiale
6 pt
7 Damien Gaudin
Team Total Direct Energie
6 pt
8 Jon Irisarri Rincón
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
5 pt
9 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
CCC Team
4 pt
10 Alexis Gougeard
AG2R La Mondiale
4 pt
1 CCC Team 45:58:35
2 Groupama - FDJ 0:59
3 AG2R La Mondiale 1:14
4 Alpecin-Fenix 2:18
5 Lotto Soudal ,,
6 Team Arkéa Samsic 2:59
7 Riwal Securitas Cycling Team 3:06
8 Astana Pro Team 4:20
9 Deceuninck - Quick Step 5:06
10 Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 5:51

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