Tour de la Provence

Stage 2) Cassis – Manosque

FR France Friday 12 February 2021 174.7 km

Two in two days for Ballerini and the Wolfpack

Two in two days for Ballerini and the Wolfpack

Davide Ballerini confirmed he is one of the most in-form riders at the start of this season, by surging to victory for the second consecutive day in France, after a wet stage and a crash-marred finale. The 26-year-old Italian was unabated by the inclement weather or the tough uphill drag to the line in Manosque and launched a powerful sprint that helped him extend his lead in the general classification, ahead of Saturday’s journey to Mont Ventoux.

Just like on the first stage of the race, Deceuninck – Quick-Step played a prominent role all day, driving the peloton behind the breakaway and making sure of keeping in check at all times the escapees’ margin, before bringing back the last survivor of the five-man group just as he crested the final classified climb, Col Montfuron.

Ahead of the flamme rouge, Julian Alaphilippe and Davide Ballerini were well-placed, but a crash of another rider took the World Champion down, fortunately though without any serious consequence. The Frenchman was able to finish the stage a few minutes later, and with the incident having occurred in the closing three kilometers, he was given the same time as the winner and is now third on the GC.

At the front, Ballerini delivered a pitch-perfect sprint to see off the challenge of Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) and maintain a perfect track record at his first race of the year. On top of that, he became the first rider in the Tour de la Provence’s history to score consecutive stage wins.

“When you see how this team works, you feel that you have to give your best and fight for the victory until the very last moment. Just look at their effort: they were incredible, the only team to work tirelessly at the front until the final kilometer and keep me up there. The sprint was hard, but I fought until the last ounce of energy and I’m glad I could repay these amazing guys. This win is for the team”, said Davide, who in addition to the overall standings, also leads the points classification.

 

Photo credit: ©James Startt/Agence ZOOM

Race details

1 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:21:49
2 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
3 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
0:00
4 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
5 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
6 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana - Premier Tech
0:00
7 Gianni Moscon
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
8 Stefano Oldani
Lotto Soudal
0:00
9 Sven Erik Bystrøm
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
10 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
16 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
91 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:46
99 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:28
100 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
101 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:30
137 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:45
1 Davide Ballerini
9:04:52
2 Alex Aranburu Deba
0:16
3 Julian Alaphilippe
0:17
4 Bauke Mollema
0:19
5 Gianni Moscon
0:19
6 Patrick Konrad
0:20
7 Dylan Teuns
0:20
8 Jack Haig
0:20
9 Ide Schelling
0:20
10 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
0:20
1 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30 pt
2 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
15 pt
3 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
12 pt
4 Delio Fernández Cruz
DELKO
10 pt
5 Eduard-Michael Grosu
DELKO
10 pt
6 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
10 pt
7 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
10 pt
8 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - Victorious
9 pt
9 Clément Venturini
AG2R Citroën Team
9 pt
10 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
8 pt
17 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
1 Lilian Calmejane
AG2R Citroën Team
15 pt
2 Filippo Conca
Lotto Soudal
15 pt
3 Delio Fernández Cruz
DELKO
9 pt
4 Samuel Leroux
Xelliss - Roubaix Lille Métropole
6 pt
5 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
6 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
7 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
3 pt
8 Eduard-Michael Grosu
DELKO
3 pt
9 Gianni Moscon
INEOS Grenadiers
2 pt
10 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
13 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Ide Schelling
BORA - hansgrohe
9:05:12
2 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
3 Matthew Walls
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
4 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
5 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
6 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana - Premier Tech
0:00
7 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
8 Carlos Rodriguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
9 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
0:00
10 Giovanni Aleotti
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
1 BORA - hansgrohe 27:15:36
2 INEOS Grenadiers 0:00
3 Astana - Premier Tech 0:00
4 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:00
5 Bahrain - Victorious 0:00
6 AG2R Citroën Team 0:00
7 Team Arkéa Samsic 0:00
8 UAE-Team Emirates 0:32
9 Movistar Team 1:17
10 Team Qhubeka ASSOS 1:36

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