Tour de la Provence

Stage 3) Istres – Mont Ventoux

FR France Saturday 13 February 2021 153.9 km

Alaphilippe displays panache on Mont Ventoux

Alaphilippe displays panache on Mont Ventoux

Julian Alaphilippe left another indelible impression, this time on the punishingly steep gradients of Mont Ventoux, which awaited the Tour de la Provence riders on a cold Saturday afternoon. The rainbow jersey wearer was in the thick of the action in the last five kilometers of the climb to Chalet Reynard (14.6km, 7.6%), when attacks came from a depleted peloton which until the base of the ascent had been led by a very impressive Deceuninck – Quick-Step.

Second-year pro Mauri Vansevenant assumed pace-setting duties as the road began to rise, producing an outstanding effort and keeping the strung-out group within touching distance of sole leader Ivan Sosa (Ineos Grenadiers) before Alaphilippe made his move with a trademark acceleration. Dancing on the pedals, the 28-year-old Frenchman set out in purchase of the Colombian inside four kilometers to go, with only Egan Bernal capable of sticking to his wheel.

Climbing superbly and breathing panache at all times despite the ascent ramping up to double-digit gradients, the World Champion launched several powerful accelerations in an effort to dispatch his companion and take back time, before eventually coming across the line in third place for his first podium of the season, which puts him in the same position on the general classification with one stage left.

“I am pretty happy with my shape. Today was a good test and I can be content with how I did on a hard climb that commands respect, even though we didn’t go all the way to the summit. The team was incredible in the way it controlled the race, from the beginning until the start of the climb. Having Mauri by my side in the last kilometers helped a lot and I am very proud of the way he rode, he was so strong and impressive and deserves to be eighth overall. We showed again why we are the Wolfpack and, at the end of the day, I have no regrets. It’s a good result, one that gives me confidence for the next goals”, Julian explained after the race.

 

Photo credit: ©James Startt/Agence ZOOM

Race details

1 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
INEOS Grenadiers
4:08:14
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:15
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:18
4 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
0:29
5 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:48
6 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
0:48
7 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
0:48
8 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:48
9 Jack Haig
Bahrain - Victorious
0:48
10 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
0:48
73 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:10
80 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:14
91 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:12
98 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:12
122 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:08
1 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
INEOS Grenadiers
13:13:16
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:19
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:21
4 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
0:39
5 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
0:57
6 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
0:58
7 Jack Haig
Bahrain - Victorious
0:58
8 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:58
9 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:58
10 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
0:58
77 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:50
79 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:02
94 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:15
107 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:46
115 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:09
1 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30 pt
2 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
18 pt
3 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
12 pt
4 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
INEOS Grenadiers
11 pt
5 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
6 Delio Fernández Cruz
DELKO
10 pt
7 Eduard-Michael Grosu
DELKO
10 pt
8 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
10 pt
9 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
10 pt
10 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
10 pt
35 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
INEOS Grenadiers
13:13:16
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:19
3 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:58
4 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
0:58
5 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R Citroën Team
1:28
6 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
1:28
7 Carlos Rodriguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
2:18
8 Ide Schelling
BORA - hansgrohe
3:06
9 Abner González Rivera
Movistar Team
3:35
10 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana - Premier Tech
4:29
1 Filippo Conca
Lotto Soudal
15 pt
2 Jérôme Cousin
Team Total Direct Energie
9 pt
3 Delio Fernández Cruz
DELKO
9 pt
4 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
5 Alessandro Fedeli
DELKO
6 pt
6 Samuel Leroux
Xelliss - Roubaix Lille Métropole
6 pt
7 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
INEOS Grenadiers
5 pt
8 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
9 Florian Vermeersch
Lotto Soudal
4 pt
10 Nicola Bagioli
4 pt
15 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
20 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 INEOS Grenadiers 39:42:41
2 Bahrain - Victorious 0:44
3 BORA - hansgrohe 2:45
4 AG2R Citroën Team 3:29
5 Astana - Premier Tech 3:50
6 Movistar Team 4:28
7 Team Qhubeka ASSOS 6:39
8 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 9:00
9 Deceuninck - Quick Step 9:53
10 Team Arkéa Samsic 11:35

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