Itzulia Basque Country

Stage 5) Hondarribia - Ondarroa

ES Spain Friday 09 April 2021 160.2 km

A Wolfpack exhibition in Pais Vasco

A Wolfpack exhibition in Pais Vasco

There aren’t many things better in cycling than two teammates finishing first and second in a race, as it just says something about that squad, its strength and the pervasive team spirit that fuels the riders before each race. On Friday, we got to enjoy one of these fine moments at the end of the 180.2km stage 5 of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, which journeyed from Hondarribia to Ondarroa over a hilly course that, at least on paper, should have made it easy for the peloton to control the race.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step had other plans, and for that reason sent two riders – Josef Cerny and Mikkel Honoré – in a six-man break that was kept at no more than three minutes by a peloton keen on bringing it back together for the final kilometers in Ondarroa. Surprisingly for many, the sextet arrived at the bottom of the Urkaregi ascent with a two-minute gap, spreading panic in the bunch. The group splintered there under the impetus of Cerny and Honoré, who kept pushing only with Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo) for company.

At ten kilometers to go, the trio still had one minute over the bunch, who despite their furious chase didn’t make inroads into the gap, and that was mainly thanks to the Czech National ITT Champion, who buried himself at the front on the rolling roads to Ondarroa. On a short drag inside the last five kilometers, Mikkel got out of the saddle and opened a gap, with Josef following suit when he sensed the Frenchman couldn’t follow.

The duo kept pedalling smoothly as they rode under the flamme rouge, where they carried a healthy lead of around 40 seconds. With 200 meters to go, they both sat up and bumped fists as they made their way towards the finish side by side. Mikkel took the win, becoming the first Danish rider in more than two decades to claim a stage at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, with Josef finishing at his side and making it a truly memorable day for Deceuninck – Quick-Step.

“It was our goal to be in the breakaway and once we got there, we worked very hard to remain as much as possible at the front. With our gap standing at one minute on the climb, it looked like a hard task, but we gave everything there and continued pushing. In the closing kilometers, I jumped on the short hill and waited for Josef at the top so we could go together to the line. He was incredible today and I want to point out that this isn’t my victory, but a win shared by the two of us, because I wouldn’t have made it without him. Getting to the line together with a teammate and celebrating a victory is one of the most beautiful things in cycling”, said an emotional Mikkel after Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 15th win of the season.

“A memorable day for us. When we went into the break, our goal was to make the most out of this opportunity and I’m happy with how things panned out in the end. We believed in ourselves, kept the pace high in the finale and delivered a great team effort. That’s why we can be proud of what we achieved, as it’s a day we’ll always remember”, added Josef after contributing to the team’s magnificent display in the Basque Country.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:39:54
2 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
3 Julien Bernard
Trek - Segafredo
0:17
4 Daryl Impey
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:28
5 Simon Clarke
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
0:28
6 Stefano Oldani
Lotto Soudal
0:28
7 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:28
8 Julien Simon
Team Total Direct Energie
0:28
9 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Education - Nippo
0:28
10 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:28
28 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:28
40 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:28
98 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:06
113 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:30
138 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:50
1 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
16:05:43
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:23
3 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:28
4 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
0:36
5 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:43
6 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
1:02
7 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
1:07
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
1:13
9 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana - Premier Tech
1:15
10 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
1:23
11 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:32
18 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:01
64 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:53
86 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:12
93 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31:07
117 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
38:50
124 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40:36
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
66 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
63 pt
3 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
42 pt
4 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
38 pt
5 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
37 pt
6 Julien Bernard
Trek - Segafredo
32 pt
7 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana - Premier Tech
30 pt
8 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29 pt
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
28 pt
10 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
27 pt
13 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24 pt
19 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
38 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
54 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
17 pt
2 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
14 pt
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
14 pt
4 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
12 pt
5 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
10 pt
6 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
7 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
8 pt
8 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
7 pt
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
7 pt
10 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
6 pt
14 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
1 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
16:05:43
2 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:28
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:43
4 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:32
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
1:42
6 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
1:52
7 Ilan Van Wilder
Team DSM
1:58
8 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
4:04
9 Mark Donovan
Team DSM
9:10
10 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
10:45
24 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31:07
37 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
38:50
1 Team Jumbo-Visma 48:21:53
2 Bahrain - Victorious 1:25
3 Astana - Premier Tech 2:16
4 UAE-Team Emirates 4:54
5 BORA - hansgrohe 8:13
6 Deceuninck - Quick Step 10:28
7 INEOS Grenadiers 11:44
8 Movistar Team 13:25
9 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 18:08
10 EF Education - Nippo 18:41

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