Tour de Romandie

Stage 5) Fribourg - Fribourg

CH Switzerland Sunday 02 May 2021 16.19 km

Tour de Romandie: Rémi Cavagna wins final stage

Tour de Romandie: Rémi Cavagna wins final stage

Rémi Cavagna finally got his first victory of the season, after coming agonizingly close twice in the last couple of weeks at both Paris-Nice and Volta a Catalunya. The French Champion was one of the favourites before the start of the 16.2km individual time trial that brought down the curtain over the Tour de Romandie, and didn’t disappoint on the hilly course around Fribourg, which he tackled on his Specialized Shiv.

Cavagna set the fastest time at the intermediate checkpoint (13:47) courtesy of a flying ride, and despite losing some of the momentum on the difficult second part, which included some stinging ramps, he still had enough left to go into the hot seat with a time of 21:57 after averaging 44.35km/h. It was a long wait for the French ITT Champion there, as more than 50 riders were still left at the start, but none could get close to him, and the 25-year-old from Clermont-Ferrand nabbed his much-wanted win.

“The parcours didn’t really suit me, as it had some technical parts and steep sections, but I was very motivated to do well and conclude the week on a high note. I am very happy because Romandie is a beautiful race and to get my first victory of the season here feels great. Today I gave 200% and I got a result that gives me a huge boost of confidence ahead of the Giro d’Italia, where I have some personal goals, but I also want to help the team”, a delighted Rémi said.

Fausto Masnada and Mattia Cattaneo made it three Deceuninck – Quick-Step riders in the top 10 on the day, with the former making a significant move up in the general classification. Sixth as he rolled down the start ramp, the 27-year-old from Bergamo produced an outstanding time trial and finished the day on the overall podium, making him the first Italian rider since 2008 to end the Tour de Romandie in the top 3.

“It was a very hard week, especially due to the weather, but I came here with a good condition after my altitude training camp and knew I could do something nice in the GC. I knew I had to do a solid race, so that’s why in the morning I went on a recon and later I even followed Ian from the car to have another look at the course, and when the time came, I went all-out. It’s my finest outing in a stage against the clock and it bodes well before Il Giro, which I look forward to”, said Fausto after his best ever result in a World Tour race.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:54
2 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
0:06
3 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:17
4 Ilan Van Wilder
Team DSM
0:18
5 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
0:20
6 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:21
7 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:29
8 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
0:34
9 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
0:35
10 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
0:37
32 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:14
38 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:19
DNS Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-00:21:54
1 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
17:59:57
2 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
0:28
3 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:38
4 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
0:39
5 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:43
6 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
0:45
7 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana - Premier Tech
1:08
8 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
1:22
9 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain - Victorious
1:30
10 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
2:20
12 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:29
56 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:55
91 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
50:41
104 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:07:40
1 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
98 pt
2 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
77 pt
3 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Education - Nippo
76 pt
4 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
70 pt
5 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
69 pt
6 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
54 pt
7 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
52 pt
8 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
49 pt
9 Ilan Van Wilder
Team DSM
48 pt
10 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
42 pt
12 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37 pt
1 Kobe Goossens
Lotto Soudal
48 pt
2 Joel Suter
Swiss Cycling
43 pt
3 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
34 pt
4 Davide Villella
Movistar Team
34 pt
5 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
26 pt
6 Simon Pellaud
Swiss Cycling
25 pt
7 Antwan Tolhoek
Team Jumbo-Visma
20 pt
8 Manuele Boaro
Astana - Premier Tech
19 pt
9 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
18 pt
10 Robert Power
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
14 pt
1 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
18:02:45
2 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
1:37
3 Ilan Van Wilder
Team DSM
3:21
4 Gijs Leemreize
Team Jumbo-Visma
9:36
5 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
11:54
6 Felix Gall
Team DSM
12:00
7 Antonio Tiberi
Trek - Segafredo
12:33
8 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
19:45
9 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
26:44
10 Marco Brenner
Team DSM
28:26
20 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:04:52
1 INEOS Grenadiers 54:07:07
2 Team DSM 11:50
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 15:59
4 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 20:33
5 Bahrain - Victorious 20:47
6 Trek - Segafredo 23:03
7 Deceuninck - Quick Step 23:41
8 Astana - Premier Tech 27:04
9 Movistar Team 30:44
10 Groupama - FDJ 31:17

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