La Vuelta ciclista a España

Stage 13) Belmez - Villanueva de la Serena

ES Spain Friday 27 August 2021 203.7 km

Vuelta a España: Florian Sénéchal takes maiden Grand Tour victory

Vuelta a España: Florian Sénéchal takes maiden Grand Tour victory

Florian Sénéchal brought Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 52nd victory of the season after an insane finale in Villanueva de la Serena, where stage 13 concluded. The 28-year-old benefitted from an excellent lead-out from his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates – who stormed to the front in the closing kilometers and split the peloton with the flamme rouge looming on the horizon – and delivered a perfect sprint with 150 meters to go.

Victorious in two races since joining the Wolfpack back in 2018, Sénéchal was supposed to launch green jersey Fabio Jakobsen, but the Dutchman dropped from the reduced front group and the Frenchman quickly became the man who carried the hopes of the team. In the last kilometer, Florian waited patiently for the finishing straight and kicked within sight of the line, holding off Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates) for the biggest win of his career to date.

“We had other plans today, but when Fabio shouted on the radio that I should go instead for the sprint, I immediately focused on that, on remaining calm and giving it my best in that chaotic finale. The guys did an incredible job and I’m grateful to them for their immense efforts and for giving me this opportunity.”

I feel honoured by their confidence and I’m delighted I could repay it today.

“At the same time, I also want to thank my wife, family and friends, people who, together with my team, always supported me and believed in me. I still don’t realise what this win means, it’s just crazy”, said an elated Florian after racking up Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s eighth Grand Tour stage victory of the season.

Fabio Jakobsen, who extended his lead in the points classification after taking the intermediate sprint in Don Benito, remained upbeat after the stage: “This is cycling, you can be the main favourite but things don’t always turn out the way you wanted. The team did a perfect lead-out, but the legs were full of lactic acid and I could see that before the last two kilometers, so I just told Florian that he should sprint and I’m happy that he finished it off for. I’m sure other opportunities will come and we will go for them.”

 

Photo credit: ©Stuart Franklin / Getty Images

Race details

1 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:58:23
2 Matteo Trentin
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
3 Alberto Dainese
Team DSM
0:02
4 Luka Mezgec
Team BikeExchange
0:03
5 Stan Dewulf
AG2R Citroën Team
0:03
6 Piet Allegaert
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:03
7 Itamar Einhorn
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:03
8 Antonio Jesús Soto Guirao
Euskaltel - Euskadi
0:03
9 Rui Oliveira
UAE-Team Emirates
0:03
10 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:06
12 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:09
76 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:52
100 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:05
103 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:36
140 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:48
147 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:20
165 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:12
1 Odd Christian Eiking
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
50:31:52
2 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:58
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:56
4 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
2:31
5 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Movistar Team
3:28
6 Jack Haig
Bahrain - Victorious
3:55
7 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
4:41
8 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
4:57
9 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
5:03
10 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
5:38
60 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:09:55
68 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:17:31
95 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:35:09
111 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:47:34
132 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:00:02
151 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:14:02
161 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:24:58
164 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:30:14
1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
200 pt
2 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Education - Nippo
114 pt
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
106 pt
4 Matteo Trentin
UAE-Team Emirates
103 pt
5 Alberto Dainese
Team DSM
93 pt
6 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
92 pt
7 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
74 pt
8 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
69 pt
9 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
69 pt
10 Lilian Calmejane
AG2R Citroën Team
59 pt
32 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33 pt
40 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
65 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13 pt
78 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
1 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain - Victorious
31 pt
2 Romain Bardet
Team DSM
27 pt
3 Michael Storer
Team DSM
17 pt
4 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
16 pt
5 Jack Haig
Bahrain - Victorious
15 pt
6 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
12 pt
7 Kenny Elissonde
Trek - Segafredo
11 pt
8 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
10 pt
9 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
9 pt
10 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Education - Nippo
8 pt
32 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
35 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-2 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
50:36:33
2 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
1:27
3 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
2:13
4 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
5:22
5 Rémy Rochas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
17:17
6 Steff Cras
Lotto Soudal
32:57
7 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
40:58
8 Jefferson Alveiro Cepeda Hernandez
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
43:41
9 Gotzon Martín Sanz
Euskaltel - Euskadi
55:40
10 Michael Storer
Team DSM
55:42
13 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:05:14
16 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:12:50
46 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:20:17
1 INEOS Grenadiers 51:44:11
2 UAE-Team Emirates 1:54
3 Movistar Team 4:17
4 Bahrain - Victorious 5:47
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 9:42
6 Trek - Segafredo 21:06
7 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 30:44
8 Astana - Premier Tech 36:10
9 AG2R Citroën Team 55:57
10 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 57:18

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