Okolo Slovenska / Tour de Slovaquie

Stage 2) Spišské Podhradie - Dolný Kubín

SK Slovakia Friday 17 September 2021 179.7 km

Steimle pulls off emotional victory in Slovakia

Steimle pulls off emotional victory in Slovakia

Emotional and struggling for words, Jannik Steimle celebrated his first victory of the season together with his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates and staff, which came after a scrappy and nervous finale in Dolny Kubin. The small town is located in northern Slovakia and is where the peloton concluded the 179.7km stage two. It was a moment that the 25-year-old German had been chasing since coming back from an injury that derailed his season just ahead of the Spring Classics, putting him on the recovery path until the end of May, when he finally returned to action.

The race was kept together by Deceuninck – Quick-Step until the final climb, where a flurry of attacks split the field into several groups, making things tough for the fast men. Winner of the general classification at the 2020 edition, Jannik quickly jumped from the field to counter one of these moves and with twelve kilometers to go he found himself at the front of the race together with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). They were soon joined by eight more riders, while behind Shane Archbold and Michael Mørkøv rode themselves inside out to bring Alvaro Hodeg back into the game.

The catch was made three kilometers from the line and the peloton began preparing for a mass gallop, but their plans went up in smoke with 300 meters to go, when several riders slid out in a right-hand corner. Jannik, who was the first man to enter the finishing straight, was among the few to avoid the incident and launched a mad rush to the line, which culminated with the Wolfpack’s 59th victory of the year.

“The plan was to go for Alvaro again today, but with the last climb coming inside the final 15 kilometers, we knew the other teams would try something. After the top, I was at the front with Peter, but knowing the gaps to the chasers were small, I waited for Alvaro to come back, which he did after an incredible effort of the team.”

“The closing kilometers were quite hectic with a lot of corners. I was leading out for Alvaro with 500 meters to go, but we lost each other a bit, and then when that crash happened, I just went full gas and it paid off. It has been a hard year for me after that crash in the spring and I can’t tell you how happy I am to taste victory again, it’s such a huge relief. Winning feels great and I want to thank this fantastic team for always being by my side”, said Jannik, second now in the general classification, which continues to be topped by Alvaro Hodeg.

 

Photo credit: ©Igor Stancik

Race details

1 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:18:30
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
3 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
4 Lukáš Kubiš
Dukla Banska Bystrica
0:00
5 Francisco Galván Fernández
Equipo Kern Pharma
0:00
6 Gal Glivar
Adria Mobil
0:00
7 Fabio Felline
Astana - Premier Tech
0:00
8 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana - Premier Tech
0:00
9 Matúš Štoček
Topforex - ATT Investments
0:00
10 Idar Andersen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:00
67 Jason Osborne
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:58
77 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:49
91 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:23
92 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:23
134 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:57
1 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:54:45
2 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:03
3 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
0:04
4 Eirik Lunder
Gazprom - RusVelo
0:12
5 Jakub Otruba
Elkov - Kasper
0:13
6 Roger Adrià Oliveras
Equipo Kern Pharma
0:13
7 Cees Bol
Team DSM
0:14
8 Casper Pedersen
Team DSM
0:14
9 Maciej Bodnar
BORA - hansgrohe
0:15
10 Idar Andersen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:15
56 Jason Osborne
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:13
66 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:06
73 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:39
74 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:42
127 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:39
1 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
24 pt
3 Eirik Lunder
Gazprom - RusVelo
16 pt
4 Fredrik Dversnes
Gazprom - RusVelo
16 pt
5 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
6 Jakub Otruba
Elkov - Kasper
12 pt
7 Roger Adrià Oliveras
Equipo Kern Pharma
12 pt
8 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Team Qhubeka NextHash
10 pt
9 Cees Bol
Team DSM
8 pt
10 Idar Andersen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
8 pt
13 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 Andrea Garosio
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
28 pt
2 Fredrik Dversnes
Gazprom - RusVelo
10 pt
3 Tomasz Budzinski
HRE Mazowsze Serce Polski
8 pt
4 Idar Andersen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
8 pt
5 Boštjan Murn
Adria Mobil
7 pt
6 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
6 pt
7 Gabriele Petrelli
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
6 pt
8 Jaime Castrillo Zapater
Equipo Kern Pharma
5 pt
9 Fabio Felline
Astana - Premier Tech
4 pt
10 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Eirik Lunder
Gazprom - RusVelo
7:54:57
2 Idar Andersen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:03
3 Leon Heinschke
Team DSM
0:04
4 Lukáš Kubiš
Dukla Banska Bystrica
0:06
5 Niklas Märkl
Team DSM
0:06
6 Matúš Štoček
Topforex - ATT Investments
0:07
7 Gleb Brussenskiy
Astana - Premier Tech
0:07
8 Antonio Puppio
Team Qhubeka NextHash
0:08
9 Aljaž Jarc
Adria Mobil
0:09
10 Gal Glivar
Adria Mobil
0:12
1 Team DSM 23:44:59
2 BORA - hansgrohe 0:04
3 HRE Mazowsze Serce Polski 0:05
4 Team BikeExchange 0:06
5 Astana - Premier Tech 0:10
6 Team Qhubeka NextHash 0:12
7 Gazprom - RusVelo 0:13
8 Elkov - Kasper 0:13
9 Topforex - ATT Investments 0:16
10 Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 0:19

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