Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali

Stage 5) Forli' - Forli'

IT Italy Saturday 27 March 2021 166.2 km

Mikkel Honoré clocks up his first pro victory in Italy

Mikkel Honoré clocks up his first pro victory in Italy

Mikkel Honoré won a pulsating final stage of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, after an audacious day spent on the offensive, thus becoming the 94th different Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to claim a victory for the squad since 2003, the year that the team was created.

Now in his third pro season, the Dane launched a bold solo move in the opening kilometers of the stage based around a circuit in Forli, carving out a small advantage before being joined by six riders at the front. Together, they collected a maximal lead of three minutes over the peloton, which was then gradually pulled back by the chasers on the hard climbs that made up the 166.2km stage.

Despite their margin being cut to 50 seconds with 25 kilometers to go, Mikkel kept believing in his chances and launched a powerful attack that only one other rider could match. On the last climb of the day, he was mopped up by the bunch, but didn’t get to spend too much time there, zipping clear on the final descent together with Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma), the race’s overall leader.

The two Danes ensured themselves a nice ten-second buffer that ballooned to almost half a minute under the flamme rouge, when it became pretty clear the victory would be an affair between the two of them. Honoré hit the front with 200 meters to go, a powerful surge to the line seeing him prevail over his countryman and cross the line with his arms held in the air, the joy on the 24-year-old’s face being visible as he celebrated his maiden win in the pro ranks. The podium was completed by another Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider, Shane Archbold, the fastest from the group which included also Mauri Vansevenant, who concluded the race in seventh place.

“We talked this morning that with two guys sitting in the upper part of the GC it should be all or nothing for us, so we were keen on trying something and going on the attack. The circuit was hard, but I went clear ahead of the first climb and was later joined by six other riders, together with whom I worked well. In the final part of the stage, we lost some guys and the gap came down rapidly, but I kept pushing, and even after getting caught on the last ascent I remained confident. That’s why I jumped together with Jonas on the technical descent and we immediately opened a consistent gap over the chasers.”

“In the finale, I could get the victory and I have to say that it’s an incredible feeling to have my first win with the pros here in Italy. I want to say a big thanks to the team, because this perfect day wouldn’t have been possible without them”, said Mikkel, whose boldness paid off massively, netting him not just an unforgettable victory, but also second on the general classification.

 

Photo credit: ©Sirotti.it

Race details

1 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:59:40
2 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
3 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:19
4 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
0:19
5 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
Team Colpack Ballan
0:19
6 Jonathan Lastra Martínez
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:19
7 Ilan Van Wilder
Team DSM
0:19
8 Javier Romo
Astana - Premier Tech
0:19
9 Paul Double
Mg.k Vis VPM
0:19
10 Ben Hermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:19
14 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:19
70 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:10
73 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:10
1 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
19:03:47
2 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:22
3 Nick Schultz
Team BikeExchange
0:32
4 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
0:36
5 Javier Romo
Astana - Premier Tech
0:39
6 Ben Hermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:40
7 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:46
8 Sergio Henao Montoya
Team Qhubeka
1:08
9 Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Egerzeigzaarhka
Trek - Segafredo
1:14
10 Ilan Van Wilder
Team DSM
1:18
63 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37:15
80 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
59:49
86 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:06:12
1 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
28 pt
2 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
28 pt
3 Nick Schultz
Team BikeExchange
18 pt
4 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
5 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
6 Javier Romo
Astana - Premier Tech
9 pt
7 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
8 Ben Hermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
7 pt
9 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
10 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
Team Colpack Ballan
7 pt
1 Alejandro Osorio Carbajal
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
32 pt
2 Márton Dina
EOLO-Kometa
28 pt
3 Antonio Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
18 pt
4 Edoardo Zardini
Vini Zabù
12 pt
5 Raffaele Radice
Mg.k Vis VPM
11 pt
6 Einer Augusto Rubio Reyes
Movistar Team
8 pt
7 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
8 Ben Hermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
5 pt
9 Alessandro Fancellu
EOLO-Kometa
4 pt
10 Emil Dima
Giotti Victoria - Savini Due
4 pt
15 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
20 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
19:04:23
2 Javier Romo
Astana - Premier Tech
0:03
3 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
4 Ilan Van Wilder
Team DSM
0:42
5 Kevin Colleoni
Team BikeExchange
0:45
6 Natnael Tesfatsion
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
1:13
7 Jefferson Alexander Cepeda Ortiz
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
1:13
8 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
Team Colpack Ballan
1:48
9 Marco Frigo
Italy
2:09
10 Antonio Tiberi
Trek - Segafredo
2:57
29 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
59:13
1 INEOS Grenadiers 56:53:19
2 Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:01
3 Team DSM 0:28
4 Trek - Segafredo 2:30
5 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 5:54
6 Israel Start-Up Nation 6:44
7 Astana - Premier Tech 8:21
8 Team BikeExchange 11:56
9 Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 16:46
10 Deceuninck - Quick Step 21:06

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