Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali

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IT Italy Tuesday 23 March 2021 14 km

Cavendish leads Coppi e Bartali

Cavendish leads Coppi e Bartali

Mark Cavendish returned to Italy – a country where he claimed some of his finest triumphs – after almost two years and needed just a couple of hours to leave his mark on the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali. In the morning half-stage around Gatteo, the former World Champion was guided into the final kilometer by Shane Archbold, closing to just half a wheel behind an impressive acceleration by Jakub Mareczko (Vini Zabu).

His second podium of the season brought valuable bonifications, which ended up playing an important role at the end of the second half-stage, a short and fast team time trial held in the afternoon. Despite being in just five riders – Archbold, Cavendish, Garrison, Honoré and Vansevenant – Deceuninck – Quick-Step rode a fantastic stage, averaging close to 56km/h and missing out on the win for a mere two seconds against a seven-man Israel Start-Up Nation.

The Manxman, who is riding his first stage race of the season in Italy, went to the podium straight after the TTT to collect the leader’s jersey, which he will now wear on the hilly stage 2 between Riccione and Sogliano al Rubicone.

“Two podiums in a day and the leader’s jersey here, it’s not too bad. Though we just missed the wins, I am extremely proud of our five-man group here. The lads looked after me in the morning and I was disappointed not to repay their hard work with a victory. But then, in the afternoon, we committed against the odds in the team time trial. I couldn’t be happier to at least get to lead the race after day one, especially as it’s the first time in four years that I lead a stage race. Now some hilly stages await and we’re motivated to work hard for our GC guys”, said the first British rider in six years to lead the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali.

 

Photo credit: ©Sirotti.it

Race details

1 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:30:39
2 Alex Dowsett
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:02
3 Ben Hermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:02
4 James Piccoli
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:02
5 Guy Niv
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:02
6 Alessandro De Marchi
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:02
7 Sebastian Berwick
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:02
8 Gleb Brussenskiy
Astana - Premier Tech
0:03
9 Javier Romo
Astana - Premier Tech
0:03
10 Fabio Felline
Astana - Premier Tech
0:03
14 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:04
15 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:04
16 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:04
120 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:59
1 Jakub Mareczko
Vini Zabù
10 pt
2 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
3 Marius Mayrhofer
Team DSM
6 pt
4 Luca Coati
Team Qhubeka
5 pt
5 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
4 pt
6 Michael Zecchin
Work Service Marchiol Vega
3 pt
7 Cristian Rocchetta
General Store Essegibi F.lli Curia
2 pt
8 Vincenzo Albanese
EOLO-Kometa
1 pt
1 Raffaele Radice
Mg.k Vis VPM
11 pt
2 Francesco Zandri
Work Service Marchiol Vega
10 pt
3 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
4 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
5 Lorenzo Fortunato
EOLO-Kometa
2 pt
6 Paul Wright
Mg.k Vis VPM
2 pt
1 Sebastian Berwick
Israel Start-Up Nation
2:30:41
2 Gleb Brussenskiy
Astana - Premier Tech
0:01
3 Javier Romo
Astana - Premier Tech
0:01
4 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:02
5 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:02
6 Kevin Colleoni
Team BikeExchange
0:06
7 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
0:08
8 Mick Van Dijke
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:11
9 Gijs Leemreize
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:11
10 Finn Fisher-Black
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:11
1 Israel Start-Up Nation 7:08:51
2 Astana - Premier Tech 0:01
3 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:02
4 Team BikeExchange 0:06
5 INEOS Grenadiers 0:08
6 Team Jumbo-Visma 0:11
7 Italy 0:14
8 Movistar Team 0:21
9 Team Qhubeka 0:22
10 Trek - Segafredo 0:23

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