Mauri Vansevenant takes second on the queen stage of the Tour of Slovakia.

Victorious on the first two days of the Tour of Slovakia, Ethan Vernon conceded the first place in the general classification, but the yellow jersey remained in the team, passing onto the shoulders of Josef Cerny at the end of the race’s toughest day, comprising six classified climbs and an uphill finish on the cobbles in the old town of Banska Stiavnica.

It was a bittersweet day for Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, as Mauri Vansevenant – one of the main animators of the stage – came close to what would have been his first victory of the season on the 1.7km ascent where the race concluded after some exciting all-out action in the last 40 kilometers. The Belgian rode a great race, while his teammates Cerny and James Knox worked hard for him in the final hour, and made the selection when the other squads put down the hammer on the penultimate climb, a move which left only 10-15 riders in the front.

Not even the cobblestones on the last hill could slow him down, but despite a fantastic effort, Mauri came runner-up, behind Archie Ryan (Jumbo-Visma). The result helped him make an impressive jump in the overall standings, where he sits in fourth place, a single second from the podium and a further five behind Josef, the seventh different rider of the team to wear yellow at the last five editions.

“I’m disappointed, because the win was possible today. I felt good and was there when the attacks came, thinning out the group. At the start of the last hill, I was lucky that Josef came back, as he worked hard for me, which I am grateful for. At the same time, I am satisfied with my form, because I just returned from Canada, and this motivates me to try again”, said Mauri after his result on stage 2.

“We wanted to keep the leader’s jersey today, and maybe also go for the stage win with Mauri. I took yellow, but the gaps are small, so we’ll need to remain attentive and see how the next stages go. But for now, I will enjoy my day as leader of the Tour of Slovakia”, added Cerny.

 

Photo credit: ©Jan Melicher

Race details

1 Archie Ryan
Jumbo-Visma
4:32:22
2 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
3 Lorenzo Fortunato
EOLO-Kometa
0:00
4 Stefan de Bod
Astana Qazaqstan Team
0:03
5 Bart Lemmen
VolkerWessels Cycling Team
0:03
6 Jonathan Lastra Martínez
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:03
7 Jakub Otruba
Elkov - Kasper
0:03
8 Davide De Cassan
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
0:03
9 Koen Bouwman
Jumbo-Visma
0:07
10 Abel Balderstone Roumens
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:09
11 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:11
23 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:45
28 Zdeněk Štybar
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:59
36 Martin Svrček
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8:03
51 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:19
63 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:19
1 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:49:14
2 Stefan de Bod
Astana Qazaqstan Team
0:04
3 Jakub Otruba
Elkov - Kasper
0:04
4 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:06
5 Archie Ryan
Jumbo-Visma
0:10
6 Bart Lemmen
VolkerWessels Cycling Team
0:12
7 Koen Bouwman
Jumbo-Visma
0:14
8 Abel Balderstone Roumens
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:17
9 Davide De Cassan
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
0:24
10 Jonathan Lastra Martínez
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:26
21 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:59
28 Zdeněk Štybar
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:02
36 Martin Svrček
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8:08
39 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8:52
41 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:17
1 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
22 pt
2 Gleb Syritsa
Astana Qazaqstan Team
15 pt
3 Stefan de Bod
Astana Qazaqstan Team
13 pt
4 Archie Ryan
Jumbo-Visma
12 pt
5 Marcin Budzinski
HRE Mazowsze Serce Polski
12 pt
6 Giovanni Lonardi
EOLO-Kometa
12 pt
7 Jan Bárta
Elkov - Kasper
10 pt
8 Bryan Olivo
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
10 pt
9 Mika Heming
ATT Investments
10 pt
10 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
10 pt
11 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
10 pt
25 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Lorenzo Fortunato
EOLO-Kometa
32 pt
2 Jon Agirre Egaña
Equipo Kern Pharma
20 pt
3 Mika Heming
ATT Investments
14 pt
4 Matúš Štoček
ATT Investments
10 pt
5 Jakub Otruba
Elkov - Kasper
8 pt
6 Jan Bárta
Elkov - Kasper
8 pt
7 Stefan de Bod
Astana Qazaqstan Team
7 pt
8 Carlos García Pierna
Equipo Kern Pharma
6 pt
9 Ibon Ruiz Sedano
Equipo Kern Pharma
6 pt
10 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4 pt
1 Archie Ryan
Jumbo-Visma
7:49:24
2 Abel Balderstone Roumens
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:07
3 Davide De Cassan
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
0:14
4 Alastair Mackellar
Israel - Premier Tech
0:19
5 Alex Tolio
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
0:34
6 Johannes Staune-Mittet
Jumbo-Visma
1:59
7 Alessandro Pinarello
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
2:09
8 Giulio Pellizzari
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
2:18
9 Loe van Belle
Jumbo-Visma
2:47
10 Edoardo Sandri
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
3:03
12 Martin Svrček
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:58
13 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8:42
1 Jumbo-Visma 23:28:20
2 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:44
3 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:49
4 Equipo Kern Pharma 2:48
5 Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 4:44
6 EOLO-Kometa 5:07
7 Astana Qazaqstan Team 10:29
8 Cycling Team Friuli ASD 11:44
9 Elkov - Kasper 18:31
10 Israel - Premier Tech 19:10

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