Volta a Catalunya: Vernon clinches first World Tour top 5

Volta a Catalunya: Vernon clinches first World Tour top 5

Ethan Vernon got another opportunity to try his hand in a bunch sprint and didn’t disappoint, finishing just outside the podium on stage 2 of the Volta a Catalunya, which took the peloton across the border to Perpignan for the first time in almost seven decades.

Three classified climbs and several unranked others didn’t stop the stage from coming down to a mass gallop, albeit a small one, after the crosswinds split the peloton with 20 kilometers to go. Protected by his Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl teammates, including Dries Devenyns and Pieter Serry, Ethan made it in the first group, which contested the sprint in the French city that seven centuries ago served as the capital of the Kingdom of Majorca.

Fourth on the line, the 21-year-old Brit nabbed his second top 5 of the season after the one he got at the Grote Prijs Jean-Pierre Monseré, a morale-boosting result: “We knew it was going to be windy, but the team did an awesome job. They worked hard for me and I’m grateful to them. The finish was a normal one for a bunch sprint and I was where I needed to be going under the flamme rouge, but had to hit my brakes with a several hundreds of meters to go and then had to start again, which didn’t help in the end. Still, top 5 at this level is a good result and now I’m looking forward to the next stages.”

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 Kaden Groves
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
4:44:28
2 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
3 Hugo Hofstetter
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
4 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
5 Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
6 Manuel Peñalver Aniorte
Burgos-BH
0:00
7 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:00
8 Steven Kruijswijk
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
9 Henri Vandenabeele
Team DSM
0:00
10 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
22 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
23 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
42 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
47 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:16
100 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:33
107 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:33
1 Jonas Iversby Hvideberg
Team DSM
8:31:28
2 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:01
3 Hugo Hofstetter
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:07
4 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:11
5 Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides
UAE Team Emirates
0:11
6 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
0:11
7 Tobias Halland Johannessen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:11
8 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:11
9 Jan Bakelants
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:11
10 Sam Oomen
Jumbo-Visma
0:11
16 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:11
28 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:11
29 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:11
47 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:44
86 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:55
88 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:16
125 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
17:05
1 Jonas Iversby Hvideberg
Team DSM
11 pt
2 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
10 pt
3 Kaden Groves
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
10 pt
4 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
6 pt
5 Joan Bou Company
Euskaltel - Euskadi
4 pt
6 Hugo Hofstetter
Team Arkéa Samsic
4 pt
7 Quentin Pacher
Groupama - FDJ
4 pt
8 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4 pt
9 Adrià Moreno Sala
Burgos-BH
3 pt
10 Théo Delacroix
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
2 pt
1 Jonas Iversby Hvideberg
Team DSM
10 pt
2 Joan Bou Company
Euskaltel - Euskadi
7 pt
3 Adrià Moreno Sala
Burgos-BH
4 pt
4 Rohan Dennis
Jumbo-Visma
3 pt
5 Alex Molenaar
Burgos-BH
3 pt
6 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
2 pt
7 Steven Kruijswijk
Jumbo-Visma
2 pt
8 Bruno Armirail
Groupama - FDJ
2 pt
9 Mads Würtz Schmidt
Israel - Premier Tech
1 pt
10 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 pt
1 Jonas Iversby Hvideberg
Team DSM
8:31:28
2 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:11
3 Tobias Halland Johannessen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:11
4 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:11
5 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:11
6 Henri Vandenabeele
Team DSM
0:11
7 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:11
8 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
0:11
9 Anthon Charmig
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:11
10 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
0:11
14 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:44
40 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
17:05
1 Bahrain - Victorious 25:34:57
2 Team Arkéa Samsic 0:00
3 UAE Team Emirates 0:00
4 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:00
5 Trek - Segafredo 0:00
6 Jumbo-Visma 0:00
7 Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 0:00
8 INEOS Grenadiers 0:33
9 Team DSM 0:33
10 Cofidis 0:33

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