Breakthrough win for Vernon at Volta a Catalunya

Breakthrough win for Vernon at Volta a Catalunya

Ethan Vernon became the latest rider to take his first pro victory in the colors of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, after a phenomenal sprint in Vilanova i la Geltrú, where the 206.3km stage 5 concluded. Having joined the Wolfpack ahead of this season, Vernon already showed his speed in several races, including this week on stage 2 of the Volta a Catalunya, where he finished just off the podium.

On the longest day of this edition, which featured some climbs and rolling roads that didn’t make things easy for the sprinters, Ethan was helped to overcome these challenges by his fantastic teammates. The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl boys worked hard to keep him out of the wind and in a good position in the chaotic last 20 kilometers, where the GC men also featured prominently, fighting for bonifications at the Panta de Foix intermediate sprint.

Despite some headwind on the finishing straight, Vernon measured the sprint perfectly and hit out first, 200 meters from the line, producing a spectacular acceleration and nudging past all of his opponents. So dominant was the 21-year-old Brit’s victory that he had plenty of time to celebrate his success, punching the air several times.

“I had the confidence in myself and knew I had the legs after stage 2, because I wasn’t that far off there despite making some mistakes. It was a fast stage today, with the GC riders splitting the field as they went for the intermediate sprint, but I managed to hang in there with the help of my team. This wouldn’t have been possible without them.”

“Coming into the season, I thought that a win in the second part of the year would be great, so that’s why doing it just three months since turning pro is brilliant, something I would have never dreamed of. I knew there was headwind at the finish, but I could maintain the speed despite opening up early and at 50 meters to go I began believing. To take my first pro victory with Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, and on World Tour level of all the places, is unbelievable.”

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:21:17
2 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
3 Dorian Godon
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
4 Guillaume Boivin
Israel - Premier Tech
0:00
5 Kaden Groves
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:00
6 Martin Laas
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
7 Manuel Peñalver Aniorte
Burgos-BH
0:00
8 Ivo Oliveira
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
9 Hugo Hofstetter
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
10 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
0:00
95 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
107 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:23
122 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:35
124 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
1 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
22:26:09
2 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:01
3 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:07
4 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:18
5 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
0:18
6 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
0:18
7 Tobias Halland Johannessen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:21
8 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
0:24
9 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:27
10 Torstein Træen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:35
16 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:08
52 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:07
67 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
20:17
85 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
30:26
129 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:00:35
1 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
12 pt
2 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
11 pt
3 Jonas Iversby Hvideberg
Team DSM
11 pt
4 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
10 pt
5 Kaden Groves
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
10 pt
6 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
10 pt
7 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
10 pt
8 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
6 pt
9 Dorian Godon
AG2R Citroën Team
5 pt
10 Joan Bou Company
Euskaltel - Euskadi
4 pt
1 Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel
Euskaltel - Euskadi
21 pt
2 Ander Okamika
Burgos-BH
20 pt
3 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
18 pt
4 Bruno Armirail
Groupama - FDJ
16 pt
5 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis
14 pt
6 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
14 pt
7 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
12 pt
8 Casper Pedersen
Team DSM
12 pt
9 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
10 pt
10 Jonas Iversby Hvideberg
Team DSM
10 pt
1 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
22:26:09
2 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:07
3 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:18
4 Tobias Halland Johannessen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:21
5 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
1:00
6 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:08
7 Santiago Buitrago Sánchez
Bahrain - Victorious
1:38
8 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
1:46
9 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
2:07
10 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Movistar Team
2:24
19 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:07
45 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:00:35
1 UAE Team Emirates 67:19:59
2 Bahrain - Victorious 1:04
3 INEOS Grenadiers 7:10
4 Groupama - FDJ 7:16
5 Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 7:32
6 Movistar Team 7:52
7 BORA - hansgrohe 8:50
8 Trek - Segafredo 9:17
9 EF Education-EasyPost 10:41
10 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 12:34

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