Cattaneo lights up Coppi e Bartali queen stage

Cattaneo lights up Coppi e Bartali queen stage

More than 3000 meters of elevation gain, a highly selective route that gave little respite and no fewer than twelve climbs crammed into the 147km leg held in San Marino – there were plenty of ingredients to reshuffle the general classification, and the stage didn’t disappoint.

Mattia Cattaneo was the first rider to attack, and the 32-year-old opened a good gap on the peloton, from where other riders soon jumped, joining the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Italian on Serra San Marco, the hardest ascent of the day. Together, they carved out a six-minute advantage, which prompted a reaction from the bunch, who increased the tempo and began pulling back time on the many climbs of the stage.

With 50 kilometers to go, Cattaneo put in a speculative attack that ensured him a good gap of almost 50 seconds over his breakaway companions, unable to react. Things looked good for the man from Bergamo, who along the way picked up important points in the KOM competition, but the heavy climbing took its toll on him, and after being caught by one rider 25 kilometers from the finish, he was then dropped and reabsorbed by the bunch. A small group emerged by the time they reached the base of the last climb, and Ben Tulett rode clear to take the stage victory.

Mattia rolled over the line some minutes later, content with the effort he put in during the stage: “I had nothing to lose at the start of the day, so I thought why not go in the breakaway. I felt good there and sensing some lull at one point, I decided to attack. It didn’t work out, but I have no regrets. There are two more stages left here and we are keen on trying something until the end. I am glad to be back with the team and get back in shape with every race day I complete.”

 

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Race details

1 Ben Tulett
INEOS Grenadiers
4:12:34
2 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
0:03
3 Marc Hirschi
UAE Team Emirates
0:05
4 Simon Carr
EF Education-EasyPost
0:07
5 Antonio Tiberi
Trek - Segafredo
0:12
6 Diego Ulissi
UAE Team Emirates
0:25
7 Cian Uijtdebroeks
BORA - hansgrohe
0:25
8 Gianluca Brambilla
Trek - Segafredo
0:38
9 Nicola Conci
Italy
0:51
10 Jefferson Alexander Cepeda Ortiz
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
0:51
25 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:05
50 Mattia Cattaneo
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15:43
73 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
22:36
96 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
22:36
97 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
22:36
1 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
12:37:11
2 Ben Tulett
INEOS Grenadiers
0:09
3 Marc Hirschi
UAE Team Emirates
0:24
4 Simon Carr
EF Education-EasyPost
0:30
5 Antonio Tiberi
Trek - Segafredo
0:45
6 Diego Ulissi
UAE Team Emirates
0:48
7 Cian Uijtdebroeks
BORA - hansgrohe
0:48
8 Gianluca Brambilla
Trek - Segafredo
1:01
9 Nicola Conci
Italy
1:14
10 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
1:18
36 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
18:02
38 Mattia Cattaneo
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
18:51
73 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
47:36
97 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
54:10
117 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
58:41
1 Ben Tulett
INEOS Grenadiers
16 pt
2 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
16 pt
3 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
16 pt
4 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
10 pt
5 Matteo Sobrero
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
9 pt
6 Marc Hirschi
UAE Team Emirates
8 pt
7 Diego Ulissi
UAE Team Emirates
8 pt
8 Natnael Tesfatsion
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
8 pt
9 Simon Carr
EF Education-EasyPost
5 pt
10 Nicola Conci
Italy
5 pt
1 Andrea Garosio
Biesse - Carrera
24 pt
2 Mattia Cattaneo
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
20 pt
3 Edoardo Zardini
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
18 pt
4 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
11 pt
5 Giovanni Bortoluzzi
Work Service Vitalcare Vega
10 pt
6 James Shaw
EF Education-EasyPost
10 pt
7 Oscar Riesebeek
Alpecin-Fenix
8 pt
8 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
6 pt
9 Tony Gallopin
Trek - Segafredo
6 pt
10 Patrick Gamper
BORA - hansgrohe
6 pt
1 Ben Tulett
INEOS Grenadiers
12:37:20
2 Marc Hirschi
UAE Team Emirates
0:15
3 Simon Carr
EF Education-EasyPost
0:21
4 Antonio Tiberi
Trek - Segafredo
0:36
5 Cian Uijtdebroeks
BORA - hansgrohe
0:39
6 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
1:09
7 Natnael Tesfatsion
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
1:29
8 Jefferson Alexander Cepeda Ortiz
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
2:13
9 Filippo Zana
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
3:17
10 Johannes Staune-Mittet
Jumbo-Visma
3:17
17 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
17:53
1 INEOS Grenadiers 37:53:40
2 UAE Team Emirates 0:32
3 Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli 6:23
4 Jumbo-Visma 7:43
5 Italy 14:10
6 Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB 14:48
7 Team BikeExchange - Jayco 15:32
8 Trek - Segafredo 27:31
9 Astana Qazaqstan Team 32:52
10 Alpecin-Fenix 37:50

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