Cerny and Cavagna go 1-2 at Coppi e Bartali

Cerny and Cavagna go 1-2 at Coppi e Bartali

Josef Cerny captured his second win in the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl ranks – after last year’s ITT title at the Nationals – and sealed a great week for the team at the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, which concluded Saturday with another hilly stage, this time between Casalguidi and Cantagrillo.

The victory, our squad’s second in Italy after the one scored by Mauro Schmid on the opening day, came after an exceptionally strong ride of the Wolfpack duo, who produced a vintage display of dominance on the hilly roads of Pistoia to land the team’s 16th success of the year.

Two of the ten riders to book a place in the breakaway, Josef Cerny and Rémi Cavagna helped the front group open up an unassailable lead of more than nine minutes, before ramping up the place inside the last 50 kilometers to go, when they provoked a decisive split. Joined by only one other rider, they collaborated to ensure a hefty gap over the chasers, and patiently waited for the right moment to make the winning move.

This came 20 kilometers from the finish, when Cerny skipped away and made full use of his time trial skills to forge out a one-minute gap. Behind, the French Champion kept an eye on Omer Goldstein (Israel-Start Up Nation) before breaking away from him three kilometers from the finish. He linked up with his teammate, who in the meantime slowed down to wait for him, and the duo crossed the line arm-in-arm – a moment reminiscent of another memorable 1-2 involving Cerny, at last year’s Vuelta al Pais Vasco.

“It's always special when you win like this. It was a copy-paste of last year’s Pais Vasco, where I arrived at the finish together with Mikkel, who took the win, after another day in the breakaway. It has been a hard week of racing here, but we felt good and so we decided to go in the early move. It was a numerous one, but then we attacked and continued in just three. On the penultimate lap I accelerated, and with the other guy not following, I immediately built a nice gap.”

“In the closing kilometers, Rémi dropped him and joined me, which was special and beautiful. You always like sharing the joy with a teammate. It’s my first victory of the season and I would love to add some more. We leave the race with two stage wins and a lot of confidence, having shown the Wolfpack spirit on all the stages”, concluded Josef.

 

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Race details

1 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:56:55
2 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
3 Omer Goldstein
Israel - Premier Tech
0:14
4 Julius van den Berg
EF Education-EasyPost
0:46
5 Frederik Wandahl
BORA - hansgrohe
3:03
6 Fabio Van Den Bossche
Alpecin-Fenix
3:03
7 Tom Paquot
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
3:03
8 Giovanni Carboni
Italy
3:05
9 Natnael Tesfatsion
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
4:23
10 Diego Ulissi
UAE Team Emirates
4:23
12 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:23
51 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
12:04
67 Mattia Cattaneo
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
12:04
1 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
20:38:18
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 Jan Polanc
UAE Team Emirates
1:23
8 Gianluca Brambilla
Trek - Segafredo
1:25
9 Natnael Tesfatsion
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
1:38
10 Nicola Conci
Italy
1:38
31 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
18:27
38 Mattia Cattaneo
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
26:57
48 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
43:19
54 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
54:08
78 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:08:27
1 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
24 pt
2 Ben Tulett
INEOS Grenadiers
16 pt
3 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
16 pt
4 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
15 pt
5 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
10 pt
6 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
10 pt
7 Matteo Sobrero
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
9 pt
8 Marc Hirschi
UAE Team Emirates
8 pt
9 Diego Ulissi
UAE Team Emirates
8 pt
10 Natnael Tesfatsion
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
8 pt
11 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8 pt
1 Andrea Garosio
Biesse - Carrera
42 pt
2 Mattia Cattaneo
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
20 pt
3 Edoardo Zardini
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
18 pt
4 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14 pt
5 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
12 pt
6 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
11 pt
7 Giovanni Bortoluzzi
Work Service Vitalcare Vega
10 pt
8 Omer Goldstein
Israel - Premier Tech
10 pt
9 James Shaw
EF Education-EasyPost
10 pt
10 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
9 pt
1 Ben Tulett
INEOS Grenadiers
20:38:27
2 Marc Hirschi
UAE Team Emirates
0:15
3 Simon Carr
EF Education-EasyPost
0:21
4 Antonio Tiberi
Trek - Segafredo
0:36
5 Natnael Tesfatsion
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
1:29
6 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
3:05
7 Johannes Staune-Mittet
Jumbo-Visma
3:17
8 Andrés Camilo Ardila Ordoñez
UAE Team Emirates
4:15
9 Jefferson Alexander Cepeda Ortiz
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
4:15
10 Gijs Leemreize
Jumbo-Visma
4:20
13 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
18:18
1 INEOS Grenadiers 61:57:28
2 UAE Team Emirates 0:05
3 Jumbo-Visma 9:42
4 Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli 10:00
5 Italy 12:49
6 Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB 24:13
7 Team BikeExchange - Jayco 29:28
8 Astana Qazaqstan Team 33:37
9 Trek - Segafredo 35:09
10 Alpecin-Fenix 37:23

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