Alaphilippe strengthens grip on Itzulia points standings

Alaphilippe strengthens grip on Itzulia points standings

For the third consecutive day, a reduced group contested the victory at the Spanish stage race, and Julian Alaphilippe was present again for Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, coming agonisingly close to another victory. The World Champion, already victorious in Viana and sporting the green jersey on his shoulders instead of the rainbow one, was beaten by the smallest of margins on the uphill finish in Zamudio, which got to welcome an Itzulia stage for the first time.

After Mauri Vansevenant’s spell in a large breakaway group that stayed off the front until the final classified climb of the day came to an end, Julian Alaphilippe and Remco Evenepoel went on the attack on the Vivero ascent, constantly applying pressure on the yellow jersey group, which resulted in several riders being shed out the back inside the last 20 kilometers of Thursday’s frantic stage.

When it became clear that the small peloton would remain as one despite the numerous moves that involved also other riders, Vansevenant and Evenepoel contributed to the pace-setting to make sure the last remaining member of the breakaway would be pulled back, which happened in sight of the flamme rouge. Remco, the best young rider of the race, piloted Alaphilippe through the tricky corners of the last kilometer, and the World Champion finished second for a hair’s breadth behind Dani Martinez (Ineos Grenadiers), a result that cemented his position atop the points classification with two stages to go.

 

Photo credit: ©Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty Images

Race details

1 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
4:15:23
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
3 Diego Ulissi
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
4 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
5 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
6 Orluis Aular Sanabria
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:00
7 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Education-EasyPost
0:00
8 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
9 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
10 Gianluca Brambilla
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
34 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
64 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:36
116 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
13:03
121 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
13:03
130 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:01
1 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
14:05:10
2 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:05
3 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
0:11
4 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
0:14
5 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:18
6 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
0:19
7 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
0:19
8 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Cofidis
0:20
9 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:22
10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:32
48 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:34
87 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
26:12
114 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
32:28
137 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
43:51
1 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
65 pt
2 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
51 pt
3 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
37 pt
4 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
34 pt
5 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
33 pt
6 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
30 pt
7 Bruno Armirail
Groupama - FDJ
29 pt
8 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
22 pt
9 Orluis Aular Sanabria
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
22 pt
10 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
21 pt
19 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16 pt
45 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 pt
1 Cristián Rodríguez Martín
TotalEnergies
23 pt
2 Ibon Ruiz Sedano
Equipo Kern Pharma
12 pt
3 Ander Okamika
Burgos-BH
9 pt
4 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
9 pt
5 Victor Lafay
Cofidis
7 pt
6 Jan Polanc
UAE Team Emirates
7 pt
7 Bruno Armirail
Groupama - FDJ
6 pt
8 Davide Formolo
UAE Team Emirates
6 pt
9 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5 pt
10 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
5 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14:05:15
2 Ben Tulett
INEOS Grenadiers
2:41
3 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
3:00
4 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
3:10
5 Felix Gall
AG2R Citroën Team
3:11
6 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
5:56
7 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
6:26
8 Igor Arrieta Lizarraga
Equipo Kern Pharma
10:27
9 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:29
10 Nicolas Prodhomme
AG2R Citroën Team
12:04
1 INEOS Grenadiers 42:18:52
2 Groupama - FDJ 2:42
3 Jumbo-Visma 3:24
4 Movistar Team 7:00
5 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 8:29
6 Trek - Segafredo 11:01
7 UAE Team Emirates 12:25
8 Bahrain - Victorious 12:52
9 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 15:06
10 Lotto Soudal 15:50

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