Giro d’Italia: Top drawer ride from Vansevenant on Etna

Giro d’Italia: Top drawer ride from Vansevenant on Etna

One of the tallest active volcanoes in Europe, a feature at Il Giro since 1967 and the place where Zeus trapped the monster Typhon at the end of a cataclysmic battle after the latter tried to overthrow the ruler of Olympus, Mount Etna awaited the peloton on the first stage in Italy following last week’s Grande Partenza in Hungary.

Averaging 6% over 22.9 interminable kilometers, Etna didn’t bring any gaps between the GC contenders, but instead had a breakaway steal the show. The large group which zipped clear soon after the start had Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Mauri Vansevenant in its ranks, and the young Belgian was one of the most prominent figures of the move that just one hour into the race built a ten-minute advantage over the peloton.

Despite the gap being halved and the breakaway losing some of its riders by the time it reached the bottom of the Etna, things were still looking good for the front group. Mauri continued to spare no effort, taking some long pulls and showing an impressive display of climbing strength, as the leading group was further thinned out with each kilometer ticked off. Seven kilometers from the top, only Mauri and four other men were still part at the front, and around that time, the concord between them went up in smoke.

Attacks began coming thick and fast, and Vansevenant was quick to react, as he tried to keep the gap under control. Four kilometers from the top, the 22-year-old from Oostende responded to another acceleration, as the group continued fragmenting. Two riders eventually went clear, with Lennard Kamna (Bora-hansgrohe) taking the win, but Mauri continued to dig deep and empty himself on the steep ramps to the top, claiming an impressive fifth place, a result which helped the Belgian make a gain of 15 places in the ranking.

“I did my best, but I came too short at the end. I was in a really good position to make something beautiful. I tried to save as much energy as possible until the foot of the Etna, which worked quite well, but I knew a couple of strong climbers were in the group, and I’m talking here of Kämna and Taaramäe. With them there, I was aware it would be really hard, especially on the toughest part of the ascent. It was my first time climbing the Etna, and I can say it was very difficult. I left everything out there, so tomorrow I’ll try to recover a bit and then we’ll see what will happen in the next stages”, Mauri – fifth overall now – said after the first summit finish of the Corsa Rosa.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
4:32:11
2 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
3 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:34
4 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
2:12
5 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:12
6 Gijs Leemreize
Jumbo-Visma
2:31
7 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
2:37
8 Romain Bardet
Team DSM
2:37
9 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
2:37
10 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
2:37
37 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:52
50 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8:56
145 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
29:36
170 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
35:51
171 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
35:51
172 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
35:51
173 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
35:51
1 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
14:17:07
2 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
0:39
3 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:58
4 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
1:42
5 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:47
6 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
1:55
7 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
2:00
8 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
2:00
9 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
2:04
10 Romain Bardet
Team DSM
2:06
31 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:15
50 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8:54
162 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
35:38
169 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
41:01
170 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
41:05
171 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
41:14
172 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
41:34
1 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
62 pt
2 Biniam Girmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
55 pt
3 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
53 pt
4 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
44 pt
5 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE Team Emirates
32 pt
6 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
27 pt
7 Filippo Tagliani
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
24 pt
8 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
22 pt
9 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
18 pt
10 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Education-EasyPost
18 pt
32 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6 pt
41 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4 pt
45 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
40 pt
2 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
18 pt
3 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
12 pt
4 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
9 pt
5 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6 pt
6 Pascal Eenkhoorn
Jumbo-Visma
5 pt
7 Rick Zabel
Israel - Premier Tech
5 pt
8 Gijs Leemreize
Jumbo-Visma
4 pt
9 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
3 pt
10 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
2 pt
1 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
14:17:07
2 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:47
3 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
2:00
4 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
2:15
5 Santiago Buitrago Sánchez
Bahrain - Victorious
2:18
6 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Movistar Team
3:05
7 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
3:14
8 Simon Carr
EF Education-EasyPost
3:26
9 Stefano Oldani
Alpecin-Fenix
3:35
10 Gijs Leemreize
Jumbo-Visma
4:06
12 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:15
1 BORA - hansgrohe 42:54:54
2 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 2:17
3 Trek - Segafredo 2:47
4 Bahrain - Victorious 3:03
5 INEOS Grenadiers 3:21
6 Team BikeExchange - Jayco 3:26
7 Movistar Team 6:03
8 Jumbo-Visma 6:39
9 Team DSM 8:06
10 Astana Qazaqstan Team 9:43

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