Josef Cerny wins the Tour of Slovakia

Josef Cerny wins the Tour of Slovakia

Josef Cerny became the fourth different Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rider in the last five years and the first Czech in almost two decades to triumph at the Tour of Slovakia, which came to a conclusion Saturday afternoon, in Kosice.

Having taken the yellow jersey at the end of the queen stage, Josef entered the last day of the race with a slim lead of three seconds in the general classification, but soon after the start he doubled that advantage, thanks to the bonifications scored at the first intermediate sprint, where he was excellently launched by Michael Mørkøv.

The pace relented afterwards and eight riders took advantage of that to break clear, while behind our team was content to keep the gap in check and protect Josef Cerny. Despite the peloton’s forcing inside the final ten kilometers, two of the men in the front survived at the front, and Jasper Haest (VolkerWessels) took the victory, a handful of seconds ahead of the chasers.

Mørkøv led home the bunch, followed by Ethan Vernon – the winner of the first two stages – while Josef Cerny concluded safely in the group and wrapped up the general classification. His teammate Mauri Vansevenant made it an impressive Wolfpack 1-2 in the country of our sponsor Janom, while neo-pro Martin Svrcek took the prize for the best Slovak rider of the race.

“I’m very happy with the first GC victory of my career. The fact that it came in our last stage race of the season, after what has been an up-and-down year for me, makes it even more special. I arrived here straight from Canada and didn’t know how things would be, but I had good legs and surprised myself with how I made it over the climbs. We had a strong team, we held the yellow jersey from the first until the last stage, and were very motivated the entire week. It was a hard race, but I’m delighted I could bring it home for the Wolfpack and our sponsor Janom”, Josef said after scoring Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s 46th victory of the season.

“It was a difficult edition of the Tour of Slovakia and the other teams made it hard for us, but the guys showed a lot of character and we can be proud of what we achieved. Josef fought valiantly, especially on the queen stage, where he won the race. It’s nice that a guy who always works for the team gets in this position and he can be happy with the victory and the incredible determination he showed”, added sports director Tom Steels.

 

Photo credit: ©Jan Melicher

Race details

1 Jasper Haest
VolkerWessels Cycling Team
3:59:41
2 Peter Schulting
VolkerWessels Cycling Team
0:00
3 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:13
4 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:13
5 Gleb Syritsa
Astana Qazaqstan Team
0:13
6 Filippo Fortin
Maloja Pushbikers
0:13
7 Giovanni Lonardi
EOLO-Kometa
0:13
8 Yuval Ben Moshe
Israel - Premier Tech
0:13
9 Daniel Babor
Elkov - Kasper
0:13
10 Daniel Skerl
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
0:13
14 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:13
30 Zdeněk Štybar
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:13
32 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:13
95 Martin Svrček
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:30
120 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:33
1 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:53:12
2 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:06
3 Koen Bouwman
Jumbo-Visma
0:06
4 Stefan de Bod
Astana Qazaqstan Team
0:07
5 Jakub Otruba
Elkov - Kasper
0:07
6 Archie Ryan
Jumbo-Visma
0:13
7 Bart Lemmen
VolkerWessels Cycling Team
0:14
8 Abel Balderstone Roumens
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:20
9 Jonathan Lastra Martínez
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:26
10 Davide De Cassan
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
0:27
33 Martin Svrček
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8:28
53 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:51
54 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14:52
60 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:39
67 Zdeněk Štybar
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
17:30
1 Jasper Haest
VolkerWessels Cycling Team
42 pt
2 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
38 pt
3 Koen Bouwman
Jumbo-Visma
28 pt
4 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
28 pt
5 Gleb Syritsa
Astana Qazaqstan Team
23 pt
6 Peter Schulting
VolkerWessels Cycling Team
19 pt
7 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
18 pt
8 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
18 pt
9 Giovanni Lonardi
EOLO-Kometa
16 pt
10 Luca Colnaghi
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
15 pt
41 Zdeněk Štybar
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 pt
1 Lorenzo Fortunato
EOLO-Kometa
52 pt
2 Diego Pablo Sevilla López
EOLO-Kometa
21 pt
3 Jon Agirre Egaña
Equipo Kern Pharma
20 pt
4 Carlos García Pierna
Equipo Kern Pharma
17 pt
5 Matúš Štoček
ATT Investments
10 pt
6 Gal Glivar
Adria Mobil
10 pt
7 Gabriele Petrelli
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
10 pt
8 Pavol Rovder
Dukla Banska Bystrica
9 pt
9 Jakub Otruba
Elkov - Kasper
8 pt
10 Jan Bárta
Elkov - Kasper
8 pt
19 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4 pt
22 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4 pt
1 Archie Ryan
Jumbo-Visma
16:53:25
2 Abel Balderstone Roumens
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:07
3 Davide De Cassan
Cycling Team Friuli ASD
0:14
4 Alastair Mackellar
Israel - Premier Tech
0:19
5 Alex Tolio
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
0:34
6 Johannes Staune-Mittet
Jumbo-Visma
1:59
7 Alessandro Pinarello
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
2:31
8 Loe van Belle
Jumbo-Visma
2:47
9 Gal Glivar
Adria Mobil
4:50
10 Giulio Pellizzari
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
7:57
11 Martin Svrček
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8:15
20 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:26
1 Jumbo-Visma 50:40:23
2 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:44
3 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:49
4 Equipo Kern Pharma 2:48
5 Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 4:44
6 EOLO-Kometa 5:07
7 Astana Qazaqstan Team 10:29
8 Cycling Team Friuli ASD 11:44
9 Elkov - Kasper 18:31
10 Human Powered Health 20:31

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