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One in a Billion | Rise to the Summit
Great start of the month
Hope to keep it going in my first WT race Wink

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

A huge moment for me as I lined up for my first Word Tour. Fitting too that it is in Spain. I have grown to love this country already, with the great amount of joy it has given me on my bike. It was time to put emotions aside for the time being. Here goes history...

Stage 1 saw me attack thrice early on in an attempt to get into the breakaway. I was given a free role in this race and I had made the KOM jersey a priority. All three times I was chased down. Maybe this a mark pf respect from the peloton. I'd like to think so. I got lucky on the fourth attempted breakaway. I joined 4 others. Soon however, the breakaway split up into 3 groups with me being the lone rider in the second group with 2 riders ahead and behind me. The latter 2 were soon caught by the peloton. I was too but not before picking up third place on both climbs. I was caught on the third ascent by the peloton and somehow held on to the back pf the pack. The other two in the break were caught after the climb and it came down to a sprint to decide the winner. Davide Cimolai took the honours.

Stage 2 was mostly flat and I took it easy. I tried a cheeky attack with 5 km to go but could not ride away from the peloton. Another sprint saw Michael Matthews take the win.

I was in the breakaway again on Stage 3 with 2 others. We dropped a rider after the thrid climb. I secured enough points to take the lead in the KOM classification. We were caught less than 5 km from the line and finished in the pack.

Stage 4 saw me start in the KOM leader's jersey.


I did not join the day's break which led to me falling to 4th in the KOM classifciation. My day in the sun was short-lived but I was proud of it nonetheless.

Stage 5 was another one for the sprinters and I did not bother to do anything out of the ordinary.

Stage 6 saw me getting back into the break to try to collect more KOM points. Our breakaway had a 6 minute lead over the peloton at the top of the first climb which was halved at the top of the second. We were caught with 10 km to go. I moved up to 2nd in the KOM classification, 6 points off the top with more points available on the last stage.

I had no option but to join the break on Stage 7 to challenge for the KOM jersey. Ruben Guerreiro, the classification leader, too was in it. I picked up 3rd place on the first climb and was first over the second climb. Guerreiro had picked up 2 points over the climbs. However, we were both dropped from the break after the second climb, which meant my KOM quest would remain unsuccessful here, by a mere 3 points. I was caught and then dropped by the peloton too on the MTF. Rafal Majka won the stage with Simon Yates taking the GC win.

1Simon YatesTeam Sky28h40'14
2Nairo QuintanaMovistar Teams.t.
3Chris FroomeTeam Sky+ 6
4Bauke MollemaOrica-GreenEDGE+ 27
5Fabio AruAstana Pro Team+ 45
6RafaƂ MajkaTinkoff-Saxo+ 47
7Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxo+ 1'11
8Rigoberto UrĂĄnOrica-GreenEDGE+ 2'04
9Wout PoelsBora - Argon 18s.t.
10Peter VelitsTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.

11Davide CimolaiEtixx - Quick-step+ 2'14
12Mikel LandaTeam Katusha+ 2'21
13Tejay Van GarderenBurger Kings.t.
14Adam YatesTeam Sky+ 2'58
15Vincenzo NibaliAstana Pro Teams.t.
16Egor SilinTeam Katushas.t.
17Steven KruijswijkEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
18Warren BarguilEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
19Domenico PozzovivoAstana Pro Teams.t.
20Bob JungelsTeam Sky+ 4'47
21Dominik NerzTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
22Jan BakelantsTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
23Gorka IzagirreTinkoff-Saxos.t.
24SĂ©bastien ReichenbachTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
25Mathias FrankIAM Cyclings.t.
26Dayer QuintanaTinkoff-Saxos.t.
27Emanuel BuchmannTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
28Jonathan CastroviejoTeam Katushas.t.
29Merhawi KudusTrek Factory Racings.t.
30Sergey FirsanovTeam Katushas.t.
31Kenny ElissondeTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
32Ben GastauerAg2r La Mondiale+ 5'24
33Julian ArredondoAg2r La Mondiale+ 5'54
34Davide FormoloTinkoff-Saxo+ 6'20
35Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 6'26
36Alexandre GeniezBurger King+ 7'12
37Daniel NavarroAstana Pro Teams.t.
38Arnaud DuteilAlcatels.t.
39José RamellaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 8'03
40Leopold KönigAstana Pro Team+ 8'48
41Esteban ChavesIAM Cyclings.t.
42Ruben GuerreiroSoutheast+ 9'20
43Alex HowesTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 9'35
44Stefano PirazziBurger King+ 11'55
45Luis Ángel MatéTeam Sky+ 12'02
46Moreno HoflandTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 12'15
47Gregor MĂŒhlbergerBora - Argon 18+ 12'16
48Thomas De GendtLotto Soudal+ 12'17
49Daniel MorenoTeam Sky+ 13'00
50Alfredo BalloniTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 13'38
51Jan HirtBora - Argon 18+ 14'37
52Nicolas EdetAlcatel+ 15'01
53Paul VossTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 15'13
54Riccardo ZoidlBora - Argon 18s.t.
55Giacomo NizzoloMovistar Team+ 15'29
56Fabrice JeandesbozAg2r La Mondiale+ 15'31
57Anastasio AniaEtixx - Quick-step+ 15'43
58Maxime MonfortEtixx - Quick-step+ 16'41
59Silvio HerklotzTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 17'33
60Anthony RouxIAM Cycling+ 17'38
61Jan PolancIAM Cycling+ 17'52
62Jurgen Van den BroeckLotto Soudal+ 19'02
63Fernando GaviriaTinkoff-Saxo+ 19'07
64Simon ClarkeOrica-GreenEDGE+ 19'56
65Simon GerransOrica-GreenEDGE+ 20'08
66George PreidlerTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
67Nicolas RocheTeam Sky+ 20'13
68Daniele RattoTEAM Pirelli+ 20'31
69Enrique SanzTeam Katusha+ 20'37
70Edward TheunsLotto Soudal+ 20'44
71LoĂŻc VliegenLotto Soudals.t.
72Ilya KoshevoyAstana Pro Team+ 21'01
73Antonino ParrinelloTEAM Pirelli+ 21'17
74Miguel MĂ­nguezSoutheast+ 21'46
75Luka MezgecTrek Factory Racing+ 22'20
76Christopher Juul-JensenTEAM Pirelli+ 22'21
77Rein TaaramÀeTeam Katusha+ 22'46
78Gregorio IbañezEtixx - Quick-step+ 23'51
79Gianni MeersmanTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 24'01
80Frederik BackaertTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 24'11
81Mattia CattaneoMovistar Team+ 24'34
82Philippe GilbertLotto Soudal+ 24'36
83Ricardo GarcĂ­aMovistar Team+ 24'45
84Manuele BoaroOrica-GreenEDGE+ 25'31
85Stef ClementTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 26'02
86Jordi van DingenenEtixx - Quick-step+ 26'09
87Kristian SbaragliTEAM Pirelli+ 27'06
88Michael GoglBora - Argon 18+ 27'11
89Stefano AgostiniTEAM Pirelli+ 27'15
90Wouter WippertIAM Cycling+ 27'42
91Ulf HausweilerBora - Argon 18+ 28'29
92LĂ©o VincentAlcatel+ 29'02
93Marco HallerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 29'05
94Alessandro BisoltiSoutheast+ 29'25
95Peter StetinaTrek Factory Racing+ 29'36
96Fabio TaborreTEAM Pirelli+ 30'13
97Adriano MaloriBurger King+ 30'25
98Maurits LammertinkTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 30'57
99Davide AppollonioOrica-GreenEDGE+ 32'45
100Giacomo BerlatoAstana Pro Team+ 32'46
101Marc De MaarTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 32'53
102Nils PolittTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 33'17
103Damiano CarusoTinkoff-Saxo+ 33'20
104Tanel KangertBurger King+ 33'39
105Lukas SpenglerBurger King+ 33'54
106Pieter JacobsLotto Soudal+ 33'56
107Lukas LöerOrica-GreenEDGE+ 33'57
108Martijn KeizerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 34'11
109Marcel AreggerTrek Factory Racing+ 34'14
110Eros CapecchiTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
111Milan MentenTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 34'46
112Emiel PlanckaertTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
113JĂ©rĂŽme CoppelTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 35'00
114Simone PetilliTEAM Pirelli+ 35'17
115Óscar GonzálezMovistar Team+ 35'23
116Alberto CecchinSoutheast+ 35'53
117Geoffrey SoupeSoutheast+ 35'59
118Chad HagaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 36'07
119Raffaele RadiceSoutheast+ 36'18
120Andrey LukoninSoutheast+ 36'31
121Daniel Felipe MartinezTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 37'53
122Thomas DamuseauAlcatel+ 40'35
123Simone StortoniTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 41'16
124Petr VakočEtixx - Quick-step+ 41'32
125Caleb FairlyTrek Factory Racing+ 42'20
126Jan BrockhoffBora - Argon 18+ 42'40
127Larry WarbasseTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 43'48
128Christian KneesBora - Argon 18+ 43'57
129Alexander KriegerTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 44'02
130Aurélien Paret-PeintreAg2r La Mondiale+ 44'17
131Laurent EvrardTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 45'21
132Carter JonesTrek Factory Racing+ 45'26
133Tao Geoghegan HartTeam Sky+ 45'29
134Travis MeyerOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
135Bob SchoonbroodtTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 45'44
136Klaas LodewyckLotto Soudal+ 48'12
137Arvid MelchiotTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 49'00
138Jef Van MeirhaegheTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 50'01
139Jakob RatheTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 50'33
140Marko DĂ­azMovistar Team+ 50'44
141David MenutAg2r La Mondiale+ 53'24
142Lucas DestangAg2r La Mondiale+ 56'11
143David LĂłpezMovistar Team+ 57'46
144Bert-Jan LindemanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 58'07
145LoĂŻc BouchereauAlcatel+ 58'48
146Paul MartensSoutheast+ 1h03'27
147Oliver ZauggIAM Cycling+ 1h04'04
148Stéphane PoulhiÚsAlcatel+ 1h05'04
149Steve MorabitoTrek Factory Racing+ 1h05'43
150Tom BohliBurger King+ 1h05'49
151Tom LeezerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h06'46
152JesĂșs HernĂĄndezMovistar Team+ 1h09'29
153Lucas EuserBurger King+ 1h14'11
154Samuel SĂĄnchezTeam Katusha+ 1h20'55
155Yamato ShirotaAlcatel+ 1h23'51
156Jasper LindenberghTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1h24'51
157Christophe RiblonAg2r La Mondiale+ 1h26'39
158Kilian FrankinyIAM Cycling+ 1h43'53
159Sven Erik BystrĂžmIAM Cycling+ 1h44'27
160Theo BosTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1h49'38

Points Classification

1Davide CimolaiEtixx - Quick-step79
2RafaƂ MajkaTinkoff-Saxo67
3Chris FroomeTeam Sky60
4Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxo52
5Bauke MollemaOrica-GreenEDGE47

Mountain Classification

1Ruben GuerreiroSoutheast66
2Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton63
3Fabrice JeandesbozAg2r La Mondiale58
4Stefano PirazziBurger King43
5Gregor MĂŒhlbergerBora - Argon 1843

Young Rider Classification

1Simon YatesTeam Sky28h40'14
2Adam YatesTeam Sky+ 2'58
3Bob JungelsTeam Sky+ 4'47
4Dayer QuintanaTinkoff-Saxo+ 4'47
5Emanuel BuchmannTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 4'47

Team Classification

1Team Sky86h03'08
2Astana Pro Team+ 4'15
3Tinkoff-Saxo+ 4'35
4Etixx - Quick-step+ 6'08
5Team Katusha+ 7'40

A decent World Tour debut which could've been made sweeter with 4 more points in the KOM classification. I think I gave a good account of myself and there shouldn't be any doubts in anyone's mind anymore if I belong here. If I come back here next year, which I might I very well might, I think I'll be aiming for bigger things than just the KOM win.
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 31-10-2016 16:14
Fine start of your WT career, with all the top names in the race.

Must have been a bit starstruck Wink
A bit perhaps. Probably why I ended up in the break so much! To keep my head straight Wink
Finishing second in KOM and even leading it is something remarkable when considering it is your first WT race. Smile

Team Sky looks ridiculously strong now and the future with Jungels and the Yates Brothers Pfft

Thanks DiCyc Smile. It was a good race for me and an even better month!!

April sweeps in with 4 one day classics and a stage race. There are more World Tour events lined up on my calendar but they are later in the month. For now, I'll update you on the first half of the month.

Gran Premio Miguel Indurain

Spain again and a free rider role. Daniel Felipe Martinez joined the breakaway for us. I stayed with the lead group throughout. When it came down to the decisive section in the closing kilometres, I was in the lead group of 11, having caught and passed the breakaway some time earlier. As the attacks started, I hung on and on till the last couple of kilometres but could not challenge for the win. I ended up in 5th place, a minute behind stage winner - Winner Anacona.

1Winner AnaconaTeam LottoNL - Jumbo4h34'28
2Jonathan CastroviejoTeam Katusha+ 8
3Davide VillellaMovistar Teams.t.
4Sindre LunkeBora - Argon 18+ 49
5Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1'04
6Rafael VallsMovistar Team+ 1'15
7Ian BoswellTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
8Sam OomenTinkoff-Saxos.t.
9Emanuel BuchmannTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1'31
10Dayer QuintanaTinkoff-Saxo+ 1'44

11Stef ClementTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1'53
12Pello BilbaoMovistar Team+ 2'05
13Gorka IzagirreTinkoff-Saxos.t.
14Haritz OrbeKaiku+ 3'18
15Igor AntĂłnCaja Rural - Seguros RGA+ 3'39
16David De la CruzTinkoff-Saxo+ 3'53
17Peter VelitsTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 4'01
18SĂ©rgio PardillaAstana Pro Teams.t.
19André CardosoCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
20Moreno MoserTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
21Nick Van Der LijkeTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
22JesĂșs Del PinoTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
23Thomas De GendtLotto Soudals.t.
24Ryder HesjedalTinkoff-Saxos.t.
25Edward TheunsLotto Soudals.t.
26Daniel NavarroAstana Pro Teams.t.
27Alexey LutsenkoAstana Pro Teams.t.
28Rohan DennisTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 4'34
29Jakob FuglsangAstana Pro Teams.t.
30Fredrik GaltaCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
31Marc De MaarTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
32Alberto GallegoCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
33Sergey FirsanovTeam Katushas.t.
34Eros CapecchiTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
35Samuel SĂĄnchezTeam Katushas.t.
36Serghei TvetcovCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
37Delio FernĂĄndezCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
38Garikoitz BravoKaikus.t.
39Jon LarrinagaBurgos - BHs.t.
40Eddie DunbarTeam Katushas.t.
41Rein TaaramÀeTeam Katushas.t.
42Andrey ZeitsAstana Pro Teams.t.
43Salvatore PuccioAstana Pro Teams.t.
44Beñat TxoperenaTeam Katushas.t.
45José Vicente ToribioCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
46Sergey ChernetskiyTinkoff-Saxos.t.
47Riccardo ZoidlBora - Argon 18s.t.
48José RamellaTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
49Mischa Van der HeijdenTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 5'17
50Sean De BieLotto Soudals.t.
51Mikel BizkarraKaikus.t.
52VĂ­ctor de la ParteMovistar Teams.t.
53Ilya KoshevoyAstana Pro Teams.t.
54Arnau SoleBurgos - BHs.t.
55Martijn KeizerTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
56Bert-Jan LindemanTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
57Jordi SimĂłnMovistar Teams.t.
58Nathan Van HooydonckLotto Soudals.t.
59Marc SolerActiveJet Teams.t.
60Dries Van GestelLotto Soudals.t.
61David BeldaMovistar Teams.t.
62Mikel NieveMovistar Teams.t.
63JesĂșs HerradaMovistar Team+ 5'53
64Daniel Felipe MartinezTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 6'02
65Michael SchwarzmannBora - Argon 18s.t.
66Johannes FröhlingerBora - Argon 18s.t.
67José Joaquín RojasTeam Katushas.t.
68Eugenio Moreno RosilloBurgos - BHs.t.
69Chris Anker SĂžrensenTinkoff-Saxos.t.
70Gijs Van HoeckeLotto Soudal+ 6'42
71Enrique SanzTeam Katusha+ 7'15
72Pablo LechugaKaiku+ 7'56
73Jan HirtBora - Argon 18s.t.
74Arvid MelchiotTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
75Jonathan MonsalveSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
76Sebastian TrilliniActiveJet Teams.t.
77Constantino CampuzanoCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
78SĂ©rgio MantecĂłnBurgos - BHs.t.
79JesĂșs HerreroKaikus.t.
80Robert-Jon McCarthySkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
81Bob SchoonbroodtTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 8'57
82Andreas SchillingerBora - Argon 18s.t.
83Alexander KriegerTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
84Xabier MartĂ­nez MadrigalSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 9'15
85Simone StortoniTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
86Unai IntziarteSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 9'58
87Igor MerinoKaikus.t.
88Stanislaw DianzenzaActiveJet Team+ 10'36
89Diego MilĂĄnSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
90William GuzmanBurgos - BH+ 11'03
91Vicente GarcĂ­a de MateosActiveJet Teams.t.
92Aner EchegarayActiveJet Teams.t.
93Adam HansenLotto Soudal+ 12'32
94Igor RomeroActiveJet Teams.t.
95Jan GhyselinckLotto Soudals.t.
96Brent BookwalterTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
97Marcel MeisenBora - Argon 18s.t.
98Unai LevaKaikus.t.
99RĂŒdiger SeligBora - Argon 18s.t.
100Ludovic RobeetSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 13'04
101Robert BushKaiku+ 13'53
102Tim KerkhofTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 14'31
103Timo RoosenTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 15'45
104Illart ZuazubiskarBurgos - BHs.t.
105Óscar PujolBurgos - BH+ 18'10
106Matej VysnaSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
107Tomasz MickiewiczActiveJet Team+ 21'11
108Eloy TeruelSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 23'47
109Marcin BiaƂobƂockiActiveJet Teams.t.
110Jorgos SouradaBurgos - BH+ 24'25

Klasika Primavera

I was free to ride my own race once again. I knew I was in with a chance at the end so I stayed with the pack. I went away from the pack with 25 km to go in a solo attack, pulling out to almost a 1 minute lead with 15 km to go. I was caught by Mathieu van der Poel with 10 km left. 2 km later I found myself in the lead group of 4. I was dropped by this group and caught by the next group of 6 riders before the finish line. I finished just out side the top 10 in 11th place. van der Poel went on to claim the win.

1Mathieu van der PoelAstana Pro Team3h57'51
2Igor AntĂłnCaja Rural - Seguros RGA+ 42
3Fabio FellineLotto Soudal+ 1'24
4Daniele Dall'OsteColombias.t.
5Haritz OrbeKaikus.t.
6Salvatore PuccioAstana Pro Teams.t.
7Jan HirtBora - Argon 18s.t.
8Jonathan CastroviejoTeam Katushas.t.
9JesĂșs HerradaMovistar Teams.t.
10Fabio DuarteColombias.t.

11Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
12Egor SilinTeam Katusha+ 2'43
13Daniel NavarroAstana Pro Teams.t.
14Matteo RabottiniAstana Pro Teams.t.
15Eros CapecchiTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 4'11
16Sindre LunkeBora - Argon 18s.t.
17Markus FreibergerCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
18Diego OchoaColombias.t.
19JesĂșs Del PinoTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
20Ian BoswellTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
21Janier AcevedoColombias.t.
22José RamellaTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
23Nick Van Der LijkeTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 4'59
24Emanuel BuchmannTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
25Sean De BieLotto Soudals.t.
26José Vicente ToribioCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
27HĂ„vard BlikraKaikus.t.
28Dries Van GestelLotto Soudals.t.
29Marcos GarcĂ­aMovistar Teams.t.
30Marc SolerActiveJet Teams.t.
31Frederique RobertLotto Soudals.t.
32Thierry HupondKaikus.t.
33Riccardo ZoidlBora - Argon 18s.t.
34Eduard PradesCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
35Rein TaaramÀeTeam Katushas.t.
36Miguel RubianoColombias.t.
37Carlos VeronaTeam Katushas.t.
38Alex HowesTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
39Andrey ZeitsAstana Pro Teams.t.
40Martijn KeizerTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
41Andrea ManfrediAstana Pro Teams.t.
42Fredrik LudvigssonActiveJet Teams.t.
43Jhonatan RestrepoColombias.t.
44Samuel SĂĄnchezTeam Katushas.t.
45Yuriy AgarkovBurgos - BHs.t.
46VĂ­ctor de la ParteMovistar Teams.t.
47David BeldaMovistar Teams.t.
48Aser EstévezCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
49David LĂłpezMovistar Teams.t.
50Bert-Jan LindemanTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
51Constantino CampuzanoCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
52Winner AnaconaTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
53Chad HagaTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
54Hector SaezCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
55Juan José LobatoMovistar Team+ 6'55
56Yevgeniy GidichAstana Pro Teams.t.
57Michael GoglBora - Argon 18s.t.
58Tom Van AsbroeckLotto Soudals.t.
59Salvador MorenoColombias.t.
60Adam HansenLotto Soudals.t.
61Lieuwe WestraAstana Pro Teams.t.
62Alexander PorsevTeam Katushas.t.
63Egoitz GarcĂ­aTeam Katushas.t.
64Vicente GarcĂ­a de MateosActiveJet Teams.t.
65Mikel NieveMovistar Team+ 8'14
66Yoeri HavikTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
67Anatoliy SosnitskiyTeam Taviras.t.
68Vitaliy PopkovTeam Taviras.t.
69Jordi SimĂłnMovistar Teams.t.
70Andriy GrivkoCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
71Christian KneesBora - Argon 18+ 8'52
72Arnau SoleBurgos - BH+ 9'36
73Daniel Felipe MartinezTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
74Ulf HausweilerBora - Argon 18s.t.
75José Joaquín RojasTeam Katushas.t.
76SĂ©rgio MantecĂłnBurgos - BHs.t.
77Aner EchegarayActiveJet Teams.t.
78Igor MerinoKaikus.t.
79Kevin PeetersLotto Soudals.t.
80Pascal AckermannLotto Soudals.t.
81Jasper BovenhuisTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
82Jan BrockhoffBora - Argon 18+ 10'33
83Martin VelitsTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
84Samuel MagalhaesTeam Tavira+ 11'16
85Jasper LindenberghTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
86Pablo LechugaKaikus.t.
87Eugenio Moreno RosilloBurgos - BHs.t.
88Jurgen van DiemenTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
89Simone StortoniTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
90Bruno SilvaTeam Tavira+ 12'43
91Stanislaw DianzenzaActiveJet Teams.t.
92Steven LammertinkTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
93Rino GasparriniColombias.t.
94Jon PardoBurgos - BHs.t.
95Tom StamsnijderTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 14'28
96Timo RoosenTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
97Unai LevaKaikus.t.
98Igor RomeroActiveJet Teams.t.
99Robert BushKaikus.t.
100Marcel MeisenBora - Argon 18+ 15'00
101Mads ChristensenTeam Tavira+ 15'41
102Julius van den BergTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
103Daniel BorrĂĄsTeam Tavira+ 19'44
104Bas TietemaTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
105Juan José IturraspeBurgos - BH+ 21'08
106Marcin BiaƂobƂockiActiveJet Team+ 21'31
107Ɓukasz BodnarActiveJet Team+ 22'54
108Jorgos SouradaBurgos - BHs.t.
109Peter CoulonBurgos - BH+ 23'49
110Alessandro MerinoKaiku+ 24'23

Another good couple of races to start April. I'm in the form of my life and with 3 World Tour events coming up, I was itching to get on with the racing.
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Tanks Tamijo. Indurain's was a good start to the month. Next up, the two Ardennes one-day classics!

Amstel Gold Race

I was chosen as the leader in my first Ardennes outing! This was a special moment for me and I want o soak it all in.

The start of the race saw Daniel Felipe Martinez joined the break for us. The breakaway survived till about 25 km to go, when a group of 17, of which I was a part, caught them and left them behind. 5 km later, the group size doubled. The attacks started soon after. I managed to stay in touch with the leaders till about 5 km to go. After that, 5 riders went away and I hung on to the second group. Ettix took advantage of having 3 riders in the lead group of 5 to propel Alaphilippe to the win. I finished in 13th place, not too bad for my first time.

1Julian AlaphilippeEtixx - Quick-step6h22'50
2Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxos.t.
3Philippe GilbertLotto Soudals.t.
4Greg Van AvermaetEtixx - Quick-step+ 47
5Steven KruijswijkEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
6Tony GallopinLotto Soudals.t.
7Chris FroomeTeam Skys.t.
8Peter SaganTinkoff-Saxos.t.
9Wilco KeldermanTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
10Simon SpilakOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.

11Tim WellensLotto Soudals.t.
12Wout PoelsBora - Argon 18s.t.
13Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
14JoaquĂ­m RodrĂ­guezTeam Katusha+ 1'05
15MichaƂ KwiatkowskiTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
16SĂ©rgio HenaoAg2r La Mondiale+ 1'31
17Alejandro ValverdeMovistar Teams.t.
18Roman KreuzigerLotto Soudals.t.
19Thibaut PinotAg2r La Mondiale+ 3'11
20Dries Van GestelLotto Soudals.t.
21Anastasio AniaEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
22Simon GeschkeTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
23Maciej PaterskiMTN-Qhubekas.t.
24Robert GesinkMTN-Qhubeka+ 3'31
25Andrew TalanskyTeam Skys.t.
26Jack HaigDrapac Professional Cycling+ 4'44
27Esteban ChavesIAM Cyclings.t.
28Simon GerransOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
29Romain BardetAstana Pro Teams.t.
30Jordi van DingenenEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
31John DegenkolbTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
32Ian BoswellTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
33Jay McCarthyOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
34Diego UlissiEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
35Giovanni ViscontiAstana Pro Team+ 5'33
36Simone StortoniTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 5'58
37Nicolas RocheTeam Sky+ 6'14
38Sam OomenTinkoff-Saxos.t.
39Jan HirtBora - Argon 18s.t.
40Huub DuynTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
41Scott AmbroseDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
42Riccardo ZoidlBora - Argon 18s.t.
43Michael GoglBora - Argon 18s.t.
44Louis MeintjesTeam Skys.t.
45Ilnur ZakarinTinkoff-Saxos.t.
46Yury TrofimovAlcatels.t.
47Pim LigthartOrica-GreenEDGE+ 7'18
48Jasper StuyvenEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
49Dayer QuintanaTinkoff-Saxos.t.
50Merhawi KudusTrek Factory Racings.t.
51Moreno HoflandTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
52Sergey FirsanovTeam Katushas.t.
53Diego RosaMovistar Team+ 8'02
54Benjamin BrkicTEAM Pirellis.t.
55Wesley KrederTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
56Steve MorabitoTrek Factory Racings.t.
57Arnaud CourteilleAlcatels.t.
58Jonathan CastroviejoTeam Katushas.t.
59Luka PibernikSEG Racings.t.
60Marcos GarcĂ­aMovistar Teams.t.
61Rudy KowalskiCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
62Youcef ReguiguiTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
63Gianfranco ZilioliTEAM Pirellis.t.
64Kenny ElissondeTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
65Ryder HesjedalTinkoff-Saxos.t.
66Jurgen Van den BroeckLotto Soudals.t.
67Pieter WeeningOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
68Nick Van Der LijkeTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
69Lars Petter NordhaugIAM Cyclings.t.
70Winner AnaconaTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
71Heiner ParraDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
72Carlos VeronaTeam Katushas.t.
73Jacques Janse Van RensburgMTN-Qhubekas.t.
74Jan BartaBurger Kings.t.
75Jarno GmelichSEG Racings.t.
76Tiago MachadoTEAM Pirellis.t.
77Simone PetilliTEAM Pirellis.t.
78Edward RavasiAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
79Rafael VallsMovistar Teams.t.
80Emanuel BuchmannTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
81Alexey LutsenkoAstana Pro Teams.t.
82Fabio TuziAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 9'06
83Björn ThurauTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 10'18
84Rein TaaramÀeTeam Katushas.t.
85Dusan RajovicAg2r La Mondiales.t.
86José HerradaTeam Skys.t.
87Tony MartinEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
88Thomas BonninAlcatels.t.
89Michele ScarponiAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
90Alessandro TonelliTEAM Pirellis.t.
91Rohan DennisTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
92Thomas De GendtLotto Soudals.t.
93Gavin MannionTrek Factory Racings.t.
94Ɓukasz WiƛniowskiCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
95Stanislau BazhkouCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
96Adam HansenLotto Soudals.t.
97SĂžren Kragh AndersenTinkoff-Saxos.t.
98Matteo BusatoTEAM Pirellis.t.
99Davide MucelliAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
100Nathan BrownTeam Skys.t.
101Emilien ViennetAg2r La Mondiales.t.
102Lennard KĂ€mnaOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
103VĂ­ctor de la ParteMovistar Teams.t.
104Peter StetinaTrek Factory Racings.t.
105Davide FormoloTinkoff-Saxos.t.
106Giampaolo CarusoTeam Katushas.t.
107Larry WarbasseTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
108Eddie DunbarTeam Katushas.t.
109Peter VelitsTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
110Arvid MelchiotTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
111Antoine LavieuAg2r La Mondiales.t.
112MichaƂ PalutaCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
113Jakob FuglsangAstana Pro Teams.t.
114Lieuwe WestraAstana Pro Teams.t.
115Alfredo BalloniTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
116Beñat TxoperenaTeam Katusha+ 11'08
117Karel HnĂ­kMTN-Qhubeka+ 11'49
118Matthew BuscheTeam Skys.t.
119JĂ©rĂŽme FrancoisIAM Cycling+ 12'13
120Joseph DombrowskiBurger Kings.t.
121Marko DĂ­azMovistar Teams.t.
122Andreas SchillingerBora - Argon 18s.t.
123Roman MaikinSEG Racings.t.
124Raymond KrederOrica-GreenEDGE+ 12'41
125Chris HornerTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
126Yelko GomezMTN-Qhubekas.t.
127Stefano AgostiniTEAM Pirellis.t.
128JesĂșs Del PinoTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
129Daniel Felipe MartinezTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 14'02
130Oleg ZemlyakovAstana Pro Teams.t.
131Jasper De BuystDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
132Maxim IglinskiyCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
133Ben DyballDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
134Stef ClementTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
135David LĂłpezMovistar Teams.t.
136Jeppe Lykke Hartvig NielsenIAM Cyclings.t.
137Alexey VermeulenBurger Kings.t.
138Abel KenyeresAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
139Johannes FröhlingerBora - Argon 18s.t.
140Jack BauerTrek Factory Racings.t.
141Robert KiserlovskiIAM Cycling+ 15'06
142Alessandro BallanTeam Skys.t.
143Clément ChevrierAlcatels.t.
144Rodolfo TorresMTN-Qhubeka+ 15'32
145Pierre-Roger LatourAg2r La Mondiales.t.
146Patrick GretschMovistar Teams.t.
147Christian KneesBora - Argon 18s.t.
148Timo RoosenTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 16'51
149Tom VermeerSEG Racing+ 17'31
150Luke KeoughTrek Factory Racings.t.
151Ingvar OmarssonSEG Racings.t.
152Jurgen van DiemenTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
153Matteo MontagutiAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
154Marcel AreggerTrek Factory Racings.t.
155Oscar GattoOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
156Yoeri HavikTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
157MichaƂ GoƂaƛCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
158Steven LammertinkTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
159Daniel NavarroAstana Pro Teams.t.
160Nicolas EdetAlcatels.t.
161Mischa Van der HeijdenTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 18'33
162Sieben WoutersTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
163Justin JulesAlcatel+ 19'16
164Fabio SabatiniTEAM Pirellis.t.
165Kamil MaƂeckiCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
166Stéphane RossettoAg2r La Mondiale+ 20'00
167Carter JonesTrek Factory Racing+ 20'32
168Oliver ZauggIAM Cyclings.t.
169Alexandr ShushemoinSEG Racings.t.
170Lucas EuserBurger Kings.t.
171Lasse Norman HansenMTN-Qhubekas.t.
172SĂ©rgio PardillaAstana Pro Teams.t.
173Mats BoeveSEG Racings.t.
174Josip RumacMTN-Qhubekas.t.
175Julius van den BergTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 21'26
176Joey RosskopfBurger King+ 22'25
177Yoann PaillotAlcatel+ 23'41
178Yamato ShirotaAlcatels.t.
179Anatoliy BudyakDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
180René HooghiemsterSEG Racing+ 25'10
181Kilian FrankinyIAM Cyclings.t.
182David LefortCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 27'50
183Dennis VanendertBurger King+ 28'28
184JĂ©rĂŽme BaugniesBurger King+ 31'23
185Mark Sehested PedersenDrapac Professional Cycling+ 33'49
186Michael WoodsAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 36'09
187Jasper OckeloenIAM Cycling+ 38'11
188Miguel BryonBurger King+ 38'32

La Fleche Wallone

Martinez joined the break once again. I was not the leader here, with Calmejane taking leadership duties. The break was caught with only 17 km left. I attacked from the front, with 13 km to go but could not stay ahead for very long. I fell back to the pack and that's where I ended. A group of four riders were in the contest for the win. Kwiatkowski proved too strong for the others, while Alaphilippe narrowly missed out on back-to-back wins, settling for 2nd place here.

1MichaƂ KwiatkowskiTeam Cannondale - Garmin4h42'25
2Julian AlaphilippeEtixx - Quick-step+ 45
3SĂ©rgio HenaoAg2r La Mondiale+ 58
4Roman KreuzigerLotto Soudal+ 1'15
5Andrew TalanskyTeam Skys.t.
6Wilco KeldermanTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
7Tom DumoulinTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
8Tom SlagterTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
9Bauke MollemaOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
10Pieter JacobsLotto Soudals.t.

11Diego UlissiEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
12Daniel MorenoTeam Skys.t.
13Alejandro ValverdeMovistar Teams.t.
14Tim WellensLotto Soudals.t.
15Warren BarguilEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
16JoaquĂ­m RodrĂ­guezTeam Katushas.t.
17Wout PoelsBora - Argon 18s.t.
18Philippe GilbertLotto Soudals.t.
19Thibaut PinotAg2r La Mondiales.t.
20Tony GallopinLotto Soudals.t.
21Louis MeintjesTeam Skys.t.
22Moreno MoserTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
23Geraint ThomasTeam Katushas.t.
24Robert GesinkMTN-Qhubekas.t.
25Ion IzagirreTeam Katushas.t.
26Richie PorteLotto Soudals.t.
27Chris FroomeTeam Skys.t.
28Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxos.t.
29Jan HirtBora - Argon 18s.t.
30Scott AmbroseDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
31Jacques Janse Van RensburgMTN-Qhubeka+ 2'07
32Davide FormoloTinkoff-Saxos.t.
33Maciej PaterskiMTN-Qhubekas.t.
34Leopold KönigAstana Pro Teams.t.
35Simon GeschkeTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
36Luis LeĂłn SĂĄnchezTinkoff-Saxos.t.
37Dylan TeunsBurger Kings.t.
38Steven KruijswijkEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
39Mathias FrankIAM Cyclings.t.
40Ilnur ZakarinTinkoff-Saxo+ 2'54
41Sergey ChernetskiyTinkoff-Saxos.t.
42Evgeny ShalunovTeam Katushas.t.
43Daniel Felipe MartinezTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
44Nicolas RocheTeam Skys.t.
45Ryder HesjedalTinkoff-Saxos.t.
46Emanuel BuchmannTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
47Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
48Jack HaigDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
49Simon GerransOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
50Esteban ChavesIAM Cycling+ 3'55
51Ben HermansEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
52Alex HowesTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
53Marko DĂ­azMovistar Teams.t.
54Silvio HerklotzTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
55José RamellaTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
56Serge PauwelsEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
57Alfredo BalloniTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
58Hugh CarthyTeam Skys.t.
59Bakhtiyar KozhatayevAstana Pro Teams.t.
60Carlos VeronaTeam Katushas.t.
61Riccardo ZoidlBora - Argon 18s.t.
62Nick Van Der LijkeTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
63Merhawi KudusTrek Factory Racings.t.
64Yury TrofimovAlcatels.t.
65Diego RosaMovistar Teams.t.
66Jarlinson PantanoTeam Europcars.t.
67Pieter WeeningOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
68Sergey FirsanovTeam Katushas.t.
69Maxime MonfortEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
70Winner AnaconaTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
71Sebastian HenaoIAM Cyclings.t.
72Peter KennaughTeam Skys.t.
73Damiano CarusoTinkoff-Saxos.t.
74Laurens Ten DamTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
75Antoine LavieuAg2r La Mondiales.t.
76Yohan OffredoBurger Kings.t.
77Lilian CalmejaneTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
78Kenny ElissondeTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
79Javier MorenoMovistar Teams.t.
80Dusan RajovicAg2r La Mondiales.t.
81Marc GoosTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
82Marcos GarcĂ­aMovistar Teams.t.
83Jimmy TurgisAg2r La Mondiales.t.
84JĂ©rĂŽme CoppelTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
85Tony MartinEtixx - Quick-step+ 5'18
86Gaël MalacarneAlcatels.t.
87Jurgen Van den BroeckLotto Soudals.t.
88Chris HornerTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
89Tim KerkhofTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
90Luke DurbridgeTeam Skys.t.
91Ivan RovnyTinkoff-Saxo+ 5'45
92Heiner ParraDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
93Peter StetinaTrek Factory Racings.t.
94Louis VervaekeTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
95Kristjan KorenAg2r La Mondiales.t.
96Simone StortoniTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
97Travis MeyerOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
98Lennard KĂ€mnaOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
99LoĂŻc BouchereauAlcatels.t.
100Daniel NavarroAstana Pro Teams.t.
101Maxime VantommeTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
102Yannick EijssenVentilairs.t.
103Giacomo BerlatoAstana Pro Teams.t.
104Benjamin BrkicTEAM Pirellis.t.
105Allessio BotturaTEAM Pirellis.t.
106Yelko GomezMTN-Qhubeka+ 6'39
107Arvid MelchiotTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
108Clément ChevrierAlcatels.t.
109Jeppe Lykke Hartvig NielsenIAM Cyclings.t.
110Anatoliy BudyakDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
111Boris ValléeTrek Factory Racings.t.
112Matteo BusatoTEAM Pirellis.t.
113Josip RumacMTN-Qhubekas.t.
114Alessandro TonelliTEAM Pirellis.t.
115Quentin JaureguiAlcatels.t.
116Gianfranco ZilioliTEAM Pirellis.t.
117Stéphane RossettoAg2r La Mondiales.t.
118Tiago MachadoTEAM Pirellis.t.
119Sean De BieLotto Soudals.t.
120Gregor MĂŒhlbergerBora - Argon 18s.t.
121Jelle VanendertTrek Factory Racings.t.
122Matti BreschelTrek Factory Racings.t.
123Jan BartaBurger Kings.t.
124SĂ©bastien ReichenbachTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
125Björn ThurauTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
126Sven Erik BystrĂžmIAM Cyclings.t.
127Emilien ViennetAg2r La Mondiales.t.
128Óscar GonzálezMovistar Teams.t.
129Jasper BovenhuisTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
130Ronan Van ZandbeekTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
131Arnaud CourteilleAlcatels.t.
132Sander ArmeeTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
133JesĂșs HernĂĄndezMovistar Teams.t.
134Nicolas EdetAlcatel+ 9'17
135Joseph DombrowskiBurger Kings.t.
136Beñat TxoperenaTeam Katushas.t.
137Mischa Van der HeijdenTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
138Francesco GavazziTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
139Yoann BagotTeam Europcars.t.
140Lukas LöerOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
141Mads WĂŒrtz SchmidtTeam Katusha+ 9'42
142Oleg ZemlyakovAstana Pro Team+ 10'44
143Laurens De PlusTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
144Kevin SeeldraeyersVentilairs.t.
145Thomas BonninAlcatels.t.
146Christian KneesBora - Argon 18s.t.
147Caleb FairlyTrek Factory Racings.t.
148Patrick MĂŒllerIAM Cyclings.t.
149Unai IntziarteSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
150Rodolfo TorresMTN-Qhubekas.t.
151Lieuwe WestraAstana Pro Teams.t.
152David LĂłpezMovistar Team+ 11'25
153Jay ThomsonMTN-Qhubeka+ 11'33
154Campbell FlakemoreOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
155Simon SpilakOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
156Julius van den BergTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 11'53
157Jenthe BiermansTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 12'45
158Kevin PauwelsTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
159Luke KeoughTrek Factory Racings.t.
160Martin ElmigerTrek Factory Racings.t.
161Jan DieterenBora - Argon 18s.t.
162Steff HermansVentilairs.t.
163Fabio SabatiniTEAM Pirellis.t.
164Brice FeilluTeam Europcars.t.
165Simone ConsonniVentilairs.t.
166Jasper De BuystDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
167Alexey VermeulenBurger Kings.t.
168Blel KadriVentilairs.t.
169Byron GuamaTeam Europcars.t.
170Jonathan MonsalveSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
171Davide PacchiardoSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 13'34
172Ulf HausweilerBora - Argon 18s.t.
173Timo RoosenTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
174Christopher Juul-JensenTEAM Pirellis.t.
175Mark Sehested PedersenDrapac Professional Cycling+ 14'42
176Lucas GadayTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
177Ahmet ÖrkenDrapac Professional Cycling+ 14'51
178Martin HebikSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
179Iltjan NikaDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
180Maarten WynantsBurger Kings.t.
181Rafal PalikSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
182Simon RaffinTeam Europcar+ 15'07
183Romain GuillemoisTeam Europcars.t.
184Xandro MeurisseTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
185Lander SeynaeveVentilairs.t.
186Pierre-Henri LecuisinierTeam Europcars.t.
187Sindre LunkeBora - Argon 18s.t.
188Dennis VanendertBurger Kings.t.
189Joren SegersVentilairs.t.
190Kristian AasvoldMTN-Qhubekas.t.
191Joris BoillatIAM Cyclings.t.
192Diego MilĂĄnSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 15'40
193Jasper OckeloenIAM Cycling+ 15'48
194Xabier MartĂ­nez MadrigalSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
195Dario CataldoTeam Europcar+ 16'03
196Pieter van HerckVentilair+ 21'04
197JĂ©rĂŽme BaugniesBurger Kings.t.
198Ludovic RobeetSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 30'29

A decent start to my Ardennes career with a top 15. I was not selected to start the Liege-Bastogne-Liege. I put that aside and got ready to start in the Tour de Romandie, the next race on my schedule.
Solid result in Amstel.

Tour de Romandie

Thanks Tamijo. After a long month, I reached Switzerland for the Tour of Romandie, held in the last week of April. I was leading the team again, something I had got used by now.

Stage 1 was a super short ITT where I crossed the line in 2nd place, 4 seconds off the pace. By the time the guns went past, I ended up 17th, 20 seconds behind. Tom Dumoulin took the stage and the leader's jersey.

Stage 2 was a flat stage where nothing much of note happened besides the bunch sprint. Thery Schir was the surprise winner.

Stage 3 saw a massive early pack split. The last, bigger group formed the peloton while the three groups out ahead joined together to form the day's break, with 16 riders. Calmejane had joined the break for us. He was one of the first to be caught, as a part of a 3 man group on the first climb. The entire break was caught on the second climb by a lead group of 35 riders of which I was a part. I had no teammates to support me and was dropped on the third climb. I suffered for the rest of stage, finishing in 37th place, 18 minutes down on stage winner Nairo Quintana!

Stage 4 had both me and Calmejane joining the break. The break was initially of 9 riders but 2 were dropped very fast. I was dropped from the break quite some way before the finish. Soon after, I was caught by the GC leaders on the third climb of the day. I was struggling with fitness and fell out of this group too. Calmejane's sojourn earned him a high place at the finish, a minute behind the lead group of 11 riders. I rode in alone, almost 4 minutes down. Ion Izagirre won the stage.

Stage 5 saw Calmejane join the break once again. I was still under the weather and decided to stay in the group. I struggled to keep pace once again, losing more than 10 minutes as Nairo tied up the stage win and the GC with a dominant ride.

Stage 6 was another ITT and a relief for me from the hard climbing. The long ITT saw me lose another minute, this time to stage winner Luke Durbridge. It was a decent outing, but my hopes for this race were over after stage 3 itself. I managed to get 5th place in the U25s.

General Classification

1Nairo QuintanaMovistar Team17h04'13
2RafaƂ MajkaTinkoff-Saxo+ 5'58
3Tejay Van GarderenBurger King+ 6'02
4Julian ArredondoAg2r La Mondiale+ 7'51
5Simon SpilakOrica-GreenEDGE+ 8'25
6Bauke MollemaOrica-GreenEDGE+ 8'29
7Ion IzagirreTeam Katusha+ 8'32
8Chris FroomeTeam Sky+ 10'28
9Fabio AruAstana Pro Team+ 12'06
10Merhawi KudusTrek Factory Racing+ 12'31

11Carlos BetancurTinkoff-Saxo+ 12'51
12Tom DumoulinTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 13'28
13Rui CostaOrica-GreenEDGE+ 14'11
14Kenny ElissondeTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 14'31
15Pierre RollandBurger King+ 15'44
16Mikel NieveMovistar Team+ 16'43
17Sergey ChernetskiyTinkoff-Saxo+ 19'17
18Geraint ThomasTeam Katusha+ 20'03
19Robert GesinkMTN-Qhubeka+ 20'18
20Diego RosaMovistar Team+ 20'36
21Ian BoswellTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 20'53
22Richie PorteLotto Soudal+ 21'24
23SĂ©bastien ReichenbachTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 21'39
24Adam YatesTeam Sky+ 21'52
25Larry WarbasseTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 24'10
26Alberto ContadorTeam Katusha+ 24'16
27Andrey AmadorTEAM Pirelli+ 25'12
28Antoine LavieuAg2r La Mondiale+ 25'39
29José HerradaTeam Sky+ 27'56
30Jay McCarthyOrica-GreenEDGE+ 30'02
31Emanuel BuchmannTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 30'23
32Matteo RabottiniAstana Pro Team+ 31'11
33Cameron MeyerTeam Sky+ 31'41
34Jean-Christophe PeraudMTN-Qhubeka+ 32'06
35Domenico PozzovivoAstana Pro Team+ 34'04
36Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 34'08
37Jeppe Lykke Hartvig NielsenIAM Cycling+ 36'25
38JesĂșs HerradaMovistar Team+ 39'31
39Simon GeschkeTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 39'35
40Dusan RajovicAg2r La Mondiale+ 40'46
41Thomas De GendtLotto Soudal+ 41'51
42Luis LeĂłn SĂĄnchezTinkoff-Saxo+ 41'59
43Jacques Janse Van RensburgMTN-Qhubeka+ 43'54
44Maciej PaterskiMTN-Qhubeka+ 44'26
45Lilian CalmejaneTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 44'46
46Sam OomenTinkoff-Saxo+ 47'44
47Andrey ZeitsAstana Pro Team+ 49'26
48Matthew BuscheTeam Sky+ 50'12
49Ben HermansEtixx - Quick-step+ 50'50
50Mikaël ChérelAg2r La Mondiale+ 52'26
51Matteo BusatoTEAM Pirelli+ 53'56
52Paul VossTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 54'27
53Benjamin BrkicTEAM Pirelli+ 55'18
54Nelson OliveiraTinkoff-Saxo+ 55'28
55Michael SchÀrIAM Cycling+ 55'44
56VĂ­ctor de la ParteMovistar Team+ 56'00
57Silvio HerklotzTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 57'36
58Quentin PacherAg2r La Mondiale+ 57'59
59Pieter SerryEtixx - Quick-step+ 58'35
60Dylan TeunsBurger King+ 58'54
61Kristjan KorenAg2r La Mondiale+ 59'36
62Tanel KangertBurger King+ 59'52
63Quentin JaureguiAlcatel+ 1h00'39
64Jesse SergentAstana Pro Team+ 1h01'40
65Kenneth VanbilsenEtixx - Quick-step+ 1h01'43
66Lars Petter NordhaugIAM Cycling+ 1h01'47
67Théry SchirTrek Factory Racing+ 1h02'14
68Carlos BarberoMovistar Team+ 1h03'28
69Steve MorabitoTrek Factory Racing+ 1h03'29
70Silvan DillierTrek Factory Racing+ 1h03'31
71Christopher Juul-JensenTEAM Pirelli+ 1h03'32
72JesĂșs Del PinoTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
73Dries DevenynsTeam Katusha+ 1h03'33
74Fabio FellineLotto Soudal+ 1h04'03
75Simone StortoniTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h06'29
76Dries Van GestelLotto Soudal+ 1h06'32
77Nathan BrownTeam Sky+ 1h06'41
78Caleb EwanTeam Katusha+ 1h06'47
79Marcel AreggerTrek Factory Racing+ 1h07'04
80Jasha SĂŒtterlinMovistar Team+ 1h07'14
81Sindre LunkeBora - Argon 18s.t.
82Rayane BouhanniEtixx - Quick-step+ 1h07'42
83Brent BookwalterTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h10'38
84Fabio TaborreTEAM Pirelli+ 1h10'42
85Dylan van BaarleTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 1h11'07
86Dennis VanendertBurger King+ 1h11'29
87Marco CanolaAstana Pro Team+ 1h11'51
88Sven Erik BystrĂžmIAM Cycling+ 1h11'55
89Mads PedersenBurger King+ 1h13'26
90Yoann PaillotAlcatel+ 1h13'40
91Gaël MalacarneAlcatel+ 1h13'44
92Luke DurbridgeTeam Sky+ 1h13'53
93Kilian FrankinyIAM Cycling+ 1h14'44
94Johannes FröhlingerBora - Argon 18+ 1h15'22
95Pim LigthartOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h16'09
96Nikias ArndtTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 1h16'22
97Reinardt Janse Van RensburgMTN-Qhubeka+ 1h17'00
98Gianni MosconTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h17'31
99Salvatore PuccioAstana Pro Team+ 1h18'35
100Yelko GomezMTN-Qhubeka+ 1h18'48
101Zico WaeytensEtixx - Quick-step+ 1h19'44
102Giacomo NizzoloMovistar Team+ 1h22'30
103Fabio SabatiniTEAM Pirelli+ 1h23'41
104Simone PonziTinkoff-Saxo+ 1h23'55
105Julien El FaresAlcatel+ 1h25'17
106Alessandro TonelliTEAM Pirelli+ 1h25'30
107Mads WĂŒrtz SchmidtTeam Katusha+ 1h25'35
108Lukas SpenglerBurger King+ 1h26'10
109Willy WillwohlTinkoff-Saxo+ 1h28'30
110Kevin RezaAlcatel+ 1h28'59
111Mikhail IgnatievTeam Katusha+ 1h29'47
112Fabio SilvestreTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1h29'59
113Davide AppollonioOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h30'36
114Robert WagnerBora - Argon 18+ 1h30'50
115Jay ThomsonMTN-Qhubeka+ 1h30'52
116Roy JansEtixx - Quick-step+ 1h31'06
117Youcef ReguiguiTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1h31'27
118Oscar GattoOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h32'18
119Guillaume Van KeirsbulckEtixx - Quick-step+ 1h32'58
120Christian KochBora - Argon 18+ 1h33'35
121Damien HowsonOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h33'44
122Nikolas MaesLotto Soudal+ 1h34'12
123Mike TeunissenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h35'46
124Federico ZurloTeam Katusha+ 1h36'25
125Jan DieterenBora - Argon 18+ 1h36'30
126Martin VelitsTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h37'35
127Martin ElmigerTrek Factory Racing+ 1h38'05
128Steven LammertinkTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h38'09
129Dylan PageIAM Cycling+ 1h40'09
130Nicolas MariniAlcatel+ 1h40'43
131Gert-Jan BosmanTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1h40'56
132Tom StamsnijderTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h41'13
133Christophe LaporteEtixx - Quick-step+ 1h42'06
134Yoeri HavikTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h43'02
135Wesley KrederTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h44'06
136William BartaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h44'11
137Romain FeilluAg2r La Mondiale+ 1h44'41
138Stig BroeckxLotto Soudal+ 1h45'09
139Boy Van PoppelTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h45'36
140Pascal AckermannLotto Soudal+ 1h45'40
141Davide ViganĂČTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h45'45
142Lasse Norman HansenMTN-Qhubeka+ 1h46'10
143Etienne TortelierAg2r La Mondiale+ 1h47'19
144Nicola RuffoniTEAM Pirelli+ 1h47'55
145Justin JulesAlcatel+ 1h49'11
146RĂŒdiger SeligBora - Argon 18+ 1h49'44
147Laurent BeuretIAM Cycling+ 1h50'10
148Heinrich HausslerTrek Factory Racing+ 1h53'36
149Michaël BaerIAM Cycling+ 2h05'27

Points Classification

1Nairo QuintanaMovistar Team64
2Ion IzagirreTeam Katusha59
3Tom DumoulinTeam Giant-Alpecin46
4RafaƂ MajkaTinkoff-Saxo46
5Tejay Van GarderenBurger King40

Mountain Classification

1Nairo QuintanaMovistar Team38
2Simon SpilakOrica-GreenEDGE36
3Pierre RollandBurger King26
4Antoine LavieuAg2r La Mondiale26
5Kenny ElissondeTeam Giant-Alpecin24

Young Riders Classification

1Merhawi KudusTrek Factory Racing17h16'44
2Adam YatesTeam Sky+ 9'21
3Jay McCarthyOrica-GreenEDGE+ 17'31
4Emanuel BuchmannTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 17'52
5Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 21'37

Team Classification

2Movistar Team+ 2'36
3Tinkoff-Saxo+ 5'56
4Team Giant-Alpecin+ 13'26
5Team Katusha+ 21'00

The month ends on a low key after some excitement early on. Need some rest now, phew!
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 31-10-2016 16:16
Not the best result, but also very hard competition.
Also, I think fatigue caught up after so many back to back races I think. Got a little carried away with the prospect of riding in World Tour races perhaps.

After a hectic April, May brings only two races. First up, I joined the team in Azerbaijan for the five day stage race.

Tour d'Azerbaijan

I was leading the team in this race. The field wasn't the strongest and I fancied my chances to achieve another high finish.

Stage 1 was perfectly flat and was won by Phil Bauhaus in the sprint.

Stage 2 turned out to be quite tough for many riders. The peloton was down to 60 riders after the first climb itself. I lost touch with the front of the race, after a group of leaders, including me, had distanced the peloton. I crossed the line a couple of minutes back, but still in the top 10. Bakelants took the stage and the lead in the GC.

I was categorised as one of the favourites for Stage 3. Schoonbroodt joined the break for us. The break was caught with just 6 km remaining. Schoonbroodt took up the pace-making work for me. I finished in the pack.

One of the favourites again for Stage 4, I was in the third group on the road after the second climb. The front three groups merged by the time the climb to the finish came about. It was a long climb and my effort in climbing saw me in the lead group of thrre riders with 10 km left. I went away from the duo of Dayer Quintana and Bakelants and built up a lead of 40 seconds. Heiner Parra took up the chase and as I got tired, he made up a lot of ground. I was pipped to the line by Heiner Parra. It was so so close for me! I had to settle for 2nd place. This fantastic ride took me up to 4th in the overall classification.

Stage 5 was another flat stage with a slightly uphill finish. The stage was without incident as the leaders protected their positions. Alexey Tsatevitch won the bunch sprint to the line.

General Classification

1Jan BakelantsTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise18h22'14
2Heiner ParraDrapac Professional Cycling+ 5
3Dayer QuintanaTinkoff-Saxo+ 1'21
4Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1'30
5Ryder HesjedalTinkoff-Saxo+ 3'52
6Axel DomontCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 4'46
7Beñat IntxaustiTinkoff-Saxo+ 6'24
8José HerradaTeam Sky+ 6'46
9Cameron MeyerTeam Sky+ 7'34
10Scott AmbroseDrapac Professional Cycling+ 8'35

11Hugh CarthyTeam Sky+ 9'29
12Michael GoglBora - Argon 18+ 10'17
13Lennard KĂ€mnaOrica-GreenEDGE+ 10'33
14Karol DomagalskiAmore & Vita - Selle SMP+ 13'40
15Omar FraileTEAM Azersun+ 14'02
16Alexey TsatevitchTinkoff-Saxo+ 14'19
17Marc De MaarTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 15'06
18Luis Ángel MatéTeam Sky+ 15'38
19Simone SterbiniAmore & Vita - Selle SMP+ 15'45
20Daniele RattoTEAM Pirelli+ 15'58
21Tomasz MarczyƄskiCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 16'08
22Jack BobridgeOrica-GreenEDGE+ 16'10
23Riccardo DonatoLeopard Development Team+ 16'23
24Lukas LöerOrica-GreenEDGE+ 16'26
25PaweƂ CieƛlikCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 17'11
26Lachlan NorrisDrapac Professional Cycling+ 17'32
27Pavel KochetkovRusVelo+ 18'02
28Colin StĂŒssiWhirlpool - Authors.t.
29Nathan EarleRusVelo+ 18'09
30Nikita NovikovRusVelo+ 18'43
31Mischa Van der HeijdenTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 18'58
32Sergey RudaskovRusVelo+ 19'08
33Antonino ParrinelloTEAM Pirelli+ 19'32
34Jure KocjanTEAM Azersun+ 19'37
35Dante CarpenterRusVelo+ 19'41
36Hossein AlizadehRusVelo+ 19'49
37Campbell FlakemoreOrica-GreenEDGE+ 20'55
38Dimitry KozontchukTinkoff-Saxo+ 21'28
39Adam PhelanDrapac Professional Cycling+ 21'29
40Josh BerryTEAM Azersun+ 22'54
41Luca WackermannLeopard Development Team+ 24'17
42Alessio LanzanoLeopard Development Team+ 25'20
43Hichem ChabaneAmore & Vita - Selle SMP+ 26'06
44Alexander KampTEAM Azersun+ 26'14
45Matteo SpreaficoWhirlpool - Author+ 26'39
46Lucas ErikssonTEAM Azersun+ 26'46
47Nils PolittTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 28'45
48Brendan CantyDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
49Luigi MilettaLeopard Development Team+ 30'04
50Miguel Angel BenitoTEAM Azersun+ 30'06
51Emiliano FaietaAmore & Vita - Selle SMP+ 30'20
52Jimmi SĂžrensenLeopard Development Team+ 30'24
53Johannes FröhlingerBora - Argon 18+ 31'18
54JarosƂaw MaryczAmore & Vita - Selle SMP+ 32'56
55Bob SchoonbroodtTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 33'15
56Jan BrockhoffBora - Argon 18+ 34'45
57Josef HosekWhirlpool - Author+ 34'46
58Patryk StoszCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 35'26
59Kevin PauwelsTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
60Manuele BoaroOrica-GreenEDGE+ 36'01
61Oleksandr KvachukLeopard Development Team+ 36'02
62Ronan Van ZandbeekTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 36'09
63Ulf HausweilerBora - Argon 18+ 36'25
64Francesco SedaboniAmore & Vita - Selle SMP+ 37'17
65LoĂŻc ChetoutCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 38'55
66Emiel PlanckaertTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 40'13
67Christian KneesBora - Argon 18+ 41'04
68Eliot LietaerTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 41'57
69Alessandro BallanTeam Sky+ 42'10
70Jasper BovenhuisTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 42'29
71Davide PlebaniTEAM Pirelli+ 44'28
72Marco ZanottiBora - Argon 18+ 44'46
73Ricardo van DongenWhirlpool - Author+ 45'08
74Juraj SaganTinkoff-Saxo+ 47'43
75William ClarkeDrapac Professional Cycling+ 47'46
76Stijn SteelsTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 50'12
77Konrad DabkowskiCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 50'53
78Fabrizio GadauTEAM Pirelli+ 51'36
79Ruben PelatiWhirlpool - Author+ 51'59
80Glenn CristinoWhirlpool - Author+ 55'47
81Marco ZamparellaTEAM Pirelli+ 57'36
82Tiziano Dall'AntoniaTEAM Pirelli+ 1h10'50

Points Classification

1Jan BakelantsTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise105
2Heiner ParraDrapac Professional Cycling81
3Dayer QuintanaTinkoff-Saxo63
4Ryder HesjedalTinkoff-Saxo60
5Axel DomontCCC Sprandi Polkowice60

Mountain Classification

1Jan BakelantsTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise22
2Heiner ParraDrapac Professional Cycling19
3Simone SterbiniAmore & Vita - Selle SMP14
4Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton12
5Alexander KampTEAM Azersun11

Young Rider Classification

1Dayer QuintanaTinkoff-Saxo18h23'35
2Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 9
3Scott AmbroseDrapac Professional Cycling+ 7'14
4Hugh CarthyTeam Sky+ 8'08
5Michael GoglBora - Argon 18+ 8'56

Team Classification

2Team Sky+ 11'50
3Drapac Professional Cycling+ 13'46
4Team Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 23'04
5CCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 24'38

Just 9 seconds off the podium and the white jersey. This was another good race for me. I hope to keep this momentum going. Consistency is what I'm striving for right now and the results of the past couple of months have been a good step in that direction. High standing in the KOM and the Team classifications too.

Another race to come in May, when I'll be back in Belgium. See you then.
Great race !
Thanks Tamijo Smile

The second race in May is another stage race. Back to Belgium again following Ardennes week.

Baloise Belgium Tour

Calmejane led the team for this race while I was selected as his helper. This race did not favour me a great deal except for the last uphill stage.

Stage 1 was flat and I stayed in the pack. Despite not being the allocated leader, the team had a mini-revolt of sorts and decided to protect me in turns instead of Calmejane! I wasn't sure what to think of this. I believe I should've been flattered then. The bunch sprint was won by Degenkolb.

Stage 2 had a couple of cobbled sections and the second one did all the damage. I was in the lead group on the road behind the break. And that's where I finished too, just that the break was caught.

Stage 3 was the ITT where I had high hopes of doing well. As I crossed the line, the timing screens showed me to be in 6th place, 24 seconds down. When it was all wrapped up, I was only 18th, more than a minute down on stage winner Tony Martin.

Stage 4 was another one for the sprinters and thus uneventful for me.

Stage 5 had us putting two guys into the break. It did not work as the break got caught with less than 10 km to go. I attacked the pack with 3.5 km to go but half a dozen other riders were stronger and dropped me in their counter attacks. I finished 8th on the stage and moved up to 8th place in the GC. The efforts by Trentin (3rd) and Kennaugh (4th) on this stage were not enough to usurp Martin who won the GC. Edoardo Zardini took the stage win.

General Classification

1Tony MartinEtixx - Quick-step16h17'59
2Matteo TrentinTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 20
3Peter KennaughTeam Sky+ 22
4John DegenkolbTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 33
5Nikias ArndtTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 1'01
6Gianni MeersmanTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 1'04
7LoĂŻc VliegenLotto Soudal+ 1'05
8Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1'06
9Taylor PhinneyTeam Sky+ 1'26
10Edvald Boasson HagenMTN-Qhubeka+ 1'40

11Greg Van AvermaetEtixx - Quick-step+ 1'49
12Moreno HoflandTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 2'04
13Sebastian LangeveldTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 2'22
14Maxime MonfortEtixx - Quick-step+ 2'42
15Alexis GougeardCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 2'49
16Jonas Van GenechtenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 2'57
17Koen De KortTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
18Pieter JacobsLotto Soudal+ 2'59
19Merhawi KudusTrek Factory Racing+ 3'01
20Mitchell DockerTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 3'10
21Tiesj BenootLotto Soudal+ 3'11
22Antoine DemoitieWallonie - Bruxelles+ 3'16
23Sjoerd Van GinnekenSEG Racing+ 3'26
24Marcel KittelTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 3'27
25Maxime VantommeTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 3'45
26Yves LampaertTeam Sky+ 4'15
27Nathan BrownTeam Sky+ 4'52
28Gerald CiolekMTN-Qhubeka+ 4'56
29Andrew TalanskyTeam Sky+ 4'57
30Julien VermoteEtixx - Quick-step+ 5'02
31Alexandr ShushemoinSEG Racing+ 5'11
32Jasper StuyvenEtixx - Quick-step+ 5'12
33Kristof VandewalleEtixx - Quick-step+ 5'13
34Steven LammertinkTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 5'27
35Roman MaikinSEG Racing+ 5'28
36Silvan DillierTrek Factory Racing+ 5'35
37Nathan Van HooydonckLotto Soudals.t.
38Lawson CraddockTeam Sky+ 5'42
39Ben HermansEtixx - Quick-step+ 5'58
40Jens KeukeleireTrek Factory Racing+ 6'00
41Bert-Jan LindemanTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
42Jason ChristieVeranclassic - Ekoi+ 6'04
43Rudy MolardCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 6'06
44Barry MarkusTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 6'08
45Laurens De VreeseTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 6'14
46Andrea ZordanLeopard Development Team+ 6'15
47Luka PibernikSEG Racing+ 6'29
48Yousif BanihammadVĂ©randas Willems+ 6'34
49Eduard-Michael GrosuMTN-Qhubeka+ 6'45
50Kristian SobotaVĂ©randas Willems+ 6'53
51Kristian AasvoldMTN-Qhubeka+ 6'55
52Michael Van StaeyenMTN-Qhubeka+ 7'25
53Tom StamsnijderTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 8'11
54Peter KoningTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 8'12
55Louis VervaekeTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 8'34
56SĂ©bastien TurgotTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 8'39
57Michael VinkTeam 3M+ 8'46
58Brian BulgacLeopard Development Team+ 8'51
59Lilian CalmejaneTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 8'53
60Mats BoeveSEG Racing+ 8'54
61Alex KirschLeopard Development Team+ 8'57
62Gaetan BilleVĂ©randas Willems+ 9'09
63Andris SmirnovsCibel+ 9'17
64Kenneth VanbilsenEtixx - Quick-step+ 9'25
65Klaas LodewyckLotto Soudals.t.
66Bas TietemaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 9'35
67Maurits LammertinkTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 9'50
68Josip RumacMTN-Qhubeka+ 10'03
69Laurent EvrardTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
70Joachim VanreytenVĂ©randas Willems+ 10'18
71Edoardo ZardiniTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 10'34
72FrÀnk SchleckTrek Factory Racing+ 10'36
73Ronan Van ZandbeekTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 11'07
74Kevin PauwelsTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 11'09
75Olivier ChevalierVĂ©randas Willems+ 11'20
76Jack BauerTrek Factory Racing+ 11'53
77Rob LeemansTeam 3M+ 12'05
78Gavin MannionTrek Factory Racing+ 12'18
79Guillaume BonnafondCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 12'23
80Gert DockxTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 12'44
81Davide ViganĂČTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 12'58
82Justin OienMTN-Qhubeka+ 13'02
83Alberto LosadaWallonie - Bruxelles+ 13'15
84Rudy BarbierCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 13'18
85Dennis CoenenVastgoedservice - Golden Palace+ 13'31
86Sander ArmeeTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 13'40
87Clemens FankhauserWallonie - Bruxelles+ 13'42
88Tim MerlierTeam 3M+ 13'54
89Senne LeysenVastgoedservice - Golden Palace+ 14'01
90Jonathan BreyneVastgoedservice - Golden Palace+ 14'12
91Marcello PavarinLeopard Development Team+ 14'16
92Jay ThomsonMTN-Qhubeka+ 14'23
93Jarno GmelichSEG Racing+ 14'45
94Thomas DegandVentilair+ 15'17
95George TansleyVĂ©randas Willems+ 15'55
96Klemen StimulakColruyt+ 16'07
97Kenny De KeteleTeam 3M+ 16'42
98Kenny ElissondeTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 17'42
99Enzo WoutersLotto Soudal+ 18'42
100Gaëtan PonsVentilair+ 18'50
101Amauri CapiotVentilairs.t.
102Sander HelvenColruyt+ 18'58
103Maarten CraeghsColruyt+ 18'59
104Tim KerkhofTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 19'09
105Paco GhistelinckVastgoedservice - Golden Palace+ 19'12
106Kevin ClaeysCibel+ 19'16
107Steve ChainelCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 19'22
108Frederik FrisonVeranclassic - Ekoi+ 19'33
109Timothy DupontWallonie - Bruxelles+ 19'34
110Mathias KrigbaumLeopard Development Team+ 19'38
111Jimmy DuquennoyLotto Soudal+ 19'52
112Jelle DondersColruyts.t.
113Arthur van OverbergheVastgoedservice - Golden Palace+ 20'05
114Rémy di GregorioCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 20'20
115Christophe LaborieCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 20'32
116Boris DronColruyts.t.
117Walt de WinterColruyt+ 20'45
118Martin VelitsTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 20'52
119Milan MentenTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 20'53
120Julien StassenWallonie - Bruxelles+ 21'17
121Daniel Felipe MartinezTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 21'50
122Jens AdamsTeam 3M+ 22'04
123Marco HallerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 22'10
124Alessandro BallanTeam Sky+ 22'11
125Kevin PeetersLotto Soudal+ 22'26
126Kevin ThomeVeranclassic - Ekoi+ 22'58
127Lennard HofstedeVĂ©randas Willems+ 23'38
128Rick FlensTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 23'55
129Benjamin VerraesCibel+ 24'11
130Maxat AyazbayevVeranclassic - Ekoi+ 25'23
131Geoffrey CurranTrek Factory Racing+ 26'42
132Kevin SeeldraeyersVentilair+ 26'56
133Tom LeezerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 27'38
134Hugh CarthyTeam Sky+ 28'02
135Floris SmeyersVastgoedservice - Golden Palace+ 28'06
136Mischa Van der HeijdenTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 28'54
137José Agustín Martínez TorrénVentilair+ 29'06
138Kevin De JongheCibels.t.
139Kim BorryTeam 3M+ 29'21
140RĂ©my MertzWallonie - Bruxelles+ 29'32
141Alessio LanzanoLeopard Development Team+ 29'44
142Jonathan DufrasneVentilair+ 29'47
143Joeri AdamsCibel+ 30'00
144Mattia FrapportiLeopard Development Team+ 30'10
145Dominique CornuVeranclassic - Ekoi+ 30'59
146Charlie ArimontWallonie - Bruxelles+ 31'08
147Dimitri PeyskensCibel+ 31'23
148Julien KaiseVastgoedservice - Golden Palace+ 32'17
149Oleksandr KvachukLeopard Development Team+ 32'35
150Jean-Albert CarnevaliWallonie - Bruxelles+ 33'04
151Johan DugardeynVeranclassic - Ekoi+ 34'06
152Rico ReekersSEG Racing+ 34'56
153Sibrecht PietersVeranclassic - Ekoi+ 35'18
154Gamba RainsfordVĂ©randas Willems+ 37'11
155Steven van VoorenTeam 3M+ 38'04
156Romain HubertVeranclassic - Ekoi+ 39'47
157Gertjan De VosTeam 3M+ 40'50
158Joris DertinVentilair+ 43'17
159Jeroen LeplaVentilair+ 47'09
160Boris ValléeTrek Factory Racing+ 51'23
161Igor SkierkaColruyt+ 51'32
162Hugo PigeonCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 52'10
163Edwig CammaertsCibel+ 54'16
164Johan Van HoogtenColruyt+ 59'58
165Bernd CurtoCibel+ 1h09'55
166Sjoerd BaxSEG Racing+ 1h19'38

Points Classification

1John DegenkolbTeam Giant-Alpecin104
2Matteo TrentinTeam Cannondale - Garmin88
3Kenneth VanbilsenEtixx - Quick-step80
4Gianni MeersmanTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise68
5Marcel KittelTeam Giant-Alpecin58

Young Riders Classification

1LoĂŻc VliegenLotto Soudal16h19'04
2Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1
3Alexis GougeardCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 1'44 (3)
4Merhawi KudusTrek Factory Racing+ 1'56
5Tiesj BenootLotto Soudal+ 2'06

Team Classification

1Team Cannondale - Garmin48h56'49
2Team Giant-Alpecin+ 28
3Etixx - Quick-step+ 34
4Team Sky+ 50
5MTN-Qhubeka+ 3'24

I missed the U25 classification win by 1 second! 8th place is not a bad result in the end although I would've liked to have gone past the likes of Degenkolb, Arndt and Meersman in the general classification, given that they're pure sprinters and I should've been able to distance them on the final stage.

Another solid month has gone by and I'm very pleased with my form this year so far. Let's see how much more I can do.

June brought just one race and it was a stage race in Luxembourg. I was looking to keep the good run of results going. My agent had already started looking for contracts for me to sign for the following season and performing well in races is the best way to catch the attention of potential suitors.

Tour of Luxembourg

I was the team leader and I was targeting stages 1 and 3 in this race.

Stage 1 was a short ITT. I pulled out a good ride and finished just 7 seconds off the winning time, albeit down in 20th place.

Stage 2 was for the sprinters and they fought it out for the win in the bunch sprint. Caleb Ewan won.

Stage 3 was the only stage with some climbing and I fancied myself to rise up the standings here. I was in the lead group of just 40 riders after crossing the first climb. The group kept getting smaller. I finished in the lead group of 20 riders, picking up a handful of places to rise to the edge of the top 10.

Stage 4 was another flat stage and it wasn't very eventful for me or the team.

Stage 5 was flat too and decided in another bunch sprint, with Andrew Fenn taking the honours this time. Fabio Silvestre picked up 5th place for us on this stage. I finished in 12th place overall while picking up another top 5 in the U25s.

General Classification

1Caleb EwanTeam Katusha14h46'32
2Silvan DillierTrek Factory Racing+ 19
3Luka PibernikSEG Racing+ 20
4Enrique SanzTeam Katusha+ 26
5Michael MatthewsLotto Soudal+ 27
6Evgeny ShalunovTeam Katusha+ 28
7Jack BauerTrek Factory Racings.t.
8Salvatore PuccioAstana Pro Team+ 30
9Tim DeclercqTrek Factory Racings.t.
10Sean De BieLotto Soudal+ 31

11Mathieu van der PoelAstana Pro Team+ 32
12Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
13Marc De MaarTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 34
14Marcel AreggerTrek Factory Racing+ 35
15Ingvar OmarssonSEG Racing+ 37
16Patrick MĂŒllerIAM Cyclings.t.
17Enrico BattaglinIAM Cycling+ 38
18Simone PonziTinkoff-Saxo+ 39
19Daniel MorenoTeam Sky+ 44
20José HerradaTeam Sky+ 1'56
21Victor CampenaertsEtixx - Quick-step+ 2'28
22Stephen CummingsTeam Sky+ 2'34
23Yelko GomezMTN-Qhubeka+ 2'35
24Anthony RouxIAM Cycling+ 2'38
25Lawson CraddockTeam Skys.t.
26Rein TaaramÀeTeam Katushas.t.
27Lieuwe WestraAstana Pro Team+ 2'40
28Gerald CiolekMTN-Qhubeka+ 2'45
29Tao Geoghegan HartTeam Sky+ 3'41
30Frederique RobertLotto Soudal+ 3'43
31Michael SchÀrIAM Cyclings.t.
32Filippo PozzatoAstana Pro Team+ 3'44
33Julien VermoteEtixx - Quick-step+ 4'10
34Andrew FennTeam Sky+ 5'01
35Eliot LietaerTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 5'09
36Maxim BelkovTinkoff-Saxo+ 5'17
37Reinardt Janse Van RensburgMTN-Qhubeka+ 5'18
38Meik HermanskiTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
39SĂžren Kragh AndersenTinkoff-Saxo+ 5'19
40Andrea ZordanLeopard Development Team+ 5'20
41Vyacheslav KuznetsovTinkoff-Saxos.t.
42Roy JansEtixx - Quick-step+ 5'21
43Huub DuynTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
44José Joaquín RojasTeam Katusha+ 5'22
45Marc SarreauTeam Europcars.t.
46Alex KirschLeopard Development Team+ 5'23
47Youcef ReguiguiTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 5'24
48Sjoerd Van GinnekenSEG Racing+ 5'25
49Fabio SilvestreTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 5'26
50Michael Van StaeyenMTN-Qhubeka+ 5'28
51Gavin MannionTrek Factory Racing+ 5'40
52Carter JonesTrek Factory Racing+ 5'57
53Luigi MilettaLeopard Development Team+ 8'09
54Maxime VantommeTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 8'14
55Pascal AckermannLotto Soudal+ 8'20
56Alexandr ShushemoinSEG Racings.t.
57Denis GalimzyanovTinkoff-Saxo+ 8'22
58Julien RouxAlcatels.t.
59Nathan Van HooydonckLotto Soudal+ 8'23
60Baptiste PlanckaertTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 8'35
61Jasper LindenberghTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 9'22
62BenoĂźt VaugrenardAlcatel+ 9'24
63Serge PauwelsEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
64Jonas GregaardTeam Europcar+ 9'25
65Alexander SerebryakovTeam Katusha+ 9'29
66Alexandr KolobnevTinkoff-Saxo+ 9'31
67Ryan MullenEtixx - Quick-step+ 9'56
68Maciej BodnarIAM Cycling+ 9'57
69Sylvain ChavanelAstana Pro Teams.t.
70Guillaume Van KeirsbulckEtixx - Quick-step+ 9'59
71Luke DurbridgeTeam Sky+ 10'02
72Luca WackermannLeopard Development Team+ 10'03
73Kevin RezaAlcatel+ 10'04
74Ramon SinkeldamTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 10'08
75Byron GuamaTeam Europcar+ 10'19
76Leigh HowardMTN-Qhubeka+ 11'12
77Jelle WallaysEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
78Tom DevriendtTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 11'22
79Javier Francisco AramendiaSEG Racing+ 11'35
80Roger KlugeTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 11'53
81Willy WillwohlTinkoff-Saxo+ 11'59
82Peter StetinaTrek Factory Racing+ 12'18
83Laurent EvrardTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 12'23
84Ivan RovnyTinkoff-Saxo+ 12'28
85Alexandre PichotTeam Europcar+ 12'30
86Mats BoeveSEG Racing+ 13'11
87Federico CanutiLeopard Development Team+ 13'44
88Adam HansenLotto Soudal+ 14'00
89Dmitriy GruzdevAstana Pro Team+ 14'01
90Bob SchoonbroodtTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 14'02
91Romain GuillemoisTeam Europcar+ 14'29
92Lasse Norman HansenMTN-Qhubeka+ 14'46
93Jarl SalomeinTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 14'54
94Brian Van GoethemTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 14'55
95Cheng JiIAM Cycling+ 14'59
96Jef Van MeirhaegheTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 15'00
97Stijn EnnekensVentilairs.t.
98Jay ThomsonMTN-Qhubeka+ 15'25
99Tom VermeerSEG Racings.t.
100Heinrich HausslerTrek Factory Racing+ 15'28
101Blaise SonneryTeam Europcars.t.
102Vegard BuggeVentilair+ 16'03
103Mark RenshawIAM Cycling+ 16'07
104Mikhail IgnatievTeam Katusha+ 16'24
105Gatis SmukulisAlcatel+ 17'10
106Jan GhyselinckLotto Soudal+ 17'14
107Enzo WoutersLotto Soudal+ 17'15
108Peter KoningTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 17'18
109Justin OienMTN-Qhubeka+ 17'20
110Jérémy CornuTeam Europcar+ 17'23
111Oleksandr KvachukLeopard Development Teams.t.
112Alexander PorsevTeam Katusha+ 18'10
113Laurent BeuretIAM Cycling+ 18'11
114Maximilian SchachmannEtixx - Quick-step+ 18'15
115Jan MaasTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 18'30
116Gert-Jan BosmanTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 18'32
117Mitchell CornelisseSEG Racing+ 19'15
118Alessandro BallanTeam Sky+ 19'50
119Alan MarangoniAstana Pro Team+ 20'08
120Julius van den BergTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 20'14
121Jérémy RoyTeam Europcar+ 20'30
122Tom VeelersTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 21'41
123Damien MonierAlcatel+ 22'59
124Jonathan DufrasneVentilair+ 23'04
125Mattia GavazziAstana Pro Team+ 23'24
126Nicklas BĂžje PedersenLeopard Development Team+ 24'13
127Martijn DegreveVentilair+ 24'49
128Preben Van HeckeTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 24'57
129Lander SeynaeveVentilair+ 27'13
130Cyril LemoineAlcatel+ 29'32
131Angelo TulikAlcatel+ 29'55
132Jimmi SĂžrensenLeopard Development Team+ 30'02
133Joren TouquetVentilair+ 30'47
134Niels van DorsselaerVentilair+ 31'52
135Pieter van HerckVentilair+ 35'43

Points Classification

1Caleb EwanTeam Katusha65
2Andrew FennTeam Sky47
3Luka PibernikSEG Racing42
4Silvan DillierTrek Factory Racing38
5Mathieu van der PoelAstana Pro Team24

Mountain Classification

1Victor CampenaertsEtixx - Quick-step15
2Luigi MilettaLeopard Development Team10
3Yelko GomezMTN-Qhubeka8
4Patrick MĂŒllerIAM Cycling06
5Enrique SanzTeam Katusha4

Young Riders Classification

1Caleb EwanTeam Katusha14h46'32
2Luka PibernikSEG Racing+ 20
3Evgeny ShalunovTeam Katusha+ 28
4Mathieu van der PoelAstana Pro Team+ 32
5Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 32

Team Classification

1Team Katusha44h21'02
2Trek Factory Racing+ 7
3Astana Pro Team+ 2'12
4IAM Cyclings.t.+ 2'19
5Lotto Soudal+ 3'14

Another solid performance although a top 10 was not out of reach here. The form remains better than average and I hope I've done enough this year to warrant some interest from World Tour teams. Let's see what the agent brings to my table. More on that in my next entry...
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 13-11-2016 15:18
Ok result - hope you find a good team for next year, if you won't stay with Roompot
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