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Claudio Rusconi | S2 Highlights

Another hard race and first one from few 1.HC races until the very end of the year. Many great WT teams and very good riders. It will be hard, but as always I'm trying my best.

20 km to go - front group with 37 riders.


11 km! Only 20 riders. Tempo is really high. I can barely catch a breath.


5 km to go. Only 19 riders are fighting for the final victory.


Attacks! 1.5 km!


What a hard and steep climb that was. I finish in the top 10, which (looking at what riders are in the top 10) is awesome result.


Top 15:
1Jakob FuglsangAstana Pro Team5h16'16
2Adam YatesMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
3Miguel Angel LopezAstana Pro Teams.t.
4Fabio AruUAE Team Emiratess.t.
5Diego UlissiUAE Team Emiratess.t.
6Simon YatesMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
7Remco EvenepoelDeceuninck - Quick-Step+ 23
8Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
9Bob JungelsDeceuninck - Quick-Step+ 39
10Damiano CarusoBahrain - Meridas.t.
11Domenico PozzovivoBahrain - Meridas.t.
12Enrico BattaglinTeam Katusha Alpecin+ 55
13Gianluca BrambillaTrek - Segafredo+ 1'16
14Mikkel Frølich HonoréDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
15Dries DevenynsDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.


Mini Lombardia! What more to add. Great chance to check the route and roads so I might have a bit of an idea how Il Lombardia looks like. Not that hard as real monument, but it's still very difficult race. I think I might have a decent chance for good place.

I'm being one of the outsiders for final win right here. So I try some moves to make this more difficult for my rivals - 19 km.


I'm riding alone - 11.5 km.


5 km - only +39" lead.


3 km - 1 minute lead! I've got this in the bag!


I have just won Piccolo Lombardia! Wow, I'm absolutely speechless right now. What a performance on last 12 km. Incredible!


Top 15:
1Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior4h37'09
2Andrea BagioliTeam Colpack+ 1'01
3Yakob DebesayEquipe Continentale Groupama - FDJs.t.
4Matteo SobreroDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.
5Francisco GalvánEquipo Lizartes.t.
6Gianni PugiSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
7Julian MertensLotto Soudal U23s.t.
8Attila ValterCCC Development Teams.t.
9Viktor VerschaeveLotto Soudal U23s.t.
10Roger AdriáEquipo Lizartes.t.
11Samuele BattistellaDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.
12Piotr PekalaCCC Development Teams.t.
13Felix GallDevelopment Team Sunwebs.t.
14Carmelo UrbanoCaja Rural - Seguros RGA Amateurs.t.
15Szymon TraczCCC Development Teams.t.

With a really high tempo this classic can be really selective. I have to be careful to not drop accidentally from the main group.

Riders are attacking. With 27 km left we have seen many moves, no one escaped. 38 riders in the front group.


10 km to the finish - 26 riders in the front.


Attacks! I'm too tired to follow.


I was out of energy with 5 km to the finish. Couldn't do more than that.


Top 15:
1Omar FraileAstana Pro Team5h18'55
2Diego UlissiUAE Team Emiratess.t.
3Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredos.t.
4Luka MezgecMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
5Ivan Garcia CortinaBahrain - Meridas.t.
6Nicola BagioliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanès.t.
7Pieter SerryDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
8Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
9Nathan HaasTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
10Gianluca BrambillaTrek - Segafredos.t.
11Enrico BattaglinTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
12Matteo MoschettiTrek - Segafredo+ 1'21
13José GonçalvesTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
14Joey RosskopfCCC Pro Teams.t.
15Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.


One of the most well known races that isn't WT classic. Two very difficult attempts at one climb after very long flat section. Many great puncheurs will make this race very difficult for me.

In 15 km we will turn left for the final 2 km.


We start the final short climb!


3 km - I'm still in the competition for the final win.


Last one km!


It was really really close. But look at the all the great riders I beat. I'm really satisfied with my performance. Podium place was so close.


Top 15:
1Adam YatesMitchelton - SCOTT4h39'29
2Jakob FuglsangAstana Pro Teams.t.
3Geraint ThomasTeam INEOSs.t.
4Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior+ 20
5Rohan DennisBahrain - Meridas.t.
6Remco EvenepoelDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
7Vincenzo NibaliBahrain - Merida+ 36
8Dion SmithMitchelton - SCOTT+ 58
9Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
10Valerio ContiUAE Team Emiratess.t.
11Gianluca BrambillaTrek - Segafredos.t.
12Ion IzagirreAstana Pro Team+ 1'20
13Damiano CarusoBahrain - Merida+ 1'46
14Diego UlissiUAE Team Emirates+ 1'55
15Wout PoelsTeam INEOSs.t.

One last classic of the year. Last difficult race in this season. I'll do my best to perform good here.

It's probably the longest race in my career so far. Probably even in my life. I have to manage my energy very well.

One last attempt on La Serra - 20 km to the finish. Still a lot of riders in the front group.


More than 20 riders were fighting for the victory right here. Some of them tried to attack on final 5 km but nothing serious happened. Final sprint was good. I saved some energy for it and finished 2nd. Really good race to finish my last difficult and not flat part of this season.


Top 15:
1Diego UlissiUAE Team Emirates6h10'16
2Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
3Nicola BagioliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanès.t.
4Enrico BattaglinTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
5Giovanni ViscontiNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTMs.t.
6Valerio ContiUAE Team Emiratess.t.
7Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
8Josef CernyCCC Pro Teams.t.
9Ruben GuerreiroTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
10Pieter SerryDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
11Ivan Garcia CortinaBahrain - Meridas.t.
12Davide VillellaAstana Pro Teams.t.
13Christopher Juul JensenMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
14Michael AlbasiniMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
15Petr VakocDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.

My last race of the year. Completely flat one. All 5 stages are flat. Nothing serious, nothing dangerous. Even tho on few occasions, few final km aren't looking completely flat, it should all ends with a mass sprint. Unless some breakaway riders will be able to deliver big time. I might try few breakaways hoping I can grab few bonus seconds so I can finish a bit higher in final GC.


I went into an early breakaway. I did win first two intermediate sprint to secure few bonus seconds. Then I decided to slow down so I could be caught by the peloton and save some energy to not lose that bonus seconds. I did still finish on 10th place. Currently 3rd in GC.


Top 15:
1Maciej PaterskiWibatech Merx 7R2h12'04
2Paolo TotòSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
3Rohan Du PlooyProTouchs.t.
4Dylan PageIAM Excelsiors.t.
5Eugenio AlafaciEvoPro Racings.t.
6Yauheni KaraliokMinsk Cycling Clubs.t.
7Federico ZurloGiotti Victoria - Palomars.t.
8Thomas JosephTarteletto - Isorexs.t.
9Simon PellaudIAM Excelsiors.t.
10Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
11Alois KankovskyElkov - Authors.t.
12Gregorio FerriZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
13Leigh HowardPro Racing Sunshine Coasts.t.
14Eduardo Francesco FaresinZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
15Clint HendricksProTouchs.t.


Stage that finished via mass sprint. I again did top 10.


Top 15:
1Federico ZurloGiotti Victoria - Palomar3h59'14
2Maciej PaterskiWibatech Merx 7Rs.t.
3Rohan Du PlooyProTouchs.t.
4Dylan PageIAM Excelsiors.t.
5Alois KankovskyElkov - Authors.t.
6Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
7Piotr KonwaWibatech Merx 7Rs.t.
8Dominik NeumannElkov - Authors.t.
9Wouter WippertEvoPro Racings.t.
10Riccardo StacchiottiGiotti Victoria - Palomars.t.
11Eduardo Francesco FaresinZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
12Gregorio FerriZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
13Aaron GateEvoPro Racings.t.
14Simon PellaudIAM Excelsiors.t.
15Marco NegrenteZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.


Another flat stage that ended with mass sprint. I'm not the fastest here, but with those routes that aren't fully flat I managed to almost grab a win. Almost!


Top 15:
1Eugenio AlafaciEvoPro Racing3h36'43
2Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
3Rohan Du PlooyProTouchs.t.
4Dylan PageIAM Excelsiors.t.
5Alois KankovskyElkov - Authors.t.
6Yauheni KaraliokMinsk Cycling Clubs.t.
7Frantisek SisrElkov - Authors.t.
8Marek RutkiewiczWibatech Merx 7Rs.t.
9Wouter WippertEvoPro Racings.t.
10Gregorio FerriZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
11Paolo TotòSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
12Marco NegrenteZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
13Eduardo Francesco FaresinZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
14Aaron GateEvoPro Racings.t.
15Riccardo StacchiottiGiotti Victoria - Palomars.t.


That was absolutely amazing. I didn't expect that with those terrain inequalities I'll be able to escape with around 4 km to go. And it seems the peloton wasn't able to follow me either. What a win. Now I'm also GC leader. Who would have thought about that?


Top 15:
1Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior3h15'53
2Frantisek SisrElkov - Author+ 36
3Paolo TotòSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
4Simon PellaudIAM Excelsiors.t.
5Wouter WippertEvoPro Racings.t.
6Rohan Du PlooyProTouchs.t.
7Alois KankovskyElkov - Authors.t.
8Maciej PaterskiWibatech Merx 7Rs.t.
9Dylan PageIAM Excelsiors.t.
10Eugenio AlafaciEvoPro Racings.t.
11Clint HendricksProTouchs.t.
12Aaron GateEvoPro Racings.t.
13Federico ZurloGiotti Victoria - Palomars.t.
14Yauheni KaraliokMinsk Cycling Clubs.t.
15Leigh HowardPro Racing Sunshine Coasts.t.


On this stage the only thing we cared about was to not give breakaway to much space so I could grab a final GC win. What a fantastic first season I had. And this victory on flat stage race is awesome too.


Top 15:
1Eugenio AlafaciEvoPro Racing4h09'52
2Federico ZurloGiotti Victoria - Palomars.t.
3Yauheni KaraliokMinsk Cycling Clubs.t.
4Rohan Du PlooyProTouchs.t.
5Dylan PageIAM Excelsiors.t.
6Paolo TotòSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
7Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
8Clint HendricksProTouchs.t.
9Wouter WippertEvoPro Racings.t.
10Frantisek SisrElkov - Authors.t.
11Leonardo BonifazioSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
12Maciej PaterskiWibatech Merx 7Rs.t.
13Alois KankovskyElkov - Authors.t.
14Gregorio FerriZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
15Jonas GoemanTarteletto - Isorexs.t.

Final general classification:
1Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior17h13'24
2Federico ZurloGiotti Victoria - Palomar+ 42
3Maciej PaterskiWibatech Merx 7Rs.t.
4Rohan Du PlooyProTouch+ 46
5Paolo TotòSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kvis+ 48
6Jonas GoemanTarteletto - Isorex+ 55
7Bonaventure UwizeyimanaBenediction Excel Energys.t.
8Jean Bosco NsengimanaBenediction Excel Energy+ 56
9Niccolò SalviettiSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
10Niklas LarsenTeam ColoQuicks.t.
11Marco NegrenteZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior+ 57
12Gianni PugiSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
13Guillaume De AlmeidaBAI - Sicasal - Petro de Luandas.t.
14Dylan PageIAM Excelsior+ 58
15Alois KankovskyElkov - Authors.t.
2019 Review

Few words from Claudio Rusconi: I'm absolutely in shock how good my results in first season were. I wasn't expecting much, but the amount of wins I secured is an amazing achievement. I never thought I'll be so successful in my first year. I had hard time deciding whether I want to stay in my team or change it. I decided to change that. I want new goals and races. I finished 2nd in individual continental ranking which I'm really proud of. I think those results can be a great thing for my new team. All I can say now that silently I'm hoping we can get a wild card for one of the Grand Tours next year. I won't tell your which. But you'll see from what country my next team is... you might have an easy guess then. See you in January I guess!

Top riders by:











Top renewals/transfers (take in mind I still didn't see all the stats; they are blocked for almost all peloton except those the best at the beginning of "Be a Pro" ):


What are the most interesting transfers?


Highlights of 2019:

World Tours:


Stage Races:


World Championships:




Other Classics:


Ranking of victories:


Season stats:


Vincenzo Nibali became one of the four riders that won La Vuelta 3 times during their careers.


WT teams in 2019:
AG2R La Mondiale
Astana Pro Team
www.flags-and-anthems.com/images/flags/b/flag-bahrain-flagge-rechteckig-10x15.gif Bahrain - Merida
BORA - hansgrohe
CCC Pro Team
Deceuninck - Quick-Step
EF Education First
Groupama - FDJ
Lotto Soudal
Mitchelton - SCOTT
Movistar Team
Team Dimension Data
Team Jumbo - Visma
Team Katusha Alpecin
Team Sunweb
Trek - Segafredo
UAE-Team Emirates

Corendon - Circus
Team Total Direct Energie

Team Dimension Data
Team Katusha Alpecin
Time to start 2020! What is my team for this year? Euskadi Basque Country - Murias. I'm really looking forward to work with them! First months of the new season are really busy. I hope we can get invitation for Catalunya, because it's my first goal for the year:



First race to start new season. I'm very exciting for it. First one is categorized as hilly, but the only hard part is the final climb to the finish.

I'm actually very out of form so I don't expect my first races this season to end positive for me. We start the final climb.


2 km to go!


Like I thought. Even tho I finished 10th (which is nice), with a bit better form I could be fighting for the top 5. Or even podium.


Top 15:
1Carlos Alberto BetancurMovistar Team4h18'25
2Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education Firsts.t.
3Tanel KangertEF Education Firsts.t.
4Gregor MühlbergerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
5Pieter SerryDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
6Raul AlarconMovistar Teams.t.
7Thomas De GendtMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
8Cesare BenedettiBORA - hansgrohes.t.
9Gianluca BrambillaTeam INEOSs.t.
10Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
11Merhawi KudusCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
12Tosh Van der SandeLotto Soudals.t.
13Omar FraileMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
14Diego UlissiUAE Team Emiratess.t.
15Andrey AmadorBORA - hansgrohes.t.


This classic is actually much harder than the previous one and will be much more selective. I have to be careful. Being out of form at the beginning of the season makes everything more difficult.

In the race itself I wasn't feeling quite well. I decided to work for my team-mates at the front, but I don't hope for much here.

I'm already staying behind - 38 km to go.


Things are looking a bit better now. I'm almost empty, but still somehow holding in the first group - 20 km.


Attacks! I can't follow them.


5 km left. Many riders attacked and I'm empty. Can't do anything at all.


The group which I was in for the final sprint wasn't working at all. I launched my sprint and finished in front of them all. Another top 10. Surprisingly, place is higher than in previous race.


Top 15:
1Gregor MühlbergerBORA - hansgrohe4h20'49
2Carlos Alberto BetancurMovistar Teams.t.
3Jonathan LastraCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
4Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education First+ 56
5Valentin MadouasGroupama - FDJ+ 1'37
6Giulio CicconeMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
7Gianluca BrambillaTeam INEOS+ 2'31
8Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 2'58
9Arnaldo da CostaElkov - Authors.t.
10Mattia CattaneoTrek - Segafredos.t.
11Ben SwiftTeam INEOSs.t.
12Gino MäderMovistar Teams.t.
13Gorka IzagirreAstana Pro Teams.t.
14Cesare BenedettiBORA - hansgrohes.t.
15Tao Geoghegan HartTeam INEOSs.t.
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Third day and third classic. Again a bit harder than the previous one. If in those two I could finish in the top 10... Maybe I can here too?

I barely survived Coll de Puig Maior - 21 km to the finish and a long downhill now. I can save some energy for final sprint.


Attacks with 6 km left.


I was completely outsprinted by that group. No top 10 this time.


Top 15:
1Xandro MeurisseWanty - Gobert Cycling Team3h47'43
2Mattia CattaneoTrek - Segafredos.t.
3Tanel KangertEF Education Firsts.t.
4Ruben GuerreiroTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
5Omar FraileMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
6Andrey AmadorBORA - hansgrohes.t.
7Gianni MosconTeam INEOSs.t.
8Jonathan HivertTeam Total Direct Energies.t.
9Gregor MühlbergerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
10Carlos VeronaCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
11Gino MäderMovistar Teams.t.
12Giulio CicconeMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
13Jonathan LastraCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
14Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
15Antwan TolhoekTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.


Last classic from a four days route around Spain. Probably the easiest from all four. So it should ends with a sprint from a group with many riders.

Many riders decided to attack on that small climb and descent.


Top 20:
1Michael ValgrenTeam Dimension Data3h23'19
2Gregor MühlbergerBORA - hansgrohe+ 27
3Valentin MadouasGroupama - FDJs.t.
4Enrico BattaglinTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
5Alex AranburuCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
6Giulio CicconeMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
7Alexander KampCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
8Dmitry StrakhovTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
9Christopher LawlessTeam INEOSs.t.
10Anthony RouxGroupama - FDJs.t.
11Jempy DruckerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
12Aimé De GendtLotto Soudals.t.
13Matthew WallsEF Education Firsts.t.
14Pascal EenkhoornTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
15Geoffrey SoupeCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
16Logan OwenEF Education Firsts.t.
17Benjamin KingTeam Dimension Datas.t.
18Jonathan LastraCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
19Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
20James WhelanEF Education Firsts.t.


My first stage race in 2020 starts right now. I mostly train and race in Spain now due to my current team. That long TTT is going to destroy our chances at high GC place. I was dropped right before the finish. And we lost a lot of time here. My time was even worse than my team; + 3'36.


Top 10:
1Mitchelton - SCOTT45'14
2EF Education First+ 47
3Movistar Team+ 54
4Groupama - FDJ+ 1'08
5Astana Pro Team+ 1'11
6Team Jumbo - Visma+ 1'20
7Israel Cycling Academy+ 1'40
8Lotto Soudal+ 1'48
9BORA - hansgrohe+ 1'49
10Team Katusha Alpecin+ 2'04
16Euskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 3'11


Our only chances are breakaways and since we lost quite some time in the opening TTT we might get a chance to grab a win via breakaway. I decided to give it a go today.

I was first on the first climb today.


On 2nd climb I was also first.


And third climb. I might wear a best climber jersey tomorrow if it ends like that now.


I guess it's over. My fellow breakaway rider is out and peloton is right behind us on another 3rd category climb. I think I'll rest in the peloton now.


6 km - like I said, I'm staying behind.


I can be really satisfied. The most important thing is that I was 1st on 4 climbs today and I'll wear best climber jersey tomorrow.


Top 15:
1Elia VivianiDeceuninck - Quick-Step4h58'43
2Natnael BerhaneCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
3Magnus Cort NielsenAstana Pro Teams.t.
4Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJs.t.
5Alexander KampCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
6Alejandro ValverdeMovistar Teams.t.
7Stan DewulfLotto Soudals.t.
8José GonçalvesIsrael Cycling Academys.t.
9Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education Firsts.t.
10Davide FormoloMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
11Richard CarapazBahrain - Meridas.t.
12Tim WellensLotto Soudals.t.
13Dion SmithMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
14Gregor MühlbergerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
15Valentin MadouasGroupama - FDJs.t.
39Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.

This stage was flat for sprinters. I wasn't taking part in final sprint. I was saving the energy for the next stage so I can defend my best climber jersey.


Top 15:
1Elia VivianiDeceuninck - Quick-Step3h48'31
2Magnus Cort NielsenAstana Pro Teams.t.
3Rüdiger SeligBORA - hansgrohes.t.
4Phil BauhausBahrain - Meridas.t.
5Amund Grøndahl JansenTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
6Jens KeukeleireLotto Soudals.t.
7Nacer BouhanniCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
8Bert-Jan LindemanTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
9Alejandro ValverdeMovistar Teams.t.
10Daryl ImpeyMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
11Thomas De GendtMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
12Tim WellensLotto Soudals.t.
13Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJs.t.
14Davide FormoloMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
15Sergio SamitierEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
22Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.


Few of the best climbers in the world vs. me. I'm going for a breakaway today! I need to defend my jersey.

It's big and strong breakaway. We can't really escape now.


I won the first mountain sprint today. Damn trees blocking the view!


I think I'm safe in mountain classification.


I'm out of energy. I guess that's all for today. I think I can still win best climber jersey.


We start the final climb of the day with 7.5 km to go.


I'm surprised. I decided to setup a pace perfect for me yet I still managed to finish in the top 10. Really hard but impressive day for me and my team. I'm still best climber in the race.


Top 15:
1Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJ4h55'44
2Steven KruijswijkTeam Jumbo - Visma+ 12
3Emanuel BuchmannBORA - hansgrohe+ 1'20
4Richard CarapazBahrain - Meridas.t.
5Vincenzo NibaliMovistar Teams.t.
6Davide FormoloMitchelton - SCOTT+ 2'47
7Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education First+ 3'02
8Alejandro ValverdeMovistar Team+ 3'28
9Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 3'51
10Zdenek StybarDeceuninck - Quick-Step+ 4'34
11Dion SmithMitchelton - SCOTT+ 4'52
12Carlos VeronaCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
13Magnus Cort NielsenAstana Pro Teams.t.
14Mikkel Frølich HonoréDeceuninck - Quick-Step+ 5'36
15Thomas De GendtMitchelton - SCOTT+ 5'56


Last stage is another flat for sprinters with only one 3rd category climb. I guess I won best climber classification in this race and finished in the final top 15 too.


Top 15:
1Phil BauhausBahrain - Merida2h51'10
2Elia VivianiDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
3Amund Grøndahl JansenTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
4Magnus Cort NielsenAstana Pro Teams.t.
5Nacer BouhanniCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
6Jens KeukeleireLotto Soudals.t.
7Rüdiger SeligBORA - hansgrohes.t.
8Dion SmithMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
9Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
10Vyacheslav KuznetsovTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
11Tim WellensLotto Soudals.t.
12Patrick ClausenIsrael Cycling Academys.t.
13Thomas De GendtMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
14Mickael DelageGroupama - FDJs.t.
15Davide CimolaiIsrael Cycling Academys.t.

Final general classification:
1Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJ17h20'23
2Steven KruijswijkTeam Jumbo - Visma+ 25
3Vincenzo NibaliMovistar Team+ 1'13
4Davide FormoloMitchelton - SCOTT+ 1'46
5Emanuel BuchmannBORA - hansgrohe+ 2'04
6Richard CarapazBahrain - Merida+ 2'49
7Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education First+ 2'52
8Alejandro ValverdeMovistar Team+ 3'22
9Dion SmithMitchelton - SCOTT+ 3'52
10Magnus Cort NielsenAstana Pro Team+ 4'52
11Thomas De GendtMitchelton - SCOTT+ 4'55
12Zdenek StybarDeceuninck - Quick-Step+ 6'04
13Tanel KangertEF Education First+ 6'14
14Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 6'25
15Valentin MadouasGroupama - FDJ+ 7'02

Mountain classification:
1Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias50
2José GonçalvesIsrael Cycling Academy36
3Tiesj BenootLotto Soudal34
4Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJ22
5Simon SpilakTeam Katusha Alpecin18


Short, only 2 stage race in Spain. First stage is flat for sprinters.


Top 15:
1Danny Van PoppelTeam Jumbo - Visma4h06'23
2Patrick BevinAstana Pro Teams.t.
3Rüdiger SeligBORA - hansgrohes.t.
4Alberto DaineseBahrain - Meridas.t.
5Jens DebusschereTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
6Amaury CapiotDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
7Max KanterTeam Sunwebs.t.
8Andreas StokbroElkov - Authors.t.
9Jon AberasturiCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
10James WhelanEF Education Firsts.t.
11Vyacheslav KuznetsovTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
12José Daniel ViejoEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
13Arnaldo da CostaElkov - Authors.t.
14Albert TorresEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
15Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.


That is a very interesting stage. If I somehow survive that one big climb I can have a chance for decent place.

Now downhill, flat section and finish. I survived that climb while not feeling that good.


5 km to the finish!


Short steep climbs are not my main terrain where I can fight with the best in the world. Somehow I end this race as 9th in GC.


Top 16:
1Richard CarapazBahrain - Merida5h06'42
2Tao Geoghegan HartTeam INEOSs.t.
3Steven KruijswijkTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
4Arnaldo da CostaElkov - Authors.t.
5Joe DombrowskiEF Education Firsts.t.
6Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education Firsts.t.
7Tim WellensLotto Soudals.t.
8Jonathan CastroviejoTeam INEOSs.t.
9Emanuel BuchmannBORA - hansgrohes.t.
10Carlos VeronaCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
11Carlos Alberto BetancurMovistar Teams.t.
12Gianluca BrambillaTeam INEOSs.t.
13Viktor VerschaeveLotto Soudals.t.
14Timo RoosenTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
15Andrey AmadorBORA - hansgrohes.t.
16Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.

Final general classification:
1Danny Van PoppelTeam Jumbo - Visma9h12'55
2Richard CarapazBahrain - Meridas.t.
3Patrick BevinAstana Pro Team+ 4
4Tao Geoghegan HartTeam INEOSs.t.
5Steven KruijswijkTeam Jumbo - Visma+ 6
6Tim WellensLotto Soudal+ 7
7Michael KukrleElkov - Author+ 9
8Arnaldo da CostaElkov - Author+ 10
9Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
10Timo RoosenTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
11Sergio SamitierEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
12Javier MorenoEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
13Mikel IturriaEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
14Emanuel BuchmannBORA - hansgrohes.t.
15Peter StetinaEF Education Firsts.t.

Flat classic for sprinters. It was a really weird sprint. Luke Rowe tried to attack, no one followed him. Many started their sprint pretty late... I was able to finish this classic pretty high placed and I like that.


Top 15:
1Sacha ModoloEF Education First4h44'34
2Amaury CapiotDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
3Frederik BackaertCCC Pro Teams.t.
4Rüdiger SeligBORA - hansgrohes.t.
5Luke RoweTeam INEOSs.t.
6Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
7Roger KlugeLotto Soudals.t.
8Tosh Van der SandeLotto Soudals.t.
9Luka MezgecMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
10Max WalscheidTeam Sunwebs.t.
11Tim WellensLotto Soudals.t.
12Nacer BouhanniCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
13Sean De BieWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
14Jon AberasturiCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
15Tom LeezerTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.


We start another stage race in Spain with a mass sprint on flat stage.


Top 15:
1Sam BennettBORA - hansgrohe2h41'34
2Caleb EwanLotto Soudals.t.
3Danny Van PoppelTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
4Trond TrondsenWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
5Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
6Niccolo BonifazioTeam Total Direct Energies.t.
7Vincenzo AlbaneseBardiani CSFs.t.
8Herman DahlIsrael Cycling Academys.t.
9Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
10Primoz RoglicTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
11Marco HallerTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
12Omar FraileMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
13Nikias ArndtEF Education Firsts.t.
14Rüdiger SeligBORA - hansgrohes.t.
15Sacha ModoloEF Education Firsts.t.


Now an ITT which I'm not the best in. I was just trying to not lose too much time.

Top 15:
1Primoz RoglicTeam Jumbo - Visma10'14
2Josef CernyMitchelton - SCOTT+ 15
3Nikias ArndtEF Education Firsts.t.
4Jos Van EmdenTeam Jumbo - Visma+ 18
5Maciej BodnarBORA - hansgrohe+ 19
6Rigoberto UranEF Education First+ 20
7Rafal MajkaMitchelton - SCOTT+ 23
8Ilnur ZakarinTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
9Tony MartinTeam Jumbo - Visma+ 24
10Brent BookwalterMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
11Bernt ChartonWanty - Gobert Cycling Team+ 25
12Óscar RodriguezEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 26
13Nathan HaasTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
14Loïc VliegenWanty - Gobert Cycling Team+ 27
15Pascal EenkhoornTeam Jumbo - Visma+ 28
73Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 46


A bit harder stage now. With all those great WT riders I hope I didn't lose much time here. Or who knows, maybe later I can try something for a stage win?

We start that one short, but steep climb with only 10 km to the finish.


Like I said. I decided to attack and I have small gap.


5 km - the peloton and S. Enger are chasing.


We were sadly caught... But you can't win if you don't try it.


Top 15:
1Caleb EwanLotto Soudal4h46'19
2Sam BennettBORA - hansgrohes.t.
3Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
4Sondre Holst EngerIsrael Cycling Academys.t.
5Sergio Andres HiguitaEF Education Firsts.t.
6Primoz RoglicTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
7Danny Van PoppelTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
8Krists NeilandsIsrael Cycling Academys.t.
9Mikel LandaMovistar Teams.t.
10Jack HaigMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
11Rigoberto UranEF Education Firsts.t.
12Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
13Ilnur ZakarinTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
14Josef CernyMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
15Rein TaaramäeTeam Total Direct Energies.t.

That one mountain stage will determine everything in this race.

That final climb looks incredible and really hard.


I decided I should ride that climb with my own pace - 4 km to go.


Oh wow. What a ride and great final push. I didn't expect to finish this stage so high amongst those great climbers. Awesome.


Top 15:
1Primoz RoglicTeam Jumbo - Visma4h29'27
2Rigoberto UranEF Education Firsts.t.
3Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 27
4Rafal MajkaMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
5Mikel LandaMovistar Teams.t.
6Bernt ChartonWanty - Gobert Cycling Team+ 1'29
7Sergio Andres HiguitaEF Education First+ 1'40
8Ilnur ZakarinTeam Katusha Alpecin+ 1'47
9Omar FraileMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
10Andrey AmadorBORA - hansgrohe+ 2'46
11Raul AlarconMovistar Teams.t.
12Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 3'22
13Jack HaigMitchelton - SCOTT+ 3'32
14Rémy RochasTeam Total Direct Energies.t.
15Fernando BarceloEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 3'48


Last stage is again really hard and long. 200 km of pure hills. Let's hope I can defend my very good 5th place in GC.

5 km to go. Now that short and steep climb!


Again very impressive performance here. Many riders were riding faster those first few kms but after I found my pace I did a really great job on finish 5th.


Top 15:
1Primoz RoglicTeam Jumbo - Visma5h04'54
2Rafal MajkaMitchelton - SCOTT+ 12
3Mikel LandaMovistar Team+ 33
4Rigoberto UranEF Education First+ 57
5Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 1'15
6Sergio Andres HiguitaEF Education Firsts.t.
7Jack HaigMitchelton - SCOTT+ 1'40
8Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 2'18
9Ilnur ZakarinTeam Katusha Alpecin+ 2'30
10Andrey AmadorBORA - hansgrohe+ 2'56
11Omar FraileMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
12Tosh Van der SandeLotto Soudal+ 3'24
13Bernt ChartonWanty - Gobert Cycling Team+ 3'42
14Delio FernándezDelko Marseille Provence+ 3'55
15Kosta KonerdingTeam Katusha Alpecin+ 4'19

It was more than I could expect before the race. Two very good stage results and 5th place overall is great for me and my team. I actually also won youth classification.

Final general classification:
1Primoz RoglicTeam Jumbo - Visma17h12'08
2Rafal MajkaMitchelton - SCOTT+ 1'16
3Rigoberto UranEF Education First+ 1'31
4Mikel LandaMovistar Team+ 1'48
5Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 2'44
6Sergio Andres HiguitaEF Education First+ 3'45
7Ilnur ZakarinTeam Katusha Alpecin+ 5'00
8Omar FraileMitchelton - SCOTT+ 5'33
9Bernt ChartonWanty - Gobert Cycling Team+ 5'56
10Jack HaigMitchelton - SCOTT+ 6'04
11Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 6'29
12Andrey AmadorBORA - hansgrohe+ 6'35
13Raul AlarconMovistar Team+ 8'42
14Delio FernándezDelko Marseille Provence+ 8'47
15Carl Fredrik HagenLotto Soudal+ 9'03

Even though it's categorized as flat, those climbs might cause the peloton to split.

Like I thought - 15 km to go and not many riders will be fighting for the victory.


Splits - 6 km to the finish.


Ahh. I was so close. I decided I should setup a pace even though no one really wanted to do so. But I knew it's the best for me as I don't really have a chance versus big peloton.


Top 15:
1Niccolo BonifazioTeam Total Direct Energie5h21'34
2Thomas PidcockTeam Wigginss.t.
3Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
4Nicolas EdetAG2R La Mondiales.t.
5Nelson OliveiraMovistar Teams.t.
6Geoffrey SoupeCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
7Marco HallerTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
8Henri DumezSt Michel - Auber 93+ 24
9Nikodemus HollerBike Aid+ 1'16
10Jonathan HivertTeam Total Direct Energies.t.
11Benoît CosnefroyAG2R La Mondiales.t.
12Romain CombaudDelko Marseille Provences.t.
13Kristian SbaragliIsrael Cycling Academys.t.
14Jaakko HänninenAG2R La Mondiales.t.
15Simon SpilakTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.


It's a well known classic. First from many cobble races in early part of the year. I'll do my best to fight against all those WT riders.

I'm all wet and dirty, but what a fun race this was. Whole peloton took part in the final sprint. I was trying to follow Viviani's wheel for the last 15 km, but couldn't do so with less than 5 km to the finish. I'm satisfied with my final sprint. It's another top 10.


Top 15:
1Sam BennettBORA - hansgrohe5h01'50
2Elia VivianiDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
3Caleb EwanLotto Soudals.t.
4Stelly LevavasseurCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
5Reinardt Janse Van RensburgTeam Dimension Datas.t.
6Christophe LaporteCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
7Dries Van GestelSport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
8Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
9Marco HallerTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
10Tom Van AsbroeckWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
11Roy JansCorendon - Circuss.t.
12Nico DenzCCC Pro Teams.t.
13Pascal AckermannBORA - hansgrohes.t.
14Jens DebusschereTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
15Fabio JakobsenDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.

After almost 3 weeks break it's yet another classic right before my first main goal for this year. I can't wait for that race to finally start! My current classic is as you can see flat. I expect nothing else than a sprint from almost full peloton.

Another very good sprint and yet another top 10.


Top 15:
1Sean De BieWanty - Gobert Cycling Team4h48'44
2Jempy DruckerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
3Tosh Van der SandeLotto Soudals.t.
4Kenneth Van RooySport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
5Michael ValgrenTeam Dimension Datas.t.
6Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
7Michael MørkøvDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
8Jonas VangenechtenVital Concept - B&B Hotelss.t.
9Xandro MeurisseWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
10Mihkel RäimEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
11Jan-Willem Van SchipRoompot - Charless.t.
12Tom LeezerTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
13Owain DoullTeam INEOSs.t.
14Jens DebusschereTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
15Milan MentenCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.


Last classic for now. Including cobbles! There are more cobbles than in previous few races so I'm interested to see how I can perform here.

Cobbles made the peloton to split - 20 km to go.


With 15 km to the finish front group had only 22 riders in it.


Oh my! What a fantastic finish that was! The peloton wasn't really trying and they were slowing down the pace after every rider that tried to attack was caught. I decided to setup a pace with 1.5 km to go and started sprint pretty early. Look how good it ended! Who would have thought I can win flat cobble races?


Top 15:
1Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias4h35'20
2Dries Van GestelSport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
3Edward TheunsElkov - Authors.t.
4Adrien PetitTeam Total Direct Energies.t.
5Stelly LevavasseurCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
6Daniel OssAG2R La Mondiales.t.
7Michael ValgrenTeam Dimension Datas.t.
8Piet AllegaertSport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
9Tom WirtgenWallonie-Bruxelless.t.
10Clément RussoTeam Arkéa - Samsics.t.
11Evaldas SiskeviciusDelko Marseille Provences.t.
12Jasha SütterlinMovistar Teams.t.
13Stijn VandenberghAG2R La Mondiales.t.
14Dorian GodonAG2R La Mondiales.t.
15Kristian SbaragliIsrael Cycling Academys.t.

Yes! There is no break! We actually get an invitation to WT race in Catalunya. I'm so excited to come here. It's my first ever WT race so I want to ride that race well. I don't know how I'm going to do it, but I want to finish this race as high in GC as possible. Wish me luck!


First stage is "flat". My team decided that my goal for this race should be final top 30. I think it's pretty accurate and possible to achieve.

Since it was a "flat" stage, it was a mass sprint for a victory.


Top 15:
1Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick-Step4h09'43
2Jon AberasturiCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
3Eduard PradesMovistar Teams.t.
4Jempy DruckerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
5Moreno HoflandTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
6Jens KeukeleireLotto Soudals.t.
7Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredos.t.
8Arnaldo da CostaElkov - Authors.t.
9Nelson Andres SotoTeam Dimension Datas.t.
10Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
11Florent PereiraTeam Total Direct Energies.t.
12Valentin MadouasGroupama - FDJs.t.
13Luis León SánchezEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
14Rohan DennisBahrain - Meridas.t.
15Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJs.t.


2nd stage is also not that hard enough to make a big gaps in GC. Another mass sprint.

We decided to create a train for me for final sprint and my team did a great job. I finished 4th.


Top 15:
1Jempy DruckerBORA - hansgrohe4h01'31
2Jens KeukeleireLotto Soudals.t.
3Nelson Andres SotoTeam Dimension Datas.t.
4Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
5Florent PereiraTeam Total Direct Energies.t.
6Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
7Trond TrondsenWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
8Arnaldo da CostaElkov - Authors.t.
9Moreno HoflandTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
10Jon AberasturiCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
11Mikel BizkarraEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
12Fabian LienhardElkov - Authors.t.
13Eduard PradesMovistar Teams.t.
14Maximiliano RichezeDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
15Fernando BarceloEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.

First of two the most important stages in this race. If I want to finish inside final top 30 I have to be well placed and ride that final climb on my own tempo.

We start the final climb for today - 10 km to go.


3 km to the finish!


What a hard finish it was. I didn't expect to ride that so well. I couldn't catch the first two, but I'm really happy with that. Currently I'm 3rd in GC too.


Top 15:
1Egan BernalTeam INEOS4h58'59
2Pierre LatourAG2R La Mondiales.t.
3Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
4Richard CarapazBahrain - Meridas.t.
5Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJs.t.
6Sergio Andres HiguitaEF Education First+ 22
7Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
8Mikel LandaMovistar Teams.t.
9Guillaume MartinWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
10Chris FroomeTeam INEOSs.t.
11Jack HaigMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
12Romain BardetAG2R La Mondiales.t.
13Lennard KämnaTeam Sunwebs.t.
14Miguel Angel LopezAstana Pro Teams.t.
15Marc SolerMovistar Teams.t.


This is that 2nd stage that will decide almost everything. Again I have to be careful and hope I'll deliver today the result as good as yesterday.

And now we go - 13 km to the line.


No more breakaway and immediately attacks occurred!


4 more km!


It was yet another very good performance by me. I finished 6th with all those great climbers. Actually I'm now 5th in GC.


Top 15:
1Egan BernalTeam INEOS4h53'35
2Richard CarapazBahrain - Merida+ 22
3Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJ+ 1'13
4Ivan SosaTeam INEOS+ 1'34
5Miguel Angel LopezAstana Pro Teams.t.
6Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
7Mikel LandaMovistar Teams.t.
8Pierre LatourAG2R La Mondiales.t.
9Lennard KämnaTeam Sunweb+ 2'03
10Sergio Andres HiguitaEF Education First+ 2'12
11Jack HaigMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
12Guillaume MartinWanty - Gobert Cycling Team+ 2'44
13Chris FroomeTeam INEOS+ 4'06
14Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick-Step+ 4'17
15Enric MasDeceuninck - Quick-Step+ 4'26

This hilly stage can create some gaps, but they shouldn't be that big.

We start the final short climb. Breakaway is still up front.


I decided to attack! I feel well, so why not?


We caught 17 riders from breakaway! What a mess right now right before the summit.


5 km to go. P. Bilbao 57" up front.


P. Bilbao had too much time. We couldn't catch him. Again I finished in the top 10.


Top 15:
1Pello BilbaoAstana Pro Team5h39'09
2Sergio Andres HiguitaEF Education First+ 21
3Valentin MadouasGroupama - FDJs.t.
4Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJs.t.
5Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
6Romain BardetAG2R La Mondiales.t.
7Egan BernalTeam INEOSs.t.
8Jempy DruckerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
9Tim WellensLotto Soudals.t.
10Jon AberasturiCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
11Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
12Marc HirschiTeam Sunwebs.t.
13Ivan SosaTeam INEOSs.t.
14Rafal MajkaMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
15Jack HaigMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.


Flat stage for sprinters. I'm still 5th in GC.


Top 15:
1Jempy DruckerBORA - hansgrohe3h59'34
2Jens KeukeleireLotto Soudals.t.
3Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
4Florent PereiraTeam Total Direct Energies.t.
5Moreno HoflandTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
6Trond TrondsenWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
7Jon AberasturiCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
8Nelson Andres SotoTeam Dimension Datas.t.
9Ivan SosaTeam INEOSs.t.
10David De la CruzTeam INEOSs.t.
11Arnaldo da CostaElkov - Authors.t.
12Christopher Juul JensenMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
13Egan BernalTeam INEOSs.t.
14Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
15Eduard PradesMovistar Teams.t.


The very last stage of this very successful race. It's still dangerous because those laps on 2nd half today can create some interesting things.

2 more laps. Problem is there is still massive breakaway up front - 17 riders with 1'15" lead.


Last lap! 8 km to the finish.


I decided to attack!


I finished 2nd! From the peloton. There were still some riders from the breakaway before me at the finish line. It was strange there was no gaps.


Top 15:
1Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredo3h00'06
2Joe DombrowskiEF Education Firsts.t.
3Koen BouwmanTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
4Rein TaaramäeTeam Total Direct Energies.t.
5Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJs.t.
6Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
7Egan BernalTeam INEOSs.t.
8Mikel LandaMovistar Teams.t.
9Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
10Pierre LatourAG2R La Mondiales.t.
11Jesus HerradaMovistar Teams.t.
12Ivan SosaTeam INEOSs.t.
13Richard CarapazBahrain - Meridas.t.
14Sergio Andres HiguitaEF Education Firsts.t.
15Tim WellensLotto Soudals.t.

That was a really good race for me and my team. My goal was final top 30. I wasn't expecting being 5th! I had also few decent stage results. That was my WT race debut.

Final general classification:
1Egan BernalTeam INEOS30h42'38
2Richard CarapazBahrain - Merida+ 36
3Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJ+ 1'29
4Pierre LatourAG2R La Mondiale+ 1'48
5Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 1'50
6Mikel LandaMovistar Team+ 2'16
7Ivan SosaTeam INEOSs.t.
8Miguel Angel LopezAstana Pro Teams.t.
9Sergio Andres HiguitaEF Education First+ 2'48
10Jack HaigMitchelton - SCOTT+ 2'54
11Guillaume MartinWanty - Gobert Cycling Team+ 3'26
12Lennard KämnaTeam Sunweb+ 4'06
13Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick-Step+ 4'45
14Chris FroomeTeam INEOS+ 4'48
15Enric MasDeceuninck - Quick-Step+ 6'29
April/May part of the year:



We are back to another hilly classic. Actually, I'm even one of the outsiders for today. Our goal is to finish inside top 10.

With 30 km to go, this is what was left from the front group.


10 km to go - only 16 riders are in front group.


3 km - this is what awaits us.


What an another awesome victory right there. Last short climb was really hard and I wasn't expecting this to happen. I was completely out with those last few pushes, but somehow I managed to win. Impressive.


Top 15:
1Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias4h57'11
2David De la CruzTeam INEOSs.t.
3Andrey AmadorBORA - hansgrohe+ 18
4George BennettTeam Jumbo - Visma+ 43
5Joao RodriguesW52 / FC Porto+ 51
6Omar FraileMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
7Jesus HerradaMovistar Team+ 1'08
8Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education Firsts.t.
9Ben HermansWanty - Gobert Cycling Team+ 1'30
10Felix GrossschartnerBORA - hansgrohe+ 1'38
11Carlos VeronaCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
12Jonas VingegaardTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
13Odd Christian EikingWanty - Gobert Cycling Team+ 1'56
14Tao Geoghegan HartTeam INEOSs.t.
15Jay McCarthyBORA - hansgrohe+ 2'25


This was scheduled for sprinters. I tried to fight for high place as always, but I tried also to save as much energy as possible. Because on the very next day... there is yet another race I want in to perform on the very high note.

I tried to surprise other sprinters by starting my sprint a bit earlier. And I think they were seriously in shock because I again did an amazing sprint. This time to finish 2nd.


Top 15:
1Enrique SanzBurgos - BH4h01'26
2Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
3Szymon SajnokCCC Pro Teams.t.
4Stan DewulfLotto Soudals.t.
5Nikias ArndtEF Education Firsts.t.
6Sjoerd Van GinnekenRoompot - Charless.t.
7Luka MezgecMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
8Jan-Willem Van SchipRoompot - Charless.t.
9Maximiliano RichezeDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
10Nick Van Der LijkeRoompot - Charless.t.
11Jens KeukeleireLotto Soudals.t.
12Jempy DruckerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
13Andrey AmadorBORA - hansgrohes.t.
14Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredos.t.
15José GonçalvesIsrael Cycling Academys.t.


Another WT invitation! After successful Catalunya, this time my team have a chance to ride in Basque Country. All 6 stages are important, but the problem is, even though I'm still in form, I did not feel well. I hope it's just for today and not something serious.

It's actually one of the easiest stages in Basque Country, but the front group right before the final climb have only 49 riders in it.


Even less than that participated in the final sprint.


Top 15:
1Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick-Step3h52'03
2Sergio Andres HiguitaEF Education Firsts.t.
3Damiano CarusoBahrain - Meridas.t.
4Richard CarapazBahrain - Meridas.t.
5Jonas VingegaardTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
6Egan BernalTeam INEOSs.t.
7Davide FormoloMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
8Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
9Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJs.t.
10Rigoberto UranEF Education Firsts.t.
11Michal KwiatkowskiTeam INEOSs.t.
12Rafal MajkaMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
13Laurens De PlusTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
14Rohan DennisBahrain - Meridas.t.
15Patrick KonradBORA - hansgrohes.t.


Decent start. Now a bit harder stage. Especially for me. It might be a flu. I just hope it won't influance me much.

We start the final climb for today.


8 km to the finish. I'm with Alaphilippe and Jungels. The group is right behind us.


We caught the front two! And we have 30" gap over the peloton.


Jungels is out! Alaphilippe a bit blocked. Can I win it?


Wow... not against Alaphilippe. That sprint was so fast. Look at the gap at the finish!


Top 15:
1Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick-Step4h18'47
2Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
3Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredos.t.
4Stan DewulfLotto Soudals.t.
5Michal KwiatkowskiTeam INEOSs.t.
6Sebastian MolanoUAE Team Emiratess.t.
7Patrick BevinAstana Pro Teams.t.
8Mathieu Van Der PoelCorendon - Circuss.t.
9Jonas KochCCC Pro Teams.t.
10Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJs.t.
11Egan BernalTeam INEOSs.t.
12Romain BardetAG2R La Mondiales.t.
13Sacha ModoloEF Education Firsts.t.
14Nairo QuintanaMovistar Teams.t.
15Tom DumoulinTeam Sunwebs.t.
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