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Claudio Rusconi | S3 | Criterium du Dauphine
To all silent readers. I'll try to post regular again. Let's see how far it will go Wink


Where was I? Ah. Volta a Portugal! Almost identical stage to that previous one. Almost.

This time the peloton gave away a victory to the breakaway. I finished 6th from the main group.


Top 15:
1Benny HildmannBORA - hansgrohe5h05'05
2Francesco GavazziAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
3Sergio PardillaCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
4David Van Der PoelCorendon - Circuss.t.
5Simone BevilacquaNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTMs.t.
6Francesco RomanoBardiani CSF+ 35
7Alberto DaineseBahrain - Merida+ 1'48
8Amund Grøndahl JansenTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
9Simone ConsonniUAE Team Emiratess.t.
10Max WalscheidTeam Sunwebs.t.
11Vincenzo AlbaneseBardiani CSFs.t.
12Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
13Mark PadunBahrain - Meridas.t.
14Alan BanaszekCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
15José GonçalvesIsrael Cycling Academys.t.


The only real mountains in this race are here. Three difficult climbs on not that long stage.

Massive break of 35 riders decided it's their day for a stage win. I decided to setup a strong pace on first climb. This is the result.


Another climb looks like this.


We are on the top of 2nd climb - 60 km to go.


We are on the bottom of that strange and long last climb - 28 kms left.


12 km. The only fight in this group is for a GC. First group of breakaway riders are almost 6 minutes up front.


4 km to go. The only rider in front of my group from top 10 of GC is M. Padun ( 10th - +3'26" ).


I finished this stage on 8th place in front of every top 10 GC rider except M. Padun.


Top 15:
1Jóni BrandãoTeam Jumbo - Visma4h52'06
2Hermann PernsteinerBahrain - Meridas.t.
3Alejandro OsorioNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanè+ 20
4Donato SibioNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM+ 33
5Andrey AmadorBORA - hansgrohe+ 1'48
6Alexey RybalkinIsrael Cycling Academys.t.
7Mark PadunBahrain - Meridas.t.
8Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 2'34
9José GonçalvesIsrael Cycling Academy+ 2'51
10Alexander VlasovGazprom - RusVelo+ 3'08
11Miguel Eduardo FlorezAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
12Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 3'36
13Sergey ChernetckiiCaja Rural - Seguros RGA+ 4'32
14Daniel PearsonUAE Team Emiratess.t.
15David De la CruzTeam INEOS+ 5'02

32 km of the ITT. I'm 2nd in GC. I just need to hope I won't lose that much time.




Top 15:
1Lasse Norman HansenCorendon - Circus39'00
2Brandon McNultyTEAM Schreiber+ 7
3José GonçalvesIsrael Cycling Academy+ 11
4Filippo GannaTeam INEOS+ 31
5Jack EscrittTEAM Schreiber+ 36
6Rui CostaUAE Team Emirates+ 47
7Felix GrossschartnerBORA - hansgrohe+ 50
8Jóni BrandãoTeam Jumbo - Visma+ 57
9Tao Geoghegan HartTeam INEOS+ 1'06
10Mark PadunBahrain - Merida+ 1'07
11David De la CruzTeam INEOSs.t.
12Aurélien Paret-PeintreAG2R La Mondiale+ 1'13
13Hermann PernsteinerBahrain - Merida+ 1'23
14Lennard KämnaTeam Sunweb+ 1'33
15Chris HamiltonTeam Sunweb+ 1'42
118Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 6'09


Last stage in this race is categorized as flat but again we have an uphill finish. I'm a bit sad about how weak my TT ability are. I lost so much time yesterday...


Top 15:
1Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec4h03'21
2Amund Grøndahl JansenTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
3Simone ConsonniUAE Team Emiratess.t.
4Max WalscheidTeam Sunwebs.t.
5Mihkel RäimEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
6Vincenzo AlbaneseBardiani CSFs.t.
7José GonçalvesIsrael Cycling Academys.t.
8Jay McCarthyBORA - hansgrohes.t.
9Tony GallopinAG2R La Mondiales.t.
10Alberto DaineseBahrain - Meridas.t.
11Mark PadunBahrain - Meridas.t.
12Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
13Aurélien Paret-PeintreAG2R La Mondiales.t.
14David De la CruzTeam INEOSs.t.
15Alexander VlasovGazprom - RusVelos.t.

I did achieve the goal my team was expecting from me which was finishing in the final top 20 of the GC. I won also 2 stages and was 2nd in points classification. It will be really hard in future to fight for podium of GT with my TT ability. Maybe I'll focus more on stage hunting?

Final general classification:
1José GonçalvesIsrael Cycling Academy42h06'18
2David De la CruzTeam INEOS+ 2'06
3Mark PadunBahrain - Merida+ 2'18
4Aurélien Paret-PeintreAG2R La Mondiale+ 3'26
5Tony GallopinAG2R La Mondiale+ 3'58
6Alexander VlasovGazprom - RusVelo+ 4'00
7Tao Geoghegan HartTeam INEOS+ 4'42
8Lennard KämnaTeam Sunweb+ 4'49
9Felix GrossschartnerBORA - hansgrohe+ 4'51
10Rui CostaUAE Team Emirates+ 5'41
11Jóni BrandãoTeam Jumbo - Visma+ 5'46
12Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 6'33
13Donato SibioNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM+ 6'39
14Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 6'42
15Brandon McNultyTEAM Schreiber+ 9'27
Calendar of racing for the remaining months of the season:




We open yet another stage race with a hilly stage. Nothing serious except a bit uphill finish.

8.6 km to the finish. Almost full peloton is going to fight for the stage win.


5 km to go.


Last km went uphill. I was really well placed and I was able to start sprint exactly where I wanted to. I wasn't blocked or anything. I was first for almost whole final km. I won 1st stage in Vuelta a Burgos!


Top 15:
1Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias3h44'10
2Jay McCarthyBORA - hansgrohes.t.
3Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education Firsts.t.
4Josef CernyMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
5Mikkel Frølich HonoréDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
6Mark PadunBahrain - Meridas.t.
7Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJs.t.
8Dion SmithMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
9Merhawi KudusCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
10Ruben GuerreiroTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
11Ilnur ZakarinTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
12Cesare BenedettiBORA - hansgrohes.t.
13Luka MezgecMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
14Sam OomenTeam Sunwebs.t.
15Alexander GeuensDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.


2nd stage isn't much different. This time few final kms are going a bit downhill.

Really high tempo by Sunweb and Mitchelton made the peloton to split. Even I was left behind. Especially with a headache I have today...


You can't drop me that easy! 3 km to go.


Sunweb and Mitchelton made that final sprint a nightmare. I'm still a leader of GC.


Top 15:
1Max WalscheidTeam Sunweb3h44'53
2Michael MørkøvDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
3Luka MezgecMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
4Jacopo GuarnieriGroupama - FDJs.t.
5Matthew WallsEF Education Firsts.t.
6Eduard PradesMovistar Teams.t.
7Jens DebusschereTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
8Dion SmithMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
9Erik BaskaBORA - hansgrohes.t.
10Brent BookwalterMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
11Chris HamiltonTeam Sunwebs.t.
12Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
13Jasper De BuystLotto Soudals.t.
14Alex AranburuCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
15Heinrich HausslerBahrain - Meridas.t.

One of the two mountain stages in this race. Few not so long climbs and one very steep to the finish. Picon Blanco - 8.1 kms long with an average of 9.1%. Thankfully I feel better today than in last two days.

My team and I were trying to make this race harder for WT teams. We start the final climb for today - Picon Blanco.


M. Bizkarra with an awesome work that he is doing! 5 km to go.


I have to go all alone now. Brilliant job by my team-mates.


I made a rookie mistake by going a bit to hard. I lost all my energy and those few riders were at the line before me. I can't be really mad. Those are great climbers. I dropped to 4th place in GC.



Top 15:
1Marc SolerMovistar Team4h29'51
2Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJs.t.
3Ilnur ZakarinTeam Katusha Alpecin+ 1'15
4Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 1'33
5Sam OomenTeam Sunweb+ 1'46
6Rafal MajkaMitchelton - SCOTT+ 2'19
7Mark PadunBahrain - Merida+ 2'29
8Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education Firsts.t.
9Héctor CarreteroMovistar Teams.t.
10Hermann PernsteinerBahrain - Merida+ 3'19
11Merhawi KudusCaja Rural - Seguros RGA+ 3'29
12Alex AranburuCaja Rural - Seguros RGA+ 3'41
13Ruben FernandezMovistar Team+ 4'46
14Mikkel Frølich HonoréDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
15Luca ChiricoBahrain - Merida+ 4'58


Not so hard stage between two most important ones. Probably a mass sprint finish.

Brilliant view right before the finish.


Like I thought - mass sprint!


Top 15:
1Michael MørkøvDeceuninck - Quick-Step3h38'45
2Max WalscheidTeam Sunwebs.t.
3Matthew WallsEF Education Firsts.t.
4Vyacheslav KuznetsovTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
5Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJs.t.
6Jens DebusschereTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
7Jasper De BuystLotto Soudals.t.
8Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
9Luka MezgecMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
10Marc SolerMovistar Teams.t.
11Eduard PradesMovistar Teams.t.
12Erik BaskaBORA - hansgrohes.t.
13Daniel LópezBurgos - BHs.t.
14Heinrich HausslerBahrain - Meridas.t.
15Héctor CarreteroMovistar Teams.t.
Looking good in Spain Wink
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Last stage of the race and last chance to change anything in GC. I'm 4th right now - +1'33". I'll try my best on last climb.

Lagunas de Neila - 10 km - 6.5% average. First 5 km are much easier than the other 5 which are really hard. We are trying to setup a train for the first 5 kms. The breakaway is still up front with one of our riders - 6 minutes lead. They got this.


We couldn't even setup a train. Attacks by all those great climbers.


Majka, Pinot and Soler are out of my reach.


Well, I did catch them but we all are out of all energy we had. The best 4 in the race finishing together on final stage. O. Rodriguez from our team finished 3rd from the breakaway riders.


Top 15:
1Carl Fredrik HagenLotto Soudal3h44'21
2Cesare BenedettiBORA - hansgrohes.t.
3Óscar RodriguezEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 32
4Ibai AzurmendiKometa Cycling Team+ 1'10
5Alexander GeuensDeceuninck - Quick-Step+ 1'40
6Jordi SimónFundación Euskadi+ 3'10
7Marc SolerMovistar Team+ 3'21
8Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
9Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJs.t.
10Rafal MajkaMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
11Alex AranburuCaja Rural - Seguros RGA+ 3'57
12Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education First+ 4'12
13Hermann PernsteinerBahrain - Meridas.t.
14Merhawi KudusCaja Rural - Seguros RGA+ 4'22
15Mark PadunBahrain - Meridas.t.

On the final climb of the race we dropped I. Zakarin so that gave me a way to finish this race on the podium. I'm satisfied with my performance. I won yet another stage and I finished on the podium. I finished 1st in points classification as a bonus.

Final general classification:
1Marc SolerMovistar Team19h25'11
2Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJ+ 4
3Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 1'33
4Rafal MajkaMitchelton - SCOTT+ 2'29
5Ilnur ZakarinTeam Katusha Alpecin+ 2'42
6Sam OomenTeam Sunweb+ 3'17
7Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education First+ 3'26
8Mark PadunBahrain - Merida+ 3'40
9Hermann PernsteinerBahrain - Merida+ 4'20
10Alex AranburuCaja Rural - Seguros RGA+ 4'27
11Merhawi KudusCaja Rural - Seguros RGA+ 4'40
12Héctor CarreteroMovistar Team+ 4'50
13Mikkel Frølich HonoréDeceuninck - Quick-Step+ 6'54
14Antonio PedreroMovistar Teams.t.
15Ruben FernandezMovistar Team+ 7'07
Since we are in the middle of transfers season I needed to think about the future. I decided to choose Euskadi Murias as my current work place, mostly because I was hoping we might get a La Vuelta invitation as a Spanish team. That didn't go well even with few other invitations to other Spanish races (like Basque Country, Catalunya or San Sebastian). I'm not feeling well in Spain even though I have few amazing victories in this season. I decided to reject an offer for another year from Euskadi Murias. I'm currently thinking about one of those two French teams. I'll let you know what I decided.




So it's time now for another 2.HC category stage race. Now in Britain - 8 stages. Most of them aren't hard, but I have to be careful. Few of them have a really hard finishes. We start with a short and flat stage for sprinters.

I tried to sit on F. Gaviria wheel because I thought it's my best chance for decent place. I wasn't wrong. They were just out of my league and Gaviria won the first stage.


Top 15:
1Fernando GaviriaUAE Team Emirates2h24'27
2Luka MezgecMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
3Tom Van AsbroeckWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
4Alberto DaineseBahrain - Meridas.t.
5Matthew WallsEF Education Firsts.t.
6Thomas PidcockTeam Wigginss.t.
7Christopher LawlessTeam INEOSs.t.
8Mihkel RäimEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
9Alberto BettiolEF Education Firsts.t.
10Oliver NaesenAG2R La Mondiales.t.
11Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
12Ben SwiftTeam INEOSs.t.
13Owain DoullTeam INEOSs.t.
14Simone ConsonniUAE Team Emiratess.t.
15Daniel McLayEF Education Firsts.t.

2nd stage is another for sprinters but that one short "climb" near the finish is giving me hope that I can try something there.

We are on that small climb. The breakaway is caught, but I don't think I can actually escape from the peloton.


Again the setup for F. Gaviria sprint was impressive. I finished in the top 10. Gaviria 2:0 Rest of the World.


Top 15:
1Fernando GaviriaUAE Team Emirates4h49'16
2Oliver NaesenAG2R La Mondiales.t.
3Thomas PidcockTeam Wigginss.t.
4Matthew WallsEF Education Firsts.t.
5Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
6Mihkel RäimEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
7Simone ConsonniUAE Team Emiratess.t.
8Luka MezgecMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
9Tom Van AsbroeckWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
10Georg ZimmermannCCC Pro Teams.t.
11Alberto DaineseBahrain - Meridas.t.
12Dylan TeunsBahrain - Meridas.t.
13Owain DoullTeam INEOSs.t.
14Tony GallopinAG2R La Mondiales.t.
15Edoardo AffiniCCC Pro Teams.t.


Now F. Gaviria won't win this stage. The reason is that final climb of today. Let's see what I can do here.

We are on the bottom of the final climb. Short and steep!


J. Polanc tries to attack. My diesel is bringing him back.


My really high pace makes no one else able to attack!


What an impressive win! Except Polanc who tried so surprise me at the beginning, no one was able to overtake me. I won again!


Top 15:
1Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias4h35'50
2Guillaume MartinWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
3Thomas PidcockTeam Wigginss.t.
4Ilnur ZakarinTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
5Mikel BizkarraEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
6Jan PolancUAE Team Emiratess.t.
7Dylan TeunsBahrain - Meridas.t.
8Brent BookwalterMitchelton - SCOTT+ 22
9Mikael ChérelAG2R La Mondiales.t.
10Fausto MasnadaAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
11Tony GallopinAG2R La Mondiales.t.
12Lachlan MortonEF Education Firsts.t.
13Oliver NaesenAG2R La Mondiales.t.
14Alberto BettiolEF Education Firsts.t.
15Nathan HaasTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.

Another stage that F. Gaviria can win. Even with that uphill part really close to the finish.

Tha finish was way harder than I expected! F. Gaviria was there too, but that uphill terrain is giving me a bit more chances than him. And I just did back-to-back wins!


Top 15:
1Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias4h37'48
2Fernando GaviriaUAE Team Emiratess.t.
3Alberto BettiolEF Education Firsts.t.
4Simone ConsonniUAE Team Emiratess.t.
5James WhelanEF Education Firsts.t.
6Thomas PidcockTeam Wiggins+ 15
7Luka MezgecMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
8Oliver NaesenAG2R La Mondiales.t.
9Matthew WallsEF Education Firsts.t.
10Edoardo AffiniCCC Pro Teams.t.
11Mihkel RäimEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
12Mikel BizkarraEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
13Tom Van AsbroeckWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
14Dylan TeunsBahrain - Meridas.t.
15Tony GallopinAG2R La Mondiales.t.


Stage 5 is yet another one that I might collide with F. Gaviria. I didn't thought I was going to say this... Gaviria 2:2 Rusconi.

5 km to go! I don't think Gaviria can survive that short climb.


He seriously amazes me! I was at the front with a lead just at about the final km and then boom! They all overtaken me!


Top 15:
1Fernando GaviriaUAE Team Emirates4h50'49
2Alberto DaineseBahrain - Meridas.t.
3Luka MezgecMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
4Thomas PidcockTeam Wigginss.t.
5Alberto BettiolEF Education Firsts.t.
6Dylan TeunsBahrain - Meridas.t.
7Matthew WallsEF Education Firsts.t.
8Tom Van AsbroeckWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
9Mihkel RäimEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
10Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
11Ilnur ZakarinTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
12Edoardo AffiniCCC Pro Teams.t.
13Jan PolancUAE Team Emiratess.t.
14Oliver NaesenAG2R La Mondiales.t.
15Simone ConsonniUAE Team Emiratess.t.

Gaviria 3:2 Rusconi! What a battle. Another flat stage for UAE sprinter. Probably. He is currently 3rd in GC - +29" behind the leader. Which is me, of course!

F. Gaviria - 4th stage win in this race. Incredible!


Top 15:
1Fernando GaviriaUAE Team Emirates5h09'40
2Oliver NaesenAG2R La Mondiales.t.
3Thomas PidcockTeam Wigginss.t.
4Mihkel RäimEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
5Luka MezgecMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
6Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
7Alberto DaineseBahrain - Meridas.t.
8Ben SwiftTeam INEOSs.t.
9Matthew WallsEF Education Firsts.t.
10Alberto BettiolEF Education Firsts.t.
11Jan PolancUAE Team Emiratess.t.
12Guillaume MartinWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
13Vyacheslav KuznetsovTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
14Owain DoullTeam INEOSs.t.
15Ilnur ZakarinTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.


If I'm still thinking about final victory - I can't give Gaviria win here too! This might be a bit too hard for him and I need to gain some time before final stage. It's an ITT if you completely forget about that! I can lose a lot of time even if it's only 8.8 kms.

10 km to go - F. Gaviria is still there!


That stage wasn't that hard. Gaviria is unbeatable in Britain!


Top 15:
1Fernando GaviriaUAE Team Emirates5h30'40
2Oliver NaesenAG2R La Mondiales.t.
3Thomas PidcockTeam Wigginss.t.
4Alberto BettiolEF Education Firsts.t.
5Owain DoullTeam INEOSs.t.
6Alberto DaineseBahrain - Meridas.t.
7Christopher LawlessTeam INEOSs.t.
8Ilnur ZakarinTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
9Dylan TeunsBahrain - Meridas.t.
10Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
11Simone ConsonniUAE Team Emiratess.t.
12Kosta KonerdingTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
13Nathan HaasTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
14Edoardo AffiniCCC Pro Teams.t.
15Kevin DeltombeCCC Pro Teams.t.

I don't know if my win in GC is still possible here. I'm first in GC. Sure, it's only 8.8 kms, but I don't think I can ride that good to not lose those small amount of seconds to other riders. I have only +9" lead over Gaviria. +19" over Pidcock, +29" over G. Martin. This is going to be a nightmare like in Portugal earlier this year.


Top 15:
1Edoardo AffiniCCC Pro Team9'47
2Filippo GannaTeam INEOS+ 1
3Alex DowsettTeam Katusha Alpecin+ 10
4Sebastian LangeveldEF Education First+ 17
5Nathan HaasTeam Katusha Alpecin+ 20
6Ilnur ZakarinTeam Katusha Alpecin+ 22
7Lukasz WisniowskiWanty - Gobert Cycling Team+ 23
8Simon GeschkeCCC Pro Teams.t.
9Jack BauerMitchelton - SCOTT+ 24
10Ben SwiftTeam INEOSs.t.
11Owain DoullTeam INEOSs.t.
12Dylan TeunsBahrain - Merida+ 27
13Andrew FennTeam INEOS+ 30
14Brent BookwalterMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
15Alberto BettiolEF Education First+ 31
83Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 1'15

Well... I won 2 stages, was a leader in GC for about half of the race, but I couldn't save that. I'm way to weak in fighting against the clock on flat terrain. I can only fight in mountain TT as I already proved in the past once. I can be satisfied with even more wins in this season, but I seriously don't see me fighting in GTs in future.

Final general classification:
1Fernando GaviriaUAE Team Emirates32h08'40
2Ilnur ZakarinTeam Katusha Alpecin+ 14
3Dylan TeunsBahrain - Merida+ 19
4Alberto BettiolEF Education First+ 26
5Guillaume MartinWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
6Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 32
7Nathan HaasTeam Katusha Alpecin+ 34
8Thomas PidcockTeam Wiggins+ 35
9Jan PolancUAE Team Emirates+ 36
10Edoardo AffiniCCC Pro Team+ 37
11Ben SwiftTeam INEOS+ 38
12Filippo GannaTeam INEOSs.t.
13Oliver NaesenAG2R La Mondiale+ 40
14Brent BookwalterMitchelton - SCOTT+ 44
15Tony GallopinAG2R La Mondiale+ 58

Now a bit of the break between riding in stage races. Only one classic. And last one in this season where majority of my races (especially in the 2nd half) were stage races. Flat, but with cobbles! Let's see if it's going to be that successful as that one classic last year. This one is much easier though.

Oh no! I caught a puncture! 49 km to go and I'm all alone.


It's over. After that puncture I was 2 minutes down and no one wanted to work with me to catch the main group. It's costing me too much energy. It's over!


They just don't want to work with me.


I guess I can't always win. That's fine. But in those classics it's really hard to perform well. I was feeling very well when the puncture happened and from that point it was basically worthless to chase the main group.


Top 15:
1Silvan DillierWanty - Gobert Cycling Team4h43'49
2Lukas PöstlbergerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
3Jasha SütterlinMovistar Teams.t.
4Daniel OssAG2R La Mondiales.t.
5Evaldas SiskeviciusDelko Marseille Provences.t.
6Maikel ZijlaardCorendon - Circuss.t.
7Frederik BackaertCCC Pro Team+ 1'44
8Dimitri ClaeysCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
9Yannick MartinezSt Michel - Auber 93s.t.
10Alexander KriegerLeopard Pro Cyclings.t.
11Benny HildmannBORA - hansgrohes.t.
12Loïc VliegenWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
13Clément RussoTeam Arkéa - Samsics.t.
14Dorian GodonAG2R La Mondiale+ 2'15
15Jürgen RoelandtsMovistar Teams.t.
26Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias+ 3'06


It's time for my last race this year - in sunny Croatia! One mountain stage, two decent hilly ones. It will be interesting. We start with a flat stage for sprinters.

J. Camacho did an awesome job to setup a sprint for me. I didn't expect to finish 3rd.


Top 15:
1Nicola BagioliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanè5h30'48
2Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredos.t.
3Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
4Michel KrederCorendon - Circuss.t.
5Valentin MadouasGroupama - FDJs.t.
6Logan OwenEF Education Firsts.t.
7Alfonso GaritaMinsk Cycling Clubs.t.
8Tim DeclercqDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
9Ethan HayterIsrael Cycling Academys.t.
10Eros CapecchiAG2R La Mondiales.t.
11Gregor MühlbergerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
12Søren Kragh AndersenTeam Sunwebs.t.
13Juan CamachoEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
14Lennard KämnaTeam Sunwebs.t.
15Patryk StoszMinsk Cycling Clubs.t.


One of the two hilly stages. This one have an interesting route on last 13 kms. Few hills and a mountain sprint just 6 km from the finish.

13 km to go. My team-mates are helping me right before the most important part of this stage.


We are right before the summit of 4th category climb really close from the finish.


I'm trying to drop everyone - 5 km more to go!


I did it! What a fantastic win to finish a great team-work.


Top 15:
1Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias4h31'02
2Logan OwenEF Education First+ 23
3Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education Firsts.t.
4Davide MucelliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanès.t.
5Larry WarbasseTrek - Segafredos.t.
6Nicola BagioliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanès.t.
7José GonçalvesIsrael Cycling Academys.t.
8Aurélien Paret-PeintreAG2R La Mondiales.t.
9Patrick SchellingIsrael Cycling Academys.t.
10Mattia CattaneoTrek - Segafredos.t.
11Giovanni CarboniTrek - Segafredos.t.
12Michael GoglTrek - Segafredos.t.
13Søren Kragh AndersenTeam Sunwebs.t.
14Chris HamiltonTeam Sunwebs.t.
15Clément ChampoussinAG2R La Mondiales.t.

The only mountain stage of this race. With my current form and how I was feeling yesterday... I don't see the way to not win this stage and race. I'm currently the leader of all possible individual classifications.

We are on the bottom of Gibraltar Road - 10 km with an average of 8.6%, maximum of 14.8%. Steep!


I need to go alone now - 7.4 km to go.


Kamna and Muhlberger decided to attack.


Muhlberger was out of energy much earlier so I caught him a bit earlier too. But Kamna was so close to grab a stage win I thought for a second I can't do it. Luckily he was out too and I barely outsprinted him to grab my 2nd stage victory in Croatia! That was also my 20th victory this season. One better than in my first and I'm not done yet!


Top 15:
1Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias4h12'13
2Lennard KämnaTeam Sunwebs.t.
3Gregor MühlbergerBORA - hansgrohe+ 16
4Jonathan LastraCaja Rural - Seguros RGA+ 1'23
5Aurélien Paret-PeintreAG2R La Mondiale+ 1'47
6Cristian RodriguezCaja Rural - Seguros RGA+ 2'03
7Giovanni CarboniTrek - Segafredo+ 2'09
8Patrick SchellingIsrael Cycling Academy+ 2'29
9Valentin MadouasGroupama - FDJ+ 2'46
10Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education Firsts.t.
11Alfonso GaritaMinsk Cycling Club+ 2'54
12Tejay Van GarderenEF Education Firsts.t.
13Elie GesbertTeam Arkéa - Samsic+ 3'19
14Chris HamiltonTeam Sunweb+ 3'30
15Nicola BagioliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanè+ 3'37


A bit of the break. Stage for sprinters, but as usual I'll try my best to grab another good place.

Not today. My team wasn't able to give me a proper place to start my sprint and I was blocked because of it.


Top 15:
1Patryk StoszMinsk Cycling Club3h54'15
2Søren Kragh AndersenTeam Sunwebs.t.
3Logan OwenEF Education Firsts.t.
4Michel KrederCorendon - Circuss.t.
5Nicola BagioliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanès.t.
6Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredos.t.
7Ethan HayterIsrael Cycling Academys.t.
8Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
9Nathan HaasTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
10Kevin GenietsGroupama - FDJs.t.
11Eros CapecchiAG2R La Mondiales.t.
12Maciej BodnarBORA - hansgrohes.t.
13Antoine DuchesneGroupama - FDJs.t.
14Gregor MühlbergerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
15Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education Firsts.t.

Short hilly stage that will decide everything in this race. One hill to the finish. Not that hard, but it can be interesting to see who's going to win this.

We are less than 20 km to the finish. The group of favourites for the stage win is not that big.


Now, we start the final climb for today - 5 km to the finish.


The breakaway is caught, many attacks are happening.


They had no chance to defeat me! I was feeling great and I was in control for the whole climb. Stage win number 3!


Top 15:
1Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias3h42'01
2Chris HamiltonTeam Sunwebs.t.
3Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education Firsts.t.
4Lennard KämnaTeam Sunwebs.t.
5Gregor MühlbergerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
6Valentin MadouasGroupama - FDJs.t.
7Patrick SchellingIsrael Cycling Academys.t.
8Aurélien Paret-PeintreAG2R La Mondiales.t.
9Jonathan LastraCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
10Giovanni CarboniTrek - Segafredos.t.
11Larry WarbasseTrek - Segafredos.t.
12Niklas EgTrek - Segafredos.t.
13Silvio PacificoTrek - Segafredos.t.
14Nicola BagioliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanès.t.
15Alfonso GaritaMinsk Cycling Clubs.t.


Last stage is again for the sprinters. I don't need to be worried. I already won this race. What a fantastic season I have!

Another top 10 sprint to end this season!


Top 15:
1Michel KrederCorendon - Circus4h01'32
2Nicola BagioliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanès.t.
3Logan OwenEF Education Firsts.t.
4Ethan HayterIsrael Cycling Academys.t.
5Patryk StoszMinsk Cycling Clubs.t.
6Valentin MadouasGroupama - FDJs.t.
7Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education Firsts.t.
8Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Muriass.t.
9Søren Kragh AndersenTeam Sunwebs.t.
10Lennard KämnaTeam Sunwebs.t.
11Nicolas RocheTeam Sunwebs.t.
12Gregor MühlbergerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
13Jonathan LastraCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
14Maciej BodnarBORA - hansgrohes.t.
15Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredos.t.

Another impressive GC win in this season. This season is even better than my first one. 3 stages here in Croatia are awesome way to end 2020 season. And I won every individual classification here too!

Final general classification:
1Claudio RusconiEuskadi Basque Country - Murias25h51'17
2Lennard KämnaTeam Sunweb+ 51
3Gregor MühlbergerBORA - hansgrohe+ 1'09
4Jonathan LastraCaja Rural - Seguros RGA+ 2'20
5Aurélien Paret-PeintreAG2R La Mondiale+ 2'44
6Giovanni CarboniTrek - Segafredo+ 3'06
7Patrick SchellingIsrael Cycling Academy+ 3'26
8Daniel Felipe MartinezEF Education First+ 3'35
9Valentin MadouasGroupama - FDJ+ 3'43
10Alfonso GaritaMinsk Cycling Club+ 3'51
11Tejay Van GarderenEF Education Firsts.t.
12Nicola BagioliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanè+ 4'18
13Chris HamiltonTeam Sunweb+ 4'21
14Niklas EgTrek - Segafredo+ 5'17
15Elie GesbertTeam Arkéa - Samsic+ 5'38
Few words from Claudio Rusconi: All I can say after current season is that it was really successful. My number of victories was even higher than in my first season. And those races were also with higher category. I got my first even win in World Tour race - stage win in Basque Country. My team did get few invitations for some WT races in Spain, but not for something I really was waiting for. We didn't even had a chance for invitation for La Vuelta. And that was the main reason why I signed the deal with Euskadi Murias in 2019. Since I wasn't able to ride La Vuelta I searched for the new team for next season. And I decided to join Team Arkea - Samsic for the next 2 years. This time I really hope we csn get an invitation for any Grand Tour next year as I would try myself against the best riders in the world, in the biggest races in the world. I don't think I'll be fighting for some good GC place (if we even get an invite), but rather I'll focus more on stage hunting. Probably. Either way in the next year I'll have to ride more WT races. Still via wild card, but in WT races. See ya in January!

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Corendon - Circus
Deceuninck - Quick-Step
EF Education First
Groupama - FDJ
Lotto Soudal
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Movistar Team
Team Jumbo - Visma
Team Sunweb
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Trek - Segafredo
UAE-Team Emirates

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Very succesful season, well done! Smile
Great season all in all, good luck with Arkea - Samsic.
So... I'll just post whatever I had saved in this career. Haven't really played for like... 9 months in PCM19, but you won't be disappointed. Daily updates... for next 2 months.

Welcome in 2021! I'm so proud to be part of Team Arkea - Samsic. I'm really looking forward to see what I'll be able to do in this season. My team decided to apply for many WT races and I'll try to ride in most of them. Full calendar for current year is below. There are some WT stage races, classics, even monuments! Tour de France is there too which is my main goal for this year. Will we get an invitiation? We need to wait. I'll keep you updated if we get an invitation for some races.

Calendar for 2021:

The decision about wild cards for Tour de France and Paris-Nice. Right before my first race this season.


I'm going to ride my first even Grand Tour! And it's Tour de France!


We start this season with a hilly classic. For almost whole time we have a flat terrain until a short final climb to finish things off.

Not a good start of this year. Early crash with 100 kms to go but I managed to close the gap to the peloton fairly quickly.


We are on the bottom of the final climb for today - 5.7 km to go.


1 km to the finish. I still have some energy left.


I'm really happy with that 3rd place to start this season. I'm feeling good. I was a bit too far to win this, but it was a good beginning.


Top 15:
1Valentin MadouasBORA - hansgrohe4h20'28
2Omar FraileMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
3Claudio RusconiTeam Arkéa - Samsics.t.
4Odd Christian EikingWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
5Luka MezgecMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
6Danny WeinzierlBORA - hansgrohes.t.
7Nans PetersMovistar Teams.t.
8Gorka IzagirreMovistar Teams.t.
9Alejandro ValverdeMovistar Teams.t.
10Christopher Juul JensenMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
11Silvan DillierWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
12Roman KreuzigerElkov - Authors.t.
13Alexander KampCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
14Jonathan CastroviejoTeam INEOSs.t.
15Gianni MosconTeam INEOSs.t.
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