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Barbier sprints to third, Vanmarcke second in GC after stage 3 Settimana

The party in the third stage of the Settimana Ciclistica Italiana started over halfway into the stage.

The reason? The wind.

Israeli riders Guy Niv and Guy Sagiv played a vital role on the windy battlefield. They were among the team members that sprinter Barbier and GC competitors Ben Hermans and Sep Vanmarcke relied on.

Settimana Ciclistica Italiana 2021 – 1st Edition – 3rd stage 3rd stage Oristano – Cagliari 180,9 km – 16/07/2021 – Pascal Ackermann (GER – Bora – Hansgrohe) – Rudy Barbier (FRA – Israel Start-Up Nation) – Elia Viviani (ITA – Cofidis) – photo Tommaso Pelagalli/BettiniPhoto©2021

Over the team radio, Israeli sports director Dror Pekatch encouraged his pupils to give it a go in the final 20 kilometers. They did, and their efforts resulted in echelons.

Barbier was in the front, and so were ISN’s GC riders. The French sprinter found himself in a good position to launch his final effort, finishing third.

After the finish, he said that the team raced very attentively and took the initiative when it mattered. “We were together in the front, and that resulted in a good day for us. I am happy that I podiumed, and that Sep moved up a spot.”

The previous number two in the general classification missed the cut and is out of contention, moving Vanmarcke up a notch.

ISN is now also the leader in the team classification.

Settimana Ciclistica Italiana 2021 – 1st Edition – 3rd stage 3rd stage Oristano – Cagliari 180,9 km – 16/07/2021 – Jonathan Milan (ITA – Bahrain Victorious) – Pascal Ackermann (GER – Bora – Hansgrohe) – Rudy Barbier (FRA – Israel Start-Up Nation) – Elia Viviani (ITA – Cofidis) – photo Tommaso Pelagalli/BettiniPhoto©2021

ISN’s GC ambitions for Settimana are more alive than ever. Tomorrow is an important day to work on those ambitions with Ben Hermans and Sep Vanmarcke. As Vanmarcke moved up a spot, he’s only six seconds away from taking the overall victory.

It wasn’t particularly Sebastian Berwick’s day. He suffered a crash, a change of wheels and a bike change, but came back to the bunch and carried out his job sufficiently afterwards.

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com

Alex Aranburu sprints to a great sixth place on demanding Tour de France stage 13 – Astana

Alex Aranburu sprints to a great sixth place on demanding Tour de France stage 13

After 220 kilometres in the saddle, the race headed towards the finish line in Carcassonne with Alex Aranburu sprinting to a strong sixth place.

 

The 13th stage of the Tour de France was another long and demanding stage, with almost 220 kilometres on an undulating terrain awaiting the riders. The second part of the stage was marked by cross and tailwinds on narrow roads, which made today’s stage quite nervous.

After a long battle for the daily breakaway, three riders managed to distance themselves but the peloton kept the escapees on a short leash. Astana – Premier Tech was tucked in the bunch, protecting Alex Aranburu to bring him into position for the finale.

As the peloton caught the breakaway, several crashes caused again with favorites leaving the race. Unfortunately, Dmitriy Gruzdev was involved in one of the crashes. Fortunately he was able to finish the stage but suffered some road rash and abrasions.

He will be assessed by our medical team overnight and the decision if he can continue the race will be taken tomorrow.

Meanwhile the sprint teams started to form their lead out with Omar Fraile and Alexey Lutsenko also lining things out for Alex Aranburu. The team delivered the young Basque rider into a good position rolling towards the tricky final part of today’s stage. In a thrilling finale, Aranburu sprinted to a strong sixth place, while Mark Cavendish made history claiming his 34th stage win.

“It was a hard race. We had 220 km and there was a lot of wind and a lot of tension. In the end, because there were echelons, there were attacks. We had to be a bit attentive there. Well, in the end, nothing really happened but we were up there. I had Lutsenko and Omar helping me in the sprint but I lost the wheel and then I tried and came back. But, well, sixth is not bad”, says Alex Aranburu.

 

Race Profile

Tour de France

Stage 13: Nîmes > Carcassonne (219.9km)

Top 3: 1.Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck – Quick Step), 2.Michael Morkov (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 3. Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix)

Astana – Premier Tech Top 3: 6. Alex Aranburu, 32. Alexey Lutsenko 84. Omar Fraile

 

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— nadine Pfeffer to www.astanapremiertech.com

Ion Izagirre sprints to strong second place on demanding Tour de France stage 8 – Astana

Ion Izagirre sprints to strong second place on demanding Tour de France stage 8

Ion Izagirre narrowly missed the stage win on stage eight of the Tour de France, battling until the very end to cross the line in second place from a three-man sprint behind the solo stage winner.

With an uphill start and three category one ascents in the finale, the stage was suited to a breakaway which made for a huge fight at the beginning of the stage. Finally, after countless moves were brought back, Izagirre managed to make it into the breakaway of the day which went on to gain more than five minutes on the peloton.

Multiple riders tried their luck with attacks from the breakaway as torrential rain continued to fall, conditions which suited Basque rider Izagirre. As the breakaway split up, Izagirre dug deep and formed part of a small chase group behind Mike Woods, who was leading the race solo in the final 35 kilometres.

Izagirre attacked from the chase group and was joined by Dylan Teuns in what would be the winning move with the Belgian overtaking Izagirre and catching Woods ahead. Behind, Alexey Lutsenko showed strong form in the reduced General Classification group which remained four minutes behind on the penultimate climb.

“It was a difficult day. I was chasing full gas on the final climb and then Pogacar came from the back too. Today, Teuns showed that he was the strongest guy. I’m sad because I made a big mistake today to take a rain jacket at the top of one of the climbs. I missed the first group and dropped and on the next climb I spent a lot of energy to come back,” said Izagirre.

Izagirre continued to chase behind Teuns and was joined by new race leader Tadej Pogacar at the top of the final climb, with the duo catching Woods on the descent. The trio was unable to catch Teuns but the Basque rider left it all on the road and with 200 metres to go, launched his sprint to secure second place.

“Although I’m disappointed to miss the win today, I’m happy with my form and missing out like this will make me motivated to try again. It was a really hard day with the climbing and the weather so I know I can be happy with my ride today,” added Izagirre.

Lutsenko’s perseverance saw him cross the line in a select GC group four minutes down on Teuns which sees the Kazakh rider move up to an amazing third place on the overall ranking.

Unfortunately, Stefan De Bod crashed in the last 40 kilometres of the race but was fortunate to escape any serious injuries and was able to finish the stage.

Race Profile

Tour de France

Stage 8: Oyonnax > Le Grand-Bornand (150.8km)

Top 3: 1. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious), 2. Ion Izagirre, 3. Mike Woods (Israel Start Up Nation)

Astana – Premier Tech top 3: 2. Ion Izagirre, 11. Alexey Lutsenko, 29. Jakob Fuglsang

Photo: Getty Images

— Phoebe Haymes to www.astanapremiertech.com

Aranburu sprints to third place as Lutsenko maintains second on GC – Astana

Aranburu sprints to third place as Lutsenko maintains second on GC

It was a fast finish on stage 5 of the Critérium du Dauphiné which saw Alex Aranburu sprint to third place to continue his run of top ten finishes on all four of the road stages so far.

After an impressive one-two on the stage four time trial, Alexey Lutsenko and Ion Izagirre retained their places on the General Classification with second and fourth place respectively.

It was a battle for the breakaway and after a few reshuffles at the front of the race, eight riders went clear to form the breakaway of the day. The peloton kept them close and eventually brought them back approaching the final 40 kilometres.

Despite further attacks, the reduced peloton remain intact as they reached the technical final five kilometres until Getaint Thomas launched what would be the winning move with one kilometre to go.

Thomas held on to a narrow advantage to take the win and behind, Aranburu launched a strong sprint to cross the line in third place, despite his crash in the time trial.

“After the crash yesterday the idea was to see how I felt today. At the beginning of the stage, I didn’t feel good at all and I suffered a lot. But then in the middle of the race, when the race started moving a little again when there were more attacks,  I tried to be in the group as I was feeling a little better. And then on the last climb, I took things easy. I started a bit behind and little by little, I managed to get ahead and was still in the first group heading into the finale. I was well placed in the sprint and in the end, I’m happy with third place today,” said Aranburu.

With three stages remaining, the mountains continue on stage 6 with four tough climbs scheduled in the final 50 kilometres.

Race profile

Critérium du Dauphiné

Stage 5: Saint-Chamond › Saint-Vallier

Top 3: 1. Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers), 2. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain – Victorious), 3. Alex Aranburu (Astana – Premier Tech)

Astana – Premier Tech top 3:  3. Alex Aranburu

Photo: Getty Images

— Phoebe Haymes to www.astanapremiertech.com