Deceuninck-QuickStep win new-look Race Melbourne

Viviani tops the sprint classification in new team-based format

Deceuninck-QuickStep claimed victory in the Towards Zero Race Melbourne on Thursday, with the criterium event adopting a new team-based format in its third edition. 

Race Melbourne runs prior to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, and QuickStep stated their intentions for Sunday as Elia Viviani helped them to victory by topping the individual sprint classification. 

The new format borrowed from the Hammer Series in staging intermediate sprints on certain laps of the Melbourne Grand Prix circuit, and using a points-based system to decide the winner. The riders covered 14 laps of the 5.3km motor racing circuit around Albert Park, with sprints on laps 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14. Points were on offer for the top eight riders across the line, extending to the top 10 on the final sprint.

Max Walscheid (Sunweb) beat Viviani to the line in the first sprint, but Deceuninck-QuickStep showed their strength in depth as Michael Morkov also picked up four points. Indeed, despite Viviani's presence, it was a team effort, with Dries Devenyns winning two of the sprints from breakaways and Morkov placing in all but two. The clincher came at the end of lap 12, in the penultimate sprint, where QuickStep came across the line with Devenyns, Morkov and Viviani in the top three positions.

Despite Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) winning the enhanced prize in the final sprint to the line, the victory was already in the bag for QuickStep, who finished on 95 points, way out ahead of second-placed Jumbo-Visma, who scored 57 points through Thomas Leezer, Danny van Poppel, and George Bennett. Bora-Hansgrohe rounded out the podium with 40 points. 

Despite not winning a single sprint, Viviani placed in all but one, and his consistency was rewarded with victory in the individual sprint classification. He finished on 37 points, with Walscheid second on 31 and Devenyns third on 30. 

"It was about 40 degrees Celsius today and hard racing on the limit. We treated it like the Hammer Series, in that every time we had to sprint, we did it with two or three riders to take the team classification points," said Deceuninck-QuickStep directeur sportif Rik Van Slycke.

"The fight for the individual ranking was more intense, but Elia, helped by the guys, did a great job and secured the win in style. It was a big team effort today and a great example of the Wolfpack mentality. We now look with even more confidence to Sunday’s World Tour race."


#Team Result
1Deceuninck-QuickStep95 pts
2Team Jumbo-Visma57 
4Team Sunweb39 
5AG2R La Mondiale30 
6EF Education First28 
7Astana Pro Team25 
8Team Sky22 
9Dimension Data17 
10Australian Cycling Team-Kordamentha10 
11Lotto Soudal8 
13Team Bridgelane6 
15CCC Team3 
16UAE Team Emirates2 
Intermediate sprint 1 - lap 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb15 pts
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep12 
3Thomas Scully (NZl) EF Education First10 
4Brenton Jones (Aus) Delko Marseille Provence8 
5Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe6 
6Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep4 
7Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates2 
8Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team1 
Intermediate sprint 2 - lap 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep15 pts
2Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe12 
3Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep10 
4Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb8 
5Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep6 
6Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo4 
7Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb2 
8Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data1 
Intermediate sprint 3 - lap 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale15 pts
2Michael Valgren (Den) Dimension Data12 
3Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky10 
4Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal8 
5Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First6 
6Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma4 
7Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First2 
8Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep1 
Intermediate sprint 4 - lap 10
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma15 pts
2Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe12 
3Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma10 
4Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep8 
5Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin6 
6Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb4 
7Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team2 
8Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep1 
Intermediate sprint 5 - lap 12
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep15 pts
2Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep12 
3Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep10 
4Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma8 
5Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb6 
6Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb4 
7Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First2 
8Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin1 
Finish line
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team25 pts
2Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma20 
3Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale15 
4Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Sky12 
5Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe10 
6Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education First8 
7Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Team Bridgelane6 
8Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data4 
9Brenton Jones (Aus) Delko Marseille Provence2 
10Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep1 
Individual sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep37 pts
2Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb31 
3Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep30 
4Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team25 
5Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma24 
6Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep18 
7Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma18 
8George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma15 
9Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale15 
10Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale15 
11Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe12 
12Michael Valgren (Den) Dimension Data12 
13Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe12 
14Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Sky12 
15Thomas Scully (NZl) EF Education First10 
16Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep10 
17Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky10 
18Brenton Jones (Aus) Delko Marseille Provence10 
19Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe10 
20Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal8 
21Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education First8 
22Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb8 
23Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin7 
24Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Team Bridgelane6 
25Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe6 
26Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First6 
27Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data5 
28Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First4 
29Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo4 
30Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team3 
31Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates2 


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