Jonas Vingegaard wins Drôme Classic

Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) held off the chasers and charged up the final climb to take victory in the Drome Classic. 

The 25-year-old Danish rider was part of a move that went clear with 38 kilometres remaining before breaking clear with Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates). 

On the penultimate climb Julian Alaphilippe (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl Team) attacked on the steepest 16 per cent gradient with Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën Team) able to follow. 

The trio were chasing the leaders into the finish at Étoile-sur-Rhône but on the finishing climb but Vingegaard narrowly held off finishing three seconds ahead of a quick finishing Martin in second and Cosnefroy third. 

Ayuso, aged 19, cracked on the final climb but finished fourth ahead of Alaphilippe who also faltered on the final hill. 

The win was Vingegaard’s sixth of his career and first of the season. 

How it unfolded

As in the previous day’s one-day race, the Ardèche Classic, all eyes were again on world road champion Julian Alaphilippe (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl Team) and former three-time Vuelta a España winner Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma). 

However, the previous day saw both the favourites cancel each other out allowing Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) to take a solo victory. 

McNulty also started the Drone Classic as the field largely mirrored that of the previous day. 

A field of 142 riders faced 191 kilometres through the villages of the Drome region in the south-east of France including 16 categorised climbs before an uphill finish in Étoile-sur-Rhône. 

Short but steep climbs characterised the course with the longest three climbs being around four kilometres in length and over 2,300 metres were climbed over the course. 

The early breakaway consisted of Asbjørn Hellemose (Trek-Segafredo), Anthon Charmig (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team), Johan Means (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Mathias Bregnhøj (Riwal Cycling Team), Thomas Denis (Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Métropole) and Axel Mariault (Team U Nantes Atlantique). 

The breakaway’s gap peaked at around the five-minute mark but with UAE Team Emirates, Alpecin-Fenix, Lotto Soudal and Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux sharing the tempo setting their advantage slowly decreased to 2-10 with 90 kilometres remaining. 

On the approach to the steep and narrow Mur d'Allex the peloton was at full speed reducing the breakaway’s gap to less than a minute despite having 65 kilometres remaining and Means was the next riders dropped from the front group. 

Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies) attacked on the climb and caught Means before jumping across to the leaders who had a gap of 37 seconds on the bunch. 

The bunch caught the breakaway, including Latour, on the Col de la Grande Limite lower slopes with 40 kilometres remaining. 

On the 3.9-kilometre climb Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) attacked taking with him a group of four riders including Mauri Vansevenant (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl Team), Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) and Victor Lafay (Cofidis). 

Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) was part of a chasing quartet which bridged across to the leaders along with Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ), Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) and Sylvain Moniquet (Lotto Soudal). 

AG2R Citroën Team had missed the breakaway move and were forced to chase the 58-second advantage the leaders had with 30 kilometres remaining. 

On the following Côte des Roberts the strength of 19-year-old Ayuso pulled him clear of the leading group with Vingegaard covering the move. 

Hitting the Côte de Grâne with 20 kilometres remaining the leading duo had a gap of 17 seconds on the chasers and 54 seconds over the peloton driven by QuickStep-AlphaVinyl Team. 

Alaphilippe took the front of the peloton on the technical descent forcing a split in the bunch with 18 kilometres remaining and two classified climbs. 

However, the world champion found unwilling participants in the small split and the reduced bunch pulled Alaphilippe and the remains of the breakaway back leaving just two leaders. 

The penultimate climb was the narrow and steep Mur d'Allex and Alaphilippe attacked on the steepest 16 per cent gradient with Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën Team) able to follow. 

Over the final classified climb with 10 kilometres remaining the leading dup had a gap of 21 seconds over the Alaphilippe group while a reduced peloton was at 37 seconds. 

On the flat road into the finishing climb the leaders were holding on with Alaphilippe, Martin and Cosnefroy sitting just 14 seconds behind with four kilometres to go. 

That gap held approaching the final kilometre as Vingegaard pushed the pace into the final one-kilometre climb in Étoile-sur-Rhône. 

Cosnefroy and Martin charged after the leading pair on the finish climb but Alaphilippe could not respond. 

At the front Vingegaard made his move with 300 metres to go and despite Martin and Cosnefroy closing he held on for victory. 

Martin took second and Cosnefroy third both passing Ayuso in the final stages who finished fourth. 

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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 4:37:05
2Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis 0:00:03
3Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
4Juan Ayuso Pesquera (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:21
5Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:00:29
6Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) TotalEnergies 0:00:34
7Biniam Girmay (Eri) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:00:36
8Stefano Oldani (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
9Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkea-Samsic
10Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) TotalEnergies 0:00:38
11Quentin Pacher (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
12Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
13Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
14Floris De Tier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
15Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
16Quinn Simmons (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:42
17Julien Simon (Fra) TotalEnergies
18Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
19Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis 0:00:44
20Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
21Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:46
22Simon Guglielmi (Fra) Arkea-Samsic 0:00:48
23Mauro Schmid (Swi) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
24Torstein Træen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
25Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal
26Andréa Mifsud (Fra) Nice Metropole Cote D'Azur
27Harold Tejada Canacue (Col) Astana Qazaqstan Team
28Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:53
29Sylvain Moniquet (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:56
30Sam Oomen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:59
31Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:01
32Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:03
33Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe
34Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:14
35Axel Zingle (Fra) Cofidis 0:01:27
36Kenny Molly (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
37Louis Barre (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique 0:01:30
38Romain Gregoire (Fra) Groupama - Fdj 0:01:38
39Laurent Pichon (Fra) Arkea-Samsic
40Lilian Calmejane (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team 0:01:39
41Franck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM 0:01:40
42Remy Mertz (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB 0:01:46
43Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:51
44Marco Tizza (Ita) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
45Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:53
46Valentin Ferron (Fra) TotalEnergies
47Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
48Fabien Doubey (Fra) TotalEnergies 0:02:04
49Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Cofidis 0:02:29
50Andres Camilo Ardila Ordoñez (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:45
51Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis 0:03:12
52Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates 0:03:19
53Gil Gelders (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces Wb Development Team 0:03:45
54Jan Bakelants (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
55Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan Team
56Gijs Leemreize (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:03:47
57Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
58Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Arkea-Samsic 0:03:51
59Jacob Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Cycling Team
60Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:04:00
61Hugo Page (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:04:10
62Luc Wirtgen (Lux) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
63Victor Koretzky (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM 0:06:08
64Reuben Thompson (NZl) Groupama - Fdj
65Mikaël Cherel (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team 0:06:09
66Torjus Sleen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 0:06:14
67Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Arkea-Samsic
68Anthony Maldonado (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93
69Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal
70Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
71Jeremy Cabot (Fra) TotalEnergies 0:06:19
72Tristan Delacroix (Fra) Nice Metropole Cote D'Azur 0:06:27
73Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:06:34
74Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:06:36
75Alexis Gougeard (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM 0:06:38
76Niklas Eg (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 0:06:58
77Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team 0:08:16
78Alan Riou (Fra) Arkea-Samsic 0:08:49
79Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
80Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fra) Cofidis 0:09:58
81Clément Carisey (Fra) Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Metropole
82Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies
83Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique
84Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan Team 0:10:07
85Mathias Bregnhøj (Den) Riwal Cycling Team 0:13:05
86Tom Mainguenaud (Fra) Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Metropole
87Yoann Paillot (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93
88Asbjørn Hellemose (Den) Trek-Segafredo
89Martin Urianstad (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
90Jaakko Hänninen (Fin) AG2R Citroen Team
91Paul Hennequin (Fra) Nice Metropole Cote D'Azur
92Elmar Reinders (Ned) Riwal Cycling Team
93Cyril Gautier (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
94Maxime Chevalier (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
95Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
96Ben Zwiehoff (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
97Romain Hardy (Fra) Arkea-Samsic
98Anthon Charmig (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
99Flavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93
100Jacob Madsen (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
101Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Cycling Team 0:13:11
102Georg Zimmermann (Ger) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
103Théo Delacroix (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:13:12
104Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
105Nurbergen Nurlykhassym (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team
106Maxime Urruty (Fra) Nice Metropole Cote D'Azur
107Morné Van Niekerk (RSA) St Michel - Auber 93
108Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
109Giovanni Aleotti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
110Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) Astana Qazaqstan Team
111Joe Dombrowski (USA) Astana Qazaqstan Team
112Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:13:21
113Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFBruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
DNFFinn Fisher-Black (NZl) UAE Team Emirates
DNFJoel Suter (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
DNFSimon Dehairs (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix Development Team
DNFEdward Anderson (USA) Alpecin-Fenix
DNFMatteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNSAnton Palzer (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFAntwan Tolhoek (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
DNFAndrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team
DNFSimone Petilli (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
DNFRémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis
DNFThomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFKamil Malecki (Pol) Lotto Soudal
DNFAnders Halland Johannessen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
DNFThibault Ferasse (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
DNFSebastian Schönberger (Aut) B&B Hotels-KTM
DNFJohan Meens (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
DNSDimitri Peyskens (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
DNFMartijn Budding (Ned) Riwal Cycling Team
DNSChristoffer Lisson (Den) Riwal Cycling Team
DNFTony Hurel (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93
DNFThomas Denis (Fra) Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNFMaxime Jarnet (Fra) Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNFJérémy Leveau (Fra) Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNSEvaldas Šiškevičius (Ltu) Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNFLeo Danes (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique
DNFMaël Guegan (Fra)
DNFJordan Jegat (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique
DNFAxel Mariault (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique
DNFEmmanuel Morin (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique
DNFJonathan Couanon (Fra) Nice Metropole Cote D'Azur
DNFKévin Besson (Fra) Nice Metropole Cote D'Azur
DNFEdouard Bonnefoix (Fra) Nice Metropole Cote D'Azur

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