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QuickStep win Settimana Coppi e Bartali finale with Cerny-Cavagna 1-2

Josef Cerny won stage 5 of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali on Saturday in Cantagrillo, crossing the line in Cantagrillo with teammate Rémi Cavagna for a QuickStep-AlphaVinyl 1-2 on the final day of the race.

The Czech rider had separated from a breakaway group on the hilly stage with just under 20 kilometres to go to gain his first victory of the year.

Cavagna, meanwhile, broke away from Omer Goldstein (Israel-Premier Tech) with 3km to go, who grabbed the final spot on the podium in third. Julius Van den Berg (EF Education-EasyPost) finished fourth.

All four riders were part of the original 10-rider breakaway that formed in the opening kilometres of the 160km day. The trio of Cerny, Cavagna and Goldstein broke clear at the front with 50km to go, and at one point saw Goldstein, who started the day 6:58 behind Eddie Dunbar, in the virtual GC lead as they gained more than nine minutes on the peloton.

4:23 after Cerny and Cavagna crossed the line in celebration, Eddie Dunbar (Ineos Grenadiers) finished in what remained of the peloton to claim the general classification title, a debut win in his five-year pro career. It was also the first stage race victory for Ineos Grenadiers this season.

“I think we proved from the first two stages that we had the strongest team here. Yeah, Ineos are very experienced when we have the leader’s jersey and putting in the correct strategy, and we did that today. We kept it under control. It was just up to me and Ben then[on last lap] to control the GC guys. We only had two guys to watch in Simon Carr and Hirschi. We let the breakaway go and that took the stress away from bonus seconds," Dunbar told online outlet CyclingPro after the finish.  

Not to be outdone by QuickStep, Ineos went 1-2 on the GC podium with Ben Tulett securing second overall, nine seconds down from his teammate. Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) finished third overall, back 24 seconds.

“It’s been a super week for the team here, coming home with three jerseys - Tuesday’s win, Eddie winning the GC and myself coming in second. It’s been a very successful week for the team,” Tulett said at the finish press area. 

“Today we were presented with a hard finishing stage, so I think we controlled it pretty well and maintained our position in the GC. We achieved our objectives.”

Tulett, who won stage 3, was recognised as the best young rider, while his teammate Hayter claimed the points classification. The winner of the mountain classification was Andrea Garosio (Biesse-Carrera).

How it unfolded

Warm temperatures and blue skies saw the peloton embark for 160 kilometres with the departure from Casalguidi, the hometown of former champion Franco Ballerini.

After some flat racing, the stage gears up with a wide road back to Casalguidi and then to Cantagrillo, and at kilometre 102.3 of the race the first of a trio of finish circuits began, each 19.3km in length and the main feature being climbs over Mungherino, a cat 2 ascent on the first two passes.

It was a stair-step climb with 8.1 per cent average on the opening 2.9km and then final kick up for 1.6km at 6.5 per cent. The final time up the 'de Baco' climb took place 12km from the finish, more than half of which downhill, and made it a springboard for any breakaway.

Five kilometres into the final matchup a group of 10 riders formed: Frederik Wandahl (Bora-Hansgrohe), Fabio Van den Bossche (Alpecin-Fenix), David Martin (Eolo-Kometa), Giovanni Carboni (Italy National Team), Jacopo Cortese (Mg.K Vis-Color for Peace-VPM), Julius van der Berg (EF Education-EasyPost), Omer Goldstein (Israel-Premier Tech), Tom Paquot and Johan Meens (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Josef Cerny and Rémi Cavagna (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl).

The group moved to an advantage of more than eight minutes after 75km of racing, and the time began to roll back on the climb to San Baronto, which was featured after a relatively flat section of the stage and the second phase gave way to climbing.

Cerny, Cavagna and Goldstein were the first from the lead group to attack, and with less than 50km remaining and pushed to an 18-second advantage for clear separation. The peloton, with race leader Dunbar protected by his Ineos Grenadiers teammates, were 8:15 back and riders began to splinter from the peloton.

As the leading trio grabbed the final KOM points across the Mungherino, their advantage from the peloton continued to grow to nine minutes with 30 kilometres to race. Cavanga and Cerny were more than 45 minutes in arrears of the race lead, but Goldstein started the day as the closest to GC leader Dunbar, 6:58 back, giving impetus to Ineos to get down to business headed to the final finish circuit.

Cerny gave it a go at the front just before 20km to go, Cavagna and Goldstein loosening the reins at the front, which allowed Van den Berg to join from the original breakaway group. While Cerny quickly gained 55 seconds to the trio, the peloton began to trim its margin to 7:50.

Van den Berg lost contact with Cavagna and Goldstein on the final climb and the pair drove on with 27 seconds between them and Cerny. With three kilometres to go, Cavagna moved to the front of the chase duo and dropped Goldstein. He would make it to his teammate with 500 metres to go and the pair rode across the line together.

Goldstein completed the stage in third, but lost any hopes of overtaking Dunbar as the Irishman finished 4:23 behind the stage winner in a bunch sprint, which was led by Natnael Tesfazion (Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli).

Results - stage 5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Josef Cerny (Cze) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 3:56:55
2Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel-Premier Tech 0:00:14
4Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-EasyPost 0:00:46
5Frederik Wandahl (Den) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:03:03
6Fabio Van Den Bossche (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
7Tom Paquot (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
8Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Italy 0:03:05
9Natnael Tesfazion (Eri) Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli 0:04:23
10Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
11Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
12Mauro Schmid (Swi) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
13Cristian Scaroni (Ita) Italy
14David Martin Romero (Spa) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
15Eddie Dunbar (Irl) Ineos Grenadiers
16Ben Tulett (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
17Jacopo Cortese (Ita) Mg.K Vis Colors For Peace Vpm
18Johannes Staune-Mittet (Nor) Jumbo-Visma Development Team
19Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
20Simon Carr (GBr) EF Education-EasyPost
21Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
22Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 0:04:25
23Harold Martin Lopez Granizo (Ecu) Astana Qazaqstan Development Team 0:04:47
24Floris De Tier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
25Gijs Leemreize (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
26Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
27Andres Camilo Ardila Ordoñez (Col) UAE Team Emirates
28Mason Hollyman (GBr) Israel Cycling Academy
29Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan Team
30Juan Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Qazaqstan Development Team
31Nicola Conci (Ita) Italy
32Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:04:50
33Jan Maas (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:06:25
34Maximilian Stedman (GBr) Mg.K Vis Colors For Peace Vpm
35Guy Niv (Isr) Israel-Premier Tech
36Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
37Thomas Pesenti (Ita) Beltrami Tsa Tre Colli
38Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli
39Dion Smith (NZl) BikeExchange-Jayco
40Paul Double (GBr) Mg.K Vis Colors For Peace Vpm
41Kenny Molly (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
42Jefferson Cepeda (Ecu) Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
43Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
44Sergio Garcia Gonzalez (Spa) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:08:06
45Alessandro Monaco (Ita) Giotti Victoria Savini Due 0:11:20
46Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-EasyPost 0:12:04
47Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli
48Kevin Colleoni (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco
49Matteo Sobrero (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco
50Gabriele Petrelli (Ita) Italy
51James Knox (GBr) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
52German Dario Gomez Becerra (Col) Colombia Tierra De Atletas Gw Shimano
53Patrick Gamper (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
54Edgar Andres Pinzon Villalba (Col) Colombia Tierra De Atletas Gw Shimano
55Michael Belleri (Ita) Biesse-Carrera
56Simon Pellaud (Swi) Trek-Segafredo
57Raul Colombo (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
58James Shaw (GBr) EF Education-EasyPost
59Nurbergen Nurlykhassym (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team
60Tanel Kangert (Est) BikeExchange-Jayco
61Tony Gallopin (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
62Filippo Zana (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
63Chris Froome (GBr) Israel-Premier Tech
64Cameron Wurf (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers
65Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli
66Andrea Garosio (Ita) Biesse-Carrera
67Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
68Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
69Mick van Dijke (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
70Nicolas Dalla Valle (Ita) Giotti Victoria Savini Due 0:13:33
71Daniel Viegas (Por) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
72Matteo Amella (Ita) Team Corratec
73Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
74Remy Mertz (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
75Luc Wirtgen (Lux) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
76Omar El Gouzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
77Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
78Riccardo Lucca (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
79Erik Fetter (Hun) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
80Antonio Nibali (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan Team
81Marco Tizza (Ita) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB 0:16:11
82Laurens De Plus (Bel) Ineos Grenadiers 0:16:14
83Matthew Walls (GBr) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:17:03
84Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
85Andrea Piras (Ita) Beltrami Tsa Tre Colli
86Mattias Nordal (Den) Biesse-Carrera
87Cristian David Rico Lemus (Col) Colombia Tierra De Atletas Gw Shimano
88Pietro Aimonetto (Ita) Beltrami Tsa Tre Colli
89Francesco Zandri (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
90Riccardo Carretta (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
91Giovanni Bortoluzzi (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
92Emil Dima (Rom) Giotti Victoria Savini Due
93Andrea Biancalani (Ita) Beltrami Tsa Tre Colli
94Alex Howes (USA) EF Education-EasyPost
95Riccardo Ciuccarelli (Ita) Biesse-Carrera
96Johan Meens (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
97Paul Wright (NZl) Mg.K Vis Colors For Peace Vpm
98Francesco Carollo (Ita) Mg.K Vis Colors For Peace Vpm
99Christian Danilo Pase (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
DNFLoe Van Belle (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Development Team
DNFCian Uijtdebroeks (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFSalvatore Puccio (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
DNFReto Hollenstein (Swi) Israel-Premier Tech
DNFCameron Meyer (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
DNFAlessio Nieri (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
DNFAlessandro Santaromita Villa (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
DNFSamuele Rivi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
DNFAlejandro Ropero Molina (Spa) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
DNFAlessandro Fedeli (Ita) Italy
DNFMarco Canola (Ita) Italy
DNFEdoardo Faresin (Ita) Italy
DNFSimone Olivero (Ita) Team Corratec
DNSAlex Tolio (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
DNSGiacomo Villa (Ita) Biesse-Carrera
DNSAnders Foldager (Den) Biesse-Carrera

General classification after stage 5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eddie Dunbar (Irl) Ineos Grenadiers 20:38:18
2Ben Tulett (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:09
3Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:24
4Simon Carr (GBr) EF Education-EasyPost 0:00:30
5Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:45
6Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:48
7Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:23
8Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:25
9Natnael Tesfazion (Eri) Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli 0:01:38
10Nicola Conci (Ita) Italy
11Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan Team 0:01:59
12Cristian Scaroni (Ita) Italy 0:02:02
13Floris De Tier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:02:21
14Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel-Premier Tech 0:02:45
15Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:03:14
16Johannes Staune-Mittet (Nor) Jumbo-Visma Development Team 0:03:26
17Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:03:29
18Andres Camilo Ardila Ordoñez (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:04:24
19Jefferson Cepeda (Ecu) Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
20Gijs Leemreize (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:04:29
21Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:06:19
22Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli 0:06:32
23Thomas Pesenti (Ita) Beltrami Tsa Tre Colli 0:07:41
24Kenny Molly (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB 0:09:18
25Maximilian Stedman (GBr) Mg.K Vis Colors For Peace Vpm 0:09:59
26Filippo Zana (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:11:07
27Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Italy 0:12:50
28Matteo Sobrero (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:14:41
29Marco Tizza (Ita) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB 0:16:23
30Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 0:18:09
31Mauro Schmid (Swi) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:18:27
32Tanel Kangert (Est) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:19:14
33Juan Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Qazaqstan Development Team 0:23:51
34Remy Mertz (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB 0:25:20
35Kevin Colleoni (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:25:42
36German Dario Gomez Becerra (Col) Colombia Tierra De Atletas Gw Shimano 0:26:01
37Mason Hollyman (GBr) Israel Cycling Academy 0:26:51
38Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:26:57
39Guy Niv (Isr) Israel-Premier Tech 0:27:46
40Erik Fetter (Hun) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:28:56
41Harold Martin Lopez Granizo (Ecu) Astana Qazaqstan Development Team 0:30:37
42Dion Smith (NZl) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:35:03
43Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix 0:35:38
44Luc Wirtgen (Lux) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB 0:36:44
45Frederik Wandahl (Den) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:38:37
46Andrea Garosio (Ita) Biesse-Carrera 0:40:25
47Tony Gallopin (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:40:42
48Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:43:19
49Sergio Garcia Gonzalez (Spa) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:44:09
50James Shaw (GBr) EF Education-EasyPost 0:47:18
51Jan Maas (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:48:26
52Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 0:48:40
53Mick van Dijke (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:52:47
54Josef Cerny (Cze) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:54:08
55Michael Belleri (Ita) Biesse-Carrera 0:55:38
56Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-EasyPost 0:56:31
57Riccardo Ciuccarelli (Ita) Biesse-Carrera 0:56:35
58Fabio Van Den Bossche (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:56:59
59Edgar Andres Pinzon Villalba (Col) Colombia Tierra De Atletas Gw Shimano 0:58:29
60Alessandro Monaco (Ita) Giotti Victoria Savini Due 0:58:39
61Patrick Gamper (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:58:50
62Paul Double (GBr) Mg.K Vis Colors For Peace Vpm 0:59:16
63Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-EasyPost 1:02:24
64Andrea Piras (Ita) Beltrami Tsa Tre Colli 1:03:16
65Omar El Gouzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 1:03:20
66Riccardo Lucca (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
67David Martin Romero (Spa) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 1:03:57
68Tom Paquot (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
69Antonio Nibali (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan Team 1:04:03
70Cristian David Rico Lemus (Col) Colombia Tierra De Atletas Gw Shimano 1:04:22
71Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli 1:05:04
72Simon Pellaud (Swi) Trek-Segafredo
73Francesco Carollo (Ita) Mg.K Vis Colors For Peace Vpm 1:06:50
74Gabriele Petrelli (Ita) Italy 1:07:33
75Cameron Wurf (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 1:07:49
76Raul Colombo (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek 1:08:27
77Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli
78James Knox (GBr) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
79Jacopo Cortese (Ita) Mg.K Vis Colors For Peace Vpm 1:08:28
80Nurbergen Nurlykhassym (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team 1:11:38
81Johan Meens (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB 1:12:01
82Giovanni Bortoluzzi (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek 1:12:32
83Laurens De Plus (Bel) Ineos Grenadiers 1:12:37
84Nicolas Dalla Valle (Ita) Giotti Victoria Savini Due 1:13:07
85Paul Wright (NZl) Mg.K Vis Colors For Peace Vpm 1:15:20
86Chris Froome (GBr) Israel-Premier Tech 1:16:09
87Mattias Nordal (Den) Biesse-Carrera 1:16:37
88Francesco Zandri (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
89Alex Howes (USA) EF Education-EasyPost
90Daniel Viegas (Por) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 1:17:38
91Matteo Amella (Ita) Team Corratec
92Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 1:17:51
93Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo 1:21:08
94Riccardo Carretta (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
95Christian Danilo Pase (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
96Matthew Walls (GBr) Bora-Hansgrohe
97Emil Dima (Rom) Giotti Victoria Savini Due
98Andrea Biancalani (Ita) Beltrami Tsa Tre Colli 1:25:02
99Pietro Aimonetto (Ita) Beltrami Tsa Tre Colli 1:25:06

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Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).

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