Simon Yates wins Tour of the Alps

Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) calmly weathered a potentially hazardous final day to seal the overall title at the Tour of the Alps, as Felix Grossschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) clinched the stage win.

Among a 16-rider breakaway on the short and hilly 120.9km finale was Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), who had slipped to 14th overall but was still dangerous at four minutes on GC, and Yates’ teammates worked hard to keep the race under control on the two laps of the Riva del Garda finishing circuit.

Grossschartner survived the selection in the break on the first ascent of the circuit’s climb, the Lago di Tenno, before attacking and going solo on the second. He safely negotiated the 10km descent back into Riva del Garda and crossed the line 40 seconds clear.

His former breakaway companions Nicolas Roche (Team DSM) and Alessandro De Marchi (Israel Start-Up Nation) just managed to hang on to take second and third places, respectively, as Gianni Moscon (Ineos Grenadiers) led home the reduced bunch a few seconds later.

Yates, who didn’t face any serious attacks on the final climb, was safely in there to claim the third stage race victory of his career, boosting his status ahead of the Giro d’Italia.

“It feels really fantastic,” he said. “The team did a great job today, controlled it at the start, rode all day, then in final they were fantastic.

“It was a short day and there wasn’t so much action from the GC but it was still a hard day, with a lot of stress, and with a descent to the finish it’s always nervous.”

With Yates already around a minute clear, Pello Bilbao (Bahrain McLaren) and Alexandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) were content to seal their overall podium positions. There were only minor changes in the top 10, as Jefferson Cepeda (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) finished seven seconds behind the GC group. Cepeda held on to fourth overall but Sivakov dropped out of the top five to the favour of Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo).

How it unfolded

The short final stage took in the first-category Passo Duron in the first 40km before heading to Riva del Garda and two laps of the 22km finishing circuit, that was essentially an ascent then descent of the Lago di Tenno climb.

The 16-rider breakaway started to form after 25 kilometres on the early, draggy roads, with eight going clear and eight joining several kilometres later.

Grossscharter, Martin, De Marchi, and Roche were in the initial move, along with Tony Gallopin (AG2R Citroën), Michael Storer (Team DSM), Tejay van Garderen (EF Education-Nippo) and Vadim Pronskiy (Astana-Premier Tech).

Ahead of the Duron, they were joined by Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Ivan Sosa (Ineos Grenadiers), Matteo Fabbro (Bora-Hansgrohe), Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain Victorious), François Bidard (AG2R Citroën), Nick Schultz (BikeExchange) Julen Amezqueta (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), and Georg Steinhauser (Tirol-KTM).

By the top of the climb, where De Marchi took the points to take and seal the King of the Mountains jersey, the gap back to the peloton was just 2:25. Yates’ teammates were keeping a lid on things, and they continued the charge on the subsequent uphill section ahead of the descent into Riva del Garda.

By the time the breakaway crossed the finish line for the first time with 22km to go, the gap was down to 90 seconds. In town, that front group split up, with Martin dropped as Grossschartner, Pinot, Roche, De Marchi, Gallopin, Amezqueta, and Steinhauser pressed ahead.

They took their advantage out to two minutes as BikeExchange sat back, but Trek-Segafredo took up the chase on the first climb of Lago di Tenno and by the top it was back down to 1:10. Trek were looking to launch Gianluca Brambilla, who attacked on the descent and almost crashed as he took every risk going. However, after finding Martin, the pair were brought back by the bottom.

The seven leaders crossed the line for the bell lap with a lead of one minute, but they didn’t stay together long. As Storer, who had mounted a brave chase, fought to get back on and Grossschartner quickly upped the pace as the climb began. After fragmenting the group he put in another acceleration and was quickly and cleanly away.

Roche and De Marchi emerged as a chasing duo but the Austrian calmly opened a 45-second lead on the climb. Back in the bunch, a crash in the middle of the reduced group disrupted their early progress, but Yates’ men set about dictating a steady tempo all the way up.

The only attacks came a couple of kilometres from the top, but they were short lived, with Alejandro Osorio (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) quickly brought to heel.

Grossschartner crested the climb with a lead of 45 seconds over Roche and De Marchi, and 1:15 over the bunch. He held his own on the descent and the flatter final couple of kilometres were merely a procession. The bunch made up ground on the run-in but Roche and De Marchi gamely clung on to walk away with podium placings.

“It was planned since we messed up a bit on the second stage,” said Grossschartner. “I said ‘I don’t care, I try every day’. I was second on the third stage so I’m super happy today I can take the victory for the team.

“It’s always great to win, every pro cyclist knows it’s really hard to win a race when there are 160 guys fighting for the victory. It’s always special.”

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Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 3:03:38
2Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team DSM 0:00:34
3Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation
4Gianni Moscon (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:40
5Alejandro Osorio Carvajal (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
6Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM
7Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
8Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-Nippo
9Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain Victorious
10Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
11Henri Vandenabeele (Bel) Team DSM
12Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange
13Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Team BikeExchange
14Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
15Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech
16Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos
17Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
18Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic
19Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ
20Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo
21Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
22Joe Dombrowski (USA) UAE Team Emirates
23Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:47
24Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers
25Jefferson Cepeda (Ecu) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
26Florian Lipowitz (Ger) Tirol KTM Cycling Team 0:01:12
27Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation 0:01:14
28Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation 0:01:58
29Amanuel Gebreigzabhier (Eri) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:05
30Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation
31Natnael Tesfazion (Eri) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
32Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech 0:03:14
33Vadim Pronskiy (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
34Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
35Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
36Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R Citroën Team
37Callum Scotson (Aus) Team BikeExchange
38Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
39Erik Fetter (Hun) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:03:51
40Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain Victorious
41Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Team Qhubeka Assos
42Georg Steinhauser (Ger) Tirol KTM Cycling Team
43Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
44Simon Guglielmi (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
45Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
46Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
47Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
48Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
49Jaakko Hänninen (Fin) AG2R Citroën Team
50Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain Victorious
51Michael Storer (Aus) Team DSM 0:03:57
52Jonas Wilsly (Den) Astana-Premier Tech 0:04:34
53Tanel Kangert (Est) Team BikeExchange 0:05:02
54Antonio Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
55Romain Combaud (Fra) Team DSM 0:06:24
56Ben Zwiehoff (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
57Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
58Davide Gabburo (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:06:32
59Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:06:35
60Anton Palzer (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:06:36
61Lars van den Berg (Ned) Groupama-FDJ
62Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
63Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
64Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
65Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:06:38
66Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
67Cristian Scaroni (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo 0:08:08
68François Bidard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:08:52
69Andres Camilo Ardila Ordoñez (Col) UAE Team Emirates
70Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo 0:09:51
71Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:10:13
72Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-Nippo
73Chris Froome (GBr) Israel Start-up Nation
74Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
75Luca Chirico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
76Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
77Santiago Umba Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
78Filippo Zana (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
79Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Start-up Nation
80Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
81Winner Anacona (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic
82Cristian Camilo Muñoz Lancheros (Col) UAE Team Emirates
83Johnatan Cañaveral Vargas (Col) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
84Márton Dina (Hun) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
85Tejay van Garderen (USA) EF Education-Nippo
86Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ 0:11:42
87Sergio Roman Martin Galan (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
88Anton Kuzmin (Kaz) Gazprom-RusVelo
89Connor Brown (NZl) Team Qhubeka Assos
90Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ
91Kevin Colleoni (Ita) Team BikeExchange
92Jon Barrenetxea Golzarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
93Mathias Vacek (Cze) Gazprom-RusVelo
94Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
95Davide Bais (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
96Mark Christian (GBr) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
97Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën Team
98Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Team Qhubeka Assos
99Daniel Savini (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
100Felix Engelhardt (Ger) Tirol KTM Cycling Team
101Matevz Govekar (Slo) Tirol KTM Cycling Team
102William Barta (USA) EF Education-Nippo
103Edward Ravasi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
104Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
105Frederik Wandahl (Den) Bora-Hansgrohe
106Dayer Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic
107Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
108Leon Heinschke (Ger) Team DSM
109Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education-Nippo
110Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team BikeExchange
111Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:13:48
112Reuben Thompson (NZl) Groupama-FDJ
113Denis Nekrasov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
114Leonardo Basso (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
115Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates 0:14:27
116Nikolay Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo 0:14:33
DNFHarold Tejada Canacue (Col) Astana-Premier Tech
DNFMikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team BikeExchange
DNFReinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Qhubeka Assos
DNFRomain Hardy (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFAlessandro Fancellu (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
DNFKevin Pezzo Rosola (Ita) Tirol KTM Cycling Team
DNFEmanuel Zangerle (Aut) Tirol KTM Cycling Team
DNSJai Hindley (Aus) Team DSM
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Intermediate sprint - SP Fiave, 56.1km
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation 6
2Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team DSM 4
3Georg Steinhauser (Ger) Tirol KTM Cycling Team 2
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Mountain 1 - Passo Duron, 40.1km
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation 10
2Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 8
3Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 6
4Michael Storer (Aus) Team DSM 4
5Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 2
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Mountain 2 - Lago di Tenno, 86.8km
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Georg Steinhauser (Ger) Tirol KTM Cycling Team 6
2Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 4
3Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 2
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Young rider
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Osorio Carvajal (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 3:04:18
2Henri Vandenabeele (Bel) Team DSM
3Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ
4Jefferson Cepeda (Ecu) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:00:07
5Florian Lipowitz (Ger) Tirol KTM Cycling Team 0:00:32
6Natnael Tesfazion (Eri) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:01:25
7Vadim Pronskiy (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 0:02:34
8Erik Fetter (Hun) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:03:11
9Georg Steinhauser (Ger) Tirol KTM Cycling Team
10Lars van den Berg (Ned) Groupama-FDJ 0:05:56
11Andres Camilo Ardila Ordoñez (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:08:12
12Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Den) Trek-Segafredo 0:09:33
13Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
14Santiago Umba Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
15Filippo Zana (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
16Connor Brown (NZl) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:11:02
17Kevin Colleoni (Ita) Team BikeExchange
18Jon Barrenetxea Golzarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
19Mathias Vacek (Cze) Gazprom-RusVelo
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Final general classification after stage 5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange 18:36:06
2Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:58
3Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech 0:01:06
4Jefferson Cepeda (Ecu) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:02:25
5Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 0:02:37
6Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers 0:02:44
7Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:02:54
8Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-Nippo 0:03:12
9Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM
10Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Team BikeExchange 0:03:36
11Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:03:53
12Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:03:59
13Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 0:04:21
14Alejandro Osorio Carvajal (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:04:25
15Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation 0:04:35
16Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:05:01
17Joe Dombrowski (USA) UAE Team Emirates 0:06:20
18Florian Lipowitz (Ger) Tirol KTM Cycling Team 0:06:28
19Amanuel Gebreigzabhier (Eri) Trek-Segafredo 0:08:21
20Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain Victorious 0:08:53
21Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:09:48
22Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:09:52
23Gianni Moscon (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 0:10:07
24Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:10:17
25Erik Fetter (Hun) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:10:28
26Antonio Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:11:20
27Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ 0:11:38
28Vadim Pronskiy (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 0:12:01
29Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 0:12:05
30Jaakko Hänninen (Fin) AG2R Citroën Team 0:12:31
31Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation 0:13:13
32Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 0:13:30
33Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R Citroën Team 0:14:04
34Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:14:33
35Ben Zwiehoff (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:14:52
36Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:15:43
37Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Den) Trek-Segafredo 0:16:32
38Andres Camilo Ardila Ordoñez (Col) UAE Team Emirates
39Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:16:33
40Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-Segafredo 0:16:55
41Georg Steinhauser (Ger) Tirol KTM Cycling Team 0:17:28
42Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 0:17:39
43Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team DSM 0:17:45
44Edward Ravasi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:18:10
45Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:18:34
46Tejay van Garderen (USA) EF Education-Nippo 0:19:01
47Anton Palzer (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:20:52
48Luca Chirico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:20:54
49Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Start-up Nation 0:21:18
50François Bidard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:21:44
51Natnael Tesfazion (Eri) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:22:12
52Winner Anacona (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:22:14
53Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo 0:22:33
54Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:23:58
55Jonas Wilsly (Den) Astana-Premier Tech 0:24:33
56Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:24:43
57Simon Guglielmi (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:24:49
58Lars van den Berg (Ned) Groupama-FDJ 0:24:59
59Tanel Kangert (Est) Team BikeExchange 0:25:09
60Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:25:35
61Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:26:25
62Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation 0:27:13
63Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation 0:27:15
64Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo