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2020 Faun Ardèche Classic (1.Pro), France

20th edition: Saturday, February 29, 2020

Faun Ardèche Classic podium history | 2019 edition | Course map and profile | Start list

Guilherand-Granges - Guilherand-Granges, 184.4 km

Remi CAvagna

Rémi Cavagna wins after a great solo breakaway. Bravo!

Weather at the start/finish city of Guilherand-Granges at 1:50 PM, local time: 13C (56F), cloudy & windy. The wind is from the south at 32 km/hr (20 mph). Showers should hold off until 4:30.

The race: Here's the report from winner Rémi Cavagna's Deceuninck-Quick Step team.

Rémi Cavagna became the seventh different Deceuninck – Quick-Step to notch up a victory this season, after a bold breakaway which saw him attack from the gun, drop his companions with 50 kilometers to go in inclement weather conditions and soldier on all the way to the finish in Valence, where he won by a huge margin of three minutes over the closest chasers.

“Today was chilly and wet, only adding to the difficulty of the race, but I felt good, gave everything and did my own race, and I’m really happy of how things panned out. I love breakaways, it motivates me a lot when I’m at the front, and to take a victory for the Wolfpack so early in the season feeds my confidence”, an elated Rémi said after his sumptuous show of strength on home turf.

Grey clouds and cold temperatures greeted the peloton at the start of Saturday’s Ardèche Classic (184.5km), which soon was battered by the rain, making things even more complicated and whittling down the peloton, several riders deciding to call it a day in the first hour of the race. At that point, Cavagna – who had launched the first attack of the day – was already at the front with four other guys, enjoying a four-minute lead, that at least on paper, looked manageable for the bunch.

As always when going into the break, Rémi had other plans and was determined to not go down without a fight, setting the tempo unfazed by the short but stinging climbs and putting in an awesome amount of effort which helped the five-man group extend their advantage to six minutes midway through the race. Sensing an opportunity was up for grabs, the 24-year-old pushed the pedal to the metal again, only Ben King (NTT Data) being capable of joining him, but not even this pleased the Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider, who threw caution to the wind and went again with 50 kilometers to go, opening up a small gap.

What were ten seconds turned into one minute on Côte de Toulaud, and the advantage kept creeping out over the up-and-down course, while from behind, several riders got out of the saddle, stirring things in the peloton, where cracks began appearing. For his part, Cavagna continued to build time, powering over Saint-Romain-de-Lerps and Val d’Enfer climbs, not even the wet descents being able to slow down the “TGV of Clermont-Ferrand”, who was in beast mood until the finish in Valence, where he was greeted by a big round of applause as he sealed his fourth career victory.

“I know these two races, but to be quite frank, I initially wanted to try something on Sunday, because I thought today would be too hard for me. I attacked on the first climb because I didn’t want to spend the entire race in the bunch with all this rain”, Rémi explained the reasons behind his move. “I felt strong, did my turns and then dropped the others. Once I got a gap, I kept a solid tempo and I remained confident that I was capable of going all the way to the line, especially after my break in La Provence, when I got caught only on the Ventoux. Ok, the final was different here, but still very tough, so to pull it off after such a long breakaway feels great!”

Complete results:

184.4 kilometers raced at an average speed of 35.329 km/hr

1 Rémi Cavagna Deceuninck-Quick Step 5hr 13min 10sec
2 Tanel Kangert EF Pro Cycling @ 2min 51sec
3 Guillaume Martin Cofidis 2' 55''
4 Warren Barguil Arkéa-Samsic 3' 24''
5 Nicolas Edet Cofidis 4' 35''
6 Lorenzo Rota Vini Zabù-KTM 5' 07''
7 Mikkel Honoré Deceuninck-Quick Step 5' 22''
8 Benjamin King NTT Pro Cycling 5' 36''
9 Nans Peters Ag2r La Mondiale 5' 38''
10 Andrea Bagioli Deceuninck-Quick Step 5' 43''
11 Lilian Calmejane Total Direct Energie 5' 49''
12 Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier NTT Pro Cycling 5' 53''
13 Arjen Livyns Bingoal-WB 5' 55''
14 Roman Kreuziger NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
15 Dáyer Quintana Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
16 Aurélien Paret-Peintre Ag2r La Mondiale 6' 39''
17 Vincenzo Nibali Trek-Segafredo 7' 58''
18 Gotzon Martín Fundación-Orbea 8' 07''
19 Arnaud Courteille B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 8' 51''
20 Simone Petilli Circus-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
21 Gonzalo Serrano Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 9' 31''
22 Txomin Juaristi Fundación-Orbea 9' 46''
23 Nathan Brown Rally Cycling 10' 51''
24 Maxime Bouet Arkéa-Samsic 11' 21''
25 Kristian Aasvold Riwal-Readynez s.t.
26 Sean Bennett EF Pro Cycling s.t.
27 Emil Vinjebo Riwal-Readynez s.t.
28 Julien Mortier Bingoal-WB 11' 43''
29 Juan Felipe Osorio Burgos-BH 11' 43''
30 Edoardo Zardini Vini Zabù-KTM 11' 57''
31 Anthony Perez Cofidis s.t.
32 Cyril Gautier B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 13' 55''
33 Fabien Doubey Circus-Wanty-Gobert 16' 05''
34 Maxime Chevalier B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 17' 33''
35 James Shaw Riwal-Readynez 18' 55''
36 Ryan Gibbons NTT Pro Cycling 19' 16''
37 Carlos Barbero NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
38 Ian Garrison Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
39 Benoît Cosnefroy Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
40 Romain Sicard Total Direct Energie s.t.
41 Maurits Lammertink Circus-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
42 Antonio Nibali Trek-Segafredo s.t.
43 Sebastian Schönberger B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 19' 37''

Faun Ardèche Classic map and profile:

Faun Ardeche Classic map

Course map

Faun Ardeche Classic profile

Course profile


Start list with back numbers, February 28, 2020:

Total Direct Energie
1 CALMEJANE Lilian
2 GAILLARD Marlon
3 COUSIN Jerome
4 GRELLIER Fabien
5 HIVERT Jonathan
6 SICARD Romain
7 SIMON Julien
Deceunbinck-Quick Step
11 ALAPHILIPPE Julian
12 ALMEIDA João
13 BAGIOLI Andrea
14 CAVAGNA Rémi
15 DEVENYNS Dries
16 GARRISON Ian
17 HONORÉ Mikkel
Trek-Segafredo
21 NIBALI Vincenzo
22 BERNARD Julien
23 KAMP EGESTED Alexander
24 MOLLEMA Bauke
25 NIBALI Antonio
26 RIES Michel
Groupama-FDJ
31 LADAGNOUS Matthieu
32 VINCENT Leo
33 FRANKINY Kilian
34 GUGLIELMI Simon
35 MADOUAS Valentin
36 REICHENBACH Sébastien
37 ROUX Anthony
EF Education First
41 BENNETT Sean
42 BETTIOL Alberto
43 CAICEDO Jonathan
44 CLARKE Simon
45 KANGERT Tanel
46 VILLALOBOS Luis
47 WHELAN James
NTT Pro Cycling
51 KREUZIGER Roman
52 BARBERO Carlos
53 WERKILUL Amanuel
54 GIBBONS Ryan
55 KING Benjamin
56 MÄDER Gino
57 SOBRERO Matteo
Cofidis
61 MARTIN Guillaume
62 EDET Nicolas
63 LAFAY Victor
64 LE TURNIER Mathias
65 FINÉ Eddy
66 PEREZ Anthony
67 PERICHON Pierre-Luc
Wallonie-Bruxelles
71 HUYS Laurens
72 LIVYNS Arjen
73 MOLLY Kenny
74 MORTIER Julien
75 PEYSKENS Dimitri
76 VANENDERT Jelle
77 WIRTGEN Luc
Ag2r La Mondiale
81 CHEREL Mickaël
82 COSNEFROY Benoit
83 GASTAUER Ben
84 FRANK Mathias
85 GENIEZ Alexandre
86 PARET-PEINTRE Aurélien
87 PETERS Nans
Arkea-Samsic
91 BARGUIL Warren
92 LE ROUX Romain
93 BOUET Maxime
94 DELAPLACE Anthony
95 QUINTANA Dayer
96 OWSIAN Lukasz
97 PICHON Laurent
Nippo-Delko Provence
101 BARBIER Pierre
102 SISKEVICIUS Evaldas
103 BEPPU Fumiyuki
104 MINALI Riccardo
105 FEDELI Alessandro
106 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas
107 TRARIEUX Julien
B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
111 CAM Maxime
112 COURTEILLE Arnaud
113 GAUTIER Cyril
114 PACHER Quentin
115 ROLLAND Pierre
116 SCHÖNBERGER Sebastian
117 CHEVALIER Maxime
Burgos-BH
121 GUERRERO Pablo
122 MOLENAAR Alex
123 OSORIO Juan
124 RUBIO Diego
125 BOL Jetse
126 VILELA Ricardo
127 CANAL Carlos
Fundacion-Orbea
131 ARISTI Mikel
132 ANGULO Antonio
133 IRIZAR Julen
134 BRAVO Garikoitz
135 GOIKOETXEA Peio
136 MARTIN Gotzon
137 ARANBURU Jokin
Rally Cycling
141 BASSETT Stephen
142 BROWN Nathan
143 DAL-CIN Matteo
144 ELLSAY Nigel
145 MAGNER Tyler
146 ORONTE Emerson
147 ZUKOWSKY Nick
Vini Zabu-KTM
151 BEVILACQUA Mattia
152 BUSATO Matteo
153 FRAPPORTI Marco
154 IACCHI Alessandro
155 ROTA Lorenzo
156 WACKERMANN Luca
157 ZARDINI Edoardo
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
161 SERRANO Gonzalo
162 CUADROS Alvaro
163 LAZKANO Oier
164 NICOLAU Joel
165 CAÑELLAS Xavier
166 IRISARRI Jon
167 URBANO Carmelo
Circus-Wanty Gobert
171 BELLICAUD Jérémy
172 DEGAND Thomas
173 DOUBEY Fabien
174 EIKING Odd Christian
175 LAMMERTINK Maurits
176 MEURISSE Xandro
177 PETILLI Simone
Riwal Readynez
181 LUNKE Sindre
182 VINJEBO Emil
183 AASVOLD Kristian
184 MAGNUSSON Kim
185 VEYHE Torkil
186 SHAW James
St Michael-Auber 93
191 BLEIER Baptiste
192 CONSTANTIN Baptiste
193 ALAPHILIPPE Bryan
194 HUREL Tony
195 MAURELET Flavien
196 PAILLOT Yoann
197 VAN NIEKERK Morne