MORGAN HILL, CA – Another day, another Deceuninck – Quick-Step victory. On Stage 3 of the 2019 Amgen Tour of California, 23-year-old French rider Rémi Cavagna claimed his first WorldTour stage win of his young career.
“Since winning last year in Belgium, I was in search of another victory, and taking it today gives me huge satisfaction. I came in California to help the squad, to pull in the bunch every day, but the team gave me freedom today and I am happy I could repay them for their confidence. In cycling, you need to take your chance and give your best every single time, because sometimes it works. This was the case for me today”, said Rémi, the 11th different Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to score a victory this season.
Six ranked climbs were on the agenda of the 208km Stage 3 from Stockton to Morgan Hill. Numerous attempts to escape dominated the early part of the stage, which eventually resulted in a sizeable group slip away. Tim Declercq and Danish Champion Michael Mørkøv were part of that move, but a lack of cooperation at the front helped the bunch reel in the fugitives. New attacks came 40 kilometers into the stage, and eventually two riders, Cavagna and Alex Hoehn (US National Team), managed to get off the front and built a lead over the pack to more than ten minutes.
Sensing a tiring Hoehn, Cavagna attacked his breakaway partner at the base of Mt. Hamilton, lengthening his lead on the way up to crest the summit and continue the rest of the stage solo. He would not only take the victory but also secured the Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey for his efforts.
Simon Geschke (CCC Team), a Tour de France stage winner, would give chase and broke away from the peloton at around 15 miles left to ride and was soon joined by Ben King (Team Dimension Data). The duo caught Hoehn about two miles from the finish line, with King sprinting to the second-place stage finish, and Geschke taking third.
Hoehn would not go away empty handed, however, as summiting second on Mt. Hamilton as well as on the final King of the Mountain (KOM) climb of the day on Quimby Road, the young American moved into the lead in the KOM competition and will wear the polka dot jersey tomorrow.
Results – Stage 3, Stockton to Morgan Hill
- Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
- Ben King (Team Dimension Data)
- Simon Geschke (CCC Team)