Gorka Izagirre wins Tour de la Provence after dramatic final stage

Gorka Izagirre wins Tour de la Provence 2019

With less than one second advantage in the general classification, Gorka Izagirre (Astana) has won Tour de la Provence today.

It was a close call after Simon Clarke finished second behind stage winner John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and gained extra bonification seconds. But it was not enough for the Australian rider to overtake Gorka Izagirre in the GC.

“The first victory is always very important and it’s good when it comes as early as in the second race of the season,” said Degenkolb. “I’m very happy. We did a strong race as a team in the last four stages. We were already second yesterday [with Tom Skujins] and today we take the win, not only me but the whole team. It’s a fantastic victory that motivates me for the next races.”

“I’m very happy, very very happy,” said Izagirre. “It’s been a very demanding and stressful finale but we made it. Mission accomplished. It’s a very big victory. I’m normally a team worker. I’m glad I got confidence from the team to ride for myself.”


Tour de la Provence 2019 – stage 4 results (Avignon – Aix-en-Provence):

1John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)


2Simon Clarke (EF Education First)


3Anthony Maldonado (St Michel-Auber 93)


4Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)


5Damien Touze (Cofidis)


6Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


7Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ)


8Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


9Warren Barguil (Arkea Samsic)


10August Jensen (Israel Cycling Academy)


Tour de la Provence 2019 – final general classification:

1Gorka Izagirre (Astana)


2Simon Clarke (EF Education First)


3Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)


4Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)


5Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ)


6David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ)


7Eddie Dunbar (Team Sky)


8Eduard Prades (Movistar)


9Jimmy Janssens (Corendon-Circus)


10Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)



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