Černy represented CCC Team in the day’s fast and furious finish, powering to the line to take seventh place in Cazouls-lès-Béziers after the day’s early breakaway, which went clear almost immediately after the flag dropped in France was caught with 15 kilometers remaining.
Meanwhile, de la Parte was once again doing battle on the slopes of the second summit finish in Spain after the breakaway was caught with 10 kilometers to go. With an average gradient of 9.9 percent, the 4.8-kilometer ascent to Lagunas de Neila was a brutal finale to the five-day stage race but de la Parte stuck with the favorites for as long as possible before crossing the line in 15th place to just miss out on a spot in the top ten overall.
“It was a really tough start to racing again especially with the temperature hitting 42 degrees celsius. In the end, I felt a little bit tired from the heat but we wanted to try to show our CCC Team jersey in the finale, and seventh place is not a bad place to start the season again with. We were all really happy to be back racing. I missed it and I think everybody has missed it. It was really nice after the long break to be back doing what we love and I hope that we can continue racing right to the very end of the season.”
Víctor de la Parte:
“It has been a really tough week at Vuelta a Burgos with a WorldTour level peloton. I feel like except for maybe the weather, we have had a little bit of everything thrown at us in the five days of racing so it was definitely a good way to restart the season and a good way to get back into the swing of racing again. I am pleased with what I did and where my shape is. It’s a pity I couldn’t just push up into the top ten overall but I think that I can definitely take some motivation away from this race as we look ahead.”
La Route d’Occitanie – La Dépêche du Midi
Stage 1: Saint-Affrique > Cazouls-lès-Béziers, 187km
Top 3: 1. Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels – Vital Concept p/b KTM) 2. Elia Viviani (Cofidis) 3. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain – McLaren)
CCC Team Top 3: 7. Josef Ćerny 21. Fausto Masnada 66. Georg Zimmermann
Vuelta a Burgos
Stage 5: Covarrubias > Lagunas de Neila, 158km
Top 3: 1. Iván Sosa (Team INEOS) 2. Mikel Landa (Bahrain – McLaren) 3. Remco Evenpoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
CCC Team Top 3: 15. Víctor de la Parte 24. Attila Valter 72. Kamil Gradek
Top 3 on GC: 1. Remco Evenpoel (Deceuninck Quick-Step) 2. Mikel Landa (Bahrain – McLaren) 3. Joã0 Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
CCC Team Top 3 on GC: 11. Víctor de la Parte 68. Attila Valter 69. Matteo Trentin