74th La Vuelta a España – Stage 17

Report, Results and Video Summary

Stage 17: Aranda de Duero  to Guadalajara, 219.6km

Gilbert awarded ‘Ruban Jaune‘ after breaking stage speed record to win Stage 17

Philippe GILBERT  (BEL) wins Tour of Spain 2019,  Stage 17, Aranda de Duero - Guadalajara (219,6 km)
Philippe GILBERT (BEL) wins Tour of Spain 2019, Stage 17, Aranda de Duero – Guadalajara (219,6 km)

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Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck – Quick Step) defied hot windy conditions to win Stage 17 and set a new speed record for a stage longer than 200km – 50.63km/h.

The 37 year old Belgian was part of a large breakaway that at one point numbered 48 riders, that turned much of the GC on its head after finishing over five minutes head of a race leader Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma) and seeing Nairo Quintana leap into second spot ahead of teammate Alejandro Valverde.

The break which from its initial unwieldly size settled to around 28 riders and despite windy hot conditions and the presence of several GC contenders including Nairo Quintana (Movistar) grew its lead until it was over six minutes.

Deceuninck – Quick Step, with seven of its eight riders dominating the engine room, had two dogs in the fight, Gilbert for the stage and James Knox for the GC. Quintana was a clear beneficiary and as the lead crept above four and half minutes he was looking at leaping from sixth spot to second overall over-taking teammate Alejandro Valverde who was isolated in the changing red Jersey group and juggling divided loyalties. He could not preserve his overnight second spot without sacrificing the team’s chance of assailing Roglic.

As Quintana edge closer on the virtual GC to Roglič Team Jumbo-Visma and Astana buried themselves to male the catch, but while the lead did ease it lodged at around five minutes as the race rocketed at full gas in both groups and a stalemate became clear – there would be massive time losses, but how much?

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As the leaders entered the shaded streets of Guadalajara the attacks came thick and fast. Zdeněk Štybar (DQT) was first, followed by Sam Bennett (BORA – hansgrohe). The Irishman could not mimic his win in Oviedo on Stage 14 and it was Gilbert who shot past to win.

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Philippe Gilbert: “It’s a very special one. I think it’s a stage that will stay in the history books because of the way we rode. It was crazy from the gun. We went with a big group of 40 guys. There were some guys for GC like Quintana and James Knox for ourselves. We were 7 of the 8 Deceuninck guys and we rode crazy as a team, we gave morale to each other and it was incredible to see. As the kilometres passed, we lost some guys with the crosswinds, the climbs… It was really fast. At some point we were doing 75km/h on the flat. I had a 54×11 and I was spinning all the time. In 17 years as a pro, I don’t think I’ve ever done that. It was really really crazy. The crosswinds and echelons are part of the team’s DNA and I also love it. It’s not the first time I win two stages in a Grand Tour but I’ve never done it three times. Friday’s stage suits me and I’ll try to fight for victory in Toledo.”

The result gave the GC a new complexion. Roglič still leads but saw his margin shaved by 24 second and second spot occupied by Quintana at 2’24”. Valverde dropped to third, pushing Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates) off the virtual podium) into fourth while James Knox slipped into the top ten at eight spot.

Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) was sanguine about the day’s events: “It was a hard day. I made a mistake. I shouldn’t have where I was, I should have been in the front. The team saved me with a big effort. They just went full gas from the very beginning and that was it for the rest of the day. We can see our team did a really big effort from the beginning. In the end, we couldn’t anymore so other teams had to work also. We’re still in a really good position. It was a hard day for everyone. We lost a battle today, but not the war. I never felt like La Vuelta was lost. Other guys wanted to finish as fast as possible so it was full gas until the finish line. We’ll see in Madrid but things are still looking really good for us. La Vuelta is really unpredictable and we can expect still big fight for the days to come.”

The ‘Ruban Jaune’

The Ruban Jaune was inaugurated by the great cycling innovator Henri Desgrange to mirror the trans-atlantic Blue Riband, and be awarded to the fastest time over a race distance of 200km or more. It was first awarded in 1936 to Belgian cyclist Gustave Danneels, who covered 251 kilometers in the Paris-Tours at an average of 41.455 kilometers per hour.

The record has subsequently changed hands 12 times with the last holder being Matteo Trentin, another former Quick-Step rider who took the prize after winning the 231km Paris-Tours in 2015 in a time of 4h 39’12”, an average speed of 49.64kmh.

Gilbert’s record not is the forst above 50km/h, but also the first time the record has gone to a winner in a stage race, the previous awards going exclusively to winners of one-day races, nine of which were at Paris-Tours, two at Paris-Roubaix and one at Paris-Brussels.

Trentin was quick to congratulate Gilbert on the record:

Stage 17 Results and GC

74th La Vuelta a España – Stage 16

Stage 16: Pravia to Alto de La Cubilla. Lena , 144.4km

Fuglsang hits the high notes with solo mountain top win

Jacob Fuglsang gave Astana its second stage win with a solo effort on the 1700m Alto de La Cubilla.

Jakob FUGLSANG  (DEN) celebrates the stage win
Jakob FUGLSANG (DEN) celebrates the stage win
Tour of Spain 2019 Stage 16: Pravia – Alto de La Cubilla. Lena (144,4 km)
Photo: Luis Angel Gomez ©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019

Fuglsang was part of the 21-man break that managed to get away after more than 50km of hard racing. Proving a strong return to form after a disappointing early summer campaign he dropped all his companions on the Alto de la Cubilla, a climb making its Vuelta debut, to claim the solo win 22″ ahead of Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos), with teammate Luis León Sánchez taking third at 40″, just ahead of James Knox (Deceuninck – Quick Step).

Astana leader Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) lying fourth on GC also went on the attack attempting to close in on third placed Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) but while both Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) lost time both Pogačar and race leader Primoz Roglic held firm.

Fuglsang explained how much the stage meant, “It feels great. To win a stage was one of my goals coming here as well as helping the team and building my shape for the last part of the season. But one thing is to have a goal, another thing is to achieve it. I’m super happy with this win. From the morning the plan was to have me and Luis [Leon Sanchez] at the front, to go in the hunt for the stage victory. With two guys in the breakaway, we could try to win the stage and if it didn’t work out, we had people up the road to help Miguel [Angel Lopez] in the final climb. And the plan worked out. It’s been my best season ever. I am super happy that I can continue to show it was not a good spring; that I had consistency to come back after a setback in the Tour de France. To win my first Grand Tour stage is really special.”

Stage 16 Results and GC

2019 – Vuelta – Map of the race (50x67cm)

74th La Vuelta a España – Stage 11

Stage 11: Saint-Palais to Urdax-Dantxarinea, 180km

Itturia basks in glory with solo stage win

Tour of Spain 2019 Stage 11: Winner Mikel ITURRIA SEGUROLA (ESP)

Saint Palais – Urdax-Dantxarinea (180 km).
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Urdax-Dantxarinea, Wednesday, September 4th 2019 – Mikel Iturria (Euskadi Basque Country – Murias) gave the local fans everything to cheer about as he took his first professional win with a brilliant ride to Urdax on stage 11 of La Vuelta 19.

Just a few kilometres away from his home, the Basque rider featured in the 14-man breakaway that animated the day. He soloed away from his companions in the last 25 kilometres and a massive effort saw him hold on to a 6” lead on the line.

Tour of Spain 2019 Stage 11: Winner Mikel  ITURRIA SEGUROLA

Saint Palais to Urdax-Dantxarinea (180 km).
Tour of Spain 2019 Stage 11: Winner Mikel ITURRIA SEGUROLA (ESP)

Saint Palais – Urdax-Dantxarinea (180 km).
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The result didn’t affect the top of the GC with Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma) arriving safely in the main bunch, 18’35” behind the winner, to retain La Roja on the eve of a tricky stage to Bilbao.

Vuelta Espana 2019 Stage 11, Traditional Dancers at the start

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Stage 11 Results and GC:

74th La Vuelta a España – Stage 10

ROGLIC Soars into Race Lead with ITT win

Pau, Tuesday, September 3rd 2019 – Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma) delivered a performance that overwhelmed his opponents in the individual time-trial from Jurançon to Pau (36.2km) to claim both the stage win and the leader’s red jersey after 10 days of racing at La Vuelta 19.

Tour of Spain 2019 Winner:  Stage 10   Primoz  ROGLIC
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The Slovenian took the 36.2km hilly ITT in 47:05 and opened significant gaps over his rivals. Second spot went to Kiwi Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) at 25″ with Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick Step) in third.

Stage 10 ITT profile
Stage 10 ITT profile

The only member of the top 10 on GC to put in a convincing performance was Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Merida) who placed ninth a full 1’27” down. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) moved into second on GC, but after finishng 13th on the stage trails Roglic by 1’52”. Miguel Ángel López (Astana Pro Team) retained his third spot despite finsing 14th, 2′ down however it was Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), who was leading the race before this time-trial, that suffered the most sliding to fourth on GC, a mammoth 3’ down.

Tour of Spain 2019 Winner:  Stage 10   Primoz  ROGLIC
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Roglič is only the second Slovenian rider to wear La Roja in La Vuelta history. The first was Janez Brajkovič who took red after Astana won the Stage 1 TTT in 2013.

Cycling:  La Vuelta Stage 10 RED LEADER JERSEY ROGLIC Primoz  ROGLIC, Slovenia
Cycling: La Vuelta Stage 10 RED LEADER JERSEY/ ROGLIC Primoz ROGLIC (SLO).

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Stage 10 Video Summary

Stage 10 Results:

74th La Vuelta a España – Stage 9

Stage 9: Andorra la Vella  to Cortals d’Encamp, 94.4km

Young gun Pogačar rides the storm to take solo win, Quintana takes Red

Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates) bests both mountains and weather to take a first Grand Tour stage with a solo win in Cortals d’Encamp. A second place gives Nairo Quintana the race lead for the first time since 2016.

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Cortals d’Encamp, Sunday, September 1st 2019 – The 20 year-old Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) claimed a spectacular stage win in Cortals d’Encamp after a short fast but action-packed day of racing.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) finished second to claim La Roja, 6” ahead of Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma). The Colombian climber leads La Vuelta for the first time since his overall victory in 2016.

The early action on a stage comprising five categorised climbs, featured a substantial breakaway by some 30 riders. A feature rider was Team Ineos’ Tao Geoghegan Hart who attacked form the outset and then did sporadically during the stage right up to the final climb to Cortals d’Encamp. He was overhauled by the main contenders, including Marc Soler (Movistar) Ben O’Connor (TDD), Geoffroy Bouchard (ALM) and Pogačar.

The terrain was already pushing the limits of the riders but a thunderstorm on a section of gravel road brought rain and hail made the race even more brutal, leading to crashes for Lopez and Primoz Roglic (TJV).

The stage and race lead were up for grabs after overnight leader Nicolas Edet (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) destined to lose over six minutes after being dropped at the halfway mark, and it Soler who was striking out for a stage win. An attack by Quintana saw team ambitions take over and Soler was forced to stop three kilometres from the summit pull for the Columbian and sacrifice his chance at stage glory.

Pogačar had no such conflict and reiterating the statements he had made with wins at the 2018 Tour de L’Avenir and 2019 Tour of California he struck out to win by a full 23″ over Quintana with Roglič third at 48″.

Nairo QUINTANA takes second spot on the stage 9: Andorra la Vella – Cortals d’Encamp (94,4 km)

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Nairo Quintana was sanguine over the chances of retaining his newly won jersey: A very tough stage, where we always tried to ride on the attack to gain an edge on Roglic. I’m really thankful about what Marc Soler did there in the finish, as well as with all other team-mates. We always said we would be going day-by-day, seeing what Alejandro and I could do, supporting whoever is doing best, and the team has been protecting us both so far and we’ve been working together to take this jersey. There’s still a long way to go in this Vuelta. Roglic still has an advantage, considering the TT on Tuesday. We would have to make a big, big effort in the time trial not to lose the jersey, which is what will probably happen, but once we’re over it and together with the team, we will keep making efforts to take the jersey back and hopefully keep it until the end.”

Stage 9 Video Summary (Courtesy La Vuelta)

Stage 9 Results and GC

74th La Vuelta a España – Stage 5-7: Results and Video Summaries

StageStage WinnerRace Leader
Stage 5 – L’Eliana › Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre MADRAZO Ángel LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel
Stage 6 – Mora de Rubielos › Ares del Maestrat HERRADA Jesús TEUNS Dylan
Stage 7 – Onda › Mas de la Costa VALVERDE Alejandro LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel

Stage 5: L’Eliana to Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambr, 170.7km

Stage 5 Video Summary (courtesy La Vuelta)

Stage 5 results:

Stage 6: Stage 6  to Mora de Rubielos  ›  Ares del Maestrat,  198.9km

Stage 6 Video Summary (courtesy La Vuelta)

Stage 6 results:

Stage 7: Onda to  Mas de la Costa, 183.2km

Stage 7 Video Summary (courtesy La Vuelta)

Stage 7 results:

74th La Vuelta a España – Stage 4

Stage 4: Cullera to  El Puig  175.5km

Jakobsen bests Bennett on Stage 4, Roche retains race lead ahead of first mountain stage.

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) claimed an early birthday present with his first Grand Tour stage win in El Puig, four days before turning 23 years old. The Irish champ Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) came close but a few millimetres prevented him from taking a second victory in two days and Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) came third on the line. Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) made it safely to the finish to retain La Roja while Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma) abandoned on the eve of the first mountain stage of La Vuelta 19.

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Stage 4 Summary

Race route and stages here

Stage 4 Results and GC

Stage 5 : L’Eliana to Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre, 170.7km

74th La Vuelta a España – Stages 1-3 incl. Video Summaries

StageStage WinnerRace Leader
1 (TTT)Astana Pro Team Miguel Ángel López (Astana)
2Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team)Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb)
3Sam Bennett »BORA – hansgrohe Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb)

Roche leads Vuelta after three stages

Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) has led for two days at La Vuelta. The Irishman took over the race lead from Astana’s Miguel Ángel López and holds a slim lead of two seconds over Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), with Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First) third at eight seconds.

The lead betters 35 year old Roche’s lone stage win back in 2013 on Stage 2 (Pontevedra to Baiona. Alto Do Monte Da Groba, 177.7km).

Stage 1 (Team Time Trial) Salinas de Torrevieja to Torrevieja, 13.4km

Stage winner Astana team finishing
Team Jumbo Visma crashes after water leaks onto the road from a watered garden

Stage Top 10

1 Astana Pro Team14:51
2 Deceuninck – Quick Step0:02
3 Team Sunweb0:05
4 EF Education First0:07
5 BORA – hansgrohe0:13
6 CCC Team0:15
7 Movistar Team0:16
8 Groupama – FDJ,,
9 Mitchelton-Scott0:18
10 Lotto Soudal0:19

Stage 2: Benidorm to Calpe, 199.6km

Stage 2 Highlights

Stage Top 10

Stage 3: Ibi. Ciudad del Juguete  to Alicante, 188km

Stage 3 Highlights

Stage Top 10

74th La Vuelta a España Preview

24 August – 15 September 2019

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2019 – Vuelta – Map of the race

15th Binck Bank Tour (2.UWT)

12-18 AUGUST 2019

Stage 7 : Sint-Pieters-Leeuw to  Geraardsbergen 173.1km

Laurens De Plus takes the win at the Binck Bank Tour

Laurens De Plus gave Team Jumbo-Visma it’s 41st win of the season when he finished four seconds behind the winner of the final stage compatriot Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) on a stage that saw the peloton totally fragmented. The result saw De Plus finish with a 35 seconds gap to Naesen on GC. Leader for the previous three stages Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) stumbled but salvaged third spot one second behind Naesen. Fourth spot went to Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) giving the Belgians the top four spots.

L-R: Naese, De Plus (Winner), Van Avermaet
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How it happened

The race didn’t start to take shape until 60 km into the stage when a group of eight went clear. On the Valkenberg another seven riders broke free from the peloton and bridged the gap.

The race faced three ascents of the Muur van Geraardsbergen and Bosberg, and on the final pass While Stybar and Vanmarcke attacked, it was Oliver Naesen who pulled out the definitive advantage over the favorites taking De Plus and Van Avermaet with him. De Plus in the process managed to grab valuable bonus seconds at the Golden Kilometre taking him to five seconds behind Wellens.

The trio worked hard and pulled out 45 seconds over the chasers who seemed to accept their fate much to Wellens despair who could see his lead disappear.

Van Avermaet launched a final attack on the climb to the line but Naesen sensing a massive opportunity kept the wheel and passed the Olympic Champion.

Oliver Naesen beats Greg Van Avermaet on the line while Lauren de Plus takes third and the overall GC
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“It’s the first time I managed to beat Greg in a finish like that,” Naesen said after the finish. “I’m really proud of that. It’s a big relief. I hadn’t managed to win yet this season and that’s painful for a rider like me.

“I had a team-mate pulling at the front of the peloton to keep the gap with the breakaway small. On the last lap I went full on the Muur and Bosberg. Greg, Laurens and I are friends. We didn’t talk about anything in advance, but if you can take ten seconds with three guys on a reduced peloton you know you’re the strongest.”

For de Plus the bonus time proved truly golden as a finished four seconds behind his breakaway companions but 37″ ahead of Wellens to grab the overall.

Stage 7 and Final General Classification

15th Binck Bank Tour Route

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