Stage 13: Bilbao to Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega, 166.4km
Pogačar doubles up on Alto de Los Machucos
Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega, Friday, September 6th 2019 – Slovenians went one-two on Stage 13 when 20 year old prodigy Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) took his second stage win of La Vuelta 19 atop the infamous Alto de Los Machucos beating compatriot Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma) was able to follow him all the way to the summit.
The pair were nearly half a minute ahead of a quartet of chasers, comprising Valverde, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Rafał Majka (BORA – hansgrohe) and Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) who took the third spot.
Roglič result saw him extend his lead on GC lead with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) now trailing by 2’25”. Pogačar slipped past Miguel Ángel López (Astana Pro Team) to take a potential podium spot. He also took white jersey as the best young rider by 17” ahead of López ..
Deceuninck-Quickstep’s Philipe Gilbert took a sixth la Vuelta victory and the tenth Grand Tour Stage of his career after he held off Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) and Fernando Barceló (Euskadi Basque Country – Murias) in the final kilometres to make it a solo win.
“There was a lot of headwind in the first part of the stage, but that
didn’t stop us, and we attacked and joined many moves, but the bunch
reacted each time. It was pretty chaotic, but we kept attacking and at
one point, I went full gas on a descent. Tim came across, some other
guys joined us, and together we opened a small gap which we kept
increasing. Tim was so important, he did a brilliant job, especially
before the last ascent, where he closed the gap on the two leaders, and
I’m grateful to him for his help. From there, all I had to do was race
smart and stick to my plan, which I did and now I’m satisfied it all
paid off”, said the fourth Belgian rider in history to win a La Vuelta
stage in at least four different years