La Vuelta 2023 – Stage 21 (Final)

Hipódromo de la Zarzuela to Madrid, Paisaje de la Luz, 101.5km

Sepp Kuss crowned Vuelta Champion as Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) takes final stage.

Vuelta Espana 2023 – 78th Edition – 21th stage Hipódromo de la Zarzuela – Madrid 101,5km – 17/09/2023 – Sepp Kuss (USA – Jumbo – Visma) – photo Rafa Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2023

Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) claimed his third stage win of La Vuelta 23 in Madrid, but with a very different scenario! The Australian sprinter followed Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) and Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) as they put the hammer down on the closing circuit, leading to a thrilling finale of the Spanish Grand Tour. The peloton came back inside the last kilometre but Groves still managed to sprint to victory. He is also the first Australian winner of the points standings of La Vuelta.

Vuelta Espana 2023 – 78th Edition – 21th stage Hipódromo de la Zarzuela – Madrid 101,5km – 17/09/2023 – Kaden Groves (AUS – Alpecin – Deceuninck) – photo Rafa Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2023

As he crossed the line alongside his Jumbo-Visma teammates, Sepp Kuss took his first Grand Tour victory after he helped his companions Jonas Vingegaard (2nd in the overall standings) and Primoz Roglic (3rd) conquer six three-week events in recent years.

Sepp Kuss speaking after the stage: “It’s incredible. I think today was the stage that I suffered the most of the whole race, now I’m just glad it’s over. I had a feeling it would be a fast stage when I saw all those guys getting ready to attack. I suffered more today than I did in Angliru. It was a nice way to finish off. No, I’m not different now that I’ve won La Vuelta, not at all. I’ll still be me. It’s life changing for sure. I think I’ll look back on this experience with a lot of fun memories. It’s still sinking in, I think it’s gonna take quite some time. Now, a big celebration. Family, friends are here, and that’s gonna be really special, to be with the riders and the staff, tell the stories of the last three weeks. So many memories and good times.”

Stage 21 Top 5

1. Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck)
2. Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers)
3. Nico Denz (Bora-Hansgrohe)
4. Hugo Page (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty)
5. Ivan Garcia Cortina (Movistar)

Final GC – Top 10

Full results here

La Vuelta 2023 – Stage 18

Evenepoel reigns supreme in the realm of the Mountain King

Vuelta Espana 2023 – 78th Edition – 18th stage Pola de Allande – La Cruz de Linares 178,9 km – 14/09/2023 – Remco Evenepoel (BEL – Soudal – Quick Step) – photo Rafa Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2023

Remco Evenepoel (Soudal – Quick Step (WT)) took the spotlight off the Jumbo Visma Show with a superb solo win at La Cruz de Linares, finishing 4’44” ahead of Damiano Caruso (Bahrain – Victorious). Andreas Kron (»Lotto Dstny) took third at 5’10 just beating Max Poole (Team dsm – firmenich).

Video Highlights of Stage 18 (video copyright La Vuelta)

Stage 18 Top 10 and GC

Full results here

La Vuelta 2023 – Stage 7

Soupe of the Day!

Stage 7: Utiel to Oliva (200.8km)

Geoffrey Soupe (TotalEnergies) served up a photo finish with Orluis Aular (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) in Oliva before taking the win. Third spot went to Edward Theuns (Lidl – Trek). Favourite to take a third win was Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) but he became a bit scrambled in the final turn at 300m to go and finished fifth behind Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates).

Making history as the youngest rider to ever lead a Grand Tour, Lenny Martinez (Groupama-FDJ) retained La Roja and will defend it on Saturday on the infamous slopes up Xorret de Cati.

Stage 7: Top 10 Results and GC

La Vuelta 2023 – Stage 6

Kuss goes solo to win at the Observatorio Astrofisico de Javalambre

Vuelta Espana 2023 – 78th Edition – 6th stage La Vall d’Uixó – Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre 183,1km – 31/08/2023 – Sepp Kuss (USA – Jumbo – Visma) – photo Rafa Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2023

Pico del Buitre. Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre, Thursday, August 31st 2023 – An outstanding stage 6 of La Vuelta delivered historic results at the Observatorio Astrofisico de Javalambre. In a rare moment in the limelight the American climber Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), participating in his third Grand Tour of the year, was the strongest from an impressive breakaway to take victory ahead of Lenny Martinez (Groupama-FDJ).

1.     Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) in 4h27’29’’     1.     Lenny Martinez (Groupama-FDJ) in 21h40’35’’
2. Lenny Martinez (Groupama-FDJ) at 26’’2. Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) at 08’’
3. Romain Bardet (Team dsm-firmenich) at 31’’3. Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates) at 51’’

At 20 years old Martinez became the youngest leader in the race’s history. After joining a large breakaway, the young man took full advantage of the support of Rudy Molard and Michael Storer up front, then finished it off wonderfully by claiming second place at the top of the Pico del Buitre. Next to the Javalambre Observatory, a new star is born on Thursday.

It is also the second leader’s jersey for Groupama – FDJ at a Grand Tour this season after Bruno Armirail’s pink on the last Giro.

Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) ganged up against Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) to gain 30 seconds on the Belgian star. La Vuelta 23 started less than a week ago and the GC battle is already in full swing!

Stage 6: Top 10 Results and GC

Full Results here:

74th La Vuelta a España – Final

Stage 21: Fuenlabrada toMadrid, 106.6km

Roglic secures Slovenia’s first Vuelta win as Jakobsen takes final stage in Madrid

Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma) has become the first Slovenian to win a Grand Tour with victory in La Vuelta a Espagne

Cycling: Vuelta Espana 2019 winner  Primoz ROGLIC  (SLO)
Cycling: Vuelta Espana 2019 winner Primoz ROGLIC (SLO)
Photo: Luis Angel Gomez .©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019

Individual General Classification

  1. Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma)
  2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), + 2’16’’
  3. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), + 2’38’’

Madrid, Sunday, September 15th 2019 – Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) made the most of his pure speed to snatch a prestigious stage win in Madrid. The young Dutch national champion out-sprinted the Irish national champion Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) to claim his second Grand Tour victory.

Tour of Spain 2019  Stage 21 winner  Fabio  JAKOBSEN (NED) (left) beats  Sam BENNETT  (IRL)
Tour of Spain 2019 Stage 21 winner Fabio JAKOBSEN (NED) (left) beats Sam BENNETT (IRL)
Photo: Luis Angel Gomez .©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019

Race leader Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma) made it safely to the line to become the first Slovenian rider to win a Grand Tour, ahead of the World champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) while a second Slovenian the 20 year old prodigy Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) took the third spot.

Roglič took over the race lead after winning the individual time trial on Stage 10 and despite being tested by attacks and crashes saw his lead remain resolutely above two minutes for the rest of the tour. He also takes home the green points jersey, beating Pogačar despite the youngster winning three stages. The third spot went to arguably the best sprinter of the Vuelta, Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)

Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R La Mondiale) secured the mountain climbers competition, with Ángel Madrazo (Burgos-BH) second and Sergio Samitier (Euskadi Basque Country – Murias).

Miguel Ángel López (Astana Pro Team) was awarded the prize for the most aggressive rider of the race some consolation for coming second in the young riders competition to Pogačar.

The team prize went to Movistar, who placed three riders in the top ten, with Astana second and Jumbo-Visma third.

Photo: Luis Angel Gomez .©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019
Cycling: Vuelta Espana 2019 PODIUM: Winner  Primoz ROGLIC  (SLO), 2nd   Alejandro VALVERDE  (ESP) 3rd and winner of the best young rider jersey Tadej  POGACAR (SLO)
Cycling: Vuelta a Espana 2019 PODIUM: Winner Primoz ROGLIC (SLO), 2nd Alejandro VALVERDE (ESP) 3rd and winner of the best young rider jersey Tadej POGACAR (SLO)

Photo: Luis Angel Gomez ©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019

Stage 21 Results and final GC

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74th La Vuelta a España – Stage 19

Stage 19: Ávila  to  Toledo, 165.2km

Rémi Cavagna reigns in Toledo

Toledo, Friday, September 13th 2019 – A flat stage on the way to Toledo offered more craziness at La Vuelta 19. While rain swept through the area causing pile-ups Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) stormed to an impressive solo win after dropping all his breakaway companions with 25km to go. This is the first Grand Tour stage victory for “the TGV from Clermont-Ferrand” .

Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma) retains La Roja despite several scares. The race leader was involved in a crash that also saw Miguel Ángel López (Astana Pro Team) hit the deck with 67km to go. After remounting Roglič and the others involved had to chase their way back to the peloton. A litel while later Roglič had to do the same after Bora-hansgrohe split the bunch in the wind. The efforts clealr took their toll and the Slovenian lost three seconds to Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) in the uphill sprint.

While the crash was no doubt caused by the inclement weather there were harsh words directed by riders at Movistar who seemingly rode on at pace forcing Roglic and company to ride hard to catch-up despite an unwritten rule that the race leader shouldn’t be taken advantage of if they suffer a mishap.

The crash also deprived Roglič of his road captain Tony Martin ahead of the crucial stage in the Sierra de Gredos.

Stage 19 Video Summary (courtesy of La Vuelta)

Miguel Angel Lopez spoke about the day’s events and summarised riders sentiments:

I am more or less OK after my crash. Many riders crashed in front of me and I had no any chance to avoid it. I have some abrasions on my hand and right leg, but in general, everything is good. Fortunately, I have a very strong team in this race and my teammates did a perfect job to bring me back in front.

Indeed, we had to spend a lot of energy to reach the first group as Movistar pulled hard in front after that crash. Of course, nobody was happy with that, I’d like to see more respect in the peloton. But all we could do, just to give our best to come back. In the end of the day I am still fourth in the general classification and still have the white jersey on my shoulders. I hope to recover as well as possible after the crash, because tomorrow will be the last important stage of La Vuelta. We will try to do our best

Stage 19 Results and GC

74th La Vuelta a España – Stage 18

Stage 18: Colmenar Viejo to Becerril de la Sierra, 178.2km

Higuita takes solo win on brutal stage

Grand Tour Debutant, Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) took his first stage with a solo win, while Roglic kept rivals at bay with a show of power.

The 22 year old added another win to Columbia’s 2019 palmares after beating a chasing trio of top-ten riders race, leader Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) and Rafał Majka (BORA – hansgrohe), by a full fifteen seconds.

Stage 18 Profile

Video race Summary (Courtesy of La Vuelta)

Sergio Higuita (EF Education First):

“Yesterday, when I didn’t have the legs to be in the echelons and fight for the top10 of the GC, we decided to save energy for today and to relax as much as possible, as if it were a recovery ride. It was great for me, as I was feeling really tired before the stage – I even fell asleep on the bus! This helped me relieve some pressure off me and take the start today with renewed energies. Today’s stage was perfect for me: I could either win from a breakaway or from a sprint. Climbing Cotos I felt extraordinary good legs, and I was able to keep my chasers at bay.

I went full gas to the finish line, as I was pretty motivated to give my team a stage win after such a difficult La Vuelta. I didn’t have any energy left, but I had my heart set on those dreams I’ve chased for so long. I didn’t assume victory was mine until 5 kilometres to go, as my chasers were quite strong and I was afraid they would catch me. My DS kept spurring me, and insisted I could make it to the finish line. I was very emotional at the finish line because there were so many Colombian fans there. At La Vuelta 19, I’ve learnt not to give up, not even in the worse moments, and to be resilient. Every day is whole different story on which one can triumph.”

The win gilded a series of strong performances by Higuita through 2019 including a second place on GC at 2019 Amgen Tour of California (2.UWT) and fourth on GC at 2019 Tour de Pologne (2.UWT). It also rescued a disastrous Vuelta for EF Education First after losing GC contender Rigoberto Urán to a major crash on Stage 6. The youngster now lies 14th on GC.

Stage 18 Results and GC

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)

Photo: Angel Gomez ©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019

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.

Cycling: Vuelta Espana 2019 / Tour of Spain 2019/ La Vuelta/ Etapa 17/ Stage 17/ .Celebration / Celebracion / GILBERT Philippe (BEL) /.Aranda de Duero – Guadalajara (219,6 km) 11-09-2019/.Vuelta Espana 2019 / La Vuelta/ Tour of Spain 2019/.Luis Angel Gomez .©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019

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).
Photo: Luis Angel Gomez ©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019

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).
Photo: Luis Angel Gomez ©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019

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

Photo: Luis Angel Gomez ©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019

Stage 11 Results and GC: