Stage 19 confirmed the impression of the previous day at Pena Cabarga: Chris Horner is the most incisive of the favorites. The American from RadioShack-Leopard took the overall lead over from Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) as he crossed the line six seconds ahead of the Italian. However, he couldn’t prevent Spanish star Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) from claiming his first victory at the Vuelta a España this year.
Daniele Ratto (Cannondale), 24, claimed the second victory of his pro career – after the GP Larciano in 2010 – in unexpected circumstances. It was a cold and wet day with continuous rain on the way to the col de La Gallina in Andorra.
Daniele Ratto hat die Etappe gewonnen