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Puebla de Sanabria and Salamanca will take over from Porto. Mastosinhos and Viseu as the hosts of stages 15 and 16 of La Vuelta 20, respectively. Puebla de Sanabria will be the finish-line of stage 15, with a departure from Mos. Salamanca will host the departure of stage 16, with the finish-line in Ciudad Rodrigo and the entire day taking place within the Province of Salamanca.
Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 global health crisis and, following the impossibility of hosting La Vuelta 20 in Portugal under the best possible conditions, Unipublic has reconfigured the race’s route, replacing the two Portuguese host cities by Spanish ones.
Stage 15 (5/11) will depart from the Galician town of Mos and will find its finish-line in the Zamoran municipality of Puebla de Sanabria, replacing Porto. Matosinhos. On the other hand, Salamanca will be the departure point for stage 16 (6/11), replacing the Portuguese locality of Viseu, in a stage that will maintain its finish-line in Ciudad Rodrigo.
Puebla de Sanabria and Salamanca already have La Vuelta experience. The Zamoran locality was the finish-line for stage 7 in La Vuelta 16, where victory went to Belgian rider Jonas van Genechten. Salamanca has hosted 21 La Vuelta stage departures, the most recent one being in 2018 (stage 10), leaving from its Plaza Mayor (Main Plaza), and providing an iconic image in the history of La Vuelta.
These changes will not only affect the host cities but also the stage profiles. Stage 15 will now become the edition’s longest stage, spanning over 234,6 km. “Judging by the type of route and by the length of the stage, it will be a favourable day for escapes to take place”, explained Fernando Escartín, Technical Director of La Vuelta. “It is a winding terrain and it’ll be difficult for the peloton to control those breakaways. Besides, contrary to what happened in 2016, this time Puebla de Sanabria will feature in the final week of the race, meaning teams will have much less energy”.
In the 16th stage, the third-last day of racing, Escartín focuses on the climb of El Robledo (Casares): “A 1st category climb 30 km from the finish-line will create a natural selection of the peloton. It is likely that a reduced group, made up of 30-40 riders, will arrive together. The riders fighting for GC will have to really concentrate, as a mistake so close to the end could cost them dearly”, he warns.

La Vuelta 20 will take place from the 20th October to the 8th of November

• La Vuelta 20 will take off from the Basque Country on Tuesday, the 20th of October – with the stage Irun – Arrate. Eibar – and will arrive in Madrid on Sunday, the 8th of November.
• Following the cancellation of La Vuelta 20’s official departure, originally going to be held in the Netherlands, Unipublic made the decision not to replace the first three stages, and consequently informed the UCI in the aim that the cycling regulatory body would be able to reorganise the calendar with a Vuelta consisting of 20 days, instead of the original 23.
• La Vuelta will take place one month after the Tour de France and three weeks after the UCI Road World Championships.

La Vuelta 20 has new dates, following today’s official announcement by the International Cycling Union (UCI). The Spanish tour will take off with the Irun – Arrate. Eibar stage on Tuesday the 20th of October, and will conclude in Madrid on Sunday, the 8th of November.

Due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19, Unipublic, organiser of La Vuelta, made the decision to cancel and not replace the official departure which was to take place in the provinces of Utrecht and North Brabant (Netherlands). Taking this into account, the UCI has reorganised the cycling calendar by exceptionally including a Vuelta with 18 stages, instead of the usual 21. This is a unique event as, since its 1986 edition, La Vuelta has always featured, at least, 21 days of competition.

The Director of La Vuelta, Javier Guillén, has highlighted his “satisfaction” with the new dates. “We have to try to turn this necessity into a virtue and to make the most of the opportunities available to us as a result of this new paradigm. We have a great position in the calendar and we hope to have an exceptional participation level”, emphasised Guillén.
La Vuelta will take place one month after the Tour de France (29th of August – 20th of September) and three weeks after the UCI Road World Championships in Switzerland (20th – 27th of September).

With these changes, La Vuelta 20 will be the latest edition in its history. Originally (1935) held during the months of April, May and June, Unipublic made the decision to move it to the end of summer in 1995. Up until now, its 2001 edition held the record for being the latest in the calendar. That year, the Spanish tour began on the 8th of September with an individual time trial in Salamanca and concluded with a linear stage in Madrid on the 30th of September.
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Following the official announcement of the revised 2020 calendar for the UCI World Tour season, and having discussed with the world governing body of cycling the participation rules for UCI World Tour races; the organizers of La Vuelta have chosen the teams that will take part in the 75th edition of the Spanish Grand Tour. La Vuelta 20 will start on Tuesday the 20th of October and finish on Sunday the 8th of November, from Irún to Madrid.

In accordance with UCI rules, the following 19 UCI World Teams are automatically invited to the race:

AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)
Astana Pro Team (KAZ)
Bahrain – McLaren (BHR)
Bora – Hansgrohe (GER)
CCC Team (POL)
Cofidis (FRA)
Deceuninck – Quick – Step (BEL)
EF Pro Cycling (USA)
Groupama – FDJ (FRA)
Israel Start-Up Nation (ISR)
Lotto Soudal (BEL)
Mitchelton – Scott (AUS)
Movistar Team (ESP)
NTT Pro Cycling Team (RSA)
Team Ineos (GBR)
Team Jumbo – Visma (NED)
Team Sunweb (GER)
Trek – Segafredo (USA)
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)

Furthermore, the Total Direct Energie Team, leader in the 2019 classification of UCI Pro Teams will take part by right in La Vuelta 20.

In addition to these 20 teams, the organizers have awarded the following wildcards:

Burgos – BH (ESP)
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA (ESP)


La Vuelta 20 will consist of 18 stages and will take off from the Basque Country

Key points:

• La Vuelta 20 will take off from the Basque Country with the stage Irun – Arrate. Eibar – and will end up in Madrid.
• Following the cancellation of La Vuelta 20’s official departure, originally going to be held in the Netherlands, Unipublic has decided not to replace the first three stages, and has consequently informed the UCI and the RFEC (Royal Federation of Spanish Cycling) in the aim that the cycling regulatory body would be able to reorganise the calendar with a Vuelta consisting of 20 days, instead of the original 23.
• With this new configuration, the 75th edition of La Vuelta will be a historical one. 18 stages in total: the first one in the Basque Country, almost five decades later.

The La Vuelta organisation, in accordance with the UCI (International Cycling Union), agreed to delay the race’s 75th edition. La Vuelta 20 was originally going to take place from the 14th of August to the 6th of September, departing from the Netherlands. However, the necessary reorganisation of the annual cycling calendar, due to the global health crisis caused by COVID-19, has forced these plans to change. In the end, La Vuelta 20 – whose new dates haven’t been determinate by the UCI yet – will consist of 18 stages and will take off from the Basque Country.

Following the official cancelation of La Vuelta 20’s official departure from the Netherlands, Unipublic, as the race organiser, has decided not to replace the three first stages – which were going to travel through the Dutch regions of Utrecht and North Brabant – and instead begin the Spanish tour with the Irun – Arrate. Eibar stage. This is what has been communicated to the UCI in the aim that the cycling regulatory body could be able to reorganise the calendar with a Vuelta consisting of 20 days, instead of the original 23.
This decision has been motivated by the exceptional situation brought about by the health crisis currently affecting every industry, including sports. “Obviously, when you design the race, you hope to never have to make changes of this magnitude, but we have to be sensible with the current situation and we have to accept that it is very difficult to replace an official departure at this late stage, given all the institutional and logistic planning that it involves”, stated Javier Guillén, Director of La Vuelta.

With its new configuration, La Vuelta’s 75th edition will be a historical race in many aspects. It will be the first time in the past 35 years that it consists of fewer than 21 stages. The last time this happened was in 1985, with an edition featuring 19 stages. It will also be the first time since Unipublic took over control of the race in 1979 that La Vuelta will take off from the Basque Country. It has been almost five decades since Euskadi last hosted the race’s official departure. In 1961, La Vuelta took off from San Sebastián, with a team time trial featuring both the starting-line and finish-line in the city.
“To have that passion for cycling that is so present in the Basque Country from the very first day makes this change in plans much more pleasant”, added Guillén. “In any case, we only hope that this unprecedented health crisis is resolved soon, that we can all return to normal, including La Vuelta – that will again consist of its traditional format and duration of 21 stages and two rest days in 2021”, he concluded.
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The official departure of La Vuelta 20 from The Netherlands is cancelled

Key points:

• The official departure of La Vuelta 20 that was going to take place in the Dutch regions of Utrecht and North Brabant is cancelled.
• The exceptional worldwide situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the organising committee of La Vuelta Holanda and Unipublic to cancel the official departure.
• Both parties are already working towards resuming the La Vuelta official departure from the Netherlands project, using the year 2022 as a potential start date.

La Vuelta 20 will not take off from the Netherlands. Due to the exceptional situation caused by the COVID-19 crisis, the organising committee of La Vuelta Holanda has been forced to cancel the official departure of the race from the Dutch regions of Utrecht and North Brabant.
The local organisation committee and Unipublic have been forced to make this decision as a result of the reorganisation of the 2020 cycling calendar announced by the UCI (International Cycling Union) on the 15th of April and due to the measures that have recently been implemented by the Dutch government forbidding the celebration of sporting events until the 1st of September. All of this now places the celebration of La Vuelta after the Cycling World Championships and not during its original dates (14th of August – 6th of September).

Despite both parties’ wishes to try to maintain the official departure from Utrecht, it has not been possible to find a new date in which to hold said project, given the new constraints. “The departure of La Vuelta 20 from Holland was a project that had been designed as a big summer party. Faced with the impossibility of ensuring the planned development of the race’s official departure, with all of the required guarantees for an event of these characteristics, La Vuelta Holanda has preferred to request the official departure’s cancellation”, they have stated.

La Vuelta Holanda Director, Martijn van Hulsteijn: „It is clear that there is great disappointment in Utrecht, Breda, ’s-Hertogenbosch and the provinces of Utrecht and Noord-Brabant. We were ready to organize a fantastic event in the weekend of the 14th, 15th and 16th of August. Since we heard of the change in the UCI calendar, we have discussed with all parties to find out if the start in the autumn would be possible, but it turned out to be too difficult of an assignment. Moving three stages, on three days, through 34 municipalities with start and finish places in various places turned out to be a bridge too far. For example, we did not have all the needed infrastructures at our disposal. In addition, a lot of road works were carried out around the 34 participating municipalities in the autumn. The impact would be too great. Even if you leave the desirability and uncertainty in Corona time out of the discussion“.

Jan van Zanen, mayor of Utrecht, on behalf of the three cities and two provinces involved in the organization of the official start: „We were all looking forward to celebrate a Spanish fiesta in all the participating municipalities. But it turns out not be technically feasible and we have concluded there is too much uncertainty about the development of the coronavirus. A huge disappointment, but health comes first.”

“The change to the calendar resulted in a modification of the original program. We discussed this with our Dutch partners, with whom we have worked in absolute harmony and in complete collaboration. We realised that it would be impossible to carry out this project under these new constraints”, explained the General Director of Unipublic, Javier Guillén. “It is a complicated decision, one you never want to make, but which we have found ourselves compelled to do due to the complex circumstances we are currently living, which surpass any foreseeable expectation”, he added.
Unipublic and La Vuelta Holanda are working on the possibility of the Netherlands hosting the official departure in the very near future. The first potential start date being discussed for the country to host the La Vuelta departure is 2022, but with no certainties. In this sense, Javier Guillén has insisted that resuming the departure from Holland is “a priority” for the organisation. “We have seen so much enthusiasm and a very high degree of involvement. It is a pleasure to work like this. The very least we can do is to begin exploring the possibility of departing from the Netherlands in the near future, and we trust that we will be able to do so as soon as possible”, he specified.

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This Tuesday, the Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel hosted the official presentation of the La Vuelta 20 route. This will be a very special year for the Spanish grand tour as it celebrates its 75th edition. La Vuelta 20 will take off from The Netherlands on the 14th of August, with a first stage taking place entirely in Utrecht (TTT); and will end in Madrid on the 6th of September. With a top level audience, and 11 winners of La Vuelta among them, some of the best riders of the peloton such as Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana, Miguel Ángel López, Miguel Indurain have discovered the course of the next edition of La Vuelta.


On Tuesday the 17th of December, Unipublic presented the route of La Vuelta 20, that will take place between the 14th of August and the 6th of September 2020. For the fourth time in its history, the Spanish grand tour will start abroad. The peloton will depart from The Netherlands, a territory that is already familiar to La Vuelta, as it celebrated an official departure from Assen in 2009. On this occasion, Utrecht, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Breda will be the cities in charge of signalling the start of the race.

Following the first rest day, back on Spanish territory, the race will recommence from a place that is very special to cycling: the Basque Country. Basque fans will fill the roads for a stage taking place entirely in Guipúzcoa. Later, the peloton will pass through the Chartered Community of Navarra, Soria, Zaragoza and Huesca, before crossing the border yet again for an iconic stage finale at the Col du Tourmalet, in the French Pyrenees.

A second rest day will allow the riders to recover before an extremely demanding second week that will take place in the Northern half of the peninsula. Back in the Basque Country, the race will continue on through Álava, La Rioja, Burgos, Palencia, Cantabria and Asturias. The Principality has been offering us the best cycling spectacles for years and 2020 will be no exception. Two La Vuelta icons will test the peloton over two consecutive days with high-altitude finales in Alto de La Farrapona and in Alto de L’Angliru.

During its last week, the race will take place in the peninsula’s West, with two entire stages and one departure held in Galicia, including an individual time trial with a finale in the beautiful Mirador de Ézaro. A Galician adventure that will cross the four provinces of the autonomous community in just three days. Our return to the peninsula’s centre will take the most direct route: through Portugal, that will host a finish-line (Porto. Matosinhos) and a stage departure from Viseu. Salamanca will be the cherry on top with a final stage in La Covatilla that will precede the final procession in Madrid.


84 years and 74 editions have passed since the departure of the very first edition of La Vuelta, in 1935 (85 years ago). “The race has undergone many transformations throughout its history, but I would go as far as to say that we are currently in our best moment. We have built a real personality for the race, characterised for its spectacular and unpredictable nature as well as for its innovative and daring spirit. 74 editions under our belt that show just how hard we’ve worked to get where we are today”, said Javier Guillén, General Director of La Vuelta.


The 75th edition of La Vuelta will be very special due to its anniversary year, but also due to its official departure from The Netherlands, only the fourth time in La Vuelta’s history that it begins abroad. “I can think of few places better than Holland to celebrate a cycling anniversary. It is a territory that lives and breathes for cycling. That said, for the 2020 edition, we wanted to do something extra special and ended up designing the race’s most international route in its long history. We will visit four countries: Holland, Spain, France and Portugal, thus becoming one of the most relevant European sporting events in 2020”, concluded Guillén.


 On the occasion of the World Day in Memory of the Victims of Road Traffic Accidents, Continental and La Vuelta, in the company of representatives from the DGT’s National Road Safety Observatory, the Scarponi Foundation and the Stop Accidentes Foundation, have raised awareness and debated the need and the importance of educating both cyclists and drivers about safety.
 According to DGT data, the total number of cyclists involved in accidents with victims was 7598 in 2018.
 This event is part of Continental’s initiative ‘Distánciate’, that features the support of Unipublic and whose aim is to reduce the number of road accident fatalities.
Continental and La Vuelta have discussed road safety today in Madrid on the occasion of the World Day in Memory of the Victims of Road Traffic Accidents. During a round-table discussion, attendees debated and raised awareness regarding the need to educate both cyclists and drivers about road safety in order to guarantee a better coexistence between the two, thus improving their mobility during the race.

The event is part of the ‘Distánciate’ initiative that Continental, with the support of Unipublic, organiser of La Vuelta, presented last year with the aim to considerably reduce the road accident death toll. Although the numbers have improved with regards to 2017 according to the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT), in 2018 the data continues to be alarming, as the total number of cyclists involved in accidents with victims was 7598. The urgent need to deal with road safety was what led to the creation of ‘Distánciate’, in order to raise road safety awareness among all road users, to develop good practice guidelines, improve the coexistence between cyclists and drivers and contribute to the reduction of road accident fatalities.

The round-table discussion was moderated by Óscar Pereiro, ex-cyclist – Tour de France winner and Ambassador for Continental and La Vuelta– and participants included Jorge Cajal, Communications Director for Continental Tires España; Marco Scarponi, brother of Michele Scarponi, representing Fundación Scarponi; Álvaro Gómez, Director of the DGT’s National Road Safety Observatory; Fernando Muñoz, Vice-President of the Stop Accidentes Foundation; and Martín Giacchetta, amateur cyclist.
Álvaro Gómez, Director of the DGT’s National Road Safety Observatory, began the discussion by pointing out that the bicycle “is an economic, healthy and sustainable mode of transport”, and that it is “a priority for everyone to make it safe”. “The latest data shows that the increase in bicycle use has not resulted in an increase in cyclist deaths. In order to make sure it stays that way, local governments must be responsible for creating friendly, peaceful cities”. He also mentioned the National Bicycle Strategy, created through a consultation process involving administrations and companies within the sector.
During the event, the role of brands in the prevention of road accidents was also emphasised. In the case of Continental, Jorge Cajal, Director of Communications for the company, explained that “Continental has equipped the majority of high-level UCI World Tour teams for many years. Our bicycle tires have earned the recognition of professionals and amateurs alike worldwide and we would like for that renowned excellence in the cycling sector to spread to other vehicles as well. We have to keep in mind that tires are the main active safety element that enable accident prevention when well-maintained. In the case of cycling, bike users are generally more aware of safety, but we have to remember that almost all of them are drivers too”.
Martín Giacchetta, amateur cyclist, added that “it is not a question of having more laws to keep us safe. I would suggest educating young children at school: a civic education program that teaches them to respect the choices of others. Responsible driving should be taught in school, in order to create more respectful, aware and educated drivers later on”. Fernando Muñoz, Vice-President of the Stop Accidentes Foundation, agreed and also argued that “education is essential for everything and, of course, also for road safety. It should be implemented in such a way so that it is addressed in all subjects”. He added that it is important for everyone to be involved from a personal point of view, meaning that “all of us, as individual citizens, have to assume our responsibility in avoiding road accidents and respect the rules so that we may share the common space, whether we are a pedestrian, a driver or a passenger”.
Óscar Pereiro, concluded the event with a reflection. “These types of events are essential for raising awareness and preventing accidents. At a time when cyclists and drivers seem to be at war, we must focus on mutual respect and collaboration in order to avoid unnecessary accidents”. Along the same principle, Marco Scarponi wished to remind us of his brother Michele, a cyclist who won the Giro d’Italia 2011 and died in a road accident in 2017. He explained that “It is important to remember that we are not talking about bicycles and cars, but about people. When we don’t respect the security distance or drive above the speed limit, we are risking the life of someone with parents, siblings, friends and children”.

Vuelta a España – Etappe 21

After his crash Primosz Roglic (SLO) is chasing the front group with the help of his team mates, He made it back to the front group but was lacking power in the finale to keep up with the best. Very unlucky for him, he was a podium candidate.
Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer –

September 15 th 2019 – 20:04
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. Primoz Roglic (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) and another Slovenian, the 20 yo wunderkind Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates). Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) is the most aggressive rider of the race.
Sun greets the riders as a 153-man peloton rolls out from Fuenlabrada in the afternoon. The 50km leading to Madrid are an opportunity for the riders to celebrate their achievements after three weeks of hard racing. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), set to win La Vuelta, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), 2nd on GC, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), 3rd overall and best young rider, and Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R La Mondiale), King of the Mountains, share a beer. Jesus Ezquerra (Burgos-BH) successfully proposes his girlfriend.
The intensity picks up as the race enters Madrid, with nine 5.8km laps to go along some of the most prestigious venues of the Spanish capital. Riders try their luck as soon as the pack crosses the finish line for the first time. But with a very high pace, it’s hard to build any gap.
Daniel Martinez (EF Education First) and Diego Rubio (Burgos-BH) get to the front with 43km to go. Deceuninck-Quick Step, Bora-Hansgrohe and UAE Team Emirates work together to control the gap around 20”. The two attackers are caught with 7km to go. Deceuninck-Quick Step set the sprint and Fabio Jakobsen delivers with the stage victory ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe).
Fuenlabrada – Madrid (106,6 km)
1 Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck – Quick Step 2:48:20
2 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora – Hansgrohe 0:00:00
3 Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team 0:00:00
4 Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Esp) Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 0:00:00
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Dimension Data 0:00:00
6 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek – Segafredo 0:00:00
7 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:00
8 Clément Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:00
9 Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama – FDJ 0:00:00
10 Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton – Scott 0:00:00
11 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:00:00
12 John Degenkolb (GER) Trek – Segafredo 0:00:00
13 Omar Fraile Matarranz (Esp) Astana Pro Team 0:00:00
14 Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:00
15 Maximilian Walscheid (GER) Team Sunweb 0:00:00

1 Primož Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo – Visma 83:07:31
2 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team 0:02:16
3 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:38
4 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:29
5 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:04:31
6 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora – Hansgrohe 0:07:16
7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:09:47
8 Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal 0:12:54
9 Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar Team 0:22:10
10 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Esp) Mitchelton – Scott 0:22:17
11 James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:22:52
12 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Merida 0:23:49
13 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:26:32
14 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education First 0:32:17
15 Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT) Bahrain Merida 0:33:23
16 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Esp) Astana Pro Team 0:42:00
17 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Team Katusha Alpecin 0:42:05
18 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Crédits 0:46:07
19 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Mitchelton – Scott 0:52:46
20 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Ineos 1:04:04

Die 74. Austragung der Spanien Rundfahrt ging heute in der spanischen Hauptstadt, Madrid zu Ende. Etappe 21 wurde etwas außerhalb von Madrid, in Fuenlabrada gestartet, und führte das Feld über 106,6 Kilometer in das historische Zentrum von Madrid, wo acht Schlussrunde auf die Fahrer warteten. Die heutige Etappe war eine der wenigen Chancen für die schnellen Männer im Feld.
Wie jeden Tag in den vergangenen Wochen, begann heute der Kampf um die Spitzengruppe etwas später. Traditionell wurde das rote Trikot mit einer Fahrt, bei der jeder ein kleines Glas Champagner bekam, gefeiert. Fotografen bekamen die Möglichkeit einige Fotos zu machen, bevor das Rennen wieder normal fortgesetzt wurde.
Immer wieder wurden Attacken gestartet, aber keine erwies sich als erfolgreich. In der Hauptstadt angekommen, erhöhten die Sprinterteams das Tempo, um alles für einen Massensprint vorzubereiten.
Auch BORA – hansgrohe reihte sich für ihren Sprinter Sam Bennett ein. Das Team aus Raubling war gegenüber anderen Teams geschwächt, waren sie nur zu fünft nach Madrid gekommen, nach den Ausfällen von Gregor Mühlberger, Davide Formolo und vorgestern Jempy Drucker. Dennoch zeigte sich das BORA – hansgrohe Team an der Spitze, und begann sich für ihren Sprinter zu formieren.
Es war ein harter Kampf um die ideale Position der schnellen Männer im Feld. Doch der irische Meister wählte die perfekte Linie, lancierte seinen Sprint aber etwas spät und konnte auf den letzten Metern an F. Jakobsen nicht mehr vorbeiziehen. Nach zwei Siegen erreichte Bennett seinen dritten zweiten Platz bei dieser Vuelta.
Teamkollege Rafal Majka überquerte die Ziellinie und beendet die diesjährige Spanien Rundfahrt auf dem 6. Gesamtrang. Damit reist das deutsche Team mit zwei Etappensiegen, fünf Podestplätzen und einer starken Teamvorstellung nach Hause.
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„Ich bin wirklich stolz auf dieses Team. Die gesamte Mannschaft, Fahrer als auch Mitarbeiter, haben die gesamten drei Wochen an einen Strang gezogen. Eine Grand Tour ist nie leicht, man ist lange Zeit von Hause weg, reist jeden Tag, hat lange harte Etappen und Transfers. Aber das Team hat alles darangesetzt und getan, dass diese drei Woche angenehm waren. Wir haben starke Ergebnisse eingefahren. Klar, wollten wir Rafal am Podium sehen, das war ein Ziel von uns, aber auch das ist Teil des Sports. Und ein 6. Platz ist dennoch ein beachtliches Ergebnis. Leider schieden drei Fahrer in dieser Grand Tour aus, was alles nicht einfacher machte, im Kampf um das Klassement. Aber wir mussten es so nehmen wie es kam, solche Dinge kann man nicht planen und muss sie einfach akzeptieren. Wir beendeten diese Spanien Rundfahrt mit einem starken Ergebnis durch Sam. Der auch seine Kletterqualitäten bei dieser harten Austragung bewiesen hat. Ich bin stolz auf alles was wir hier erreicht haben, dennoch werden wir uns nicht ausruhen. Doch jetzt werden wir gemeinsam Abendessen und feiern.“ – Patxi Vila, sportlicher Leiter
© BORA – hansgrohe

Vuelta Etappe 20

Plataforma de Gredos, Saturday, September 14th 2019 – Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) offered a new stellar demonstration of his raw talent with a 39km solo attack in the mountains to take victory at Plataforma de Gredos. The young Slovenian wins his third mountain stage at La Vuelta 19 and emulates his team manager Giuseppe Saronni – the Italian legend was until now the only rider to have won three stages in a Grand Tour before celebrating his 21st birthday. Pogačar also moves to 3rd on GC and takes the white jersey as the best young rider of the race ahead of Miguel Ángel López (Astana Pro Team) despite many attacks from the Colombian climber. Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma) controlled his other rivals to retain La Roja. He is set to be the first Slovenian Grand Tour winner tomorrow in Madrid.

Arenas de San Pedro – Plataforma de Gredos (190,4 km)
1 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 5:16:40
2 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team 0:01:32
3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora – Hansgrohe 0:01:32
4 Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT) Bahrain Merida 0:01:32
5 Primož Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo – Visma 0:01:41
6 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education First 0:01:49
7 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Merida 0:01:49
8 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:56
9 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Esp) Mitchelton – Scott 0:01:59
10 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:01:59
11 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:02:12
12 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Ineos 0:02:32
13 Felix Großschartner (AUT) Bora – Hansgrohe 0:02:37
14 Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:02:42
15 Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal 0:02:45
16 Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar Team 0:02:59
1 Primož Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo – Visma 80:18:54
2 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team 0:02:33
3 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:55
4 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:46
5 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:04:48
6 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora – Hansgrohe 0:07:33
7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:10:04
8 Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal 0:12:54
9 Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar Team 0:22:27
10 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Esp) Mitchelton – Scott 0:22:34
11 James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:22:55
12 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Merida 0:24:06
13 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:26:11
14 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education First 0:32:17
15 Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT) Bahrain Merida 0:33:4

Rafał Majka beendet die letzte Bergetappe der Vuelta a España auf einem fantastischen 3. Platz

Die vorletzte Etappe war die letzte Möglichkeit für die Klassementfahrer noch eine Änderung in der Gesamtwertung herbeizuführen. Vor allem Rafał Majka wollte noch einmal alles versuchen, sich im Klassement zu verbessern. Die 20. Etappe war erneut eine äußerst anspruchsvolle. 190 schwere Kilometer von Arenas de San Pedro hinauf zur Plataforma de Gredos warteten auf die Fahrer. Die erste von sechs Bergwertungen gab es unmittelbar nach dem Startschuss, danach folgten fünf weitere, zwei waren Anstiege der 2. Kategorie, zwei der 3. und eine weitere der 1 Kategorie.
Wie auch in den letzten Tagen begann der Kampf, um die Spitzengruppe gleich nach dem Startschuss. Im ersten Anstieg gelang es, neun Fahrern sich abzusetzen, doch das Peloton hielt die Ausreißer an einer kurzen Leine.BORA – hansgrohe blieb immer auf Augenhöhe mit dem roten Trikot und unterstützte ihren Klassementfahrer Rafał Majka.
Den gesamten Tag über war die Rennsituation äußerst angespannt, vor allem als die Klassementfahrer versuchten, sich von dem restlichen Feld abzusetzen. An der Spitze des Rennens waren circa 50 km vor dem Ziel nur mehr zwei Fahrer von der Spitzengruppe übrig.
Die Favoriten für den Tages- und Gesamtsieg begannen am vorletzten Anstieg Katz und Maus zu spielen und sorgte somit für einige Selektionen in ihrer Gruppe. Beide BORA – hansgrohe Kletterer Rafał Majka und Felix Großschartner fuhren jedoch immer auf der Höhe des Geschehens und blieben in der Gruppe des La Roja Trägers. Vor allem der junge Österreicher fuhr ein beeindruckendes Rennen und half seinem Kapitän bis ins Finale. Immer wieder setzte er Akzente und gab das Tempo vor. Doch erneut lancierte T. Pogacar eine gezielte Attacke und sicherte sich mit einem Soloritt den dritten Etappensieg bei der Spanien Rundfahrt.
Währenddessen entbrannte weiter hinten das Rennen um die Podestplätze, als Rafał Majka, A. Valverde und P. Roglic zum Angriff übergingen und die restlichen Kontrahenten hinter sich ließen. Der BORA – hansgrohe Fahrer kämpfte bis zur Linie und sicherte sich einen großartigen 3. Platz auf dieser schweren Etappe. Sein unglaublicher Einsatz blieb leider unbelohnt im Kampf um das Gesamtklassement. Der Pole wird morgen auf Rang 6 der Gesamtwertung nach Madrid reisen.
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„Ich wollte heute gerne gewinnen, um dem Team ihren unglaublichen Einsatz der letzten drei Wochen zurückzugeben. Aber leider hat es nicht ganz geklappt. Dennoch hat das Team auch heute wieder einen tollen Job erledigt. Pawel und Felix blieben bis zum Finale bei mir und waren wirklich stark. Morgen werden wir Sam helfen, ein weiteres tolles Ergebnis zu erzielen.“ – Rafał Majka

„Die letzte Bergetappe ist nun vorbei. Ich denke, das Team hat wieder eine starke Leistung abgeliefert. Pawel und Felix waren so lange wie möglich bei Rafal und halfen ihm bei den restlichen Klassementfahrern zu bleiben. Am letzten Berg hat er mit Valverde und Roglic attackiert und einen großartigen dritte Platz eingefahren. Natürlich wäre ein Sieg schön gewesen, aber bei so einer schweren Etappe und einem so starken Feld, kann man auch auf Rang 3 stolz sein. Nun werden wir uns auf den Weg nach Madrid machen, wo das Finale der Spanien Rundfahrt wartet. Und hoffentlich können wir morgen die Rundfahrt mit einem weiteren tollen Ergebnis abrunden.“ – Patxi Vila, sportlicher

Cavagna wins and Roglic survives another crazy day

September 13 th 2019 – 17:40
A flat stage on the way to Toledo offered more craziness at La Vuelta 19. 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”. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) retains La Roja after several scares. The race leader was involved with Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) in a crash with 67km to go and had to chase his way back to the peloton a second time after Bora-Hansgrohe split the bunch in the wind. He eventually lost 3” to Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) in the uphill sprint.
The uphill start on the Alto de la Paramera offers a perfect ground for an early battle. Ten riders get ahead of the bunch after 4km: Silvan Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale), Domen Novak (Bahrain-Merida), Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Lawson Craddock (EF Education First), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ), Tsgabu Grmay (Mitchelton Scott), Ben O’Connor (Team Dimension Data), David de la Cruz (Team Ineos), Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb), Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo). They enjoy a 3’35” lead after 35km, when four teams start pulling the bunch: CCC Team, Katusha Alpecin, Bora-Hansgrohe and Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.
The gap is quickly brought down under 2 minutes and it stabilises around 1’30”. A massive crash sees the race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and the white jersey Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) go down. Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) has to abandon. Movistar drive the first bunch and it takes 16km before Primoz Roglic and Miguel Angel Lopez make their way back to the main bunch.
Bora split the bunch
Bora-Hansgrohe split the bunch through crosswinds with 35km to go. Primoz Roglic is off the back again but he gets back 6km later. The leaders are still 1 minute ahead. Rémi Cavagna goes solo at the front with 25km to go. He enjoys a 26” lead to his former breakaway companions as he enters the last 10 kilometres. The peloton trails by 1’05”.
The chasers are caught inside the last 2km but Rémi Cavagna holds on to a 5” margin on the line. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) takes 2nd ahead of two other Deceuninck-Quick Step riders, Zdenek Stybar and Philippe Gilbert. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) finishes 5th and gains 3” on Primoz Roglic, who retains La Roja on the eve of the last mountain stage.

Ávila – Toledo (165,2 km)
1 Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick Step 3:43:34
2 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora – Hansgrohe 0:00:05
3 Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:00:05
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:00:05
5 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team 0:00:05
6 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:05
7 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Merida 0:00:05
8 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:05
9 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:00:05
10 Primož Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo – Visma 0:00:05
11 Damien Touzé (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Crédits 0:00:05
12 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:05
13 Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton – Scott 0:00:05
14 Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:05
15 Alexander Aranburu Deba (Esp) Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 0:00:05
16 Jonas Koch (GER) CCC Team 0:00:05

2 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team 0:02:50
3 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:31
4 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:04:17
5 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:04:49
6 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora – Hansgrohe 0:07:46
7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:09:46
8 Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal 0:11:50
9 James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:13:23
10 Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar Team 0:21:09
11 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Esp) Mitchelton – Scott 0:22:16
12 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:23:26
13 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Merida 0:23:58
14 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education First 0:32:09
15 Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT) Bahrain Merida 0:33:49

Ausreißer schlägt den Sprintern ein Schnippchen: Sam Bennett erneut starker Zweiter auf der 19. Etappe der Vuelta a España
Ein Freitag der 13. läutete heute das letzte Wochenende der Spanien Rundfahrt ein. Die 19. Etappe begann gleich mit einer Bergwertung der dritten Kategorie. Danach ging es für das Fahrerfeld von Avila 165 wellige Kilometer in den Zielort nach Toledo, wo 30 km vor dem Ziel noch eine Sprintwertung wartete.
Gleich nach dem Startschuss bildete sich eine Spitzengruppe von 11 Fahrern. Shane Archbold repräsentierte die Farben des BORA – hansgrohe Rennstalls in der Fluchtgruppe, die schnell eine Lücke von drei Minuten hatte. Nach einigen Kilometern fiel Shane Archbold aus der Spitzengruppe heraus und wartete auf das Hauptfeld.
Das Rennen fuhr durch eine kleine Stadt, als plötzlich ein Massensturz das Rennen auseinanderriss. Auch das La Roja Trikot ging zu Boden, von BORA – hansgrohe wurde leider Jempy Drucker in den Sturz verwickelt, konnte das Rennen aber fortsetzen. Nach der Etappe begab sich der Luxemburger ins Krankenhaus für weitere Untersuchungen. Zum Glück konnten keine Brüche festgestellt werden, aber eine tiefe Schnittwunde im rechten Ellbogen lässt keinen Start morgen zu.
Im Rennen beruhigte sich die Situation, und mit noch 36 km zu fahren, hatte die Fluchtgruppe mehr als eine Minute Vorsprung, bevor im Feld erneut eine Selektion stattfand. Wieder bildeten sich Staffeln im Seitenwind, doch BORA – hansgrohe fuhr an der Spitze und beschützte ihre beiden Kapitäne, Rafal Majka und Sam Bennett. Danach sorgte das Team aus Deutschland mit einer erneuten Tempoverschärfung für weitere Teilungen im Feld. An der Spitze hingegen lancierte R. Cavagna eine gekonnte Attacke und setzte sich von seinen Kontrahenten ab.
BORA – hansgrohe, immer noch an der Spitze des Feldes, versuchte alles, um die Lücke zu schließen. Im Finale kam es immer wieder zu Attacken, doch der Solist konnte sich mit 5 Sekunden Vorsprung ins Ziel retten, um sich den Etappensieg zu holen. Dahinter fuhr Sam Bennett ein beeindruckendes Rennen, die letzten 1,5 Kilometer mit bis zu 15 % Steigung, konnten den irischen Meister genauso wenig beeindrucken wie die Konkurrenten. Bennett gewann souverän den Sprint des Feldes, konnte Cavagna aber leider nicht mehr stellen. Im Kampf um das Grüne Trikot konnte Bennett wieder einige Punkte sammeln. In der Gesamtwertung gab es keine Veränderungen, Rafal Majka liegt weiterhin auf dem 6. Platz.
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„Als Erstes, und am wichtigsten, ich hoffe, alle die in diesem Sturz verwickelt waren, sind in Ordnung. Leider war auch Teamkollege Jempy bei dem Sturz dabei. Aber die Etappe war erneut schnell und jeder hat um Positionen gekämpft. Remi hat im richtigen Moment seine Attacke gesetzt. Ich habe alles gegeben, aber am Ende hat es einfach nicht für den Sieg gereicht.“ – Sam Bennett
„Zu allererst hoffen wir, dass alle Gestürzten in Ordnung sind bzw. bald wieder ins Renngeschehen einsteigen können. Auch einer unserer Fahrer ging zu Boden. Jempy hat sich zum Glück nichts gebrochen, aber die tiefe Schnittwunde lässt keinen Start zu. Wir wünschen ihm eine schnelle Besserung. Das Ziel hinauf nach Toledo war ein sehr steiler Anstieg, doch Sam liegen solche kurzen, steilen Rampen und er gab alles. Morgen wird eine der schwersten Etappen in dieser Vuelta, und wir werden auch diese Etappe fahren wie unser Motto ist, als Band of Brothers.“ – Patxi Vila, sportlicher Leiter

Vuelta Etappe 18

September 12 th 2019 – 17:28
It was another gruelling day on stage 18 with Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) trying to make the most of climbing-packed route with multiple attacks. The Colombian ‘Superman’ launched his first move with 60km to go but Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) matched everyone of his attack to retain La Roja. Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) faded and dropped a minute. Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) attacked in the first climb of the day and was the only attacker able to resist the GC contenders to claim his maiden Grand Tour stage win at 22 years old, after some impressive racing at the front.
On the day after a crazy stage through the wind, the riders are ready for more battle in the mountains. Jumbo-Visma try to control the early part of the race but attacks start flying after 3km and it takes dozens of kilometres for the situation to settle. Wout Poels (Team Ineos) attacks just ahead of the Puerto de Navacerrada (11.8km, 6.3%). He rides the full climb on his own at the front while attacks keep flying from a reduced bunch.
Astana take over
Twelve riders successively join Wout Poels at the front: Nelson Oliveira (Movistar Team), Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R La Mondiale), Omar Fraile (Astana Pro Team), Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida), Jonas Koch (CCC Team), Sergio Higuita (EF Education First), Tobias Ludvigson (Groupama-FDJ), Nick Shultz (Mitchelton-Scott), Louis Meintjes (Dimension Data), Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos), Neilson Powless (Jumbo-Visma) and Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi-Murias). They open a 5’ lead to the bunch in the second climb of the day, the Puerto de la Morcuera, summited first by Geoffrey Bouchard to secure the Polka-dot jersey one more day.
Astana accelerate in the second ascent of the Puerto de la Morcuera and Miguel Angel Lopez attacks with 60km to go. Bouchard claims 10 more KOM points at the summit. Lopez only trails by 1’03” and the Roglic group, reduced to a handful of riders, is 19” further behind. Lopez joins Omar Fraile in the downhill and they increase their lead to 30”. Jumbo-Visma’s Sepp Kuss and Neilson Powless drive the Roglic group and Lopez is caught with 38km to go. Sergio Higuita is the only rider still at the front, with a lead of 1’06”.

Higuita soloes to victory
Lopez attacks again and again in the final climb. Primoz Roglic, Alejandro Valverde and Rafal Majka are the only ones able to follow him. At the summit (26.3km to go), Higuita holds on to a 47” lead. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) trails by 17”. And Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) is 26” further behind with Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal) and Louis Meintjes. They get back to Pogacar with 20km to go.
Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) holds on to a 15” gap to claim his maiden Grand Tour victory at 22 years old. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) leads the GC group through the line. Nairo Quintana and Tadej Pogacar finish with a 59” delay. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) moves to 2nd on GC, ahead of Quintana and 2’50” behind Roglic, and Lopez takes the white jersey from Pogacar’s shoulders.

Colmenar Viejo – Becerril de la Sierra (177,5 km)
1 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education First 4:33:09
2 Primož Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo – Visma 0:00:15
3 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team 0:00:15
4 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora – Hansgrohe 0:00:15
5 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:00:17
6 Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal 0:01:16
7 Louis Meintjes (RSA) Team Dimension Data 0:01:16
8 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:16
9 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:16
10 Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Esp) Euskadi Basque Country – Murias 0:03:47
11 Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT) Bahrain Merida 0:03:47
12 Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo – Visma 0:03:47
13 Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:16
14 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Ineos 0:04:16
15 Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar Team 0:04:22
1 Primož Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo – Visma 71:16:54
2 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team 0:02:50
3 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:31
4 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:04:17
5 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:04:49
6 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora – Hansgrohe 0:07:46
7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:09:46
8 Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal 0:11:50
9 James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:12:44
10 Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar Team 0:21:09
11 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Esp) Mitchelton – Scott 0:22:16
12 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:22:29
13 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Merida 0:23:58
14 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education First 0:32:09
15 Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT) Bahrain Merida 0:33:49

Rafał Majka kämpft sich mit Platz vier auf den 6. Vuelta a España Gesamtrang vor
Nach der gestrigen schwierigen Etappe sollte auch die heutige den Fahrern keine Verschnaufpause verschaffen. Vier Anstiege der 1. Kategorie auf 177 welligen Kilometern von Colmenar Viejo nach Becerril de la Sierra bildeten heute die 18. Etappe der Vuelta a España.
Erneut wurden Attacken von Kilometer 0 lanciert, dieses Mal passte BORA – hansgrohe genau auf, um den gestrigen Fehler nicht zu wiederholen.
Als das Rennen sich in Richtung zweiten Anstieg des Tages bewegte, gelang es einer Gruppe von 13 Fahrer sich vom Peloton, mit einer Lücke von drei Minuten, abzusetzen. BORA – hansgrohe blieb in der Gruppe des La Roja Trikots. KlassementfahrerRafałMajka hatte immer seine beiden Helfer Felix Großschartner und Pawel Poljanski an seiner Seite, die erneut alles daran setzten ihren Kapitän zu unterstützen.
Am vorletzten Anstieg des Tages, gingen die Klassementfahrer auf Angriff über und distanzierten sich von dem verkleinerten Hauptfeld. BORA – hansgrohes Klassementfahrer Rafał Majka konnte der Tempoverschärfung folgen und an einem Punkt auch selbst das Tempo erhöhen, um einige seiner Kontrahenten abzuschütteln. Nach einigen weiteren Kilometern gelang es der Gruppe um Rafał Majka die Spitzengruppe einzuholen.
Im letzten Anstieg des Tages, 27km vor dem Ziel, sorgten die Favoriten auf den Tagessieg für eine weitere Selektion in der Gruppe und so fuhren Rafał Majka, A. Valverde, P. Roglic und M.A. Lopez 45 Sekunden hinter dem letzten verbliebenen Spitzenreiter. Rafał Majka zeigte eine bestechende Form und Kampfgeist und konnte sich dadurch seinen Platz in der Gesamtwertung wieder zurückzuholen. Mit 15 Sekunden Vorsprung schaffte es der Solist ins Ziel und holte sich den Etappensieg. Rafał Majka beendete die 18. Etappe auf dem großartigen 4. Platz und kämpfte sich somit wieder einen Platz nach vorne in der Gesamtwertung.
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„Gestern war es mein Fehler nicht in der Gruppe gewesen zu sein, daher wollte ich heute alles richtig machen. Meine Teamkollegen arbeiten so hart für mich und ich möchte ihnen das mit einem guten Ergebnis zurückgeben. Es war erneut ein schwerer Tag aber ich konnte mit den anderen Klassementfahrern mitgehen und kletterte eine Position im Klassement nach oben.“ – Rafał Majka

„Ich denke, wir haben heute gezeigt, dass wir aus unserem Fehler von gestern gelernt haben. Rafal und seine Teamkollegen waren aufmerksam und im entscheidenden Moment war Rafal da und fuhr seinem sechsten Gesamtrang entgegen. Die Etappe innerhalb der Top 5 zu beenden war sicher auch ein nettes Geburtstagsgeschenk. Die Vuelta ist noch nicht vorbei und wir werden weiterhin alles geben.’’ -Patxi Vila, sportlicher Leiter

Fuglsang sings in the mountains

September 9 th 2019 – 17:54

Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer
Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) made the most of a gruelling day and his climbing abilities to win stage 16 of La Vuelta 19 atop an unprecedented climb. After a stellar Spring and an unlucky July, the Danish rider was part of the 21-man break that managed to get away after more than 50km of hard racing and he dropped all his companions in the Alto de la Cubilla to claim the solo win ahead of Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos). His leader Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) attacked in the final climb. He couldn’t drop Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) nor Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) but both Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) dropped time.
It’s another hard fight for the breakaway as riders attack from the gun and the battle keeps going for more than 50km. Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida), Rémi Cavagna, James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Romain Seigle (Groupama-FDJ) are slightly ahead of the bunch at the bottom of the Puerto de San Lorenzo (km 50). They are joined by 17 more riders in the climb: Imanol Erviti (Movistar Team), Geoffrey Bouchard (Ag2r La Mondiale), Jakob Fuglsang, Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana Pro Team), Max Richeze, Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Thomas de Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott), Amanuel Ghebreizhabier (Team Dimension Data), Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos), Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb), Gianluca Brambilla, Niklas Eg (Trek-Segafredo), Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), Angel Madrazo (Burgos BH), Fernando Barcelo, Mikel Bizkarra (Euskadi-Murias).
Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) briefly goes on the move but Jumbo-Visma manage to keep a bunch of 35 riders under control. Geoffrey Bouchard takes the 10 points at the summit to lead the virtual KOM standings. The bunch trails by 2’45” at the summit. The race situation settles in the valley leading to the Alto de la Cobertoria and the attackers enjoy a 4’42” lead at the bottom of the climb. Again, Bouchard goes first at the summit ahead of Madrazo. The gap to the bunch is up to 7’.
Astana shake the race at the front and in the bunch
Attackers already battle it out in the last valley bit but they’re still together when they hit the first slopes up the Alto de la Cubilla, with a lead up to 9’10”. Jakob Fuglsang accelerates twice and Gianluca Brambilla is the only one to follow him 7km away from the summit. The Dane drops everyone with 4km to go and soloes to victory ahead of Tao Geoghegan Hart.
Astana riders up the tempo in the last 7km and Nairo Quintana is quickly dropped. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) attacks with 6km to go but his GC rivals follow. He goes again with 4km to go, and this time only Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) can follow him. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) drops 23” on the line. Quintana finishes more than 2 minutes behind and sees Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) take his spot in the GC top 5.

Pravia – Alto de La Cubilla (144,4 km)
1 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 4:01:22
2 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Ineos 0:00:22
3 Luis León Sanchez (Esp) Astana Pro Team 0:00:40
4 James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:00:42
5 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek – Segafredo 0:01:12
6 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:02:09
7 Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Esp) Euskadi Basque Country – Murias 0:02:15
8 Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Team Dimension Data 0:02:21
9 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:02:32
10 Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:32
11 Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama – FDJ 0:02:46
12 Fernando Barceló Aragon (Esp) Euskadi Basque Country – Murias 0:03:49
13 Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:05:49
14 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:05:58
15 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:05:58
16 Primož Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo – Visma 0:05:58
17 Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar Team 0:06:21
18 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team 0:06:21
19 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora – Hansgrohe 0:06:24
20 Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT) Bahrain Merida 0:06:24
1 Primož Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo – Visma 62:17:52
2 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team 0:02:48
3 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:03:42
4 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:03:59
5 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora – Hansgrohe 0:07:40
6 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:07:43
7 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Crédits 0:10:27
8 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:10:34
9 Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal 0:10:40
10 Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT) Bahrain Merida 0:12:05
11 James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:13:26
12 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education First 0:14:24
13 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:16:33
14 Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar Team 0:16:53
15 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Team Katusha Alpecin 0:17:26

Starker Rafał Majka klettert auf 5. Gesamtrang der Vuelta a España am Alto de la Cubilla
Einen Tag bevor es in den wohlverdienten und letzten Ruhetag dieser Vuelta ging, hatten die Fahrer noch einmal eine schwere Bergankunft vor sich. Die 16. Etappe wies 144 anspruchsvolle Kilometer, von Pravia hinauf auf den bei Touristen beliebten Pass Alto de la Cubilla, auf. Als wäre der knapp 20 km lange und im Schnitt 5 % steile Anstieg nicht schon kräftezehrend genug, hatte das Feld zuvor noch zwei weitere Anstiege der 1. Kategorie zu bewältigen.
Es war ein nervöser Start in die heutige Etappe, als immer wieder Fahrer versuchten, die Fluchtgruppe des Tages zu bilden.
Nach mehr als 30 Kilometern gelang es schließlich einer Gruppe von 21 Fahrern sich abzusetzen. Ihr Vorsprung wuchs auf mehr als 5 Minuten im Laufe des Tages an, während BORA – hansgrohe im Hauptfeld für ihren Klassementfahrer Rafał Majka arbeitete.
Die Situation blieb über viele Kilometer unverändert, doch wie erwartet zerfiel die Spitze, als das Rennen in den langen Schlussanstieg ging. Aus der Gruppe wurden immer wieder Attacken gesetzt und schließlich konnte J. Fuglsang seine Kontrahenten entscheidend stehen lassen, um sich ungehindert den Etappensieg zu holen.
Etwas weiter dahinter hielt sich währenddessen Rafał Majka in der Gruppe des Gesamtführenden auf. Die La Roja Gruppe kam im Laufe des Anstieges immer näher an die restlichen Fahrer an der Spitze heran, und Rafał Majka schaffte es mit einer Tempoverschärfung N. Quintana abzuschütteln.
Bei der 4 km Marke fuhr er umgeben von M. Soler, A. Valverde und P. Roglic der Ziellinie entgegen.
Auf Rang 19 überquerte Rafał Majka, einige Minuten hinter Etappensieger Fuglsang, die Ziellinie und konnte sich somit auf den 5. Platz in der Gesamtwertung verbessern.
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„Als Erstes möchte ich mich bei meinen Teamkollegen bedanken. Auch heute haben sie wieder einen unglaublich tollen Job erledigt, mich immer beschützt und in den Berg gebracht. Ich konnte mich auf Rang 5 verbessern, bevor wir in den letzten Teil der Vuelta starten. Es ist dennoch ein weiter Weg bis nach Madrid, auf dem noch einiges passieren kann. Aber fürs Erste genießen wir den Ruhetag.“ – Rafał Majka

„Eine weitere schwere Etappe haben wir hinter uns gebracht. Morgen können wir am Ruhetag etwas durchatmen und mental auf die letzte Woche vorbereiten. Unser Team-Spirit ist immer noch sehr gut, die Jungs unterstützen sich in jeder Situation. Wir gehen auf Rang 5 der Gesamtwertung in diesen Ruhetag und klar, wollen wir in Madrid mit einem tollen Gesamtergebnis ankommen. Aber wir nehmen es Tag für Tag, Etappe für Etappe.“ – Patxi Vila, sportlicher Leiter