Friday September 8th, 2017

Stage 19Caso. Parque Natural de Redes / Gijón

Start 13h50 (Local time)

Key moments

Stage summary08.09.2017

De Gendt, the expert strikes

With a route designed for attackers, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) enjoyed stage 19 of La Vuelta 2017 to snatch a third stage win on Grand Tours after the ones he already claimed on the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia. Always aggressive, the Belgian baroudeur took part in a 27 man breakaway and eventually dominated his companions in the streets of Gijon. Chris Froome (Team Sky) controlled the move from another never-tiring attacker, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), to make sure he'll...

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Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “I didn't expect less (from Team Sky and Team Sunweb). It was a difficult finish to make it but we had two teammates ahead and we thought one could give me a hand. There was a lot of headwind. I asked for a 55T chainring thinking of the downhill but even then it was impossible. When I saw how windy it was and that they were chasing, I just stayed in the wheel with (Edward) Theuns. If it rains tomorrow, that's pretty good for me. I'm good for the end of La...

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Ivan García Cortina (Bahrain-Merida): “With the final at home, I wanted to do good. I'm happy, I enjoyed it as if I had won, with all the people from home. I couldn't get it, it was close. I started sprinting early. Mostly, when we were just two at the front, only with (Romain) Bardet, I thought I could win. With four of us, I still knew I was fast, but when we were much more, it was chaotic. But I'm happy.”

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Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), leader of the KOM classification: “It was another day in the break. It was the plan from the team to be at the front because there was a cat-1 climb at the beginning. I won the first and the second climbs. But in the end I was very tired from today's efforts. We'll see tomorrow what happens. I'll surely try again.”

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader: “(Alberto) Contador certainly can't be blamed for the lack of trying. In every stage, he's been attacking and today was exactly the same. For me, it was about trying to save as much energy as possible for tomorrow and get through the day without much issues, so I'm happy to let the day behind us and focus on tomorrow. Angliru is going to be rude, but it's an explosive and short stage, so we can expect fireworks from the start. There's some though...

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Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), stage winner: “I was at the front when we started. Before the race, we thought that a big group would probably go with the KOM jersey and the Green jersey. Those two guys, (Matteo) Trentin and (Davide) Villella, started attacking. I know I'm not slow in the sprints… So I was in a perfect position. I had to do the sprint of my life, just go full until the finish. I'm really happy that I can finish it off with a finish. I didn't expect it (winning at La...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:36Contador is caught

The bunch, led by Team Sky and Team Sunweb, get back to Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) 2.5km away from the finish.

17:3130" between Contador and the bunch

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) enjoys the help of Edward Theuns on the way to the finish. The gap is down to 30" with 7km to go.

17:30Top 5

Results at Gijon:

1. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)

2. Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo)

3. Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida)

4. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

5. Floris De Tier (LottoNL-Jumbo)

17:27De Gendt wins at Gijon!

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) dominates his breakaway companions in the streets of Gijon!

17:249 riders at the front

Five chasers get back to the front with 2.5km to go...

17:22Contador opens gaps

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) maintains his solo effort in the climb. He is 22" ahead of Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin). The bunch is 18" further behind.

17:20Roche goes

Nicolas Roche (BMC) is slightly ahead with 6km to go...

17:18Roche and Rui Costa get back

Nicolas Roche (BMC) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) have joined Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida). 8km to go.

17:17Contador on the move!

Koen De Kort sets the attack from Alberto Contador in the last climb and the Spanish climber then goes alone! Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) is chasing.

17:14Garcia Cortina first at the summit

Results atop the Alto de San Martin de Huerces:

1. Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida), 3 pts

2. Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), 2 pts

3. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates), 1 pt

17:11Bardet joins Garcia Cortina

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) gets back to Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida) right at the summit. Nicolas Roche (BMC) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) are 14" behind them with 15km to go.

17:08Bardet goes

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) gets ahead of the chasing group in the climb. The gap with Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida) quickly gets down.

17:06Crash in the bunch, Mamykin on the ground

A few riders crashed at the back of the bunch. Matvey Mamykin (Katusha-Alpecin) looks seriously touched.

16:57Garcia Cortina gets away

Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida) enjoys a 1'01" lead over his chasers with 21km to go.

Can the youngster bring Spain a first victory at La Vuelta 2017? Spanish riders only failed once to win a stage on their home Grand Tour, in 1996.

16:51Purito, Hinault and Delio Rodriguez: lots of history at Gijon

Gijon has welcomed 24 stage finishes in the history of La Vuelta. The last one was in 2003. ONCE-Eroski won the opening team time-trial and Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano became the first overall leader of the race. On the next day, the race headed from Gijon to Cangas de Onis and a very young Joaquim Rodriguez claimed the “maillot de oro”. Purito was also leading the race the last time La Vuelta visited Gijon, in 2012, with the start of stage 16 on the way to Cuitu Negru.

Many other...

16:45Garcia Cortina goes alone

Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida) has opened a 30" gap over his former breakaway companions with 31km to go.

16:38Attacks at the front

Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac) accelerates at the front, then Dani Navarro (Cofidis)... Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) covers every move.

16:37Intermediate sprint

Results at Pola de Siero (km 112.2):

1. Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors)

2. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)

3. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

16:2721 leaders, Astana drive the bunch

Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), Juanjo Lobato, Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Laurens De Vreese (Astana) also got back to the front group with 43km to go.

Astana is now pulling the peloton, with a delay of 17'40". The bunch has split in the downhill.

16:22Asturian riders at the front

Two riders from Asturias are tackling stage 19 of La Vuelta entirely set on their home soil. The young Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida) was born in Gijon at the end of 1995. He showed himself yesterday with an attack on the way to Santo Toribio de Liebana and has been selected to lead the U23 Spanish selection during the World championships at Bergen. Although he was born in Salamanca, Dani Navarro (Cofidis) grew up in Gijon too. He finished 10th of La Vuelta 2014 and won stage 13 that...

16:1650km to go, 17 leaders

Jose Joaquin Rojas, Antonio Pedrero (Movistar) and David Arroyo (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) joined the leading group and now Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) does so with Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac), Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates) and Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida).

16:08Pantano and Buchmann get back

There are 10 riders at the front with 56km to go as Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo) and Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hasngrohe) join the leading group. Three more riders are only 11" behind.

16:013 KOM points for De Gendt

Results atop the Alto de la Falla de Los Lobos:

1. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), 3 pts

2. Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), 2 pts

3. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates), 1 pt

16:008 riders at the front

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates), Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors), Antwan Tolhoek, Floris De Tier (LottoNL-Jumbo), Nicolas Roche (BMC) and Dani Navarro (Cofidis) summited the climb together.

15:54The break splits

Now Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) sets a hard pace at the front. About 12 riders go with him with Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) in his wheel. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) is part of the dropped riders.

15:48Third climb of the day

Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) ups the tempo in the first slopes up the alto de la Falla de los Lobos. Nicolas Roche (BMC) and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) carefully watch him.

15:44Villella is caught

The break gets back together in the feeding zone (km 77). The gap with the peloton ti still up to 15'30".

15:41Verona: "We have opportunities and we'll give our best"

Carlos Verona (Orica-Scott), who made the break, told today's stage could suit him: “We're not having the end of La Vuelta we were hoping for so it would be nice to win a stage. We have opportunities and we'll give our best. The Madrid stage suits Magnus Cort-Nielsen (he won last year) so let's see if he can take it easy until then. He's the only one not supposed to attack and he gets in breaks. Everyone is tired and he's still fresh so we hope he'll have a shot. Today is...

15:33Villella led the way to the summit

Results atop the alto de Santo Emiliano:

1. Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), 3 pts

2. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), 2 pts

3. Juan Felipe Osorio (Manzana Postobon), 1 pt

Villella had a 54" lead at the summit.

15:22Villella at the front

Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac) attacks from the break and moves past Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) 2km away from the summit.

The gap with the peloton stabilises around 15'.

15:12Theuns attack, the chasers get back

Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) jumps ahead of the leading group just before the alto de Santo Emiliano (6.8km, 4.5%). The eight chasers (Juul Jensen has been distanced and swallowed by the bunch) join the rest of the early attackers 90km away from the finish line.

15:021 minute

Christopher Juul Jensen, Carlos Verona (Orica-Scott), Antonio Pedrero, Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar Team), Romain Bardet, Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac), Antwan Tolhoek and Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo) are 1'08" behind the front group after 50km.

The gap with the peloton stabilises around 13'30".

14:52First hour

The early attackers have covered 42.5km in the first hour of racing. Their lead over the peloton is up to 13'15". The chasers are getting closer.

14:49Villella wants to "snatch as many points as possible" before the Angliru

Under the threat of Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), the leader of the KOM classification Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac) spoke about his situation with “I'm not done, I'm still alive. Today I'll try to snatch as many points as possible because tomorrow is a very hard stage. Let's see how I do. What is to come will come. Tomorrow, it's impossible for me to fight in a climb like the Angliru.”

14:4210 KOM points for Villella

Results atop the alto de la Colladona:

1. Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), 10 pts

2. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), 6 pts

3. Juan Felipe Osorio (Manzana Postobon), 4 pts

4. Floris De Tier (LottoNL-Jumbo), 2 pts

5. Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), 1 pt

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) accelerated in the chasing group and summited with a delay of 1'37”.

14:319 riders in pursuit

After 26km, up the Alto de la Colladona, a group of nine chasers have come together: Christopher Juul-Jensen, Carlos Verona (Orica-Scott), Antonio Pedrero, Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar Team), Romain Bardet, Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac), Antwan Tolhoek and Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo). They are 2'58" behind the front riders. The gap with the peloton is already up to 8'55".

14:21First climb of the day

The front riders tackle the cat 1 Alto de la Colladona (7km, 6.8%).

14:163 minutes, 2 chasers

Christopher Juul Jensen (Orica-Scott) is chasing behind the front group and Antonio Pedrero (Movistar) also jumps ahead of the bunch at km 21. The gap between the peloton and the breakaway is already up to 3'07".

14:12Pantano, Trentin, Roche... The 19 leaders

Edward Theuns, Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo), Bob Jungels, Matteo Trentin (Quick Step), Nicolas Roche (BMC), Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Julien Duval (AG2R-La Mondiale), Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), Floris De Tier, Juanjo Lobato (LottoNL-Jumbo), Rui Costa, Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates), Laurens De Vreese (Astana), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida), Dani Navarro, Kenneth Vanbilsen (Cofidis), David Arroyo (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and...

14:04Movistar and AG2R chase

Matteo Trentin, Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors), Juanjo Lobato (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) are in the front group. But Movistar and AG2R-La Mondiale pull the peloton to get back to them. The gap: 32" at km 10.

13:5719 riders at the front, including Villella

Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac) and 15 more riders join the first attackers of the day.

13:54First attack

Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Juanjo Lobato (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Laurens De Vreese (Astana) are 10" ahead of the bunch at km 2.

13:51It is on!

The 161 riders left in the race have made it to km 0 and can now battle it out on the wxay to Gijon.

13:40The bunch is on the way

The riders are on their way to km 0.


Welcome to the official live of stage 19 of La Vuelta 2017. A 149.7km rollercoaster will lead the riders from Caso. Parque Natural de Redes to Gijon. The neutral start is set at 13:37, the proper at 13:50.


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