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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