Friday September 8th, 2017

Stage 19Caso. Parque Natural de Redes / Gijón

Start 13h50 (Local time)

De Gendt, the expert strikes

Stage summary08.09.2017Stage 19- Caso. Parque Natural de Redes / Gijón

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 tackle the infamous stage to the Angliru with the red jersey on his shoulders.

The 161 riders who finished stage 18 of La Vuelta 2017 also tackled stage 19 from Caso. Parque Natural de Redes. Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Juanjo Lobato (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Laurens De Vreese (Astana) launched the first attack and were quickly joined by 16 riders, including the wearers of the Polka dot jersey, Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), and the Green jersey, Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors). The first climb of the day saw a counter-attack go after them with Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale). After 60km, 27 riders were leading the way.

The peloton let them go and the gap rose up to 17'40” after 120km. Astana, leader of the team classification, then decided to up the tempo while attacks were tearing the breakaway in pieces. 33km away from the finish line, Ivan Garcia Cortina went alone. He built a 1' lead on the way to the last climb of the day but Romain Bardet joined him at the summit, with 15km to go.

First Nicolas Roche and Rui Costa, then Jarlinson Pantano, Floris De Tier, Bob Jungels, Dani Navarro and Thomas De Gendt caught them on the rundown to Gijon, where De Gendt dominated the sprint. The downhill also allowed the bunch to get back to Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) with 2.5km to go after another attack from the Spanish climber. Chris Froome (Team Sky) retains the red jersey on the eve of the climb up the mighty Alto de l'Angliru.

  • 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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