Thomas De Gendt takes fourth victory for Lotto-Soudal at Vuelta a España
Sep 08 2017 11:42 pm CET

Thomas De Gendt takes fourth victory for Lotto-Soudal at Vuelta a España

Thomas De Gendt has won the 19th stage of the Vuelta a España. The rider was part of the escape of the day and was the fastest at the final sprint in Gijon.

The 19th stage of the Vuelta a España was 149.7 kilometres long between the Parque Natural de Redes and Gijon. The day featured one climb of the first category and three of the third.

It was expected that the breakaway would survive this day and that is indeed what happened. Early on the day 19 riders escaped, although the exact composition of the group changed a bit throughout the day.

Riders like Bob Jungels and Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), Juanjo Lobato (LottoNL-Jumbo), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida) and Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe) got an advantage of almost 18 minutes over the peloton.

Just before the last climb, Garcia Cortina attacked from the front and created a gap of more than one minute with the rest of the escapees.

Moments before the finish of the climb, Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) caught Garcia Cortina and behind them Nicolas Roche (BMC) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) bridged the gap as well to form a lead group of four.

Back in the peloton, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) couldn't resist the urge to attack, and he did so at the start of the last climb. Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) tried to stay at his wheel, but the strong pace of the Spaniard showed to be too much for the Russian.

Close to the two-kilometre mark, riders like Floris De Tier (LottoNL-Jumbo), Jungels and De Gendt rejoined the front group and the stage was sentenced to a final sprint between nine men.

Despite the efforts of Garcia Cortina, De Gendt showed to have stronger legs and crossed the finish line first, taking the fourth victory at this race for Lotto-Soudal. Trek-Segafredo's Jarlinson Pantano was second and Garcia Cortina third.

The peloton pulled by Sunweb and Sky was fast enough to catch Contador and all the GC favorites arrived to the finish line together. Chris Froome (Team Sky) keeps the lead in the General Classification.
Photo of Thomas de Gendt by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas



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