Mikel Iturria takes first professional victory in 11th stage of Vuelta a España
Sep 04 2019 11:38 pm CET

Mikel Iturria takes first professional victory in 11th stage of Vuelta a España
Mikel Iturria takes first professional victory in 11th stage of Vuelta a España
Euskadi Murias

Mikel Iturria (Euskadi-Murias) has taken an impressive win in the 11th stage of the Vuelta a España. The rider was part of the breakaway of the day and crossed the finish line by himself.

The route of the day was 180 kilometres long between Saint Palais and Urdax-Dantxarinea and featured two climbs of the third category and one of the second. The escape group of the day was formed after a start with several attacks and included names like Jorge Arcas, Gorka Izagirre, Remi Cavagna, Lawson Craddock, Benjamin Thomas, Mikel Iturria and Ángel Madrazo.

This group, which got smaller as the climbs passed, built a gap of more than 17 minutes with a pack led mainly by Jumbo-Visma. At the penultimate climb, Izagirre attacked in the front and was followed by Ben O'Connor and Alex Aranburu but they were caught by the chasers before the last ascent of the day.

With 25 kilometres to go, Iturria launched an attack and nobody followed, building a gap of around 15 seconds with the rest. In the last kilometers, the chasers got closer to the rider of Euskadi-Murias -to the point that they could see him- but the last descent worked in his favour and kept them behind.

The Spaniard crossed the finish line by himself and took the second win in the grand tour in the history of the team and the first one for his personal palmares.

The peloton, including the leader of the General Classification Primoz Roglic, arrived to the finish at more than 18 minutes behind the Spaniard of Euskadi-Murias. The Slovenian remains at the top of the overall standing.






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