Jakob Fuglsang triumphs in Vuelta a España stage 16, Roglic keeps Red Jersey
Sep 09 2019 11:39 pm CET

Jakob Fuglsang triumphs in Vuelta a España stage 16, Roglic keeps Red Jersey
Jakob Fuglsang triumphs in Vuelta a España stage 16, Roglic keeps Red Jersey
Photo of Jakob Fuglsang by Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Astana's Jakob Fuglsang has taken his first stage victory in a grand tour at the 16th stage of the Vuelta a España. The Dane crossed the finish line on his own after being part of the breakaway.

The 16th stage of the Spanish grand tour took place on the Day of Asturias and took the peloton through a 144.4-kilometre long route that included two climbs of the first category and a final ascent on the hors-category climb of the Alto de la Cubilla. There was a lot of activity in the pack in the first kilometres until a big group managed to break free.

All these attacks caused breaks in the peloton and left the leader of the General Classification Primoz Roglic riding with only two teammates -Sepp Kuss and Nielson Powless- but what could have been an advantage for the other overall competitors was not used. The speed of the pack was reduced and most of the Jumbo-Visma riders could return to it.

The front group grew smaller as the climbs went by until only a group of ten remained, including AG2R La Mondiale's Geoffrey Bouchard who took enough points to wear the Polka Dot jersey at the end of the stage. With 9 kilometres to go, Luis León Sánchez attacked in the front and was followed by his teammate Jakob Fuglsang and by others like James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos).

Two kilometres later, Fuglsang made a move and was only followed by Brambilla. Meanwhile, in the peloton, Astana took the lead and set a high pace that left a very reduced group riding with them and dropped others like Nairo Quintana (Movistar), David de la Cruz (Ineos) and Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott).

At four kilometres from the finish, Fuglsang went solo while Miguel Ángel López launched an attack in the favourites' group and was followed by Tadej Pogacar and Roglic. They were later on joined by Marc Soler, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe). The Pole of Bora then took some distance with the rest, with the clear objective of climbing to the top five of the race.

Shortly after, López attacked again and only Pogacar could hold onto his wheel while Valverde and Roglic were dropped, but not for long as the Slovenian returned to the duo some metres later. Fuglsang crossed the finish line by himself and then all eyes turned to the General Classification contenders.

Pogacar, López and Roglic arrived to the finish five minutes and 58 seconds behind the rider of Astana, while Valverde finished 24 seconds later -along with Majka, which puts the Slovenian of UAE Team Emirates closer to the second position of the podium and the Pole of Bora-hansgrohe got into the top five as Quintana also lost time.




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