Remi Cavagna wins controversial stage in Vuelta a España
Sep 13 2019 11:25 pm CET

Remi Cavagna wins controversial stage in Vuelta a España
Remi Cavagna wins controversial stage in Vuelta a España

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Remi Cavagna took the stage victory of a controversial 19th stage of the Vuelta a España. The Frenchman crossed the finish line by himself on a day on which the peloton suffered from a mass crash and conflicted decisions.

The 165.2-kilometre long stage once more had the potential of resulting in a calm day suitable for the fast men but it developed in a completely different way. Ten riders created the breakaway of the day within the first five kilometres of racing and this group included names like Pierre Latour, Remi Cavagna, Ben O'Connor and David de la Cruz, among others.

The peloton was pulled by teams like CCC Team, Katusha Alpecin, Bora-hansgrohe and Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, who were trying to force a fast final. But everything changed with 60 kilometres to go by a mass crash in the pack that affected riders like Primoz Roglic -leader of the General Classification- and Miguel Ángel López -who tops the youth classification standings.

After that moment, Movistar started pulling hard in front of the peloton to cause a bigger gap with the rest of the GC competitors and breaking one of the most known 'unwritten rules'. Eventually, the Spanish team slowed down and Alejandro Valverde was confronted by some riders, including Omar Fraile.

Things calmed down in the peloton although it battled with wind and echelons for a brief moment, but nothing changed. In the front, Cavagna attacked with 24 kilometres to go and none of his escape companions was able to follow, while behind several movements left Nikias Arndt, Lawson Craddock and Bruno Armirail in the chase.

The Frenchman faced the last kilometres of the stage by himself and managed to keep at a good pace in the cobbled steep final section, crossing the finish line five seconds ahead of Sam Bennett, Zdenek Stybar, Philippe Gilbert and Valverde. Roglic arrived to the finish with the pack and keeps the Red Jersey for another day.



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