Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education Nippo) won stage 19 of La Vuelta a Espana, his 3rd stage win of the race. Rui Oliveira (UAE Emirates) finished in 2nd place and Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) was 3rd.
Stage 19 of the Vuelta a Espana was a rolling 191km stage from Tapia to Monforte de Lemos. It was a hard start to the stage as a category 3 climb was directly followed by two category 2 climbs, all within the first 60km of the stage.
Once again there were attacks from the gun and the uphill start meant only the strongest riders could make the move. For the 4th time in 5 days, Fabio Aru made it into the select front group with 17 other riders.
The peloton never gave up chasing though and this meant the gap never got above 2-minutes. The stage was run at an incredible speed, making for a very tough day out. Team DSM and BikeExchange were intent on bringing the stage to mass sprint, as the final 30km of the stage was gradually descending.
The breakaway, frustrated by the short leash they were on from the peloton, started attacking one another in the final hour of racing. 7 riders managed to go clear, as Aru returned to the peloton. Amazingly, they were able to hold a 25″ gap over the last 30km, all the way to the line.
Nielsen once again showed his turn of speed, and sprinted to victory. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) finished within the main peloton, to retain the overall race lead with just 2 stages remaining.
While Fabio Aru had another good day out in the breakaway for Team Qhubeka NextHash, his teammate Sergio Henao had very opposite fortunes. Our Colombian climber crashed on a wet descent on stage 17. While he was able to complete that stage, and also managed to suffer through yesterday’s queen stage with pain in his foot, back and hand. The hope that he would be in less pain today did not eventuate, and sadly he had to stop the race 60km into the stage.