Chris Froome (Team Sky) won the stage 19 individual time trial at the Vuelta a Espana today. Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) finished in 2nd place with Tobias Ludvigsson (Giant-Alpecin) placing 3rd. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) held on to the overall race lead despite losing 2’16” to Froome today.
For our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders, today’s 37km time trial was a low stress affair. With no time trial specialist lining up for our African Team, the plan was to get through the stage safely and conserve as much energy as possible for tomorrow’s tough climbing stage.
Merhawi Kudus was our best placed rider on the stage, 6’24” down on Froome. Omar Fraile also got through the stage without any hassle and our Basque climber will be focused on tomorrow’s tough mountain stage. Fraile currently sits 2nd in the King of the Mountains competition, 3 points behind Kenny Elissonde (FDJ) and there are 35 points on offer tomorrow.
Alex Sans Vega – Sport Director
With no GC rider or time trial specialist, today was a straight forward day for us. We had no issues out on the course and now we have some big objectives for the final 2 stages of the Vuelta, which we are concentrated on.