Vuelta a España: Awesome Gilbert solos to tenth Grand Tour stage victory

Vuelta a España: Awesome Gilbert solos to tenth Grand Tour stage victory

Thursday 05 September 2019 - 19:39

The Belgian held off the chasers after attacking out of the break and netted Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 59th win of the season.

Philippe Gilbert showed ten fingers as he crossed the line in Bilbao – which hosted a stage finish for the 43rd time in the history of the race – one for each of the ten Grand Tour stage wins he had captured in the past decade. One of the most accomplished riders in history, the 37-year-old rode flawlessly on Thursday, when a break formed after more than 100 kilometers from the start, benefitted from Tim Declercq’s selfless and amazing work, and dispatched the other riders in the move on the final climb, before flying down the descent and into the biggest city of the Basque Country, where he celebrated the 76th success of his career.

Gilbert was part of the 19-man breakaway that got away after a hectic first two hours and in the blink of an eye they opened a five-minute gap over the bunch. The former world champion had teammate Tim Declercq for company, and “El Tractor” turned out to be instrumental in the final outcome, as he permanently chased down the attackers from the group and made sure it was all together at the start of the last climb, the leg-sapping Alto de Arraiz (2.2km, 12.2%), where the fans came in huge numbers and created an electric atmosphere.

Philippe led up the ascent, forcing a selection and reducing the group to just three men. Once they took on the double-digit gradients of Arraiz, the multiple Monument winner made his move, dropping the two Spaniards and opening a hefty gap by the time he hit the top and started the fast descent. Despite losing a few seconds here and there, Gilbert looked at all times in control as he went under the flamme rouge and onto the finishing straight, where he finally sat up and celebrated his ninth victory in the Deceuninck – Quick-Step jersey, which came with the combativity prize as bonus.

“There was a lot of headwind in the first part of the stage, but that didn’t stop us, and we attacked and joined many moves, but the bunch reacted each time. It was pretty chaotic, but we kept attacking and at one point, I went full gas on a descent. Tim came across, some other guys joined us, and together we opened a small gap which we kept increasing. Tim was so important, he did a brilliant job, especially before the last ascent, where he closed the gap on the two leaders, and I’m grateful to him for his help. From there, all I had to do was race smart and stick to my plan, which I did and now I’m satisfied it all paid off”, said the fourth Belgian rider in history to win a La Vuelta stage in at least four different years.

Philippe, who signed off Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 93rd Grand Tour stage victory, had praise not only for his teammate, but also for the fantastic supporters who made his day even more memorable: “On the last climb, the atmosphere was crazy! It was like in the classics, with all the flags and everything, and the fans gave me a lot of motivation. I am happy to score a tenth Grand Tour stage win – a nice number – and I’m happy that it came in the beautiful Basque Country, which in my opinion is very similar to Flanders, as they have a profound love for cycling also here.”

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:48:18
2 Alex Aranburu Deba
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:03
3 Fernando Barceló Aragón
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
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4 José Joaquín Rojas Gil
Movistar Team
0:22
5 Nikias Arndt
Team Sunweb
0:26
6 Tosh Van der Sande
Lotto Soudal
0:29
7 Cyril Barthe
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
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8 Manuele Boaro
Astana Pro Team
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9 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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10 Valerio Conti
UAE-Team Emirates
0:31
22 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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55 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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108 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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132 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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144 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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146 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
44:52:08
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
1:52
3 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
2:11
4 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
3:00
5 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
3:05
6 Carl Fredrik Hagen
Lotto Soudal
4:59
7 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
5:42
8 Nicolas Edet
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
5:49
9 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
6:07
10 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
6:25
18 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:17
47 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
53:30
73 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:16:21
75 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:17:09
91 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:27:22
119 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:55:56
155 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:20:57
158 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:25:03
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
89 pt
2 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
70 pt
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
61 pt
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
61 pt
5 Alex Aranburu Deba
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
52 pt
6 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
45 pt
7 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
42 pt
8 Nikias Arndt
Team Sunweb
39 pt
9 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
37 pt
10 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
15 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
24 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
39 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
61 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
68 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
86 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
44:54:19
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:54
3 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
8:10
4 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:06
5 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
14:43
6 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
16:52
7 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
19:43
8 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
21:13
9 Cristián Rodríguez Martín
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
31:27
10 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
31:46
21 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:14:58
44 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:22:52
1 Ángel Madrazo Ruiz
Burgos-BH
32 pt
2 Geoffrey Bouchard
AG2R La Mondiale
21 pt
3 Sergio Henao Montoya
UAE-Team Emirates
20 pt
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
18 pt
5 Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
16 pt
6 Jetse Bol
Burgos-BH
11 pt
7 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
10 pt
8 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
10 pt
9 Hermann Pernsteiner
Bahrain Merida
10 pt
10 Wout Poels
Team INEOS
9 pt
13 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Movistar Team 133:42:43
2 Astana Pro Team 22:01
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 39:34
4 Mitchelton-Scott 1:10:28
5 AG2R La Mondiale ,,
6 Euskadi Basque Country - Murias 1:17:11
7 EF Education First 1:33:08
8 Team Sunweb 1:38:02
9 UAE-Team Emirates 1:39:28
10 Trek - Segafredo 1:39:45

Top results

1 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:48:18
2 Alex Aranburu Deba
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:03
3 Fernando Barceló Aragón
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
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