Vuelta a España: Knox survives Los Machucos

Vuelta a España: Knox survives Los Machucos

Friday 06 September 2019 - 18:56

The young Brit is 18th overall with eight stages to go at the Spanish Grand Tour.

After a quiet start which took the bunch through San Mames, the stadium of eight-time La Liga champions Athletic Bilbao, stage 13 exploded and following several skirmishes, 29 riders extricated themselves from the peloton and formed a break which looked capable of going all the way to the line, especially as their maximum advantage went north of eight minutes.

Victorious one day earlier in Bilbao, where he soloed to his tenth Grand Tour stage win, Philippe Gilbert infiltrated again in the break, but despite the huge gap the leaders enjoyed, the peloton managed to reel them in, helped also by the six classified climbs that eroded the gap and poured lead into the escapees’ legs by the time they arrived at the bottom of Los Machucos.

This beast of a climb, averaging 9.2% over 6.8 kilometers, made just its second appearance at La Vuelta, and just like in 2017, it mercilessly blew the bunch to pieces on its opening slopes which ramped up to 25%. James Knox started the ascent as part of the red jersey group, but he struggled once the pace went up and the GC favourites started turning the screw, shedding riders out the back.

As the kilometers ticked down, the 23-year-old Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider continued to climb at his own pace and even catch and pass riders who began losing contact with the main group near the top of the climb, concluding this agonising stage just outside the top 10, in a solid 13th, a result that helped James maintain his place inside the top 20 overall at the last Grand Tour of the season.

“I don’t think there’s a particular tactic to go up Los Machucos, it’s just about survival and not going too deep from the bottom. I did other climbs comparable to this, but today was very tough due to that string of ascents we had before the last one. That was where some teams upped the pace and made us all ride full gas. Once I got dropped, I just remained calm and climbed at a steady tempo, as this was the thing to do. But the nice thing is that I feel good and I hope I will keep these legs for the final week of the race”, a confident Knox said after picking up his best stage result in a Grand Tour stage.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
4:28:26
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
,,
3 Pierre Latour
AG2R La Mondiale
0:27
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
,,
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
,,
6 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
7 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
1:01
8 Gianluca Brambilla
Trek - Segafredo
1:08
9 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
,,
10 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
,,
13 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:23
83 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
84 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
98 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
112 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:33
136 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
162 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:59
164 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
49:20:28
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
2:25
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
3:01
4 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
3:18
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
3:33
6 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
6:15
7 Nicolas Edet
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
7:18
8 Carl Fredrik Hagen
Lotto Soudal
7:33
9 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
7:39
10 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
9:58
18 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:46
52 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:12:07
75 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:36:31
79 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:39:48
97 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:52:24
119 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:14:33
155 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:50:02
157 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:54:08
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
109 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
86 pt
3 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
82 pt
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
75 pt
5 Alex Aranburu Deba
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
52 pt
6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
51 pt
7 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
45 pt
8 Pierre Latour
AG2R La Mondiale
40 pt
9 Nikias Arndt
Team Sunweb
39 pt
10 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
37 pt
11 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
19 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
25 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
42 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
60 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
68 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
79 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
49:23:29
2 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
0:17
3 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
8:51
4 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:45
5 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
15:12
6 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
17:40
7 Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Egerzeigzaarhka
Team Dimension Data
35:11
8 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
35:38
9 Ben O'Connor
Team Dimension Data
36:49
10 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
38:07
22 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:36:47
44 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:51:07
1 Ángel Madrazo Ruiz
Burgos-BH
32 pt
2 Geoffrey Bouchard
AG2R La Mondiale
30 pt
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
25 pt
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
22 pt
5 Sergio Henao Montoya
UAE-Team Emirates
21 pt
6 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
20 pt
7 Wout Poels
Team INEOS
17 pt
8 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
17 pt
9 Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
16 pt
10 Jetse Bol
Burgos-BH
11 pt
16 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Movistar Team 147:10:03
2 Astana Pro Team 25:51
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 43:44
4 Mitchelton-Scott 1:17:48
5 AG2R La Mondiale 1:24:51
6 Trek - Segafredo 1:48:20
7 Euskadi Basque Country - Murias 1:57:49
8 Bahrain Merida 2:00:30
9 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 2:03:07
10 UAE-Team Emirates 2:04:50

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1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
4:28:26
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
,,
3 Pierre Latour
AG2R La Mondiale
0:27
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