Knox continues to push on at La Vuelta a España

Knox continues to push on at La Vuelta a España

Sunday 08 September 2019 - 18:45

Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s second-year pro remains the best-placed British rider in the GC after 15 stages.

A frantic start to the proceedings signalled another arduous day in the saddle at the race, which took an already fatigued bunch over four ranked ascents: Puerto del Acebo (which featured twice on the 154.4km course), Puerto del Connio and Puerto del Pozo de las Mujeres Muertas. This didn’t deter young James Knox, who tried several times to join the breakaway, only for the peloton to respond each time, before a 17-man group posing no threat to the GC finally managed to get clear.

From that move, it was Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) who dropped his companions and soloed to victory, while behind, the favourites kickstarted their own battle, which led to some big gaps being opened. James Knox was there for Deceuninck – Quick-Step and showcased some more solid climbing, remaining with the best until four kilometers to go, when the gradient began to bite, and he lost contact with the already reduced group.

Ignoring the pain and the seemingly never-ending slopes of Puerto del Acebo – the 57th summit finish in Asturias since the inception of La Vuelta – he soldiered on and once again concluded the day as the highest-finisher of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, moving one place in the general classification, up to 17th.

“We rode all out in the beginning of the day, then things calmed down helped also by the headwind, but the last climb was again a bruiser, with more steep ramps, a huge injection of pace in the pack and the fighting for position. I suffered, but the good thing is that I didn’t explode, I’ve got no pressure on myself and I’m still there after two weeks, gradually gaining places in the overall, which is very good for the moral.”

Instead of taking a rest day on Monday, the race will continue with another tough stage in the mountains, which will start from Pravia and take the riders atop Alto de la Cubilla, a 17.8km-long special-category ascent averaging 6.2%.

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:19:04
2 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
0:39
3 Tao Geoghegan Hart
Team INEOS
0:40
4 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
0:53
5 Mark Padun
Bahrain Merida
1:49
6 Ben O'Connor
Team Dimension Data
2:05
7 Lawson Craddock
EF Education First
2:11
8 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:14
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
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10 Sander Armée
Lotto Soudal
2:48
21 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:10
58 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
73 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
101 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:58
102 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
104 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
115 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:50
157 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
58:10:32
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
2:25
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
3:42
4 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
3:59
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
5:09
6 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
7:14
7 Nicolas Edet
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
9:08
8 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
9:15
9 Carl Fredrik Hagen
Lotto Soudal
9:44
10 Hermann Pernsteiner
Bahrain Merida
11:39
17 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:42
48 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:25:58
75 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:54:15
84 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:59:29
91 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:11:07
119 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:39:37
147 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:12:44
151 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:17:34
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
117 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
90 pt
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
82 pt
4 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
82 pt
5 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
70 pt
6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
56 pt
7 Alex Aranburu Deba
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
52 pt
8 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
45 pt
9 Tosh Van der Sande
Lotto Soudal
44 pt
10 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
43 pt
15 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36 pt
16 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
23 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
32 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
53 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
71 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
81 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
58:14:14
2 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
0:17
3 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
9:46
4 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
12:50
5 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:00
6 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
18:55
7 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
35:02
8 Ben O'Connor
Team Dimension Data
35:59
9 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
36:43
10 Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Egerzeigzaarhka
Team Dimension Data
37:58
23 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:55:47
42 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:09:02
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 Sergio Samitier Samitier
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
20 pt
7 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
20 pt
8 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
17 pt
9 Wout Poels
Team INEOS
17 pt
10 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
17 pt
24 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Movistar Team 173:42:40
2 Astana Pro Team 28:50
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 45:31
4 Mitchelton-Scott 1:31:43
5 AG2R La Mondiale 1:43:00
6 Bahrain Merida 2:04:32
7 Trek - Segafredo 2:09:48
8 Euskadi Basque Country - Murias 2:12:46
9 Team Dimension Data 2:16:16
10 Team Sunweb 2:17:59

Top results

1 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:19:04
2 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
0:39
3 Tao Geoghegan Hart
Team INEOS
0:40
See all race results

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