La Vuelta ciclista a España

Stage 8) Valls – Igualada

ES Spain, Saturday 31 August 2019
166.9 km

Vuelta a España: Stybar features in the break on rain-lashed day

Vuelta a España: Stybar features in the break on rain-lashed day

Igualada welcomed the peloton for the first time since 1981, when Bernard Hinault won and took the leader’s jersey, before going on to win the general classification. This time around, in the spotlight there was a massive breakaway, comprising 21 riders, who got green light from a bunch who were already thinking of the tough stage in Andorra that will bring down the curtain over the first part of the race.

Returning at the Spanish Grand Tour after three years, Zdenek Stybar joined the move and remained attentive on the roads that became extremely slippery once rain decided to make an appearance and complicate matters even more for the escapees. Attacks came thick and fast from the group, but despite numerous attempts, many of which were launched on Puerto de Montserrat, none could stick, and it all came back together inside the last three kilometers.

When Tobias Ludvigsson (Groupama-FDJ) punched clear from the group, Zdenek Stybar was the first to counter, catching and dropping the Swede. A short glance over the shoulder convinced the Czech to continue his action, his fast and determined turn of legs ensuring him a seven-second advantage over the chasers. It looked like he would go all the way and capture his second La Vuelta stage win, but a concerted effort from behind reeled in Zdenek under the flamme rouge, and all that he could do after emptying himself on the road and putting in a valiant effort was see the others fight for victory.

“I am disappointed, because I had a big chance to take the victory. I felt good the entire day, even on the climb where we there were a couple of attacks and attempts of riders to go clear. Then it started to rain and the downhill was very slippery, but I managed it quite well there”, Zdenek explained at the finish. “Afterwards, we chased the four guys who went clear. It was a bit chaotic, due to the wet roads, but we brought them back and I responded to an attack, then continued on my own and hoped I could get the win, but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. That’s life, that’s cycling.”

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Nikias Arndt
Team Sunweb
3:50:48
2 Alex Aranburu Deba
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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3 Tosh Van der Sande
Lotto Soudal
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4 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
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5 Jonas Koch
CCC Team
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6 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
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7 Jonathan Lastra Martínez
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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8 Tobias Ludvigsson
Groupama - FDJ
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9 Fernando Barceló Aragón
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
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10 Sergio Henao Montoya
UAE-Team Emirates
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14 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:06
46 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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54 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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81 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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86 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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117 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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132 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:00
163 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:55
1 Nicolas Edet
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
32:16:24
2 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
2:21
3 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
3:01
4 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
3:07
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
3:17
6 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
3:28
7 Carl Fredrik Hagen
Lotto Soudal
3:45
8 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
4:59
9 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
5:37
10 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
5:53
28 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:45
45 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:00
60 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37:37
102 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
58:50
109 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:03:01
118 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:06:32
147 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:22:01
156 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:29:12
1 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
50 pt
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
48 pt
3 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
45 pt
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
44 pt
5 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
33 pt
7 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
31 pt
8 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
30 pt
9 Nikias Arndt
Team Sunweb
27 pt
10 Alex Aranburu Deba
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
27 pt
24 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
46 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
32:19:25
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
2:36
3 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
4:55
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
6:24
5 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
8:01
6 Cristián Rodríguez Martín
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
9:27
7 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
10:17
8 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:44
9 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
12:06
10 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
16:39
29 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
55:49
44 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:26:11
1 Ángel Madrazo Ruiz
Burgos-BH
29 pt
2 Sergio Henao Montoya
UAE-Team Emirates
17 pt
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
16 pt
4 Jetse Bol
Burgos-BH
11 pt
5 Wout Poels
Team INEOS
8 pt
6 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
6 pt
7 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
6 pt
8 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
6 pt
9 José Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
6 pt
10 Peter Stetina
Trek - Segafredo
5 pt
16 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Movistar Team 96:21:49
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 9:59
3 Astana Pro Team 13:37
4 UAE-Team Emirates 17:36
5 Team Sunweb 24:06
6 AG2R La Mondiale 27:29
7 Mitchelton-Scott 29:08
8 Trek - Segafredo 31:40
9 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 34:55
10 Bahrain Merida 41:53

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