La Vuelta ciclista a España

Stage 9) Andorra la Vella – Cortals d’Encamp

ES Spain, Sunday 01 September 2019
94.4 km

Massive ride of Knox on savage La Vuelta day

Massive ride of Knox on savage La Vuelta day

A profile like saw teeth, more than 3000 vertical meters, and a tricky 4km-long gravel roads sector – Sunday’s 94.4km leg in Andorra had plenty to offer; as if these ingredients weren’t enough, driving rain and hail summoned in the last hour by the mysterious and fantastic creatures populating the Pyrenean folklore flipped the stage on its head and turned it into a hard man’s race.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s James Knox responded present, surviving the peloton’s early tussle and chaos that ensued, climbing with a select group on the emblematic mountains of Andorra and putting in a brilliant ride, one of his most impressive of the season. On a dantesque day that took its toll on the bunch as few other races did this season, the 24-year-old Cumbrian showed consistency and huge determination and stayed with the best until the torturous Alto de Engolasters, where he lost contact.

In the last kilometers of the stage, Knox – a top 10 finisher this season at the UAE Tour and the Tour de Pologne – climbed at his own pace, overcoming the inclement weather and muddy dirt roads, and making sure he wouldn’t go into the red on the ferocious Alto els Cortals d’Encamp, a first-category climb topping out at 2095 meters. This brave effort vaulted him seven places in the general classification, which is due to suffer new changes in two days’ time, when an ITT is scheduled in Pau.

“It was a tough day. I felt awful at the start, a bit stiff from the crash I had the other day, but then on the second climb I was surprised to see there weren’t many guys left over the top and we were picking riders from the breakaway. I followed for as long as I could and gave it my best”, James explained at the team bus. “The accelerations of the top climbers were a bit too much and I lost ground, but I came back once or twice, but then I lost contact for good. It wasn’t fun with that conditions and it goes down easily as one of my toughest ever days on the bike. On the plus side, I’m happy with the legs and I’m hoping for more in the next two weeks.”

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
2:58:09
2 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
0:23
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:48
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
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5 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
0:57
6 Hermann Pernsteiner
Bahrain Merida
0:59
7 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
1:01
8 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
,,
9 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
,,
10 Tao Geoghegan Hart
Team INEOS
1:38
18 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:23
72 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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73 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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95 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
113 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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116 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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164 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
38:12
166 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
35:18:18
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:06
3 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
0:17
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
0:20
5 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
1:42
6 Carl Fredrik Hagen
Lotto Soudal
1:46
7 Nicolas Edet
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
2:21
8 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
3:22
9 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
3:53
10 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
4:46
21 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:23
58 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
52:38
75 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:06:17
100 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:20:17
106 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:24:28
122 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:35:12
152 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:56:28
159 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:03:39
1 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
70 pt
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
64 pt
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
58 pt
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
56 pt
5 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
45 pt
6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
40 pt
7 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 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
27 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
48 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
35:18:35
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
1:25
3 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
6:24
4 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
10:00
5 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
12:12
6 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:06
7 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
13:33
8 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
15:22
9 Cristián Rodríguez Martín
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
22:23
10 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
28:33
29 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:20:00
45 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:03:22
1 Ángel Madrazo Ruiz
Burgos-BH
29 pt
2 Geoffrey Bouchard
AG2R La Mondiale
21 pt
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
18 pt
4 Sergio Henao Montoya
UAE-Team Emirates
17 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
27 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Movistar Team 105:18:24
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 15:44
3 Astana Pro Team 18:36
4 Mitchelton-Scott 1:00:05
5 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 1:01:12
6 AG2R La Mondiale 1:01:48
7 Euskadi Basque Country - Murias 1:02:44
8 Trek - Segafredo 1:06:35
9 EF Education First 1:07:06
10 Team Sunweb 1:10:41

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