La Vuelta ciclista a España

Stage 11) Saint-Palais – Urdax-Dantxarinea

ES Spain, Wednesday 04 September 2019
180 km

Vuelta a España: Cavagna shows grinta in the break

Vuelta a España: Cavagna shows grinta in the break

With the race’s only stage against the clock done and dusted, the Vuelta a España shifted its attention as the race travelled to Urdax, in the fascinating Baztan region, the source of Basque mythology, and presumably the source of the Basque language, considered by many experts to be one of the oldest in the world.

The early part of stage 11 was lumpy, favouring a breakaway which formed with ease and built a huge gap of over 18 minutes as the peloton wasn’t interested at all in chasing them. One of the top performers during Tuesday’s ITT in France, where he notched up a rock-solid podium, Rémi Cavagna booked a place in the move and worked hard together with his companions to ensure the group a comfortable margin.

Dropped twice on the classified climbs stacked in the second half of the stage, Rémi displayed amazing grit as well as ardent and unshakeable determination as he returned each time in the group, which was fragmenting following the numerous attacks launched by the escapees. Not even an untimely puncture could stop the 24-year-old Frenchman, who tenaciously chased hard and attacked the riders up the road as soon as he caught them. Joined by four men in his pursuit of lone leader Mikel Iturria (Euskadi-Murias), Cavagna reduced the gap to a mere ten seconds, before the huge effort he put in began taking its toll.

Caught by other chasers on a small climb taking to the intermediate sprint, Rémi found the inner resources to fight on, latching onto the group as the speed ratcheted up and sprinting to tenth place in Urdax, which got to host a finish for just the second time in the race’s history. For Cavagna, victorious in May at a Tour of California stage, this was the fifth top 10 finish of a season during which, apart from his results, he brought an important contribution to many of the team’s victories.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/Getty Images

Race details

1 Mikel Iturria Segurola
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
4:36:44
2 Jonathan Lastra Martínez
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:06
3 Lawson Craddock
EF Education First
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4 Damien Howson
Mitchelton-Scott
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5 François Bidard
AG2R La Mondiale
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6 Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Egerzeigzaarhka
Team Dimension Data
0:09
7 Benjamin Thomas
Groupama - FDJ
0:12
8 Matteo Fabbro
Team Katusha Alpecin
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9 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
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10 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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62 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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72 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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94 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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133 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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146 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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147 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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156 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
41:00:48
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
20 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:17
56 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
56:42
68 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:02:15
77 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:09:39
109 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:29:55
120 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:41:02
156 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:06:03
159 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:10:09
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 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
45 pt
6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
42 pt
7 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
37 pt
8 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
9 Alex Aranburu Deba
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
32 pt
10 Lawson Craddock
EF Education First
30 pt
20 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
36 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
58 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
80 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
41:02:59
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:54
3 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
7:56
4 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
12:28
5 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
13:01
6 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:06
7 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
14:29
8 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
16:52
9 Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Egerzeigzaarhka
Team Dimension Data
17:19
10 Cristián Rodríguez Martín
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
25:23
19 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:00:04
45 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:07:58
1 Ángel Madrazo Ruiz
Burgos-BH
32 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
31 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Movistar Team 122:11:23
2 Astana Pro Team 21:54
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 36:26
4 AG2R La Mondiale 1:06:23
5 EF Education First 1:08:38
6 Mitchelton-Scott 1:09:31
7 Team Dimension Data 1:09:48
8 Euskadi Basque Country - Murias 1:11:18
9 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 1:27:01
10 Team Sunweb 1:35:37

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