La Vuelta ciclista a España

Stage 18) Colmenar Viejo – Becerril de la Sierra

ES Spain, Thursday 12 September 2019
177.5 km

Knox defends La Vuelta top 10

Knox defends La Vuelta top 10

Stage 18 (Colmenar Viejo – Becerril de la Sierra, 178.2 kilometers) began with Deceuninck – Quick-Step making a trip to the podium to receive for the sixth time in 17 days the prize for the best team in the race, and continued with a pretty fast tempo until the early slopes of Puerto de Navacerrada, the most visited climb in the history of La Vuelta, which was making its 48th appearance since 1941.

Between that and the last kilometers of the penultimate ascent, the challenging Puerto de Morcuera, the stage was pretty quiet once a breakaway took shape and padded their lead to five minutes, the first big move from the favourites’ win coming with 55 kilometers remaining. Eighth on the general classification following Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s collective masterclass twenty-four hours earlier, James Knox remained with the best on the tough slopes of Morcuera, but began losing ground when attacks started firing out.

Not panicking, the 23-year-old joined a group who came from behind and traded pulls at the front, bringing his fair share of work as the chasers tried to limit the losses in the valley taking to the last difficulty of the day, Puerto de Cotos. Best-placed British rider ahead of the final weekend, Knox crested the summit with a three-minute deficit, but together with his companions he flew down the descent and came home less than around five minutes behind the winner, Sergio Higuita (EF Education First), the last survivor of the breakaway.

Despite dropping a place in the general classification, James – whose capacity of pushing himself to the limit and always fighting on has become a trademark – is still in with a solid shot of a maiden Grand Tour top 10 finish in Madrid, with only one mountain stage standing between him and what would be a spectacular result in just his second pro year.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
4:33:09
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:15
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
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4 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
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5 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
0:17
6 Carl Fredrik Hagen
Lotto Soudal
1:16
7 Louis Meintjes
Team Dimension Data
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8 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
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9 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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10 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
3:47
17 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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84 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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99 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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107 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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112 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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121 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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142 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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146 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
71:16:54
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
2:50
3 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
3:31
4 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
4:17
5 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
4:49
6 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
7:46
7 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
9:46
8 Carl Fredrik Hagen
Lotto Soudal
11:50
9 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:44
10 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
21:09
36 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:38:14
57 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:17:39
61 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:22:33
80 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:48:12
117 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:36:33
147 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:20:17
151 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:25:07
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
137 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
99 pt
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
98 pt
4 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
94 pt
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
92 pt
6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
64 pt
7 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
59 pt
8 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
52 pt
9 Alex Aranburu Deba
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
52 pt
10 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
51 pt
20 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36 pt
21 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36 pt
22 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
34 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24 pt
54 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
59 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
71:21:11
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:32
3 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:27
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
27:52
5 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
35:57
6 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
43:08
7 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
58:29
8 Tao Geoghegan Hart
Team INEOS
58:35
9 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
59:53
10 Neilson Powless
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:09:51
15 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:13:22
43 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:16:00
1 Geoffrey Bouchard
AG2R La Mondiale
76 pt
2 Ángel Madrazo Ruiz
Burgos-BH
44 pt
3 Tao Geoghegan Hart
Team INEOS
35 pt
4 Wout Poels
Team INEOS
31 pt
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
26 pt
6 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
25 pt
7 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
24 pt
8 Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
22 pt
9 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
22 pt
10 Sergio Henao Montoya
UAE-Team Emirates
21 pt
14 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13 pt
30 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Movistar Team 212:54:00
2 Astana Pro Team 46:03
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:31:58
4 Mitchelton-Scott 2:12:29
5 AG2R La Mondiale 2:50:23
6 Team Dimension Data 3:00:35
7 Team Sunweb 3:08:42
8 Euskadi Basque Country - Murias 3:10:14
9 Team INEOS 3:32:22
10 Bahrain Merida 3:32:30

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