La Vuelta ciclista a España

Stage 19) Ávila – Toledo

ES Spain, Friday 13 September 2019
165.2 km

Vuelta a España: Rémi Cavagna claims sensational breakaway win

Vuelta a España: Rémi Cavagna claims sensational breakaway win

At the end of an eventful 165.2km-long day, the “TGV of Clermont-Ferrand” reached Toledo ahead of schedule, and an entire peloton for that matter, claiming his first Grand Tour stage victory and the team’s fourth in three weeks at the Spanish race, thus prolonging Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s fiesta.

Triskaidekaphobia? Not for Rémi Cavagna, who was the first to attack on Friday 13, drawing a response from ten other riders, together with whom he built a three-minute maximum gap which the teams tempted by a potential stage victory in the town of Federico Bahamontes – the first ever Spaniard to triumph at the Tour de France – controlled and pulled back to a mere 1:30 with 70 kilometers remaining, when the race exploded.

A massive crash took down several riders – including Maximiliano Richeze and James Knox – splintering the bunch, and forcing a wild chase for half an hour, before the race settled. Once this was out of the way, the field focused on bringing back the escapees, who looked to be an easy prey for the chasers, going into the last 25 kilometers of stage 19.

That was when Rémi decided to make his move, jumping clear of the others and instantly putting some daylight between himself and his breakaway companions. Not only that he maintained a handsome lead over the red jersey group, but he also increased it to nearly two minutes as the kilometers ticked down and he got closer to Toledo, a stage finish for the first time in nine years.

Dosing his effort carefully over the up and down roads, the 24-year-old Frenchman kept the advantage, despite the nagging headwind, over the 30-second mark until going under the red kite, where an uphill final kilometer spiced up by cobblestones and technical corners threatened to play into the peloton’s advantage, who was making up ground at a frantic speed.

Amazing willpower and determination kept Cavagna pushing on the 8% gradients, fending off the efforts of the chasers in Friday’s gripping finale and taking a well-deserved win, Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 95th in Grand Tours. To achieve the biggest victory of his career, Rémi rode his Specialized S-Works Venge, Evade helmet, and Roval CLX 50 wheels. Zdenek Stybar and Philippe Gilbert followed him home in third and fourth, both riding S-Works Tarmac Disc, Evade helmets and CLX 50 wheels.

“I always try and give everything, and today wasn’t any different. I am so, so happy, because this is my first stage victory in a Grand Tour and it feels great! We’ve had a lot of beautiful moments here in the past weeks and today’s result comes as a really nice reward, another one, for the Wolfpack, who has worked a lot and showed their dedication every single time.”

“We’ve had so much success with Specialized at this Vuelta. I’m so happy to be a part of it! My Venge felt amazing today, it was so fast, even on the steep cobblestone climb in Toledo! It wasn’t easy in the final, I suffered with the headwind and the road that continued to rise, but I believed in myself and kept going on my bike which allowed me to go full gas until the line”, concluded Cavagna – who was congratulated for his superb feat by none other than the legendary Bahamontes – after netting Deceunink – Quick-Step’s 61st UCI win of the season.

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:43:34
2 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
0:05
3 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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4 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
,,
6 Tosh Van der Sande
Lotto Soudal
,,
7 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
,,
8 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
,,
9 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
,,
10 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
,,
48 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
55 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:17
114 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:40
147 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:29
153 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:46
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
75:00:33
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
13:23
10 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
21:09
33 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:38:14
52 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:17:24
57 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:22:29
73 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:49:24
121 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:51:57
147 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:29:52
149 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:40:48
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
143 pt
2 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
114 pt
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
110 pt
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
107 pt
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
92 pt
6 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
73 pt
7 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
71 pt
8 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
61 pt
9 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
60 pt
10 Tosh Van der Sande
Lotto Soudal
54 pt
22 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36 pt
23 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
29 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28 pt
35 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24 pt
55 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
75:04:50
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:32
3 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:06
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
27:52
5 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
35:57
6 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
58:09
7 Tao Geoghegan Hart
Team INEOS
58:35
8 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
59:53
9 Neilson Powless
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:10:27
10 Ben O'Connor
Team Dimension Data
1:12:09
15 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:13:07
43 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:25:35
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
31 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Movistar Team 224:04:57
2 Astana Pro Team 47:00
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:35:05
4 Mitchelton-Scott 2:12:54
5 AG2R La Mondiale 2:50:23
6 Team Dimension Data 3:03:42
7 Team Sunweb 3:09:40
8 Euskadi Basque Country - Murias 3:10:36
9 Bahrain Merida 3:33:56
10 Team INEOS 3:34:38

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