Vuelta Stage Report: Stage 19 was a circuit race starting and finishing in Talavera de la Reina with two climbs of the Puerto del Piélago. Trek-Segafredo said they wanted the win for Mads Pedersen and that’s how the day worked out. Remco Evenepoel kept his red jersey without any problems.
The last kilometre of stage 19
Mads Pedersen won the nineteenth stage of the Vuelta a España. The Trek-Segafredo rider was the best in Talavera de la Reina after 138.3 kilometres. Fred Wright and Gianni Vermeersch finished second and third in this transition stage. Remco Evenepoel remains the leader on the general classification.
The new KOM – Richard Carapaz at the start in Talavera de la Reina (and finish)
Race director, Fernando Escartín: “An interesting route, short but deceiving. The stage consists of a circuit involving two climbs of the Piélago mountain pass. 130 km in total that will force the breakaway to buckle down if it wants to do well. Look out for the riders with a good top speed who do well mid-mountain as they will have real options to win here.”
Stage 19 profile
As usual, there was a lot of hard riding from the start. The nineteenth stage of the Vuelta a España was a typical transition stage, made for either a break or a sprint for the hard-men. The first attack was from fourteen riders, but the peloton didn’t let this group get away. Next it was Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates), Jonathan Klever Caicedo (EF Education-EasyPost) and Ander Okamika (Burgos-BH), they were more successful.
Patrick Bevin wanted to get things going
But it was Brandon McNulty who got into the break
The three attackers were held close by Trek-Segafredo. The American team of green jersey wearer Mads Pedersen controlled the pack. Lawson Craddock (BikeExchange-Jayco), Mikel Bizkarra (Euskalte-Euskadi) and Chris Harper (Jumbo-Visma) counter-attacked, but all three were unable to make the crossing.
Jonathan Caicedo also in the early break
And Ander Okamika of Burgos-BH
American Craddock, who has tried to win in this Vuelta already, struggled on his own for a long time, but was stuck between break and bunch for a long time. Craddock was caught after 60 kilometres, between the two climbs of the Puerto del Piélago (8.9km at 5.9%). The nineteenth stage of the Vuelta a España was only 138.9 kilometres long and consisted of two laps, climbing the Puerto del Piélago twice.
Trek-Segafredo wanted to control the race on stage 19
A brave move, but…
McNulty, Caicedo and Okamika never got far away from the pack on the short stage. Their lead was up to 3:30 as the Trek-Segafredo men kept control all day. On the second climb of the Puerto del Piélago, the peloton crept closer and closer to the three leaders. After some work from Mikel Landa and his Bahrain-Victorious team, the front riders were caught 49 kilometres from the finish.
The break was caught fairly early
Not a super hard day
The pace went up on the climb, but it was not that fast. The GC teams were attentive at the front of the peloton, but no one attacked. Richard Carapaz took advantage of the situation and grabbed full KOM points at the top of the Puerto del Piélago. The Ecuadorian increased his lead in the mountains classification.
The two climbs of the Puerto del Piélago wasn’t a problem for anyone
The peloton was still quite big after the two climbs of the day. Green jersey wearer, Mads Pedersen always rode in the first twenty places of the peloton, showing his good form. On the descent of the Puerto del Piélago, UAE Team Emirates took the initiative, even though sprinter Pascal Ackermann, also a major favourite for the victory in Talavera de la Reina, was no longer in the peloton. Sprinters such as Tim Merlier, Kaden Groves and Danny van Poppel were also missing.
Trek wanted the win for Mads Pedersen
On the flat roads towards the finish, Trek-Segafredo once again took command. Kenny Elissonde led deep into the final of the stage. There were few sprinters and contenders in the peloton, but the fast men who were still there; Pedersen, Fred Wright and Mike Teunissen were going to make a fight for it.
Pedersen wasn’t going to be dropped on the climb
Remco Evenepoel kept out of trouble before Saturday’s big day
In the streets of Talavera de la Reine, Miles Scotson tried to surprise the peloton, but that move didn’t work. Alex Kirsch then provided a perfect lead-out for Pedersen and the Dane finished it off as well. Wright came close, but Pedersen was able to hold him off fairly easily. Belgian, Gianni Vermeersch was third. Remco Evenepoel remains the leader on the general classification.
Stage win No.3 on the way
Stage winner and Points Competition leader, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo): “It was definitely really hard to control the bunch today but the team was impressive. Everyone was so dedicated and working really hard. When the three guys went with McNulty, it was not an easy break. We worked really hard to close them as fast as possible. And then everyone in this team was just so so impressive. I’m really thankful for the boys today. It’s definitely a win for them. Without them, no chance I could have sprinted. When Miles Scotson attacked, I still had Antonio [Tiberi] in front of me. He looks skinny but he’s a powerful little guy. I was pretty sure that he could keep him within a distance that I could still pass Miles in the sprint. It’s never easy in a finale like this. Three wins is way more than what we came here for. That’s of course super nice. Tomorrow we just have to finish the day and then we will see how it goes in Madrid. But no matter what, I think we can be happy with these three weeks in Spain.”
A fairly comfortable win for Mads Pedersen
Overall leader and Best Young Rider, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “This was the perfect race. It was nice to have Trek controlling all day. I promised Mads [Pedersen] to control the breakaway with him, so we did our job. Then, it was up to them to control the breakaway and try to go for the stage. I think what Mads is showing is something really impressive. It was actually quite a hard climb, so big congrats to Trek for today. [In the last kms, I was thinking of] a crash. Getting inside the 3km in case I would get a flat tire or a bike problem. It’s just to stay safe, because tomorrow is the last day and the biggest fear today was to have a crash or to be unlucky. So that’s why we were trying to stay in front with the guys. Then, the last 1,3km was a straight line, so then I could slow a bit down and just follow the wheels.”
Can Pedersen take a fourth stage win in Madrid?
# Keep it PEZ for Saturday’s big Vuelta finalé. #
Vuelta a España Stage 19 Result:
1. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo in 3:19:11
2. Fred Wright (GB) Bahrain – Victorious
3. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck
4. Ben Turner (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
5. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
6. Jonas Koch (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe
7. Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel-Premier Tech
8. Raúl García Pierna (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
9. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan
10. Dylan van Baarle (Ned) INEOS Grenadiers.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 19:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 73:18:23
2. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 2:07
3. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 5:14
4. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 5:56
5. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 6:49
6. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 7:14
7. Thymen Arensman (Ned) DSM at 8:09
8. Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën at 9:34
9. Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Education-EasyPost at 9:56
10. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe at 12:03.