Vuelta Stage Report: Primoz Roglič won an up-hill battle with Enric Mas and Miguel Ángel López for the Jumbo-Visma rider to take the stage win from the Movistar men. Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) finished 10th and held the red jersey.
The final kilometre of stage 11
Primož Roglič has won Stage 11 of the Vuelta a España. On the stiff ramp to Valdepeñas de Jaén, the Jumbo-Visma leader fought out a tough battle with Enric Mas to the line.
Stage 11 Profile
Technical director, Fernando Escartín: “Popular steep climb in La Vuelta. A winding route that crosses the provinces of Málaga, Córdoba and Jaén, with a leg-breaking terrain where heat may play a determining factor. The arrival will be very tough, with slopes of over 20% in the final kilometre.”
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Ready to go on stage 11
Vuelta stage 11 started in Antequera and finished in Valdepeñas de Jaén. With more than 2,500 metres of climbing it was a hard day, with the ascent of the second category Puerto de Locubín in the finalé. From the top there was still 7.8 kilometres to ride to the finish. The finish was on a climb of 1,400 metres at an average of 7.5%. The final kilometre ramped up at 9.7%.
The fans were out at the start
Eiking suits red
Two riders were not at the start: Two-time stage winner Jasper Philipsen was struggling with a fever and Alex Aranburu was suffering too much from a crash. The start was fast as many teams wanted a rider in the break of the day. After 28 kilometres the break succeeded. Edward Planckaert (Alpecin-Fenix), Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto Soudal), Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural), winner of stage 6, Magnus Cort (EF Education-Nippo) and Joan Bou (Euskaltel).
The attacks came soon after the star
Another hot day in the saddle
The five escapees soon had 2 minutes, Jumbo-Visma, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert and BikeExchange controlled the race behind. With 87 kilometres to go, Quinn Simmons, Mikel Landa and Felix Großsschartner crashed on a right-hand bend, but all three were quickly back on their bikes. The lead fluctuated for a long time between 1 and 2 minutes. The intermediate sprint went to Planckaert from Cort, Lastra, Vanhoucke and Bou, 31 kilometres from the line.
The first failed break: Stan Dewulf (AG2R-Citroën), Patrick Gamper (BORA-hansgrohe), José Herrada (Cofidis), Tom Scully (EF Education-Nippo), Juan Jose Lobato (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal), Chris Hamilton (DSM)
After the sprint, the time difference fell sharply, partly due to Bahrain Victorious, Movistar and Astana-Premier Tech. Vanhoucke was dropped by the break on the descent to the Puerto de Locubín, but was able to return at the start of the climb. Cort had just attacked from the front. On the climb, Jumbo-Visma put Koen Bouwman to work. The Dutchman caught the first early escapees; Bou, Lastra and Planckaert, and eventually Vanhoucke. Cort was at full speed and managed to hold the peloton off.
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Cort held on to a 40 second lead, until Mikel Nieve started to close the gap. Two kilometres from the top, David De la Cruz counter-attacked from a thinned peloton, and Steven Kruijswijk tried to cross to him. Cort was the first over the top of the Puerto de Locubín. Behind, De la Cruz was caught by Damiano Caruso, wearer of the KOM jersey.
The break of the day: Edward Planckaert (Alpecin-Fenix), Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education Nippo), Joan Bou (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto Soudal)
The break going through the sprint in Alcalá la Real
With 30 seconds on his pursuers, Cort started the descent towards the final climb to the finish in Valdepeñas de Jaén. Behind him, Primož Roglič and Enric Mas started to fight. Roglič was launched by Sepp Kuss and the Slovenian rode side-by-side with Mas. On the steep slopes of the climb they were quickly catching the remaining leader. For a moment Roglič and Mas looked at each other, giving the impression that Cort could stay ahead for the win.
How long will the break hold out?
Magnus Cort Nielsen was soon to go alone
It was so close for Cort Nielsen
A second jump from Roglič and Mas cost Cort his just before the finish. Roglič was the stronger of the two and took the stage victory. Mas had to settle for second place, Miguel Ángel López was third. Cort was broken and eventually finished 25th. Odd Christian Eiking remained in the lead of the overall, but Roglič and Mas got a little closer.
The battle was on
Roglič took on Mas for the win
Roglič had the jump
Have I won?
Stage winner and 3rd overall, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “It was close again! The other day, Magnus Cort Nielsen was first and I was second, and this time it’s the other way around. It was a hard stage, short but super hot again. I was also suffering a lot, but luckily I had enough for the win in the end. Enric Mas is also very strong, luckily I had a little more. It’s always nice to win, you never know when the last one will be. It was a nice finish with a steep uphill. It was a nice challenge. The team did an amazing job, pushing really hard the whole day to keep the breakaway under control. A big thanks to them for making it possible in the end. Yesterday was still a good day [despite crashing] and I wanted to take positive things away. And today we won, it’s beautiful.”
Stage win for Roglič
Overall leader, Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “My biggest opponents for the jersey were at the front with Primoz Roglic fighting for the win and Guillaume Martin also doing well. I didn’t want to lose too much time, so I just followed them and it resulted in a top 10, that’s also nice. I passed Martin in the last few metres to sneak in the top 10, I’m glad I did it. It was a really nice day. I really enjoyed being in the jersey. I just take it day by day, and today was actually a little bit harder than I expected, with tailwind all the way and a solid pace with teams wanting to keep it together to fight for the stage win. It was really hard, but I’m glad I could keep it, and I hope I can keep it tomorrow too.”
Eiking still in the lead
Vuelta a España Stage 11 Result:
1. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 3:11:00
2. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 0:03
3. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar at 0:05
4. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 0:07
5. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
6. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM
7. Felix Großsschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe
8. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech
9. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:11
10. Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
11. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
12. Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Qhubeka NextHash
13. Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious
14. Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal at 0:17
15. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma
16. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:20
17. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:23
18. Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
19. Tobias Bayer (Aut) Alpecin-Fenix
20. Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
21. Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis at 0:29
22. Jefferson Cepeda Ortiz (Ecu) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
23. Michael Matthews (Aus) BikeExchange at 0:34
24. David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 0:38
25. Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo at 0:49.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 11:
1. Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in 41:48:57
2. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 0:58
3. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 1:56
4. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 2:31
5. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar at 3:28
6. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 3:55
7. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers at 4:46
8. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers 0:04:57
9. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 5:03
10. Felix Großsschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 5:38
11. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 6:08
12. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 6:22
13. Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious at 6:54
14. Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 7:11
15. David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 7:15
16. Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 9:35
17. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 13:09
18. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 15:33
19. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 16:55
20. Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 18:23
21. Fabio Aru (Ita) Qhubeka NextHash at 18:50
22. Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis at 21:58
23. Rafal Majka (Pol) UAE Team Emirates at 25:06
24. Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar at 26:24
25. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 27:10.