Philippe Gilbert takes his sixth victory in Vuelta a España, Roglic keeps Red Jersey
Sep 05 2019 11:06 pm CET

Philippe Gilbert takes his sixth victory in Vuelta a España, Roglic keeps Red Jersey
Philippe Gilbert takes his sixth victory in Vuelta a España, Roglic keeps Red Jersey
Photo of Philippe Gilbert © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Philippe Gilbert has taken his sixth victory in the Vuelta a España by crossing the finish line in Bilbao by himself.

The start of the 171.4-kilometre stage was fast and full of attacks but one after the other was neutralised by the peloton. At the end and after more than 100 kilometres into the route, Katusha-Alpecin's Willie Smit made a move and he was moments later joined by 18 riders that included Philippe Gilbert, Felix Grossschartner, John Degenkolb, Valerio Conti and Tsgabu Grmay, among others.

Meanwhile, Jumbo-Visma took control of the pace of the pack and gave the front group an advantage of around four minutes. With around 30 kilometres to go, Grossschartner launched an attack and was joined by Grmay, but the duo was caught by the chasers on the last climb of the day.

With nine kilometres to go, Gilbert made a change of pace and only Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural) and Fernando Barcelo (Euskadi-Murias) could hold on to his wheel but a new attack by the Belgian left them behind. In the peloton, Jumbo-Visma continued to set a high pace on the climb until only around 12 riders remained.

When the GC leader Primoz Roglic was left on his own, Miguel Ángel López (Astana) tried to go by himself, but the rest of the overall contenders could neutralise him. Gilbert took his sixth victory in the Vuelta a España, the first since 2013, by crossing the finish line on his own just a few seconds ahead of the two chasers.

Roglic arrived to the finish with the rest of the GC contenders and kept the Red Jersey for another day.




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