Verona fights for the break before quiet day for ORICA-SCOTT on stage 19 of La Vuelta

Fri 8 Sep 2017

Determined to be part of the stage 19 action, ORICA-SCOTT fought hard to make the winning breakaway at La Vuelta today. 

After missing the uncharacteristically early move, Dane Chris Juul-Jensen and Spaniard Carlos Verona fought to be part of a chase effort that eventually gained contact with the front of the race. 

Unfortunately the bridging effort proved too much and the pair subsequently lost contact, leaving Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) to the victory ahead whilst ORICA-SCOTT settled back in the bigger groups over 12minutes down and beyond. 

“We missed the first breakaway,” Verona explained. “We didn’t expect it to go so early because there was a climb after 20km so we were a bit conservative.”

“In one moment 20 guys had a gap and we tried to chase down, first with Chris alone, but Sky didn’t want us to ride so they stopped and when we tried to go to the front they blocked the road.

“In the last moment I did everything I could to pass the bunch and I jumped across with seven riders more. There was already a gap of four minutes so we had to ride really hard and after 60km we could finally make it to the breakaway. 

“I was there for not long, maybe 20km, and then I got dropped on the next climb and went easy to the final. In another situation maybe we were a chance from the breakaway today but it was difficult after spending a lot of energy to chase the break.”

How it happened: 

Plenty of riders wanted to be part of the breakaway once again today and a group of 19 riders were the first to establish.

Missing out, ORICA-SCOTT sent Verona and Juul-Jensen with seven others in attempt to bridge, with the Spaniard managing to make contact and Juul-Jensen dropping back to the peloton, job done. 

The peloton was completely uninterested and the breakaway rode out to more than 17minute’s advantage throughout the day.

The breakaway split on the penultimate climb with Verona dropping back to the second group as eight riders surged ahead.

Eventually, De Gendt won from the breakaway as another attack from Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo) was nullified before the first bunch rolled across the line 12minutes down. 

La Vuelta – Stage 19:

1. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) 3:35:46
2. Jarlinson Pantano (Trek Segafredo) ST
3. Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain Merida) ST
42. Jack Haig (ORICA-SCOTT) 12:15

La Vuelta – General Classification after stage 19:

1. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 75:51:51
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) +1:37
3. Welco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +2:17
12. Esteban Chaves (ORICA-SCOTT) +11:57

Photo courtesy of TDWsport.