Vuelta a Espana 2018

August 25 - September 16, Malaga, Spain, Road - GT

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Daniel Benson

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Stage 19: Pinot wins as Yates extends lead

  1. 14:37:04 CEST

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage from stage 20 of the Vuelta a Espana, the final showdown in the mountains and the stage that will decide the final winner of this year's race. 

  2. 14:39:23 CEST

    Okay so what do we have in store today? Well, 97.3km of racing, 6 climbs, and the final summit finish of the race. It should be chaotic, it should be relentless and it should be everything you've come to expect from the Vuelta a Espana. 

     

  3. 14:40:29 CEST

    Here's how things stand on GC coming into the penultimate stage of the race. Yates holds a 25 second lead over Valverde and should have enough in the tank to see this out.

     

    1 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 76:44:41
    2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:38
    3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:58
    4 Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:15
    5 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:02:29
    6 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:04:01
    7 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:05:22
    8 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:05:29
    9 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 0:06:30
    10 Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

     

  4. 14:42:32 CEST

    Sorry, 1:38 lead over Valverde after yesterday's collapse from the Spanish rider. That should be enough.... although we can all remember what happened to Yates at the Giro earlier in this year. That said, it would take something incredible for the Mitchelton rider to lose his lead today. On stage 19 he closed a gap to Pinot and other and made it almost look effortless, while Valverde struggled. 

     

  5. 14:44:24 CEST

    Riders have signed on and we're just a few minute away from the official stage start. Yates is at the front, in red, and he looks pretty relaxed given the pressure on his shoulders today. Unless we see a real collapse from the Mitchelton man the real battle should be between a few riders for the final podium spots. It's close between second and fifth at the moment.

    2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:38
    3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:58
    4 Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:15
    5 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:02:29

     

  6. 14:49:38 CEST

    There's hardly a meter of flat road today, with the bunch either climbing or descending. It's once again going to be up to Movistar to try and open the race but much of that depends on how confident they are after Valverde cracked yesterday. Their opening moves in today's stage will given a strong indication as to whether they're still racing to win or looking to merely defend second place overall. 


    They might also be worried over LottoNL Jumbo, who rode well yesterday and had the numbers on the final climb. 
     

     

  7. 14:51:09 CEST

    UCI president David Lappartient is on the startline this afternoon. He's clapping. Not sure why... but we'll bring you more on this breaking news as we get it. 

     

  8. 14:54:30 CEST

    And we are rolling out. Lappartient has left the roadside, not sure if he's still clapping, but EF Education are leading through the neutral zone. Valverde is there too actually as he sits just next to the race organiser's lead car. We're actually climbing through the neutralized zone. That's not much fun.

     

  9. 14:57:16 CEST

    Onto the first climb and the first attack comes from Team Sky. Lotto Soudal are leading the chase. 96km to go.

     

  10. 14:59:05 CEST

    The Team Sky rider is none other than Tao Geoghegan Hart. The bunch have already strung out as we see Aru slip towards the back of the main field. Geoghegan Hart has a gap of around 70m or so but more riders are just itching to attack.

     

  11. 15:00:10 CEST

    Geoghegan Hart, of course, is making his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta. 3.5km to go on this first climb of the day and the Team Sky second year pro is still clear, but on his own. He'll want some company for sure.

     

  12. 15:01:11 CEST

    More and more riders are slipping back from the peloton, even at this early stage in the action, as the road rises once more. Viviani is also being dropped as well. 94km to go.

     

  13. 15:02:30 CEST

    It's De Gendt in the KOM jersey who is leading the chase. There are 53 KOM points up for grabs and the Belgian, who actually has a collection of KOM jerseys at home, is drilling it on the front of the bunch. 

     

  14. 93km remaining from 97.3km

    15:04:54 CEST

    Mollema, Niibali, Majka and a few others are on De Gendt's wheel and looking frisky. 1.8km to go for Geoghegan Hart at the front of the race on this first climb of the day.

     

  15. 15:08:10 CEST

    De Gendt takes up the pace setting as the bunch further fragments. I think he won the KOM at Romandie earlier this year, hence how I know about his collection of KOM jerseys. While I've written that he's accelerated with 1km to go until the summit. He takes maximum points to pad his lead in the competition. We have a 4km descent, a very short flat section, and then we're climbing again. Trentin is another rider who has been dropped but he looks magnificent in that Euro Champs jersey so it doesn't really matter. 

     

  16. 15:10:05 CEST

    A break is starting to form on the descent and Kwiatkowski is there with Nibali, De Gendt, one rider from Movistar and around eight more riders. 90km to go.

     

  17. 15:12:26 CEST

    Nibali takes charge and leads down the descent. There's a little front wheel wobble but he recovers nicely and corrects his line. He's not waiting for the rest but Cataldo, de la Cruz and Kwiatkowski, Mollema, De Gendt are on the Italian in a flash. We'll be climbing again in just a moment. 

     

  18. 15:16:02 CEST

    The break have established a 50 second lead with Mitchelton Scott leading the peloton. There are 15 riders up the road with 86km to go. 

     

  19. 15:21:43 CEST

    The break have established a 1'03 lead with 84km to go. There are no GC threats up the road as Aru now tries and attack with several riders, including Rolland. That acceleration brings the first break back down to 49 seconds. 5.9km to go on this second climb of the day as we see Zakarin make into into the move with Aru and Rolland.

     

  20. 15:26:51 CEST

    A few more names in the break: Mollema, Roche, and Herrada and it's Mollema who attacks with a massive move 4.9km from the summit. That's a huge sprint.


    Here's how we stood earlier today in the KOM jersey:

     

    1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 74 pts
    2 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 64
    3 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 60
    4 Benjamin King (USA) Dimension Data 56

     

  21. 15:27:37 CEST

    Further down the climb and Mitchelton just keep tapping away, protecting Yates on the second climb of the day. 82km to go and the break have 1'54.

     

  22. 82km remaining from 97.3km

    15:29:03 CEST

    And Quintana just pushes on the pedals ever so slightly. It's enough to wake up the main field and Mitchelton move up and line out the field. 81km to go.

     

  23. 15:30:00 CEST

    And Quintana now does have a gap. He goes away with a rider from AG2R and one from Trek. He takes a look back so see the damage done - not much at this point - and then eases back so that the rest of the field can bring him back.

     

  24. 15:30:27 CEST

    Here's a list of the riders in the front break:

     

    Vincenzo Nibali, Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Dario Cataldo, Omar Fraile (Astana), Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing Team), Rafal Majka (Bora-hasngrohe), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar Team), Amanuel Ghebreigzhaber (Dimension Data), Michael Woods (Education First-Drapac), David De La Cruz, Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Jose and Jesus Herrada (Cofidis)

     

  25. 15:32:13 CEST

    Quintana accelerates from the front again and just lines out Yates's teammates. They want to isolate him as quickly as possible but Trentin is still there, so the pace isn't that quick. Further up the road and De Gendt is chasing down Mollema but it's hard to keep up because there are riders all over the road. 

     

  26. 15:32:56 CEST

    The Yates group is down to less than 50 riders. Our new leaders are De Gendt, Mollema, Nibali and Majka....

     

  27. 80km remaining from 97.3km

    15:33:31 CEST

    Yates is isolated but LottoNL are shutting down Quintana. 80km to go.

     

  28. 15:35:07 CEST

    Quintana's move has been closed but he remains on the front of the bunch - or what's left of it - and sets the pace. None of the main GC riders have been put under real pressure yet but domestiques have been shot out the back as Quintana puts the hammer down once more. 

     

  29. 15:36:18 CEST

    New lead group contains Rolland, Majka, Mollema, Kwiatkowski and Nibali. No De Gendt. Repeat: No De Gendt.

     

  30. 15:38:50 CEST

    Correction: De Gendt is in fact leading and the chase group is  as follows:

     

    Vincenzo Nibali, Rafal Majka, Michael Woods, Michal Kwiatkowski and Bauke Mollema.

     

  31. 75km remaining from 97.3km

    15:41:05 CEST

    De Gendt takes maximum points once more and is now on the second descent of the day. 

     

  32. 15:41:36 CEST

    Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo)  Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data) and Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) have now attacked from the peloton.

     

  33. 15:49:40 CEST

    On the descent De Gendt has sat up and is now back with the Nibali/Mollema group. We then have a group of 8, a group of 4, and then the peloton.

     

  34. 66km remaining from 97.3km

    15:53:59 CEST

    Interestingly, Kelderman is in the 8-man group. He's 12th on GC and chasing a top ten finish overall. He attacked yesterday but then cracked near the summit of the final climb, as we see Mitchelton continue to lead Yates and the rest of the peloton, 2'25 down on the Nibali group. 66km to go.

     

  35. 15:59:59 CEST

    Onto the third climb of the day as we see Mollema push the pace at the front of the break. The leaders have 2'52 with 64km to go as Nibali takes on a feed from the team car. This is a really strong group and with no Movistar presence they have a real chance of deciding the stage win.

     

  36. 16:02:28 CEST

    The second group that contains Herrada, Roche, Zakarin, De la Cruz, and Kelderman are about to make contact with the front group. 7.4km to go on this climb, with the bunch 2'56 behind the break.

     

  37. 16:07:46 CEST

    You could make a pretty incredible WorldTour team from the break we have up the road. Still 5/9km to go on this climb, with the break 2'52 ahead of the bunch.

     

  38. 16:10:17 CEST

    Yates, back in the main field, has plenty of support around him as we see the pace settle back slightly. Aru, who had been on the attack earlier in the stage, has been dropped. 60km to go.

     

  39. 16:12:13 CEST

    Kelderman is best placed on GC, just over 10 mins down on GC as he takes his turn in the break. We can still see Aru suffering back in the cars. He might pack. 

     

  40. 16:14:25 CEST

    Meanwhile Cataldo and Majka share a word. Majka looks fresh and like he's up for it today. Not like the time he told me (via a press officer) at a winter training camp that he was too tired to do an interview because he had been playing table tennis for several hours. 'Did you not see him play?' the press officer asked me. Speechless. I'll get over it one day though.

     

  41. 58km remaining from 97.3km

    16:15:50 CEST

    Table tennis!?! 

     

    Anyway, the gap between the break is at 2'04 and we've got 3km to go on this climb. 58km to go until the finish.

     

  42. 16:19:19 CEST

    Astana are now leading the bunch on the climb. They have men in the break but they're trying to set something up for Lopez... that's the only explanation for this amount of work at the front of the peloton.

     

  43. 16:23:10 CEST

    Herrada has now attacked from the break as Astana continue to put the hammer down. Gallopin is in trouble and has started to lose ground already. 55km to go and Herrada is going solo as the break begin to question their existence. In the race... not life in general. 

     

  44. 16:24:30 CEST

    Herrada goes over the top of the climb, and the gap between the front of the race and Yates is at 1'33. 54km to go.

     

  45. 16:27:26 CEST

    Astana are still drilling it on the front of the main field. They want to set up Lopez for the stage today, and maybe a little push further up the GC. 52km to go. 

     

  46. 16:31:49 CEST

    Results from the Coll de Ordino:

    1. Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) 10pts
    2. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) 6pts
    3. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) 4pts
    4. Omar Fraile (Astana) 2pts
    5. Dario Cataldo (Astana) 1pt

     

     

  47. 16:35:43 CEST

    Herrada has been brought back by the Nibali group. I think, with the use of my GSCE maths (C grade, thanks for asking) I think De Gendt has the KOM jersey in the bag. 

     

  48. 16:38:56 CEST

    1'05 for the break with 41km to go. Astana have two men in the break, and they're also driving the peloton along. 

     

    Here's a reminder of how things stand on GC:


    1 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 76:44:41
    2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:38
    3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:58
    4 Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:15
    5 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:02:29
    6 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:04:01
    7 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:05:22
    8 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:05:29
    9 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 0:06:30
    10 Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:21
     

     

  49. 16:41:02 CEST

    Onto the next climb and really, it's now or never for the specialists in the break. Kwiatkowski sets the pace for de la Cruz but Astana are holding the gap at one minute. 39km to go.

     

  50. 16:43:54 CEST

    The two Team Sky riders continue on the front of the break and Lopez is hovering near the front of the bunch too. The race is starting to heat up. 

     

  51. 16:44:36 CEST

    We've not mentioned Nibali but he's there, in the break, and sitting fourth wheel, just behind semi-pro tennis player Majka. 

     

  52. 16:46:09 CEST

    And Sky are really splitting the group, with 5km to go on this climb. The red jersey, however, is at just 50 seconds. 

     

  53. 16:46:32 CEST

    Nibali has been dropped, so we have the pair from Sky, Majka and Mollema, who is hanging on... just.

     

  54. 16:47:13 CEST

    Bang! Lopez has attacked and joined Cataldo and Fraile from the earlier break. Lovely move. 

     

  55. 37km remaining from 97.3km

    16:49:34 CEST

    And Mollema has been dropped, so we're left with Kwiatowski, de la Cruz and Majka as we see Lopez make contact with Nibali and a few other riders who were in the break. Yates is at 50 seconds. 

     

  56. 16:50:30 CEST

    Swap in-out. As we see Kwiatowski crack after that long turn and then Mollema regain contact with the leaders. To be fair he's really struggling just to hold the wheel but he's showing some real resilience. 

     

  57. 16:54:44 CEST

    And Mollema has been dropped for good... I think as de la Cruz and Majka lead the race with 35km to go. Lopez has about 15 seconds on the Yates group as we see him work with Cataldo and Nibali. They're about to catch Mollema. 

     

  58. 16:56:00 CEST

    And Majka has attacked with 35km to go. De la Cruz leans over the bars as if he's in TT mode and looks to make contact with 1.8,km to go until the summit of the climb. We've not mentioned Yates for a while now and that's perfect for him. He's been kept out of trouble. 

     

  59. 16:57:38 CEST

    Huge turn from Cataldo, who then cracks big time, before Lopez takes over with Nibali and Mollema for company. Up the road and Majka is with de la Cruz once more. Nibali is going to bring the two groups back together before the summit.

     

  60. 16:58:19 CEST

    Kelderman is in trouble at the back of the Yates group. He's dropped with 34km to go. 

     

  61. 16:59:03 CEST

    And Mitchelton are about to bring it all back together, with around 500m to go on the climb. All that work from Astana and little reward... so far.

     

  62. 17:00:14 CEST

    Zakarin has cracked too. We're left with just over a dozen riders and Lopez attacks again but it's more of a sprint for KOM points, but Mollema takes maximum points. 33km to go. 

     

  63. 17:01:07 CEST

    Quintana has attacked on the descent. He gains 50m and looks back. Then kicks once more. He's trying, I guess.

     

  64. 17:02:02 CEST

    And it does put Yates under a little bit of pressure. He gets his line a little wrong through that last corner but survives. It's Adam Yates who is currently leading the chase.

     

  65. 17:03:16 CEST

    Quintana has less than two seconds of an advantage. 30km to go. 

     

  66. 17:07:19 CEST

    Quintana continues to waste energy out front with 27km to go. I guess Movistar are at least getting something out of him, given that he doesnt have the power to really make the difference on the climbs. Yates has the Colombian just where they want him but this is softening up a few of Valverde's rivals too. 

     

  67. 17:16:26 CEST

    Onto the climb with 20km to go and Quintana has been joined by Lopez out front as we see de la Cruz start to struggle. Lopez looks really motivated today as we see Adam Yates in the distance leading the chase.

     

  68. 17:16:38 CEST

    Nibali has been dropped/eased up.

     

  69. 17:17:03 CEST

    And Quintana has been dropped by Lopez with 19.7km to go.

     

  70. 17:17:33 CEST

    Quintana is actually starting to come back... as we see Mollema hanging on at the back of the red jersey group. 

     

  71. 17:18:15 CEST

    And Quintana does indeed make it back to Lopez, and the pair have around 10 seconds on the GC group. Lopez will not get a single pedal stroke of assistance. 

     

  72. 17:20:08 CEST

    A reminder of the GC picture coming into this stage:

     

    1 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 76:44:41
    2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:38
    3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:58
    4 Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:15
    5 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:02:29
    6 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:04:01
    7 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:05:22
    8 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:05:29
    9 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 0:06:30
    10 Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:21

     

  73. 17:21:32 CEST

    The leading pair have increased their lead, and it's about 15 seconds now as Lopez continues to lead with Quintana on his wheel. and Quintana is now taking a turn. 

     

  74. 17km remaining from 97.3km

    17:21:48 CEST

    17km to go and Yates has attacked.

     

  75. 17:22:07 CEST

    Quintana must have been told on the radio that Valverde couldnt follow. 

     

  76. 17:22:36 CEST

    And only Mas can follow Yates after that vicious acceleration. Is that game over for Valverde?

     

  77. 17:23:24 CEST

    And now Lopez starts to pull away from Quintana but the Movistar rider comes back once more. We're about to go over the top of the climb. Just one more ascent to come after this. 

     

  78. 17:23:45 CEST

    And Mas will work with Yates because he can still make it onto the podium. 

     

  79. 17:24:08 CEST

    Just seven seconds for Lopez/Quintana over Yates and Mas. 

     

  80. 17:25:48 CEST

    That attack from Yates just blew the red jersey group apart and we've still got another climb to go, with 14km to go. Yates is really pushing it on the descent but he really doesn't need to take any risks.

     

  81. 17:26:15 CEST

    And with 14km to go we have four leaders: Yates, Lopez, Quintana and Mas. 

     

  82. 17:26:17 CEST

    And with 14km to go we have four leaders: Yates, Lopez, Quintana and Mas. 

     

  83. 17:29:34 CEST

    17 seconds for the four leaders. Quintana just sits at the back of the group, under team orders as Mas orders the others to come through. Valverde is back down the road with a group that contains Woods, A Yates, Pinot and a few others. Not sure Uran is there, however.

     

  84. 17:30:41 CEST

    29 seconds now for the four leaders. Kruijswijk is losing his podium spot at things stand. 

     

  85. 17:33:02 CEST

    As things stand Mas is up to second overall as we start the final climb of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana. 

     

  86. 17:33:43 CEST

    Desperate times for Movistar right now because Valverde is on the ropes. I think they're about to call Quintana back. Yep.

     

  87. 17:34:24 CEST

    Quintana loses ground as the road rises. 7km to go. Movistar realise they cant win the stage, so defending Valverde is all they have left. 

     

  88. 17:34:48 CEST

    Yates, Lopez and Mas lead the race by 20 seconds and hello.... Yates has been dropped with 6.6km to go.

     

  89. 17:35:36 CEST

    He starts to pick up the pace and drag himself back to the leaders. Kruijswijk needs to attack because he can't rely on Movistar to save his skin. 

     

  90. 17:37:19 CEST

    Yates is holding Lopez and Mas with 6km to go but now he gets on the radio. 

     

  91. 17:38:00 CEST

    And Yates loses a couple more seconds as Mas sets the pace with Lopez on his wheel. 

     

  92. 17:38:53 CEST

    Simon Yates is losing a few more seconds on this climb. Not panic stations but Lopez and Mas have 10 seconds with 5km go. It can't happen again, surely?

     

  93. 17:39:33 CEST

    Back down the climb and Kruijswijk is with a group that contains Valverde, Quintana and Pinot, and Yates is looking back down the road. 

     

  94. 17:40:30 CEST

    Yates doesn't look in real trouble and he just needs to keep it together for another 4.4km. He's not cracked just yet.

     

  95. 17:41:57 CEST

    And Valverde has cracked. 3.9km to go and the podium is surely lost. Game over.

     

  96. 17:42:27 CEST

    Valverde is a minute down on the two leaders with 3.8km to go and Quintana is waiting for him. 

     

  97. 17:42:53 CEST

    Well at least Movistar went down fighting and least they've ridden as a team. 

     

  98. 17:43:11 CEST

    Out front, Mas and Lopez have 15 seconds on Yates. 

     

  99. 17:44:35 CEST

    Kruijswijk is off the podium as things stand. If it finished now Yates would win the Vuelta ahead of Mas and Lopez.

     

  100. 17:45:25 CEST

    Valverde is a real sorry sight at the moment as he struggles to hold Quintana's wheel. Yates is now at 22 seconds with 2.8km to go.

     

  101. 2km remaining from 97.3km

    17:48:28 CEST

    Kruijswijk leads Uran and Pinot with 2.1km to go but Mas and Lopez are riding themselves onto the podium. Yates is sitting third on the road at 15 seconds. 1.9km to go.

     

  102. 17:48:53 CEST

    And now Uran attacks and Kruijswijk has cracked. His podium dreams are over.

     

  103. 17:51:02 CEST

    Yates out of the saddle is at 18 seconds. The Vuelta is his if he can survive the next 1.2km of climbing. Valverde is down to fifth on GC at the moment. 

     

  104. 17:51:22 CEST

    Lopez can still get second if he wins the stage and drops Mas. 

     

  105. 17:52:03 CEST

    And Lopez kicks on for the finish. He can't get rid of Mas just yet though.

     

  106. 17:52:27 CEST

    Yates now at 24 seconds but he's almost home.

     

  107. 17:53:11 CEST

    The two leaders talk to each other and that allows Yates to close a few more seconds on them. 500m to go.

     

  108. 17:54:04 CEST

    Mas leads out.

     

  109. 17:54:19 CEST

    Lopez fights back but Mas takes it. 

     

  110. 17:55:09 CEST

    Yates comes over the line, no celebration as he drops his head. Job done though as Pinot and Uran fight to the line after Kruijswijk cracked. 

     

  111. 17:55:28 CEST

    Kelderman will be next over the line and then Kruijswijk.

     

  112. 18:02:32 CEST

    Here's today's top 10:

     

    1 Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 2:59:30
    2 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team
    3 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:23
    4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:54
    5 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:00:57
    6 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:01:11
    7 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:15
    8 David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky 0:02:17
    9 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:10
    10 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team

     

  113. 18:02:56 CEST

    General classification after stage 20

    1 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 79:44:30
    2 Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:46
    3 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:02:04
    4 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:02:54
    5 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:28
    6 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:05:57
    7 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:06:07
    8 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:06:51
    9 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 0:11:09
    10 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:11:11

     

  114. 18:04:11 CEST

    And that's the GC with Mas second overall and Lopez third. Gallopin dropped well outside the top 10, while the rest of the pack went through a mini reshuffle. 

     

  115. 18:04:36 CEST

    And you can find our brief report and results, right here.

     

  116. 18:16:37 CEST

    Descent stage in the end although Yates was never really put in too much danger by his rivals. Mas took a deserved win, especially when you consider he didn't have anywhere near the support that Lopez had during the stage. Valverde, and Quintana just weren't good enough. 

     

  117. 18:38:02 CEST

    Lets hear from Simon Yates:

     

    Finally I think it's sinking in. I'm incredibly proud, and incredibly proud of the team also, they carried me through the entire three weeks. It's the first GT for the team - it's just unbelievable.
     


    On the offensive on earlier climb:

    Adam was running out of legs and I didn't want to be in the position where I was riding through the valley to the final climb. I think that could have been the worse situation possible. I knew that Lopez and Quintana were up the road, and Lopez especially had something to gain, so I knew he'd maybe work with me.
     

    As they say, sometimes attack is the best form of defense.

    In the last climb I was OK, I was really at my limit. Lopez and Mas they were really incredible in the final. I just tried to make my own rhythm. That was it, really. I gave it everything I had and thankfully it was enough.

     

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