Knox drops out of top 10 but pays tribute to teammates on day of suffering at Vuelta a España

James Knox and Philippe Gilbert
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

James Knox reached the finish line of stage 20 of the Vuelta a España in a state of near-complete exhaustion. Heavily bandaged after a crash 24 hours previously, the British youngster slipped out of the top 10 of the overall standings at the last minute, but his race had become a battle just to finish.

The 23-year-old, riding his second Grand Tour after the Giro d’Italia earlier in the year, had climbed to 10th overall during the second week, thanks to a breakaway in the mountains and a strong ride in the crosswinds. However, he came down in the big crash that occurred 65km from the finish on stage 19 and was heavily banged up.

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Cyclingnews is the world's leader in English-language coverage of professional cycling. Started in 1995 by University of Newcastle professor Bill Mitchell, the site was one of the first to provide breaking news and results over the internet in English. The site was purchased by Knapp Communications in 1999, and owner Gerard Knapp built it into the definitive voice of pro cycling. Since then, major publishing house Future PLC has owned the site and expanded it to include top features, news, results, photos and tech reporting. The site continues to be the most comprehensive and authoritative English voice in professional cycling.