Vuelta a Espana: De Marchi wins stage 11

Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) won the longest stage of this year’s Vuelta a Espana as the rolling Galicia hills sparked a hard day of racing and saw Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) go close to taking the race lead from Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) only to race far too generously and miss out even on a stage victory.

De Marchi and Pinot were part of a 19-rider break that formed after more than 100km of attacks and counter attacks. Pinot wasted energy with a series of attacks before BMC Racing took control at the head of the race and De Marchi powered away with Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha-Alpecin) on the final climb.

The Italian then dropped his rival in the final kilometres and pouring rain to win alone. Restrepo finished 28 seconds behind De Marchi, with the remains of the break spread across two minutes and Pinot at 1:50.

The overall contenders finished only 2:02 behind after a late acceleration, and so Simon Yates kept the red leader’s jersey, one second ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Valverde's teammate Nairo Quintana was aggressive in the final kilometre and remains third overall at 14 seconds.

De Marchi has won just four races in his nine-year career but three have come at the Vuelta a Espana, where he often gets the freedom to use his strength as a domestique to hunt for personal success.

He knew he had to attack alone this time if he wanted to win.

“If I waited for the sprint, for sure I’d have finished second. The only option I had was to try everything on the last climb. Honestly, I didn’t have my best legs, but it was just in the head,” he said after his victory, fatigued but happy.

“At one moment today I just said that I just had to keep trying because it was a real battle. Every move was looking like the good one and then it would come back. I just said: ‘OK, I just do the maximum I can’.”

How it unfolded

The longest stage of this year’s Vuelta a Espana seemed perfect for a breakaway and a quiet day in the peloton for the overall contenders. However, this is Spain and the Vuelta, not France and the Tour, and the roller coaster terrain proved to be a launch pad for another day off aggressive racing.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team4:52:38
2Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:28
3Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:59
4Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:24
5Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:45
6Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:46
7Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
8Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team0:01:48
9Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky0:01:50
10Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
11Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:01:52
12Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:02
13Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
14Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
15Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
16Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
17Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team
18Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
19Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension Data
20George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo
21Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
22Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
23Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
24Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors
25Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team
26Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
27David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky0:02:09
28Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:10
29Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:02:14
30Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:02:23
31Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:02:40
32Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida
33Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:43
34Sepp Kuss (USA) LottoNL-Jumbo
35Benjamin King (USA) Dimension Data
36Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
37Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension Data
38Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb
39Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
40Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:03:00
41Luis Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
42Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:03:16
43Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
44Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:03:19
45Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:21
46Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data
47Daniel Moreno (Spa) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
48Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
49Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
50Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos BH
51Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
52Floris De Tier (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:52
53Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
54Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
55Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team
56Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:02
57Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:04:05
58José Mendes (Por) Burgos BH0:04:23
59Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos BH0:04:24
60Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:26
61Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb
62Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:04:51
63Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:05:04
64Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin
65Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
66Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:05:50
67Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
68Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
69Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
70Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
71Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal
72Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
73Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
74Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Sunweb0:06:22
75Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky
76Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data
77Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team
78Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team
79Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Sky
80Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
81Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
82Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team
83Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
84Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:06:28
85Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:06:52
86Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team
87Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:08:16
88Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team
89Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:08:39
90Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
91Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team
92Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:08:43
93Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data0:09:23
94Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:09:50
95Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
96Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
97Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky0:10:56
98Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:20
99Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
100Léo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:13:25
101Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:14:44
102Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data
103Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:14:51
104Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
105Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:16:57
106Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates0:17:12
107Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
108Jorge Cubero Galvez (Spa) Burgos BH0:17:29
109Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:18:06
110Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
111Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ
112Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
113Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida
114Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott0:21:03
115Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
116Kasper Asgreen (Den) Quick-Step Floors
117Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
118Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
119Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
120Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
121Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
122Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
123Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data
124Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
125Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
126Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott0:22:03
127Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:25:40
128Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:31:40
129Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
130Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team
131Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
132Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
133Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb
134José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin
135Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
136Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
137Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Sky
138Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Burgos BH
139Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
140Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
141Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott
142Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos BH
143Antonio Molina Canet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
144Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb
145Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
146Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
147Mickael Delage (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
148Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
149Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
150Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
151Diego Rubio Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BH
152Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
153Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
154Pablo Torres Muiño (Spa) Burgos BH
155Nelson Andres Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
156Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
157Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
158Lars Boom (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
159Thomas Leezer (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
160Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
161Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
162Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
163Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb
164Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step Floors
165Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
166Ian Boswell (USA) Katusha-Alpecin
167Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
168Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
169Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team
170Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:31:54
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFGeorg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJ
DNFNacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
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Intermediate sprint - Castro Caldelas, km. 159.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo4pts
2Léo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ2
3Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ1
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team25pts
2Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin20
3Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida16
4Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale14
5Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team12
6Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal10
7Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe9
8Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team8
9Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky7
10Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ6
11Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias5
12Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team4
13Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo3
14Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida2
15Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb1
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 3) Puerto del Padornelo, km. 37.7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida3pts
2Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2
3Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team1
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Mountain 2 (Cat. 3) Alto do Covelo, km. 101.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3pts
2Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe2
3Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky1
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Mountain 3 (Cat. 2) Alto do Trives, km. 139
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo5pts
2Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3
3Léo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ1
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Mountain 4 (Cat. 3) Alto del Mirador de Cabezoas, km. 190
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team3pts
2Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin2
3Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo1
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Combativity
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Racing Team14:41:27
2Bahrain-Merida0:01:42
3Team Sky0:02:28
4Movistar Team0:02:33
5LottoNl-Jumbo0:03:14
6AG2R La Mondiale
7Dimension Data0:03:55
8Euskadi Basque Country0:03:59
9EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:04:11
10Katusha-Alpecin0:04:52
11Team Sunweb0:05:38
12Astana Pro Team0:06:36
13Mitchelton-Scott0:06:53
14Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:57
15Lotto Soudal0:08:05
16Burgos-BH0:08:35
17Bora-Hansgrohe0:09:02
18Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:09:09
19Trek-Segafredo0:11:28
20Groupama-FDJ0:14:25
21UAE Team Emirates0:19:38
22Quick-Step Floors0:26:24
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General classification after stage 11
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott45:57:40
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:01
3Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:00:14
4Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:00:17
5Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:24
6Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
7Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team0:00:27
8Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:00:32
9Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:43
10George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:47
11Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors0:01:15
12David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky0:01:33
13Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:49
14Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:50
15Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:02:10
16Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:20
17Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:03:24
18Benjamin King (USA) Dimension Data0:03:42
19Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:04:29
20Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension Data0:05:27
21Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:28
22Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:45
23Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida0:06:39
24Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:08:07
25Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:11:28
26Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team0:11:35
27Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky0:11:51
28Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:12:02
29Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:12:35
30Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:12:56
31Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team0:13:43
32Daniel Moreno (Spa) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:13:56
33Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:08
34Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data0:15:20
35Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:15:29
36Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:15:41
37Sepp Kuss (USA) LottoNL-Jumbo0:15:53
38Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:16:09
39Luis Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
40Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:18:43
41Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:18:44
42Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:23:47
43Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:23:55
44Floris De Tier (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo0:24:37
45Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:24:40
46Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data0:26:34
47Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension Data0:26:42
48Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:27:56
49Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:28:43
50Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb0:29:08
51Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:29:35
52Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:32:04
53Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:33:15
54Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb0:33:29
55Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:34:06
56Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin0:34:34
57Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:35:45
58Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:36:58
59Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:37:34
60Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:38:57
61Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky0:39:11
62Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:41:00
63Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:41:36
64Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data0:42:30
65Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:43:47
66Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:45:22
67Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:46:02
68Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:46:05
69Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:46:50
70Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:47:26
71Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:47:27
72Léo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:47:35
73José Mendes (Por) Burgos BH0:48:05
74Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team0:48:18
75Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:48:26
76Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:48:35
77Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:48:59
78Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:49:24
79Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:50:18
80Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:50:58
81Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe