Jakobsen wins final stage as Roglic takes overall Vuelta a España title
Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic sewed up the overall title at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana, taking his – and Slovenia's – first Grand Tour title, with Movistar's Alejandro Valverde taking second place and another rising Slovenian star, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) taking third.
The final sprint stage into Madrid was won by Deceuninck-QuickStep's Fabio Jakobsen, ahead of Ireland's Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), giving the Belgian team five victories at this year's Vuelta, but the day belonged to Roglic, who took a well-earned, and hard-fought, overall victory.
The 29-year-old former ski jumper finished the race 2:16 ahead of Valverde and 2:38 ahead of compatriot Pogacar.
"Thank you for the support – to my family and everyone that was involved in this big result," said Roglic after his win. "See you at the next races."
For a full report of the final stage of the 2019 Vuelta a España, click here.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep||2:48:20|
|2||Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|3||Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team|
|4||Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA|
|5||Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data|
|6||Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo|
|7||Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal|
|8||Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale|
|9||Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ|
|10||Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott|
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma||83:07:31|
|2||Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team||0:02:16|
|3||Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates||0:02:38|
|4||Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team||0:03:29|
|5||Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team||0:04:31|
|6||Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:07:16|
|7||Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb||0:09:47|
|8||Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal||0:12:54|
|9||Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team||0:22:10|
|10||Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott||0:22:17|
The 2019 Vuelta a España begins in Torrevieja on Saturday August 23 and finishes in Madrid on September 15.
The route, unveiled in a ceremony in Alicante in December, sees the number of summit finishes cut back a touch from nine to eight, but it's still a mountainous route that sticks with the Vuelta’s recent traditions.
Some brutally steep climbs have been sought out for the occasion, with the 4km Mas de la Costa and the painfully steep Los Machucos returning to the route. Andorra is also back on the menu and will host a short but punchy stage to bring week one to a close. The 100-kilometre route comprises five climbs and will ensure some gaps in the overall classification.
There will be just over 60 kilometres against the clock, with a 24km team time trial in Torrevieja opening the race and a 36.1km individual chrono in Pau at the start of the second week.
The final week of action gives the sprinters more opportunities to find glory, along with two important mountain stages in the Sierras around Madrid, before the last stage into the Spanish capital.
In the absence of 2018 champion Simon Yates, the 2019 Vuelta looks wide open, with a range of candidates and a sense anything can happen. Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde are two of three former winners on the start line - alongside Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) - and head up a Movistar team without Giro d'Italia champion Richard Carapaz, who was ruled out through injury just 48 hours before the start of the race.
Movistar and Jumbo-Visma seem the strongest teams in the race, but elsewhere are a number of interesting challengers, including Colombians Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), and Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First). Team Ineos leadership is shared between Wout Poels and 24-year-old Tao Geoghegan Hart, while two-time top-10 finisher Wilco Kelderman leads Sunweb and Rafal Majka leads Bora-Hansgrohe.
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2018 Vuelta a España general classification
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|3||Miguel Angel Lopez||0:02:04|