Vuelta a Espana: Pogacar wins stage 9

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) took victory on stage 9 of the Vuelta a España at the summit finish of Cortals d’Encamp. The Slovenian neo-pro attacked from an elite GC group on the final climb to seal a stage victory at his first-ever Grand Tour.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) took second place, 23 seconds down, while Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) finished third at 48 seconds, just ahead of Alejandro Valverde(Movistar).

Miguel Ángel López (Astana) attempted a long-range attack on the mini 94.4km-long stage, but cracked on the final climb after a crash on the gravel section just beforehand, eventually finishing 1:01 down.

López kicked off the hostilities with his attack 20km from the line, and was aided by teammates dropping back from the break along the way. With Roglič isolated on the penultimate climb, it looked as though the Colombian was in the driving seat to take a chunk of time.

However, a brutal storm breaking in the final 10km put paid to his chances, with the relatively benign gravel section turning to sludge and causing both López and the chasing Roglič to crash.

The final climb saw attacks from Movistar as the Spanish team sought to take control, though some dubious tactics meant they perhaps didn't take full advantage of the situation. Roglič made a comeback, while his countryman Pogačar – the youngest rider in the race – leapt away to seal a famous victory.

"This stage was incredible," he said after the stage. "I was looking at it since I started. Yesterday when I saw the weather I was happy that it was going to rain.

I tried to follow the attacks and I went full gas on the gravel section. It was great.

"Today was tricky, a lot of technical problems on the gravel section and a hailstorm. But today was an incredible ride."

Quintana takes over the race lead heading into the first rest day of the race. He leads Roglič by six seconds ahead of Tuesday's time trial in Pau. López and Valverde lie in third and fourth overall, at 17 and 20 seconds, respectively.

Ángel Madrazo (Burgos-BH), Quintana and López retain control of the mountain, points and young rider's jerseys.

How it unfolded

The first monster mountain stage of the race, stage 9 featured five categorised climbs, including the especial category Coll de la Gallina, the two first-category climbs of Coll d'Ordino and Cortals d'Encamp, and the two second-category climbs of Alto de la Comella and Alto de Engolasters.

Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) sparked the move that saw the break of the day established, attacking early on the Coll d'Ordino. On the climb, a group of almost 30 riders followed, making for a large break group.

The men in question included numerous strong climbers such as, with the full makeup of the break as follows:

Patrick Bevin (CCC Team), Antonio Pedrero, Marc Soler (Movistar Team), Pierre Latour, Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R La Mondiale), Jakob Fuglsang, Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida), Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe), Lawson Craddock, Sergio Higuita (EF Education First), Kilian Frankiny, Romain Seigle (Groupama-FDJ), Thomas De Gendt, Carl Frederik Hagen (Lotto Soudal), Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott), Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Ben O’Connor (Dimension Data), Wout Poels, David de la Cruz, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Sebastian Henao (Team Ineos), Robert Gesink, Sepp Kuss, Neilson Powless (Jumbo-Visma), Matteo Fabbro, Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha Alpecin), Wilco Kelderman, Robert Power, Martijn Tusveld (Team Sunweb), Nikias Eg (Trek-Segafredo), Jesús Herrada, Darwin Atapuma (Cofidis), Mikel Bizkarra and Sergio Samitier (Euskadi-Murias).

Bevin and Bizkarra pushed on midway up the Ordino, leading over the top before being caught on the descent. On such a short stage, the gap between break and peloton was never huge, maxing out at just over four minutes.

Still, it was enough for Hagen to be in the virtual race lead at the base of the second climb of the day, the Gallina (12.2km at 8.3 per cent), 50km from the finish. There, Movistar took to the front of the peloton, pushing the pace.

Geoghegan Hart pushed on 8km from the top of the climb, as both break and peloton fell apart on the changeable gradients. Bouchard went with him, before going on alone.

Four minutes down the mountain, Astana took over the pacemaking, shattering the peloton and dropping red jersey Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) near the top. Bouchard crested the Gallina alone, taking 15 mountain classification points ahead of a chasing Pernsteiner.

In the valley, Bouchard remained four minutes up on the peloton, while Fraile dropped back from the break to help López leaving Fuglsang and Gorka Izagirre still up the road. The Frenchman held an advantage of 40 seconds over the chasing break.

After one last run of work from Astana, López launched on the Comella with 19km left to race. Quintana was quickest to react, while Valverde and Roglič soon joined them. It wasn't long before the Colombian was off again, this time leaving the rest behind as Jumbo-Visma chased.

Roglič was quickly isolated in a chase group that included Valverde, Quintana, Pedrero, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and Rafał Majka. López, meanwhile, enjoyed the help of Ion Izagirre and Fuglsang on the Engolasters, with the pair dropping back from the break to do so.

Up the road, O'Connor and Geoghegan Hart joined Bouchard, while Kuss dropped back from the break to help Roglič. Meanwhile, a heavy storm broke as the riders reached the gravel road at the top of the Comella.

López hit the deck on the treacherous wet gravel section, while further back Roglič did the same after an incident with a motorbike. However, the Colombian made it back to the leaders at the base of Cortals d’Encamp (5.7km at 8.3 per cent), and was joined by Quintana and Valverde.

Up the road, their Movistar teammate Soler was up the road, pushing on in search of a stage victory.

Valverde and Quintana jumped away at the base of Cortals d'Encamp, quickly bridging the gap López had built up. Up the road, Soler was in the lead, pushing on despite having teammates attacking behind.

Quintana attacked 4km from the finish, though 30 seconds up the road Soler kept going. Pogačar was the only man to follow the Colombian's attack, while further back Valverde put in some digs to drop López.

The Astana leader disintegrated on the final climb, being passed by a resurgent Roglič as he seemed to totally crack. Up front, Soler was forced seemingly against his will to wait for his team leader Quintana. He did so but just after Pogačar struck out and left the duo behind.

Roglič meanwhile, got up to Valverde, who lay 25 seconds behind the race lead. A flagging López was struggling up the climb, 40 seconds back. Pogačar, however, was flying, and wouldn't be caught by Quintana. The youngest rider in the race stayed away to celebrate a solo victory on one of its toughest stages.

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Full Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 2:58:09
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:23
3Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:48
4Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
5Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:57
6Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:59
7Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education First 0:01:01
8Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
9Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team
10Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Ineos 0:01:38
11Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal 0:01:46
12Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott 0:02:02
13Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:08
14Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team
15Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
16Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:02:48
17Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:02
18James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:03:23
19Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:03:58
20Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:04:17
21George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma
22Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First
23Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data 0:04:25
24Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott 0:04:43
25Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 0:05:12
26Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:05:58
27Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias 0:06:06
28Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits
29Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida 0:06:10
30Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:07:54
31Jesper Hansen (Den) Cofidis Solutions Credits 0:08:27
32Wout Poels (Ned) Team Ineos 0:08:31
33Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
34Neilson Powless (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:09:34
35Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data 0:10:04
36Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Ineos 0:11:12
37Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team 0:12:24
38Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo 0:12:55
39Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias 0:13:21
40Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin 0:13:52
41Darwin Atapuma (Col) Cofidis Solutions Credits
42Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:13:57
43Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension Data
44Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
45Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
46Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 0:15:22
47Ben King (USA) Dimension Data 0:16:04
48Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:16:14
49Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:16:19
50Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:17:01
51Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team 0:17:25
52Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin 0:17:47
53Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:17:49
54Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:18:17
55Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First 0:18:55
56Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:19:28
57Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team 0:20:35
58Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:21:52
59Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
60Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
61Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:22:10
62Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
63Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:23:07
64José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:25:12
65Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
66Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
67Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
68Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team
69Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
70Clément Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
71Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos-BH
72Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
73Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep
74Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
75Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis Solutions Credits
76Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
77Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
78Sergio Henao (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:25:58
79Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Mitchelton-Scott 0:26:20
80Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Katusha-Alpecin 0:27:18
81David de la Cruz (Spa) Team Ineos 0:28:22
82Owain Doull (GBr) Team Ineos
83Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team
84Ricardo Augusto Afonso Vilela (Por) Burgos-BH
85Diego Rubio Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH
86Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
87Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
88Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:28:32
89Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:28:53
90Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:28:59
91Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ
92Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
93Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis Solutions Credits
94Pawel Bernas (Pol) CCC Team 0:29:23
95Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
96Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale
97Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis Solutions Credits
98Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal
99Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Bora-Hansgrohe
100Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
101Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
102François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
103Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team
104Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Ineos
105Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
106Casper Pedersen (Den) Team Sunweb 0:30:41
107Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb
108Domingos Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
109Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:31:13
110Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:32:25
111Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
112Fernando Barcelo Aragon (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
113Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep
114Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
115Jorge Cubero Galvez (Spa) Burgos-BH
116Eros Capecchi (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
117Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin
118Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
119Rasmus Fossum Tiller (Nor) Dimension Data
120Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
121Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida
122Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First
123Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First
124Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
125Will Barta (USA) CCC Team
126Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
127Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
128Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott
129Brian van Goethem (Ned) Lotto Soudal
130Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott
131Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Team
132Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC Team
133Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data
134Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Hansgrohe
135Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Ineos
136Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data
137Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb
138Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
139Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
140Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb
141Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
142Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida
143Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
144Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida
145Alexander Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
146Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
147Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
148Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
149Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC Team
150Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits 0:32:43
151Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits 0:32:46
152John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo 0:33:09
153Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott
154Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Ineos
155Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team 0:33:11
156Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:33:21
157Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:33:32
158Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:33:44
159Juan Sebastian Molano (Col) UAE Team Emirates
160Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
161Nuno Matos (Por) Burgos-BH
162Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma
163Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:34:07
164Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:38:12
165Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
166Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep
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Sprint 1 - Santa Coloma km. 70.2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4
2Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data 2
3Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Ineos 1
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Sprint 2 - Alto Els Cortals D'Encamp km. 94.4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 25
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 20
3Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 16
4Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 14
5Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 12
6Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida 10
7Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education First 9
8Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 8
9Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 7
10Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Ineos 6
11Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal 5
12Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott 4
13Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 3
14Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team 2
15Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias 1
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Mountain 1 - Coll d’Ordino km. 17
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias 10
2Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team 6
3Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 4
4Neilson Powless (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 2
5Wout Poels (Ned) Team Ineos 1
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Mountain 2 - Coll De La Gallina km. 56.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15
2Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida 10
3Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias 6
4Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 4
5Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 2
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Mountain 3 - Alto De La Comella km. 76.4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 5
2Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data 3
3Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Ineos 1
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Mountain 4 - Alto De Engolasters km. 83.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 5
2Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Ineos 3
3Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1
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Mountain 5 - Alto Els Cortals d’Encamp km. 94.4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 10
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 6
3Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 4
4Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 2
5Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 1
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 2:58:09
2Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education First 0:01:01
3Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team
4Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Ineos 0:01:38
5Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:02:48
6James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:03:23
7Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:04:17
8Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First
9Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data 0:04:25
10Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 0:05:12
11Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias 0:06:06
12Neilson Powless (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:09:34
13Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data 0:10:04
14Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo 0:12:55
15Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin 0:13:52
16Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:13:57
17Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 0:15:22
18Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:16:19
19Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:18:17
20Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:19:28
21Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:22:10
22Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:25:12
23Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
24Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep
25Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
26Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:28:22
27Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:28:59
28Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 0:29:23
29Casper Pedersen (Den) Team Sunweb 0:30:41
30Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb
31Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:31:13
32Fernando Barcelo Aragon (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias 0:32:25
33Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
34Rasmus Fossum Tiller (Nor) Dimension Data
35Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida
36Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First
37Will Barta (USA) CCC Team
38Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC Team
39Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data
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