Vuelta a España: Tim Wellens wins stage 14

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) claimed his second win of this year’s Vuelta a Espana after taking victory on stage 14 of the race from Lugo to Ourense. The Belgian won the sprint from a small group and held off a late charge from Michael Woods (EF Pro Cycling) and Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-QuickStep).

The overall contenders finished safely in the main field, with Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) maintaining his 39-second lead over Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers).

For Wellens, the victory served as another reminder of his talent at winning from small breakaways. He was part of the early move that skipped free from the peloton after another frantic start and was one of the dominant forces as the race wore on. The Lotto Soudal rider looked to be in trouble when Stybar and Marc Soler (Movistar) attacked from the break as they raced over the final climb of the day but the winner of stage 5 bridged up to the leaders just as the descent flattened out.

When Dylan van Baarle (Ineos Grenadiers), Woods and Thymen Arensman (Sunweb) regained contact with Wellens, Soler and Stybar with 1.3km to go, the stage looked wide open and it was Woods who hit the front on the final ramps before the line.

The Canadian was also looking for his second win of the race and he stretched his companions to almost breaking point with around 700m to go but Wellens had enough in the tank to respond and he kicked with 400m remaining. Only Woods could manage to hold Wellens' pace but the Belgian not only had the faster acceleration but he also picked the best line and with no room to even think about passing inside the final 75m it was Wellens who lifted his arms to celebrate another victory.

The 29-year-old now has two wins each in both the Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d'Italia, with just a stage win in the Tour de France missing from his set.

"It's not easy to win, I had to really fight to get in the breakaway, and all my companions in the breakaway were really strong riders," Wellens said at the finish.

"The whole day we rode a super good tempo. In the descent we got a way with three, I thought we were going to stay in front but the other three came back. I knew I had to take the last corner in the first position. I felt Woods coming but suddenly the finish line was there and I passed first."

"The whole day I had the impression that Dylan van Baarle was the best - he is a really good rouler but then when we sped up a bit I saw Woods and Soler had really good legs. I was a little bit afraid of Woods in the sprint but I think I did very good to start first and I saw the corner and knew I had to stay on the inside."

"We came here with the team to get a minimum one stage victory. Then when we had the first one they kept putting pressure for the second one. I knew today was a day that suited me very well. I was looking forward to this day for a long time. It's one thing to look forward to a day but the other thing you have to be in the right position, be in the breakaway and have the right legs and today everything went perfect."

How it unfolded

After the stage 13 time trial the Vuelta a Espana returned to bunch racing on Wednesday and there was no shortage of intent to make it into the day's break with several waves of attacks in the opening kilometers. With three punchy third category climbs and rolling terrain throughout this was the perfect day for a break's survival and when the dust finally settled the seven-rider group that formed was stacked with talent.

Zdenek Štybar (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Marc Soler (Movistar), Dylan van Baarle (Ineos Grenadiers), Michael Woods (EF Pro Cycling), Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Thymen Arensman (Sunweb), Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis) quickly established a healthy lead over a peloton that was keen to at least have some sort of respite after what has been a gruelling race. Astana kept the leaders at around five minutes until about 110km to go and when the leaders reached the Alto de Guitara their advantage was still around the five-minute mark. 

With 54km remaining the gap held at 5:34 with Total Direct Energie – having missed the break – setting to work on the front of the peloton. The French team managed to reduce the break's advantage to 2:49 with 35km to go and on the final climb of the Aldo de Abelaira it briefly looked as though a catch would be made. The peloton had cut the deficit to just over a minute but when Total peeled off the front they found little help from the rest of the bunch.

Woods attacked 2.5km from the summit on the Aldo de Abelaira but only Périchon was distanced before a frantic set of attacks and counter-attacks saw Soler and Stybar move clear. Wellens was eventually wise to the move but his display on the final short ascent to the line was the most impressive part of his ride and his ever-growing palmares now has a fourth Grand Tour stage win.

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Full results
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal04:37:05
2Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro CyclingRow 1 - Cell 2
3Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickstepRow 2 - Cell 2
4Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Ineos GrenadiersRow 3 - Cell 2
5Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team00:00:11
6Thyman Arensman (Ned) Team Sunweb00:00:13
7Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis00:03:11
8Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation00:03:44
9Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:03:44
10Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma00:03:44
11Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates00:03:44
12Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis00:03:44
13Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott00:03:44
14Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling00:03:44
15Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe00:03:44
16Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers00:03:44
17David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:03:44
18Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain McLaren00:03:44
19David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates00:03:44
20Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team00:03:44
21Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Pro Cycling00:03:44
22Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team00:03:44
23Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain McLaren00:03:44
24Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana Pro Team00:03:44
25Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:03:44
26Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis00:03:44
27Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:03:51
28Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:03:54
29Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott00:03:54
30George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma00:03:54
31Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis00:03:54
32Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) UAE Team Emirates00:04:00
33Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:04:00
34Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott00:04:03
35Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Team Sunweb00:04:07
36Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos-BH00:04:07
37Gino Mäder (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling00:04:07
38Georg Zimmermann (Ger) CCC Team00:04:07
39William Barta (USA) CCC Team00:04:07
40Kobe Goossens (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:04:07
41Julien Simon (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:04:10
42Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Burgos-BH00:04:12
43Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo00:04:16
44Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma00:04:16
45Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:04:16
46Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma00:04:16
47Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-Segafredo00:04:21
48Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) EF Pro Cycling00:04:21
49Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo00:04:24
50Ian Garrison (USA) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:04:24
51Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:04:24
52Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott00:04:24
53Tosh Van der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:04:31
54Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:04:31
55Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis00:04:38
56Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Israel Start-Up Nation00:04:38
57Willie Smit (RSA) Burgos-BH00:04:38
58José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team00:04:56
59Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:04:56
60Andrey Amador (CRc) Ineos Grenadiers00:04:56
61Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team00:04:56
62Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:04:56
63Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:04:56
64Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis00:04:56
65Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:04:56
66Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:04:56
67Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:04:56
68Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb00:04:56
69Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates00:05:14
70Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation00:05:14
71Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos-BH00:05:14
72Carlos Barbero (Spa) NTT Pro Cycling00:05:14
73Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott00:05:14
74Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:05:14
75Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) Mitchelton-Scott00:05:14
76Mark Donovan (GBr) Team Sunweb00:05:14
77Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:05:14
78Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo00:05:14
79Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates00:05:14
80Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:05:14
81Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team00:05:14
82Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:05:21
83Chris Froome (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers00:05:37
84James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation00:05:37
85Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates00:05:37
86Cameron Wurf (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers00:05:37
87Pim Ligthart (Ned) Total Direct Energie00:05:37
88Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana Pro Team00:05:37
89Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma00:05:37
90Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:05:37
91Ricardo Vilela (Por) Burgos-BH00:05:37
92Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal00:05:37
93Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb00:05:37
94Max Kanter (Ger) Team Sunweb00:05:37
95Michael Valgren (Den) NTT Pro Cycling00:05:43
96Logan Owen (USA) EF Pro Cycling00:05:43
97Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Pro Cycling00:05:43
98Jhojan Orlando Garcia Sosa (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:05:43
99Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) Ineos Grenadiers00:05:43
100Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:05:43
101Fred Wright (GBr) Bahrain McLaren00:05:43
102Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team00:05:52
103Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:05:52
104Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team00:05:52
105Ion Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:05:52
106Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:05:52
107Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Team00:05:52
108Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Team00:05:52
109Callum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott00:05:56
110Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates00:06:04
111Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates00:06:04
112Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:06:11
113Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:06:11
114Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma00:06:11
115Ide Schelling (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe00:06:18
116Romain Sicard (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:06:33
117Paul Ourselin (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:06:33
118Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team00:06:33
119Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:06:49
120Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:06:50
121Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott00:06:50
122Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Team Jumbo-Visma00:06:50
123Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Burgos-BH00:11:27
124Valentin Ferron (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:11:27
125Julius Van den Berg (Ned) EF Pro Cycling00:11:27
126Jefferson Alveiro Cepeda (Ecu) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:11:27
127Rory Sutherland (Aus) Israel Start-Up Nation00:11:27
128Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Start-Up Nation00:11:27
129Mickael Delage (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:11:27
130Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC Team00:11:27
131Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Pro Cycling00:11:27
132Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Israel Start-Up Nation00:11:27
133Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:11:27
134Scott Davies (GBr) Bahrain McLaren00:11:27
135Stefan De Bod (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling00:11:27
136Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:12:02
137Martin Laas (Est) Bora-Hansgrohe00:12:02
138Enrico Gasparotto (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling00:15:42
139Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo00:15:42
140Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:15:42
141Kevin Inkelaar (Ned) Bahrain McLaren00:15:42
142Alex Molenaar (Ned) Burgos-BH00:15:42
143Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:15:42
144Harry Tanfield (GBr) AG2R la Mondiale00:15:42
145Benjamin Dyball (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling00:15:42
146Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos-BH00:15:42
147Niki Terpstra (Ned) Total Direct Energie00:21:05
148Gerben Thijssen (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:25:36
DNFAlexander Kamp (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 148 - Cell 2
DNFMartin Salmon (Ger) Team SunwebRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-Up NationRow 150 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Monforte De Lemos, km. 126
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-Quickstep4
2Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers2
3Thyman Arensman (Ned) Team Sunweb1
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PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal25
2Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling20
3Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-Quickstep16
4Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers14
5Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team12
6Thyman Arensman (Ned) Team Sunweb10
7Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis9
8Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation8
9Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA7
10Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma6
11Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates5
12Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis4
13Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott3
14Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling2
15Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe1
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 3) Alto de Escairã³N km. 112.7
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis3
2Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal2
3Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling1
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Mountain 2 (Cat. 3) Alto de Guitara km. 142.8
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal3
2Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis2
3Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling1
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Mountain 3 (Cat. 3) Alto de Abelaira km. 182
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling3
2Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team2
3Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal1
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Young riders
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Thyman Arensman (Ned) Team Sunweb04:37:18
2Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates00:03:31
3Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis00:03:31
4David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:03:31
5Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team00:03:31
6Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain McLaren00:03:31
7Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana Pro Team00:03:31
8Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:03:38
9Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:03:41
10Gino Mäder (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling00:03:54
11Georg Zimmermann (Ger) CCC Team00:03:54
12William Barta (USA) CCC Team00:03:54
13Kobe Goossens (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:03:54
14Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo00:04:03
15Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:04:03
16Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-Segafredo00:04:08
17Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo00:04:11
18Ian Garrison (USA) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:04:11
19Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:04:11
20Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott00:04:11
21Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:04:18
22Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis00:04:25
23Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:04:43
24Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb00:04:43
25Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates00:05:01
26Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation00:05:01
27Mark Donovan (GBr) Team Sunweb00:05:01
28Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:05:24
29Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb00:05:24
30Max Kanter (Ger) Team Sunweb00:05:24
31Logan Owen (USA) EF Pro Cycling00:05:30
32Jhojan Orlando Garcia Sosa (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:05:30
33Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) Ineos Grenadiers00:05:30
34Fred Wright (GBr) Bahrain McLaren00:05:30
35Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:05:39
36Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Team00:05:39
37Callum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott00:05:43
38Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates00:05:51
39Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates00:05:51
40Ide Schelling (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe00:06:05
41Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Team Jumbo-Visma00:06:37
42Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Burgos-BH00:11:14
43Valentin Ferron (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:11:14
44Julius Van den Berg (Ned) EF Pro Cycling00:11:14
45Jefferson Alveiro Cepeda (Ecu) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:11:14
46Scott Davies (GBr) Bahrain McLaren00:11:14
47Stefan De Bod (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling00:11:14
48Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:15:29
49Kevin Inkelaar (Ned) Bahrain McLaren00:15:29
50Alex Molenaar (Ned) Burgos-BH00:15:29
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PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 0 - Cell 2
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PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
2Movistar Team00:00:01
3Lotto Soudal00:00:20
4EF Pro Cycling00:00:27
5Ineos Grenadiers00:01:02
6Team Sunweb00:01:38
8UAE Team Emirates00:03:50
10Team Jumbo-Visma00:04:16
13NTT Pro Cycling00:05:27
14Bahrain McLaren00:05:33
15Israel Start-Up Nation00:05:58
17Astana Pro Team00:05:58
18Total Direct Energie00:06:09
19CCC Team00:06:28
20Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:06:34
21AG2R la Mondiale00:07:17
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General classification after stage 13
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 53:57:05
2Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:39
3Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Pro Cycling 0:00:47
4Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:01:42
5Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:23
6Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain McLaren 0:06:15
7Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:07:14
8Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:08:39
9Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana Pro Team 0:08:48
10David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 0:09:23
11David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:10:45
12George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:10:46
13Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott 0:11:29
14Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:14:16
15Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:14:30
16Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:14:36
17Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis 0:15:34