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Stage 19 of the Vuelta a España brings the peloton from Asturias into Galicia on the road from Tapia to Monforte de Lemos. The terrain is hilly in the opening part of the stage, which should offer a springboard for a break to forge clear.

Primož Roglič wears the red jersey and holds a commanding lead atop the overall standings after he won atop Lagos de Covadonga and then managed his rivals adroitly on the new climb of the Gamoniteiru on Thursday. 

ALTU DEL GAMONITEIRU SPAIN SEPTEMBER 02 LR Enric Mas Nicolau of Spain and Movistar Team and Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma compete in the breakaway during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 18 a 1626km stage from Salas to Altu dEl Gamoniteiru 1770m lavuelta LaVuelta21 on September 02 2021 in Altu dEl Gamoniteiru Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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General classification after stage 18

1          Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma     73:24:25

2          Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team        0:02:30

3          Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar Team    0:02:53

4          Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious    0:04:36

5          Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers   0:04:43

6          Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers   0:05:44

7          Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma        0:06:02

8          Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious            0:07:48

9          Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis          0:08:31

10        Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux            0:09:02

11        David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates   0:09:24

12        Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux   0:13:15

13        Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  0:13:35

14        Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma           0:17:55

15        Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo           0:18:03

16        Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team           0:36:19

17        Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis    0:39:14

18        Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team      0:52:15

19        Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious       0:55:22

20        Sam Oomen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma       0:56:56

Our man in Spain Alasdair Fotheringham has analysed the lay of the land in the general classification ahead of the final three days in Galicia. Roglič's hefty lead and the final time trial mean that he looks, by some distance, the most likely winner in Santiago de Compostela on Sunday night, but the Vuelta's history is puncuated by late surprises on seemingly manageable terrain. "The last two road stages are hard enough, though, that their potential risks for Roglič and the rest of the GC favourites can’t be ruled out," writes Alasdair. "Friday’s finale is not too tricky and the stage’s second half is far flatter than its opening segment, but Saturday has been deliberately designed to create surprises, and it may yet do so." Read his full analysis here

ALTU D’EL GAMONITEIRU, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 02: Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo - Visma red leader jersey attacks in the breakaway during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021, Stage 18 a 162,6km stage from Salas to Altu d’El Gamoniteiru 1770m / @lavuelta / #LaVuelta21 / on September 02, 2021 in Altu d’El Gamoniteiru, Spain. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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The roll out today is at 12.11 CET, with the peloton due to hit kilometre zero at 12.29.

Michael Storer (DSM) wears the king of the mountains jersey today after his stint in the break yesterday. "I’m happy to keep the jersey in the team today,” said Storer, who inherited the jersey from teammate Romain Bardet. “Seeing as I was in the break it was worth picking up the points; it doesn’t matter who it’s with in the end, just as a team we want to win the jersey so it’s better if two of us have plenty of points going into the next stages.” Read more here.