Kiryienka Wins Stage 19 of Vuelta; Nibali Barely Keeps Red Jersey
Vasily Kiryienka (Sky) has won Stage 18 of the Vuelta a Espana. The Belorusian jumped into the break of the day and then jumped away from it, soloing home to take the rugged, 186.5-km ride from Burgos to Pena Cabarga in 4:46:48. Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) finished second at 0:28, and Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) took third at 1:18. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) remains the red jersey, but he had his 0:28 overnight advantage virtually wiped away on the day’s final climb.
my effort, and making sure I had enough left in the tank for that final climb.
“Once the road ramped up again it was a matter of riding just below threshold and then judging my efforts over the steeper sections of the climb. It was hard to concentrate at times because the crowds were so loud and they really spurred me on.
“It was an incredible feeling when I wrapped up the victory and I was so pleased to be able to pay the team back for all the faith they have shown in me this year, and all the work they’ve put in.
“It’s a perfect result for the team because we’ve been working so hard to get that elusive win in this last week or so. Our morale has always stayed high but this will have boosted the mood even further. We’ve come close in the sprints, in the mountains, and now we’ve won from a breakaway, so we’re all really happy.”
In the overall, Nibali leads Horner by 0:03 and Valverde by 1:14. Stage 19 will be yet another challenge for the GC contenders. The 181-km ride from San Vicente Barquera to Oviedo will feature two Category 3 ascents, and it will end on the Category 2 Alto Naranco. A breakaway will provide the winner of the stage. Who will it be? Will the red jersey change backs? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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