De Marchi snatches stage 11 win at the Vuelta a Espana

Alessandro De Marchi wins stage 11 vuelta a espana 2018

Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) held off the challenge of Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha-Alpecin) to win the 11th stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday.

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) retains the overall lead after he also withstood a series of late attacks, in particular from Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

De Marchi and Restrepo both pulled clear of a large breakaway group, which had been spearheaded by Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) with around 80 kilometres to go.

De Marchi then outlasted Restrepo on the final ascent to finish on his own for a third stage victory in the race, following up those he won in 2013 and 2014.

“If I waited for the sprint, I think for sure I would have been second,” De Marchi said. “The only option I had was to try everything on the last climb and honestly I didn’t feel the best (in my) legs, it was just about the mind.”

De Marchi crossed the line, with his arms outstretched, 28 seconds ahead of Restrepo. Franco Pellizotti (Bahrain-Merida) was 59 seconds back in third, at the end of the longest stage of the race at 207.8 kilometres.

Vuelta will continue on Thursday with the 12th stage between Mondonedo and Manon.

Vuelta a Espana 2018 – stage 11 results (Mombuey – Ribeira Sacra. Luintra):

1Alessandro De Marchi (BMC)


2Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha-Alpecin)


3Franco Pellizotti (Bahrain-Merida)


4Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale)


5Dylan Teuns (BMC)


6Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)


7Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


8Nicolas Roche (BMC)


9Sergio Henao (Team Sky)


10Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)


11Mikel Bizkarra (Euskadi-Murias)


12Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


13Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo)


14Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)


15Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


16Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


17Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


18Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac)


19Louis Meintjes (Dimension Data)


20George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo)



General classification after stage 11:

1Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


2Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


3Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


4Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)


5Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)


6Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


8Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac)


9Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo)


10George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo)


11Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors)


12David De La Cruz (Team Sky)


13Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)


14Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


15Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)


16Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)


17Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ)


18Benjamin King (Dimension Data)


19Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott)


20Louis Meintjes (Dimension Data)



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