Fuglsang claims Vuelta stage 16 as Roglic extends overall lead

Jakob Fuglsang soloed to a summit-finish win on stage 16 of the Vuelta a Espana on Monday as Primoz Roglic extended his advantage at the top of the overall standings.

Fuglsang broke away late on the final climb into the thick clouds at 1,600m altitude in northern Spain.

Tao Geoghegan Hart of Ineos came close for a second straight day, digging in to finish second on the third stage in the spectacular Cantabrian Mountains.

Protecting a sizeable overall lead, Roglic ended up stretching his advantage by 23 seconds over his closest challenger Alejandro Valverde to 2min 48sec with just five stages to go.

The former ski-jumper took advantage of a last-climb struggle for the best young rider’s white jersey between Miguel Angel Lopez and Tadej Pogacar who are also fourth and third in the overall standings.

Lopez launched a series of aggressive assaults, with Pogacar stoically sticking to his wheel. Roglic did likewise as the 39-year-old Valverde eventually wilted as the race rose into the cloud-line and the temperatures plunged.

“I pulled a few seconds back, and that’s a good thing,” said Lopez.

“It looks very equal between us all, in terms of who has the most energy,” said world champion Valverde, who remains second. “I won 40 seconds yesterday and lost 20 today. On a stage like that, 20 seconds is nothing.”

Tuesday brings the second rest day in Burgos, before Wednesday’s 17th stage stretches 219.6km south from Aranda de Duero to Guadalajara.

Vuelta a Espana 2019 – stage 16 results (Pravia – Alto de La Cubilla):

1Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


2Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos)


3Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)


4James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


5Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo)


6Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)


7Mikel Bizkarra (Euskadi-Murias)


8Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Dimension Data)


9Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


10Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R La Mondiale)


11Romain Seigle (Groupama-FDJ)


12Fernando Barcelo (Euskadi-Murias)


13Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


14Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


15Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


16Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


17Imanol Erviti (Movistar)


18Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


19Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


20Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida)



Vuelta a Espana 2019 – general classification after stage 16:

1Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


2Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


3Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


4Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


5Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


6Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


7Nicolas Edet (Cofidis)


8Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


9Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal)


10Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida)


11James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


12Sergio Higuita (EF Education First)


13Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


14Marc Soler (Movistar)


15Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin)


16Ion Izagirre (Astana)


17Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


18Dylan Teuns (Bahrian-Merida)


19Kilian Frankiny (Groupama-FDJ)


20Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)



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