Gilbert wins stage 12 as Roglic retains red jersey at Vuelta


Philippe Gilbert made a solo charge to win the 12th stage of the Vuelta in Basque Country on Thursday, while Primoz Roglic finished in the peloton to hold on to the leader’s red jersey.

Gilbert broke away near the end to comfortably take the victory in the 171-kilometer stage that finished in Bilbao. The Belgian rider finished three seconds ahead of Spaniards Alex Aranburu and Fernando Barcelo.

”It was a long fight to get in the breakaway,” said Gilbert, who now has 10 stage wins in Grand Tour races. ”There have been dozens and dozens of attacks. It was incredible. I must have attacked 20 times myself. It was really intense and painful.”

Roglic successfully fended off an attack by Miguel Angel Lopez to finish safely in the peloton, which crossed the line more than three minutes after Gilbert.

”The team was very strong and did a great job to keep me in a good position in the climb so nobody gained time on me,” said Roglic.

Roglic maintained a gap of 1 minute, 52 seconds to second-place Alejandro Valverde, with Lopez staying another 19 seconds behind. Nairo Quintana was three minutes off the overall lead.

Riders will face several mountain passes in an extremely challenging stage on Friday, including a daunting final climb in Los Machucos.

”Tomorrow will be quite an important stage,” Lopez said. ”We hope to have good legs to do something interesting. Roglic is human. If he were a machine, of course he would be unbeatable. But he is human and we’ll find his weakness.”

Vuelta a Espana 2019 – stage 12 results (Circuito de Navarra – Bilbao):

1Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


2Alexander Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)


3Fernando Barcelo (Euskadi-Murias)


4José Rojas (Movistar)


5Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb)


6Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal)


7Cyril Barthe (Euskadi-Murias)


8Manuele Boaro (Astana)


9Tim Declercq (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


10Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)


11Jacopo Mosca (Trek-Segafredo)


12Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)


13Tsgabu Grmay (Mitchelton-Scott)


14Felix Großschartner (Bora-hansgrohe)


15Marc Soler (Movistar)


16Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates)


17Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


18Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)


19Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


20Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos)


Vuelta a Espana 2019 – general classification after stage 12:

1Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


2Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


3Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


4Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


5Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


6Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal)


7Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


8Nicolas Edet (Cofidis)


9Dylan Teuns (Bahrian-Merida)


10Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


11Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida)


12Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


13George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)


14Sergio Higuita (EF Education First)


15Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)


16Ion Izagirre (Astana)


17Marc Soler (Movistar)


18James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


19Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


20Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin)



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