Mikel Iturria goes solo to take victory in stage 11 of the Vuelta


Mikel Iturria couldn’t have asked for a better setting for his first professional cycling win. Just a few kilometers from home, Iturria used a solo breakaway to win the 11th stage of the Vuelta.

”To win it the Vuelta, close to home and with my family here, is a dream come true,” the Spaniard said. ”Before the race I was asked which stage I wanted to win, and I said this was the one. I gave all I had. I was going as fast as I could, finding strength that I didn’t know I had, and was able to make it to the end and win the stage.”

Iturria held on for the victory after making an impressive solo run with about 25 kilometers to go of the 180-kilometer ride from Saint-Palais to Urdax in Spain’s Basque Country.

Iturria finished six seconds ahead of the first group of chasers. He had built a gap of nearly 50 seconds with about 15 kilometers to go.

”I don’t have words for this,” the Basque Country rider said. ”We’ll have to toast with champagne tonight.”

Overall leader Primoz Roglic finished safely in the peloton, which crossed the line almost 20 minutes after Iturria. Roglic remained 1 minute, 52 seconds in front of Alejandro Valverde, with Miguel Angel Lopez 19 seconds behind.

”It was a bit of a hard start but then it was a nice day and my team did a great job,” said Roglic. ”We’ve proven this is a big team already. I don’t think tomorrow’s stage is more dangerous than the high mountains. I don’t have any problem with short climbs. We need to be focused on the moment and do our best.”

On Thursday, riders will face three difficult short climbs near the end of a 171-kilometer stage that will finish in Bilbao.

Vuelta a Espana 2019 – stage 11 results (Saint-Palais – Urdax-Dantxarinea):

1Mikel Iturria (Euskadi-Murias)


2Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)


3Lawson Craddock (EF Education First)


4Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott)


5Francois Bidard (AG2R La Mondiale)


6Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Dimension Data)


7Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ)


8Matteo Fabbro (Katusha-Alpecin)


9Gorka Izagirre (Astana)


10Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


11Alexander Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)


12Jorge Arcas (Movistar)


13Ben O’Connor (Dimension Data)


14Angel Madrazo (Burgos-BH)


15Lennard Hofstede (Jumbo-Visma)


16Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma)


17Neilson Powless (Jumbo-Visma)


18Robert Gesink (Jumbo-Visma)


19Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


20George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)



Vuelta a Espana 2019 – general classification after stage 11:

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)


18Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi-Murias)


19Daniel Martinez (EF Education First)


20James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)



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