Pogacar bosses Vuelta 13th stage as Roglic extends lead


Tadej Pogacar mastered the mountainous Vuelta a Espana 13th stage on Friday with his compatriot Primoz Roglic consolidating his grip on the leader’s red jersey.

The stamina sapping 166.4-kilometre ride featuring seven climbs saw Pogacar attacking on the brutal final ‘hors categorie’ ascent to Los Machucos.

“It’s an incredible day for me. I heard on the radio that no one was following me as I attacked. I realised it was a very good opportunity,” Pogacar said.

While the 20-year-old was the day’s winner, Roglic, who crossed the finish line in second, took a giant stride towards overall victory in Madrid.

He extended his lead over Alejandro Valverde at the top of the general classification to two minutes and 25 seconds.

“Today was a massive fight. It’s a great day for Slovenian cycling,” Roglic said.

Miguel Angel Lopez and Nairo Quintana, two other key challengers to win cycling’s third Grand Tour of the year, are now trailing by 3min 18sec and 3min 33sec respectively ahead of the 14th stage after being left in Roglic’s wake.

Pogacar is now third in the standings ahead of Lopez and Quintana at 3min 01sec.

The sprinters will be far more suited to Saturday’s 188km ride with an anticipated mass sprint finish in Oviedo.

The stage should allow Roglic and his main title rivals to draw breath ahead of a return to the mountains on Sunday.

Vuelta a Espana 2019 – stage 13 results (Bilbao – Los Machucos):

1Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


2Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


3Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)


4Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


5Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


6Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


8Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo)


9Marc Soler (Movistar)


10Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


11Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin)


12Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida)


13James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


14Nicolas Edet (Cofidis)


15Sergio Higuita (EF Education First)


16Kilian Frankiny (Groupama-FDJ)


17Ion Izagirre (Astana)


18Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


19Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal)


20Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)



Vuelta a Espana 2019 – general classification after stage 13:

1Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


2Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


3Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


4Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


5Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


6Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Nicolas Edet (Cofidis)


8Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal)


9Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


10Dylan Teuns (Bahrian-Merida)


11Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida)


12Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


13Sergio Higuita (EF Education First)


14George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)


15Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)


16Ion Izagirre (Astana)


17Marc Soler (Movistar)


18James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


19Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin)


20Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)



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