Tadej Pogacar storms to third stage win in Vuelta a Espana


Primoz Roglic is poised to win his first Grand Tour after protecting his comfortable lead of the Vuelta on a rainy and mountainous penultimate stage on Saturday.

Roglic had little trouble responding to the attacks by his rivals over the 190-kilometer ride with five categorized climbs from Arenas de San Pedro to a summit finish at Plataforma de los Gredos in the mountains west of Madrid.

Barring an accident or some unlikely mishap, Sunday’s arrival to Madrid will be a relaxed jaunt for Roglic and his Jumbo-Visma teammates to celebrate the title.

The Slovenian, who turned to cycling after giving up on his first sport of ski jumping in 2012, leads world champion Alejandro Valverde by over 2min33s heading to the final day.

Roglic said despite a couple of crashes and the strong winds on stage 17 that Nairo Quintana used to get back in contention, he never feared for his lead.

”For sure it was not the easiest Vuelta,” he said. ”But I had a strong team around me and we managed to keep everything in control.”

He said his next goal could be a shot at the Tour de France.

”Why not?” he said.

Fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar confirmed he is the surprise of the race by pulling off a long solo attack to win the stage in just over five hours, moving him into third place overall. It was the 20-year-old Pogacar’s third win of the race.

”It’s really incredible. I don’t think I was ever imagining this, but I think I will need a few days to understand it,” Pogacar, who rides for UAE Team Emirates, said. ”I felt good on the long last climb. I chose the right moment and went full gas to the finish.”

Vuelta a Espana 2019 – stage 20 results (Arenas de San Pedro – Plataforma de Gredos):

1Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


2Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


3Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


4Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida)


5Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


6Sergio Higuita (EF Education First)


7Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida)


8Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


9Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


10Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


11Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


12Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos)


13Felix Großschartner (Bora-hansgrohe)


14Rob Power (Team Sunweb)


15Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal)


16Marc Soler (Movistar)


17Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin)


18Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


19Nicolas Edet (Cofidis)


20Ion Izagirre (Astana)



Vuelta a Espana 2019 – general classification after stage 20:

1Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


2Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


3Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


4Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


5Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


6Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


8Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal)


9Marc Soler (Movistar)


10Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


11James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


12Dylan Teuns (Bahrian-Merida)


13Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


14Sergio Higuita (EF Education First)


15Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida)


16Ion Izagirre (Astana)


17Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin)


18Nicolas Edet (Cofidis)


19Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)


20Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos)



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