Vuelta 2019: Stage 17 – Crosswind chaos gives Gilbert his double and the GC’s blown apart

HOLY MOLY WHAT A STAGE!!! The wind howled for 220km. The average speed was a record-beating 50.6kph. Philippe Gilbert took his second victory after Deceuninck QuickStep destroyed the peloton at the start and gave everyone a masterclass on crosswind tactics and echelon riding. Unlike the top five riders above him on GC, Nairo Quintana found himself on the right side of the split and zoomed from sixth to second, knocking Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde down to third. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) is still in the red jersey, a fact he should thank Astana for.

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Vuelta Tweets of the Week : Flags and fans and fanciful things

We’re looking back on the second week of racing in the Vuelta 2019 with a quick trawl through the Twitterstream. We have Philippe Gilbert‘s Flanders-style win, Jakob Fuglsang‘s first GT victory, young’uns Tadej Pogacar and Sepp Kuss, ideas for our new mystery series starring Tosh Van Der Sande (PI), and baby animals hitching a ride with Thibaut Pinot.

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Vuelta 2019: Stage 16 – Fuglsang soars to a misty victory

Who would have thought that, at the start of Stage 16 of Vuelta 2019, Jakob Fuglsang still hadn’t won an individual stage in a grand tour!?! Seems absolutely unbelievable, but it was true. However, it’s not true any more. On the second day in the quite simply stunning Asturian mountains, the mist rolled in as the Astana rider made his decisive attack on his fellow breakers with 7km to go. Shrugging off Gianluca Brambilla (Trek) and never letting Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos) within 15sec of his back wheel, Fuglsang rode to the summit of the Alto de la Cubilla as the fog got thicker to take his very first individual grand tour stage. There were cheers all round!

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