Stage 6 of the 2019 Vuelta and the shocks just keep on coming. Jesus Herrada finally won a stage for Cofidis, the red jersey changed hands again and a crash took away three top 20 GC riders.
The Vuelta’s first mountain top finish was very much a “wait and see” stage. Wait and see if the breakaway will reach the base of the final climb to contest the stage. Wait and see which GC contenders would perform. Wait and see who would win the stage, and what the new general classification would look like.
After plenty of waiting, we saw an impenetrable team performance by Burgos-BH in the breakaway that led to King of the Mountains jersey holder Ángel Madrazo winning the stage. Madrazo’s teammate, Jetse Bol, secured second while Jose Herrada (Cofidis) succumbed to 3rd after doing the majority of the pace setting. In the peloton behind, it was Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) who stormed away from the likes of Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) to reclaim the leader’s jersey as Sunweb’s Nico Roche suffered behind. Continue reading
As the Tour de France’s first true “transitional” stage this year, stage 7 marked the longest stage of the 2019 edition at a monstrous 231 kilometres. If you are reading this write-up because other previous engagements prevented you from watching live or you simply fell asleep during the stage, count yourself lucky. As I write this, I’m left questioning myself on why I woke up with 100km from the finish. It truly was one of those stages where one could’ve turned on the television with 2km to go and not missed a thing. With that said, please do keep reading, because I promise I’ve gone to great lengths to make this worth something.