Kick-starting the final weekend of racing, stage 19 of La Vuelta looked on paper to be a rare opportunity for sprinters to have a chance for success. With just one categorised climb and a profile that was largely flat — by Vuelta standards, at least — one could have reasonably expected that viewers would see another remarkable battle between the likes of Bora-hansgrohe and Deceuninck-QuickStep. Whilst the stage results show a battle between these two, the stage was not the cookie-cutter style that I had planned for. Welcome to La Vuelta!
Holy moly, it took a photo finish to sort out stage four’s sprint finish. When the image was processed it showed Deceuninick Quick Step’s Fabio Jakobsen out-lunging a fast finishing Sam Bennett (BORA-hansgrohe) to take victory by millimeters. Nicholas Roche (Sunweb) remains in red, the only other GC change being the abandon of Jumbo Visma’s Steven Kruijswijk. Continue reading