La Vuelta – Mads Pedersen wins the 19th stage, Remco Evenepoel keeps the red jersey

La Vuelta – Mads Pedersen wins the 19th stage, Remco Evenepoel keeps the red jersey

La Vuelta – Mads Pedersen wins the 19th stage, Remco Evenepoel keeps the red jersey

The profiles change, even the opponents, but the winner remains the same. After Montilla and Tomares, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) obtained a third victory at the Vuelta on the occasion of the 19th stage, dominating a small group in the sprint on the streets of Talavera de la Reina. The Dane, already secured the green jersey, overtook Fred Wright (Bahrain-Victorious) and Gianni Vermeersch (Alpecin-Fenix), at the end of a day marked by a minimal escape (3 riders) resumed 50 km from the finish. Very quiet day for the leaders and for Remco Evenepoel (QuickStep-Alpha Vinyl) who keeps the red jersey.

Trek-Segafredo managed the stage from start to finish: the video summary

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Trek-Segafredo managed the stage from start to finish: the video summary

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We weren’t expecting much from this 19th stage, but we were still disappointed. We knew that the favorites were unlikely to fight on the eve of the last mountain stage, especially since the Puerto de Pielago (2nd cat) did not offer enough inclines (9.3 km at 5.6%) to create gaps. Nobody moved and Evenepoel still has a 2’07 ” lead over Mas two days before the finish in Madrid. But we were hoping at least for a fight to escape and a fight between it and the group. Both never happened.

At least Scottson will have tried

Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates), Jonathan Caicedo (EF Education-EasyPost) and Ander Okamika (Burgos-BH) came out early and the trio scored more than four minutes into the pack. But resisting three Trek-Segafredo and Bahrain-Victorious was a mission impossible. The work of the Pedersen and Wright formations allowed the group to quickly recover from the breakaway, 50 km from the finish, during the second ascent of Pielago.

Tiberi’s work and Pedersen’s trust: the sprint deciphered with the palette

What to give other runners the desire to attack? Obviously not seen that no one has tried except Miles Scotson (Groupama-FDJ), author of a vain attempt at 700m from the finish. But the Trek-Segafredo kept their watch.

Led by Tibéri, after the enormous work of the French Elissonde, Mads Pedersen made the confidence speak by launching the sprint himself, at 200m, immediately after the crossing with the Australian of Groupama-FDJ. He will never be worried. Despite Fred Wright, still stuck in his wheel but unable to climb if it’s only one wheel. Despite Ben Turner (4th), still placed by INEOS Grenadiers to try to offer a victory in homage to Queen Elizabeth II. But there was nothing to be done. Third success, green jersey already secured: the king of sprints on this Vuelta is Danish and is called Mads Pedersen.

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