De Gendt best in Vuelta, Ewan in Britain, Koster in Belgium: Your Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 9, 2017

De Gendt wins stage 19 of the Vuelta a España; Ewan wins stage 6 of the Tour of Britain; In a big shake-up, Anouska Koster takes final stage win and overall in Lotto Belgium Tour; Contador: The podium is really far away; Armstrong’s trial delayed until 2018; Bike Channel UK confirms closure after failing to find a buyer; Race to the Rock: Hammond leads but Carlsson on the charge; Video: Stage 17 & 18 backstage pass, Vuelta a España; Video: Cycling Motivation – Greatness; Video: Warren Barguil – Emotions; Video: My Red Hook Crit Barcelona 2017 Disaster

De Gendt wins stage 19 of the Vuelta a España

by VeloClub

Thomas De Gendt joined a select group of stage winners in all three Grand Tours on Friday, sprinting to victory on stage 19 of the Vuelta a España. The Belgian Lotto-Soudal rider was took quick for Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo), Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida) and six others into Gijón, adding to his Giro stage win from 2012 and his Tour victory from last year.

“I know I’m not slow in the sprints… So I was in a perfect position. I had to do the sprint of my life, just go full until the finish,” he said. “I’m really happy that I can finish it off. I didn’t expect it [winning at the Vuelta] to be this year. I wasn’t feeling well in the first week. The second week was okay. I was doing better in the third week but they wasn’t really my type of routes… The final climb was too steep for me but we had a good group with Bob Jungels and we pulled very hard to get back.”

A large group containing De Gendt and the others got clear early on and opened a large gap over the peloton. Ivan Garcia (Bahrain-Merida) went clear chasing Spain’s first stage win in the race but while he led over the top of the final climb of the Alto de San Martín de Huerces, he was caught by Tour podium finisher Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale). Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing Team) and former world champion Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) got across to them and then Roche clipped away alone.

However he was caught on the run in to the finish, with another group then getting up to the four. Roche tried again but was hauled back. He led out the sprint and De Gendt thundered past to win. Behind, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) attacked in pursuit of a GC podium place, but was caught before the end. Chris Froome (Team Sky) remains one minute 37 seconds clear of Vinceno Nibali (Bahrain-Merida).

Stage 19: Caso. Parque Natural de Redes > Gijon - Stage Result

Friday 8th September 2017

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Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team

Today’s feature image is from the Vuelta a Espana and is by the Cor Vos agency.