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Mikel Iturria solos clear from the break to win stage 11 of the Vuelta a España, Lorena Wiebes sprints to victory on stage 1 of the Boels Ladies Tour, Ineos extends Lawless and Doull. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Iturria nabs Vuelta stage 11 from the break
Mikel Iturria (Euskadi-Murias) took his first pro win in style on Wednesday, claiming stage 11 of the Vuelta a España in Urdax after attacking out of the break.
The 27-year-old Basque rider soloed clear of the main breakaway group with around 25 kilometers to go. Iturria held on all the way to the line to take the win, one that comes at a critical time for the Euskadi-Murias team, which is facing an uncertain future as management struggles to find sponsors for next year.
Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural) rode to second place on stage 11, with Lawson Craddock (EF Education First) in third. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) finished safely in the peloton 18:35 later to retain his overall race lead.
A sizable breakaway jumped clear around 20 minutes into the 180-kilometer stage from Saint Palais, and it became clear before long that the peloton was content to let the escapees fight for the stage victory. The gap stood at around eight minutes by the midway point of the stage and continued to grow from there.
Gorka Izagirre (Astana) and Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural) jumped off the front on the Col d’Ispéguy, and they were joined after the summit by Craddock to make for a three-man lead group heading into the third of the day’s three climbs, the Col de Otxondo.
The larger breakaway selection split into smaller chasing groups behind, but the trio was unable to hold off the pursuers. Shortly after the climb there was a regrouping in the break with 11 riders back together at the head of the race, but only for a moment, as Iturria attacked immediately after arriving back to the front.
He quickly opened a decent advantage as the other escapees took their time forming up to chase, while also continuing to attack each other. Iturria rolled into the final five kilometers with a gap of around 20 seconds to a five-man selection of Lastra, Craddock, Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott), Francois Bidard (Ag2r La Mondiale), and Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Dimension Data).
Howson and Ghebreigzabhier jumped from the group to try to bridge to Iturria on their own with a little over two kilometers to go, and at one point the duo was within a hundred meters of the lone attacker, but that was as close as they would get. Iturria pressed on as they flagged in pursuit, and the rider that started the day without a single pro victory on his palmares hit the finishing straight with enough time to soak in the win in front of friends and family only an hour’s drive from his home town of Urnieta.
Stage 11 results
1 ITURRIA Mikel (Euskadi Basque Country – Murias) 4:36:44
2 LASTRA Jonathan (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) 0:06
3 CRADDOCK Lawson (EF Education First)
4 HOWSON Damien (Mitchelton-Scott)
5 BIDARD François (AG2R La Mondiale)
6 GHEBREIGZABHIER Amanuel (Dimension Data) 0:09
7 THOMAS Benjamin (Groupama – FDJ) 0:12
8 FABBRO Matteo (Katusha Alpecin)
9 IZAGIRRE Gorka (Astana)
10 CAVAGNA Rémi (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
1 ROGLIC Primoz (Jumbo-Visma) 41:00:48
2 VALVERDE Alejandro (Movistar) 1:52
3 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana) 2:11
4 QUINTANA Nairo (Movistar) 3:00
5 POGACAR Tadej (UAE-Team Emirates) 3:05
6 HAGEN Carl Fredrik (Lotto Soudal) 4:59
7 MAJKA Rafal (BORA – hansgrohe) 5:42
8 EDET Nicolas (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) 5:49
9 TEUNS Dylan (Bahrain Merida) 6:07
10 KELDERMAN Wilco (Sunweb) 6:25
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Wiebes sprints to Boels Ladies Tour stage 1 victory
Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) sprinted to victory on stage 1 of the Boels Ladies Tour.
The 20-year-old Dutchwoman, who has been one of the most successful riders in the sport this season, outkicked Kirsten Wild (WNT-Rotor) and Letizia Paternoster (Trek-Segagredo) to pick up her seventh WorldTour victory of the year at the end of the 123-kilometer stage from Stramproy to Weert.
Prologue winner Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) continues to lead the general classification at the Boels Ladies Tour, but Wiebes jumped into second overall and now sits three seconds back. Paternoster has moved into third overall, four seconds down.
Police seize marijuana plants shown on Vuelta broadcast
The Vuelta really does have a little bit of everything – big stars, great racing, and apparently, television images leading to the seizure of marijuana plants.
Police seized marijuana plants growing on a roof in Igualada after they were seen on the broadcast towards the end of the Vuelta’s eighth stage. Officers reportedly took around 40 plants from the location, revealed via the TV helicopter.
According to Catalan newspaper Ara, police had previously been informed of the site by neighbors, who said the occupants had departed and left all the apartment’s furniture in the street.
As Ara reports, Marijuana is decriminalized specifically for personal use in private spaces in Spain. Its sale is prohibited and it cannot be grown in public view.
Ineos extends Lawless and Doull
Owain Doull and Chris Lawless will both ride on with Ineos for the next two seasons.
Doull, 26, turned pro with the team in 2017. He is currently making his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a España. The Welshman has become a reliable member of the squad’s Classics lineup, and after a fine start to this season that saw him win a stage at the Herald Sun Tour, he claimed runner-up honors at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in March.
Lawless, 23, turned pro with Ineos in 2018. He won the Tour de Yorkshire this May and also figures to be a key member of Ineos’s Classics squads for the future.
Coming up at the Vuelta
Stage 12 at the Vuelta a España runs 171.4 kilometers from the Circuito de Navarra race track to Bilbao.
With three third-category climbs inside the final 40 kilometers, the lumpy stage in northern Spain will give the aggressive riders plenty of opportunities to get clear.
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Feature Image: Mikel Iturria wins stage 11 of the Vuelta a España. Photo: Dario Beligheri/RB/Cor Vos © 2019