Castroviejo break denied at La Vuelta

14 Sep 2018

Castroviejo break denied at La Vuelta

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Jonathan Castroviejo made the break on stage 19 at the Vuelta a Espana but a motivated peloton ensured the move did not make it to the finish in Andorra.

A rapid start out of Lleida saw a big battle to get into the break of the day. With only a pair of summit finishes remaining Team Sky were heavily in the mix, with Michal Kwiatkowski, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Jonathan Castroviejo attempting to push clear.
 
After a trio featuring Kwiatkowski was hauled back, Castroviejo was finally able to break free in a three-man group. Yet with Movistar riding hard behind, and Tom Van Asbroeck (EF Education First-Drapac) dropping back to the bunch, the move never stood much of a chance.
 
With the gap pegged at around two minutes, Castroviejo and Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ) were hauled back in ahead of the day’s focal point – the first category Coll de la Rabassa summit finish.
 
The general classification contenders went toe to toe, with an early acceleration from Nairo Quintana (Movistar) at 13km to go putting David de la Cruz into difficulties on the steep slopes. The Spaniard remains the team's best-placed rider overall in 17th.
 
Race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) proved more than equal to the task, finishing second on the stage behind Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), but extending his red jersey advantage to 1:38 over Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
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Overall standings:

1. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) 76:44:41
2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) +1:38"
3. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) +1:58"
4. Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) +2:15"
5. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) +2:29"
17. David de la Cruz (Team Sky) +25:40"

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