Stage 19 is the first of 2 Andorran stages that will decide the outcome of the GC in Madrid. With the gaps so small you would think QS, Movistar and Astana have an interest in keeping the break on a very short leash so the 10, 6 and 4 second bonifications are in play at the end of the stage. This will likely mean curtains for the break.
Friday, 14 September 2018 - The 19th stage at the Vuelta a España sets off in Lleida to head north to Andorra. The route climbs gradually for 154.4 kilometres to the foot of the only KOM of the day, which is the Col de la Rabassa. Summit finish at the end of the 17.5 kilometres climb at 6.3%.
Departure place Lleida is located at an altitude of 150 metres and the Rabassa begins at 940 metres. Generally the route is a rolling false flat with some sections standing out – for instance the upward stretch to Cubélls. The riders move through Oliana and La Seu d’Urgell to reach Sant Julià de Lòria at the foot of the Col de la Rabassa. The haul up to the top recently featured in the Vuelta’s of 2015 and 2017, although not as the final climb.
The Rabassa amounts to 17.5 kilometres and it kicks in hard with double digit ramps in the first half, yet the climb flattens out in the second half. The slope is mostly hovering around 4 to 5% with a few 7% sections standing out. When the flamme rouge flies over their heads the riders hit an uphill kick of 8%, and that’s it. The average gradient of the Col de la Rabassa is 6.3%.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint (at kilometre 136.7) comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
The 18th stage of the 2018 Vuelta a España starts at 13:30 and the finish is expected around 17:40 – both local times (scheduled times).
Map of the Stage
Profile of the Stage
Last Km Profile
Another view of the final climb
The Current GC
The KOM Points Jersey is still all to play for in the final few stages. Tomorrow only has the one classified finishing climb so is unlikely to be that important in the KOM battle, the short 97.3Km Stage 20 is a multi-climb stage with no less than 3 Cat 1, a Cat 2 and a Cat 3 to be negotiated enroute to the final Cat HC climb so a plethora of points to be had if you can make it into the break of the day!
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Sagan can still theoretically win the points Jersey, but would have to rely on Valverde not picking up many points in Stages 19 and 20
The Bookies Take
Alejandro Valverde 9/2
Miguel Angel Lopez 9/2
Simon Yates 9
Enric Mas Nicolau 10
Rafal Majka 14
Thibaut Pinot 14
Nairo Quintana 16
Michal Kwiatkowski 20
David de la Cruz 25
Dylan Teuns 25
Steven Kruijswijk 25
Vincenzo Nibali 33
George Bennett 40
Michael Woods 40
Oscar Rodriguez 40
Alessandro De Marchi 50
Ben King 50
Davide Formolo 50
Gianluca Brambilla 40
Ilnur Zakarin 50
Omar Fraile 50
Pello Bilbao 50
Wilco Kelderman 50
Bauke Mollema 66
Fabio Aru 66
Igor Anton 66
Pierre Rolland 66
Richie Porte 66
Rigoberto Uran 66
Mikel Bizkarra 80
Rudy Molard 80
Sergio Luis Henao 80
Stephen Cummings 80
Thomas De Gendt 80
Merhawi Kudus 100
Richard Carapaz 100
Tiesj Benoot 100
Expect the evergreen Valverde to be at maximum effort today
I have it in my head that Valverde often struggles at high altitude. The finish is at +2,000 m above sea level, maybe he will crack
Movistar to have someone in a break ahead of the peloton, quintana to jump across on the last climb, force yates crew to defend and give valverde a free tow.
Wait this is movistar...both quintana and valverde to half-heartedly attack and ait up, before losing a few more seconds at the end
Movistar keep trying the same tactic everytime and it just doesn't work anymore
The peloton have rolled out of Lleida. Lucas Postlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) is a DNS.
Live TV coverage on Eurosport1 at 2pm
Valverde to try an attack supported by the whole movistar team while quintana feels sorry for himself 2km back sucking wheels and not giving any effort to the group he's in
Eurosport live coverage has started.
Over 60 km done and the break of the day has yet to be formed
About halfway through the stage and the breakaway seems to have been finally formed
Tom Van Asbroeck (EF Education First), Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky) and Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ)
A sky rider in the breakaway
Van Asbroeck has sacked it off, don't think a breakaway is going to be allowed to go, too much interest in GC Time Bonuses!
Edit: although in the ad break Movistar seem to have knocked it off a bit.
Nico Portal again !!!
He is on every day at the Tour but not a peak from him at the Vuelta
Quintana needs to attack early and get MS to chase but they have a strong team
Difference is Simon Yates has his brother with him now ...missed him at the Giro I think
However Movistar needs to try something ...
Have a feeling Astana will benefit from all this Movistar work
Steven Kruijswijk to attack at the bottom of the climb maybe?
some pace all day, let nothing go movistar are keeping pace high, wonder will astana and others take it up also
well he was on interview this morning