2019 Vuelta a España

The 2019 Vuelta a España was a three-week Grand Tour cycling stage race that took place in Spain, Andorra and France between 24 August and 15 September 2019.[1] The race was the 74th edition of the Vuelta a España and is the final Grand Tour of the 2019 cycling season. The race started with a team time trial in Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca.[2][3]

2019 Vuelta a España
2019 UCI World Tour, race 32 of 38
Race details
Dates24 August – 15 September
Stages21
Distance3,290.7 km (2,045 mi)
Winning time83h 07' 14"
Results
Winner  Primož Roglič (SLO) (Team Jumbo–Visma)
  Second  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (Movistar Team)
  Third  Tadej Pogačar (SLO) (UAE Team Emirates)

Points  Primož Roglič (SLO) (Team Jumbo–Visma)
Mountains  Geoffrey Bouchard (FRA) (AG2R La Mondiale)
Youth  Tadej Pogačar (SLO) (UAE Team Emirates)
Combativity  Miguel Ángel López (COL) (Astana)
Team Movistar Team
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The race was won by Primož Roglič of Team Jumbo–Visma, making him the first Slovenian rider to win a Grand Tour. Rounding out the podium were Alejandro Valverde of Movistar Team in second and Roglič's countryman Tadej Pogačar of UAE Team Emirates in third.

Along with the overall, Roglič also took the points classification. Geoffrey Bouchard of AG2R La Mondiale won the mountains classification, while Pogačar was the best young rider. Miguel Ángel López of Astana was named the overall most combative, and Movistar Team won the team classification.

TeamsEdit

The 18 UCI WorldTeams are automatically invited to the race. In addition, four Professional Continental teams obtained a wildcard, bringing the number of teams to 22.[4]

The teams that entered the race were:

UCI WorldTeams

UCI Professional Continental teams

Pre-race favouritesEdit

The winner of the 2018 Vuelta a España, Simon Yates, had decided to not defend his title after riding in the 2019 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France. Steven Kruijswijk, Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma), Miguel Ángel López, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) were considered among the pre-race favourites. Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) were considered as potential stage winners and points classification contenders.[5][6] Kruijswijk climbed on the podium of the 2019 Tour de France, while his team partner Roglič got third at the 2019 Giro d'Italia. López was on the podium on both the 2018 Giro d'Italia and the 2018 Vuelta a España.

There were three previous winners among the participating cyclists: Alejandro Valverde (2009), Fabio Aru (2015) and Nairo Quintana (2016). Valverde (Movistar Team) and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) also attempted to defend their points and mountain classification titles.[citation needed]

StagesEdit

List of stages[7][8]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[9] Winner
1 24 August Salinas de Torrevieja to Torrevieja 13.4 km (8.3 mi)   Team time trial Astana
2 25 August Benidorm to Calpe 199.6 km (124.0 mi)   Hilly stage   Nairo Quintana (COL)
3 26 August Ibi to Alicante 188 km (116.8 mi)   Flat stage   Sam Bennett (IRL)
4 27 August Cullera to El Puig 175.5 km (109.1 mi)   Flat stage   Fabio Jakobsen (NED)
5 28 August L'Eliana to Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre 170.7 km (106.1 mi)   Hilly stage   Ángel Madrazo (ESP)
6 29 August Mora de Rubielos to Ares del Maestrat 198.9 km (123.6 mi)   Hilly stage   Jesús Herrada (ESP)
7 30 August Onda to Mas de la Costa 183.2 km (113.8 mi)   Mountain stage   Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
8 31 August Valls to Igualada 166.9 km (103.7 mi)   Hilly stage   Nikias Arndt (GER)
9 1 September Andorra la Vella (Andorra) to Cortals d'Encamp (Andorra) 94.4 km (58.7 mi)   Mountain stage   Tadej Pogačar (SLO)
2 September Andorra Rest day
10 3 September Jurançon (France) to Pau (France) 36.2 km (22.5 mi)   Individual time trial   Primož Roglič (SLO)
11 4 September Saint-Palais (France) to Urdax 180 km (111.8 mi)   Hilly stage   Mikel Iturria (ESP)
12 5 September Circuito de Navarra to Bilbao 171.4 km (106.5 mi)   Hilly stage   Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
13 6 September Bilbao to Los Machucos 166.4 km (103.4 mi)   Mountain stage   Tadej Pogačar (SLO)
14 7 September San Vicente de la Barquera to Oviedo 188 km (116.8 mi)   Flat stage   Sam Bennett (IRL)
15 8 September Tineo to Santuario del Acebo 154.4 km (95.9 mi)   Mountain stage   Sepp Kuss (USA)
16 9 September Pravia to La Cubilla [es] 144.4 km (89.7 mi)   Mountain stage   Jakob Fuglsang (DEN)
10 September León Rest day
17 11 September Aranda de Duero to Guadalajara 219.6 km (136.5 mi)   Flat stage   Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
18 12 September Colmenar Viejo to Becerril de la Sierra 177.5 km (110.3 mi)   Mountain stage   Sergio Higuita (COL)
19 13 September Ávila to Toledo 165.2 km (102.7 mi)   Flat stage   Rémi Cavagna (FRA)
20 14 September Arenas de San Pedro to Plataforma de Gredos [es] 190.4 km (118.3 mi)   Mountain stage   Tadej Pogačar (SLO)
21 15 September Fuenlabrada to Madrid 106.6 km (66.2 mi)   Flat stage   Fabio Jakobsen (NED)
Total 3,290.7 km (2,044.7 mi)

Classification leadershipEdit

The Vuelta a España has four individual classifications, for which jerseys were awarded daily to the leading rider, as well as a team competition. The primary classification is the general classification, which is calculated by adding each rider's finishing times on each stage. Time bonuses were awarded at the end of every stage apart from the team time trial (stage 1) and individual time trial (stage 10). The rider with the lowest cumulative time is the leader of the general classification, and wears the red jersey. The leader of the general classification at the end of the race is considered the overall winner of the Vuelta a España.[10]

The second classification is the points classification. Riders receive points for finishing among the highest placed in a stage finish, or in intermediate sprints during the stages. The points available for each stage finish are determined by the stage's type. The leader is identified by a green jersey.[10]

Mountains classification points
Category 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Cima Alberto Fernández 20 15 10 6 4 2
Special-category 15 10 6 4 2
First-category 10 6 4 2 1
Second-category 5 3 1
Third-category 3 2 1

The next classification is the mountains classification. Points are awarded to the riders that reach the summit of the most difficult climbs first. The climbs are categorized, in order of increasing difficulty, third-, second-, and first- and special-category. The leader wears white jersey with blue polka dots.[10]

The final of the individual classifications is the young rider classification, which is calculated by adding each rider's finishing times on each stage for each rider born on or after 1 January 1994. The rider with the lowest cumulative time is the leader of the young rider classification, and wears the white jersey.[10]

There is also the team classification. After each stage, the times of the three highest finishers of each team are added together. The victory is awarded to the team with the lowest cumulative time at the end of the event.[10]

In addition, there is one individual award: the combativity award. This award is given after each stage (excluding the team time trial and individual time trial) to the rider "who displayed the most generous effort and best sporting spirit." The daily winner wears a green number bib the following stage. At the end of the Vuelta, a jury decides the top three riders for the “Most Combative Rider of La Vuelta”, with a public vote deciding the victor.[10]

Classification leadership by stage[11]
Stage Winner General classification

 
Points classification

 
Mountains classification
 
Young rider classification
 
Team classification

 
Combativity award

 
1 Astana Miguel Ángel López not awarded not awarded Miguel Ángel López Astana Miguel Ángel López
2 Nairo Quintana Nicolas Roche Nairo Quintana Ángel Madrazo Team Sunweb Ángel Madrazo
3 Sam Bennett Ángel Madrazo
4 Fabio Jakobsen Sam Bennett Jorge Cubero
5 Ángel Madrazo Miguel Ángel López Movistar Team José Herrada
6 Jesús Herrada Dylan Teuns Jesús Herrada
7 Alejandro Valverde Miguel Ángel López Nairo Quintana Sergio Henao
8 Nikias Arndt Nicolas Edet David de la Cruz
9 Tadej Pogačar Nairo Quintana Geoffrey Bouchard
10 Primož Roglič Primož Roglič Primož Roglič Primož Roglič
11 Mikel Iturria Alex Aranburu
12 Philippe Gilbert Philippe Gilbert
13 Tadej Pogačar Tadej Pogačar Héctor Sáez
14 Sam Bennett Diego Rubio
15 Sepp Kuss Sergio Samitier
16 Jakob Fuglsang Geoffrey Bouchard Ángel Madrazo
17 Philippe Gilbert Nairo Quintana
18 Sergio Higuita Miguel Ángel López Sergio Higuita
19 Rémi Cavagna Rémi Cavagna
20 Tadej Pogačar Tadej Pogačar Tao Geoghegan Hart
21 Fabio Jakobsen not awarded
Final Primož Roglič Primož Roglič Geoffrey Bouchard Tadej Pogačar Movistar Team Miguel Ángel López
  • On stage two, Dario Cataldo, who was second in the general classification, wore the green jersey although no points were awarded during the opening team time trial stage.
  • On stage two, Jakob Fuglsang, who was third in the general classification, wore the white with blue polka-dot jersey although no points were awarded during the opening team time trial stage.
  • On stage two, James Knox, who was second in the young rider classification,[12] wore the white jersey, because first placed Miguel Ángel López wore the red jersey as leader of the general classification. On stages six and eight, Tadej Pogačar wore the white jersey for the same reason.
  • On stage ten, Primož Roglič, who was second in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Nairo Quintana wore the red jersey as leader of the general classification.
  • On stages eleven, twelve, and thirteen, Nairo Quintana, who was second in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Primož Roglič wore the red jersey as leader of the general classification. On stage nineteen, Tadej Pogačar wore the green jersey for the same reason.
  • On stages fourteen and fifteen, Nairo Quintana, who was third in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Primož Roglič wore the red jersey as leader of the general classification, and second placed Tadej Pogačar wore the white jersey as leader of the young rider classification.
  • On stages sixteen and seventeen, Nairo Quintana, who was fourth in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Primož Roglič wore the red jersey as leader of the general classification, second placed Tadej Pogačar wore the white jersey as leader of the young rider classification, and third placed Alejandro Valverde wore the World Champion jersey.
  • On stage eighteen, Nairo Quintana, who was fourth in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Primož Roglič wore the red jersey as leader of the general classification, second placed Sam Bennett wore the Irish National Road Race Champion jersey, and third placed Tadej Pogačar wore the white jersey as leader of the young rider classification.
  • On stage nineteen, Tadej Pogačar, who was second in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Primož Roglič wore the red jersey as leader of the general classification.
  • On stage twenty, Tadej Pogačar, who was fourth in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Primož Roglič wore the red jersey as leader of the general classification, second placed Sam Bennett wore the Irish National Road Race Champion jersey, and third placed Alejandro Valverde wore the World Champion jersey.
  • On stage twenty-one, Nairo Quintana, who is fifth in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Primož Roglič wore the red jersey as leader of the general classification, second placed Tadej Pogačar wore the white jersey as leader of the young rider classification, third placed Alejandro Valverde wore the World Champion jersey, and fourth placed Sam Bennett wore the Irish National Road Race Champion jersey.

StandingsEdit

Legend
  Denotes the winner of the general classification
  Denotes the winner of the points classification
  Denotes the winner of the mountains classification
  Denotes the winner of the young rider classification
  Denotes the winner of the team classification
  Denotes the winner of the combativity award

General classificationEdit

 
Podium in Madrid on 15 September 2019
Final general classification (1–10)[11]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Primož Roglič (SLO)    Team Jumbo–Visma 83h 07' 14"
2   Alejandro Valverde (ESP)   Movistar Team + 2' 33"
3   Tadej Pogačar (SLO)   UAE Team Emirates + 2' 55"
4   Nairo Quintana (COL)   Movistar Team + 3' 46"
5   Miguel Ángel López (COL)   Astana + 4' 48"
6   Rafał Majka (POL) Bora–Hansgrohe + 7' 33"
7   Wilco Kelderman (NED) Team Sunweb + 10' 04"
8   Carl Fredrik Hagen (NOR) Lotto–Soudal + 12' 54"
9   Marc Soler (ESP)   Movistar Team + 22' 27"
10   Mikel Nieve (ESP) Mitchelton–Scott + 22' 34"

Points classificationEdit

Final points classification (1–10)[11]
Rank Rider Team Points
1   Primož Roglič (SLO)    Team Jumbo–Visma 155
2   Tadej Pogačar (SLO)   UAE Team Emirates 136
3   Sam Bennett (IRL) Bora–Hansgrohe 134
4   Alejandro Valverde (ESP)   Movistar Team 132
5   Nairo Quintana (COL)   Movistar Team 100
6   Miguel Ángel López (COL)   Astana 76
7   Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Deceuninck–Quick-Step 73
8   Dylan Teuns (BEL) Bahrain–Merida 69
9   Tosh Van der Sande (BEL) Lotto–Soudal 63
10   Sergio Higuita (COL) EF Education First 62

Mountains classificationEdit

Final mountains classification (1–10)[11]
Rank Rider Team Points
1   Geoffrey Bouchard (FRA)   AG2R La Mondiale 76
2   Ángel Madrazo (ESP) Burgos BH 44
3   Sergio Samitier (ESP) Euskadi–Murias 42
4   Tadej Pogačar (SLO)   UAE Team Emirates 38
5   Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR) Team Ineos 35
6   Wout Poels (NED) Team Ineos 31
7   Alejandro Valverde (ESP)   Movistar Team 29
8   Sergio Henao (COL) UAE Team Emirates 27
9   Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) Astana 24
10   Mikel Bizkarra (ESP) Euskadi–Murias 22

Young rider classificationEdit

Final young rider classification (1–10)[11]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Tadej Pogačar (SLO)   UAE Team Emirates 83h 10' 09"
2   Miguel Ángel López (COL)   Astana + 1' 53"
3   James Knox (GBR) Deceuninck–Quick-Step + 20' 00"
4   Sergio Higuita (COL) EF Education First + 29' 22"
5   Ruben Guerreiro (POR) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 39' 10"
6   Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR) Team Ineos + 1h 01' 26"
7   Kilian Frankiny (SUI) Groupama–FDJ + 1h 08' 47"
8   Óscar Rodríguez (ESP) Euskadi–Murias + 1h 10' 19"
9   Ben O'Connor (AUS) Team Dimension Data + 1h 22' 58"
10   Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo–Visma + 1h 32' 38"

Team classificationEdit

Final team classification (1–10)[11]
Rank Team Time
1 Movistar Team   248h 26' 24"
2 Astana + 51' 38"
3 Team Jumbo–Visma + 2h 03' 42"
4 Mitchelton–Scott + 2h 26' 47"
5 AG2R La Mondiale + 3h 14' 09"
6 Team Sunweb + 3h 20' 01"
7 Euskadi–Murias + 3h 38' 55"
8 Bahrain–Merida + 3h 45' 14"
9 Team Dimension Data + 3h 55' 52"
10 Team Ineos + 4h 00' 34"

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Van Looy, Nicolás (25 August 2018). "Vuelta España 2019: Las Salinas de Torrevieja darán la salida" [Vuelta España 2019: Las Salinas de Torrevieja will give the start]. Ciclo21 (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ "2019 Vuelta a Espana to start in Alicante region with time trial". Cycling News. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  4. ^ Roadbook 2019, pp. 23.
  5. ^ https://www.cyclingstage.com/vuelta-2019-favourites/
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  7. ^ Fotheringham, Alasdair (19 December 2018). "2019 Vuelta a Espana offers eight mountaintop finishes, goes off road". Cycling News. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
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  9. ^ Roadbook 2019, pp. 4.
  10. ^ a b c d e f Roadbook 2019, pp. 6.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g "Official classifications of La Vuelta". La Vuelta. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Clasificación de los jóvenes 1" [Youth classification 1] (PDF). Tissot Timing (in Spanish). Tissot. 24 August 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2019.

SourcesEdit

La Vuelta 2019 Roadbook. Vuelta a España. Unipublic. 2019.

External linksEdit