Sepp Kuss took his maiden Grand Excursion level victory on level 15 of the Vuelta a España for Jumbo-Visma, as his workforce chief Primož Roglič survived some other large check and tightened his grip at the crimson jersey.

The American survived from the breakaway earlier than hitting out, amassing high-fives within the ultimate 500m, with Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin) 2d, retaining off a charging Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos) within the ultimate few kilometres.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) attacked at the ultimate climb, taking the one guy forward of him within the GC alongside for the trip, as the arena champion and Primož Roglič rode clear of their opponents and completed in 8th and 9th to drag additional transparent within the best two spots of the whole classification.

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Crew Emirates) as soon as once more inspired, using around the line 41 seconds down on Roglič along Miguel Ángel López (Astana), effectively protecting his 3rd position.

It was once some other depressing day for Nairo Quintana (Movistar), who was once dropped with 5km to head and completed 55 seconds in the back of Pogačar and López.

The way it took place

Level 15 introduced up 4 first class climbs, the overall of which led the riders to the summit end. This is able to be but some other check for Primož Roglič and his grasp at the crimson jersey.

Path profile map of level 15 of the Vuelta a España 2019

Over the hole 54km, assaults got here thick and speedy, till ultimately a settled crew of 17 established themselves off the entrance, together with Marc Soler (Movistar) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos).

Sergio Samitier (Euskadi Basque Nation – Murias) was once first to the summit of the second one of the 4 climbs, the 11.4km-long Puerto del Connio with a median gradient of 6.4% forward of José Herrada (Cofidis) and Daniel Navarro (Katusha-Alpecin).

Samitier then attacked on the second one climb, and even if he was once dragged again in with 5km to the summit, the Spaniard as soon as once more reached the summit first, this time at the Puerto del Pozo with 37km to head.

WIth 15km to head, Samitier was once nonetheless taking the race to the remainder of the peloton, attacking and profitable the intermediate dash. Vasil Kiryienka (Ineos) and Quentin Jauregui (Ag2r Los angeles Mondiale) then countered a kilometre later, with Kiryienka becoming a member of Samitier on the entrance of the race.

Yet again, because the race began coming again in combination as they entered the overall climb of the day to the summit of Puerto del Acebo, Samitier dropped Kiryienka.

Sepp Kuss, who were within the breakaway all day, rode as much as Samitier with 6.8km left, the younger American then stretched his legs and left Samitier in the back of 100m later.

Because the GC riders began the climb in the back of, Valverde attacked with handiest Roglič ready to observe, leaving the remainder in the back of.

With 4.5km to head, Valverde and Roglič had taken 20 seconds out of the GC bunch in the back of, together with Pogačar, López and Quintana.

Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin) had discovered his legs once more, discovering himself 23 seconds in the back of Kuss, chasing him again. Tao Geoghegan Hart then left the remainder of the breakaway remnants in the back of to chase on his personal, in 3rd position at the highway.

Nairo Quintana was once then dropped from the Pogačar crew, which contained Rafał Majka, Miguel Ángel López and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) with 5km to head.

Roglič and Valverde shared the paintings as they persisted to move up the street, as Fuglsang pulled the Pogačar crew alongside.

Geoghegan Hart stuck Guerreiro at 3km to head and right away attacked, looking to monitor down Kuss who was once 28 seconds forward. Then again, he nonetheless couldn’t detach the Portguese even after a 2d transfer.

In the back of, the GC riders persisted to brush up remnants of the breakaway at the climb, with Valverde and Roglič choosing up Soler with 3km closing.

Pogačar and López quickly indifferent Majka and went off on the lookout for Valverde and Roglič on their very own, as Kuss sailed below the 1km banner with an benefit of 47 seconds over Geoghegan Hart and Guerreiro, who were joined through Óscar Rodríguez (Euskadi Basque Nation – Murias).

The street ramped up once more within the ultimate 500m, and Kuss caught out his hand to assemble high-fives from fanatics in the back of the limitations as he rode to his maiden Grand Excursion level victory.

Guerreiro then attacked Geoghegan Hart around the ultimate couple of corners, with now not a lot area for the Brit to get spherical because the Portuguese took 2d.

Roglič and Valverde completed in combination in 8th and 9th, greater than two mins down, as Pogačar attacked López however was once not able to dislodge the Colombian, as they crossed the road with the similar time,  40 seconds in the back of their GC opponents.

Nairo Quintana got here thru an extra 55 seconds later, his Vuelta now useless and buried, whilst the GC riders flip their consideration to podium puts as Roglič’s lead starts to appear increasinbly unassailable.


Vuelta a España 2019, level 15: Tineo to Santuario del Acebo (154.4km)

1. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma, in 4-19-04
2. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-Alpecin, at 39 seconds
3. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos, at 40s
4. Óscar Rodríguez (Esp) Euskadi Basque Nation – Murias, at 53s
5. Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida, at 1-49
6. Ben O’Connor (Aus) Size Knowledge, at 2-05
7. Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Training First, at 2-11
8. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma, at 2-14
9. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar, at similar time
10. Armée Sander (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, at 2-48


11. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana, at 2-55
12. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Crew Emirates, at similar time
17. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar, at 3-50

Common classification after level 15

1. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma, in 58-10-32
2. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar, at 2-25
3. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Crew Emirates, at 3-42
4. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana, at 3-59
5. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar, at 5-09
6. Rafał Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 7-14
7. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, at 9-08
8. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb, at 9-15
9. Carl Frederik Hagen (Nor) Lotto-Soudal, at 9-44
10. Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida, at 11-39

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