Vuelta Stage Report: Jumbo-Visma’s Primož Roglič was the big favourite to win the individual time trial and take the lead of the 2019 Vuelta a España. The Slovenian was by far the fastest on the difficult and technical course to Pau in southern France. Roglič now leads the Spanish Grand Tour by 1:52 from World champion, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
Stage and overall for Primož Roglič
Stage 10 Route with Joaquim Rodríguez – Jurançon > Pau 36.2km ITT:
A time trial over 36.1 km after the first rest day. A route that favours the specialists: winding, with steep slopes, it requires great physical and mental strength. The time-triallists will have a chance to claw back some of the time lost in the mountains, as they try to put some daylight between them and the climbers, as a cushion on their way toward the remaining mountain stages.
After the short mountain stage in Andorra, the peloton was able to catch their breath yesterday on the first rest day. Stage 10 was always going to be for Primož Roglič, but the question was “by how much?”
No pressure on KOM Madrazo
The first time trial specialist to roll off the starting ramp was ex-World champion Vasil Kiryienka. The experienced Belarusian certainly didn’t have a bad time trial, but Will Barta wasn’t long in knocking him out of the ‘Hot Seat’. The 23-year-old CCC rider set a target time of 49:17. Kiryienka was a minute slower, as Jelle Wallays was at 1:28 to Barta. However, we could not write the American for the day win, as quite a few time trial guns still had to start.
French champ Benjamin Thomas
Two Frenchmen on the course were looking very good. National champion Benjamin Thomas was six-seconds faster than Barta, but it was Rémi Cavagna who was putting up a top time. The Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider was flying, and finished in a time of 47:33. This put Cavagna more than a minute and a half faster than his countryman Thomas. Cavagna was in the ‘Hot Seat’, but he could see that CCC’s Patrick Bevin was performing well out on the course.
Thomas De Gendt
Euskadi rider through the tunnel
The New Zealander was 1 second slower than Cavagna at the first intermediate point, but the 28-year-old was able to reverse his deficit at the second point in the village of Saint-Faust. Bevin held his speed over the final section to take the lead by 2 seconds from Cavagna.
A good ride from Valverde
The GC riders started their ride against the clock and we would soon know by how much time Roglič would take from overall leader Nairo Quintana, his teammate Alejandro Valverde and Miguel Ángel López.
Pogacar held his 5th place overall
Another Slovenian, the 20-year-old stage 9 winner, Tadej Pogačar, 5th overall, was 12 seconds faster than the Bevin at the first time check. The UAE Team Emirates rider was up on Valverde at 17 seconds and López at 42.
Valverde second overall at 1:52
Valverde and López had lost time on Pogačar, but the difference to Roglič was even more. After 11.9 kilometres, the Jumbo-Visma team leader was 21 seconds faster than his younger countryman, and López had lost more than a minute to Roglič. Quintana was at 1:23.
Not a bad ride by López
Pogačar looked to have started too fast and was now 29 seconds slower at the second point than Bevin. Valverde managed to keep his speed, but had lost 35 seconds to Roglič. The big favourite was well on his way to victory and the red jersey in Pau.
Roglic was expected to win
López had lost a minute and a half, while Quintana’s loss approached two and a half minutes. Roglič had the pleasure of catching López as the Colombian had started two minutes in front of him – Roglic was on a storming ride. Pogačar was 1:29 down, as Valverde finished 8 seconds under the 2 minute down mark on Roglic.
López caught for 2 minutes
The big losers were the Colombian climbers; López – 2 minutes and Quintana – more than 3. Roglič now has a lead of 1:52 over Valverde, while López is third at 2:11. Quintana is now fourth at 3 minutes. Roglič has now won a stage in all three Grand Tours.
Quintana now at 3 minutes
Stage winner and overall leader, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma): “I try to go as fast as possible in every time-trial and that’s what I did today. I’m happy with my performance. We’ll see in Madrid how it ends. I’ve won today and we’ll go day by day. It’s nice to have the leader’s jersey. I hope this time we’ll keep it until the end in Madrid. It’s never enough of a gap. Had I won with 10 minutes, I wouldn’t be satisfied either. There’s a lot of La Vuelta left but I’m in a good position and I’m looking forward to the next days. So far I’m feeling good, even though I already had quite some problems. I crashed on the first stage – it was not the best way to begin. The wounds from Andorra are still open. From the point of view of performance, I’m still doing well and looking forward for what comes next. I’m confident in the team. They showed already they’re strong.”
Roglic in red tomorrow
Vuelta a España Stage 10 Result:
1. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 47:05
2. Patrick Bevin (NZ) CCC at 0:25
3. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:27
4. Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First at 0:48
5. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar at 1:02
6. Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:14
7. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:21
8. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 1:22
9. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida at 1:27
10. Daniel Felipe Martínez (Col) EF Education First at 1:28
11. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 1:29
12. Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 1:36
13. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 1:38
14. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 2:00
15. James Knox (GB) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
16. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 2:06
17. Will Barta (USA) CCC at 2:12
18. Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ at 2:17
19. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 2:26
20. Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida at 2:27
21. Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana at 2:32
22. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 2:38
23. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Sunweb
24. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana at 2:56
25. Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 2:57.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 10:
1. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 36:05:29
2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 1:52
3. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana at 2:11
4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 3:00
5. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 3:05
6. Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal at 4:59
7. Rafał Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 5:42
8. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis at 5:49
9. Dylan Teuns (Ned) Bahrain-Merida at 6:07
10. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 6:25
11. Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida at 8:44
12. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 8:52
13. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 10:07
14. Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education First
15. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott at 10:47
16. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana at 12:53
17. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 14:13
18. Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias at 14:39
19. Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First at 15:12
20. James Knox (GB) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 15:17
21. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 15:54
22. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-Alpecin at 16:40
23. Robert Gesink (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 17:36
24. Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 18:16
25. Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 19:03.