Al Roadside: La VUELTA’19 Stage 3 & 4 Photo and Video Gallery
Vuelta Stage 3 and 4 PeloPics: As the Spanish Grand Tour heads North, our PEZman on la Vuelta, Alastair Hamilton, has done his best to bring you more ‘ROADSIDE’ action and a taste of Vuelta tapas. Stage 3 final climb and the start of stage 4 are on the menu.
You can see the ‘PEZ Vuelta Stage 3 Report’ HERE and ‘Stage 4 Report’ HERE and more in ‘EUROTRASH Thursday’ HERE. ‘Al Roadside: La VUELTA’19 Stage 1 Photo and Video Gallery’ HERE and ‘Stage 2 Gallery’ HERE.
Mountains leader, Ángel Madrazo (Burgos-BH), wanted more KOM points
Stages 1 and 2 were easy to ‘Race Chase’ and were full stage ‘ROADSIDE’ material, but not so 3 and 4. Decisions had to be made as to what was possible and it looked like just the final climb of the Puerto de Tibi on stage 3 and the start on stage 4 in the resort town of Cullera would be the best places.
Katusha-Alpecin’s Ruben Guerreiro was along for the ride
The twisting climb of Tibi passed through the village and then over the climb at 725 metres altitude before the 38 kilometres to the finish in Alicante. A day for the sprinters, if they can hold on over the climb.
Bora-Hansgrohe. Astana and Movistar were keeping an eye on things before the drop down to the finish in Alicante
After a couple of hours drive we hit the course to drive up to the summit of the Puerto de Tibi. As would be expected there were more people in the village, around three quarters of the way up, but at the top there was the usual collection of Colombians and Belgians… They both get everywhere.
Tony Martin was looking a bit happier, it’s not been a great Vuelta for him so far
We didn’t have long to wait, but there was the usual build up of excitement with the police motos and all the other race vehicles.
Philippe Gilbert is using the Vuelta for Worlds training
The peloton had split on the twisty climb of the Puerto de Tibi, this was the first of the back groups
After Madrazo collected his KOM points, the main peloton came through mostly together. The action was behind with groups off the back and sprinters trying to get back to the bunch before the speed got too high.
Wout Poels wasn’t too worried as he has a chat with a Groupama-FDJ rider
Fernando Gaviria was one who couldn’t get on terms with the fast descending peloton and lost time from the top of the climb to the finish.
Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Max Richeze would be needed lead-out his man Jakobsen
Sam Bewley was also trying to get back for his sprinter, Luka Mezgec
These riders would have a hard chase back to the bunch
Jakobsen made it back in time for the sprint, but how much did it cost him as he and Richeze finished 6th and 7th
Ian Stannard managed to get back to finish with the peloton
Fernando Gaveria missed the boat to finish over 4 minutes down. Ed Hood wanted that close-up
UAE Team Emirates’ Oliviero Troia was the last man on the road, but he did manage finish with a group five at 10 minutes
Another stage over for us. Thanks to Ed Hood for the photo
It was impossible to see the finish in Alicante, the race would be too fast and the route through town was said to be ‘difficult’. Best to go home and see the highlights on TV.
Not sure about those Yamaha Nikens
PEZ contributors, Ed Hood and Martin Williamson had to catch a plane home from Alicante airport, which was in the other direction from the start town of Cullera, so we would have to just take in fun of the sign-on and start area.
We got to Cullera fairly early to miss the traffic jam, we didn’t and neither did most of the teams
Joaquim ‘Purito’ Rodríguez is still very popular
Steven Kruijswijk started stage 4, but climbed off
Namedsport seem to have a presence at nearly every race
Primoz Roglic could be the next winner of the Vuelta?
Tosh van der Sande going to the sign-on, these are his local training roads as he has a house in-land
Young James Knox having a pre stage chat
Dimitri Konyshev still looks fit
Rigoberto Uran has time for a TV interview
Tim Declercq ‘The Tractor’ another day of work
It would be another good day for the Deceuninck – Quick-Step team – Zdeněk Štybar played his part
The Dutch champion, Jakobsen, won the stage at the end of the day
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA have been quiet in the 2019 Vuelta so far, but the race is heading towards their homeland in the north
Darwin Atapuma going for the big glasses
There was a jam trying to get to the sign-on – Richeze, Smit and Stannard
Thomas De Gendt signs on for another day
Hugh Carthy had his Vuelta ruined by a big crash along with Uran and Roche
The biggest cheer for the World champion
What does Nico Roche hope for? Not to crash…
Valverde suits the rainbow jersey, could he keep it in Yorkshire?
Sanchez will be looking for sage wins, or will he be helping Lpoez to the final overall win?
Is there a power struggle going in the Movistar team? New team for Quintana next season, so the door could be open to a bit of solo action
Miguel Ángel López and Astana press officer Vitalii Abramov
Fabio Aru seems to have recovered from his recent surgery
Davide Formolo was caught in the big crash on stage 6. The Italian champion finished the stage, but didn’t start stage 7
Heinrich Haussler is over an hour down, maybe a stage win?
Esteban Chaves is always smiling and will always stop for a photo or an autograph and could finish in the top 10
The competition leaders on the Cullera start line – Lopez, Madrazo, Roche and Quintana
Roche was to loose the overall lead on stage 5 and had to abandon on stage 6
And they’re off! Sorry for the shaky video, but it’s not easy to film when policemen are pushing you of the way
Time to go home, race reports and EUROTRASH to write, but there might be some more ‘ROADSIDE’ from La Vuelta to come.