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López continues to attack in mountainside Vuelta, Roglic holds out

2019-09-12T14:50:18.601Z

In the eighteenth stage of the Vuelta a España, a tough mountain stage is scheduled for Thursday. Stay informed of the latest developments via this live blog.


In the eighteenth stage of the Vuelta a España, a tough mountain stage is scheduled for Thursday. Stay informed of the latest developments via this live blog.

Good afternoon and welcome to this live blog. My name is Robbert van der Linde and I will keep you informed here of all developments in the eighteenth stage of the Vuelta a España.

  • Mountain stage (177.5 km)
  • Four cols from 1st category
  • LIVE
  • Higuita all in the lead
  • Classification men compete
  • Kelderman released early
  • Finish around 5.30 pm

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Vuelta a España · a few seconds ago

Another 25 km - Higuita is first on top of the fourth and final climb of the day. The Colombian is still 45 seconds ahead of his closest attackers and was just the best in the descent. Can he get rid of Roglic, Valverde, López and Majka and take the ride?

Vuelta a España · 2 minutes ago

Another 26 km - Quintana is paying heavily for his trick of yesterday. The number two in the rankings is already 45 seconds behind the rest of the classification men and seems to lose his podium place here.

Vuelta a España · 6 minutes ago

Another 28 km - Majka manages to get to Roglic, Valverde and López, but Pogacar does not succeed. Young Slovene drives away from Quintana and sees the rest driving in the distance. Due to the violence of the classification riders, Higuita's lead has shrunk to less than a minute. It is a mile to the top.

Vuelta a España · 9 minutes ago

🏁 - 30 KM | Etapa 18 - Stage 18 | # LaVuelta19💥 ¡Una vez más, @SupermanlopezN quiere mantener encendida la mecha! El colombiano hace sufrir a Pogačar / 🇬🇧 Antoher attack by López and @TamauPogi is suffering! 🖥️ https://t.co/izln1uYnJq

Avatar Author La Vuelta Moment of Places 16: 37 - 12 September 2019

Vuelta a España · 10 minutes ago

Another 29 km - López keeps trying and gets Roglic and Valverde. Majka, Quintana and Pogacar must now pass.

Vuelta a España · 11 minutes ago

Another 30 km - López makes another attempt and stands on the pedals. He is keen to drive Pogacar off and reclaim the youth jersey. However, that is not yet possible.

Vuelta a España · 13 minutes ago

Another 30 km - Colombian cyclists are generally excellent climbers. Higuita proves that again today, as he slowly but surely increases his lead on the last climb of the day. He now has more than a minute and a half to catch, while it is not the least names that are after him.

Vuelta a España · 19 minutes ago

32 km to go - Higuita is one minute ahead of the large group of favorites. Strong example of the Colombian from EF Education First, who is revanched for his substantial loss of time yesterday.

Vuelta a España · 26 minutes ago

36 km to go - This way, the favorites can start bombarding each other on the last climb. Of the top ten, we have lost Kelderman, Knox and Teuns. Number six Kelderman has a 2.35 lead over Majka in the rankings, can the Dutchman limit the damage?

🏁 - 41 KM | Etapa 18 - Stage 18 | # LaVuelta19🚴‍♂️El grupo del líder @rogla y los @Movistar_Team se reorganiza antes de arrancar el Puerto de Cotos / 🇬🇧 Leader's group organizing the chase before the final climb! 🖥️ https://t.co/izln1uYnJq

Avatar Author La Vuelta Moment of Places 16: 16 - 12 September 2019

Vuelta a España · 28 minutes ago

37 km to go - The coup attempt at López failed, the other classification men grabbed him again. To what extent does the Colombian from Astana pay for his effort on the last climb?

Vuelta a España · 30 minutes ago

39 km to go - The López group connects with the Poels group. The amalgamation is one minute behind Higuita. Moments later, the group with the red sweater joins. The descent has ensured that everything has come together again.

Vuelta a España · 32 minutes ago

40 km to go - All groups have survived the descent and are now heading for the last climb of the day, the Puerto de Cotos. However, the finish is not at the top, a considerable descent will have to be completed once again to reach the finish, 25 kilometers away.

Vuelta a España · 35 minutes ago

Still 42 km - Higuita throws itself down with true contempt for death, according to the GPS, the Colombian suddenly has a 45 second lead on his closest pursuers!

🏁 - 47 KM | Etapa 18 - Stage 18 | # LaVuelta19🚴‍♂️💨 Gran descenso de @HiguitSergio, que toma unos segundos con sus compañeros de fugue / 🇬🇧 Higuita is making a gap in the descent! 🖥️ https://t.co/izln1uYnJq

Avatar Author La Vuelta Moment of Places 16: 08 - 12 September 2019

Vuelta a España · 37 minutes ago

Still 46 km - The situation is now about like this:

-We have a lonely leader with Sergio Higuita.
- Pernsteiner, Rodriguez, Bouchard, Poels and Meintjes drive about a second behind him
-After another minute, Miguel Ángel López is busy with an all-or-nothing attack, helped by teammate Omar Fraile.
Hart, Oliveira and Koch are still in that group, which is twenty seconds ahead of the favorites group, including Roglic.

Vuelta a España · 42 minutes ago

49 km to go - Nowhere are the differences as deceptive as in a descent, but it is clear that Sergio Higuita is falling faster than his fellow refugees. The Colombian throws himself down like a rock and sees that nobody can keep up with him.

Vuelta a España · one hour ago

The moment that López leaves the other classification men behind. The Astana leader's lead over its competitors is still around twenty seconds.

📽️💥 ¡Empieza el cuerpo a cuerpo a 60 kilómetros de meta! Así atacaba López / 🇬🇧 @ SupermanlopezN is the first GC rider to try it climbing La Morcuera! # LaVuelta19

Avatar Author La Vuelta Moment of Places 15: 55 - 12 September 2019

Vuelta a España · one hour ago

55 km to go - When the classification men are at the top, Quintana has to leave a gap. The Colombian, who took a big hit yesterday, will be added in the descent again, but this does not promise much good for him with another climb ahead. Meanwhile, López comes to Omar Fraile, who is going to take his leader in the descent in tow.

Vuelta a España · one hour ago

Another 56.5 km - Bouchard is the first to climb the third climb and takes another ten points for the mountain classification. Poels is also among the front riders, but the classification men are approaching fast.

Vuelta a España · one hour ago

Another 57 km - The group of favorites is considerably thinned out. Only Roglic (Kuss) and Quintana / Valverde (Soler) still have an assistant, for the rest it is everyone, the group is no larger than about eight people. For example, Kelderman is no longer included.

Vuelta a España · one hour ago

Another 58 km - López takes the group of favorites for about twenty seconds. The leaders are just over 1 kilometer from the top, López is more than a minute and a half behind.

Vuelta a España · one hour ago

Another 59 km - López puts the wick in the powder keg among the favorites! That is early, but the Colombian must try something drastic if he still wants to go to the podium.

Vuelta a España · one hour ago

Another 60 km - Under the leadership of mountain king Bouchard and Poels, Koch and Meintjes with another 4 km to the top are called to order again. The peloton is getting very fast in the meantime, the front runners have only three minutes left.

Vuelta a España · one hour ago

63 km to go - Astana is leading the pack on the third climb of the day and at least the pace acceleration causes Roglic to lose some helpers. The backlog on the frontrunners is decreasing quickly, it's only four minutes.

Vuelta a España · one hour ago

Another 64 km - Koch and Meintjes don't want to bother. The German and the South African already have a minute on their former flight mates. They in turn drive a good four minutes ahead of the pack.

Vuelta a España · one hour ago

The horses will not compete for the stage win today, but they do provide beautiful images.

CarDos carreras paralelas / They have their own race ... # LaVuelta19

Avatar Author La Vuelta Moment of Places 15: 19 - 12 September 2019

Vuelta a España · one hour ago

Another 67 km - Koch and Meintjes don't think it is going fast enough in the leading group and the two of them run off at the foot of the third climb. Poels and his companions do not really switch on yet, they trust that they will be added in the climb.

Vuelta a España · one hour ago

Geoffrey Bouchard thinks it's all fine. The Frenchman would of course like to win the stage, but in the meantime he is doing excellent business in the battle for the mountain jersey. Bouchard now has 66 points and that is 22 more than the number two in the mountain classification, Ángel Madrazo, who is also not included in the leading group. Moreover, Bouchard can gather even more points during this ride, because the lead on the peloton is still considerable.

Vuelta a España · 2 hours ago

79 km to go - There have not been many changes in the course of the last few kilometers. The lead of the thirteen leaders remains around five minutes. With two more climbs to go, the riders take it a bit easier.

Vuelta a España · 2 hours ago

Another 87 km - Bouchard strengthens its lead in the mountain classification by being the first to rise on the Puerto de la Morcuera. With that he takes ten points and ends in number two Ángel Madrazo. Wout Poels comes in third at the top of the climb and grabs four mountain points.

Vuelta a España · 2 hours ago

This is what the flight of the day looks like. The peloton clearly has peace with this leading group and let the lead rise to more than five minutes.

N @ Nelsoliveira89 @GeoffBouche @OmarFraile @ perni100 @ jonaskoch3 @HiguitSergio @tludvigsson @ nick_schultz5 @LouisMeintjes @WoutPoels @taogeoghegan @NPowless @O_RodGar and cabeza / 🇬🇧 Here the break of the day! //t.co/izln1uYnJq

Avatar Author La Vuelta Moment of Places 14: 38 - 12 September 2019

Vuelta a España · 2 hours ago

The thirteen front riders are now busy with the second climb of the day: the Puerto de la Morcuera.

🏁 - 107 KM | Etapa 18 - Stage 18 | # LaVuelta19🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️Llega @ perni100 delante y ya tenemos la fuga definida: ¡13 corredores and cabeza! / 🇬🇧 As Pernsteiner joins the break, we now have a 13-person group at the front! 🖥️ https://t.co/izln1uYnJq

Avatar Author La Vuelta Moment of Places 14: 26 - 12 September 2019

Vuelta a España · 2 hours ago

105 km to go - Pretty piece of work by Pernsteiner. He closes the gap with the front runners, so that the leading group now consists of thirteen men. The peloton takes it a bit slower and now looks back at a 3.30 minute lag.

Vuelta a España · 2 hours ago

After an hour of hard racing, Jumbo-Visma tries to check the course again.

🇪🇦 # LaVuelta19🔙Back in control after one hour of hard racing. @RGUpdate, @georgenbennett and @seppkuss.

Avatar AuthorTeam Jumbo-Visma cyclingMoment of places14: 19 - 12 September 2019

Vuelta a España · 2 hours ago

108 km to go - The leading group grows to twelve and has a three-minute lead over the peloton. Pernsteiner is still between the peloton and the escapees. The complete composition of the leading group is now: Bouchard, Higuita, Ludvigson, Schultz, Meintjes, Poels , Hart, Oliveira, Fraile, Koch and Powless. Jumbo-Visma rider Robert Gesink heads the peloton to check.

Vuelta a España · 3 hours ago

It is anything but calm in the peloton. Again, four riders are trying to close the gap with the front runners.

🇪🇦 # LaVuelta19💪🏻 @ NPowless is trying to join the first breakaway group. Let's go, Neilson!

Avatar AuthorTeam Jumbo-Visma cyclingMoment of places14: 07 - 12 September 2019

Vuelta a España · 3 hours ago

Poels is picked up in the descent by the six pursuers.

🏁 - 118 KM | Etapa 18 - Stage 18 | # LaVuelta19🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️ @ GeoffBouche @HiguitSergio @tludvigsson @LouisMeintjes @ BenKing89 @taogeoghegan @WoutPoels se juntan and cabeza / 🇬🇧 6 riders joined Poels in the descent🖥️ https://t.co/izln1uYnJq

Avatar Author La Vuelta Moment of Places 14: 08 - 12 September 2019

Vuelta a España · 3 hours ago

A further 119 km - Wout Poels is joined by six riders. Bouchard, Higuita, Ludvigson, Meintjes, King and Hart now form the leading group together with Poels. They have a lead of half a minute on the peloton.

Vuelta a España · 3 hours ago

Geoffrey Bouchard grabs six mountain points on the first climb of the day. This keeps the Frenchman the leader in the mountain classification.

"Bouchard, más líder / KOM leader" Puerto de Navacerrada (1⃣ Cat, km 40.1) 1. @WoutPoels (Team Ineos), 102. @GeoffBouche (Ag2r La Mondiale), 63. @OmarFraile (Astana Pro Team), 44. @elpumaDarwin (Cofidis), 25. @p_latour (Ag2r La Mondiale), 1🖥️ https: / /t.co/izln1uYnJq

Avatar Author La Vuelta Moment of Places 13: 55 - 12 September 2019

Vuelta a España · 3 hours ago

130 km to go - Poels' lead is quickly declining. The peloton is close to ten seconds.

Vuelta a España · 3 hours ago

Another 135 km - Poels is the first to reach the Puerto de Navacerrada. The peloton follows more than forty seconds.

Vuelta a España · 3 hours ago

Jumbo-Visma expects the red jersey from Roglic to be attacked today. The Dutch team therefore tries to control the peloton on the first climb of the day.

🇪🇦 # LaVuelta19We are attentively in front. There is one leader but still many teams because to be in today's breakaway.

Avatar AuthorTeam Jumbo-Visma cyclingMoment of places13: 41 - 12 September 2019

Vuelta a España · 3 hours ago

Another 139 km - Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier must give up. The Eritrean was often in attack to see this Vuelta, but has to leave the Tour of Spain in the eighteenth stage.

Vuelta a España · 3 hours ago

The attack by Wout Poels in the picture.

Apa Etapa 18 - Stage 18 | # LaVuelta19📽️⛰️ @WoutPoels aprieta subiendo Navacerra y le siguen @ perni100 @DeGendtThomas y ahora también @GeoffBouche / 🇬🇧 Great effort to break Navacerrada! 🖥️ https://t.co/izln1uYnJq

Avatar Author La Vuelta Moment of Places 13: 36 - 12 September 2019

Vuelta a España · 3 hours ago

140 km to go - The chasing group is thinned out and consists of only two riders. De Gendt has to lower himself into the peloton due to mechanical problems. Bouchard and Pernsteiner are also struggling to stay ahead of the pack.

Vuelta a España · 3 hours ago

Another 140 km - Bouchard also joins De Gendt and Pernsteiner. For now, Poels only ends in the three pursuers. His lead runs to twenty seconds. The peloton follows almost half a minute.

Vuelta a España · 3 hours ago

Another 142 km - Poels' lead is getting a little smaller. Thomas De Gendt and Hermann Pernsteiner try to get in the wheel with the Dutchman. The two are still 15 seconds behind.

🏁 - 144 KM | Etapa 18 - Stage 18 | # LaVuelta19⛰️ @WoutPoels and solitario busca la fuga and los primeros kilómetros de Navacerrada / 🇬🇧 Poels @TeamINEOS is alone at the front climbing Navacerrada! 🖥️ https://t.co/izln1uYnJq

Avatar Author La Vuelta Time of places 13: 27 - 12 September 2019

Vuelta a España · 3 hours ago

Another 144 km - Another eight kilometers to the top of the first climb for leader Poels.

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