La Vuelta 2019, Stage 14:San Vicente de la Barquera > Oviedo - 07/09/2019 - 188kms *Spoilers*

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La Vuelta 2019, Stage 14:San Vicente de la Barquera > Oviedo - 07/09/2019 - 188kms

At 188 kilometres, the 14th stage of the Vuelta a España travels from San Vicente de la Barquera to Oviedo, along Spain's Northern coast. A bunch sprint is the most likely scenario.

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The Vuelta last visited Oviedo in 2016, but unlike today, not for a finish in the city streets. Instead, the riders tackled the nearby Alto del Naranco to finish atop. Early attacker David de la Cruz took the spoils. A bunch sprint is more likely this time, as the finish is flat. So is most of the route, for that matter. The last climb is crested 22.6 kilometres from the line. It is the Alto La Madera, which is certainly not the hardest uphill in the world. The Madera ascent goes up for 8 kilometres at 3.5%, very steady. The last part of the race is flat.

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The riders descend the Alto de la Madera to continue onto a pan-flat finale, or so it seems........

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In reality, it looks like this.

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Sprinters who have some energy left in the tank after two tough mountain stages should grab the opportunity on La Vuelta's 14th stage.
So look to see Bora and Deceuninck - Quick-Step controlling the breakaway.

*** Sam Bennett
** Fabio Jakobsen, Fernando Gaviria
*** Marc Sarreau, Max Walscheid, Edward Theuns, Luka Mezgec

San Vicente de la Barquera
2 stages of La Vuelta have departed from San Vicente de la Barquera

4,173 inhabitants.
San Vicente de la Barquera boasts some of the finest scenery on Spain’s northern coastline. This town in Cantabria lies within the Oyambre Nature Park, and its natural landscape is stunning, combining river estuaries, cliffs, beaches and dunes with extensive meadows and forests. This means the area has an exceptional array of flora and fauna. Following the successful starts held in 2008 and 2013; 2019 will again constitute a sporting milestone in the town’s history.

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Local restaurants are renowned, often for their seafood.

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But the Bar Javi also serves these babies.

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Oviedo
11 stages of La Vuelta have had finale in Oviedo

220,301 inhabitants.
The city of Oviedo is used to seeing the Vuelta pass through its streets: but for the last 30 years all the stages in the area have finished at the Alto del Naranco mountain pass. The last event leaders to cross the finish line in the city itself were ‘Lucho’ Herrera, Robert Millar and Miguel Induráin. In 2019 a new name will be added to the list of Vuelta stage winners on these streets.

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Local cuisine tends to be simple, meat based and hearty.

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Comments

  • bm5
    bm5 Posts: 532
    Time for the winner to get the Asturian hat so expect a fierce competition for the line.

    Hopefully they don't have to eat the fabada stew pictured above.
  • ridgerider
    ridgerider Posts: 2,851
    Been to Oviedo, it has a very attractive old town around the cathedral.
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  • Lord that's a fair old breakfast bun.
    Isn't it odd to schedule a flat and potentially v boring stage on a Saturday?
    Though I suppose the klaxon could be blown at some point.
  • dabber
    dabber Posts: 1,928
    I see they pass through Ribadesella which brings back good memories of when I did (twice) Descensco Internacional del Sella kayak race (20km).... great race, but manic and finished at the bridge in Ribadesella.
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  • GC boys wiped out in a huge crash!
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  • DeadCalm
    DeadCalm Posts: 4,103
    Huge chute!
    Team My Man 2022:

    Antwan Tolhoek, Sam Oomen, Tom Dumoulin, Thymen Arensman, Remco Evenepoel, Benoît Cosnefroy, Tom Pidcock, Mark Cavendish, Romain Bardet
  • DeadCalm
    DeadCalm Posts: 4,103
    Watching on my phone with no commentary. Pretty sure I saw Pogacar go down pretty hard. Looked like Roglic and Valverde hit the deck also. Anyone with a better view see who was affected?
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  • mamil314
    mamil314 Posts: 1,103
    Waiting on horrible news on peloton getting minced by disc brakes
  • DeadCalm
    DeadCalm Posts: 4,103
    According to Jumbo Twitter, looks like Roglic didn't hit the deck.
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    Antwan Tolhoek, Sam Oomen, Tom Dumoulin, Thymen Arensman, Remco Evenepoel, Benoît Cosnefroy, Tom Pidcock, Mark Cavendish, Romain Bardet
  • More importantly, does everyone still have working thumbs? ;)
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  • Watched the slo mo of the crash in super slo mo.
    Worst off of the GC boys was Pogacar who went piling in a right over his bars. Landed on his shoulder and rolled.
    Lopez dead lucky to avoid him completely. Valverde had a bit of a tumble but looked minor. Roglic managed to pull up right behind the sprawled Pogacar.

    Mezgec looked bad, off in the ambulance to hospital.


    Oh and somewhere on the run in, Quintana seems to have lost almost 2 minutes.
    I'm sure I saw him moving up inside the final kms. :?
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  • UAE just posted a tweet. Pogacar is fine (he says). He looked OK from the podium pic too.
  • gsk82
    gsk82 Posts: 3,479
    Lord that's a fair old breakfast bun.
    Isn't it odd to schedule a flat and potentially v boring stage on a Saturday?
    Though I suppose the klaxon could be blown at some point.

    It's difficult to finish in a city during the week due to traffic
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,187
    edited September 2019
    86 Grand Tour stages since Ineos last won one
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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,358
    Hahaha <3:lol:
    PTP Champion 2019, 2022 & 2023
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,197
    Um. Who won then?
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,187
    bobmcstuff wrote:
    Um. Who won then?
    Bennett. Sam Bennett. By quite some margin.
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  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,197
    RichN95 wrote:
    bobmcstuff wrote:
    Um. Who won then?
    Bennett. Sam Bennett. By quite some margin.
    Ok good as he was my PTP.

    Thanks!

    Back in the real world from Monday so I might figure out what is actually happening.
  • DeadCalm
    DeadCalm Posts: 4,103
    Watched the slo mo of the crash in super slo mo.
    Worst off of the GC boys was Pogacar who went piling in a right over his bars. Landed on his shoulder and rolled.
    Lopez dead lucky to avoid him completely. Valverde had a bit of a tumble but looked minor. Roglic managed to pull up right behind the sprawled Pogacar.

    Mezgec looked bad, off in the ambulance to hospital.


    Oh and somewhere on the run in, Quintana seems to have lost almost 2 minutes.
    I'm sure I saw him moving up inside the final kms. :?
    Thank you.
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    Antwan Tolhoek, Sam Oomen, Tom Dumoulin, Thymen Arensman, Remco Evenepoel, Benoît Cosnefroy, Tom Pidcock, Mark Cavendish, Romain Bardet
  • Quintana's time gap has now been removed, so none of the GC lost time.
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