Adam Hansen Takes Stage 19 Of Vuelta Espana

Lotto Belisol animated the nineteenth Vuelta stage, between Salvaterra do Mi?o and Cangas do Morrazo. Adam Hansen jumped away at less than five kilometers from the finish and won. Before that, Pim Ligthart had been part of a breakaway of three. The Dutchman got the combativity award. Crucial climb in the final The stage was 180.5 kilometers long, with two climbs of second category. The last mountain top lay at 15.5 kilometers from the finish. Pim Ligthart was part of a long break for the third time this Vuelta. Now he was accompanied by his fellow countryman Wout Poels and Laurent Mangel. They didn?t get much space, never more than 3?30?. Just before the Alto Monte Faro, the second official climb of the day, the peloton caught them. Lutsenko arrived alone at the top. With just over five kilometers to go the Astana rider was reeled in. At the end there was still a short climb, that?s where Adam Hansen did his attempt. In two times he succeeded in getting away. He arrived solo at the finish, where he could triumph. Five seconds later the first peloton, with Maxime Monfort, finished. John Degenkolb sprinted to place two, Filippo Pozzato got third. Adam Hansen:??In the beginning of the stage?I did try a few times to get in the breakaway. Pim had also been very active and he made it. It was very good that we had a man in front. I kind of had a back-up plan in mind; to attack in the final. On the last climb of second category I took care of Maxime Monfort. I made sure he was in good position and stayed in the first group. I had told Greg Henderson earlier that this was a stage for me. After the climb there won?t be many lead-out men left, so if I would attack it would be difficult to catch me. I had tried in one of the first stages as well, but then they caught me with 500 meters to go. When we had finished the descent Maxime and I were part of the first group and he said to me that I could have a go.? Everyone on their limit ?I wanted to go a bit later actually then I did. There were attacks at the bottom of the short climb at 5.5 km from the finish and I followed directly. It was very steep at the bottom. At the top I rode? for 500 meters with everyone in the wheel, I was swaying over the road then to look at everyone and see how they were feeling. I could see that everyone was on their limit and I knew it was time to go. I got a gap then.? This was a goal ?I?m very satisfied. I already won a Giro stage and it?s nice to put a Vuelta stage in the collection. After the Giro stage I really wanted to win one in the Vuelta as well. This victory is very special, also because of how I won, I made the move in the final. It?s different than the Giro stage win, this is more spectacular.?

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