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Arcas (12th) again into breakaway towards Urdax

4 September 2019
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Vuelta a España (st. 11)

El altoaragonés de Movistar Team, en una escapada numerosa de la que saltó el guipuzcoano Iturria (EUS) en los últimos veinticinco kilómetros para imponerse en solitario. Sin cambios en la general.

Basque Mikel Iturria (EUS) made his courage and strength count after an attack 25km from the finish in Urdax to claim a famous victory on Wednesday’s stage 11 of the 2019 Vuelta a España, starting in Saint-Palais (France) and finishing in the Navarra region the Movistar Team hails from.

Arcas during his breakaway. (c) Photo Gomez Sport / Movistar Team

The Telefónica-backed squad did not miss its chance to be part of the day’s breakaway, entering the 15-man early move with Jorge Arcas, already present at Saturday’s (st. 8) winning escape towards Igualada. Despite repeated attacks from the Sabiñánigo native to reach the front, his effort was bested by stronger climbers which took Jorge down to 12th over the line, 20″ behind Iturria.

The Movistar Team, together at the signature check of stage 11. (c) Dario Belingheri / BettiniPhoto

It was an otherwise calm day for Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana and the main GC contenders, after a big effort on Tuesday’s ITT and just before two stages with demanding elevations in northern Spain. Thursday will see the riders finish in Bilbao after 171km with three difficult, final rated ascents: Urruztimendi (Cat-2), El Vivero (Cat-3) and most notably Arraiz (Cat-3), with 2.2km at 12.2% average gradient, crested just 8k from the end.

Cover picture (c): BettiniPhoto

Male Team 24 Aug - 15 Sep

Vuelta a España ESP

(11th Stage) Saint-Palais - Urdax (180 km)
  1. 01 Mikel Iturria Euskadi-Murias 4h36'44"
  2. 02 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural +6"
  3. 03 Lawson Craddock EF Education First "
  4. 12 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team +20"
  5. 22 Nelson Oliveira Movistar Team +18'35"
  6. 23 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team "
  7. 24 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team "
  8. 25 Nairo Quintana Movistar Team "
  9. 26 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team "
  10. 29 Marc Soler Movistar Team "
  11. 32 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team "
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  1. 01 Primoz Roglic Jumbo - Visma 41h00'48"
  2. 02 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +1'52"
  3. 03 Miguel Ángel López Astana Pro Team +2'11"
  4. 04 Nairo Quintana Movistar Team +3'00"
  5. 17 Marc Soler Movistar Team +14'13"
  6. 50 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +51'18"
  7. 52 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +52'40"
  8. 57 Nelson Oliveira Movistar Team +56'49"
  9. 88 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team +1h15'58"
  10. 94 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team +1h20'55"
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