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Vuelta a España. Stage 19. Break wins, Astana save day after Lopez crash

A huge full speed crash with around 65 km to go left many riders on the ground, including Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez and the race leader Primoz Roglic. The Kazakh team reacted immediately, organizing a very strong chasing of the front group, led by Movistar Team. The Astana riders did a great job and after 15 km of chasing, finally, Lopez has been brought back in front. 

- I am more or less OK after my crash. Many riders crashed in front of me and I had no any chance to avoid it. I have some abrasions on my hand and right leg, but in general, everything is good. Fortunately, I have a very strong team in this race and my teammates did a perfect job to bring me back in front. Indeed, we had to spend a lot of energy to reach the first group as Movistar pulled hardly in front after that crash. Of course, nobody was happy with that, I’d like to see more respect in the peloton. But all we could do, just to give our best to come back. In the end of the day I am still fourth in the general classification and still have the white jersey on my shoulders. I hope to recover as well as possible after the crash, because tomorrow will be the last important stage of La Vuelta. We will try to do our best, - said Miguel Angel Lopez.

In the end of the day, all the main favorites finished together in Toledo, 5 seconds behind the solo winner Remi Cavagna, who made his attack from the daily breakaway.

Miguel Angel Lopez finished 9th and, thus, kept his 4th position in the general classification as well as the white jersey of the best young rider.

Stage 20 will become the last mountain stage of the Vuelta a España: the riders will do 190.4 km from Arenas de San Pedro to Plataforma de Gredos with 6 categorized climbs.

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