In a final for sprinters, Alberto Dainese (Team DSM-Firmenich) emerged victorious in the nineteenth stage of the Vuelta a España 2023, a flat day of 177.1 kilometers contested between La Bañeza and Íscar, in which there were no changes in the general ranking.

Not even the wind, so common on the Castilian plains, wanted to contribute to a greater spectacle, changing with respect to what had been blowing these days ago to come in from the south, contrary to the progress of the route.

The Italian sprinter won the chaotic race ahead of the Italian Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) and the Dutch Marijn van den Berg (EF-EasyPost), second and third respectively. The best Latino was the Colombian Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates) in box 21st.

The stage was reduced to the usual script of a consented escape of inconsequential runners, on this occasion fourth members: Clément Davy of Groupama-FDJ, Paul Lapeira of AG2R-Citroën, Mathis Le Berre of Arkéa-Samsica and Michal Schlegel of Caja Rural-Seguros- RGA who at no time enjoyed a sufficient advantage against the tight control of Alpecin-Fenix in a new attempt to lead Kaden Groves to victory.

Without further history, the escape was caught, by mere maturation process, 20 kilometers from the finish line. Samuelle Batistella tried it then, more facing the gallery than anything else, although he did not achieve anything more than a few seconds. From there, intense pace with INEOS Grenadiers that came into the lead in the last kilometers with a clear intention of launching Filippo Ganna.

In the middle of the fight for position at the finishing line, 1,500 meters from the finish line, an EF Education-EasyPost cyclist collided, practically at the head of the peloton, with another of the cyclists who was fighting for position, and a spectacular fall occurred that It dismasted the DSM train and also ended Kaden Groves’s own options.

As for the general classification, the American Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) kept the red leader’s shirt with his teammates following him: Jonas Vingegaard at 17 seconds and Primož Roglič at 1:08.

The Iberian round will continue this Saturday with the dispute of the penultimate stage, an undulating section of 207.8 kilometers between the Madrid towns of Manzanares El Real and Guadarrama.

Source: Agencias de noticias