/Tim Wellens wins on brutally steep finish, takes GC lead in Vuelta a Andalucia

Tim Wellens wins on brutally steep finish, takes GC lead in Vuelta a Andalucia

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) opened his Vuelta a Andalucia title defence with an emphatic victory on the difficult hilltop finish of Alcala de los Gazules.

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) rode home to second place after animating the race inside the final kilometer, while his teammate Ion Izagirre rounded out the podium in third.

Wellens launched his final attack on the savage cobbled section in the final 300m of the climb and rapidly pulled out an insurmountable lead.

“Of course I knew the final from last year and I was in a good position at its foot, but the team did very well, too, in the last kilometres” Wellens said after claiming the 25th win of his career.

“I started following wheels at the foot of the climb, but then went for it with 200 metres to go and nobody could come after me.”

Wellens takes the leader’s jersey heading into stage two, 216.5km from Sevilla to Torredonjimeno.

Vuelta a Andalucia 2019 – stage 1 results (Sanlúcar de Barramed – Alcalá de los Gazules):

1Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)4:24:12
2Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)+05”
3Ion Izagirre (Astana),,
4Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott),,
5Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma),,
6Pello Bilbao (Astana),,
7Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane),,
8Aleksandr Vlasov (Gazprom–Rusvelo),,
9Antwan Tolhoek (Jumbo-Visma),,
10Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)+13”

 

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