De Gendt wins the first stage of the Volta a Catalunya after a long solo
Amazing victory and the leader's jersey for De Gendt.
Yesterday, the course of the Vuelta 2019 was unveiled. The 74th edition of this Grand Tour will be taking place from 24 August until 15 September. The Vuelta will start with a team time trial in Torrevieja and finish with a sprint stage in the centre of Madrid. Lotto Soudal sports director Mario Aerts went to the presentation and shares his first thoughts.
Mario Aerts: “It will once again be a hard Vuelta, with many elevation metres. There are even less opportunities for sprinters than previous editions. In theory the sprinters get six stages in which they could have a chance to win, but on two of those occasions we’ll have to wait if the finish isn’t too steep. I’m thinking about the stage to Toledo for example. Of course there are some tough mountain stages; the Vuelta is heading to Andorra again. The organisation has discovered new climbs, but luckily there aren’t many extremely steep climbs. Good news for our team is the fact that there are sufficient opportunities for breakaway riders to try and win a stage. Unfortunately the Vuelta doesn’t start with an individual time trial, because then Victor Campenaerts might have tried to conquer the first leader’s jersey. In general, I think it’s a beautiful course and it could be exciting for the overall victory until the last weekend.”