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La Vuelta 2019 – Stage 4; Angel Madrazo flies to El Puig

As a wise man once said; “all good things must come to an end,” and the salida of Stage Four was our last couple of hours on the 2019 Vuelta.

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As a wise man once said; “all good things must come to an end,” and the salida of Stage Four was our last couple of hours on the 2019 Vuelta. We’d planned a certain ‘shape’ of piece, which finished with a fantastic win for Angel Madrazo, but events of that stage and Thursday’s Stage Six rather over took our plans as abandons dominated the news.

Steven Kruijswijk. Photo©Martin Williamson

The square shouldered Jumbo Visma Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk, who should really be a Grand Tour winner by now but for a brush with a snow bank in the 2016 Giro, made the podium in this year’s Tour de France but pulled out of this Vuelta before Stage Four ended.

Perhaps it was injuries sustained in that disastrous Stage One TTT crash or maybe he just needs a rest before his 2020 build-up starts more than he needs to finish 17th in the Vuelta?

Nico Roche. Photo©Ed Hood

Displaying his best form in years, Nico Roche lead the race for three days making it a good Vuelta for Sunweb – but disaster struck the handsome Irishman on Stage Six when he came down hard; 

Team doctor Camiel Aldershof explained:

“Nico was involved in a big crash. First analysis showed no major injuries fortunately. 

“However he did require 10-12 stitches on his left forearm and has a bruised right quadricep which will be managed by a compression bandage. 

Nico will get further checks when he’s home to ensure there are no other issues.

With Roche himself saying;

“There’s not much to say. I think this is one of the biggest disappointments I’ve had in my career. 

“I’d worked so hard to get back to this level and it was a new opportunity to show that I was at this level again. 

“There’s nothing broken which is the good point. 

“I have some stitches in my forearm and pain in my quadriceps which is why I could not continue.

Rigoberto Uran. Photo©Ed Hood
Angel Madrazo
Hugh Carthy. Photo©Martin Williamson

The same stack saw EF climbers Rigoberto Uran (Colombia) and Hugh Carthy (GB) out of the race; Urán and Carthy abandoned the race immediately after the crash and were taken to Hospital General Universitari de Castelló for treatment. Both riders have suffered broken left clavicles and will undergo surgery in the coming days. 

“Hugh has broken his left collarbone and will need surgery to repair it. 

“Rigo has also broken his left collarbone, just past the plate that was placed on the bone from the break he suffered in March [at Paris-Nice]. 

“He has also broken his shoul