UAE Team Emirates rider Matej Mohoric placed in top 15 following stage 18 breakaway

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Incisive: Mohoric.

Stage 18 witnessed UAE Team Emirates’ Slovenian rider Matej Mohoric form part of the main breakaway for the day ultimately earning him 14th place.

The stage victory went to Sander Armée (Germany) Lotto Soudal with Chris Froome (Team Sky) still in the Red Jersey and UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes maintaining his 14th position in the General Classification (GC) standings.

Commenting on his breakaway efforts during the stage, Slovenian rider Mohoric said: “We knew that today the breakaway could go to the finish, so our task was to get into the breakaway. I managed to do so, although it was very hard as it consisted of all the strong riders.

“During the day I tried to save as much energy as possible and I gave my best in the penultimate climb where the breakaway split. Then we tried our best to bridge the gap with the leaders in the last kilometers but unfortunately towards the last climb my legs were running on empty.”

Stage 19 begins in Caso (Parque de Redes) and runs 149.7km concluding in Gijón. The route is best suited for attackers and includes four climbs, with the final one 16.6km from the finish line.

Stage 18 results

1. Sander Armée (Germany) Lotto Soudal– 4:09:39
2. Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan) Astana Pro Team – 0:31
3. Giovanni Visconti (Italy) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team – 0:46
14. Matej Mohoric (Slovenia) UAE Team Emirates – 02:49

GC Standings

1. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky – 72:03:50
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team – 01:37
3. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) Team Sunweb – 02:17
14. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 13:32

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UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes retains top 15 berth after Vuelta a España stage 17

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Louis Meintjes

UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes finished 19th in a gruelling stage 17 of the Vuelta a España, maintaining his 14th position in the General Classification (GC) standings.

The stage victory went to Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport) whilst Chris Froome (Team Sky) remains in the leader’s Red Jersey.

Commenting on the stage, South African Meintjes said: “It was a hard day, weather conditions weren’t great, there was a lot of wind at the start, and there was a really fast finale. My legs feel good and I’m really looking forward to the last few stages.”

At 169km, stage 18 starts in Suances and ends in Santo Toribio de Liébana. The route includes three back to back climbs including the Collada de Carmona, Collada de Ozalba and Collada de la Hoz. The last 2.5km of the route includes a short climb to the Santo Toribio de Liébana Monastery.

STAGE 17 RESULTS

1. Stefan Denifl (Austria) Aqua Blue Sport – 4:48:52
2. Alberto Contador (Spain) Trek – Segafredo – 0:28
3. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Pro Team – 01:04
19. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 02:05

GC STANDINGS

1. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky – 67:44:03
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team – 01:16
3. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) Team Sunweb – 02:13
14. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 13:03

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UAE Team Emirates rider Louis Meintjes continues rise following stage 15 at Vuelta a Espana

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UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes continued his rise in the General Classification (GC), as the South African finished in the top 10 during stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espana.

Meintjes, who stuck with fellow GC contenders throughout the race and crossed the line in ninth place, now moves up to 14th position in the GC standings.

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) took the stage victory following a breakaway on the final climb, for a solo finish. Chris Froome (Team Sky) continues to hold the red jersey.

UAE Team Emirates’ riders will have the chance to regain energy during Monday’s second rest day, before the final stages resume on Tuesday afternoon. Stage 16, an Individual Time Trial, starts in Circuito de Navarra in Los Arcos and runs 40.2km to the finish in Logroño.

STAGE 15 RESULTS

1. Miguel Ángel López (Colombia) Astana Pro Team – 3:34:51
2. Ilnur Zakarin (Russia) Team Katusha – Alpecin – 00:36
3. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) Team Sunweb – 00:45
9. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 00:53

GC Standings

1. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky – 62:06:25
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team – 01:01
3. Ilnur Zakarin (Russia) Team Katusha – Alpecin – 02:08
14. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 09:02

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