On the final day of GC racing at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana, Miguel Angel Lopez and his Astana team mates threw everything they had at putting the Colombian on the final podium in Madrid on Sunday. While his attempts were unfruitful, we loved watching him try.
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Astana Pro Team
15 Sep 2019 - 11:42 AM  UPDATED 15 Sep 2019 - 5:23 PM

Pogacar pounces to third stage win, Roglic set for 2019 Vuelta crown
Slovenian Primoz Roglic is poised to win the 2019 Vuelta a España after retaining the red jersey as compatriot Tadej Pogacar won the decisive mountainous Stage 20 with an impressive display of solo climbing that also secured the third step on the Madrid podium.

Despite their efforts, Astana missed the day's break but piled on the pressure by the Puerto de Chia climb. Lopez attempted several escapes on the penultimate, Puerto de Peña Negra but his super star rivals shut him down each time.

Tadej Pogacar then galloped away inside the final 40kms, taking Lopez's young rider jersey with him and the third step on the Madrid podium. 

"We did all we could today," Lopez said. "We fought until the last metre of this stage. Honestly, I did not feel great today as I suffered a bit after my yesterday’s crash.

"In the moments of accelerations, I felt some pain and could not push at 100%. Anyway, I kept on attacking aiming for a podium place. It was my main goal. But, in the end of the day I missed a bit while the others were just stronger.

"However, today I have no regrets because me and the whole team we gave our best." 

Lopez will not walk away empty-handed from this year's Vuelta, holding his head high with a number of days in the red and white jerseys, plus knowing he animated this year's edition.  

Aggressive Lopez gains time, young rider jersey after Vuelta Stage 18
An audacious attack 60km from the finish returned the best young rider jersey to the shoulders of Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez but more importantly kept him in the mix for a podium place in Madrid.
Roglic and Lopez survive crashes to stay in Vuelta GC hunt
Primoz Roglic and Miguel Angel Lopez both survived late crashes on Stage 9 to remain well and truly in the hunt for the Vuelta GC.

Overnight, Miguel Angel Lopez apologised via Twitter to Movistar for his choice words at their decision to push on after a significant crash took out he and race leader Primoz Roglic during Stage 19.

At the start of Stage 20 he also apologised to Alejandro Valverde, walking back his "what a world champion we have" barb.

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