Adding to his spectacular Paris-Roubaix win in April, the 37-year-old proves he still got what it takes. Gilbert was the strongest rider on paper in the day’s break and attacked on the final climb 9 km from the finish. He then confirmed the projections and went solo all the way to the finish line. Could he surprise at the World Championships later this month? We shall see.

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The GC riders rested until the final climb where Jumbo-Visma put on an impressive amount of pace. Only 19 riders were in the peloton by the time they crossed the finish line. However, Miguel Ángel López tried to attack anyway. But he was promptly covered by Marc Soler (Movistar) and things calmed down before the summit.

Vuelta a España 2019 stage 12 results

1. Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) – 3:48:18
2. Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) + 3s
3. Fernando Barceló (Euskadi Basque Country – Murias)
4. José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar) + 22s
5. Nikias Arndt (Sunweb) + 26s
6. Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto-Soudal) + 29s
7. Cyril Barthe (Euskadi Basque Country – Murias)
8. Manuele Boaro (Astana)
9. Tim Declerq (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
10. Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) + 31s

GC after stage 12

1. Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) – 44:52:08
2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) + 1:52
3. Miguel Ángel López (Astana) + 2:11
4. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) + 3:00
5. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) + 3:05
6. Carl Frederik Hagen (Lotto-Soudal) + 4:59
7. Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) + 5:42
8. Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) at 5-49
9. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) at 6-07
10. Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) at 6-25

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