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Friday, 16 November, 2018

Count on Costa to deliver on favoured terrain

GC contenders may have eyes on Saturday's pivotal stage

Rui Costa is a former world champion
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Stage 19: Caso. Parque Natural de Redes to Gijon
Starts 12.50pm Friday, Live on Eurosport 2, 3pm

After struggling on the hellish roads of Los Machucos, Chris Froome reasserted his authority on the Vuelta a Espana on stage 18.

The Briton recouped 21 seconds of the 42 he lost to Vincenzo Nibali on Thursday and is now 1-9 to complete a Tour de France-Vuelta double.

Stage 19 looks a final chance for the breakaway to succeed with the general classification contenders all focusing on Saturday's pivotal penultimate stage that finished atop the 12.5km special-category climb of the Alto de l'Angliru.

With four categorised climbs along the route, the route looks tailor-made for a classics-style, punchy rider to prosper.

Former world champion Rui Costa has been inconspicuous by his absence during the race but he came into the Vuelta after a strong showing at the Tour of Poland and this route undoubtedly plays to his strength.

The 15km descent from the top of the final ascent should see a select group contest the finish and if Costa is present, his finishing kick could prove decisive.

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