After missing the early breakaway, CCC Team starting to help set the pace at the front of the peloton, pulling the leaders back to a more manageble one minute 30 seconds heading into the second half of the 165.5-kilometer stage.
Shortly after, with less than 70 kilometers to go, the peloton split into pieces after a crash just before a strong crosswinds section but, with the red jersey caught up, the racing eventually relaxed and the main bunch came back together.
More wind threatened to do damage to regrouped peloton once more while up ahead Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) attacked from the breakaway and in the end, he was able to hold onto his advantage all the way to the line despite a strong chase from main field.
Koch fought hard on the steep kick-up towards the line and after some strong support from Szymon Sajnok in the closing kilometers, the German riders was well-placed in the thick of of action as the sprint was launched behind the eventual stage winner and he ultimately finished in a respectable 16th place.
Quotes From the Finish Line
“I have to say a big thanks to my teammates, who all did a fantastic job. In the end, it was a really stressful stage at times but we were all able to stay safe which was important. The guys were pulling hard at the front of the peloton at the beginning of the stage to help control the gap to the breakaway and then they really helped me stay in position for the final kick up to the line. Honestly, I am sad that I couldn’t finish it off for them today but I gave it my all once again.”
Stage 19: Àvila > Toledo (165.5km)
Top 3: 1. Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) 2. Sam Bennett (BORA – hansgrohe) 3. Zdenek Štybar (Decuneinck – Quick-Step)
CCC Team Top 3: 16. Jonas Koch 56. Szymon Sajnok 83. Francisco Ventoso