Sport Roglic makes unexpected return to Vuelta a España race lead

00:20  31 october  2020
00:20  31 october  2020 Source:   cyclingnews.com

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Primoz Roglic pulled off a brilliant late attack to win stage eight at the Vuelta a España and eat into the Roglic , who is looking to make up for his penultimate day collapse at the Tour de France, won Carapaz’s Ineos Grenadiers team led the peloton for most of the race and the chasing group reined in

Defending champion Primoz Roglic reduced the gap to race leader Richard Carapaz as he won the mountainous stage eight of the Vuelta a Espana . Stage nine of the shortened 18-stage race is a day for the sprinters, as the riders take on a flat 157km route from Castrillo del Val to Aguilar de Campoo.

If he’d ever been away, now he’s back. Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) returned to the Vuelta a España lead on Friday thanks to a late surge for the line that netted the Slovenian a third stage win in 10 days, and utterly unexpectedly, la roja.

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Deprived of the race lead last Sunday by Richard Carapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers) in the Pyrenees after he ran out of power near the summit at Formigal, five days later on what was supposed to be a transition stage prior to this weekend’s mountain showdown, Roglič hit out for the finish on a short, twisting uphill finish at Suances.

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  Vuelta a España standings: The latest results from the 2020 race Defending champion Roglic takes opening stage and race leadAlong the way, there are two rest days, but just one time trial – a mainly flat, 33.7km individual test from Muros to Mirador de Ezaro, finishing with what is a third-category climb.

Four days after he gained the race lead of the Vuelta a España on its opening stage, Miguel Ángel López (Astana) is back in red again. The Astana leader played down the importance of having lost time on stage 2, when Quintana and Roglič , as well as Rigoberto Urán (Team EF), Nicolas Roche

Primoz Roglic reasserted his authority in Stage 8 of La Vuelta by surging clear of Richard Carapaz on the Alto de Moncavillo to take a second win of the race and move within 13 seconds of the You can change your preferences at any time by returning to this site or visit our privacy policy.

Such was the power of Roglič’s dash for the line that he and eight other riders, including Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), third on the general classification, claimed three seconds advantage over an 18-rider group that contained Carapaz and Enric Mas (Movistar), currently lying fifth. Roglič also opened a handy 10-second gap on Britain’s Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling), fourth overall, who was a little further adrift than the other GC racers in Suances’ fraught finale.

The time gaps were only narrow, but coupled with the time bonus for first place on the stage, Roglič reclaimed the leader’s jersey. His only goal, he said afterwards, had been to go for the stage. On this occasion after winning stage 1 in Arrate and stage 7 in Moncalvillo, in Suances at stage 10 he hit a double jackpot.

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  Vuelta a España standings: The latest results from the 2020 race Roglic retains race lead and Dan Martin moves up to second overall as Soler wins stage 2Roglič now leads Martin by nine seconds on the general classification, with Carapaz a further two seconds back and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) and Enric Mas (Movistar) both 17 seconds off the pace in fourth and fifth.

Roglic ’s runner-up ride extended his GC lead over Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde, while Pogacar leapfrogged Movistar’s Nairo Quintana and Astana’s Inside the last two kilometers, Roglic and Pogacar sailed past Latour to battle for the stage win between themselves. Pogacar led into the last

The Vuelta a España is an annual multi-stage bicycle race primarily held in Spain, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries.

“It was a good surprise. I just went for the win, the team had put me in a great position, and I could do it,” Roglič, turned 31 this week, said afterwards.

“For the team it doesn’t change much, we still need to keep our momentum and focus. But we have some big mountain stages coming up this weekend, they say the leader’s jersey gives you strength and hopefully it’ll do that for me when I need it.”

Roglič denied earlier claims on Spanish TV that he had done a recon of  the draggy, uphill finish at Suances on the morning of the stage. But he did say that he had watched a video the night before of the Vuelta stage from 2008 - which had a different run-in, but the same finish.

“I’ve never been here before, but I saw that finale. Then luckily I had the legs and I won,” was his simple explanation of his victory.

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Probably the key to it all, apart from strength and his trademark, devastatingly late acceleration for the line, was timing. Whereas Guillaume Martin (Cofidis Solutions Credits), Andrea Baglioli (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Carapaz himself had all reached the forefront of the surging, shattering peloton on the draggy uphill and then faded, Roglič calculated exactly when he needed to hit the head of the action. Then with one quick look back to check he had enough distance for a victory salute, his right arm punched the air in triumph.

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Primoz Roglic took a step closer to winning the Vuelta a España with a strong second-place finish Roglic , a former ski jumper from Slovenia riding for Jumbo-Visma, increased his lead to 2min Fellow Colombian Miguel Ángel López made several attacks on Thursday but couldn’t keep up with Roglic .

UCI WorldTour – the complete team-by-team guide to the season. Latest results and standings following Saturday's stage. Primoz Roglic is poised to win the Vuelta a España after retaining the leader's red jersey on Saturday as his Slovenian compatriot Tadej Pogacar won the decisive stage 20

Having unexpectedly reclaimed the leader’s jersey - and reinforced his already strong hold on the points lead to boot - Roglič recognised that it had “definitely” benefited Jumbo-Visma to relinquish la roja for a few days.

“It’s quite a challenge to have the lead the whole time, but our main goal always the same, so now take responsibility back and do best we can,” he said.

Enjoying the GC fray

The intense, ding-dong battle with Carapaz both for the lead and on the slopes of the Moncalvillo two days ago might lead media to think the Vuelta is now a two-horse race. But Roglič argued that Movistar, to name but one team, would be pushing him hard as well in the mountains of Asturias on Saturday and Sunday.

“I expect them to fight really aggressively and do their best, they are super strong and it’s their home race,” he stated. “The fight is not just between me and Richard, but also with a lot of other guys.”

It’s been widely noticed by race followers that Roglič seems far more cheerful and relaxed than in the Tour de France, or in the Vuelta last year when he was also leading, but, curiously, had much more of an advantage time-wise on his rivals. Such is his improved morale. He even made a joke on Friday about recently turning 31  - not an anniversary everybody is willing to celebrate - saying that it had played a part in his success at Suances: "I’m like a wine,”he said, “when I’m one year older, I'm stronger, better."

So what’s with the wise-cracking? Despite the GC battle being much more intense in this year’s Vuelta than in 2019, Roglič agreed morale-wise and emotionally he was in a better place than earlier this year, something he attributed to being able to continue racing, pure and simple, despite the hugely adverse pandemic-related circumstances and scenarios of 2020.

“Right from the beginning, I’ve just been enjoying being here, doing this race in these hard times - for everybody and for all of us in team, we’re just happy to do that,” he explained.

“I think the whole team is enjoying this, we’re doing our best. Also, compared to the Tour, it was just a lot of things, [but] I have already had enough stress for this year. I need really to enjoy this, be happy I can still do the races and have fun.”

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Don't miss a moment of the decisive final week in SpainPrimož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) is back in the race lead for the third time after winning the stage 13 time trial. His main rival Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) lies 39 seconds down after the 33km test, while Angliru winner Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) is third at 47 seconds.

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