DUMBRIA, Spain (Reuters) – Primoz Roglic reclaimed the Vuelta a Espana general lead when he received the thirteenth stage, a 33.7-km effort ending with a 1.8-km climb as much as the Mirador de Ezaro at a mean gradient of 14.8% on Tuesday.
The Slovenian seemed nothing just like the rider who misplaced the Tour de France yellow jersey on the ultimate time trial, crushing the pedals within the final ascent to clock 46 minutes, 39 seconds and beat American Will Barta by only one second.
“I felt sturdy right this moment. I discovered that shocking, as a result of I assumed I might undergo much more. Many individuals thought that I might take a lot time very simply, however in the long run everybody begins such a time trial with equal alternatives,” mentioned Roglic.
“Happily I had good legs right this moment and I used to be in a position to do a pleasant time trial. We have now to remain targeted now and maintain preventing to the tip.”
Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers), who began the day with the pink jersey, restricted the injury to complete seventh, 49 seconds off the tempo. He dropped to second general, 39 seconds behind defending champion Roglic of Jumbo-Visma.
Briton Hugh Carthy, who surged into competition with a formidable win on the Angliru within the twelfth stage on Sunday, was on-par with Roglic within the first a part of the solo effort in opposition to the clock however the EF Schooling First rider conceded 25 seconds on the road.
Carthy stays third general, 47 seconds off the tempo.
Wednesday’s 14th stage is the primary of three hilly rides earlier than the highest contenders go all in on the seventeenth stage, which finishes at high of the Alto de la Covatilla on Saturday.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Modifying by Christian Radnedge and Hugh Lawson)