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Primoz Roglic has won the tenth stage in the Vuelta a España. The Slovenian was 25 seconds faster in the 36.2 kilometre time trial to Pau than second place Patrick Bevin. In the general classification, Roglic climbed to first place, meaning that he will start tomorrow's stage in the red leader's jersey.
The leader of Team Jumbo-Visma took a lot of time on his opponents in the general classification. He now defends a lead of 1'52" on Alejandro Valverde and 2'11" on Miguel Ángel López. Roglic also captured the lead in the points classification.
It is the tenth victory of the season for Roglic. With this victory the Slovenian joins the list of riders that have won a stage victory in all three grand tours. The time trial in the Vuelta is the forty-second victory in 2019 for Team Jumbo-Visma.
Roglic was very happy with his victory afterwards. “I tried to go as fast as possible. It was enough for the win today. For me it was important to stay focused and pedal as hard as possible. That is all I had in my control today. We are still at the start of the Vuelta and we will see in Madrid whether this lead is enough to win the race. We have had some rough days already, but there are also difficult stages to come. Now it is important to stay healthy and then we will look at it day by day. I will have to handle the race together with the team, but we have a strong team."
"This victory is not unexpected, but it feels really good," sports director Grischa Niermann said. “We knew that Primoz was the big favourite and he has achieved it. We didn't expect to take all the time on his opponents, but we hoped. The Vuelta is not finished yet, but it’s looking good at the moment."