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Roglic consolidates lead in general classification Vuelta in last stage before first rest day

Roglic consolidates lead in general classification Vuelta in last stage before first rest day

Primoz Roglic has strengthened his lead in the general classification of the Vuelta a Espana the day before the first rest day. The rider of Team Jumbo-Visma was the first of the classification riders to cross the finish line on the difficult final climb. In doing so, he took valuable time on his competitors.

After a long fight for the break a group of eleven riders got away. Caruso managed to stay in front and soloed to victory. In the group with the favourites there were several attacks on the final climb. At eight kilometres from the finish the stage exploded. Roglic and Enric Mas remained in front and slowly increased their lead. After a short acceleration the Slovenian finished second.

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“It was a tough, hot day with tough climbs”, Roglic said. “My teammates did a good job. Ineos rode a high pace on the long climbs. Then it exploded on the final climb. Fortunately, I had good legs and I could finish it off. Enric Mas was very strong today and we were able to build our lead together.”

Tomorrow is the first rest day of the Vuelta a Espana. “I’m looking forward to it. After that, there are some beautiful stages on the programme where some hard riding can be expected.”

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