Bronze for Kooij at world championships U23
Olav Kooij has won the bronze medal at the world championship U23. The nineteen-...
Primoz Roglic has finished second in the penultimate stage of the Vuelta a Espana. The Slovenian of Team Jumbo-Visma did not give his main competitors any space and ultimately gained a few seconds.
A group of sixteen riders broke away from the peloton early in the stage. Their maximum lead was more than thirteen minutes. In the second part of the stage the racing was hard and the lead of the leaders rapidly increased. Yates was the first of the favourites to cause a stir. Thanks to the strong riding of Steven Kruijswijk, Roglic was immediately in the wheel of the Briton.
A little later, Roglic, Yates, Mas and Haig proved to be the strongest of the favourites. They rode the remaining fifty kilometres together and managed to reach the head of the race. In the final kilometre the red jersey wearer managed to squeeze out a sprint, but it was not enough to catch the breakaway rider Champoussin. Tomorrow the final time trial will take place over 33 kilometres towards Santiago de Compostela.
"Tomorrow at the end we will see if we have achieved our big goal."
“I am very satisfied with the course of this stage”, Roglic said. “Second place is a good result today. I was attentive all day. In the beginning of the stage the team took control and everything went according to plan. As expected, the stage exploded in the second part of the stage. Many riders wanted to go for their last chance in this last stage in line. I am really looking forward to tomorrow. It is almost over. Tomorrow at the end we will see if we have achieved our big goal. I am happy that my family is here. They give me extra energy that I can use in the last tough days of this race. Tomorrow I will give everything one more time.”