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Primoz Roglic has won the eighth stage of the Vuelta a España. The rider of Team Jumbo-Visma managed to stay ahead of his opponents on the Alto de Moncalvillo after the decisive attack. By doing so, he took important seconds on his closest attackers for the general classification.
On the final climb team leader Roglic was well-surrounded by his teammates. Sepp Kuss attacked in the last kilometres after which the joust between the favourites began. In the last hectometres Roglic left the other riders behind and rode to his ninth victory of the season.
In the general classification the Slovenian approached classification leader Carapaz up to thirteen seconds. He also strengthened his leading position in the points classification. Roglic won his second stage this Vuelta, after having won the opening stage. Today’s victory is the twentieth victory of 2020 for Team Jumbo-Visma.
"The pace took off after the penultimate climb”, Roglic said. “I only knew the final climb from the road book and it turned out to be a tough climb. I had good legs and you should take every chance to win. In addition, I took important seconds on my opponents, but in the first place it is great to win here. The next two stages are relatively flat. The weekend ahead will also be tough. We look at it from day to day and we try to stay focused.”
"I had good legs and you should take every chance to win"
Kuss again proved to be of great value to his Slovenian leader. “It was good that I could still stay with the riders for the classification. That way I was able to assist Primoz in the final. It was not my intention to go for the stage win. My move with Hugh Carthy in the last kilometres was mainly in the service of Primoz. It was just a very tough climb and it is great that we have won here and that we have taken back some time.”