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Roglic wins time trial and reclaims red jersey in Vuelta a España

Roglic wins time trial and reclaims red jersey in Vuelta a España

Primoz Roglic has won the thirteenth stage of the Vuelta a España. The Slovenian was one second faster than Will Barta in the only individual time trial of this year’s edition of the Spanish grand tour and rode to his eleventh season victory. Roglic reclaimed the red leaders jersey at the expense of the Ecuadorian Carapaz.

At the first two intermediate points, the leader of Team Jumbo-Visma was still behind Barta, but Roglic turned the tables on Barta on the final climb. In the general classification, the Slovenian starts the next stage with a lead of thirty-nine seconds on number two Carapaz.

"Finally I win another time trial”, Roglic said. “It was a while ago. I felt strong today. I found that surprising, because I thought I would suffer a lot more. Many people thought that I would take much time very easily, but in the end everyone starts such a time trial with equal opportunities. We all know that it is just full house and that is not always fun. Fortunately I had good legs today and I was able to do a nice time trial. We have to stay focused now and keep fighting to the end.”

"We can expect quite a few attacks."

Sports director Frans Maassen

Sports director Frans Maassen looked back on a successful day for his team. “Primoz wanted to have something left for the final climb at the end of the time trial. On the last climb he just did very well. We hoped we could take time in the GC. We did, but the Vuelta has certainly not yet been decided. We are happy that Primoz is in good shape and he will give everything to bring the red jersey to Madrid. In any case, our leader is surrounded by a strong team. We will see what the next few days are going to bring. We can expect quite a few attacks.”

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