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by Dane Cash
October 29, 2020
Photography by Cor Vos
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Hello again, CyclingTips readers,
Another day at the Vuelta, another finish for the climbers.
Wednesday was just the latest example of how busy the GC battle has been already in a race that has only ridden eight stages so far. When the dust settled on the Alto de Moncalvillo, a familiar name had taken a stage victory and also clawed back some time in the overall standings.
That said, the news wasn’t all good for the winner’s team, as a marquee teammate pulled out of the race following a frustrating start.
Read on for more …
| Roglic wins stage 8 of the Vuelta a España
Primoz Roglic picked up his second victory so far at this year’s Vuelta, along with some valuable seconds in the GC battle, on Wednesday’s stage 8.
The defending overall champ battled with the other red jersey contenders on the challenging Alto de Moncalvillo finishing climb before jumping clear in the finale to cross the finish line solo. He took the win 13 seconds ahead of Richard Carapaz with Dan Martin in third on the day, 19 seconds back.
Carapaz continues to lead the race but Roglic moved up into second overall at 13 seconds back with his strong performance. Martin remains third, 28 seconds back, while Hugh Carthy dropped from second to fourth, 44 seconds down, after finishing 20 seconds behind Carapaz.
The 164-kilometer stage from Logroño featured a second-category climb after the midway point of the stage and then the challenging first-category Alto de Moncalvillo, where the stage was decided.
The early break was reeled in on the early slopes of the final climb, with Movistar setting a torrid pace in the peloton. After a short-lived attack by Alejandro Valverde, EF took to the front, whittling down the group to only a handful of riders, with Valverde among those losing touch. Carthy tried a move with a little under 4km left and he was joined by Sepp Kuss, but the move was brought back, as was another brief dig from Kuss. Carapaz then attacked, drawing Roglic with him.
Carthy, Martin, and Aleksandr Vlasov caught back on and Vlasov tried a move of his own, but then Roglic made a big surge with around a kilometer to go that only Carapaz could follow. Carapaz tried to drop Roglic unsuccessfully in the last kilometer, and then Roglic pulled away to take the win by 13 seconds.
Top 10, stage 8
1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 4:07:08
2 CARAPAZ Richard (INEOS Grenadiers) 0:13
3 MARTIN Dan (Israel Start-Up Nation) 0:19
4 VLASOV Aleksandr (Astana Pro Team) 0:25
5 CARTHY Hugh (EF Pro Cycling) 0:33
6 POELS Wout (Bahrain – McLaren) 0:35
7 MAS Enric (Movistar Team) 0:54
8 KUSS Sepp (Team Jumbo-Visma)
9 CHAVES Esteban (Mitchelton-Scott) 1:33
10 CHAMPOUSSIN Clément (AG2R La Mondiale) 1:37
Top 10, GC
1 CARAPAZ Richard (INEOS Grenadiers) 32:31:06
2 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 0:13
3 MARTIN Dan (Israel Start-Up Nation) 0:28
4 CARTHY Hugh (EF Pro Cycling) 0:44
5 MAS Enric (Movistar Team) 1:54
6 GROSSSCHARTNER Felix (BORA – hansgrohe) 3:28
7 CHAVES Esteban (Mitchelton-Scott)
8 VALVERDE Alejandro (Movistar Team) 3:35
9 SOLER Marc (Movistar Team) 3:40
10 POELS Wout (Bahrain – McLaren) 3:47
| Dumoulin abandons the Vuelta
Tom Dumoulin came into the Vuelta a España expecting to co-lead the Jumbo-Visma team alongside Primoz Roglic, but he is out of the race after only a little over a week.
Dumoulin lost time in the first stage of and then dropped out of GC contention altogether on stage 2, saying afterward that he was “empty and had no energy.” On Wednesday, he withdrew from the race before the start of stage 8.
“Both our coaching staff and I think it is the best choice to get off the bike”, Dumoulin said via a team press release. “At the start of the Vuelta I already felt tired and that feeling remained. It makes no sense for me to continue, because then I might put a strain on next season. It is not desirable to leave the Vuelta, but this is the right choice. We can all agree on that. With Primoz we are in good shape in the general classification. Hopefully the team can take home the win.”
| Morton renews with EF
Lachlan Morton will ride on with EF in 2021, the team announced on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old Australian has spent the past two seasons with EF after coming over from Dimension Data, and he also rode for the then Garmin-Sharp team earlier in his career. In his current stint with the squad, he has spearheaded the team’s “alternative racing” efforts, while also continue to appear in pro road events. He won a stage at last year’s Tour of Utah and made his first Grand Tour start since 2017 at this year’s Giro d’Italia.
“I want to continue to do as much as possible. I have plenty of ideas for alternative events,” Morton said in an EF press release. “I want to do as much as possible in that department. But I also have a fresh motivation to set some new goals for WorldTour events and really chase those, too.
“You’ve gone from one extreme in Badlands, which is a wild solo endeavor, to a more traditional extreme, which is the Giro.”
| Campbell signs with Mitchelton-Scott
Teniel Campbell has signed a two-year deal to join Mitchelton-Scott, the team announced Wednesday.
The 23-year-old up-and-comer from Trinidad and Tobago rode with Valcar-Travel & Service this year after two years with the UCI World Cycling Centre team, where she worked with Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas, who is now a sports director with Mitchelton-Scott.
“In the first year in the WCC Alejandro told me that he believed my characteristics were for the Classics, I also believe I am a Classics rider, but you never know, maybe I can be a general classification contender,” Campbell said.
“I just want to gain so much experience and knowledge because you can have all of the power in the world but if you don’t have the experience, that team around you to really push you and help you grow, I don’t think the results will come.”
| Hitec Products renews with five riders
The Hitec Products team announced contract renewals on Wednesday for five riders.
Norwegian up-and-comers Ingvild Gaskjenn, Pernille Feldmann, Amalie Lutro, and Silje Mathisen and German time trial talent Mieke Kröger will all ride on with the squad next season.
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The Echelon Racing League is launching a virtual amateur racing series that will run on the RGT platform in conjunction with an already announced pro series.
Getting underway in November and running through March, the events will take place in the run-up to corresponding pro events, and top 10 finishers from each Category 1 amateur race will earn invites to the subsequent pro race.
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Today’s featured image of Primoz Roglic winning stage 8 of the Vuelta a España comes from Cor Vos.