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Racing resumed at the Vuelta a España with yet another great time trial stage in a season that has been full of them.
The race against the clock in Galicia would ultimately see the red jersey change hands, while the stage itself would be decided by a razor-thin margin.
Read on for more …
| Primoz Roglic wins the Vuelta’s stage 13 TT and moves into red
Primoz Roglic won the lone time trial at the 2020 Vuelta a España on Tuesday, moving into the red jersey in the process.
The overall defending champion covered the 33.7-kilometer stage 13 in a time of 46:39 to narrowly beat out Will Barta by a single second for the stage victory, with Nelson Oliveira 10 seconds back in third on the day. The win was Roglic’s fourth so far in this Vuelta.
Roglic’s ride propelled him into the race lead, with Richard Carapaz dropping to second overall, although the margins at the top of the GC standings remain tight, with Carapaz, Hugh Carthy, and Dan Martin all delivering solid rides on the day.
Carapaz was 49 seconds slower than Roglic on the day in seventh and now sits 39 seconds back on GC. Carthy was particularly impressive, finishing fourtha at 25 seconds back, putting him 47 seconds down in the general classification. Martin was 1:17 down on the day and is now 1:42 back on GC.
The Vuelta’s 13th stage was flat for the first 32 kilometers before kicking up sharply toward the Mirador de Ézaro finish, a final challenge that saw all of the major GC contenders making a bike change in the finale.
Early occupants of the hot seat included Harry Tanfield, Alex Edmondson, and Rémi Cavagna before Oliveira delivered an impressive performance to take over the provisional lead convincingly. Before long, however, Barta would put in a fantastic and also consistent ride to take over the lead after finishing fastest at both intermediate time checks.
Barta’s time withstood one challenge after another as the GC riders began to roll down the ramp. Out on the road, Carapaz and Carthy looked great in the early goings of their rides as Roglic was behind the former and only slightly ahead of the latter at the first time check.
Roglic started to gain time on his rivals by the second time check, and although he still had ground to cover on Barta’s mark, he dug deep on the brutally steep finishing climb to continue picking up seconds. As he rolled into the last few hundred meters, it was clear that the stage battle was going to be oh-so-close at the line, which Roglic managed to reach just fast enough to take the win on the day, denying Barta what would have been his first pro victory.
Top 10, stage 13
1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 46:39
2 BARTA Will (CCC Team) 0:01
3 OLIVEIRA Nelson (Movistar Team) 0:10
4 CARTHY Hugh (EF Pro Cycling) 0:25
5 ARMIRAIL Bruno (Groupama – FDJ) 0:41
6 CATTANEO Mattia (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 0:46
7 CARAPAZ Richard (INEOS Grenadiers) 0:49
8 CAVAGNA Rémi (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 0:58
9 DE LA CRUZ David (UAE-Team Emirates) 0:59
10 SÜTTERLIN Jasha (Team Sunweb) 1:07
Top 10, GC
1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 49:16:16
2 CARAPAZ Richard (INEOS Grenadiers) 0:39
3 CARTHY Hugh (EF Pro Cycling) 0:47
4 MARTIN Dan (Israel Start-Up Nation) 1:42
5 MAS Enric (Movistar Team) 3:23
6 POELS Wout (Bahrain – McLaren) 6:15
7 GROSSSCHARTNER Felix (BORA – hansgrohe) 7:14
8 VALVERDE Alejandro (Movistar Team) 8:39
9 VLASOV Aleksandr (Astana Pro Team) 8:48
10 DE LA CRUZ David (UAE-Team Emirates) 9:23
| Leah Thomas signs with Movistar
Leah Thomas is headed to Movistar next season, the team announced on Monday.
The 31-year-old American will join the Spanish WorldTour outfit after two seasons with the Équipe Paule Ka organization, which is folding. Thomas only started a handful of races in 2020 but was impressive in her limited number of appearances, winning a stage and finishing fourth overall at the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana and landing on the podium at Strade Bianche.
| Fabio Jakobsen hoping to resume training soon
Fabio Jakobsen could get back to training in the near future. Nearly three months after the Tour of Poland crash that left him seriously injured, the Dutch speedster provided an update on his condition on social media on Tuesday.
“4 weeks after the reconstruction of my upper and lower jaw it was time for the stitches to come out,” he wrote in a tweet accompanied by a photo of his removed stitches. “The process of healing is going well. The transplanted bone has to grow strong and firm for the next 4 months now. Next surgery is scheduled in 2021.”
He followed that up with encouraging news about his plans to get back on the bike.
“In a couple of weeks my pelvic crest should be healed and strong like before again,” Jakobsen wrote. “From then I can slowly start training on the bike again!”
| The Riders Union launches
Amid growing frustrations for a large number of pros with the way they are represented via the CPA, an alternative union seeking to represent the men’s peloton was launched on Tuesday.
The formation of The Riders Union comes after months of rumors in a season that has seen more and more riders questioning the role of the CPA and its close ties with the UCI, as well as the way the organization’s voting process works. Over 300 riders signed a petition calling for change in June of this year. Five months later, a brand new union is looking to step into a representative role for the pros.
The new organization launched social media accounts on Monday and is expected to draft bylaws and enroll members in the coming months.
| Circus-Wanty Gobert signs three CCC riders
As Circus-Wanty Gobert is set to move up to cycling’s top division following the acquisition of CCC’s WorldTour license, the Belgian outfit is bringing at least three CCC riders on for next season.
The team announced on Tuesday that Jonas Koch has signed a one-year deal with the squad, while Jan Hirt and Georg Zimmer have signed on for two years.
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Today’s featured image of Primoz Roglic winning stage 13 of the Vuelta a España comes from Cor Vos.