Primoz Roglic wins stage 17 to to regain lead in Vuelta a España
Primoz Roglic, the defending champion, regained the Vuelta a España red leader’s jersey after he claimed a breakaway solo win on stage 17 at Lagos de Covadonga.
The Jumbo-Visma rider had been third heading into the mountain stage on Wednesday, with four challenging categorised climbs. Roglic, though, made the most of a move by the Colombian Egan Bernal, winner of the 2021 Giro d’Italia, heading into the penultimate climb with 60 kilometres left.
The Slovenian went on to pull clear of his Ineos Grenadiers rival with around 7.5km to go and finished 1min 35sec clear as Sepp Kuss eventually took second place behind his teammate. Miguel Ángel López (Movistar) was third, with Britain’s Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) crossing in fourth.
Odd Christian Eiking had previously topped the general classification standings but struggled over the climbs as he was twice dropped before being hampered by a crash as his challenge faded. “I just went with [Bernal], then I was thinking ‘it is quite far’ a little bit,” Roglic said after his victory.
“It is still a hard climb at the end and I was going good. I just tried to ride up the climb as fast as possible. At that point Egan didn’t follow any more, so I just went alone.
“In cycling there is always a risk and a lot of things can happen, but it went well today. I enjoyed it and it is a super nice day for me and the whole team.”
Roglic now leads the Spaniard Enric Mas (Movistar) by 2min 22sec, with López in third place at 3min 11sec, while Eiking (Intermarche) dropped down to 11th. Stage 18 will see another tough mountain stage over 162.6km to the climb finish at Altu d’El Gamoniteiru.