Primoz Roglic won the tenth stage in the Vuelta, from Castro Urdiales to Suances. The Slovenian was the strength on the sloping finish, ahead of Felix Grossschartner and Andrea Bagioli. Richard Carapaz got three seconds to his pants and Roglic also took his leader’s jersey off the bonus seconds. The duo will head to the mountains at the same time this weekend.
Leader jersey: Primoz Roglic
Pointed jersey: Primoz Roglic
Mountain jersey: Guillaume Martin
White sweater: Enric Mas
How did victory come about?
Four riders opted for the attack: the Dutch Alex Molenaar (Burgos), Pim Ligthart (Total Direct Energie); the Spaniard Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural) and our fellow countryman Brent Van Moer (Lotto-Soudal). Originally there was also the Pole Michal Paluta (CCC), but he had to drop out early after a flat tire. The foursome collected a bonus of up to 12 minutes until Mitchelton-Scott, Astana and Deceuninck-Quick-Step started the chase. Their adventure was over at 16 km from the finish. Willie Smit and the duo Remi Cavagna-Ivo Oliveira tried to escape but in the end it was a long sprint on the steep finish in Suances. There was no measure on Primoz Roglic.
What did the favorites do?
Except for Dan Martin, all favorites got three seconds from Primoz Roglic. So also Richard Carapaz. With the ten bonus seconds added, Roglic takes over the leader’s jersey. The duo is in the same time. Roglic gets the jersey because of better results in the stages.
This weekend the top riders await two tough mountain stages, with arrival on the mythical Angliru on Sunday.
How did the Belgians do it?
After a few times at Stan Dewulf, it was now Brent Van Moer’s turn to join the early breakaway. Our compatriot from Lotto-Soudal was the engine of the four refugees, also took the points on the third category slope and won the intermediate sprint. Tosh Van Der Sande took his chance in the sprint, but in the end Jasper Philipsen was the best Belgian in ninth place. Good for such a young sprinter.
Anything else you should know?
Sam Bennett saw his fiftieth professional victory through the nose yesterday through a disqualification and that disappointment was not over yet. The Irishman surprisingly had to release on the Alto de San Cipriano, a climb of the third category. He returned, but at 25 km from the finish he let it run in the end.