Vuelta Stage Report: A stunning time trial ride from Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) saw the Slovenian take the overall lead back from Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers). Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) moved closer to second place and is now only 8 seconds behind Carapaz. Roglič won the stage by 1 second from Will Barta (CCC).
No repeat of the Tour de France for Roglič
Primož Roglič rode a perfect individual time trial to the top of Mirador de Ézaro. The Jumbo-Visma Slovenian was just one second faster than the surprising William Barta, but managed to put 49 seconds on Richard Carapaz. The difference between the two on overall is now 39 seconds.
First man off – Mickaël Delage
Stage 13. Muros > Mirador de Ézaro. Dumbría (ITT) – 33,7 km
La Vuelta 2020 returns to action with a time-trial to kick-off the final week to Madrid. Mickaël Delage (Groupama-FDJ) will be the first rider to go, at 13:47, and the overall leader Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) will start last, at 16:36 CET.
Stage 13 TT profile
Fernando Escartín’s Comment: “A time trial full of uncertainties. It will take place on the flat seashore, with possible wind head-on. The time trial specialists will have a huge advantage over climbers. The final ascent to the Mirador de Ézaro (1.5 km) may favour a change in bike: from time trial to road bikes.”
The start from Muros
The riders crossed the flat Galician coastal roads on the run-up to the final climb, making it a real time trial with two faces. The finish was at the top of the Mirador de Ézaro. Before the final climb, the riders could switch from a time trial bike to a regular road bike in a special zone.
Jonathan Hivert on his warm-up
Mickaël Delage started the time trial stage at 1.47pm. Harry Tanfield, a time trial specialist, managed to clock good intermediate times, but lost speed on the final climb. Tanfield had to settle for a time just under 49 minutes. The Briton managed to set the best time, but soon saw Alexander Edmondson go faster. The Australian rode well on the Mirador de Ézaro and managed to turn a 10 second gap into a 28 second lead. Edmondson clocked 48:24, an average of 41.8 kilometres per hour. Rémi Cavagna, one of the favourites for the victory, had to concede 2 seconds to Edmondson at the first intermediate point, but turned out to be 8 seconds faster at the second point. Cavagna changed bikes just before the final climb, given the steepness of the Mirador de Ézaro.
Kevin Inkelaar for Bahrain-McLaren
Cavagna had a good pace on his road bike on the steepest ramps of the Mirador de Ézaro, and was 47 seconds faster than Edmondson at the finish with a time of 47:37. The French time trial champion took the hot seat. Many riders still had to start the time trial, including top favourite Primož Roglič.
Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) rolls down the ramp
Split times at the first point (12 km) for the GC men:
Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) – 14:48
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) – 14:50
Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) – 14:54
David De la Cruz (UAE Emirates) – 14:59
Felix Großschartner (BORA-hansgrohe) – 15:11
Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) – 15:13
Wout Poels (Bahrain McLaren) – 15:13
Enric Mas (Movistar) – 15:21
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) – 15:30
Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) – 15:35
George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) – 15:36
David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) – 15:52
Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) – 16:24.
French TT champ had the lead for a while – Remi Cavagna
Next were two other favourites for the overall victory: Jasha Sütterlin and Nelson Oliveira. The German rode a strong time trial, managed to get close to Cavagna’s split times and was only 9 seconds slower than the Frenchman at the finish. Oliveira also shot off the starting blocks and was 18 seconds faster at the first point. Oliveira opted for a fast start, but did not stop at the foot of the final climb. At the second measuring point the difference with Cavagna increased to 25 seconds and at the finish Oliveira managed to extend his lead a little further to 48 seconds. Movistar’s Portuguese rider was the first to go under 47 minutes.
US TT champion – Ian Garrison (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
Oliveira could dream of the stage victory for a while, but he was seriously challenged by Will Barta. The CCC American, who is looking for a contract for 2021, managed to achieve exactly the same time at the first and second intermediate point and climbed the Mirador de Ézaro faster. The difference at the line was 9 seconds (46:40 to 46:49) in favour of Barta.
Chris Froome finished in 52:27
A lot was expected from Roglič at the first intermediate point, but the Slovenian clocked the 5th fastest time and had to give in to Hugh Carthy for 2 seconds after 12 kilometres. The latter rode 14:48 and was the fastest among the GC riders, closely followed by Roglič, at 2 seconds and Carapaz, who had to concede 4 seconds to the Slovenian.
Tomasz Marczynski was pleased with the TT
Split times at the second point (24.5 km) for the GC men:
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) – 30:34
Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) – 30:35
David De la Cruz (UAE Emirates) – 30:51
Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) – 30:53
Wout Poels (Bahrain McLaren) – 31:20
Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) – 31:34
Enric Mas (Movistar) – 31:39
Felix Großschartner (BORA-hansgrohe) – 31:39
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) – 32:04
Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) – 32:10
George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) – 32:20
David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) – 32:23
Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) – 33:33.
Bike change for Barta at the start of the climb
Daniel Martin (15:13) and Enric Mas (15:21), 4th and 5th on the general classification. For Roglič today it was important to finish with climbers like Carthy and Carapaz, but the leader of Jumbo-Visma was not doing the best time trial of his career and failed to put Carthy behind him. Although he turned out to be slightly faster at the second intermediate point.
A very good ride from Barta to take the lead
Roglič turned out to be one second faster after 24.5 kilometres than Carthy, who was still on the time trial of his life. Carapaz also managed to limit the damage, but turned out to be 19 seconds slower than his Slovenian opponent and so Roglič was on his way to the red leader’s jersey again. The winner of the 2019 Vuelta had a good head of steam and managed to close on Carthy and Carapaz in the final kilometres to the foot of Mirador de Ézaro.
KOM Guillaume Martin
Enric Mas was the first rider in the top 5 to change, but the Spaniard was the only GC rider to change bikes in a different place, after the change zone. It did not give him a great finish time, as he lost almost 2 minutes to Barta. The CCC rider was still in the lead, but still had to wait for the finish of Daniel Martin, Carthy, Roglič and red jersey wearer Carapaz. Martin lost more than 1 minute at top of Mirador de Ézaro, but rode a good time trial and managed to grab some extra time on Mas. Carthy turned out to be 24 seconds slower than Barta, but the real winner of the day was Primož Roglič.
Dan Martin still 4th overall, but now at 1:42 to Roglič
The Slovenian managed to take quite some time on his competitors after a slow start. Roglič was 25 seconds faster than Carthy after a strong climb, but even more important was the difference to Carapaz. The Ecuadorian lost 49 seconds at the finish, so the difference between the two is now 39 seconds in favour of the Jumbo-Visma leader.
Hugh Carthy getting closer to 2nd place
Finish times (33.7 kilometres) for the GC men:
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) – 46:39
Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) – 47:04
Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) – 47:28
David De la Cruz (UAE Emirates) – 47:38
Wout Poels (Bahrain McLaren) – 47:51
Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) – 47:56
Enric Mas (Movistar) – 48:22
Felix Großschartner (BORA-hansgrohe) – 48:33
Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) – 48:56
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) – 49:06
David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) – 49:07
George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) – 49:45
Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) – 51:26.
Roglič put the disappointment of the Tour TT behind him for stage and overall
Carthy is now 47 seconds behind Roglič, Daniel Martin is fourth at 1:42. Enric Mas now follows at more than 3 minutes, Wout Poels is sixth. Großschartner, Valverde, Vlasov and De la Cruz complete the top 10. De la Cruz climbed a few places due to a strong time trial.
Not a bad ride from Carapaz, but he has a hard job ahead
Stage winner and overall leader, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma): “It’s a nice victory because it’s been a long time since I last won a time trial. It’s a super nice day! Surprisingly I felt strong. I expected to suffer a lot more. Many people also expected me to lose time from Carapaz up the hill but we all started from scratch with the same chances. We all know it’s not a fun thing to do a time trial but luckily today I had the legs. Better be 39 seconds in the front now than 39 seconds behind. We need to keep the focus. The guys are really strong. We will fight for the overall win.”
# A break day for stage 14 – Stay PEZ. #
Vuelta a España Stage 13 Result:
1. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma in 46:39
2. Will Barta (USA) CCC at 0:01
3. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar at 0:10
4. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Pro Cycling at 0:25
5. Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:41
6. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick Step at 0:46
7. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:49
8. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:58
9. David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 0:59
10. Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Sunweb at 1:07
11. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain-McLaren at 1:12
12. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 1:12
13. Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation at 1:17
14. Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 1:29
15. Thyman Arensman (Ned) Sunweb at 1:30
16. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 1:43
17. Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:44
18. Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:45
19. Felix Grossschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:54
20. Gino Mäder (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling at 1:56
21. Harry Tanfield (GB) AG2R-La Mondiale at 2:13
22. Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 2:14
23. Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:17
24. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana at 2:17
25. Michael Valgren (Den) NTT Pro Cycling at 2:19.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 13:
1. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma at 49:16:16
2. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:39
3. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Pro Cycling at 0:47
4. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation at 1:42
5. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 3:23
6. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain-McLaren at 6:15
7. Felix Großschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 7:14
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 8:39
9. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana at 8:48
10. David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 9:23
11. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 10:36
12. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 10:45
13. Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 11:19
14. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 13:44
15. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) UAE Team Emirates at 14:20
16. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 15:34
17. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 16:11
18. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 18:03
19. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana at 18:11
20. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott at 29:38
21. Georg Zimmermann (Ger) CCC at 38:40
22. William Barta (USA) CCC at 44:11
23. Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis at 44:27
24. Gino Mäder (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling at 45:44
25. Kobe Goossens (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 45:55.