After the disappointment of the Tour de France, Primoz Roglič took his second overall win in Vuelta a España. The final stage was no 'stroll in the park' as the top sprinters wanted the final win of the season. Pascal Ackermann and Sam Bennett fought out the sprint for the photo finish to give the win to fast German.
David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) won his second stage of the 2020 Vuelta a España on the Alto de La Covatilla. Behind the Frenchman; the GC men attacked each other for the overall win. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) went solo, but the red jersey, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), held him to 24 seconds to seal the final victory in Madrid tomorrow.
A long, wet day finished in an uphill bunch sprint. The times of the overall men was taken at 3 kilometres to go, so the fast finishers, that were left, could fight it out. Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) beat Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe) and Jannik Steimle (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) at the end of the 2020 Vuelta's longest stage.
Stage 14 was always going to a be 'Break Day' but it nearly wasn't, as Astana had missed the move. On a fast day the break held off the bunch, split, regrouped and we had six riders fighting for the victory. On the sharp uphill finish; Tim Wellens got the better of Michael Woods and Zdeněk Štybar.
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).
The final sprint was far from flat, and in the last metres Primoz Roglič shot out from the pack for another stage win. The Slovenian was by far the most powerful rider to win by lengths. Ten seconds bonus and his winning gap and Roglič took the red jersey from Richard Carapaz. Both are on the same time.
At the end of a man-against-man battle between the red jersey, Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) and the green jersey of Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), it was the Slovenian who crossed the line first at the summit of the Alto de Moncalvillo. Carapaz held the overall lead, but now only has 13 seconds on Roglič.
The finalé of stage 7 into Villanueva de Valdegovia was a crazy affair of attack and counter attack from the leading group. In the end it was Canada's Michael Woods who held the lead to the line after he made his move in the last kilometre. Omar Fraile was second and Alejandro Valverde third. The GC stayed much the same.
Unsurprisingly Filippo Ganna won the final Giro'20 individual time trial. But it was his young British INEOS Grenadiers teammate, Tao Geoghegan Hart who stunned with a TT showdown against Sunweb's Jai Hindley to take the final pink jersey in Milan.