SIERRA DE LA PANDERA, Spain. Richard Carapaz held on to win the mountain stage 14 of the Spanish Vuelta and Primož Roglic closed the gap on Remko Evenepol after the race leader slumped on the final climb.
Carapaz, an Olympic gold medalist, won his second stage in three days after becoming part of an early breakaway and clinging to his slight lead in the final meters as Roglic and another pursuer took the lead.
Ecuadorian rider Ineos Grenadiers completed the grueling trip in southern Spain from Montoro to the top of the first category of the Sierra de la Pandera in just over four hours.
“We knew that today is a very important stage for us, that we can repeat what we did the other day,” said Karapas, who also won the 12th stage. “The truth is that it took me a long time to leave, but in the end I ended up there at the right time.”
Miguel López Angel and Roglic were only a few seconds behind. They chewed through what was a four-minute break, but Carapaz had had enough.
However, three-time defending champion Roglic’s main goal was achieved when leader Jumbo Visma attacked on the final climb and watched Evenepoel fail to keep up with the pace.
Roglic reduced the gap to Evenepol from 2 minutes 41 seconds at the start of the day to 1 minute 49 seconds with the remaining seven stages. Enric Mas was third overall, 2:43 back.
Evenepool would wear the leader’s red jersey for the eighth day in a row, but Roglic was finally able to inflict some damage on the Belgian and try to build up his momentum on the back-to-back mountain stages.
“It was definitely not my best day, I didn’t have the best legs, I couldn’t accelerate when Roglic left,” said Quick-Step leader Alpha Vinyl. “I’m still 1:50 ahead of the overall standings so there’s nothing to panic about. I will try to recover as much as possible and survive tomorrow.”
On Sunday’s 15th stage, riders cover over 153 kilometers (95 miles) and finish at the top in the special Alto Joya de la Mora category. The three-week race will end in Madrid next weekend.
WOLLONGONG, Australia. Søren Warenskiöld repeated the success of the Norwegians who won the gold medal at the Road Cycling World Championships the day after Tobias Voss finished first in the elite men’s time trial.
Warenskiöld won the men’s under-23 time trial on the second day of the championship with a dominant result. He showed 34 minutes 13.40 seconds over a distance of 28.8 km, ahead of the Belgian Alec Segart by 16.34 seconds.
British rider Leo Hayter, younger brother of elite rider Ethan Hayter, was 24.16 seconds behind the racer’s pace to take the bronze medal.
Foss beat the strong field to win the elite time trial, the biggest win of his career.
Norway has two gold medals and Dutch Ellen van Dijk beat Australia’s Grace Brown to win the Women’s Elite Time Trial.
The mixed relay is scheduled for Wednesday. The championship ends at the weekend with women’s road races on Saturday and men’s road races on Sunday.
WOLLONGONG, Australia. Ellen van Dijk defended her title and took her third gold medal in the women’s time trial at the opening of the Road Cycling World Championships on Sunday.
Taking advantage of the technical track, the Dutch star maintained a perfect pace to pass Australia’s Grace Brown by 12.79 seconds to defend gold in the time trial she won last year. Bronze went to Swiss Marlene Reusser.
Local favorite Brown was an early starter and had a brilliant time on the 34.2 km (21.3 miles) circuit in the picturesque waterfront city center of Wollongong, south of Sydney.
No one on the 45-man team could come close to Brown’s time of 44m41.33s until the last pairing of van Dijk and Reusser, who took silver at last year’s World Championships in Belgium, showed more results on the first check.
Reusser then beat Brown’s time by over 41 seconds, but van Dijk earned her third gold medal with a time of 44:28.60.
Olympic time trial champion and two-time world champion Annemiek van Vleuten finished seventh, more than 90 seconds behind compatriot van Dijk.
Later on Sunday, Vuelta a España winner Remco Evenepoel of Belgium, two-time world champion Filippo Ganna of Italy and two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia will lead the men’s event.
Other big races are the mixed time trial relay on Wednesday and the women’s road race next Saturday before the men’s race on Sunday’s closing day, where local star and Giro d’Italia winner Jai Hindley races against the clock to recover from COVID-19 to take his place in the race.