Evenepoel keeps Vuelta lead as Vine wins another stage Norway takes gold-medal lead at world road cycling titles Ellen van Dijk defends time trial title at cycling worlds


LAVIANA, Spain — Jay Vine enjoys the Spanish Vuelta.

The Australian won his second stage of the Vuelta two days after overcoming a flat tire to claim his first Grand Tour race win.

Vine impressed on a grueling final climb, beating Marc Soler, Rein Taarame and Thibault Pino by over 40 seconds on a foggy Stage 8 in northern Spain.

“It’s incredible,” said driver Alpecin-Deceuninck. “I just got a lot more confidence after that first one. I took this monkey off the back. I just enjoyed today. It was such a fun day.”

Remco Evenepoel, who was second behind Wein in stage six on Thursday, retained his red jersey as he crossed the line in fifth place. He was 1 minute 20 seconds behind Vine, but came along with his main rivals in the overall standings – Enric Mas and three-time defending champion Primoz Roglic.

Overall, Evenepool was 28 seconds ahead of Mas and 61 seconds ahead of Roglic. Rudy Molard started Saturday’s tough mountain stage with a 21-second lead in second place, but was almost 10 minutes behind.

“I spent time on a lot of guys other than the two most important, Primoz and Enric,” said Evenepoel, a Belgian rider on Team Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl. “But it was nice to see that Primoz is really strong today, it’s nice to see him like that. It’s good for the race. I just did my best. My team was great today, we were in control from the start and it wasn’t easy.”

Roglic’s preparations, aiming for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Vuelta title, have been impacted by a fall in the Tour de France.

On Sunday, the riders will have another difficult mountain stage in Asturias.

“I am very pleased with how I feel today,” Evenepoel said. “I hope I can recover well because tomorrow I will need very fresh legs again.”

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 won silver at last year’s World Championships in Belgium, had better 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 headline 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.

Source: sports.nbcsports.com