ARACENA, Spain. Remko Evenepoel safely maintained his lead in the Vuelta a España after three-time defending champion Primož Roglic withdrew ahead of stage 17 due to injuries.
Rigoberto Urán, the 35-year-old Colombian from the EF Education-EasyPost team, took the final climb by winning a stage and cementing his Grand Tour treble after winning previous stages of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia.
“I pursued him for many years,” Uranus said. “When you already have victories in both the Giro and the Tour, and now in La Vuelta, as a rider in three weeks of events, it gives me a lot of happiness. Today is a special day for me.”
He crossed the finish line two seconds ahead of Quentin Pacher and Jesús Errada. Marc Soler was 15 seconds back in fourth place.
Roglić did not start after not recovering from injuries sustained in a crash 75 meters (82 yd) from the finish line as he walked to victory on stage 16. The Slovenian from the Jumbo-Visma team was aiming for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Vuelta title.
Evenepoel finished in a group of riders who crossed the finish line five minutes from Uranus. The Belgian rider from Team Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl was more than two minutes ahead of Enric Mas from Team Movistar. Juan Ayuso was almost five minutes behind in third place.
“I think the race is just as difficult to control as it was with Primoz,” Evenepoel said. “But, of course, at such a finish, Primozh is a very explosive guy. I think that now there is less danger from such attacks, because Enric is a little less explosive than Primoge. I think that’s the main difference, but it doesn’t make it any easier, not at all.”
Roglic was 1 minute 26 seconds behind Evenepol before he retired.
“I think Enric was trying to see how my legs were today, but I could react very well,” Evenepoel said. “The team put me in a good position for the final climb. The speed was really high. It wasn’t an easy ending.”
Riders will face a mountainous stage with three major climbs on their way to another unprecedented finish at the summit of Alto de Piornal.
The three-week race ends in Madrid.
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.