Evenepoel wins Vuelta stage, consolidates overall lead Norway takes gold-medal lead at world road cycling titles Ellen van Dijk defends time trial title at cycling worlds

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TRUJILLO, Spain – Remco Evenepoel showed who is in charge at the Spanish Vuelta.

The absolute leader made a strong statement as he took the stage 18 victory, fending off his rivals and heading for victory at the top.

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It was the second victory for the 22-year-old Belgian from the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team.

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“It was the most beautiful day of my life,” Evenepul said. “The victory in the Vuelta is not over yet, there is a really difficult stage ahead. They will definitely attack me. But maybe now it’s easier to control because I feel like my legs are really good. It’s been very good for me and for the team over the past three days.”

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The big stage win came a day after three-time reigning champion Primož Roglic, who was his closest rival, withdrew from the competition due to crash injuries.

The backlog of Evenepol from the second place of Enric Mas from the Movistar team was more than two minutes. The Spaniard kept a close eye on Evenepole on Thursday and crossed the line just two seconds behind him at Alto de Pjornal.

“It was a pretty tough stage with some really hard climbs in the final,” Evenepoel said. “The race was really tough, but we always kept our cool. I think that’s what I’ve learned to always stay calm.”

Evenepoel has led the race since Stage 6, the longest period on top for a Belgian in a Grand Tour race since Johan de Muynck won the Giro d’Italia in 1978. This was Belgium’s last victory in the three-week run. .

Stage 19 is a short circuit with two mountain passes in Talavera de la Reina. The race ends on Sunday 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.

Source: sports.nbcsports.com

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