MONTILLA, Spain. This time, Mads Pedersen did not disappoint at the finish of the Spanish Vuelta.
The Danish rider finally claimed victory at the Vuelta with a 13th stage finish after three consecutive second places earlier in the Grand Tour race.
Pedersen was passed at the end of the second, third and fourth stages, but this time it was enough for the 2019 world champion to hold onto his first victory at the Vuelta. He made a late attack to beat Brian Cockade and Pascal Ackermann on the line at Montilla.
“It was definitely a dream scenario,” said Pedersen of the Trek-Segafredo team. “We knew this final was pretty good.
“Today the guys performed very well and everyone was focused all day. I’m just happy that I can finally win and thank the guys for all the work they’ve done.”
There were no changes in the upper part of the general classification, as Remko Evenepoel and his rivals remained safely in the peloton. The Belgian from Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl is 2 minutes 41 seconds behind three-time defending champion Primoz Roglic from Jumbo-Visma.
Juan Ayuso, the Team Emirates UAE Spaniard who finished fifth overall, tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the stage but was allowed to continue racing because he had no symptoms and his viral load was low.
“I was surprised,” the masked 19-year-old Ayuso said after the race. “It was found that the viral load was low and did not pose a danger to the rest of the riders, so I could compete without any problems.”
Several drivers had to withdraw from the race due to positive virus tests, including 2018 winner Simon Yates and Sam Bennett who beat Pedersen in the second and third stages.
On Stage 14, riders will constantly climb the Sierra de la Pandera in southern Spain.
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.