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Primoz Roglic takes the lead as Vuelta returns to Spain Norway takes gold-medal lead at world road cycling titles Ellen van Dijk defends time trial title at cycling worlds

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LAGUARDIA, Spain. The Spanish Vuelta is back in Spain. And the reigning champion Primoz Roglic was again in the lead.

Roglic showed himself in top form and able to retain his Vuelta title with a dominant Stage 4 win as the Grand Tour race returned to Spanish territory after three opening stages in the Netherlands.

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Looking to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive Vuelta title, Roglic took the leader’s red jersey after launching an attack in the final meters of the climb to Laguardia in the Basque Country.

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Jumbo-Visma rider opened a 13-second lead in the overall standings from American teammate Sepp Kuss. Roglic was 26 seconds ahead of Ineos Grenadiers’ Ethan Hayter.

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“It’s really just the beginning of La Vuelta, but it’s always better to be 10 seconds ahead than behind,” said Roglic. “It was already a hard pace all day, with a super fast and hard stage. The final was an opportunity to compete for the stage win. I had legs, so I tried.”

The Slovenian crossed the line ahead of Trek-Segafredo’s Mads Pedersen and Movistar’s Enrik Mas. It was the third consecutive second-place finish for Pedersen, who lost to Sam Bennett in the second and third rounds.

Roglic enjoyed his 10th overall win at the Vuelta. His preparation for this stage was not ideal due to injuries sustained in a fall in the Tour de France, and his entry was confirmed just a few days before the start of the race.

Ineos rider Richard Carapaz was 33 seconds behind the leader and Bikeexchange-Jayco’s Simon Yates was 51 seconds behind the overall standings.

The first three stages took place in the Netherlands for the first time since plans to start there in 2020 were thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Riders will face five mountain passes on Stage 5, finishing in Bilbao.

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.


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