TOMARES, Spain. Primož Roglic crashed at the finish line in the Spanish Vuelta but still pulled away from Remko Evenepol after the overall leader suffered a puncture a few kilometers from the end.
None of the riders lost time due to their mishaps as they took advantage of the 3 km (1.8 mile) guard zone at the end of the stage.
Roglic was bleeding from his right shoulder, arm and leg as he crossed the finish line on stage 16. The three-time defending champion was aiming for victory but fell hard with 75 meters to go trying to catch up with the breakaway leader. a group of four riders.
Mads Pedersen won the stage with his second win with the Trek-Segafredo team at the Vuelta this year. He surpassed Pascal Ackerman and Danny van Poppel.
“Everyone was really on edge,” Pedersen said. “It is a pity that (Roglic) crashed, he was not lucky this year. I hope he’s not too bad and can keep fighting for the win.”
Roglic, looking to claim an unprecedented fourth consecutive Vuelta title with Team Jumbo-Visma, has been thwarted by a Tour de France crash in preparation for the season’s final Grand Tour race.
The Slovenian would have been at least fifth in the stage. He finished 35th but was given time in the lead group.
Evenepool also lost no time with his puncture in the final kilometers, only eight seconds behind Roglic, who is now 1m26s behind the decisive final stage. Enric Mas is more than two minutes behind Evenepool in third place.
“I wanted to climb a steep bump, but my rear wheel just came off,” said Evenepoule, a Belgian rider with the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team. “I’m glad there’s a three kilometer rule, otherwise I would have lost a lot of time today.”
This is the 11th straight round where Evenepool has held the red jersey, the longest since Roglic took his first Vuelta victory in 2019.
“I expected him to attack,” Evenepoel said of Roglic. “We all know that Primož is really explosive, so this final is really made for him. It makes it even more unfortunate that it crashed. You never want anyone to crash.”
The riders were resting. In stage 17, they face another tough challenge with an unprecedented top finish at Monasterio de Tentudia.
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.