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Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma team wins 1st stage of Spanish Vuelta Norway takes gold-medal lead at world road cycling titles Ellen van Dijk defends time trial title at cycling worlds

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Utrecht, the Netherlands. Primož Roglic got off to a good start in his quest to win an unprecedented fourth Vuelta Spanish title in a row when his Jumbo-Visma team won the first team time trial in the Netherlands on Friday.

Jumbo-Visma, competing on home soil as the Netherlands finally got the opportunity to open the Vuelta after being unable to do so in previous years due to the coronavirus pandemic, finished 13 seconds ahead of the Ineos Grenadiers team and 14 seconds ahead of Quick- step. Alpha Vinyl.

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Roglic’s teammate Robert Gesink, a Dutchman, will wear the red jersey in his ninth Grand Tour race appearance.

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“He deserves it more than anything, he has been a pleasure to race with for so many years,” said Roglic. “I started with him on the team, he taught me a lot and it’s nice to win as a home team with a home rider.”

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It was doubtful that Roglic would be able to defend his title at the Vuelta after he suffered a Tour de France injury that affected his preparation.

“My condition is good enough to win today,” Roglic said. “I am very happy about it. Today was great, the guys did a great job. Twenty more days to go.

The Spanish Vuelta remains the only Grand Tour stage won by Roglic, who finished second in the Tour de France and third in the Giro d’Italia. He will try to join Spaniard Roberto Heraz (2000, 2003-05) as the only driver to have won four Vuelta titles. Toni Rominger and Alberto Contador are the only other drivers with three Vuelta titles.

The second and third stages will also be held in the Netherlands. The three-week race will consist of eight flat stages, two of which have a high-altitude finish, as well as four hilly, seven mountain and two time trials. Racers will get three days off.

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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