Tuesday, 03 November 2020 22:01


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Primoz Roglic placed himself in pole position to retain his Vuelta a Espana title with a sensational time trial display as Briton Hugh Carthy impressed to stay in contention.

Jumbo-Visma's Roglic took stage 13 and now holds a 39-second advantage over Ineos Grenadiers' Richard Carapaz, having overturned his 10-second lead.

Carthy ate away at the 32-second gap to Carapaz during the 33.7km stage.

He stays third overall but is now only eight seconds behind the Ecuadorian.

Five stages remain, with the riders now set for a hilly stage 14 covering 204.7km between the Galician city of Lugo and Ourense, which the Vuelta last visited in 1960.

Slovenian Roglic will be a strong favourite for the title although he was philosophical about his chances.

Stage 13 result:

1. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) 46mins 39secs

2. Will Barta (US/CCC Team) +1sec

3. Nelson Oliveira (Por/Movistar) +10secs

4. Hugh Carthy (GB/EF Pro Cycling) +25secs

5. Bruno Armirail (FRA/Groupama-FDJ) +41secs

6. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +46secs

7 Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Ineos Grenadiers) +49secs

8. Remi Cavagna (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step +58secs

9. David De La Cruz (Spa/UAE) +59secs

10. Jasha Sutterlin (Ger/Team Sunweb) +1min 7secs.