No escaping the heat: Roglič scorches into Vuelta a España lead – GC analysis

Vuelta a Espana stage 10
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To shelter from the blinding sunshine before the start in Jurançon, Nairo Quintana fashioned himself a fortress of solitude in the Movistar equipment truck and warmed up for the time trial there. Miguel Angel Lopez – Superman to his admirers – stuffed an ice pack down the back of his skinsuit as he set off for the start house. The respite was temporary; once out on the road, there was no escaping the heat.

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) was widely predicted to seize command of the Vuelta a España on the stage 10 time trial around Pau, and the forecast was right. The Slovenian duly scorched around the 36.2km course at an average speed of 46.1kph, and the hitherto tightly packed general classification has suddenly melted beyond recognition.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.