Primoz Roglic pads Vuelta a España lead with second place and sprint time bonus

Team Jumbo-Visma's Slovenian rider Primoz Roglic celebrates on the podium with the overall leaders red jersey after the 16th stage of the 2020 La Vuelta cycling tour of Spain a 162km race from Salamanca to Ciudad Rodrigo on November 6 2020 Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO AFP Photo by OSCAR DEL POZOAFP via Getty Images
Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic looks to defend la roja on Saturday's mountain stage (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Insatiable to the last, the ever-ambitous race leader Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) swooped in on a small bunch sprint for a second time in this year’s Vuelta a España to claim a second place and a handy six-second time bonus for the overall standings.

Already a winner from a similar small group in the uphill finish in Suances, on Friday's flatter finish in Ciudad Rodrigo, Roglič was not fast enough to clinch a fifth victory in this year’s Vuelta. But second behind Magnus Cort (EF Pro Cycling) at the end of stage 16’s tough ride through the mountains of western Spain extended his overall lead to 45 seconds on the closest pursuer, Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers). It is a warning shot across the bows of his rivals prior to Saturday’s showdown on La Covatilla, too.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.