Roglic 'not scared' of Vuelta a España's upcoming mountain stages

Vuelta a Espana stage 12
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Vuelta a España leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) said he is confident of chances of defending his overall lead in the race's upcoming mountain stages, starting with the much-feared Machucos summit finish on Friday.

Roglic and the rest of the Vuelta a España peloton face three summit finishes in four days. After Los Machucos, last tackled in 2017, there will be unprecedented ascents to the Alto de Acebo in the northerly region of Asturias on Sunday and la Cubilla on Monday, before a second rest day and the final week mostly around Madrid.

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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.