Vuelta a España: Primoz Roglic wins stage 13 time trial

The red jersey of the Vuelta a España traded hands once more after the stage 13 time trial in Galicia, with Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) enjoying a third spell in the race lead after overhauling the 10-second deficit to Ineos Grenadiers' Richard Carapaz on the Mirador de Ézaro.

Roglič took the stage win with a time of 46:39 on the 33.7-kilometre course, which was flat all the way to the brutal 1.8-kilometre final climb. His victory came by just a single second ahead of CCC's young American Will Barta, who had sat in the hot seat for an hour and a half, waiting for the possibility of taking his first pro win.

"It's beautiful eh," said Roglič after the stage. "It's nice – it was a long time since I won a time trial – it's a super nice day. I feel strong – surprisingly. I thought I would suffer a lot more, but I went quite fine and it was quite good."

Last year, Roglič stamped his authority on the Vuelta with his time trial performance in Pau but in the Tour de France this summer, he famously cracked on a somewhat similar course and lost the maillot jaune to Tadej Pogacar on the penultimate stage.

Jumbo-Visma came into the stage confident that Roglic would take time on Carapaz,.

"Everyone said you will take time – but we all start on the same time from zero. We all know it's not really a fun thing to do a time trial but today I had the legs and I could do a nice time trial," Roglič said.

Carapaz would end up shedding 49 seconds to Roglič at the finish, less than expected but still leaving himself a mountain to climb ahead of the final mountain to climb – the Alto de la Covatilla on Saturday. EF Pro Cycling's challenger Hugh Carthy had a better day, limiting his loss to just 25 seconds, having earlier gone quicker than Roglič at the first checkpoint.

It was a worse day on the bike for Israel Start-Up Nation climber Dan Martin, however. The Irishman put in a good ride to finish 13th overall but lost 1:17 to Roglič, and now lies 55 seconds off a podium spot.

Heading into stage 14, likely an uphill sprint in Ourense, and possibly a chance for Roglič to grab an extra second or two given his finishing burst, he leads Carapaz by 39 seconds in the general classification. Carthy lies 47 seconds down, with Martin at 1:42 and Enric Mas (Movistar) a distant 3:32 in fifth place.

"It's better [to be] 39 in front than 39 behind. We need to keep the focus, the guys are really strong and we will fight for it," Roglic said.

How it unfolded

The 33.7-kilometre time trial from Muros to Mirador de Ézaro in the westernmost province of Spain, Galicia, would prove to be one of the final chances for the general classification men to influence the final rankings, ahead of an uphill finish at Ourense and then a far more challenging summit finish at the Alto de la Covatilla on Saturday.

Though it would be a largely flat run for over 30 kilometres, the parcours had a sting in the tail in the form of the Mirador de Ézaro climb, a 1.8-kilometre wall with an average gradient of 14.2 per cent.

Vuelta debutant, AG2R La Mondiale's Harry Tanfield set the early running with a time of 48:52, with Mitchelton-Scott rider Alex Edmondson besting the Briton's time soon after. Edmondson set a time of 48:24 at the finish, a time that would stand for around half an hour before Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) came home.

The Frenchman, nicknamed the TGV of Clermont-Ferrand, blew the times of the first 49 men to head out, putting in a time of 47:37 at the finish. He was one of the pre-stage favourites. Riders came and went, with Jasha Sütterlin (Sunweb) coming closest to pushing Cavagna out of the hot seat with a time of 47:46.

It wasn't until Movistar's Nelson Oliveira completed his run, the Portuguese rider having a great ride to take over half a minute off Cavagna's time, crossing the line with a time of 46:49. Groupama-FDJ's Bruno Armirail also deserved a hat tip for his ride, coming in 31 seconds down on Oliveira.

Barta, a Hagens Berman Axeon alumnus racing the final Grand Tour of the CCC Team's 14-year history, was the next man into the hot seat at the finish. The 24-year-old set the quickest times at both intermediate checkpoints – at 12 and 24.5 kilometres – before taking nine seconds off Oliveira at the line.

With Barta sitting 25th overall heading into the stage, it wasn't long before the top general classification contenders set off to begin their runs. Marc Soler (Movistar) and Mattia Cattaneo (Deceuninck-QuickStep) both put in strong runs from 19th and 18th places, registering times well under 48 minutes to move into the provisional top 10.

UAE Team Emirates leader David de la Cruz staked his claim for the top 10 overall, going sixth-fastest with a time of 47:38, while back on the course the podium contenders had already started their efforts.

It was a close-run thing at the first checkpoint as Carthy went through the first checkpoint in a time of 14:48, surprisingly two seconds up on Roglič. Carapaz was holding up well a further four seconds back, while the fourth-placed man overall Martin had lost 25 seconds to Carthy.

At the second check 12.5 kilometres later, the Irishman was 59 seconds down, while Roglič had sped up, gaining three seconds on Carthy and 19 on Carapaz to vault him into the virtual race lead. The Slovenian was still 17 seconds down on Barta at that point though, with the American facing a nervous wait over the final nine kilometres for what would possibly be his first professional win.

With bike changes necessary for the GC men on the steep slopes of the finishing climb, it was good to see that none of the big names were held up during the changeover at the bottom. Wout Poels (Bahrain McLaren) was the first of the top 10 to finish with a top 10 time, crossing the line in 47:51 to solidify his sixth place overall.

Back down the climb and all eyes were on Martin, Carthy, Roglič and Carapaz as the quartet battled their way up the double-digit gradients, which reached towards 20 per cent in places. Martin finished first, setting a time of 47:56 – solid, but a time that would see him cede a chunk of time in the fight for the podium.

Carthy went third fastest at the top, his 47:04 time 24 seconds down on Barta. Roglič, meanwhile, had fully turned it around since the first checkpoint, gaining 25 seconds over Carthy at the line and breaking Barta's heart to beat the American to the stage win by a solitary second.

Only Carapaz remained out on course at that point, the Ecuadorian seeking to limit his losses to Roglič ahead of a final chance to retake red on the Covatilla. He would end up losing 30 seconds between the second checkpoint and the finish as Roglič grabbed the race lead back, possibly for the final time, by 39 seconds.

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Full results
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma00:46:39
2William Barta (USA) CCC Team00:00:01
3Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team00:00:10
4Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Pro Cycling00:00:25
5Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:00:41
6Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:00:46
7Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers00:00:49
8Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:00:58
9David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates00:00:59
10Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Team Sunweb00:01:07
11Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain McLaren00:01:12
12Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team00:01:12
13Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation00:01:17
14Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:01:29
15Thyman Arensman (Ned) Team Sunweb00:01:30
16Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team00:01:43
17Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:01:44
18Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott00:01:45
19Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe00:01:54
20Gino Mäder (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling00:01:56
21Harry Tanfield (GBr) AG2R la Mondiale00:02:13
22Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates00:02:14
23Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers00:02:17
24Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana Pro Team00:02:17
25Michael Valgren (Den) NTT Pro Cycling00:02:19
26Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma00:02:21
27Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team00:02:27
28David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:02:28
29Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:02:33
30Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:02:36
31Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:02:37
32Scott Davies (GBr) Bahrain McLaren00:02:42
33Kobe Goossens (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:03:01
34Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott00:03:02
35Stefan De Bod (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling00:03:03
36Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma00:03:05
37George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma00:03:06
38Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:03:07
39Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:03:09
40Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) UAE Team Emirates00:03:15
41Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis00:03:19
42Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates00:03:31
43Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates00:03:36
44Mark Donovan (GBr) Team Sunweb00:03:38
45Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis00:03:51
46Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo00:03:54
47Georg Zimmermann (Ger) CCC Team00:04:01
48Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo00:04:10
49Ian Garrison (USA) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:04:11
50Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott00:04:12
51Fred Wright (GBr) Bahrain McLaren00:04:17
52Willie Smit (RSA) Burgos-BH00:04:18
53Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:04:23
54Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:04:29
55Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team00:04:30
56José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team00:04:31
57Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:04:32
58Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-Segafredo00:04:33
59Romain Sicard (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:04:36
60Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC Team00:04:38
61Julien Simon (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:04:40
62Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis00:04:42
63Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott00:04:47
64Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling00:04:51
65Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:04:54
66Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) Ineos Grenadiers00:04:56
67Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis00:05:00
68Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:05:05
69Benjamin Dyball (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling00:05:12
70Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates00:05:13
71Paul Ourselin (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:05:14
72Pim Ligthart (Ned) Total Direct Energie00:05:14
73Valentin Ferron (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:05:16
74Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis00:05:22
75Cameron Wurf (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers00:05:30
76Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:05:30
77Alex Molenaar (Ned) Burgos-BH00:05:32
78Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling00:05:34
79Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:05:34
80Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo00:05:36
81Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates00:05:38
82Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma00:05:42
83Enrico Gasparotto (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling00:05:45
84Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain McLaren00:05:46
85Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott00:05:48
86Chris Froome (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers00:05:48
87Niki Terpstra (Ned) Total Direct Energie00:05:50
88Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:05:51
89Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Pro Cycling00:05:52
90Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:05:52
91Martin Salmon (Ger) Team Sunweb00:05:52
92Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team00:05:55
93Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis00:05:58
94Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana Pro Team00:06:03
95Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team00:06:04
96Callum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott00:06:05
97Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Burgos-BH00:06:06
98James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation00:06:06
99Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma00:06:09
100Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates00:06:12
101Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:06:17
102Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:06:20
103Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:06:26
104Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Israel Start-Up Nation00:06:27
105Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Team Jumbo-Visma00:06:35
106Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:06:36
107Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott00:06:38
108Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:06:44
109Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo00:06:47
110Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb00:06:48
111Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:06:49
112Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) Mitchelton-Scott00:06:50
113Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) EF Pro Cycling00:06:53
114Ide Schelling (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe00:06:56
115Mickael Delage (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:06:56
116Julius Van den Berg (Ned) EF Pro Cycling00:07:01
117Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team00:07:05
117Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:07:05
119Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb00:07:12
120Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Team00:07:13
121Ricardo Vilela (Por) Burgos-BH00:07:14
122Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:07:15
123Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:07:17
124Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:07:23
125Carlos Barbero (Spa) NTT Pro Cycling00:07:23
126Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Pro Cycling00:07:35
127Gerben Thijssen (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:07:38
128Jhojan Orlando Garcia Sosa (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:07:43
129Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Team00:07:45
130Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos-BH00:07:45
131Logan Owen (USA) EF Pro Cycling00:07:47
132Max Kanter (Ger) Team Sunweb00:07:48
133Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:07:59
134Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal00:08:00
135Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:08:08
136Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation00:08:13
137Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Burgos-BH00:08:15
138Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos-BH00:08:18
139Andrey Amador (CRc) Ineos Grenadiers00:08:26
140Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation00:08:29
141Martin Laas (Est) Bora-Hansgrohe00:08:30
142Ion Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:08:36
143Jefferson Alveiro Cepeda (Ecu) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:08:51
144Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:08:51
145Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Start-Up Nation00:08:53
146Tosh Van der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:08:58
147Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos-BH00:09:17
148Alexander Kamp (Den) Trek-Segafredo00:09:20
149Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Israel Start-Up Nation00:09:20
150Rory Sutherland (Aus) Israel Start-Up Nation00:09:33
151Kevin Inkelaar (Ned) Bahrain McLaren00:09:35
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Points
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma25
2William Barta (USA) CCC Team20
3Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team16
4Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Pro Cycling14
5Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ12
6Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep10
7Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers9
8Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep8
9David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates7
10Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Team Sunweb6
11Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain McLaren5
12Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team4
13Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation3
14Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck-Quickstep2
15Thyman Arensman (Ned) Team Sunweb1
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Mountain 1 - Mirador de Ézaro (Cat. 3) km. 33.7
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma3
2William Barta (USA) CCC Team2
3Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team1
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Young riders
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1