Vuelta a España: Roglic rebounds to win stage 8 on Alto de Moncalvillo

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) claimed his second victory of the 2020 Vuelta a España on Wednesday, triumphing on the Alto de Moncalvillo on stage 8 to move back up to second overall.

The Slovenian was unable to recover the red jersey he lost at Formigal due to a clothing mistake, but surged decisively away from his rivals in the final kilometre of the Vuelta’s newest steep summit finish.

Race leader Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), himself an attacking force towards the top of the 8.3km climb, was unable to respond when Roglič countered one of his accelerations with 750m to go.

The Ecuadorian placed second on the stage, 13 seconds down, with Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) third at 19 seconds.

Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) kicked off the hostilities between the overall favourites 3.5km from the top of the summit finish, after his teammate Michael Woods had reduced the front group to just 10. However, the Briton was unable to follow the punchier accelerations from Roglič and Carapaz and settled for fifth on the stage at 33 seconds, just behind Alexander Vlasov (Astana).

It was a worse situation for Enric Mas and Movistar, who piled on the pressure on the preceding category 2 climb of the Puerto de la Rosa, split the bunch in the valley, and hit the Moncalvillo en masse, but left empty-handed. After Alejandro Valverde – who launched an early attack – and Marc Soler were both dropped with 4.5km to go, Mas was himself dropped when Carapaz accelerated from the lead group of seven with 2.5km to go. The 25-year-old Movistar rider finished seventh at 54 seconds, after being caught and passed by Wout Poels (Bahrain McLaren) in the final 1500 metres.

Carapaz holds onto the red jersey, although his lead has now been cut to 13 seconds by Roglič. Martin is still third, now at 28 seconds, while Carthy falls to fourth at 44 seconds. 

There’s now clear daylight between those four and Mas in fifth at 1:54, with Felix Grossschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) – who finished 2:05 and 1:33 down on Roglic, respectively – tied for time in sixth and seventh at 3:28. Valverde and Soler find themselves a touch further back, while Poels – sixth on the stage – moved three places up into the top 10.

“I always like to win, so if there is a small opportunity I will take it,” Roglič said. “It was super hard today and luckily I had the legs and I'm happy to win the stage. It's nice to get some time back but most of all it's nice to win the race.”

How it unfolded

The day started with news of three non-starters. Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), already well down on GC, left through fatigue, Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo) departed through stomach problems, and Michal Golas (Ineos Grenadiers) left for personal reasons.

On the early rolling roads of the 164km stage, a seven-man breakaway soon formed. Robert Stannard (Mitchelton-Scott), Stan Dewulf (Lotto Soudal), Benjamin Dyball (NTT Pro Cycling) and Angel Madrazo (Burgos-BH) went clear first, followed by Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates), Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and, after a solo chase, Julien Simon (Total Direct Energie).

Costa was the best-placed on GC, 23:44 down in 33rd place, and the group was allowed a leash of five minutes as race leader Carapaz’s Ineos Grenadiers teammates took control of the peloton.

After 80km the road started to tilt more definitively uphill towards the first of the two climbs, the second category Puerto de la Rasa. That’s where the gap started to come down, and Caja Rural-Seguros RGA sensed the opportunity to make up for missing the original break, firing Hector Saéz and Jhojan García up the road. Saéz did the work as they quickly opened a minute, before dropping back and leaving García to it.

However, as soon as the Puerto de la Rasa – 9.8km long at 5.3 per cent – started, Movistar began their offensive. García was caught, and by the top, the breakaway, led over the top by Cavagna, had only 2:40 in hand.

Ineos Grenadiers briefly took it back on the descent, but Movistar weren’t in the mood for the back seat and raised the tempo once more. The descent gave way to a more gentle downhill section, followed by a stint in the valley, and the Spanish team kept the pace high throughout. With 40km to go, their pace was such that they split the bunch, leaving many scrambling to get back on terms.

On the flatter valley roads inside the last 30km, there were only 50 riders left in the main bunch, and the gap to the break had been shredded to a minute. Madrazo was the first to drop from the break, and with Movistar continuing their effort all the way, only Dewulf and Dyball made it onto the final climb.

The pair, however, were caught after just 500 metres, as Movistar took it up on the steep lower slopes. They tried to shake things up with a Valverde attack, but Jumbo-Visma’s Robert Gesink comfortably snuffed it out. 

EF Pro Cycling, who were never far from the front of the peloton all day, then took it up through Woods, and that’s where the damage was really done. Valverde had to pull out of the line and was soon dropped, along with Soler, Grossschartner, Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) and David De la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates).

Woods had reduced the group to just nine – Carthy, Carapaz, Roglič, Mas, Dan Martin, Kuss, Chaves, Poels, Vlasov – when Carthy launched his attack with 3.6km to go. Kuss went with him and the pair stayed out front as Martin and Vlasov gave chase. Chaves was then dropped as Carapaz, Roglič, Poels and Mas joined forces in a chase, several seconds back, with Valverde and co already at 50 seconds.

With 2.5km to go, Carthy and Kuss were caught, and Kuss immediately went on the attack. It was short-lived, though, as Carapaz issued a stinging counter. Roglič was straight on the case, and the pair went clear as Poels was well dropped.

With 1.8km to go, Carthy, followed by Martin and Vlasov, all managed to claw their way back to Carapaz and Roglič, though Mas started to suffer. Vlasov used a flatter section to attack, but after some hesitation from the rest, his gap was wiped out when Roglič accelerated with just over a kilometre to go. 

He breezed by the Russian, as did Carapaz. The pair linked up and Carapaz tried to hit Roglič as the gradient eased with 800m to go, but he went nowhere, and had no response when Roglič launched his own winning move right away.

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Full results
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma04:07:08
2Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers00:00:13
3Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation00:00:19
4Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana Pro Team00:00:25
5Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Pro Cycling00:00:33
6Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain McLaren00:00:35
7Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team00:00:54
8Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma00:00:54
9Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott00:01:33
10Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:01:37
11Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team00:01:39
12Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott00:01:39
13George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma00:01:49
14Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis00:02:05
15David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates00:02:05
16Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team00:02:05
17Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe00:02:05
18David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:02:35
19Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) UAE Team Emirates00:02:56
20Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling00:03:23
21Ion Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:03:48
22Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:03:48
23Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:03:48
24Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:03:48
25Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos-BH00:04:59
26Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana Pro Team00:04:59
27Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis00:05:13
28Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis00:05:13
29Kobe Goossens (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:05:20
30Willie Smit (RSA) Burgos-BH00:05:23
31Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma00:05:33
32Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott00:05:33
33Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) Ineos Grenadiers00:06:06
34Gino Mäder (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling00:07:22
35William Barta (USA) CCC Team00:08:40
36Georg Zimmermann (Ger) CCC Team00:08:57
37Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-Segafredo00:09:51
38Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma00:10:16
39Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Team Jumbo-Visma00:10:16
40Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team00:10:44
41Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers00:10:57
42Andrey Amador (CRc) Ineos Grenadiers00:10:57
43Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Team Sunweb00:11:07
44Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates00:11:07
45Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) Mitchelton-Scott00:11:07
46José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team00:12:34
47Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team00:12:34
48Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos-BH00:12:34
49Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:12:34
50Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:12:34
51Julien Simon (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:12:34
52Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Israel Start-Up Nation00:12:34
53Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos-BH00:12:34
54Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team00:12:34
55Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain McLaren00:12:34
56Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:13:54
57Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Team00:13:54
58Mark Donovan (GBr) Team Sunweb00:14:14
59Benjamin Dyball (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling00:14:24
60Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo00:14:50
61Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Burgos-BH00:15:16
62Ricardo Vilela (Por) Burgos-BH00:15:16
63Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:15:41
64Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:15:44
65Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma00:15:44
66Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:16:01
67Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo00:16:05
68Niki Terpstra (Ned) Total Direct Energie00:16:05
69Romain Sicard (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:16:05
70Cameron Wurf (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers00:16:05
71Valentin Ferron (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:16:05
72Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:16:05
73Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo00:16:05
74Michael Valgren (Den) NTT Pro Cycling00:16:05
75Paul Ourselin (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:16:05
76Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) EF Pro Cycling00:16:16
77Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:16:58
78Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott00:17:00
79Rory Sutherland (Aus) Israel Start-Up Nation00:17:00
80Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott00:17:37
81Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates00:17:42
82Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:17:51
83Callum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott00:18:18
84Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis00:18:41
85Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:18:41
86Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal00:18:55
87Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates00:19:00
88Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates00:19:00
89Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC Team00:19:13
90Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:19:13
91Scott Davies (GBr) Bahrain McLaren00:19:13
92Fred Wright (GBr) Bahrain McLaren00:19:13
93Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation00:19:13
94Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:19:13
95Jhojan Orlando Garcia Sosa (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:19:13
96Logan Owen (USA) EF Pro Cycling00:19:13
97Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Pro Cycling00:19:13
98Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:19:13
99Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:19:13
100Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb00:19:13
101Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Israel Start-Up Nation00:19:13
102Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb00:19:13
103Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:19:13
104Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Team00:19:21
105Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:20:12
106Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:20:12
107Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:20:12
108Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Start-Up Nation00:20:25
109Enrico Gasparotto (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling00:20:25
110Carlos Barbero (Spa) NTT Pro Cycling00:20:25
111Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation00:20:25
112Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo00:20:25
113Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates00:20:25
114Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:20:25
115Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team00:20:25
116Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates00:20:25
117Chris Froome (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers00:20:25
118Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:20:25
119Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:20:25
120James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation00:20:25
121Julius Van den Berg (Ned) EF Pro Cycling00:20:25
122Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Pro Cycling00:20:25
123Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team00:20:25
124Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling00:20:25
125Thyman Arensman (Ned) Team Sunweb00:20:42
126Ide Schelling (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe00:21:03
127Stefan De Bod (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling00:21:15
128Ian Garrison (USA) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:21:24
129Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:21:44
130Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:21:44
131Tosh Van der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:21:50
132Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:21:50
133Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:21:50
134Martin Salmon (Ger) Team Sunweb00:22:14
135Max Kanter (Ger) Team Sunweb00:22:14
136Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott00:22:14
137Alex Molenaar (Ned) Burgos-BH00:23:34
138Gerben Thijssen (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:24:32
139Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Burgos-BH00:25:19
140Kevin Inkelaar (Ned) Bahrain McLaren00:25:19
141Harry Tanfield (GBr) AG2R la Mondiale00:25:19
142Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:26:48
143Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:26:48
144Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:26:48
145Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis00:26:48
146Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis00:26:48
147Jefferson Alveiro Cepeda (Ecu) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA00:26:48
148Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:26:48
149Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling00:26:48
150Mickael Delage (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:26:48
151Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:26:48
152Alexander Kamp (Den) Trek-Segafredo00:26:48
153Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:26:48
154Pim Ligthart (Ned) Total Direct Energie00:26:48
155Martin Laas (Est) Bora-Hansgrohe00:26:48
156Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team00:29:13
157Stephen Williams (GBr) Bahrain McLaren00:30:15
DNSTom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 157 - Cell 2
DNSKenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 158 - Cell 2
DNSMichal Golas (Pol) Ineos GrenadiersRow 159 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Jalón De Cameros (Sprint Intermedio) km. 103.7
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal4
2Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep2
3Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates1
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Sprint 2 - Alto De Moncalvillo (1ª Categoría) km. 164
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma25
2Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers20
3Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation16
4Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana Pro Team14
5Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Pro Cycling12
6Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain McLaren10
7Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team9
8Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma8
9Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott7
10Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale6
11Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team5
12Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott4
13George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma3
14Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis2
15David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates1
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