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Primoz Roglic Wins 8th Stage Of Vuelta, Closes Gap to Richard Carapaz

Primoz Roglic (Image: Twitter: @rogla)

Primoz Roglic (Image: Twitter: @rogla)

Primoz Roglic finished 13 seconds in front of Richard Carapaz. on the 164-kilometer stage from Logroo to the Alto de Moncalvillo.

Defending champion Primoz Roglic made a strong attack on the demanding final climb to win the eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Wednesday, closing the gap to overall leader Richard Carapaz.

Roglic finished 13 seconds in front of Carapaz on the 164-kilometer (102-mile) stage from Logroo to the Alto de Moncalvillo.

It was a boring slow start but then the pace went up and it was super hard and fast after the second last climb, Roglic said. If theres an opportunity, I take it. Luckily I had the legs and Im happy to win. Its also nice to get some time back but most of all its just nice to win the race.

The Jumbo-Visma rider moved from fourth to second in the overall standings, closing to within 13 seconds of Carapaz, who rides for Ineos.

Its been a very animated stage and weve seen a strong Roglic, but were still in the fight,” Carapaz said. “The truth is this duel has been quite nice and it motivates me because it makes it more for an exciting race, mostly for the fans but also for us with the level were riding at. It seems like we have a couple of easier days ahead of us but were racing and we dont know whats coming.

Dan Martin, of team Israel Start-Up Nation, was third on Wednesday and is also third overall, 28 seconds off the lead.

On Thursday, riders will face a flat 157-kilometer (97-mile) stage that will favor the sprinters.

The Vuelta is taking place amid tight health restrictions as Spain endures a surge in coronavirus cases. The race was postponed from earlier in the year because of the pandemic.

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