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Tim Wellens Wins Another Vuelta Stage, Primoz Roglic Keeps His Lead

Tim Wellens (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Tim Wellens (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Tim Wellens won his second Vuelta stage as defending champion Primoz Roglic kept his overall lead over Richard Carapaz.

Tim Wellens won his second Spanish Vuelta stage on Wednesday, with defending champion Primoz Roglic keeping his overall lead over Richard Carapaz.

Wellens, who had also won the fifth leg, sprinted to victory ahead of Michael

Woods and Zdenek Stybar in an unusually fast 14th stage that took riders 204 kilometres (126 miles) through hilly Galician terrain.

Wellens, the Belgian rider of team Lotto Soudal, dominated on the uphill finish after staying in the breakaway group for most of the stage.

The overall leaders finished together in the peloton, crossing the line almost four minutes behind Wellens. Slovenian rider Roglic maintained a 39-second lead over Carapaz entering the final stages of the three-week race. Hugh Carthy stayed third, 47 seconds off the pace.

Thursday’s 15th stage will be the longest of the Vuelta this year, taking riders 230 kilometres (142 miles) through a winding terrain that will favor escapes at the front.

The Vuelta is being held amid tight health restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic. It will finish on Sunday in Madrid.

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