Defending champion Primoz Roglic is only 34 kilometers away from the third overall victory in the Tour of Spain for professional cyclists. On the penultimate Vuelta stage, the Slovenian star of the Jumbo-Visma team gained more seconds in second place and goes into the final time trial on Sunday evening with a comfortable lead. As an Olympic champion in this discipline, the 31-year-old can only be stopped by a fall.
After a tough 202.2 km between Sanxenxo and Castro de Herville, the Frenchman Clement Champoussin (AG2R), who attacked from the group of favorites around Roglic shortly before reaching the mountain, secured the day’s victory on Saturday. The five mountain classifications of the day were not all that difficult, but many drivers attacked and ensured an immensely high speed.
Roglic confidently parried all attacks of the opponents and left his only remaining serious opponent Enric Mas (Spain / Movistar) in the final meters. Mas is almost certainly second overall, 2:38 minutes behind Roglic. The Australian Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious / + 4: 48) moved up to third place.
The so far third-placed Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar), like Giro winner and compatriot Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers), lost contact with the group of favorites on the third last climb. The two badly beaten South Americans reached the finish line a long way behind.
Roglic will be the last driver to start the 33.8 km time trial between Padron and the world-famous pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela on Sunday evening at 8.30 p.m. The 2021 Vuelta winner will be determined around 9.10 p.m.