David Gaudu takes maiden GT victory at La Vuelta stage 11, Roglic keeps Red Jersey
Nov 01 2020 12:34 am CET

David Gaudu takes maiden GT victory at La Vuelta stage 11, Roglic keeps Red Jersey
David Gaudu takes maiden GT victory at La Vuelta stage 11, Roglic keeps Red Jersey
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Groupama-FDJ's David Gaudu has taken the victory of the eleventh stage of the Vuelta a España, while Primoz Roglic has maintained the lead of the General Classification.

A 170-kilometre route from Villaviciosa and the Alto de La Farrapona -which featured four climbs of the first category including the mountain finish- welcomed the riders for the eleventh stage of the Spanish grand tour. The day started with a small protest of Ineos Grenadiers about the granting of the Red Jersey to Primoz Roglic the day before, but after the commissaries made clear the reasons behind the decision, the stage finally started.

Riders like Guillaume Martin, David Gaudu, Marc Soler, Tim Wellens, Mark Donovan and Michael Storer formed the escape of the day while behind Ineos and Jumbo-Visma took turns to control the speed of the pack. The challenging climbs only left five riders in front, while back in the pack the field also got slimmer and Esteban Chaves had to change bikes in the penultimate climb of the day and the efforts of chasing for the pack later on made it difficult for him to keep the pace set by the Jumbo-Visma riders in front.

With five kilometres to go, Soler made a move in the front and only Gaudu was able to keep his pace. Some kilometres later, Mitchelton-Scott's Mikel Nieve launched an attack in the pack and was followed by Alejandro Valverde and by the Jumbo-Visma train, but this managed to make the group smaller, and soon after Sepp Kuss took the lead of the group to control new attacks.

On the last metres, Gaudu made an acceleration and Soler couldn't follow him, which allowed the Frenchman to take his first victory in a grand tour. Roglic and Richard Carapaz arrived together to the finish line one minute and three seconds later, which means that the Slovenian remains on top of the General Classification.






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