David Gaudu takes stage victory, Carapaz tries until the end but Roglic confirms overall win
Nov 08 2020 12:15 am CET

David Gaudu takes stage victory, Carapaz tries until the end but Roglic confirms overall win
David Gaudu takes stage victory, Carapaz tries until the end but Roglic confirms overall win
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Groupama-FDJ's David Gaudu has taken the victory of the 17th stage of the Vuelta a España, while Primoz Roglic lost seconds to Richard Carapaz, but managed to confirm his overall victory.

The decisive stage of the Spanish grand tour took the riders from Sequeros to the tough ski station of the Alto de la Covatilla -a mountain finish on a hors category ascent- over a 178.2-kilometre route that also included three climbs of the third category, one of the second and one of the third.

A group of 34 attackers escaped from the pack on the first part of the stage, and they built a gap of more than four minutes with the main group. Movistar and Jumbo-Visma set a high pace in the peloton that caused some breaks in it and with 60 kilometres to go, Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) was left behind, but he managed to return moments later.

On the cobbled climb on the town of Candelario with 18 kilometres to go, NTT Pro Cycling's Gino Mäder made an acceleration from the front and was joined by Mark Donovan (Sunweb) and Ion Izagirre (Astana) while the other escapees couldn't follow the move. With a bit more than six kilometres to go, Donovan couldn't hold one change of rhythm made by the Spaniard of Astana and was dropped while Mädder managed to stay at his wheel.

A couple of kilometres later, Groupama-FDJ's David Gaudu joined the duo of escapees and soon after launched his own attack and left them behind. Meanwhile, in the pack, Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) made a move and was soon followed by Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) and then by the rest of the GC contenders: Enric Mas, Primoz Roglic and Carapaz.

Moments later, Carapaz launched his attack and created a gap with the rest while Roglic led the chase for him.

Gaudu crossed the finish line on his own, taking his second victory in the 2020 edition of the race. Two minutes and 35 seconds later, Carapaz arrived to the finish line and 20 seconds later, and after Movistar pulled Roglic's group for a while, the Slovenian crossed the finish line and confirmed his overall victory of the race.






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