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Gallery: Magnus was Cort as Primoz Roglic wins Stage 11 at the Vuelta

Robyn Davidson
26 Aug 2021

Death, taxes and Primoz Roglic pipping a breakaway for the stage victory. The Slovenian once again delivers the goods at the Vuelta a Espana

Which is the more common sight recently – Magnus Cort in the breakaway or Primož Roglič riding past all his rivals for victory?

While both occurred during Stage 11 of the Vuelta a España, the EF Education-Nippo rider probably wished the latter didn’t as he was overtaken by a swarm of bodies just before the line in Valdepeñas De Jaén.

The day began with a five-man breakaway out of Antequera and ended with the break of a heart. It was almost déjà-vu after Cort held Roglič at bay to see off his late charge for the win during Stage 6, but this time the feat wasn’t to be repeated.

Roglič led the charge – naturally – alongside Movistar’s Enric Mas, the duo side-eyeing each other as the gradient ramped up towards pre-rollercoaster drop territory with the cruel 25% incline drawing comparisons to the Mur de Huy.

Jumbo-Visma’s leader took off like a rocket in the final 150 metres, leaving all his competitors in his wake and crucially staying upright for his second win in this year’s Spanish Grand Tour.

Behind finished Mas, and a seven-second gap appeared back to riders like Bahrain Victorious’ Jack Haig, Ineos Grenadiers’ Adam Yates and Team DSM’s Romain Bardet.

Cort was left weaving and wheezing, pedalling squares and swerving across the tough road to finish in 25th place. Egan Bernal crossed the line 11 seconds behind Roglič alongside Odd Christian Eiking who retains the red jersey for another day.

Roglič said, ‘It’s always nice to win. You never know when it’s the last one. It was a nice finish with a steep uphill where I can normally do well. It was a nice challenge and the team did an amazing job pushing really hard for the whole day and keeping the breakaway at a distance, so big thanks to them.’

Unsurprisingly given the drama, the pain and the spectacle, today's gallery from Chris Auld features some absolute corkers and a wheelie or two: