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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Roglic wins Stage 10 TT to take race lead with barnstorming performance

George Smith
3 Sep 2019

Slovene puts rivals to the sword in dominant display on Stage 10

Primoz Roglic proved irresistible as the Jumbo-Visma rider smashed his rivals to take the stage win and move himself into the race lead, earning the red jersey with a blistering time of 47:05.

The Slovenian former ski jumper leapfrogged the GC leader at the start of the day, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), who expectedly ceded major time to his rivals that he will now have to try and recoup in the mountains.

It was a mixed bag for the other favourites for the third and final Grand Tour of the season. Roglic’s countryman Tadej Podacar (UAE-Emirates), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) all limited their losses, up to a point. Although Roglic actually caught Lopez for two minutes and they crossed the line in quick succession.

Conversely, Carl Frederik Hagen (Lotto-Soudal), and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) both struggled with the day's parcours, ending the day worse than they began it.

The ITT was always going to affect the GC

Today’s individual time trial, the only one in the Vuelta, following on from the queen stage and the first rest day, proved itself to be one for specialists of the discipline.

After moving from Andorra to France, the rolling 36.2km route starting in Jurancon and ending in Pau was always going to require mental as well as physical fortitude due to the winding roads and steep slopes.

And so it proved from the off - at least for those that wanted to set a good time - in slight contrast to this year's more lumpy TT at the Tour de France that was also hosted by the French town that today’s stage finished in.

The first of nine riders wearing National ITT jerseys today, Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) rolled through in 54:55, clearly with one eye on working for his team later in the race.

The first rider of note to set a decent time was Vasil Kiryienka (Team Ineos) who crossed in 50:17, but the former World Time Trial Champion was quickly knocked out of the hot seat by CCC Team’s William Barta with a time of 49:17.

Benjamin Thomas, Groupama FDJ’s French ITT champion moved into the lead after taking six seconds from Barta, only to be rapidly replaced by compatriot Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) who sailed into the lead, finishing in 47:32.

Cavagna’s looked like it would be the time to beat, but Kiwi ITT Champion Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) had other plans and just managed to go one better, crossing the line with a time of 47:30.

Few riders came close to Bevin until the GC contenders set off, with most riders either starting too fast and burning out, or simply rolling through comfortably with the goal of preserving energy.

Lawson Craddock (Education First) and three-time Portuguese ITT Champion Nelson Oliviera (Movistar) proved the exceptions to that rule, setting solid times of 47:53 and 48:07 respectively.