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Tadej Pogacar bests Primoz Roglic to win stage 13 of the Vuelta a España, Fabio Aru abandons the race, Lisa Klein takes the Boels Ladies Tour lead after nabbing stage 3. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Tadej Pogacar wins stage 13 of the Vuelta ahead of Primoz Roglic
Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) picked up his second stage victory at this year’s Vuelta a España on Friday’s stage 13. The 20-year-old Grand Tour debutant bested race leader and fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) atop the grueling Los Machucos finishing climb after the pair had dropped the rest of the GC hopefuls and sailed past breakaway rider Pierre Latour (Ag2r-La Mondiale) in the final kilometers.
Latour settled for third after a long day off the front.
Roglic’s runner-up ride extended his GC lead over Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde, while Pogacar leapfrogged Movistar’s Nairo Quintana and Astana’s Miguel Ángel López and moved into third place overall.
“I didn’t know that I would feel so good on the last climb. I just wanted to survive,” Pogacar said at the finish.
“When I heard on the radio that nobody was following me and Roglic, I realized it was a good opportunity. Roglic, it’s difficult when you’re going against him because he’s really strong. I’m happy I could do it today.”
The 166.4-kilometer stage from Bilbao saw the decisive breakaway move get clear after around an hour of racing, with Latour, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Wout Poels (Ineos), Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), and Louis Meintjes (Dimension Data) among the many strong names in the group. After the escapees working to build a sizable gap on the bunch, attacks off the front forced splits and regroupings over the succession of late climbs.
Hector Saez (Euskadi-Murias) led solo into the Los Machucos finale, but was caught and passed by chasers from the break shortly after starting the grueling gradients. Latour then pulled away from the rest of the escapees to press on solo, but a whittled-down GC group was fast approaching from behind
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