On the 17th stage of the Tour of Spain from Ribadesella to Alto de Angelero, Jonas Vengegaard (Denmark) and Primoz Roglic (SLO) did not give overall leader Sepp Koss (USA) any gifts on his 29th birthday. In the final kilometers of the Alto de Angliru, which has a gradient of 24 percent, the Jumbo-Visma trio pushed together towards the finish. Kos, who had been wearing the leader’s red jersey since stage eight, was no longer able to keep up the pace at the end.
Roglic raced through thick fog, beating Vingegaard at the same time and celebrating his 12th stage victory in the Vuelta. Kuss at least defended third place and salvaged an 8-second lead over Vingegaard and 1:08 minutes over Roglic in the overall standings. After the sixteenth stage, the American was still 29 seconds ahead of the Dane.
Changing of the guard on Thursday?
His teammates Kuss, Vingegaard and Roglic are also likely to finish in the top three in Madrid on Sunday. The only question that remains is the system.
But it will be difficult for Kos to defend his leadership position in the final four stages with another 4,100 meters on Thursday. Obviously there is no team system, and the strongest will win – and that currently appears to be Vingegaard.
SRF 2, Sportflash, September 13, 2023, 8:00pm; sda/dah
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