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Roglic picks up second stage win after losing red jersey

Durango's Sepp Kuss sits in ninth-place overall at the Vuelta a España after 13 stages. File photo courtesy of Team Jumbo-Visma
Kuss in ninth place after 13 stages

Team Jumbo Visma’s Primoz Roglic won the 11th stage of the Vuelta a España on Wednesday, scoring his second stage win of the competition. Sepp Kuss finished 15th on the day and was in ninth-place overall in the general classification. Kuss then finished 25th on Thursday and 23rd Friday to maintain his ninth-place overall.

Roglic’s win came a day after he lost the red leader’s jersey due to crashing and slipped to third place.

On Thursday, Roglic was involved in another crash with several other cyclists. He was uninjured in the crash and was able to get up and finish in 12th place to maintain his third-place standing. Roglic then crossed with Kuss on Friday, placing 25th on a flat stage to hold on to his third-place standing.

“It was a quite calm day for our guys,” sports director Grischa Niermann said in the team’s race report on Friday. “We got a wake-up call when some Belgians tried to attack, but at that moment we were all well positioned. Tomorrow will be a tough day. A tough climb halfway and a long, tough uphill finish. We’ll see what will happen there. I think we are in good shape.”

The race’s leader, Odd Christian Eiking, was 1 minute, 56 second ahead of Roglic after the 13th stage and 5:03 ahead of Kuss. Eikeng pedaled the first 13 stages in 50 hours, 31 minutes and 52 seconds.

Kuss is also in ninth-place in the climber standings with 9 points.

In the team race, Jumbo Visma was in fifth after the 13th stage while Quinn Simmons’ team, Trek Segafredo, was right behind them in sixth.

Simmons was in 160th overall and 45th in the youth category.