Colombia’s Uran soars to Vuelta stage triumph as Roglic retires

3. Colombia's Uran soars to Vuelta stage triumph as Roglic retires
Team Education First’s Columbian rider Rigoberto Uran crosses the finish line in first place during the 17th stage of the 2022 La Vuelta cycling tour of Spain, a 162.3km race from Aracena to the Monasterio de Tentudia monastery in Calera de Leon, on September 7, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

MONASTERIO DE TENTUDÍA, Spain — Rigoberto Uran won stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday after a swashbuckling high-altitude struggle to a mountaintop monastery in Extremadura as defending champion Primoz Roglic withdrew injured.اضافة اعلان

Aiming for a fourth straight Vuelta Roglic was a non-starter due to injuries from a fall Tuesday when he was trying to gain time on race leader Remco Evenepoel, who Wednesday lost 5sec to his closest rival Movistar’s Enric Mas.

The Belgian leads by 2min 01sec with 19-year-old Juan Ayuso of UAE in third.

Colombia’s Uran was completing a collection of stage wins in all three of cycling’s Grand Tours.

The 35-year-old, a previous runner-up on both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia was amongst a long-range escape who began an internecine struggle up the final slope with the lead changing hands several times.

The 22-year-old Belgian Evenepoel enjoyed a lead of almost three minutes at one point earlier in the race, but suffered the loss of crucial teammate Julian Alaphilippe to injury.

Stage 18 and 20 feature multiple mountains when Mas will hope to attack Evenepoel.

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