Vuelta 2020: Gaudu wins two-up sprint at La Farrapona, Roglic stays in red

David Gaudu wins the Alto de la Farrapona stage from the breakaway. He outsprints Marc Soler atop the steep finishing climb, while Primoz Roglic keeps the overall race lead, still on the same time as Richard Carapaz. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 11th stage Vuelta a España 2020

1. David Gaudu (fra)
2. Marc Soler (spa) + 0.04
3. Michael Storer (aus) + 0.52
4. Mark Donovan (gbr) s.t.
5. Guillaume Martin (fra) + 0.55
6. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) + 0.58
7. Daniel Martin (irl) + 1.03
8. Enric Mas (spa) s.t.
9. Richard Carapaz (ecu) s.t.
10. Primoz Roglic (slo) s.t.

11. Hugh Carthy (gbr) + 1.10
12. Wout Poels (nld) s.t.
14. Alejandro Valverde (spa) + 1.12
15. Felix Großschartner (aut) + 1.15
16. Mikel Nieve (spa) + 1.17

GC after stage 11
1. Primoz Roglic (slo)
2. Richard Carapaz (ecu) s.t.
3. Daniel Martin (irl) + 0.25
4. Hugh Carthy (gbr) + 0.58
5. Enric Mas (spa) + 1.54
6. Marc Soler (spa) + 2.44
7. Felix Großschartner (aut) + 3.31
8. Alejandro Valverde (spa) + 3.44
9. Wout Poels (nld) + 3.54
10. Mikel Nieve (spa) + 4.43

Race report
Tim Wellens attacks on the Alto de la Campa and he is the first rider over the summit. KOM leader Guillaume Martin comes second.

Wellens pushes on alone before José Joaquin Rojas, Clément Champoussin, Ion Izagirre, Tosh Van der Sande, Pierre-Luc Perichon and Gonzalo Serrano bridge across. Tsgabu Grmay, Gino Mäder, Ivo Oliveira and Juan Pedro López also join the lead group ahead of the Alto de la Colladona.

Wellens attacks in the climb before he is caught with 3 kilometres to go to the top. Michael Storer, Nikla Eg, Mark Donovan, Bruno Armirail and Nelson Oliveira are next and the five reach the summit ahead of Guillaume Martin, Tim Wellens and David Gaudu. The eight come together in the descent.

Marc Soler bridges across to the lead group on the Cobertoria ascent, while Wellens drops back. Martin cements his KOM lead at the summit.

Marc Soler is the best placed attacker, 3.49 minutes down on the red jersey, since he pockets 3 seconds in the intermediate sprint at the foot of the San Lorenzo climb. Once again, Martin extends his KOM lead at the summit with the GC group trailing at 2.30 minutes.

The lead group is down to Soler, Martin, Gaudu, Storer and Donovan on the finishing climb, while Chaves can’t follow the pace in the peloton with 10 kilometres to go.

Soler accelerates when the climb ramps up in the last 5 kilometres. Gaudu bridges across to the Spaniard.

The two enter the last kilometre when Vlasov accelerates in the GC group. The attack comes too late and the race boils down to a two-up sprint. Gaudu opens the sprint with 150 metres out to distance his companion and win the first Grand Tour stage of his career.

The top 3 remains unchanged with Roglic leading on the same time as Carapaz with Dan Martin third at 25 seconds.

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