Vuelta 2021: López wins at Gamoniteiro, Roglic stays in red

Miguel Angel Lopez vuelta 2021 - Vuelta 2021: López wins at Gamoniteiro, Roglic stays in redfoto: Cor VosMiguel Ángel López strikes in the last 4 kilometres of the brutal Gamoniteiro. He solos to victory and wins the stage ahead of Primoz Roglic, Egan Bernal and Enric Mas. Roglic cements his GC lead. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 18th stage Vuelta a España 2021

1. Miguel Ángel López (col)
2. Primoz Roglic (slo) + 0.14
3. Enric Mas (spa) + 0.20
4. Egan Bernal (col) + 0.22
5. Jack Haig (aus) + 0.58
6. David de la Cruz (spa) s.t.
7. Gino Mäder (swi) s.t.
8. Louis Meintjes (rsa) s.t.
9. Sepp Kuss (usa) + 1.06
10. Adam Yates (gbr) + 1.07

27. Felix Großschartner (aut) + 6.49

GC after stage 18
1. Primoz Roglic (slo)
2. Enric Mas (spa) + 2.30
3. Miguel Ángel López (col) + 2.53
4. Jack Haig (aus) + 4.36
5. Egan Bernal (col) + 4.43
6. Adam Yates (gbr) + 5.44
7. Sepp Kuss (usa) + 6.02
8. Gino Mäder (swi) + 7.48
9. Guillaume Martin (fra) + 8.31
10. Louis Meintjes (rsa) + 9.02

Race report
James Piccoli is the first attacker. Bert-Jan Lindeman, Harm Vanhoucke and Pelayo Sánchez bridge across.

A huge group rejoins the attackers. On board are Majka, Storer, Arensman, Bouwman, Aru, Taaramäe, Vansevenant, Keukeleire, Puccio, Izagirre (Gorka), Cras, De Tier, Herrada (José), Le Gac, Erviti, Gamper, Nibali, Canal, Planckaert, Cherel, Dewulf, Okamika, Bagües, Martin (Gotzon), Maté, Howson and Schultz.

Storer is the first rider at the summit of the Puerto de San Lorenzo before he goes solo in the last kilometres of the Cobertoria. He reaches the top 1 minute ahead of the chasers and moves into the lead of the mountains classfication. The peloton is 5 minutes in arrears.

The peloton gobbles up the chasers on the Alto La Segá del Cordal.

David de la Cruz goes after the lone attacker on the Gamoniteiro. He catches him with 7 kilometres to go.

The Spaniard heads out alone, while Bernal strikes from the GC group inside the last 4.5 kilometres. Roglic, Kuss, López and Mas go with him.

Some 500 metres later López attacks. Haig, Yates, Mäder and Meintjes rejoin the chasers.

In a 1 kilometre chase ‘Superman’ catches De la Cruz and leaves him behind. Roglic accelerates on the lower slopes with Bernal and Mas on his wheel. The gap is 30 seconds at that moment, which is enough for López to seal the deal.

Roglic speeds up again in the last few hundred metres to drop his rivals en finishes in second place. He puts 8 seconds into Mas, who finishes in third, to cement his GC lead.

Another interesting read: route 18th stage 2021 Vuelta.

Vuelta a España 2021 stage 18: route, profiles, more

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