Vuelta 2021: Caruso wins at Alto de Velefique, Roglic still leader

Damiano Caruso Vuelta - Vuelta 2021: Caruso wins at Alto de Velefique, Roglic still leaderfoto: Cor VosDamiano Caruso attacks from the breakaway with 70 kilometres remaining. The Italian powers to an impressive victory at the top of the Alto de Velefique. Primoz Roglic outsprints Enric Mas for the second place to extend his overall race lead. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 9th stage Vuelta a España 2021

1. Damiano Caruso (ita)
2. Primoz Roglic (slo) + 1.05
3. Enric Mas (spa) + 1.06
4. Jack Haig (aus) + 1.44
5. Miguel Ángel López (col) s.t.
6. Adam Yates (gbr) s.t.
7. Gino Mäder (swi) + 2.07
8. Giulio Ciccone (ita) + 2.10
9. Egan Bernal (col) s.t.
10. David de la Cruz (spa) + 2.40

15. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) + 3.48
23. Mikel Landa (spa) + 5.04

GC after stage 9
1. Primoz Roglic (slo)
2. Enric Mas (spa) + 0.28
3. Miguel Ángel López (col) + 1.21
4. Jack Haig (aus) + 1.42
5. Egan Bernal (col) + 1.52
6. Adam Yates (gbr) + 2.07
7. Giulio Ciccone (ita) + 2.39
8. Sepp Kuss (usa) + 2.40
9. Felix Großschartner (aut) + 3.25
10. David de la Cruz (spa) + 3.55

11. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) s.t.
15. Damiano Caruso (ita) + 5.35
16. Mikel Landa (spa) + 5.47

Race report
Attacks from the gun, but still no break at the foot of the first climb, Alto de Cuatro Vientos. Then Wout Poels gives it a go. Several riders try to join him, but can’t close the gap.

The Dutchman reaches the summit in first position. Back in the valley the peloton is together again.

Olivier Le Gac and Rudy Molard jump clear before Damiano Caruso is the first rider to bridge across, followed by Robert Stannard, Romain Bardet, Kenny Elissonde, Rafal Majka, Lilian Calmejane, Angel Madrazo, Julen Amezqueta and Martijn Tusveld. The eleven put 3 minutes into the peloton.

The gap falls below 2 minutes on the Collado Venta Luisa. This inspires Caruso to head out alone with Bardet, Tusveld, Amezqueta and Majka in pursuit.

In the run-up to the Alto de Castro de Fiabres Tusveld can’t follow the pace in the chase group before Geoffrey Bouchard takes his place at the climb.

The lone leader enters the Alto de Velefique 3 minutes ahead of the chasers, while the peloton is trailing at 5 minutes. Landa can’t follow the pace on the climb.

Yates strikes with 9 kilometes to climb and López and Kuss go with him. Roglic, Mas and Bernal rejoin them later before others also bridges across.

Yates goes again, and again. Mas and Roglic regain contact before the two push on together. Yates, Haig and López are the first chasers without coming closer.

Caruso solos to triumph before Roglic outsprints Mas for the second place.

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