Carapaz back in red after Angliru ordeal

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Richard Carapaz has regained the leader's red jersey from Primoz Roglic in the Vuelta a Espana.

The Ecuadorian opened up a 10-second advantage after the punishing 12th stage on the infamous Alto de l'Angliru climb, as British rider Hugh Carthy pulled off a heroic solo victory.

Carthy pulled clear of Aleksandr Vlasov and Enric Mas in the final kilometre just as the climb began to ease and accelerated towards the finish line to claim his first stage win at a grand tour.

Carthy crossed the line 16 seconds ahead of the Russian and the Spaniard, who came second and third, while Carapaz also finished 16 seconds down in fourth, but missed out on bonus seconds by failing to get on the podium.

Carapaz pulled off a series of attacks on Roglic over the final two kilometres and the Slovenian had to dig deep before running out of energy as the gap widened.

Yet, crucially, he managed to limit the damage once the brutal climb eased towards the summit

The 109-km stage featured five categorised climbs and culminated up the Angliru, widely regarded as the toughest ascent in pro cycling.

Sunday's route was the shortest non-time-trial stage of the Vuelta but undoubtedly the most punishing, featuring gradients of up to 24% in the final three kilometres.

The riders will take a well-earned second rest day on Monday, with the action resuming on Tuesday with an individual time trial.