Gaudu wins at Vuelta as Storer comes third

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Frenchman David Gaudu won the gruelling 11th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday, while title rivals Primoz Roglic and Richard Carapaz remained locked atop the overall classification.

Australia's 23-year-old prospect Michael Storer enjoyed a fine day's work, ending up third on the stage after Gaudu had sped away from Marc Soler and screamed with joy as he crossed the finish line at the top of Alto de la Farrapona.

The Groupama-FDJ winner claimed the 170-kilometre ride up four category-one climbs in Spain's northern mountains in just under five hours.

Gaudu and Soler were the last remnants of a breakaway that successfully stayed ahead of the group of overall contenders on the final climb.

Team Sunweb's Storer, from Sydney, and his teammate Mark Donovan came home 52 seconds in arrears for third and fourth.

They both finished clear of Frenchman Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), who extended his lead in the polka dot jersey competition on a day which featured four fearsome climbs.

Defending champion Roglic maintained the red leader's jersey that he reclaimed from Carapaz on Friday.

Roglic and Carapaz crossed together to remain on the same overall time.

Dan Martin is third overall at 25 seconds behind.

Sunday's stage stays in the mountains with a 109.4-kilometre ride over four summits before a beyond-category finish atop the Alto de l'Angliru, one of the most feared ascents in the sport.

The coronavirus pandemic caused the grand tour to be pushed back from its August-September slot and reduced from 21 to 18 stages.