Roglic leads Vuelta again after stage win

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Defending champion Primoz Roglic reclaimed the red leader's jersey at the Vuelta a Espana from Ecuador's Richard Carapaz after winning his third stage with an uphill sprint finish in Stage 10.

Roglic worked his way towards the front of the peloton before striking out on the final metres of the slight ascent to the finish line to win the mostly flat 185-kilometre ride bordering the Cantabrian coast in northern Spain.

The Jumbo-Visma leader pulled level with the same overall time as Carapaz., having started the stage 13 seconds behind the Team Ineos rider.

It looked like a day for the title contenders to avoid trouble and let the sprinters vie for victory but Roglic had other ideas, surprising his main rival Carapaz and all the rest of the contenders.

"It is never easy to win, but I had the legs," Rogic said. "It doesn't really change for our team. We just have to keep the momentum."

Roglic lost the Tour de France in agonising fashion on the penultimate stage last month.

Yet the former ski jumper is showing no signs that the devastating defeat has affected his competitive spirit.

He led the Vuelta for the first five stages before Carapaz went in front to set up a two-man challenge.

A breakaway of four riders opened up a 12-minute lead on Friday, before it was reeled in by the group. Ireland's Dan Martin was left in third place overall at 25 seconds back overall.

Saturday's 11th stage is a 170-kilometre ride up four category-one climbs, including a summit finish on the Alta de la Farrapona.