Roglic leads Vuelta, Wellens wins stage

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Tim Wellens has won his second Spanish Vuelta stage, with defending champion Primoz Roglic maintaining his overall lead over Richard Carapaz.

Wellens, who had also won the fifth leg, sprinted to victory ahead of Michael Woods and Zdenek Stybar in an unusually fast 14th stage that took riders 204 kilometres through hilly Galician terrain.

Wellens, a Belgian rider for Lotto Soudal, dominated on the uphill finish after staying in the breakaway group for most of the stage.

The overall leaders finished together in the peloton, crossing the line almost four minutes behind Wellens.

Slovenian defending champion Roglic maintained a 39-second lead over Ecuadorian Carapaz entering the final stages of the three-week race. Britain's Hugh Carthy stayed third, 47 seconds off the pace.

When the peloton rolled in, Mitchelton-Scott's Nick Schultz proved the first Australian across the line in 13th place. At 32nd overall, he is also the leading Australian in the g.c.

Thursday's 15th stage will be the longest of the Vuelta this year, taking riders 230 kilometres (142 miles) through a winding terrain that will favour escapes at the front.

The Vuelta is being held amid tight health restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic. It will finish on Sunday in Madrid.