Roglic wins stage, 3rd straight Vuelta

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Primoz Roglic has sealed his third straight Vuelta a Espana title after adding to his already comfortable lead by winning the final stage's time trial.

The Slovenian cyclist increased his advantage over runner-up Enric Mas of Spain during the 34km stage from Padron to Santiago de Compostela to four minutes, 42 seconds.

Australia's Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious) completed the podium in the general classification, 7min:40sec behind Roglic.

Forced out of the Tour de France - and the Olympics - when he suffered a broken collarbone, Haig, 27, has signed off his season in grand style at the last of the year's three grand tours.

Roglic became just the fourth rider to win the Vuelta more than twice.

Alberto Contador (2008, 2012, 2014) and Tony Rominger (1992-1994) also won it three times.

Roberto Heras won it a record four times (2000, 2003-2005).

Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) earned his fourth stage win at this year's Vuelta, including the first time trial on the opening stage.

He took over the leader's red jersey for good with a stellar performance in the high mountains over the final week.

Roglic added to his Vuelta titles in 2019 and 2020 less than six weeks after claiming gold for Slovenia in the time trial at the Tokyo Olympics.

Roglic capped his victory in the final metres by catching and overtaking Mas, who had started two minutes before him on their solo runs.

Magnus Cort Nielsen was chasing his own fourth stage win at the race when he set the time to beat over the decisive time trial.

But Roglic, despite almost going off course at one point, finished the stage in 44min:02sec, some 14 seconds ahead of the Dane.

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