Roglic wins at Vuelta, Eiking retains lead

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Primoz Roglic has prevailed on the steep final climb to earn his second stage victory in the Vuelta a Espana, cutting into the overall lead of Odd Christian Eiking.

Roglic went past Enric Mas in the final metres of the 133.6km 11th stage in southern Spain, the two-time defending champion adding to his victory in the first Vuelta stage.

It was the seventh career stage win at the Vuelta for Roglic, the Slovenian rider from team Jumbo-Visma.

"It was a hard stage, short but super hot again. I was also suffering a lot, but luckily I had enough for the win in the end," Roglic said.

"Enric Mas is also very strong; luckily I had a little more. It's always nice to win. You never know when the last one will be."

Roglic relinquished the leader's red jersey after crashing near the end of the 10th stage on Tuesday and is now third, less than two minutes behind Eiking, with the three-week grand tour just past its halfway point.

Guillaume Martin stayed second overall, less than a minute behind Eiking, while Mas remained in fourth place, ahead of Miguel Angel Lopez.

Australia's Jack Haig, riding for Team Bahrain Victorious, had another good day, finishing fourth on the stage, just seven seconds adrift, and now lying sixth in the general classification, three minutes and 55 seconds down on Eiking.

Thursday's 12th stage will take riders on a hilly 175km route that finishes in Cordoba.

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