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Roglic loses leader jersey in penultimate stage

Milan Vader hospitalized after crash
Jumbo-Visma leader Primoz Roglic competes Friday in the fifth stage of the Itzulia Basque Country. (Courtesy Jumbo-Visma)

Team Jumbo-Visma cyclist Primoz Roglic lost his leader’s jersey Friday in the fifth stage of the Itzulia Basque Country.

Jonas Vingegaard responded to an attack from a depleted peloton in the final but was delayed in the last meters and finished eighth on the stage. Roglic finished in a chasing group, 1:15 behind the winner, Carlos Rodriguez of INEOS Grenadiers.

Before the day’s breakaway could be formed, there was a crash in the peloton. Dutchman Milan Vader had to withdraw and was taken to the hospital.

Eventually, seven riders escaped from the peloton, including Sepp Kuss. At 70 kilometers from the end, the leading group fell apart, and only two leaders remained. They got a four-minute lead on the peloton, where Team Jumbo-Visma and other teams kept control. On the Karabieta climb, Jonas Vingegaard broke away with six others. In the final meters, the Dane crashed and crossed the line eighth, bike in hand.

According to sports director Marc Reef, Vingegaard seemed to be on the way to a good result.

“In the final, we were able to work together with several teams,” Reef said. “Then Jonas got in front because he reacted alertly to an attack. The gap increased quickly, and Jonas was ready to launch his final sprint. He felt he was on the way to a good result until the incident with Vlasov. A real shame because otherwise he would have been better placed in the GC.”

Reef looked ahead to Saturday.

“The toughest stage. Jonas has shown that he can compete uphill. Primoz is still among the first 10 of the general classification, but he has already fallen behind, he said. ”Yet nothing is lost. We'll go for it tomorrow.”

Kuss ended up 76th on the stage 13:01 back.

Remco Evenepoel of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl finished third on the stage but grabbed the lead in the general classification.

Roglic is eighth in the GC, 1:05 back. Vingegaard ins sixth, 29 seconds behind Evenepoel.

Kuss is 48th in the GC, 19:34 back. In the team race, Jumbo-Visma is fifth out of the 22 squads racing.