Vuelta: Remco Evenepoel resists Mas at the Monasterio de Tentudia, Uran wins the stage

Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-EasyPost) won stage 17 of the Tour of Spain, 162.3 km long between Aracena and the Monastery of Tentudia on Wednesday. Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) retains his red jersey as leader of the general classification. At the top of a 2nd category pass 10.3 km long with an average gradient of 5% with passages of more than 8%, the Colombian won ahead of the Frenchman Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ) and the Spaniard Jesus Herrada (Cofidis)

The main event of the day surely happened even before the start of the race with the announcement of the retirement of Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). The Slovenian, triple title holder, is not recovered from his heavy fall incurred Tuesday in the last meters of the 16th stage. He was second overall, 1:26 behind Evenepoel.

After several breakaway attempts, a group of 13 riders took to their heels after 35 km of racing. Among them were the Spaniards Marc Soler (UAE Emirates) and Jesus Herrada, already winners of a stage this year.

15 km from the finish, the American Lawson Craddock (BikeExchange-Jayco) launched an attack in the leading group before being finally caught by Pacher, Uran, Soler, Herrada and Clément Champoussin (AG2R-Citroën) under the red flame.

Uran then accelerated on the last slopes to win ahead of Pacher and Herrada to clinch the 15th victory of his career, the first this season. The Colombian, 35, had never won the Vuelta.

Behind, Remco Evenepoel wasted no time on his competitors and retained the lead in the general classification with 2:01 over the Spaniard Enric Mas (Movistar) and 4:51 over the Spaniard Juan Ayuso (UAE Emirates).

The 77th edition of the Vuelta ends on Sunday in Madrid. Thursday, the peloton will connect Trujillo to the Alto del Piornal and the bouquet will be played at the top of a final side of 13.6 km at 5% average gradient.

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