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Roglic retains crown as the Vuelta a España triumphs over the virus

Primoz Roglic, centre, with the red jersey, beside Hugh Carthy, right.
Primoz Roglic, centre, with the red jersey, beside Hugh Carthy, right. / EFE
  • The Slovene was joined on the podium by British rider Hugh Carthy, the surprise package of the three-week race, rescheduled from August

Slovene Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) successfully defended his Vuelta a España crown, winning the red jersey in Madrid on Sunday.

Roglic, who suffered a dramatic defeat by Tadej Pogacar in the Tour de France, said: "It's beautiful to finish like this. It is impossible to compare [to last year's Vuelta title] but I'm super, super happy I could win and finish like this."

British rider Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) was the surprise package of the three-week race, coming third, securing a podium finish in a Grand Tour for the first time in his career.

Chris Froome, racing for Ineos Grenadiers for the last time, came 98th and was given a trophy for his 2011 Vuelta win at the start of Sunday's stage - awarded retrospectively in 2019 after Spaniard Juan José Cobo had been stripped of the title for doping.

The Vuelta, which was originally set to take place from 14 August to 6 September and starting in the Netherlands, had to be shortened to just 18 stages.

For the first time in almost five decades, the Basque Country has hosted the first stage (between Irún and Arrate Eibar).

Much of the race took place in northern Spain this year, not passing through Andalucía on this occasion.