Tim Wellens claimed his second stage victory at La Vuelta
Belgium's Tim Wellens claimed his second stage victory at the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday as Primoz Roglic retained the overall lead in an uneventful day for the general classification
Wellens of Lotto Soudal won stage 14 in Ourense after holding off a late surge from EF Pro Cycling's Michael Woods.
Wellens now has two stage wins at the Vuelta after his triumph on the summit finish at Sabinanigo last month in stage five.
"I knew today was a day that suited me very well. But it's one thing to look forward to a day and another thing to be in the right position, be in the breakaway and have the right legs and today everything went perfectly."
"It's not easy to win, I had to really fight to get in the breakaway, and all my companions in the breakaway were really strong riders," Wellens added. "I felt Woods coming but suddenly the finish line was there and I passed first."
Thursday and Friday’s stage are also hilly stages more suited to sprinters where Roglic and Carapaz are expected to finish together before doing battle in Saturday’s decisive mountain stage.
VIDEO: 2020 La Vuelta Stage 14 Highlights
2020 La Vuelta Stage 14 Top 10
1 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 4:37:05
2 Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling
3 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-Quickstep
4 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers
5 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:11
6 Thyman Arensman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:13
7 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis 0:03:11
8 Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:03:44
9 Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
10 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma
2020 La Vuelta GC after Stage 14
1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 53:57:05
2 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:39
3 Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Pro Cycling 0:00:47
4 Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:01:42
5 Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:23
6 Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain McLaren 0:06:15
7 Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:07:14
8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:08:39
9 Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana Pro Team 0:08:48
10 David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 0:09:23