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Hugh Carthy stays in Vuelta a Espana competition as Tim Wellens sprints to degree 14 win

Hugh Carty held onto third spot on Wednesday’s stage 14 of the Vuelta a Espana as Primoz Roglic attempted to extend his lead in the overall standings. 

Roglic had catapulted Ricard Carapaz to take the lead after yesterday’s individual mountain time trial and tried to extend that 39-second advantage over the leading conenders into the finish at Ourense. 

But both Carapaz both managed to cross the line in the same time as the Slovenian. Carthy remains 47s off the lead with four days of the race left. 

A group of five riders made a break earlier in the stage with Tim Wellens outsprinting Canadian Michael Woods for the victory, the second by the Belgian in this year’s race.

Following his win, Wellens said: “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 rieders. I felt Woods coming but suddenly the finish line was there and I passed first.” 

There was no major change in the general classification despite the attempts of Roglic, who for now looks the strongest rider in the peloton as he had at the Tour de France until being beaten to the win on the penultimate stage. 

Carthy, meanwhile, has pledged to attack in the final hilly days, including an arduous penultimate stage on Saturday. 

He said: “I’ve got nothing to lose now so I think I’m going to gamble. With the stage win and several other top performances now I’ve got nothing to lose. I’ll try my best and, if things go as they have done so far, I see no reason why I can’t have a stab at it.”  

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Hugh Carthy in the Vuelta hunt as Primoz Roglic takes stage 13

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