The Associated Press GUADALAJARA, Spain (AP) — Mastering strong winds that pushed riders to speeds of 75 kph, veteran Philippe Gilbert won his second Spanish Vuelta stage on Wednesday, while Primoz Roglic lost a few seconds from his overall lead after a charge by Nairo Quintana.
Gilbert beat Sam Bennett in the final sprint of the 219.6-kilometer 17th stage, the longest of the three-week race that ends Sunday in Madrid.
Remi Cavagna, Gilbert’s teammate with Deceuninck-Quick Step, finished third in one of the fastest Vuelta stages due to the winds that took riders to an average speed of about 50 kph.
“It was crazy from the gun,” said Gilbert, a 37-year-old Belgian who had also won the 12th stage. “It was really fast. At some point we were doing, even on the flat, 75 kph. In 17 years as a pro, I don’t think I’ve ever done that. It was really, really crazy.”
Roglic, who has worn the overall leader’s red jersey since the 10th stage, saw Quintana reduce his lead to 2 minutes, 24 seconds. The former ski jumper from Slovenia was nearly three minutes ahead of the pack after Monday’s 16th stage.Speech