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Tour of Spain: French Champoussin surprise winner, Roglic remains in red

The Frenchman surprised by winning the 20th stage of the Vuelta this Saturday.

French rider Clément Champoussin won the 20th and penultimate stage of the Tour of Spain at the age of 23 at Castro de Herville (north-west of the country) on Saturday, thus offering himself a prestigious victory in his young career.

Up front all day, Champoussin (AG2R-Citroën) stayed in the wheel of the favorites when they resumed the breakaway and counterattacked two kilometers from the finish leaving the favorites Adam Yates, Enric in place. Mas and especially Primoz Roglic, second on the stage, who consolidated his position as leader of the general standings on the eve of the final time trial on Sunday.

While the final was marked by several attacks in the group of favorites, the Basque Euskaltel Mikel Bizkarra tried his chances a few seconds before Champoussin, but was picked up … and it was the Frenchman’s attack that had been the right one.

Mouth wide open in the small final hill, Champoussin, at the end of the effort, did not even have the strength to raise his arms when crossing the line.

This is his first professional win on the World Tour circuit, only in the second year of his pro contract. He won the Tour du Frioul in 2019 when he was still a reservist at AG2R.

This year, even if he said on arrival that he had experienced a Vuelta “with ups and downs», Champoussin still finished fifth on the 14th stage at the top of Pico Villuercas and above all third on the 10th stage at Rincon de la Victoria.

Sunday, the last stage of this Tour of Spain 2021 will be an individual time trial of 33.8 kilometers between Padron and Santiago de Compostela, a time for which Roglic is once again favorite, after his victory. on the initial time trial in the first stage.

Third in the general classification this morning, Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez, winner of the 18th stage on Thursday, retired.


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