Roglič recaptures red jersey at La Vuelta

The winner of the stage and overall leader Primoz Roglic from Slovenia of team Jumbo-Visma, celebrates on the podium during the 4th stage, a 107,6 km race between Lucens and Torgon at the 73th Tour de Romandie UCI ProTour cycling race in Torgon, Switzerland, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (KEYSTONE/Jean-Christophe Bott)

Lagos de Covadonga – Slovenian cycling star Primož Roglič has recaptured the red jersey at La Vuelta with a win in the mountainous 17th stage on Wednesday that puts him on track for the third consecutive overall victory.

The Jumbo-Visma rider was the only one to join the Colombian Egan Bernal for a runaway 67 kilometres before the finish.

With seven and a half kilometres to go in the 186-kilometre stage, he left Bernal in the dust on the last climb, winning with a gap of one minute and 35 seconds.

In the overall standings, Roglič now has a comfortable two minutes and 22 seconds on the Spaniard Enric Mas and three minutes, 11 seconds on the Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez.

The riders face another mountainous stage tomorrow.