Evenepoel Vuelta reign over on Vingegaard's Jumbo day


Jonas Vingegaard has tamed the Tourmalet to win stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana, on a dramatic day which saw reigning champion Remco Evenepoel's challenge blown apart in the Pyrenees.

The brutal stage, which began in Formigal and ended at the iconic Col du Tourmalet on Friday, featured three other climbs before the final ascent to the finish - and it proved too much for Belgian superstar Evenepoel.

The relentless climbing and downhill racing, shockingly, took a toll early on Evenepoel, who now finds himself completely out of contention after finishing a dispirited 60th on the stage, some 27 minutes adrift of leader Sepp Kuss.

It was Kuss's Jumbo-Visma team which controlled the stage, with the leader, Primoz Roglic and Vingegaard all in the leading group on the final climb, before Denmark's Tour de France winner made his telling break with eight kilometres to the finish.

A smiling Kuss, normally a 'super domestique' for the team who serves Grand Tour winners Roglic and Vingegaard, held onto the leader's jersey with a brave ride.

He finished runner-up, half-a-minute behind Vingegaard but three seconds ahead of Roglic in a dominant Jumbo-Visma 1-2-3.

Kuss still leads the race by one minute 37 seconds, with three-time Vuelta winner Roglic now second, seven seconds clear of Vingegaard, with the only question now appearing to be how the Dutch team will carve up the spoils.

"I'm just so happy and I couldn't choose a better day; today is my daughter's birthday and I wanted to win for her so badly today," Vingegaard said.

"Our plan was to see if we could take some time on our opponents today. That happened and I'm just so proud to do it today and do it for my daughter."

Vingegaard, who now has the King of the Mountains jersey as the race's top climber with Australian Michael Storer now third in that category, was asked whether the 1-2-3 finish had been Jumbo-Visma's plan for the stage.

"That's even better than the plan," the Dane replied.