Belgian veteran Philippe Gilbert claimed a second win at this year’s Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday as Slovenian Primoz Roglic remained in the lead but with a new challenger.
Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Gilbert, 37, backed up his victory on day 12 in Bilbao with a powerful finish on the flat in Guadalajara to pip Irish rider Sam Bennett.
Former winner Nairo Quintana, who started the day sixth overall, jumped to second.
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The trio were part of a breakaway group of more than 40 riders to escape in windy conditions just after the start of in Wednesday’s 17th stage.
After aggressive riding on the longest day of this year’s Vuelta, 14 survivors finished more than five minutes ahead of the pack.
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