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Uran takes Vuelta stage 17 in close finish, Evenepoel retains lead

Uran takes Vuelta stage 17 in close finish, Evenepoel retains lead

Cycling – Tour de France – Stage 1 – Copenhagen to Copenhagen – Copenhagen, Denmark – July 1, 2022 EF Education – Easypost’s Rigoberto Uran…

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Cycling – Tour de France – Stage 1 – Copenhagen to Copenhagen – Copenhagen, Denmark – July 1, 2022 EF Education – Easypost’s Rigoberto Uran crosses the line after stage 1 REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Sept 7 (Reuters) – Rigoberto Uran held off Quentin Pacher and Jesus Herrada in a thrilling sprint finish to win stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday as overall leader Remco Evenepoel maintained his advantage and edged closer to a maiden Grand Tour title.

Herrada of Cofidis looked set to take the win with under a kilometre to go before EF Education-EasyPost’s Uran chased him down with 200m left to claim his first Grand Tour stage victory since 2017.

The Colombian has now won a stage in each of cycling’s three Grand Tours, the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta.

"It’s beautiful to win in the Vuelta. I’ve been looking for this for several years because I’d already won at the Tour and the Giro," said Uran after coming out on top in the 162.3km ride from Aracena to Monasterio de Tentudia.

"I was (up) against some quick riders, I had to preserve some energy to ride against people like (Marc) Soler. At 300m to go, I said ‘I have to go now, it’s now or never.’ This win shows that we always have to believe and fight."

Back in the peloton, Evenepoel never looked like relinquishing his red jersey despite a late surge from Enric Mas as the Belgian cashed in on the absence of main rival […]

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