Primoz Roglic won the individual time trial at the Vuelta on Tuesday to retake the overall lead from Richard Carapaz.
Carapaz finished seventh, 49 seconds off the pace and fell 39 seconds behind Roglic in the overall standings.
“It was a hard crono but we’re pretty happy with the result,” Carapaz said after the stage. “We came here hoping to win this Vuelta, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We prepared well for this Vuelta, and we’re right there in the mix.”
“It was a hard TT. It wasn’t as flat as it looked, and that favored us,” he said.
“The Vuelta is still open, I still have my chances. There are still some hard stages coming up and I will try to move up.”