Jonas Vingegaard soloed to victory in the Vuelta a Espana stage 16 on Tuesday to climb to second overall, 29 seconds behind teammate and current race leader Sepp Kuss.
The American Jumbo-Visma rider has led the standings since stage eight but back-to-back Tour de France winner Vingegaard has now trimmed that advantage to a narrow margin.
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Danish star Vingegaard admitted on Monday’s rest day he suffered severe stomach problems in the first few stages of the race and said he was glad to still be involved – now he is firmly in contention for a third Grand Tour triumph.