Miguel Ángel López hits back to take race lead on stage three of Ruta del Sol 2021

The Colombian took the race lead from Ethan Hayter on the uphill finish to Villarrodrigo

Miguel Ángel López at the Ruta del Sol 2021
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Miguel Ángel López struck back with a stage victory and the race lead on day three of the Ruta del Sol 2021. 

The Colombian Grand Tour contender, riding his first season with Movistar, missed out to Britain’s Ethan Hayter on the second stage, but came back with a victory the following day on a stiff uphill finish. 

  1. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Movistar, 5-03-26
  2. Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Jumbo-Visma, at 2s
  3. James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation, at 6s 

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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.