Disgruntlement as Primož Roglič cedes more time in the Vuelta a España, while other GC riders share their own anger

Evenepoel has proven wrong a lot of his doubters, while more experienced GC stars fall by the wayside

Primoz Roglic
(Image credit: Getty)

As Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) was celebrating major gains after a brutal stage nine of the Vuelta a España, just a few metres away his main rivals at looked on dejected. Forlorn.

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) had just ceded 52 seconds to Evenepoel on the 24 percent gradients of Les Preares, and Enric Mas (Movistar) was leaning over his handlebars, the Spaniard trying to recover after failing to hold onto Evenepoel's attack and high rhythm. Simon Yates of BikeExchange-Jayco looked to the sky and let out a sigh.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.