Is the Vuelta a España now a race between Remco Evenepoel and Covid?

The Belgian leads the race by well over two minutes and illness might be his biggest foe

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After 10 stages of the Vuelta a España, Remco Evenepoel now has a healthy lead over his nearest contenders. Tuesday's time trial saw the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rider extend the gap to second place by 48 seconds, meaning he now leads Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) by 2-41. 

With 11 stages to come, including five mountainous stages, there is still a lot of space for the race to be decided. However, the Belgian has looked imperious so far, comfortable on short punchy drags, longer climbs, and against the clock. Therefore, might it be off the bike rather than on the road that the race is decided?

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.