The rider from team Lotto-Soudal conquests the time trial stage.
After he won the opening stage of the Ruta del Sol, Lotto Soudal leader Tim Wellens now also took the time trial win. He finished the 16.3 km between Mancha Real and La Guardia de Jaén in 22 minutes and 25 seconds. That way, he beat Jakob Fuglsang and Ion Izagirre with two and nine seconds, respectively. The 27-year-old Belgian extends his GC lead to seven seconds. Wellens began the time trial with a five-second advantage on Fuglsang, Izagirre and Jack Haig. It promised to be a very intense battle against the clock to defend his yellow jersey. The course included the Alto de 7 Pillillas, a third-category climb. One and a half kilometres after the summit, Wellens came through as second at the intermediate point.
For a long while, Adam Yates had the best time, but Kruiswijk, Izagirre and Fuglsang even set a better time. All eyes were then on Tim Wellens who, atop on his Ridley fully equipped Campagnolo, gave his all during the final uphill slopes to the line. In the end, he improved the top time yet again with two seconds and he could celebrate for the second time this week.
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