MADRID (AFP) - Dane Jakob Fuglsang has soloed to a summit-finish win on stage 16 of the Vuelta a Espana as Slovenian Primoz Roglic extended his advantage at the top of the overall standings.
Fuglsang, 34, broke away late on the final climb into the thick clouds at 1,600m altitude in northern Spain.
Promising 24-year-old Briton Tao Geoghegan Hart of Ineos came close for a second straight day, digging in to finish second on the third stage in the spectacular Cantabrian Mountains.
Protecting a sizeable overall lead, Roglic ended up stretching his advantage by 23 seconds over his closest challenger Alejandro Valverde to 2min 48sec with just five stages to go.
The former ski-jumper took advantage of a last-climb struggle for the best young rider's white jersey between Miguel Angel Lopez and Tadej Pogacar who are also fourth and third in the overall standings.
****Team Astana rider Denmark's Jakob Diemer Fuglsang crosses the finish line of the 16th stage of the 2019 La Vuelta cycling Tour of Spain.