La Vuelta 2022: Ethan Hayter abandons the race leaving Ineos Grenadiers one runner down for the second half of the race
Ethan Hayter has withdrawn from La Vuelta due to a positive COVID-19 test ahead of Tuesday’s individual time trial.
Hayter was making his Grand Tour debut after breaking through on the road by becoming national time trial champion and winning stages in the Tour of Poland and Tour of Romandie.
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He held the white jersey in the young riders classification during the first four stages of La Vuelta and was 79th in the general classification, playing a domestic role, before his withdrawal.
With no time trial specialists, Hayter had to fight for a place on the Stage 10 podium.
Hayter’s attention will now turn to the UCI Road World Championships in Australia, which take place September 18-25.
Rodriguez becomes Ineos’ great hope
With Richard Carapaz 14’34” behind leader Remco Evenepoel, Ineos’ best hope is Carlos Rodriguez who is fourth overall.
The 21-year-old is taking part in his first Grand Tour and was not expected to lead the team this year.
However, the next best Ineos driver is Pavel Sivakov who is more than three minutes behind the Spaniard.
Rodriguez’s first professional victory came in April at the Basque Country stage 5 of Itzulia, where he beat Evenepoel and Enric Mas.
He then took solo glory at the national championships in June and impressed Ineos this year to earn a place at La Vuelta.
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