There was no major change in the general classification despite the attempts of Roglic, who for now looks the strongest rider in the peloton as he had at the Tour de France until being beaten to the win on the penultimate stage.
"It's insane to think that I have won four stages", Roglič - already victorious on stages 1, 8 and 10 on two uphill finishes and in a tough mass sprint - said afterwards, "but I am enjoying myself".
The Ecuadorian went down the ramp in the last position of the individual time trial of the 13th stage of the Spanish grand tour as the leader of the general classification.
"To take full control of the race, Roglič has to win by at least a minute", predicted Spanish TV commentator and former double Vuelta victor Pedro Delgado, but instead the Slovenian's advantage was a comparatively narrow 25 seconds on Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) and 49 seconds on Carapaz.
Both Carthy and Roglic, who had been close on times for much of the ride against the clock, made slick transitions but it was the Slovenian who proved the more adept on the final ascent. He dropped to second overall, 39 seconds behind defending champion Roglic of Jumbo-Visma.
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"We envisaged an attack on the podium but in the end the three guys in front were just better". "The time trial wasn't at all flat", he pointed out", and I think finally that favoured me". Carthy remains 47s off the lead with four days of the race left. "Each time trial is different, but when something like that happens"- like in France on the Planche des Belles Filles - "you do doubt about it a little, but I felt fine".
Roglič now appears to be in control of the race, with the mountainous stage-17 route from Sequeros to Alto de la Covatilla expected to be his final obstacle in pursuit of back-to-back Vuelta a España titles.
Wellens, who had also won the fifth leg, sprinted to victory ahead of Woods and Zdenek Stybar in an unusually fast 14th stage that took riders 204 kilometres through hilly Galician terrain.
Each of the tests returned negative results.