Tasmanian cyclist Cam Wurf is earning plenty of praise for his gut-busting role helping teammate Richard Carapaz lead the Vuelta a Espana.
The Hobart-born 37-year-old ironman triathlete and former Olympic rower has been a regular fixture at the front of the peloton of the final Grand Tour of the season.
The efforts of Wurf and his INEOS Grenadiers teammates have enabled Colombian Richard Carapaz to take a 10-second lead ahead of Slovenia's Tour de France runner-up Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).
After the 185-kilometre 10th stage into Suances, INEOS reported: "Chris Froome and Cam Wurf hit the front to begin driving the pace into final 12km, ensuring Carapaz remained well positioned."
A day later, it said: "Cameron Wurf got through a lot of work at the head of the race, setting a tempo during the middle portion of the stage."
And on the 109km 12th stage which saw Carapaz claim the red leader's jersey, Wurf was able to help the team by placing himself in a large breakaway group.
"We're all in good spirits and we've looked after Richard as best we can," Wurf said from Spain.