Identical script and the same outcome of a return that is accustomed to the usual marking duel between Primoz Roglic and Enric. Repeated argument on arrival at Pico Villuorcas, one of those unpublished peaks, calls to stay on the lap, a long harbor designed for the profit of climbers and for the joy of fans. A discovery in Extremadura, area where the return has returned after eight years.
A great scenario where the main actors of this return did not want to take advantage of the harsh ramps of those available. It is very hard that the ports are, if the runners do not want or do not treasure forces there is little to do, as happened today, without just as possible in the top positions of the general. The best, a small skirmish from Michelangelo López and the Victory of Romain Bardet. A triumph that gives luster around. The Frenchman has already been second and third on the Tour de France.
A rise where runners twisted to maintain verticality, an ascent for hard types, where the audience vibrated with the sacrifice of runners in sections of 15% uneven. A land for brave, like those who got into the day getaway, started moments after the starting flag and composed of 18 runners, where Romain Bardet (Team DSM), Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers), Sep Vanmarcke (Israel Start -Up Nation), Dani Navarro (Burgos-BH), Aritz Bagües (RGA-insurance Box), Jesús Herred (Cofidis), Xabier Mikel Azparren (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Nicolas Prodhomme (Ag2R-Citroën), Clément Champoussin and Jay Vine (Alpein-Fenix). About 14 minutes of advantage obtained before facing the first ramps of Pico Villuercas. Without hurry in the group of favorites.
Bardet was the one who put more interest in stretching the adventure to, initially, assault the classification of the mountain. Navarro, Vanmarcke and Prodhomme, the most dynamic in short 30 kilometers from the end. The Asturian came out in a curve. Goodbye to one of the triumph options of this Spanish cycling incapable of getting a partial victory in one of the three great rounds. The Frenchman stayed alone in the head.
Back of Andrey Zeits (Team Bike Exchange), the 34-year-old veteran Kajazo, and Bardet, who took the head of the test in the absence of 5 kilometers from the top, with Herred to Expectation. The Frenchman was the best escalator of the passes and responded to what the record and the trajectory required. Second Herred and Third Vain, a lot of merit for the Australian, who despite suffering a falling appliance, opted for laurels.
Bardet pulled experience to dose the effort on the final sections, where the road stepped up looking at the sky. At that time the cofidis of Martin woke up, which accelerated to distanced the Christian Eiking and Roglic and more leader. Jumbo and Movistar responded. Miguel Ángel López left, but he barely had an advantage over 10 seconds. ROGLIC, always well helped by SEPP KUSS, controlled the situation on a strange day, on a day when favorites transmitted sensation of fatigue and excessive marking. A day in which one opportunity escaped to move the overall ranking. A day when the disappointment was brushed.
And this Sunday, the end of the stage at the barraco, the cradle of Angel Arroyo and Chava Jiménez and the adoptive people of Carlos Taper, with two ports of first, one second and one third. A promising day, but here does not send the ground, but the runners. They are the ones who decide.Date Of Update: 28 August 2021, 12:27