Calm tense after the storm. In the agonizing return, the candidates for the Podium of Santiago de Compostela gave prominence to the adventurers and gregarious in a previous day to the crucial stage of this Saturday, designed by Óscar Pereiro and drew by Primoz Roglic. But before that duel without truce, the sprinkles and runners of the second step were looked at Monforte de Lemos.
The most fortunate in the first land appointment of Galicia was the Danish Magnus Cort Nielsen, who was scored his third stage, the previous ones were in Cullera and Córdoba. Last chance for rollers and sprinkles. On Saturday the mountain returns and on Sunday the round is closed with the counterreloj in Santiago de Compostela.
The Danish was the most successful of a group of fugados in which Simmons, Oliveira, Bagioli, Kron, Craddock and Roux were also integrated. The seven kept a frantic pulse with the platoon in the last kilometers and presented themselves in the goal with only 18 seconds of advantage. A sigh, but enough to reaches a runner as solvent as Cort Nielsen. A damn day for South African Louis Meintjes, tenth in the general, who left the race by a fall that caused a facial trauma.
Its laurels on the tour and the pressure drop in the turn. When he jumps from the peloton everything revolutionizes. An earthquake that can cause cataclysm this Saturday. An appointment full of traps designed by Óscar Pereiro, ambassador of the return. The Galician has drawn a time without rest, with five ports, among which Mougás stands out, a first one at only 56 kilometers of the goal, located at the High of Castro de Herville, in Mos, in the house of the former tour winner. It seems the tour of a classic Ardennes, with dequalizing saw teeth. A perfect ground for ambushes, those who like Bernal both and so much fear Roglic.
In the duel between Slovenian and Colombian, Enric Mas and Miguel Ángel López could get succulent rewards. The Movistar couple needs to maneuver with courage to displace Roglic. In this strategy, Bernal could be an excellent ally. Eusebio runners unzué have nothing guaranteed with Sunday's counterreloch, could even be an obstacle to their interests. For Enric more it is Saturday or never.
Balearic must dispense with a conservative plan and assume risks, as Bernal makes. "There they say that the cemetery is full of brave, I will take a nice memory of the return, I have suffered, I have been ahead, I have attacked, I have enjoyed," said the Colombian at the end of the Gamoniteiru stage.
"One is masochist, I suffered in each kilometer, even in the plain, I do not know how I did to get along. I was busy, but I had to try it," Bernal added, a mirror in which I should look.Updated Date: 03 September 2021, 14:42