The prologue is a discipline that tightens the mood of cyclists who aspire to a position of honor in the general. They know that they barely have nothing to win in such a sparse mileage, but in return they have a lot to lose, be it for a fall, by a dog that crosses along the way - yes, that happened yesterday, without incident- or by a bad day that Goal in its heads more doubts than recommended when there are still 20 stages ahead to the term station. Or for becoming late, who asked him to perico Delgado - no need to remember Luxembourg- or even Mikel Landa, that this Saturday hurried to get on goat, just four or five seconds from his departure, after climbing, bicycle on the shoulder , the steps that led to the main entrance of the Cathedral of Burgos, sacred place of launch of this return of the cathedrals that will end within three weeks in Santiago de Compostela.
All those factors added this Saturday the heat, torrid, whipping Burgos, like almost the entire peninsula. You will not find a doctor who recommends nine minutes of maximum effort to 35 degrees, but around and Spain in August have these things. "You feel that your body is going to explode," Gesink summarized, one of Roglic's trusted gregarious. A roglic who seems to give him the same, winner and first leader of this return, which continues to swept in a test that he has turned into the playground of him.
Alex Aranburu knew it and, although he is far from being a counter-leaf to use - a ninth was his best place in his 26 previous Grandes as a professional -, he is of those cyclists who know how to detect the opportunities presented to him. He went for the stage decisively and was about to achieve it, after a portentous performance. Only Roglic lifted him from the chair in which he was waiting for the outcome for an hour and a half, checking how no one was able to overthrow him. He had to get the great king of around to achieve it and leave him like that without the victory of his life.
The rest of the favorites, all called to minimize losses, were located between 14 and 27 seconds of disadvantage over Roglic who as last year grabs red on the first occasion he has had. The main exception was Landa, who, still short of form, gave way 39 seconds, a bad result. Much better things went to Enric Mas, whose loss of 18 seconds fit into the most optimistic scenarios.Updated Date: 14 August 2021, 15:46