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Agonizing Groves

Agonizing Groves

There is news at the Tour of Spain: There were no incidents at Remco Evenepoel. He has not complained about anything publicly. He was even seen smiling on the podium the red jersey and a plaster on the right eyebrow. After three suffocating days due to lack of visibility on stage one, tacks on stage two and colliding with a press assistant at the finish line of stage three, the Belgian was finally able to cover the distance of stage four without any shocks Javier Guillén personally apologized at the start of Tarragona. And Remco himself, with the advice of his team Soudal, will try to moderate his outbursts. Rightly or wrongly, the way you express your dissatisfaction also breeds antipathy. reconciliation is possible. Keep your fingers crossed for us.

Evenepoel retained the red jersey in a stage that took the race back to the sea, to the place where it started in Barcelona on Saturday. The peloton now traveled from Andorra to Tarragona, From the Pyrenees to the Mediterraneanon a journey that predicted the typical flat day prediction: unsuccessful breakaway, danger to the fans and outcome of the sprint.

The escape consisted of three runners. Two Spaniards, Ander Okamika and David González, from the Burgos and Caja Rural teams, two invited teams that show their gratitude to the organization and show their jerseys for hours on TV with their presence at these impossible but necessary rides. The third was an Argentine Eduardo Sepúlveda from Lotto, who repeated the adventure for the second consecutive year. Sepúlveda was wearing the borrowed mountain jersey that actually belonged to Evenepoel, so he came on the break to catch it properly, a goal he achieved after winning in first place the two ports of the day, Belltall and Lilla. The tunic with the blue dots is already his.

As usual, the fans didn’t show up. It is enough to announce them so that they do not appear. The train was warned about this The wind should be side downwind for much of the ride, prompting some to wear a larger 56T chainring, but the threat didn’t vent its ire on the group. The cautious rooster teams occupied the head in the last kilometers, sometimes in parallel rows to avoid surprises. There were no fans, but the speed and excitement made up for it a mountain four kilometers awaywith relevant cyclists such as Among others Buitrago, Kelderman, Guerreiro and Coquard.

How the sprint was achieved a strange blow. Before the bosses took over, the sprinter teams were in charge, first and foremost Alpecin, which theoretically had the most renowned sprinter in its ranks: Caden GrovesWinner of a stage a year ago in Cabo de Gata and another this season at the Giro d’Italia. The favorite took the win, but without agonizingly displaying their superiority. Juan Sebastián Molanowho had already shown his good pedaling at the last Vuelta a Burgos, made a strong start that gave the impression of finality, but the final climb seemed long and long past Groves. before the duel Marijn van den Berg came into a corner very quickly and crashed into the fences. There is no such thing as a quiet day. Although, at leastEvenepoel is already threatening with a smile.

General Ranking
after
cyclist
equipment Time
1


Caden Groves

ADC 4h:05:41
2


Juan Sebastián Molano

UAD +00:00
3


Edward Theuns

TFS +00:00
4


Milan Menten

GMBH +00:00
5


Dries van Gestel

HAVE +00:00
6


Orluis Alberto Aular Sanabria

CJR +00:00
7


Hugo Page

ICW +00:00
8th


Lewis Askey

GFC +00:00
9


Sean Flynn

DSM +00:00
10


Andrea Vendrame

ACT +00:00
after
cyclist
equipment Time
1


Remco Evenepoel

SOQ 12:48:52
2


Enric More Nicolau

MOV +00:05
3


Lenny Martinez

GFC +00:11
4


Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen

TJV +00:31
5


Alexander Vlasov

BOH +00:33
6


Cian Uijtdebroeks

BOH +00:33
7


Romain Bardet

DSM +00:35
8th


cousin roglic

TJV +00:37
9


Juan Ayuso Pesquera

UAD +00:38
10


Marc Soler

UAD +00:42

See full classification

stages

  • 2

    Mataro-Barcelona


    Andreas Lorentz Kron
    GMBH

    181 km

    Sun. August 27th

  • 3

    Suria—Arinsal. Andorra


    Remco Evenepoel
    SOQ

    158 km

    Mon 28 Aug

  • 4

    Andorra la Vella – Tarragona


    Caden Groves
    ADC

    183 km

    March 29 – August

  • 5

    Morella-Burriana

    186 km

    Marry. August 30th

  • 6

    La Vall d’Uixó – Javalambre Astrophysical Observatory

    183 km

    Thu 31 Aug

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