Movistar is just a breath away

The team time trial deviated from the sea, from Somorrostro Beachan original edition “Made in the Vuelta”, and was accompanied by rain throughout the tour. It was a spectacle that had gone through the water, but not even the storm prevented the audience from flooding the street with people topped with umbrellas or dressed in raincoats accompanying the cyclists along the street the main streets of Barcelona: Paseo de Lluís Companys, Avenida Diagonal, Calle de Aragón, Paseo de Gracia, Plaza de España and finally Avenida de Reina Cristina, which welcomed the finish line after a completely urban stretch 14.8 kilometers. The rain didn’t stop the party, but it did spoil it, especially in the competition. There were concerns aboutace fallsthat was there, and added a point of discretion to the wheels.

The best example was the time trial of the big favourite, the Jumbo Visma rolling cautiously His thoughts are on the next twenty stages and the final finish in Madrid on September 17th. The team came to the Vuelta with all their arsenal, with formed bicephalyr Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic, current champions of the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. The jumbo wants the three of a kind with the big ones, that’s the goal. And the way to get there wasn’t by taking risks on opening day that might take away more than they give. This edition of The Spanish round is tough, very toughand what was measured in seconds this Saturday will soon be converted to minutes. Tourmalet, Larrau, Angliru, Cruz de Linares, Sierra de Madrid… It will be time to play it. Now it was better to arrive together… and holistically. Something similar to what you must have thought the UAE by Juan Ayuso and Joao Almeida.

The Movistar He must have thought exactly the opposite. The The return to Spain It’s the home race, that the public of Barcelona the extra effort was worth it. And he was on the verge of managing to emulate those times when he dominated this specialty, such as Pamplona 2012 or Jerez 2014. In the meantime, he was setting the fastest time. The victory slipped by less than a minute, by a touch, namely by 55 hundredths. It must be remembered that, according to the regulations, the time of this time trial was recorded by the team’s fourth rider. The first two started with better times than the DSM, but the next two fell slightly, enough to remain without a win. By a hair’s breadth. Even so, Enric Mas celebrated it passionately with his partners. The Spaniard, who fell at the first exchange of the Tour, needed a morale boost. And this appearance is the best message for it. But three times a second it becomes La Vuelta.

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The winner was the Dutch team DSM Firmenichthe ancient sun web that honored this land traditional wheelers to steal the photo from the big squads and convert it promising Lorenzo Milesi in the first red jersey of the race. The 21-year-old Italian was proclaimed U23 World Champion a few days ago in Glasgow. He is already the leader of a great one. And it looks like it won’t be the only time. Its leader, Romain Bardet, has an advantage over the other cocks at the beginning, as does Enric Mas. Both start the Vuelta 6 seconds with Remco Evenepoel, that he crossed the finish line quite angry, you can see he doesn’t like the rain; with 20″ over Geraint Thomas; with 28″ on Alexander Vlasov; with 32″ over the two coconuts Roglic and Vingegaard and 37″ over Ayuso and Almeida. There’s still a lot left, that’s the truth. But the ogres aren’t that wild yet. You will come back.

General Ranking



Lorenzo Milesi

DSM 17:30

Max Poole

DSM +00:00

Romain Bardet

DSM +00:00

Sean Flynn

DSM +00:00

Oscar only

DSM +00:00

Christopher Hamilton

DSM +00:00

Enric More Nicolau

MOV +00:00

One Augusto Rubio

MOV +00:00

Nelson Dos Santos Simoes Oliveira

MOV +00:00

Ivan Garcia Cortina

MOV +00:00

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