Superman loses his cape

The choking stage and leg breakers what he designed Oscar Pereiro along the mousetrap roads that border his hometown of Mos, he left without a podium Miguel Ángel López in favor of Jack Haig. The demanding terrain, with five passes along the way and constant ups and downs, was conducive to traps and ambushes. If the leader or any other cyclist was left isolated, with no companions around, he was going to have serious trouble. And that’s what happened this Saturday to Superman, caught in an attack that started the Ineos and that riveted the Bahrain. The Colombian, immersed in impotence, got off the bike shortly after with great anger, in a whimsical decision made hot at the gates at the end of La Vuelta.

The Ineos, with its two leaders very far in the general, Egan bernal at 4:43 minutes and Adam Yates At 5:44, he had little to lose in the attempt, so he made the ambitious proposal to toughen up the race, in the same vein as Wednesday on the Covadonga Lakes route. The British team picked up the pace 90 kilometers from the finish line, from Alto de Vilachán, the first level of the day. The work matured the group of roosters until they reached Alto de Mougás, the hardest of the day, the point chosen to explode the dynamite.

Yates and Bernal alternated in the attacks, always with the feeling that the British had better legs this Saturday than the Colombian nonconformist. There were 60 kilometers to go to the finish, it was a brave initiative, without hesitation. In one of those Yates starts, the group broke up for good. Answered Primoz Roglic, in the first person. Also Enric Mas, always attached to the Slovenian. And Jack Haig also entered with his partner Gino Mäder. This detail was decisive. Mäder accelerated in favor of his boss, the podium window was opening with two Bahrain runners in the quintet. Haig ended up on the drawer. And Mäder himself won a prize: the jersey for the best young man that Bernal wore.

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López, the main injured party, tried to close the gap, but could not. Nobody relieved him. He had no gregarious around. When José Joaquín Rojas arrived at his side, it was too late. Superman then entered a difficult loop to understand and abandoned the race. Technician Patxi Vila’s attempts to convince him were unsuccessful. Also from the veteran Imanol Erviti, who was circulating there. The Colombian did not give in and went home. In three days he has gone from euphoria over his historic victory at the Gamoniteiro, to maximum frustration, from an exemplary feat, to a frightened little exemplary.

Haig, Roglic, Mas and Yates staked victory at Castro de Herville, the final port, alongside a handful of escapees who had been caught in the fray. There was alternation in the starts, in which he also participated Mikel Bizkarra, in search of that Spanish victory to break the drought. For the first time in history, this year there have been no triumphs in any of the three Grand Tours. And it does not seem that the Santiago time trial, on the last day, can prevent catastrophe. Between so many attacks and counterattacks, French Clément Champoussin, a 23-year-old Frenchman, from the Ag2R team, came up behind, demarcated and found gold in a troubled river.

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