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The Jumbo signs peace

The Jumbo signs peace

Remco Evenepoel signed the Cruz de Linaresan unprecedented finish that had raised great expectations for reasons that had nothing to do with the Belgian’s achievements. Remco runs another round, very far from the hot zone. Although there is merit in adding it his third victorywho continues to put on a show that has raised its head afterwards It’s sinking, we also have to be clear that if I had been more than half an hour away in the general classification, I would not have had the permission to win the last two. The expectation, we said, was there Jumbo’s trident stancewho deviated from the “law of the stronger” shouted and listed in Angliruto a unified and brotherly team attitude his red jersey, Sepp Kuss.

Neither Jonas Vingegaard nor Primoz Roglic attacked on the slopes of the Cruz de Linares, as they had already done on the previous two days in Bejes and Angliru. The only one who moved was the leader himself, but only in response to the attempts of the three Spanish rivals accompanying the jumbo: Mikel Landa, very active again, Juan Ayuso and Enric Mas. The statements in the finish have also changed. We no longer speak of the freedom of the strongest, but of put a kiss in it to compensate him for the community service he did for his two bosses in previous careers. Vingegaard even gave up nine seconds on the final climb to move up to 17th place in the standings. Let’s remember that Sepp accompanied Roglic in his victory at the Girowho accompanied Vingegaard in his victory at the Tour…And it runs, generously, his third big success of the year. A great performance. And even more so if he manages to win the crown in Madrid.

Belgian Remco Evenepoel forms a heart with his hands in memory of his wife Oumi on the occasion of his victory in the 18th stage of the Vuelta a España with the finish line in Cruz de Linares.MIGUEL RIOPAAFP

Far from the main focus, Evenepoel and the rest of the refugees They had the green light to enter the second Asturian chain, unlike what happened towards Angliru when Jumbo decided to fight for victory. The Belgian took advantage of the canter to surpass all the passes of the day and secure the blue polka dot jersey that distinguishes him King of the mountain. Evenepoel will be on the podium in Madrid. Not the way he imagined with the red tunic he wore in 2022, but it’s appreciated that he made the effort to look for alternatives to continue to shine.

Another alternative would of course be the stage victory. For this purpose he found a somewhat more theoretical competition between the 14 refugees of the day, although in practice no one could outshine him. The Belgian phenomenon was joined by veterans like Damiano Caruso and Imanol Erviti, famous stars like Egan Bernal, hunters like Andreas Kron and Nico Denz, a former Red Jersey like Andrea Piccolo and an up-and-coming young player like Max Poole. But When Remco accelerated on the first climb to Cruz de Linares, still 30 kilometers from the finish, no one could follow the slipstream of his motorcycle. Evenepoel added the Linares Cross his third victory in the current Vuelta, after those he won in Arinsal, when he was still fighting for everything, and in Belagua, where he made up for his collapse from the previous day. Nobody has won so many in this edition. Although I would certainly trade it for the red jersey, a higher goal.

General ranking
Pos
Cyclist
equipment Time
1


Remco Evenepoel

SOQ 4h:47:37
2


Damiano Caruso

TBV +04:44
3


Andreas Kron

GMBH +05:10
4


Max Poole

DSM +05:12
5


Paul Ourselin

TEN +05:17
6


Julien Bernard

TFS +06:11
7


Egan Bernal

IGD +07:01
8th


Juan Ayuso

UAD +09:29
9


Enric Mas

MOV +09:29
10


Sepp kiss

TJV +09:29
Pos
Cyclist
equipment Time
1


Sepp kiss

TJV 65h:31:27
2


Jonas Vingegaard

TJV +00:17
3


Primoz Roglic

TJV +01:08
4


Juan Ayuso

UAD +04:00
5


Mikel Landa

TBV +04:19
6


Enric Mas

MOV +04:30
7


Cian Uijtdebroeks

BOH +07:37
8th


Alexander Vlasov

BOH +08:35
9


Joao Almeida

UAD +10:20
10


Santiago Buitrago

TBV +12:20

See full classification

stages

  • 16

    Liencres – Bejes beach


    Jonas Vingegaard
    TJV

    120km

    March 12th – September

  • 17

    Ribadesella – Altu de L’Angliru


    Primoz Roglic
    TJV

    124km

    Marry. 13.september

  • 18

    Pola de Allande – La Cruz de Linares


    Remco Evenepoel
    SOQ

    178km

    Thurs. September 14th

  • 19

    La Bañeza – Íscar

    177km

    Fri. September 15th

  • twenty

    Manzanares El Real – Guadarrama

    207km

    Sat. September 16th

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