The Spaniards on the Tour: Carlos Rodríguez loses third position

the tour de france enters its third and final week in what will be a two-way fight to win the yellow jersey next Sunday in Paris. The first match between the Norwegian and the Slovenian has come in the time trial whose main attraction was the Côte de Domancy (2.5 kilometers at 9.4%). Jonas Vingegaard dealt an almost final blow to Tadej Pogacar, beating him by a minute and a half in the general classification. For his part, Pello Bilbao was fourth in the stage and Carlos Rodríguez lost third position but minimizes damage against Adam Yates. This is how it was for the Spanish representatives:

Pello Bilbao (4th): The best of the rest. Great level shown by Pello today, only surpassed by Vingegaard, Pogacar and Wout van Aert, by four seconds. His time trial certifies that the Bahrain rider has great legs and will try to fight to enter the top five cyclists in the general classification. He’ll have to shave nearly two minutes off Jai Hindley for that.

Jonathan Castroviejo (11th): The Spanish time trial champion was only one position away from entering the top-10 of the stage. However, this does not detract from the high level shown by the Basque runner today. Tomorrow he will have to be one of the Ineos leaders to bring Carlos Rodríguez closer to the Tour de France podium.

Carlos Rodriguez (12th): The man from Granada did the same time at the finish line as his teammate and continues to make people dream with his performance. The Ineos cyclist minimized damage with Adam Yates and gave up 24 seconds that make him leave the podium positions although he is five seconds behind the English cyclist.

Ion Izagirre (21st): Good time trial of the former Spanish time trial champion who made the best time trial for his team. The Basque cyclist continues with his good performance in this Tour de France.

Mikel Landa (42nd): Discreet time for Mikel in a time trial in which he did not force his legs and saved his strength to try to test the escape in the stages on Wednesday and Saturday that are better suited to his conditions as a cyclist.

Juanpe López (71st): The Lidl-Trek cyclist crossed the finish line more than six minutes behind Jonas Vingegaard. Like Mikel Landa, he has kept his strength to try for partial victory in the mountainous stages that still remain in this Tour de France.

Alex Aranburu (93rd): The Movistar rider signed a discreet time six minutes and 39 seconds behind the winner today in search of a more propitious terrain.

Gorka Izagirre (101st): The Basque cyclist faces this third week wanting to show himself more than in the previous stages. We will see him prove it this last week in the two mountain stages that make up this third week.

Omar Fraile (104th): The Ineos cyclist was far from the time set by Vingegaard but saved his strength to be able to continue the attack tomorrow and make Carlos Rodríguez attack the podium position occupied by Adam Yates.

Marc Soler (130th): The Catalan rider made no attempt to set a good time on the stage with the aim of saving strength to go on the attack with his team and cut ground on Jonas Vingegaard in the general classification.

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