Vingegaard premieres his list of winners in 2023 with a recital at Monte Trega in O Gran Camiño

The long teeth, the keyboards fuming and a wait that will be long. The battle that is coming in the Paris-Nice It could be fireworks with two beasts of cycling that will arrive at an optimal time despite the fact that the season is just beginning. Yeah Tadej Pogacar swept last week with five victories, divided between Clásica Jaén and Vuelta a Andalucía, now it is its archrival, Jonas Vingegaard, who responded from the other end of the map, in Galicia. The Dane has needed two days of competition to debut his record in 2023 in the second stage of O Great Way, with a spectacular display of power in its best terrain, when the road looks to the sky. In the unprecedented ending on Monte Trega, Jonas left all his rivals out of play with 2.5 km to go and left the general on track in the absence of the queen stage on Saturday and the time trial on Sunday. Ideal scenarios to expand the loot.

The sun made its way before the fog that threatened to complicate the existence of the runners from the start in the town of Tui. Nevertheless, thermal sensation below 0º. It also shone brightly in the spectacular summit of Monte Trega, with unbeatable views of the river Miño and Portugal. Good news for the show in such a privileged environment. Shortly after the starting signal, a breakout of seven runners formed by Unai Cuadrado, Josu Etxeberria, Antonio Angulo, Alexander Konychev, Sebastian Schönberger, Mattia Bais and Alejandro Ropero. The platoon, commanded at all times by Jumbo-Visma, did not allow their advantage to reach three minutes. The favourites, with the upper hand…

The Dutch team slowed down to avoid a hunt too early, so the neutralization reached 14 km from the finish line, taking advantage of some ramps on the Alto da Cruz da Portela where Steven Kruijswijk set more pace to further select the race in favor of his leader. He surprised Cofidis’s bet on the first ramps of Monte Trega, with an Ion Izagirre that briefly tightened the rope. The Jumbo ‘said enough’, he regained command now With 2.5km to go, Vingegaard decided it was time to take action with a spectacular change of pace. If you are left over, you can decide how and when to win. There was no need to resolve the triumph on a cobbled Via Crucis that only reaffirmed his enormous superiority. The first of the mortals was Ruben Guerreiro, followed a few seconds by three Spaniards: Izagirre, Pedrero and Herrada. ‘Here I am’ by Vingegaard…

Results of the 2nd stage

1st Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo) – 4h 33:33

2nd Ruben Guerreiro (Movistar) – at 21″

3rd Ion Izagirre (Cofidis) – 24″

4th antonio pedrero (Movistar) – 26″

5th Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) – mt

General of the 2nd O Gran Camino

1st Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo) – 4h 33:20

2nd Ruben Guerreiro (Movistar) – at 28″

3rd Ion Izagirre (Cofidis) – 31″

4th antonio pedrero (Movistar) – 39″

5th Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) – mt

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