From Lombardy to Galicia, with a period of 138 days. After a long dry spell, Jonas Vingegaard (26 years old), the mortal who came down from Olympus of the Tour de France to a budding legend like Tadej Pogacar, come back on stage The Dane, in his first season as defender of the Big Boucle that seems to be under maximum pressure and expectations, appears for the first time in 2023 in O Gran Camiño (from today to Sunday, Eurosport), with the band of rookie and favorite.
All this with suspense, since Jonas left Santiago de Compostela, the town where the Jumbo-Visma was staying upon arrival, last Tuesday and He headed to Malaga, where his family resides, due to a “personal matter”, as reported by the Dutch team. Due to this setback, yesterday he was unable to attend the media, as planned in the hours prior to the premiere, and he returned to Santiago late in the afternoon.
We will have to see if these circumstances diminish the performance of a Jonas who starts as great candidate for the title despite his discreet start to the season with the Jumbo: 109th in Vuelta a Andalucía 2019; 8th in the 2020 Tour of Poland; 46th on the UAE Tour 2021; and 33rd in Faun-Ardèche 2022. The route, of course, is not bad for him, with a demanding time trial and three medium-mountain stages, which include a unprecedented finish in professional cycling: 250 meters of the cobbled Way of the Cross that leads to the top of Monte Trega (in total, about 2.5 km at 8.5% average). A whole ambush with views of the Miño river and Portugal. If we add to this temperatures minimums that will be around 0º and high probability of rain, According to forecasts, the race can reach very high levels of epic.
The block of applicants is headed by a Movistar Team in a state of grace The telephone group defends the throne left vacant by the already retired Alejandro Valverde with the impulse of the recent triumph of Einer Rubio in the Emirates, In addition to the leadership (shared with Iván Sosa) of a Ruben Guerreiro who fell on his feet in the Navarrese structure with his conquest of the Saudi Tour. The quartet of World Tour teams present is completed by Astana and Cofidis, with clear Spanish leadership: David de la Cruz, Ion Izagirre and Jesús Herrada. Kern Pharma, Burgos BH, Caja Rural and Euskaltel, to fight in an O Gran Camiño that promises strong emotions.