Vingegaard’s poker in O Gran Camiño: three stages and the general

Four days of competition in 2023 and as many victories. And if the stage of its premiere is not canceled due to the snow, it would still be five… Jonas Vingegaard, as Tadej Pogacar did last week in Andalusia, He has responded to the expectations in Galicia to sign up for the general classification of O Gran Camiño in his first participation. He rounded off his festival in a big way in the Plaza de Obradoiro in Santiago, sweeping the final time trial. The unstoppable start of the Danish course is quite a declaration of intent for the Tour de France and a Paris-Nice (March 5 to 12) which will be the first round of the year with Pogi, and it is that, by far, this is already the best start to the course of his entire sports career. At the end of February, he had only added one victory twice: stage of the UAE Tour in 2021 and the Dromme Classic in 2022. The differences with their companions in the podium, Jesús Herrada and Ruben Guerreiro, They speak for themselves of the superiority of the Jumbo boss: 2:31 to Spanish, 2:48 to Portuguese.

The time trial did not give rise to surprises, so one of the main candidates for victory set the first major reference of the day on the time table. Rohan Dennis, Despite the fact that he has been some time away from those levels of excellence that earned him two time trial world titles, he pulverized all the records on a demanding route, with more than 300 meters of unevenness in just 18 km, that they left him for many minutes in the famous ‘hot seat’. The Australian flew at an average of 44.5 km/h and left chad haga, second by then, at a whopping 55 seconds.

The times were improving as the noble zone of the general made an appearance. Special mention for the meritorious performance by Will Barta (3rd) and Carlos Canal (6th), who were in the wake of Dennis for many minutes, 24 and 46 seconds away, respectively. It remained to see the yellow jersey in action and the clock, like cotton, does not deceive. His position on the ‘goat’, unperturbed, perfectly mated even in the uphill sections, where the rest of his rivals danced standing up on the bike. An absolutely unattainable show of force. The first intermediate point already anticipated the outcome: Jonas beat his teammate Dennis by 24″… in just over 10 km! In the second section, he increased his advantage even more to enter the imperial goal at Obradoiro. A victory like a cathedral.

Results of the 4th stage

1st Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo) – 23:47

2nd Rohan Dennis (Jumbo) – at 35″

3rd Will Barta (Movistar) – 59″

5th Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) – 1:06

Final General of the 2nd O Gran Camiño

1st Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo) – 8h 16:55

2nd Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) – 2:31

3rd Ruben Guerreiro (Movistar) – 2:48

4th Attila Valter (Jumbo) – 2:53

5th Will Barta (Movistar) – 3:01

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