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VUELTA’22 Relaxation Day #3: Pink Remco in Madrid?

Vuelta Relaxation Day Spherical Up: ‘A Grand Tour is gained within the remaining week’ Ed Hood likes to quote, however everybody is aware of it’s true. Ed has been holding tracks on the Vuelta a España’s second week motion… and what rather a lot there was. Listed here are his ideas earlier than the massive remaining push to Madrid.

* You’ll be able to see the ‘PEZ Vuelta’22 Preview’ HERE ‘Vuelta Relaxation Day #1’ HERE and Vuelta Relaxation Day #2 HERE. *

Evenepoel nonetheless in purple

We anticipated Remco to win; however not by this a lot, 48 seconds over the reigning Olympic Time Trial Champion, Roglic – a full kilometre per hour quicker and virtually catching his two minute man, Enric Mas within the course of.

A full 1kph quicker – Evenepoel dominated the TT

I’d mentioned it was going to be a 58 x 11 day for Remco – let’s make that 60 x 11. The pundits all anticipate, ‘the collapse’ however with six days in purple and a stage win even when he give up tomorrow it’s not been a nasty outdated Vuelta for the 22 years-old. And that’s Fast-Step’s fortieth UCi success of the 12 months, not dangerous for a workforce which was being consigned to the rubbish again within the spring.

Not a nasty experience kind Mas, however…

A superb day for Remco and the flooring boys then, who else ?
Regardless of Mas ceding virtually two minutes to the Belgian he was nonetheless within the high 10 on the stage and continues to be on the rostrum; and there was a superb experience by Rodriguez to take fourth on the stage and consolidate his fourth place on GC. Not such an excellent day for the third prong of the Spanish trident with Ayuso seventeenth on the stage and slipping one spot on GC to sixth – however with three males within the high six on GC the Residence Boys are giving the Spanish Media lots positives to speak about.

fifth on the stage for Sivakov

It was a great day too for Rodriguez’s INEOS compadres; with Sivakov fifth and Geoghegan Hart eighth. Not such a great day for the Antipodeans although, Ben O’Connor was twelfth on the day, dropping 1:53 and now sits eleventh general, he’s moved up from thirteenth however he now sits @ 7:46 on GC, not a straightforward hole to shut at this degree.

Giro winner, Jai Hindley had a ‘shocker’

Giro winner, Jai Hindley had a ‘shocker,’ shedding 3:48, down in forty fourth spot together with his GC deficit now 9:24. Former World Time Trial Champion and reigning Nationwide and Commonwealth Video games Time Trial Champion, Rohan Dennis was again in nineteenth spot – however for a person like him all that counts in time checks is successful, he knew nobody was going to beat Remco so there’s no level in going too deep.

Danny Van Poppel – Final man on the stage at almost 45kph

And as regards to not going too ‘deep’ – final man on the stage? Danny Van Poppel @ 8:07 however nonetheless averaging 44.765 kph and comfortably contained in the 11:39 time restrict.

Stage 11 ‘ought to’ be for the sprinters – and with Sam Bennett out of the race may it’s Tim’s day?

On board cameras – Stage 10:


‘The Lord giveth, The Lord taketh away. . .’ BikeExchange’s Yates goes residence with Covid – particularly disappointing after his sturdy ‘contarreloj’ – however their Kaden Groves takes the stage.

Groves saves the day for BikeExchange-Jayco

‘Who?’ I hear you ask. Kaden Groves is a 23 years-old sprinter who was Aussie Junior Highway Race Champion in 2016. He rode for the St. George continental workforce in 2017 and 2018 taking some strong leads to Asian races. The Mitchelton Scott continental workforce picked him up in 2018 however his breakthrough season got here in 2019, using for the sadly now defunct high Dutch growth squad, SEG Racing Academy he gained two phases within the ‘professional workforce store window’ Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux. One other stage win, this time in a race additionally with excessive WorldTour workforce visibility, the Ronde de l’Isard rendered a professional contract inevitable.
He rode stagiaire with Mitchelton Scott on the finish of that 12 months earlier than stepping as much as the WorldTour workforce in 2020; he gained two phases within the Herald Solar Tour in Australia in February earlier than the world went pear formed. Final 12 months wasn’t ‘particular’ however there was a prologue win within the Tour of Slovakia – however this 12 months he’s discovered his toes with stage wins within the Excursions of Catalonia and Turkey earlier than including at present’s Grand Tour stage.

Kaden Groves racing for SEG Racing Academy

The ultimate of this stage proved once more that it’s not nearly ending velocity – Van Poppel and Merlier have been each visibly quicker – but additionally timing and positioning; his workforce obtained it good to maneuver their man into the primary division of Quick Males.

Evenepoel stayed invisible, however misplaced Alaphilippe

Remco comfortably retains ‘rojo’ on this ‘paint drying’ day however his most trusted lieutenant, World Champion, Julian Alaphippe crashed out. ‘The Lord Giveth. . .

Stage 11 highlights:


It’s laborious to elucidate stage racing to your ‘civilian’ pals; ‘sure, he was one of many race favourites however at first of the race he wasn’t going properly and misplaced time, so then he DELIBERATELY misplaced extra time in order that in later phases he’d be allowed to go up the street after a stage win as a result of that’s a a lot better outcome than ending someplace like 14th general – okay, does that make sense?’ What’s that; ‘No! and that inexperienced jersey, why don’t you get cut-off dates trials?’ Can we depart that ‘til subsequent time please?

Carapaz – Not ‘switched off’ at INEOS

I had imagined Carapaz had ‘switched off’ at INEOS, his head already, ‘pondering pink’ and EF however no, the person continues to be motivated. He simply wants a Tour de France stage win now to finish the set, he already has three Giro phases to his title – one imagines that EF will see him as their Tour contender for the subsequent three years as he enters his prime as a Grand Tour challenger at 29 years-of-age?

No ‘hat trick’ for Jay Vine

With Jay Vine within the break it regarded like a hat trick for the Aussie however he excels on the lengthy, laborious, grinding, grades – this was way more technical, altering percentages and made for Carapaz who could make fast accelerations on a climb like this.

Remco crashed, however did it make any distinction?

‘Remco’s collapse?’ It wasn’t to be today, that’s for certain as he led residence, ‘The Bigs.’ What in regards to the crash although? The following morning he mentioned was feeling wonderful – however he would do, wouldn’t he? The day after a crash the adrenalin carries you thru, it’s the subsequent day that the response kicks in. Tomorrow shouldn’t take a look at Remco an excessive amount of however Saturday is the horror of La Pandera. . .

Movistar making the motion

Movistar made the ultimate look good, not priming for a Mas assault reasonably a part of a carrying down course of aimed on the ‘rojo’ jersey – to be continued on la Pandera on Saturday with Sunday’s mega climb to Sierra Nevada the place Mas will make his transfer? It says right here. . .

Evenepoel imposing himself on the end

Within the remaining of this stage Remco went to the entrance and as ‘our Carlton’ would say, ‘imposed himself.’ It was one other large assertion kind the Belgian; ‘I’m in cost right here !’

Stage 12 highlights:


Mads Pedersen is one large unit however Boy! The person can deal with a drag race to the road – pure energy.

Pedersen – Pure energy!

Quick males, ‘on paper,’ Merlier and Groves have been simply not on the races. The person himself mentioned: “That is tremendous good. We knew that this remaining was tremendous good for me, and the boys have been tremendous centered all day. I’m simply completely satisfied that I may lastly get the win and provides again the boys one thing again for all of the work they did to date – it’s very nice for all of us. Alex (Kirsch) delivered me within the final nook, so there was nonetheless 800m to go, so it was good that Jumbo-Visma made a great laborious tempo and that Pascal Ackerman jumped early. It meant I may soar with him. It was an extended, lengthy dash – a full dash, so a 330m dash at present.”

No Worlds for Mads – Residence to the household

Now, let’s speak ‘polemica’ and begin with Mads; he doesn’t experience the Worlds over there in Oz, saying that the parcours is just too robust for him with 4,000 metres of climbing and he desires to get residence to his household – the person has been racing since January so his stance is comprehensible.

Coquard off to hunt for UCI factors

Coquard, who was second on this stage goes residence tonight – the reason is that Cofidis need him residence in France to experience someday races and accumulate factors for the workforce’s wrestle to keep away from relegation. The French workforce is on 14,731 factors, EF are on 14,387, BikeExchange are on 14,272 and Movistar are on 14,239 – all within the ‘hazard zone.’ Grand tour stage placings inexplicably accrue much less factors that placings in UCi 1.1 someday races so that they’re a happier searching floor for the likes of Coquard.

Staying away from Ayuso at first of stage 13

Ayuso, regardless of his testing (+) for Covid, stays within the race, Dr. Adrian Rotunno (workforce Medical Director) mentioned: “As per our inside protocols Juan Ayuso was examined for Covid-19 and returned a optimistic outcome this morning. He’s asymptomatic and analysing his PCR discovered he had a really low threat of infectivity, just like instances akin to we noticed at this years Tour de France. Now we have made the choice in session with medical representatives from the race organisation and the UCI. We’re conscious of Juan’s medical image and are carefully monitoring his scenario.” It’s a call not everyone seems to be completely satisfied about; notably people who have already gone residence, some saying that going residence if you happen to take a look at (+) relies on your nationality and GC place. Subsequent up, a BIG weekend, beginning with La Pandera on Saturday after which Sierra Nevada on Sunday.

The ultimate kilometre of stage 13:


Olympic titles aside, Primoz Roglič and Richard Carapaz have one thing in frequent, they’ve each got here into this race ‘underneath accomplished’ however are actually coming properly to the boil. After I noticed Jumbo on the entrance on La Pandera, I assumed to myself; ‘Primoz have to be feeling frisky.’

Jumbo trying ‘frisky’

And so it proved, launching his assault with 3.8K to go and for the primary time on this race Remco regarded weak – however in his defence the 22 years-old didn’t panic and the day wasn’t a catastrophe for him, shedding the identical period of time he gained on Roglič within the time take a look at to the Slovenian.

Roglič and López chasing behind Carapaz

The Belgian had this to say: “It wasn’t my greatest day, that’s for certain, and I suffered a bit as I didn’t have my greatest legs, however there’s no motive to panic. If this was my dangerous day, then I could be content material with that. It’s vital to recuperate for Sunday and attempt to defend myself on the robust summit end that we’ve got on the finish of the stage.”

Stage win No.2 for Carapaz

The large ‘BUT’ in that is that it’s probably not about at present, it’s about tomorrow and Sierra Nevada. As I opened with, Roglič is coming to the boil and his tail shall be up, as will the tails of his workforce mates – with Gesink and Harper spectacular of their tempo setting. Remco retained his cool for certain BUT there’s a fissure and Roglič will search to drive a wedge into that crack and prize it wider. All of it makes for nice anticipation of Sunday on Sierra Nevada.

Not a catastrophe for Evenepoel

Good days for Roglič and Carapaz and never a catastrophe for Remco; the remaining?
Mas was Mas, following and nonetheless on the rostrum. With all of the Roglič/Remco pleasure it was straightforward to overlook a great experience by UAE’s Joao Almeida, the 24 years-old Portuguese taking fourth on the day and shifting as much as seventh on GC.

Rodriguez introduced residence Mas

Ineos’ Spanish Champion, Carlos Rodriguez returned one other wonderful efficiency, fifth on the stage and consolidating his fourth place on GC; he’s solely 21 years-old and an excellent hope for the long run for Spain; my solely reservation is that the phrase is he’s going to Movistar – certain, there’s cash there however not organisation, course or motivation – in 2024, however maybe the workforce may have evaporated by then?

Ayuso caught with Evenepoel – On a service bike

It’s laborious to soak up that Juan Ayuso is barely 19 years-old, ninth on the day and nonetheless fifth on GC, one other nice hope for Spain; no fears of Ayuso going to Movistar, UAE have him on the books till 2028, they know a great factor once they see it. There have been no main collapses however Kelderman and Polanc each dropped a few positions.

Stage 15 – Ouch!

Sunday: Sierra Nevada, HC, 19.4 kilometres @ 7.9% to 2,501 metres – the riders ought to simply be grateful that the organisation weren’t allowed to take the race to 2,900 metres plus, as they initially deliberate. . .

Stage 14 highlights:


The day Roglič would ship his, ‘Coup de grace’ to Remco? Hardly, because the younger Belgian once more rode with nice maturity and calm; Roglič followers will say that it’s all a part of a carrying down course of however it regarded to me as if the Slovenian needed to go deep to steal these seconds from Remco; if he may have gone earlier then he would have.

Roglič – If he may have attacked early, he would have

‘The primary Belgian in 44 years to guide a Grand Tour for 10 consecutive days,’ had this to say; “This morning I felt the legs have been higher than on Saturday, so I remained calm and assured your complete time even because the others have been pushing that livid tempo on the backside of the final ascent. It was the primary time in my profession that I completed at this altitude and I stored preventing and pushing when the others tried to make issues troublesome for me. Remaining calm and assured was vital, and I could be content material with how issues went, as I didn’t lose an excessive amount of time.”

Remco nonetheless in purple

And regardless of the fixed speak of the weaknesses of his workforce they proceed to do a great job for his or her man. It was one other good day for Spanish biking, Soler’s assault was finally abortive however good for the followers and TV. Mas even attacked – wow!

Mas attacked!

However as an alternative of urgent it residence laborious when he obtained on to ‘Maan Lopez’ – we’d like proof he’s nonetheless ‘Sooper’ – who had been within the break, he sat on, that’s our Enric. Ayuso once more rode strongly to provide Spanish biking nice hope for the long run while Rodriguez didn’t have his greatest day – the younger Spaniards swapped GC locations with Mas third, Ayuso now fourth and Rodriguez fifth – a superb state of affairs for the house nation.

Can Remco survive to Madrid?

And again to the query I requested all these phases in the past; ‘can Remco survive these repeated mountain phases?’ Stage 16 is for the break/sprinters; Levels 17 and 18 have laborious finishes however not within the league of La Pandera or Sierra Nevada; Stage 19 with the lengthy descent to the road must be protected; Stage 20 is hard with 5 climbs, three at cat.1 – however my guess is that Remco will survive.

Simply NO!

The ultimate phrases of my third ‘Vuelta rant’ go to Jay Vine; ‘on the remaining day, discover a good spray store for the body and lose the socks, Bro. . .’

Stage 15 highlights:


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