ONLINE: A day of sprinters at the Vuelta? Ayuso continues even after a positive covid test

ONLINE: A day of sprinters at the Vuelta? Ayuso continues even after a positive covid test
ONLINE: A day of sprinters at the Vuelta? Ayuso continues even after a positive covid test

The race remains in Andalucia and the route from Ronda to Montilla is undulating, but lacks any categorized climbs.

The scenario of the day is therefore – especially in the eyes of the sprint teams – very likely: the formation of a breakaway, which will be doomed in advance, then hours of relative calm, followed by the descent of the breakaway – and a mass spurt.

Nevertheless, the Vuelta tends to be a race of many surprises, and here too it has already happened that the breakaway unexpectedly lasted until the finish line. The terrain, which is after all more divided than during Wednesday’s sprint stage, can contribute to this on the 168.4 kilometers of the thirteenth stage. As well as the expected reluctance of teams aiming for the overall ranking to make a greater effort on the track.

But also the owner of the red jersey Remco Evenepoel he made it clear that during Friday’s stage he would like to recover from the consequences of Thursday’s fall.

September 2, 2022 at 10:16 a.m. Post Archived: September 2, 2022 at 1:20 p.m.

Evenepoel, leader of the Quick-Step stable, leads the overall by 2:41 minutes ahead of the defending champion Primož Roglič of Jumba-Visma. Third Enrique Mas from Movistar loses 3:03 minutes, fourth Carlos Rodríguez from Ineos 4:06.

The fifth place continues in the race Juan Ayuso from the UAE Emirates stable despite testing positive for covid on Friday morning. However, he did not become the twenty-fourth rider who would therefore have to leave the Vuelta.

“Juan is asymptomatic and the PCR analysis found that he has a very low risk of infection, similar to the cases we have seen in this year’s Tour (at Rafal Majka and Bob Jungels). We made the decision that he can stay after consulting with the medical representatives of the organizers and the UCI,” said Ayusa’s team doctor Adrian Rotunno.

Today, the competition for the green jersey of the leader of the points competition will be more in the center of attention than the fight for the red jersey. For now, he holds it sovereignly Mads Pedersen from Trek, which has 184 points to its credit, while the second Marc Soler from UAE Emirates has 96. And other sprinters in this classification? Kaden Groves from Bike Exchange has 60 points, Daniel McLay from Arkey and Tim Merlier from Alpecin 56.

“The first part of Friday’s stage is more winding, but the second is practically flat. Accumulated exhaustion after Peñas Blancas can be a problem for sprinters,” noted the track designer Fernando Escartin. “The most explosive riders will have to make their teams work hard to control the escapees.”

He dominated the first two sprint finishes of this Vuelta, which took place in the Netherlands Sam Bennett from Bora. However, he had to leave the race on Tuesday due to a positive covid test.

So far, the last flat stage of the Vuelta was surprisingly dominated by Groves on Wednesday. On the other hand, the experienced Merlier is still waiting for the stage lead. He could intervene in the fight for the stage in the sprint Danny van Poppel from Bora, the second on Wednesday.

And beware, the last tens of meters in the destination Montille the road rises slightly, with a slope of 4 percent.

The article is in Czech

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