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Pedersen celebrates his third-place sprint finish.Oscar del Pozo Canas (FBC)

Resting before the final battle, arriving on the plate and with a big run, the Queen of Mads Pedersen completes the script established by the team, Trek-Segafredo. It turned out to be a mid-season platform because the mountains that focused on Talvera de la Reina did not spoil the day, a few wishes for the rivals of Madrid Laurel, a little bad failure from the teams to wear the strongest, little chicha or energy after three weeks of travel. Porto de Navaquerada, the last shot of the Vuelta left this Saturday, is the only resource in Enrique Mas Remco’s attempt to dethrone Evenepoel, as well as Superman López or Carlos Rodríguez to snatch the third podium finish from John. Ayuso

In any case, today’s Friday stage is supposed to be a trap, an unusual route because the mountains are not at the end, but between them, a double climb to Puerto del Pilago, 9.3 kilometers high, an average gradient of 5.6%. The perfect profile for Pedersen, a runner who endures light climbs in the peloton, he knows few in the race can top him. So Trek was at the front of the pack and kept the pace busy closing the gap and the clock with the three breakers. Those are Caicedo (EF), McNulty (UAE) and, Okamika (Burgos-BH), a cyclist with many kilometers on his legs as an escape, a runner who was a triathlete two seasons ago.

Craddock (BikeExchange), unapologetic about staying in the Vuelta, jumped out of the peloton and wanted to join the escapees – there were three minutes left – a decision that didn’t please the escapees as they arrived. Although it was confirmed by the peloton from the start, they lost their chance to win the final. At the bottom of the first climb, until the track descends to work, the speed of the devil Worm Multicolored, punishing everyone’s feet. And Craddock despairs and enters the Trek Rockets. Unstoppable missiles because they caught those who escaped on the second ramp as well as in front of the Bahraini team. “If the teams tighten up the competition, it is a port where the runners will find it difficult to pass with the team. It’s going to hurt him. Fernando Escartin, the technical director of the race, said in the morning that the stage may not be crowded. But this did not happen; Although the intense pace of the peloton gradually broke down the impatient runners, with 49 kilometers to go there were seven climbs and the rest of the steep and flat new stage. It started with only 40 cyclists, all the favorites were included. Although no one wanted to comment, runners stuck their tongues out and perhaps some thought about tomorrow. And the race arrived.

It wasn’t as bad luck as Roglich had suffered three stages earlier, then second overall and a real threat to Evenepoel. There were speculations about many possibilities, if the wheel collided with Wright, although the runner denied that he touched the Slovenian, if he slipped on a small plate on the asphalt … nothing. “The accident was not caused by bad roads or lack of safety, but by the behavior of the cyclist. I don’t have eyes on my back. If not, I was wrong. Wright came up behind him and before I knew it, he took the handle out of my hand,” accused Roglik. “This should not happen. I want to make it clear that this is not the way I want the sport to continue. As there is nothing to cover Pederson in the sprint – especially Sam Bennett, the winner of the first two Grand Prix and no time to retire due to Covid – again pure electricity, powerful pedals, kidney beats and a new victory. Third so far in the Vuelta. Now it’s the final stage of the Vuelta, Mase Evenepoel’s chance to shake up his reign.

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