Roglic, Pogacar, Egan Van Aert, Van der Poel, Evenepoel, Ayuso … The great renovators of men’s cycling to the cry of “No risk no glory” (Without risk there is no paradise), attackers who fall in love with fans guided by the conviction that the path, the way to face it, is more important than the goal, to arrive first, they believe that they are following the path of Eddy Merckx, but, in In the background, they do nothing but imitate Annemiek van Vleuten, the Dutch from Movistar, who, to win the Women’s Vuelta, attacks 60 kilometers from the finish in Pereiro de Aguiar, on the outskirts of Ourense, and between forests and mountains, and the mighty Sil that guides it towards the Miño. Van Vleuten attacks and the three who try to hold his wheel, Vas, Niewiadoma and Longo Borghini, surrender by ascending A Lama.
That of Van Vleuten, 38, is a cannibal attack, as it was said before in memory of Merckx and Galicia, or vanvleutenesqueAs it should be described in reality, he has achieved so many victories in his career in this way that, at the finish line, it translates into almost three minutes on the second and in more than seven minutes on the tenth, which gave time to the defeated peloton. The victory, the second in the three stages of the Ceratizit, the Spanish women’s round, after the Manzaneda time trial, the day before, also gives the world number one the red jersey of the race, which she will defend in the last stage , on Sunday, to the Obradoiro de Santiago.
“After the first stage I thought we had lost all the options in the general classification, but I did not want to stop trying these days either, because you never know,” said Van Vleuten after getting his eleventh victory of the season with the Spanish team jersey . “The last stage was a difficult day. This is not the Tour nor do we have the Champs Elysees tomorrow; we will have to go out with all the concentration to defend this leadership. The team arrives with all the confidence and I know that we will be able to fight well ”.
The victory in the Spanish women’s race that reaches the four stages for the first time will allow the Dutch, signed this season by Movistar, to forget the Olympic gaffe, when her team, the most powerful of all, gave so little importance to the solo escape of the unknown Austrian-Catalan mathematician Anna Kiesenhofer, who some did not even know that she had already won when they entered the Fuji circuit, not even Van Vleuten, who finished second and raised her arms believing that she had won. Three days later he retaliated by winning Olympic gold in the time trial.
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