They only saw the image of Moncayo in the distance, although https://worldbets.top/en/1xbet/ with its calm wind
And, of course, we must not forget the usual Movistar trio (Alejandro Valverde, Enric Mas and Marc Soler). “I’m not satisfied with fifth place on the Tour, I want to be on the podium at least,” was Mas’s promising announcement yesterday.
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Thibaut Pinot arrives to forget a Tour of grief, Astana to show his young Russian jewel (another one of the rebellious boys) Aleksandr Vlasov, the Emirates with a claw team to make it clear that they also know how to fight for victory without Tadej Pogacar . The Vuelta party begins today with the climb to Arrate and with the hope that hopefully it will reach Madrid.
Until you see a sprint live, you cannot appreciate the tremendous speed that a peloton that stretches more than 100 meters takes between the runners who are in the lead and those who are further behind.
On 10/27/2020 at 08:03 CET
Sergi López-Egea @sergi_lopezegea
Tour of Spain
At the goal of Ejea de los Caballeros, one of the Five Villas in the province of Zaragoza, there were only four spectators. Nor were there any shoving or shouting among the non-existent public to be able to place their heads and not miss the duel of speed. The cyclists appeared behind a roundabout, which loomed over the Aragonese finish line. You could see the motorcycle that preceded the riders and then what has always been called a multicolored snake that moves at breakneck speed, at more than 60 per hour, with the prohibition of braking or looking back because it involves a multiple danger, a fall of fatal consequences that drags a lot of runners.
They are launched and in the silence of an almost empty Aragonese finish line you can hear the sound of pedaling and the noise of the wheels, more than 300 that roll to the beat of the fastest, of Sam Bennett, one of the best in the world, the one who he has to make a final comeback to win in Ejea with enough time to lift a finger to tell the others that he was the best on a day when the wind was feared, but that in the end he was left alone in a scare.
Bennett is remembered on the Champs Elysees. There he won the last stage of the Tour. He arrived in Paris dressed in the green sweater, the one that Peter Sagan wanted to conquer for the eighth time. But this sturdy Irish runner stopped him. His grandfather, in his 90s, wanted to travel to the French capital because his grandson had promised him victory. And he was ready, although in the end the whole family recommended that he stay in Dublin, because at his age, and with the covid threatening in the middle, the trip was not recommended. “He would have enjoyed seeing me in Paris but with the covid it was better for him to stay home and not travel. In fact, he saw it better on TV. Live it would only have been 10 seconds ».
In just 10 seconds, Bennett covers the last 200 meters of the stage to show that sprints have a place in a loaded mountain Tour, so much so that if he is forced to change one, like the Tourmalet, even if it is irreplaceable, he immediately finds an alternative , in this case that of Formigal, tomorrow in the Pyrenees of Huesca.
But, at the same time, you have to have more morale than Alcoyano to join the Vuelta as a sprinter, perhaps together with the Frenchman Arnaud Démare who has won four stages in the Giro, the best in form in the world peloton. Because opportunities what is said opportunities will have few, a couple more at most, before the classic arrival in Madrid. And, on the way, the sprinter will have to eat all the mountains located north of the Iberian Peninsula, to start today around Sabiñánigo. Not forgetting the unpleasant temperatures, cold and rain, typical of autumn in the north of Spain. For this reason, Bennett did not want to miss the opportunity, lest he indiges a summit more than necessary and has to retire or a getaway knocks him down with a sprint on the horizon.
It was the day for those who are going to fight for the general to take refuge attentive to the wind behind the barrier of the Vuelta. All with stiff ears in case the air blew sideways and a battle ensued to try to cut the platoon into a thousand pieces. After the initial three days, Primoz Roglic, Dan Martin, Richard Carapaz and Enric Mas, the first four overall, breathed. They only saw the image of Moncayo in the distance, although with its calm wind.
“My goal is to arrive in Madrid in red,” he warned, in case anyone had doubts, a Roglic who seems highly motivated and even friendly. Every day he says goodbye, in perfect Spanish, with a “see you later”, to erase the elusive image he showed last year when he won the Vuelta, but which he began to correct in September when he took the lead in a Tour that in the end He took away his fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, thanks to the unforgettable time trial at the Planche des Belles Filles. But it would not be surprising if the red jersey, symbol of the Vuelta, was worn by Roglic from here to the end, if it resists harassment from opponents like Carapaz or Mas. Team, as the Jumbo showed, has plenty, because it was not because of his teammates that he lost the Tour but because of a glorious day for Pogacar in the Vosges. Since 1993, with the Swiss Tony Rominger, no one has been dressed as a leader from start to finish.
Put, as happened today in the Vuelta, a mountain stage with cold, fog, rain and even a rough road, with an unsympathetic firm, where the tires of bikes and cars bounce, and what will happen? Well, the brothers Ion and Gorka Izagirre, one as good as the other, will take action. Because they are not cyclists who move like angels when the heat melts the asphalt and the cicadas sing.
On 10/27/2020 at 08:03 CET
Sergi López-Egea @sergi_lopezegea
Tour of Spain
And with cold and rain, a Richard Carapaz, winner of the Giro a year ago, and who grew up among the mountains that separate his native Ecuador from Colombia, also seems to move with great ease with his cycling and with his runners thanks to the exploits that he watched on TV and listened to on the radio from his neighboring country. And what will happen in this case? Well, the Ineos leader will realize that Primoz Roglic is not as fine as other days, he will take action and unseat him from a first place in the general classification that the Slovenian seemed to have tied and well tied and even with the intention of dressing the red jersey from the start of Irún to the final goal in Madrid, in a Vuelta that should not have any movement problems, as a high-level professional sports event, with the new state of alarm decreed by the Government.
Final general classification of the Tour of Spain 2020
Two brothers and a goal
The youngest of the Izagirre and Carapaz were the heroes of a day through the Aragonese Pyrenees that became unpleasant, with cyclists who panicked because of a cold that became unbearable and a water, which despite the raincoats, penetrated the bones . Bad day to be a cycling professional if your last name is not Izagirre or Carapaz. The Astana brothers sneaked into the day’s getaway. Gorka opened the way for Ion, escaping to wear down others by going to his capture, while Ion sheltered forces for a final attack that comforted him with a stage victory in the only of the big three that was missing, after having raised the arms in the Tour and in the Giro. «I hadn’t won here yet and that’s why I went for it. And because I was lucky to have the support of my brother Gorka who ran away to make the rest of the escape work while I was sheltered behind, “explained Ion Izagirre after winning a sixth stage that went to Formigal after canceling the big event with the Tourmalet.
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It was a climb to Formigal in which Enric Mas was always in the company of Roglic, although in the end, as has happened from day one, he lacked a bit of grit. But he is still there in the fight, fifth overall and first Spanish option in a Vuelta that will rest today, between Vitoria and Logroño, and with anticovid tests for riders and teams, waiting for the bubble, firmer than that of the Tour and that of the Giro, has not presented any cracks and can return to activity tomorrow without any setback due to the happy pandemic.
The PRB team has reported that Kevin Escoffier, skipper of the IMOCA60 ‘PRB’ has been rescued safe and sound by Jean Le Cam’s ‘Yes we Cam’ 600 miles (1,100 km) west of the Cape of Good Hope.
Dec 01, 2020 at 10:23 am CET
Escoffier launched a distress beacon at 14:46 CET on Monday after detecting a leak in the hull of his ship. At that moment a rescue operation was started coordinated by Jacques Caraës, director of the Solo Around the World.
The hours since Escoffier’s last message just before he left ship to urgently jump into his life raft have been endless. So far, only Escoffier has been seen aboard ‘YesWeCam!’ via live video because Jean Le Cam had connected his video system during all search operations. The ‘PRB’ skipper appeared smiling, wrapped in his survival suit, next to Jean Le Cam.
Jacques Caraës, the race director, explained that they sent Jean Le Cam "to a position received by CROSS Gris Nez (Rescue Operations Center) that had sent the rescue beacon from the ‘PRB’, but when it reached this point it did not find anyone and continued heading to the Southeast".
It sailed at reduced speed (1.5 knots / 3km / h) under a wind of 20-25 knots (38 to 48 km / h). A few minutes after 02:06, Jean Le Cam returned to the card table and Escoffier was seen arriving in a survival suit.