Burgos, Sep 10.- Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) faces the last stages of the Tour as a solid leader with good income, in which Alejandro Valverde, from second place, will be on the lookout for the possibility that the sierra Madrid and Ávila contribute new legends of winners and losers.
“The Sierra de Madrid has buried many people, to ask Dumoulin.” Remarks by Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue, who admits Roglic’s superiority so far over the rest, but remembering at the same time that the third week of Vuelta can cause overturns in the general.
In theory it is not the most probable, since Roglic took oil on his time trial ground in Pau and on the mountain he has been with the best. It follows the 2.48 minutes that leads Valverde, his main threat, at 39, 17 years after his debut in the Tour, still giving war as the first Spanish classified.
If the week will be difficult for the Slovenian, the more it will be for its rivals. A podium would be a good gift for Valverde, but the rainbow of the platoon referred on the rest day “to the possibilities of aspiring to everything.”
And in the rest of the candidates, the option is to grab the combat thief in legendary scenarios, such as the Sierra de Madrid and Ávila. UAE Emirates has the 20-year-old Slovenian pearl Tadej Pogacar, willing to litigate with Valverde for the second step, which has 54 seconds. And the youth is not one of those who cut themselves before the squad figures.
And the Astana, the team that raised Fabio Aru in Madrid on the eve of the end dethroning Dumoulin in 2015, will burn the ships in the mountains of the Central System. Miguel Ángel “Supermán” López has not said the last word and contains anger because this Vuelta should be that of his confirmation in a big one.
“Superman” will hit the road on Wednesday with Pogacar at 17 seconds and Valverde at 1.11. The Colombian already knows the revolution of his team in 2015 and the legend of Bernard Hinault in the Port of Serranillos (Ávila), when he left Julián Gorospe without a return two days after arriving in the capital.
After the Asturian mountain and the rest day in Burgos and province, La Vuelta offers some caramel to the “disappeared” sprinters and land for ambushes. The fastest, with the permission of the adventurers, can be worn on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, at the arrivals of Guadalajara, Toledo and Madrid.
On Friday the Madrid page opens with the stage between Colmenar Viejo and Becerril de la Sierra, 177 kilometers, with a route similar to that of 2015. On the menu 4 ports of Primera, Navacerrada, double pass through La Morcuera and Cotos, with the Top to 20 goal.
The last option for the men of the general will arrive on Saturday between Arenas de San Pedro and the Gredos Platform, where the final photo of the Madrid podium will come out. They will be 190.4 kilometers dotted by 6 ports.
To start, the Port of Pedro Bernardo (1st, 18.4 km at 4.4 percent). No rest shift for Serranillos (2nd, 9 kms to 4.8) 4.8). After the descent the Alto de Navatalgordo (2nd, 3 kms to 7.2), then the Port of Chia (3rd, 3 kms. To 4), the Port of Peña Negra (1st, 14.2 kilometers to 5.9) and final climb to Platforms of Gredos (3rd, 9.4 km to 3.8).
Two days for the consecration of Roglic in a large stage and to provoke the legend of great victors and losers. The Slovenian arrives strong and with guarantees, the opponents with more morality than forces, but one also lives with illusion.