Tour of Spain – Carapaz the 14th stage, Evenepoel distanced himself, Roglic is back

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the return it reboots! while we thought Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) untouchable, the Belgian showed his first signs of weakness this Saturday on the final climb of the Sierra de La Pandera, end of the 14th stage. A climb that meant the second victory in three days for Ricardo Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers), from the morning break and author of a great number to resist the return of the favorites -and in particular of primoz roglic (Jumbo-Visma) – in the last kilometers. Back in top form, the Slovenian placed a strong 4-way attack from above that then doubled the red jersey Enrique More (Movistar). Third, 8″ behind the Ecuadorian on the line, the three-time defending champion occupies 28 and 48 seconds respectively – plus 4 bonuses – over the Spaniard and Evenepoelwho keeps the shirt but sees his rival return to 1’49” in the general.

Video – Carapaz for the double, Roglic recovers 52″ from Evenepoel

Great 70 km battle for the breakaway, 10 men at the front including Carapaz

With most of the difficulties concentrated in the last 60 kilometres, stage 14 begins with a long flat section in which the attackers wage a fierce battle for the breakaway, which still has a good chance of reaching the finish line this Saturday. . The pace is extremely fast and despite numerous attempts no one can tell the difference after more than 60 kilometers and more than an intense hour of racing! We even saw a break in the peloton for a while, notably fifth overall John Ayuso trapped in a second group. But everything returns to normal after a few minutes of hunting led by his team. United Arab Emirates.

Finally, we will have to wait at km 75 to see the day’s breakaway, initially with 8 runners. clement champoussin (AG2R Citroën Team), alexey lutsenko (Team Astana Qazaqstan), Luis Leon Sanchez (Bahrain victorious), bruno armrail (Grupama-FDJ), Ricardo Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers), Philip Conca (Lotto Soudal), kenny elison Y mads petersen (Trek-Segafredo) take off, but are quickly joined by a two-man counterattack, Raul Garcia Pierna (Team Kern Pharma) and Marco Brenner (DSM team). Less than 85 miles from the finish, the peloton let this group of 10 pass in which Carapaz, already the winner two days ago, is the favourite. But after quickly climbing to 3’30”, the gap stabilizes until the foot of the first pothole of the day, the Puerto de Siete Pilillas (60 km remaining).

Difference stabilized after 4 minutes, Mads Pedersen consolidates his green jersey

The team then takes the package away. Quick-Step Alpha Vinylwho seems to want to control the lead of the fugitives for an explanation between leaders and a potential second victory of Remco Evenepoel. However, the pass is scaled at a faster rate by the men in the lead, Carapaz crossing its summit the first with 4 minutes of margin. The 30 kilometers that follow before approaching the sequence of the last two ascents are bumpy and leave the runners with no respite. mads petersen take advantage of the intermediate sprint located in Jaén (33 km remaining) to add 20 more points and consolidate his green jersey, now with 171 points ahead of his runner-up in the standings, marc soler (Team United Arab Emirates). Note the abandonment of Kelland O’Brienthe 3 for the Equipment Bike Sharing – Jayco from the beginning.

The breakaway attacks on the 1st climb, the Jumbo starts from behind

The slope remains unchanged up to 23 ends of the line and at the foot of the penultimate ascent, the Puerto de Los Villares (10.4 km at 5.5%), which will be directly followed by the Sierra de La Pandera (8.4 km at 7.8%) for almost 23 kilometers of almost continuous ascent. Looking ahead to the upcoming program, the chances of victory for the breakaways are slim, unless there is a great feat. His advantage is reduced to 3 minutes from the first hectometers of ascent. The best climbers, therefore, decide not to wait to start hostilities. under the impulse of Lutsenkoa group of 5 with Carapaz, Champoussin, Sanchez Y Conça emerge to the front.

This acceleration has the merit of allowing the leading quintet to quickly recover 45″ of the peloton. At 15 terminals from the goal, Elisson, Arsenal Y Garcia Leg they manage to return and form a group of 8. Within the platoon, Stephen Chavez (EF Education-Easy-Post) tries a timid attack, but the Colombian is quickly returned by the Visma Jumbothat comes to print a sustained rhythm with Roberto Gesink. Up front, the situation remains very lively, and it is Luis Leon Sanchez which finally passes alone over the Puerto de los Villares with about fifteen seconds ahead of Carapaz, Champoussin, Lutsenko, Elissonde Y Conça. The peloton is 2’40”.

Carapaz goes alone, Roglic attacks at 4 km, Evenepoel in pain!

In the short false descending plain that leads to the justice of the day, the Sierra de La Pandera, Ricardo Carapaz feel good and jump Sanchez ! The two men hit it off immediately and attacked their pursuers. From the first ramps, clement champoussin also makes the effort to operate the crossing, soon imitated by Philip Conca. This foursome won’t have to drag themselves down the road as it is now the movistar Y Alexander Valverde who take control of the platoon, then relayed by Chris Harper (Jumbo-Visma). The unevenness falls irremediably and it is only a minute to 4 kilometers from the finish line, while the steepest slopes appear (15% max.).

After a great period of Ilan Van Wilder, primoz roglic take responsibility and attack! The Slovenian seems strong and goes solo. Behind, Enric Mas and Miguel Ángel López lead the hunt, while Remco Evenepoel does not seem as airy as usual. The red jersey also breaks more than 3 terminals from above! In difficulty, the Belgian gives up a lot of ground and falls behind all his rivals. At about 3 kilometers from the summit, he is already more than 40″ behind the trio. Roglic, plus Y Lopez. Same John Ayusoalbeit the victim of a puncture, he manages to come back and drop the overall leader, who could lose a lot!

Carapaz resists and offers the double, Roglic 3rd at 8″, Mas and Evenepoel lose time

If a real turning point the return it is played between the favourites, Ricardo Carapaz perform a real number on the front! The Ecuadorian isolates himself after 3 km and manages to maintain a 15-second lead over the group Roglicwho loses plus on a new acceleration of the triple defending champion before the red flame. From the latter, a flat leads the runners to the line, Carapaz therefore, he endures without worry and ends up running to achieve a double in the space of 2 days. Olympic champion leads by 8″ Lopez Y Roglic. Enrique More cracked and only finished sixth to 36″. Evenepoel finally limited the break well and finished in 8th place with Ayusoin 56″, that is, 48″ granted to Roglic.

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