Tour of Spain – Carapaz the 14th stage, Evenepoel goes away, Roglic returns

The Vuelta restarted! While we were thinking Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) untouchable, the Belgian showed his first signs of weakness this Saturday in the final climb of Sierra de La Pandera, term of 14th episode. A climb that saw the second win in three days for Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers), from the morning breakaway and author of a large number of resistance to the return of favorites – and in particular to Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) – in the last kilometers. Returning to good form, the Slovenian put a sharp attack on the 4 terminals from the top that turned the red jersey. Enric Mas (Movistar). Third 8″ from the Ecuadorian at the line, the three-time defending champion takes 28 and 48 seconds respectively – plus 4 bonuses – on the Spanish and Evenepoelwho kept his jersey but saw his opponent return to 1’49” overall.

Video – Carapaz for double, Roglic gets 52 “from Evenepoel

A big battle at 70 km for the breakaway, 10 people at the front including Carapaz

Most of the difficulties are concentrated in the last 60 kilometers, the 14th stage begins with a long flat section where the attackers engage in a fierce fight to get the breakaway, with a good chance to get to the end of it. Saturday.. The pace was extremely fast and despite many attempts, no one could tell the difference after more than 60 kilometers and more than an intense race time! We even witnessed the peloton stop for a while, especially 5th overall Juan Ayuso stuck in the second group. But everything is back to normal after a few minutes of hunting led by his team. UAE Team Emirates.

In the end we had to wait at km 75 to see the breakaway of the day form, at the beginning there were 8 riders. Clement Champoussin (AG2R Citroën Team), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Qazaqstan Team), Luis Leon Sanchez (Bahrain Victorious), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ), Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers), Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Kenny Ellison and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) flew but was quickly joined by a counter from two men, Raul Garcia Pierna (Equipo Kern Pharma) and Marco Brenner (DSM-Team). Less than 85 miles from the finish, the peloton passed this group of 10 where Carapace, who won two days ago, is the favorite. But after a quick climb to 3’30”, the gap stabilized to a foot of the day’s first bump, the Puerto de Siete Pilillas (60 km left).

The gap stabilized at 4 minutes, Mads Pedersen consolidated his green jersey

The package will then be picked up by the team Easy Step Alpha Vinylwho seem to want to control the lead of the runaways for an explanation between the leaders and a potential second victory in Remco Evenepoel. The pass however climbed at a faster pace than the leading men, Carapace crossing its summit first with a 4 minute margin. The 30 kilometers that follow before approaching the sequence of the two final climbs are hilly and restless for the runners. Mads Pedersen take advantage of the intermediate sprint located at Jaén (33 km left) to take an additional 20 points and consolidate his green jersey, now 171 points ahead of his runner-up in the standings, Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates). Note the omission of the Kelland O’Brienthe 3rd for Team BikeExchange – Jayco from the beginning.

Breakaway attacks on the 1st climb, Jumbo starts at the back

The gap did not change until 23 terminals from the line and the foot of the penultimate climb, the Puerto de Los Villares (10.4 km at 5.5%), which directly follows the Sierra de La Pandera (8.4 km at 7.8%) for nearly 23 kilometers of almost continuous ascent. Looking at the future program, the chances of victory in breakaways are very low, unless there is a good performance. Their lead was reduced to 3 minutes from the first hectare of climbing. So the best climbers decided not to wait for the launch of the battles. Under the impulsion of Lutsenkoa group of 5 with Carapace, Champoussin, Deleon and Conca came out in front.

This acceleration has the merit of allowing the leading quintet to quickly recover 45″ from the pack. At 15 terminals from the goal, Ellison, Armory and Garcia Pierna managed to return and reform a group of 8. Within the peloton, Esteban Chaves (EF Education-Easy-Post) tried a timid attack, but the Colombian was quickly taken back to Jumbo Vismawhich comes to print in a continuous rhythm with Robert Gesink. On the front, the situation remains very lively, and it is Luis Leon Sanchez who finally passed alone over Puerto de los Villares with about fifteen seconds ahead Carapaz, Champoussin, Lutsenko, Elissonde and Conca. The peloton is at 2’40”.

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

In the short descending false plateau leading to the justice of the sun, the Sierra de La Pandera, Richard Carapaz felt good and jumped Deleon ! The two men immediately hit it off and chase after their pursuers. From the first ramps, Clement Champoussin also made an effort to operate the junction, soon imitated by Filippo Conca. This quartet does not need to drag on the road because it is now the Movistar and Alejandro Valverde who controlled the peloton, then relayed it Chris Harper (Jumbo-Visma). The gap fell irresolvable and only one minute at 4 kilometers from the finish, while the steepest slopes (15% max) appeared.

After a great stint at Ilan Van Wilder, Primoz Roglic take charge and attack! The Slovenian seems strong and alone. At the back, Enric Mas and Miguel Angel Lopez lead the hunt, while Remco Evenepoel doesn’t seem to be as usual. The red jersey also cracks more than 3 terminals from the top! In difficulty, the Belgian gave up a lot of ground and was abandoned by all his opponents. About 3 kilometers from the summit, he was more than 40″ behind the trio Roglic, more and Lopez. both Juan Ayusoalthough the victim of a stabbing, managed to return and drop the overall leader, which can be defeated a lot!

Carapaz fights back and offers double, Roglic 3rd at 8″, Mas and Evenepoel lose time

If true turning point The Vuelta played between favorites, Richard Carapaz does a real number on the front! The Ecuadorian was on his own after 3 km and managed to maintain a 15 second lead in the group RoglicWho will lose more in a new acceleration of the triple defending champion in front of the red flame. From the latter, a flat area leads the line runners, Carapace so resist without worry and finish sprinting to achieve double in 2 days! Olympic champion topped 8″ Lopez and Roglic. Enric Mas cracked and only finished 6th at 36″. Evenepoel finally limited the breakage well and finished in 8th place with Fix itof 56″, ie 48″ agreed to Roglic.

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