The final configuration of the podium of the 76 edition of the Tour of Spain that points to the triumph of the Slovenian Primoz Roglic will be defined in the individual time trial that will close the competition this Sunday.
The pinch of pepper will put him in the fight for third place between Australian Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorius) and England’s Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers). One minute the Australian has in his favor.
Apparently it is easier for the Spanish Enric Mas (Movistar) to be secondSince you have two minutes on Haig that should be enough to keep him.
The bet of placing a short initial timed to mark small starting differences and a long one on the last day of the race this time will not bring the desired results.
The differences between the Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo), wearing the red jersey, and his pursuers is wide enough so that it can even be speculated that it will not be done with its third consecutive lap.
He is the best in individual fighting present in the race and far superior to all his opponents. The newly proclaimed Olympic champion of the specialty in Tokyo can achieve one of the widest differences in recent years with his pursuers. In fact, even if it had reached this climax with some time lost, it could still be awarded the top favorite label.
No one anticipates that the former ski jumper will even be able to relive the 2020 Tour de France nightmare where he lost a yellow jersey that was given as insurance in the time trial on the penultimate day. There his compatriot Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates), with a portentous display, cleared the 57 seconds of disadvantage with which he started and unseated Roglic.
In addition, the Slovenian has other experiences of these vicissitudes. Some positive, some negative. In 2019 he made a hole in the third drawer of the podium of the Turn after unseating Spaniard Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victoruis) in the final time trial.
The experience had remained negative for the Slovenian a year before, in the 2017 Tour, when the British of Kenyan origin Chris Froome, then in Sky and now in Israel, displaced him from that same third box in the last time trial.
In its latest editions the spanish race He has experienced moments of great intensity in his final days, but this time the Slovenian has taken it upon himself to arrive with a completely reassuring lead. Nothing to presage a disaster.
In the big three, aside from Pogacar’s surprise, the most recent turnarounds in the general classification have occurred twice at the Giro d’Italia. The pink race since 2017 is the only one that is firmly committed to closing the edition with a time trial.
In these last five editions, up to two occasions the pink jersey has changed hands on the last day. The first to achieve it was the Dutch Tom Dumoulin in that same 2017 when he made the great leap by going from starting the day off the podium to finishing it at the top of the box. However, the rendering of the tulip was not a big surprise.
After twenty stages, the Giro arrived with the first four classified with a difference of less than a minute and Dumoulin was the best in the specialty and practically everyone was betting that he would be the winner at the end of the day. That’s how it went.
In the year marked by the coronavirus pandemic, 2020, in the pink race what happened with Dumoulin three years earlier was repeated.
The British Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) had managed the previous days the time he could give up against the Australian Jai Hindley (Sunweb), who arrived on the last day as leader, so as not to waste too much time. Tao knew himself superior in the individual time trial and he demonstrated it with the goat to take ownership of the pink garment.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.