Thursday, December 9

Rafa Majka and his tribute to «Chava»

Rafa Majka ascends to El Barraco with a large audience cheering on the gutters.  |  MANUEL BRUQUE / EFE

Rafa Majka ascends to El Barraco with a large audience cheering on the gutters. | MANUEL BRUQUE / EFE

Rafal Majka, another solo triumph, a caste escape, won at El Barraco at an average of 40 kilometers per hour. The Vuelta seems to be numbing but, surely, yesterday there was not a single hill to break and smash the race. They all went to the wheel of Intermarche, the Eiking team and, of course, the Vuelta cannot allow one of the most modest teams in the world peloton to become the driver of the race. It will be that no.

Surely, José María Jiménez, who was called El Chava, would have twisted with rage when he saw that the Vuelta reached his town without anyone attacking itself; a cruising rhythm, fast, yes, but all wheeling through the stages in which Carlos Sastre, winner of the 2008 Tour, trained.

Because it was just like that, a training stage with the number on the back, Primoz Roglic and Enric Mas knowing that neither Eiking, nor Guillaume Martin, the French cyclist much more dangerous than the Norwegian, are opponents and that in Asturias, Wednesday And Thursday, there is enough toughness for the Vuelta to turn upside down. Otherwise it is not understood, unless everyone considered that the Avila peaks of La Centenera, Pedro Bernardo, Mijares and San Juan de la Nava were a kind of highway that took them to another highway, which they all had to do at the same time. finish the stage to go by coach to Santander, where today the Spanish round will rest.

Majka ate the entire stage on the run and won the memory of his deceased father this year. The Jumbo freed Steven Kruijswijk to go unsuccessfully to capture the Polish runner. His second place at El Barraco was indicative of what his team thought about the stage and that was the same as Mas confessed after crossing the finish line. “The track was not the best to have the battle that was expected.” Had there been consistent ports and fear of an offensive against Roglic, the Jumbo would never have allowed Kruijswijk to be thrown ahead. He would have been quiet next to his Slovenian boss in case he needed him at some point.

Yachts only

Only Adam Yates moved, who only scratched 15 seconds. “There was no big port to define,” added Superman. So, as happened on Saturday, Eiking signed another day and there are already six as leader of the test. “It would be surreal for me to win the Vuelta and it has already been surreal for me to get to the front of the race after this weekend. But the two stages of Asturias are too hard for me, “admitted Eiking, who at least does not give rise to a surprise in the style of the victories of Éric Caritoux in 1984 and Marco Giovannetti in 1990. The pity was that he let himself pass a weekend, where there is more public on the roads and in front of the television, more people waiting for an attack between the stars that did not occur. Not even an attempt, a manifestation of offense. Nothing at all.

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