Friday, June 24

Roglic triumphs, scares his ghosts and claims his worth as a strategist


The Slovenian surprised Pogacar with an attack with 54 kilometers to go in a last stage won by Guadau

Roglic, winner of the Tour of the Pa
Roglic, winner of the Tour of the Basque Country.Javier EtxezarretaEFE

Primoz Roglic It is a blessing for cycling. I always laugh with indifference. You can lose a Tour de France due to a nervous breakdown, give up in a Paris-Nice on the last day for a double each, win a Tour of Spain with the vindictive help of Movistar or win in the Basque Country with an exhibition with the scent of old, good cycling, with an attack from afar and regaining his value as a strategist. Txapela of honor for the Slovenian who scared away those ghosts that always threaten him at the closings of the races.

If the leader of the Jumbo surprised in the strange stage of Hondarribia by a miscalculation that gave wings to the North American Brandon McNulty, at the closing of the Itzulia he showed a courage typical of the throne runners. An offensive in the absence of 54 kilometers defeated the American and the admirable Tadej Pogacar, that forced by the circumstances of wear as gregarious of luxury. Memorable outcome with a brilliant tactical contest.

A stage of closure of Itzulia that started with lea from the starting flag, the ascents to the two levels of third broke the group and led to the escape of the usual adventurers. In a terrain of constant slides, UAE and Jumbo controlled the stage with the spyglass, letting meritorious people do, such as Verona, Padun, Bevin, Jensen O Tolhoek. Opportunity for second row riders, but also for captains in need of good feelings, such as Carapaz and Enric Mas. Even Valverde was restless in the group of the best because he felt a day of bravery. After the halfway point of the day, in the descent of Elosua, the Murcian collaborated with Roglic to take down the UAE banners. Uphill race for McNulty and Pogacar, with Hirschi as a pawn of luxury hastily sacrificed.

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Hunting rhythm

The young Slovenian assumed command of the fighter. Ahead, the Movistar helping Roglic, a repeated film of the agony ascent to La Covatilla in the Vuelta a Espaa, until the leader of the Jumbo decided to squeeze and get rid of most of his fellow adventurers, they only held on to him. HughCarthy and David guadu (last winner in the Covatilla). The American began to give in with 40 kilometers to go to Arrate and Pogacar was forced to start the capture of his compatriot with extra wear. On the hard ascent to Krabelin he brought out the best of himself. On his climb, escorted by Yates and Vingegaard, was catching a rosary of runners and contacted Landa and Valverde. When it seemed that he could catch Roglic they slowed down, doubting he should wait for McNulty, who seemed to regain his good tone. A mirage. A fatal doubt that condemns him to row against the current to Arrate, assuming responsibilities to enemies who barely relieved him. The difference never exceeded the minute.

Physical and psychological warfare between the two Slovenian phenomena. At the beginning of the climb to Arrate, the rent was only 36 seconds. Guadu playing Roglic’s gregarious with Carthy off the hook. One last though in which Roglic endured the harassment of his compatriot and won the general victory of the Basque round. The stage, how could it be otherwise, for Guadu. Successful distribution of benefits for the two escapees. Third Valverde. Phenomenal round for the Jumbo, with the first and second place in the general classification, and for Roglic, who repeats the triumph achieved in 2018.

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Excellent Itzulia, a good master for Brandon McNulty, a 23-year-old boy who has been confirmed as the most promising value in cycling in the United States. Remarkable climber and time trialist (third in the 2019 U23 Time Trial World Championship), winner of the 2019 Giro de Sicilia and that will be the UAE’s bet for the next Giro d’Italia, a round in which last year he finished in fifteenth place.

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