Wednesday, December 8

Superman triumphs with his cape under the mist of the Gamoniteiru

  • Solo triumph for the Colombian cyclist Miguel Ángel López, who presents the queen stage of the Vuelta al Movistar, ahead of Primoz Roglic and his Majorcan partner Enric Mas.

Under the thick fog of an Asturian colossus called the Gamoniteiru, only a cyclist could triumph with an imaginary red cape hanging on his back. With the cards on the table and the Movistar acting intelligently Miguel Angel Lopez, whom they call ‘Superman’, gave this Thursday the first victory to the Spanish team with a furious attack four kilometers from the top. The Colombian runner knew that he had that small margin of freedom that his boss did not enjoy Enric Mas. With the soul of ‘Cannibal’ (Eddy merckx) and hunger for ‘Cayman’ (Bernard Hinault) Primoz Roglic did not go hunting for the supporting actor of the Telefónica group. I wanted to survive. He didn’t need any more demonstrations after the one he did Wednesday at Los Lagos.

Went up Roglic through the Gamoniteiru, a rough, long and complicated port that appeared in the Vuelta, knowing that the race is tied up and that it does not discover the dangerous presence of Tadej Pogacar in the surroundings. The red jersey ascended the almost 15 kilometers that led to the abyss, without seeing anything in the fog and illuminated by the headlights of the organization’s cars, just four days before the final triumph and only pending that But don’t give him a scare. I couldn’t handle all of them. There was no need to go crazy. And for that reason he did not react when Superman he demarcated with the fury that identifies him as one of the best climbers in the world.

“I was more focused on Enric Mas and I went after Egan bernal, when he attacked, because he was simply at his wheel. ” Superman He was taken by surprise and tired, because like everyone else, his legs were sore from the Lake Festival, he wanted to maintain order and composure under powerful ramps on a new asphalt where the bike moved with agility; the climb with the old concrete would have been very different. A cruelty.

The Gamoniteiru appeared as if announcing that winter had already arrived in Asturias; barely 13 degrees at the top, not to believe that a week ago the Vuelta was circulating inside an Andalusian oven at 40 degrees with a blazing sun. And until there Movistar worked with the few troops that it has left because of some falls that have withdrawn Alejandro Valverde, to Johan jacobs and this Thursday to Carlos Verona, who spent Wednesday night in the hospital and did not take the exit.

The blue team took the helm of the Vuelta when Bahrain, in an unsuccessful offensive, began to show signs of weakness. There they were, working on the mountain, two cyclists who are not climbers, Imanol Erviti and Jose Joaquin Rojas, ‘Rojilla’, who took over from the Portuguese Nelson Oliveira, more solid on the slopes, but with his legs injured by the falls and with the scars of the barbed wire that tattooed him in the Córdoba stage, when he slammed into the meadow.

Thus they were already going up El Gamoniteiru where the Catalan corridor David de la Cruz had started an offensive that buried Superman. The Colombian runner wanted to reclaim himself in the mountains after a year of misery because of the recovery after his serious fall in the Giro last year, after catching the covid and with a Tour that became a “ball” for him, kisses without grace or passion on the asphalt, always in tow and abandonment before arriving in Paris.

Longed-for victory

Here at the Vuelta I always acted thinking about the boss, about But, but this Thursday it was the Mallorcan who thought about his Colombian partner because one thing was clear to him. If it moved Roglic I would go for him. “I had more margin,” he justified Superman, with podiums in Giro y Vuelta. This was what they had been told at Movistar that they needed, apart from the Santiago podium, a stage victory to free themselves from the fog that had not allowed them to see the podium steps at any Giro and Tour finish line. Roglic was second and But third, sacrificed but aware that he could not Roglic.

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