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Tour of Spain: Pedersen ends second’s curse and wins in Montilla’s ‘trap’

Dane was the strongest on the final slope. Evenpoel kept the red jersey without any problems on a day marked by a positive from Juan Ayuso.

Pedersen on the podium.George the WarriorAFP
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The peloton faced a quiet phase this Friday between Ronda and Montilla, after the high end in the Matar Blancas and before reaching the foothills of the Sierra de la Pendera and Sierra Nevada this weekend. A bounty for the ‘sprinters’ though with a small final trap: 800m at 5%. I knew it and Mads Pedersen took advantage of it, the green jersey in the Spanish round and another in Utrecht, in Breda and in LaGuardia. He was left with honey on his lips in three stages, almost a curse, but the Dane was the strongest in the unpredictable Andalusian slope.

The 168.4 km run was met with a breakout of the ‘usual suspects’. Julius van den Berg (EF), Ander Okamika (Burgos) and Joan Bou (Euscatel) completed their special breakaway hat-tricks, although they did not win the winning prize in either of them. Nor on the way to Montilla, in which the sprinter teams left them no more than three minutes apart and ended up hunting the last survivors, Okamika and Bou, twelve kilometers from the finish line.

Defending young Caden Groves, the winner in the final in Cabo de Gata, BikeEnchange pitched the peloton at his own pace for most of the day. “There aren’t many stages left for us, so we’ll try it,” Groves warned before the start of the stage. With him, Bora, working for Danny van Poppel, second in Cabo de Gata, Tim Merlier for Alpeción and Pedersen for Trek, always favourites.

On Montilla’s approach, Movistar accelerated a bit, launching Rojas and Verona and tricking their rivals into thinking either Valverde or Maas had the legs to fight for the win, but neither of them were in the top positions. did not appear.

Yes, so did Primoj Rogi, who pushed his jumbo teammates to set enough pace to knock out the sprinters. It worked with some, but not all. Pascal Ackermann started the last attempt and got a few meters above Pedersen, but his effort came too soon. With 100 meters to go, the German couldn’t take it anymore and Pedersen passed him to secure his first stage win at the Vuelta after achieving this summer in the Tour de France.

The day was marked by Juan Ayuso’s Covid-19 positive, placing fifth in the general classification, with doctors from the United Arab Emirates and the Vuelta confirming the low viral load was allowed to continue. Subject to PCR he was performed. 19 year old Spanish cyclist.

Evenpoel keeps the red jersey for one more day and faces a mountain weekend with enough time to control the race. He has 2:41 over Roslik and 3:03 over Mass. Also, on Thursday his downfall is over: “Everything is fine, I slept very well, so I feel like everything is under control. The wounds seem to be quite healed, so I hope everything Will be fine,” the Belgian said in the interview. ,

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