Jumbo flies and Mas illusiona

The Dutch team won the time trial and reinforces Teunissen's yellow. Enric Mas's Deceuninck went into 21. "Movistar lost 1:05, too.


The Jumbo flew like an airplane. Easy joke, I admit it. He dominated the 1122111 team time trial and reinforced the yellow jersey of Mike Teunissen, who came to this Tour as a Groenewegen pitcher and has met with two consecutive victories and two days of leader. At the moment His triumph also has consequences in the general, because Steven Kruisjwijk hits first and manages to put a score of seconds to his closest rivals in the classification.

The Jumbo-Visma beat by 20 "the Ineos, that for those who have joined late to the cycling season is the almighty Sky of recent years. The victory was accompanied by an anecdote, because the Ineos had been the first team to take the start and its members were sitting in the hot seat for the whole time: almost two hours. Until the plane arrived. Among them looked Geeraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, the two great favorites, who crossed the finish line in that order, which makes it clear that the gallons are initially worn by the current Tour champion.

A a second of the Ineos entered the Deceuninck, and here comes the first great news for Spanish cycling, because Enric Mas starts the Tour with a good bite. It is necessary to remember that this Thursday, the race already offers the first mountainous menu with the goal in La Planche des Belles Filles, and that the Spaniard could collect more fruits and even look at the yellow jersey. Why not? His partner Julian Alaphilippe will also enjoy his opportunities, because the terrain is broken this Monday, and in French lands.

Henri Desgrange invented the team time trial as a punishment. And for some riders, it still is. The historical patron of the Tour got tired of the eternal group rides that ended in a massive arrival, and in 1927 he converted the flat stages, a total of 15, into chronos by squads. They were not the same as now, but went out in pursuit every quarter of an hour, but the formula did not work and was only repeated in 1928.

The current model was not established until 1954. And for many cyclists it remains a condemnation. A day of suffering that must happen as soon as possible, with the least possible penalty. The team time trial rewards the collective effort, but with consequences in the individual classification, which always opens debate about its justice. If you ask an Ineos runner, he will surely speak wonders. But if the answer was given by Romain Bardet, things change a lot. Many consider that cycling is a team sport, I can think of the old Kas or the less old ONCE, but only one is crowned on the final podium. Contradictorio.

The punishment also suffered Movistar. That Nairo Quintana, Landa and Valverde have yielded 1: 05 regarding Kruijswijk and 45 seconds with Thomas and Bernal, at this stage of the film, in only 27.6 kilometers, it is a heavy burden before having set foot on a mountain. And the thing could have gone worse, because the references of the first two intermediate points projected a hecatomb. The Movistar has not made bad times for teams normally, has even won some in the Vuelta, but since Castroviejo left, the level has fallen.

Among the candidates for everything, only the Trek de Porte, 1:18, and the aforementioned Ag2R of Bardet, at 1:19, they did worse. Yes the furniture was saved by the Katusha de Zakarin, at 26 "; the Education First of Urán, at 28 "; Groupama de Pinot, at 32 "; the Nibali Bahrain, 36 ", and the Mitchelton of Adam Yates and the Astana of Fuglsang, both at 41. The Danish Fuglsang, by the way, withstood the wounds of the first day.

The Jumbo flies. . But the plane will not land until Sunday 28 in Paris.



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