Nairo busts the Tour

Quintana entered a court that had six minutes on Roglic. In the end he cut 5:19 and gets second overall. Gilbert finished the show.


The Deceuninck team sniffed the wind and organized the mother of all battles. Why? Because they are happy like that. Where other cyclists on the planet perceive torture, the Belgians see an opportunity. In their ranks this year there is not a runner who fights for the general classification, but they do not care too much, they may even prefer it. His farmland is another, to collect victories in all areas, without the need for a mountain in between. So Philippe Gilbert did this Wednesday between Aranda de Duero and Guadalajara, after a colossal show of 214 kilometers that could change, or perhaps has changed, the course of this Tour of Spain 2019.

Deceuninck burst the race from the start, encouraged by the ventelera, and put seven of its eight runners in a numerous court of 47 units. Movistar, very attentive to the play, placed four cyclists. One of them was Nairo Quintana, who was already forgotten more than seven minutes away by men fighting for the general. They will have to include you again. Primoz Roglic, Tadej Pogacar and Miguel Ángel López dedicated themselves to marking each other, while Alejandro Valverde stayed with them becoming the clueless. The Colombian, meanwhile, surrounded himself with three heavy wheelers, of three Iberians with Belgian souls: Erviti, Rojas and Oliveira. And they opened a stretch until the alarms for the leader jumped. 444444

The cut reached six minutes, with Nairo getting closer and closer to an unexpected red jersey. His three devoted companions emptied themselves in the front group, while the rest of the telephone uprooted and entangled in the persecuting group to isolate a more and more Roglic alone. The Superman Astana finally came to the rescue. First he picked up Gorka Izagirre, who was ahead, and then Luis León Sánchez, who had to sacrifice himself even though he aspired to the stage. He didn't care: it's his job. Murcia's work was key to maintaining a reasonable disadvantage, which finally stopped in 5:29 minutes.

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Nairo Quintana thus jumped in the general to rise to second place, 2:24 minutes from Roglic. At 2:48, Valverde remains, so the Movistar places two tricks in the red jersey to storm the two stages of the Sierra de Guadarrama (Thursday) and Gredos (Saturday) , two days with a profile of saws that have decided You return to Spain in the past. The advantage is still remarkable for Roglic, but this Wednesday's play will have put fear in his body and created insecurities that he did not have before.

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The auction of the vibrant day was Philippe Gilbert's victory at a cosmic average of 50.6 km / h, with an hour and a quarter of advance on the planned program, which did justice to the Deceuninck exhibition. A week ago, when the Belgian triumphed in Bilbao, he crossed the finish line showing the ten fingers of his hands, to celebrate his tenth victory in great laps. In Guadalajara he didn't show anything, he has no more fingers left. He only exhibited an overflowing joy with a group celebration with his teammates, satisfied with the job well done and the great cycling show.

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