The Spanish on the Tour: Landa and Mas tried without success

The one from Bahrain tried to leave alone and, despite taking a few seconds ahead, was caught. Enric Mas dynamited the squad with his attack.


Spanish victory in the Tour de France has yet to come, and it won't be for not trying. The one who was closest this Thursday was Pello Bilbao, who held on at the head of the race until Kwiatkowski and Carapaz left alone. From behind, Landa and Mas moved the race, although they did not reach the finish line with an advantage.

This is how the Spaniards did on the 16th stage of the Tour de France

Enric Mas (7th): Very good day for the Movistar rider, who is going from less to more in the race. He put up with the best and even tried it. His attack served to eliminate the Jumbo train. He is already sixth overall.

Mikel Landa (8th): Alava is very active again. He tested it at the last pass, 35 kilometers from the finish line, and got almost half a minute ahead. He was caught before relegation, and his teammates kept pushing for him to place fifth.

Pello Bilbao (14th): Landa's squire was close to him. Integrated in the head of the race, he held out with the two Ineos until the last port, where he could no longer. He ended up helping his teammate.

Alejandro Valverde (20th): He entered the second group of climbers together with Urán, Yates or Martin. He remains tenth overall, although it seems that he will not be able to achieve the stage victory that he so desires.

Luis León Sánchez (21º): He was on the escape of the day, although he could not follow the runners who left and had to settle for shooting in the chasing group.

Marc Soler (26th): He entered the finish line a few seconds after Alejandro Valverde. He did his job of helping Enric Mas until his legs said enough.

Carlos Verona (27th): Embedded in the escape, he held out on the mountain until the group of five leaders was formed. He remained in the chasing group along with Luisle and Herrada.

Jesús Herrada (42nd): Cuenca was also on the run, who is not enjoying as many opportunities as he would like. Like Luisle and Verona, he marched in the pursuing group.

David de la Cruz (45º): A great help to Pogacar on the mountain, whom he protected until he couldn't take it anymore. Very focused on his gregarious work.

Gorka Izagirre (47th): After trying without success yesterday, the Astana man accompanied Miguel Ángel López in the first ports.

Omar Fraile (51st): After the stage he commented that he felt good and was happy to have been able to help López. He got carried away to the finish line with a large group.

Imanol Erviti (52º): In the absence of several of his teammates because they were on the break, his work was very important in the early stages of the day.

Jonathan Castroviejo (58th): Also present in the escape, he was one of the most active in it, leading it in a great task that turned out to be decisive for his teammates Kwiatkowski and Carapaz.

José Joaquín Rojas (75th): Sixth and last Spaniard in the day's break. When the first ramps arrived he gave way, and went on to help his companions in the platoon.

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