The Vuelta pedals

Starting on a Tuesday, instead of a Saturday, and the coincidence with the Giro d'Italia for a week has disoriented us a bit. But it is already here.

The atypical cycling season, the movement of dates caused by the pandemic, has generated some confusion in those more occasional fans, who in the end are the majority. It was already a rarity to hold a Tour de France in September, although in those days we were used to seeing bikes roll in the Tour of Spain and in other races. The biggest confusion has arrived in autumn, reserved in traditional courses to Lombardy and to the lowering of the curtain. In return we have the Giro d'Italia boiling, with a Spaniard, Pello Bilbao, fighting for the podium with ten days to go, and the Vuelta with the engine idling to hit the accelerator starting next Tuesday. In addition to the Tour of Flanders, this Sunday. There is still good cycling, although it shocks us to see bicycles with the fall of the leaf.

The Spanish round is just around the corner. It has appeared to us almost out of the blue, unexpectedly. Starting on a Tuesday in October, instead of a Saturday in August, and the coincidence with the Giro for a week has left us a bit disoriented. But it is already here. There are five days until Irún's departure. It is possible that someone had already noticed the proximity by the official song of Carlos Baute that is broadcast on RTVE, Like an athlete, the one whose lyrics say that "in this life you have to keep fighting and pedaling." And others will have started to fall for it with the latest press releases from Unipublic. Some, of an organizational nature, like that unavoidable restriction of the public, in the high goals. And others, more sporty, like that number 1 number that the current champion, Primoz Roglic, will wear, or that line-up announced by Movistar with all its arsenal, Enric Mas, Alejandro Valverde and Marc Soler. Also this Thursday, the Vuelta launched its first Fantasy with Biwenger and AS. An opportunity to race with your own team. Because cycling continues ...

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