La Vuelta dreams in gold

Roglic, Carapaz and Pidcock, Olympic golds in Tokyo, appear in the pre-registration to play the national round (August 14-September 5).

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The 2021 Vuelta will start from inside the Burgos Cathedral on August 14 and will end in Santiago de Compostela on September 5. Two weeks and one day before the competition starts, the teams and the organization are already handling pre-registrations for runners. And three recent Olympic champions in Tokyo make the top lists: Primoz Roglic, winner of the race in 2019 and 2020 and gold in time trial in Japan; Richard Carapaz, winner of the long-distance event and the 2019 Giro (also second in the 2020 national round and third in the 2021 Tour); and Tom Pidcock, dominator of mountain biking at the Games and a multi-disciplinary 21-year-old promise, spanning from cyclo-cross to road.

Roglic will aspire to his third consecutive title. After leaving the Grande Boucle due to the aftermath of a hard fall, the Slovenian and the Jumbo planned an express preparation for Tokyo, which he will now complete with altitude training to perform "100%" in Burgos, as confirmed by its director , Grischa Niermann, to AS. Steven Kruijswijk, Sepp Kuss and Robert Gesink aim to become your Praetorian Guard for the mountain days. With nine goals up and two times, the former ski jumper (31) considers that the route, "hard and explosive", adapts "phenomenally" to his characteristics. Jonas Vingegaard (renewed until 2024) finished second in the Tour, but a supersquad like the Jumbo knows it has to offer more in the big three.

With the contest still in the air for Tadej Pogacar, a yellow jersey in Paris in 2020 and 2021 and an Olympic bronze in the background, Ineos seems called to line up the most powerful block, although in France it only managed to achieve third position with Carapaz. The Ecuadorian (28) fought last year for the red jersey against Roglic until La Covatilla. La Vuelta appeared in his program ... as in that of Egan Bernal, champion of the Giro in May and the Tour in 2019, which places the Spanish race in his sights to complete the collection. Pidcock, winner of the Baby Giro in 2020, has expressed his desire to premiere in the three weeks to "learn from the best." La Vuelta dreams of a poster bathed in gold, joined, for the moment, by Landa, Superman, Mas, Valverde, Hindley and Bardet.



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