Spaniards on the Tour: Mas is already 7th but moves away from the podium

The Movistar man could not follow the best in the Portet and, although he advanced a place in the general, he is very far from Carapaz. Bilbao remains in the top-10.


The 17th stage of the Tour further strengthened the overall lead of Tadej Pogacar, winner at the Portet. Enric Mas could not keep up with him when he attacked in the Pyrenean colossus and Vingegaard and Carapaz did, thus establishing themselves on a podium that the Balearic Islands missed. The good news is that he managed to win a place in the table, from eighth to seventh. For his part, Pello Bilbao attacked without success at the Portet and kept tenth place.

This is how the Spaniards did in the 17th stage of the Tour:

Pello Bilbao (7th): he tried his luck at the Portet but could not open a gap in the face of the strong rhythm that Majka put for Pogacar in the group of favorites. He entered 1:44 behind the leader and remains tenth overall.

Enric Mas (11th): could not follow Pogacar, Vingegaard and Carapaz when the Slovenian attacked at the Portet. With the help of Superman López, he managed to keep the type and in the end he reached 2:27 and won a place in the general classification. He is now seventh.

Jonathan Castroviejo (19th): one more day he did a great job for Carapaz. He even had a dialectical clash with Majka when he tried to pull the main group and the Pole did not want to let him pass. Arrived at 6:38 from the leader.

Alejandro Valverde (29th): not much was seen this time after the effort of days gone by. He was with the best until the Portet, when the rhythm got too hard. He relented 12:14 with Pogacar.

Víctor De la Parte (37th): escorted Latour to the finish line when the Frenchman was swallowed up by the peloton after an unsuccessful escape attempt. At 17:36 from Pogacar.

Omar Fraile (43rd): also accused the effort of previous days in which he sought the stage victory. He disconnected at the Portet and finished at 19:28 of the yellow jersey.

Ion Izagirre (44th): same line as Fraile, his partner in Astana. Both made the climb to the Portet together once it was impossible to keep up with the roosters.

Jesús Herrada (59th): little was seen in a day in which the focus of the Cofidis was on Perez, on the run from the first kilometers. At 25:24 from Pogacar

Carlos Verona (60th): the Movistar from Madrid just got through the day this time, which is no small feat. Arrived at 25:24 from Pogacar as well.

Cristian Rodríguez (63rd): spent the day without prominence and without suffering any mishap. Entered at 27:29 from the leader.

Rubén Fernández (64th): he didn't shine either but had no problems getting to Saint Lary Soulan. At 27:33 of the yellow jersey.

Jorge Arcas (71st): it was not a day for a rider of his characteristics. He escorted Mas and Superman as far as he could and relented. Lost 28:59 to Pogacar.

Imanol Erviti (72nd): the Basque Movistar veteran joined Arcas and entered the finish line with him.

Alex Aranburu (110th): he spent a lot on Tuesday and this Wednesday he limited himself to trying to finish the set without scares. He got it. At 29:11 from Pogacar.

Iván García Cortina (113º): it was not a day to try your luck. He got off the hook early on from the peloton and arrived at 30:03 from Pogacar.

Carlos Barbero (124º): the route of this 17th stage did not favor him either. He entered the group of sprinters, at 32:22, and saved one more day.

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