The Spanish in the Tour: Aranburu got into the flight

The Basque from Astana got into the break of the day, but had no chance of victory at the end. He was sixth. Enric Mas remains 8th overall.


The Spanish stage victory in the Tour since 2018, which was achieved by Omar Fraile in Mende, continues to be resisted. Three long years and already, in the last week, the national runners will fight to raise their arms. Alex Aranburu, from Astana, got into the breakaway at a very good stage for his qualities, but finally he could only be sixth, which is not little. In the general, Enric Mas and Pello Bilbao remain in the top ten.

This is how the Spaniards did in the sixteenth stage of the Tour:

Alex Aranburu (6th): he is having a great season, with positions of honor and after achieving a great victory in the Basque Country. This stage was good for him, but he recognized that he was very close to the final stage.

Enric Mas (21º): very attentive in the final stage, in the unsuccessful attempt that caused the Cofidis, and motivated for what is coming in the Pyrenees.

Pello Bilbao (22nd): the Basque, who acknowledged that he had already left the controversy behind after not being called to the Games, will fight to stay, at least, among the top ten.

Alejandro Valverde (45º): without incidents on a day complicated by the storm, one of which he likes little. The Tour will end and then go to the Games.

Carlos Barbero (46th): he arrived in the Murcian group, not bad as it was a very demanding day and with everything already covered.

Rubén Fernández (49th): his team, Cofidis, tried to move the classification in the final section of the stage with Guillaume Martin, but they could do little.

Jonathan Castroviejo (52º): always attentive to Carapaz, his work seems fundamental for the next two days for Ineos.

Ion Izagirre (64th): the youngest of the brothers was also attentive to their leader, in this case, Lutsenko, who finished with good feelings.

Iván García Cortina (71º): the race left Andorra, where the guaje said goodbye to a large number of acquaintances. Her cold seems to improve.

Omar Fraile (76th): the Basque was also attentive to Lutsenko in his work of protecting from the wind and helping in the descent, a facet he dominates.

Imanol Erviti (82º): the Navarrese, after working for his leaders in the first part of the stage, arrived in a large squad.

Jorge Arcas (84th): Movistar's, debutant in the Tour, hopes to face the third week on French roads with guarantees.

Cristian Rodríguez (85th): the winner in Rwanda will try to be seen, if possible, in some getaway in the remainder of the Tour.

Víctor de la Parte (86º); the man from Vitoria, gradually improving his injuries after the fall he suffered last week.

Jesús Herrada (88º): Cuenca, who will go to the Games, tried to make a first break, but with no luck.

Carlos Verona (89th): already better from his injuries, he hopes to be able to help Mas in the Pyrenees. Their role seems important.

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