The Spanish on the Tour: Enric Mas tested it in Luz Ardiden

The Spaniard had his best day of this Tour in Luz Ardiden and fought for the stage victory. In the general, it goes up to sixth position. Pello Bilbao is ninth.

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The 18th stage of the Tour further strengthened the overall lead of Tadej Pogacar, winner in Luz Ardiden. Second consecutive victory and third on this Tour, this time at a peak that historically is good for Spanish riders, although this time there was no success. Little was lacking, as Enric Mas attacked in the final kilometer, but given the voracity of the Slovenian he could do little. Climb places in the general, like Pello Bilbao.

This is how the Spaniards did in the 18th stage of the Tour:

Enric Mas (4th): in a very tough last kilometer, and with just forces, the Spaniard attacked after resisting against the three best of this Tour. Finally, Pogacar did not give the slightest option, but great attitude from Enric. He is sixth overall and will be played to equal fifth place in 2020.

Alejandro Valverde (10th): the Murcian performed at a good level in the Pyrenees and the best of the news is that he continues to add sensations for the Olympic Games.

Pello Bilbao (11th): came after the Murcian and overtakes Urán in the general standings. The Basque now moves to a remarkable ninth position ... and has just completed the full Giro.

Jonathan Castroviejo (17th): the last gregarious Carapaz had and came to dry up one of Pogacar's numerous attacks. Insurance for Ineos.

Cristian Rodríguez (26th): good performance from the TotalEnergies runner, who arrived less than four minutes from Pogacar.

Víctor de la Parte (33rd): the man from Vitoria, who is gradually recovering from his injuries, also ended up in a noble position in Luz Ardiden.

Ion Izagirre (48th): tried to get into a second escape that was formed in the Tourmalet, but the favorites to the general did not give a choice.

Jorge Arcas (51st): from Movistar, one more day to protect his teammates. He is close to finishing his first Tour.

Omar Fraile (54th): the Basque, like his partner Ion, tried to get into a second escape. He is finishing at a high level for the Games as well.

Jesús Herrada (60º): Cuenca, another of those who will be in Tokyo, could not let himself see everything he would like on this Tour. This Friday you have one last chance.

Carlos Verona (61st): he also has the Tour ending in his hand after overcoming a difficult crash in the first days. One of the great gregarious of the Movistar.

Rubén Fernández (67º): the one from Cofidis supported his colleague Guillaume Martin, who is fighting for the noble positions of the general.

Imanol Erviti (68th): the Navarrese entered the finish line with his former teammate after protecting their leaders in the early part of the stage.

Iván García Cortina (81st): the guaje led a large squad that arrived 21 minutes after the day's great winner.

Carlos Barbero (94th): the Burgos saved another day and is three days away from arriving in Paris for the first time.

Alex Aranburu (108th): after trying in a breakout, this Friday he will have one last chance to be the protagonist. It will not be easy, but it is a stage that can be done well ... although fatigue is already high in all.



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