This is how the Spaniards did in the 2021 Tour de France

The 2021 Tour de France came to an end and is the third in a row in which Spanish cycling has not achieved stages. Enric Mas finished sixth overall.

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The 2021 Tour de France has come to an end. Of the 17 riders who started three weeks ago in Brest, 16 made it to the finish line in Paris. He only left Marc Soler, and he did so in the first stage after the massive crash caused by a spectator. Of course, Spanish cycling adds one more edition without stage victories, and it is already the third in a row. The last success was from Omar Fraile in 2018 on the day ending in Mende. Precisely, that is the only Spanish victory in the last five years in the race. Those who were closest, being second, were Ion Izagirre, Erviti and Valverde. In the general, two finish in the top ten of the general: Enric Mas, sixth, and Pello Bilbao, ninth.

This is how the Spaniards did in the Tour de France

Enric Mas (6th): the Balearic falls one position with respect to the position of 2020. At 26 years old, the Balearic is clear that he can fight for noble positions in a Tour de France, but lacks see if he can attack a podium place, as he did in the Vuelta in 2018 (2nd). His best finish was 4th at Luz Ardiden, after an attack in the final kilometer, although he could do little against Pogacar. He had a fall without too much relevance.

Pello Bilbao (9th): he comes from doing the Giro and completes his first top ten in a Tour de France. A diesel racer, as he calls himself, declared that he was "satisfied" with his performance and that of his team, Bahrain. His best result in this edition was seventh place at the Col du Portet.

Jonathan Castroviejo (23rd): the Basque is one of the best gregarious in the peloton and a fundamental piece in the Ineos. He showed it once again in the past Giro with Bernal and now by doubling down on the Tour to help Carapaz's interests. His 13th time trial on the penultimate day, his best result.

Alejandro Valverde (24th): despite what was rumored, including the coach, before the Tour, the Murcian completed the three-week race and on Saturday he will fight in the Tokyo Games test. Disconnecting from the first days of the positions of honor of the general, Valverde had his best performance in Andorra. He finished second at 41.

Ion Izagirre (26th): the Basque from Astana was second in a stage and was in several escapes. In Le Grand Bornard only Teuns surpassed him, in Andorra he was fourth ... he had a notable presence, but winning is always very difficult, although he already did it in 2016. He will be in Tokyo on the road and in the time trial.

Cristian Rodríguez (46th): debutant in the Tour, the one from El Ejido manages to reach Paris. You couldn't see much of him in the race, but it was one of the fastest editions in recent years. In Luz Ardiden he held out in a leading group and was 26º.

Omar Fraile (57th): he is still the last Spanish rider to win a stage in the race, and it was three years ago. This time he tried again on getaways, and acknowledged that he looked with good legs, but that the hardness was enormous. He finished sixth on stage 14 as part of the breakaway. Will be at the Tokyo Games.

Imanol Erviti (67th): the eternal Movistar route captain, one of the gregarious stars. He had his individual moment in his most outstanding performance in years, in which he fought for the stage victory in an entire Tour, when his tasks are always different. In the breakaway ending in Nimes, only Politt could beat him.

Víctor de la Parte (72nd): the Vitorian had a fall in the second part of the Tour that hurt him by causing him pain and discomfort. However, he was able to complete the race with a badly affected rib, taking his highest position on Luz Ardiden's day, with 33rd place. It is his first Tour.

Alex Aranburu (74th): the Basque from Astana was another of the rookies in the round. He was present on a getaway on a day that suited him well and got into Carcassonne on arrival. He was twice in sixth position and will be the leader of Spain in the September World Cups in Belgium.

Rubén Fernández (84th): another of those who have premiered in the French round, and that the Murcian was the winner of the Tour del Porvenir in 2013. He tried to sneak in some escapades but without luck and was close to his leader, Guillaume Martin. He was 53rd in Andorra.

Jesús Herrada (87th): the Cofidis from Cuenca did not shine as much as he would have liked in the French race, especially in the second half and after several physical mishaps. Absent in leaks, his 46th position on stage 11 was his best balance. A rider capable of great things, a stage winner at the Vuelta and who will be at the Games.

Jorge Arcas (90º): the one from Movistar was another of the Spanish debutants in this Tour. His job was mainly to be close to their leaders and be very supportive, and he also managed to complete his first experience in the French round. He was 20th on the final day in Paris.

Iván García Cortina (94th): the guaje had problems in the first part of the Tour, with a cold that was about to send him home, as he himself said. He also helped in the work of protecting from the wind and pulling his leaders at Movistar and had his most outstanding performance in Carcassonne. He finished fourth in trying to surprise Cavendish.

Carlos Verona (101st): the man from Madrid, who shone like a huge gregarious in the last Tour, this time was hampered by injuries and discomfort after a fall. He resisted in the race and helped his Movistar teammates in the early parts of the stage. His 39th place in Libourne, his best partial result.

Carlos Barbero (124th): Burgos completes his first Tour de France. His work at the Qhubeka was mainly to prepare for arrivals and help his companions. After participating twice in the Vuelta, he now completes the three weeks in the French round again. It was 17th in the day of Nimes.



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