Majka flies in mythical land

The Polish is exhibited in El Barraco, land of great cyclists and great feats. Eiking defended the red jersey. Adam Yates cut 15 seconds.


Ávila is a land of great cyclists. The homeland of Julio Jiménez, winner of stages in the big three, second in a Tour, triple king of the Mountain in France. One of the most prestigious climbers ever. It is also a land of cycling feats. From Bernard Hinault's exhibition at the 1983 Vuelta, on a day similar to that of this Sunday, but with Serranillos as judge. El Barraco, the goal of this Sunday, is a separate story. Mythical territory. The town of Ángel Arroyo, second in Paris, which inspired the cycling school to Víctor Sastre, then the nursery of great riders such as the long-awaited Chava Jiménez, such as Carlos Sastre, his son, winner of a Tour, such as Paco Mancebo, Pablo Lastras, David Navas ... In the current squad is also Diego Rubio, who was excited when crossing the finish line. An inexhaustible quarry.

The setting, the legend, deserved a great cycling day. Or a great feat. He opted for the latter, with a brutal display by Rafal Majka, who won after 72 kilometers of solo escape. The Pole crowned the four ports of the day in the lead. The first of them, the Centenera, in the company of Fabio Aru, who was also looking for a feat in his farewell to cycling, in which race that saw him win in 2015, just with another feat in the Central System, but in the area of the Sierra de Guadarrama. The three remaining ports were crossed in independent flight: Pedro Bernardo, Mijares and San Juan de Nava. It was the day of the reborn Majka, a class rider.

Rafal Majka had not won since 2017, precisely when he won a great stage of the Vuelta en la Pandera, after a double pass through Valdepeñas de Jaén. It has been a long time, four years, but the Pole has always been a great cyclist, a huge climber. His record includes three victories on the Tour: Risoul and Pla d'Adet, in 2014, and Cauterets, in 2015. Always on high peaks. He has also been King of the Mountain for two years on the Champs Elysees. And podium, third, in the Spanish round. Majka renewed those old laurels at 31 years old in a tremendous, hot, fast day, which was played at full speed, with a start at 51.2 km / h, and which arrived at El Barraco 45 minutes early on intermediate time planned

Majka flew alone after leaving Aru's company, with no threat other than his own forces. He only had the remote opposition of Steven Kruijswijk, another famous person, to whom the Jumbo gave the green light to attempt the stage victory. The Dutchman had initially sneaked in as a strategic asset, just like Carlos Verona did for Movistar, but then he received the team's praise. He was never less than a minute behind the Pole, who not only did not faint during his ride, but still reserved a smile to head down the last straight and a few tears to dedicate the victory to his late father. The same that Spanish cycling saves for Chava Jiménez every time he steps on El Barraco.

The roosters did not pose any distant tactic, not least because Intermarché-Wanty, the leader's team, took the lead of the pack in an exemplary attitude, to protect Odd Christian Eiking's red jersey for the sixth day in a row. The attacks were limited to a few final firecrackers in San Juan de Nava, which Adam Yates took advantage of to cut 15 seconds in the general classification. The race rests this Monday and moves north, where the Lakes, the Gamoniteiru, the rain await ... Another turn of the screw for La Vuelta.

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