Philipsen honors the sprint cathedral

The Belgian beats Jakobsen in the Burgos goal of the Gamonal, a traditional massive arrival. Adam Yates and De la Cruz gave up time due to falls. The wind did not affect.

The second stage of La Vuelta 2021, first in line, had two fixed ingredients before starting the cooking. One was the forecast of an end to the sprint, practically sung when you get to Vitoria street in the Gamonal neighborhood. 23-year-old Belgian Jasper Philipsen from the Alpecin team lived up to the tradition. The second, just as predictable, was the presence of a Burgos-BH runner on the day's break to shine at home. It was also fulfilled.

The escapee of the day was Diego Rubio, from Avila from Navaluenga, 30 years old, a 1.93 stalk with rolling qualities, a classic already in the Spanish peloton. Rubio, who emerged as a cyclist in La Vuelta Júnior, was not alone in the ride. Two other adventurers rode with him: Sergio Román, Madrid from Galapagar, 24, and Xabier Azparren, from Donostia, 22. Three Spanish runners belonging to three Spanish teams, Burgos-BH, Caja Rural and Euskaltel, precisely the three squads that received an invitation from La Vuelta. His determination in this challenge was the best way to be grateful. And also to wear a jersey.

The trio had a maximum advantage close to four minutes, but it was always controlled by the two teams that have transferred the best sprinters on the squad: Arnaud Démare's Groupama and Fabio Jakobsen's Deceuninck, who returned to a big one after their terrible fall in the 2020 Tour of Poland, fired against the hurdles by Dylan Groenewegen. The large group managed the clock conscientiously, even when, with 32 kilometers remaining, Diego Rubio decided to counterattack alone to extend the challenge.

The sprint ingredient also followed the script, in a regular flight where Mark Cavendish, Óscar Freire, Jan Svorada and Alessandro Petacchi had already inscribed their names, three times, among other wolves on the last straight. Jasper Philipsen achieved, the first time, the victory that he pursued so much without success in the Tour de France, where he added many shots to the post: three seconds and three third places. The Belgian beat Dutchman Jakobsen and Australian Michael Matthews. The packaging was launched by Colombian Juan Sebastián Molano, but it was long and he finished fourth. Behind him, two Spaniards: Alex Aranburu and Jon Aberasturi, fifth and sixth. Good news.

The stew had two other ingredients that may or may not be added to the dressing. One of them, the falls, was added to the pan at the last minute, with four kilometers to go, with the members of the Bora as the main affected and with two men from the general cut: Adam Yates, who yielded 51 seconds, and De la Cruz, who lost 1:35. The second was the fans, a possibility considered by the roosters at the start. "It can be messy," said Mikel Landa. The platoon traveled through it with ears pricked, especially at every change of direction. When Primoz Roglic's Jumbo took the lead, the alarm sounded. This was seen in the absence of 62 km, without consequences. And also in the absence of 30, also without problems, despite the insistence of Astana, who looked for the opportunity of Aranburu, who hunted a two-second bonus. There will be more days ahead for the wind to take center stage, especially in Aragon and Albacete. Let no one relax. Just in case.

For the moment, while Eolo decides to intervene in the general, the round will face his first arrival this Monday, Picón Blanco, in Espinosa de los Monteros, an unprecedented climb in the great Spanish, well known in the Vuelta a Burgos: 7, 6 kilometers at 9.3% slope as you remove masks and show the true strengths of the applicants.

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