Roglic gives away the red jersey, but the type is played for La Vuelta

The Slovenian released a rope on the run, which crowned Storer on the stage and Eiking on the general, but attacked in the port of Almáchar. A fall stopped his feat.


Primoz Roglic gave away the red jersey, but did not give La Vuelta. On the contrary, this Tuesday the guy was gambled for her. The leader's team loosed the day's getaway, which stuffed Odd Chistian Eiking with the garment, but took advantage of the stage's hot spot, the demanding port of Almáchar, to launch a surprising attack on their rivals for the general classification. A drop in the descent, when riding solo, prevented Roglic from getting more out of his brave initiative, but he did win a sack full of admiration. The head of the Jumbo-Visma crossed the finish line with Enric Mas and Superman López, who remain solvent in the fight for qualification, and Jack Haig, could not distance them, but at least he took another 37-second bite to the duo of the discouraged Ineos: Egan Bernal and Adam Yates. An award that could have been bigger ... But that could also roll on the floor.

Roglic gave away the jersey. Agree. He had already done it at the start of La Vuelta, to Rein Taaramäe at Picón Blanco, and he was about to repeat it last Saturday at the Balcón de Alicante, when Felix Grossschartner was eight seconds behind the tunic. The Jumbo does not exhibit the same collective strength as on other occasions and there is still a lot of cloth to cut: Villuercas, the Lakes, the Gamoniteiru, the Mos trap… Too much whiplash. If you have to have fresh equipment, all the better. That is why the Slovenian allowed the escape of 31 cyclists, too wide not to burn a team in their pursuit, and preferred to give up the lead, which is now seen by Eiking, a 26-year-old Norwegian, with 58 seconds over Guillaume Martin and 2: 17 minutes about Roglic. We will see with the advance of the calendar if he has made the right decision, but the disadvantage seems easily within the reach of the Slovenian.

Almáchar, an 11-kilometer pass at an average slope of 5% with hard ramps of 17%, which was crowned 15 kilometers from the finish line, was the hot spot of the day. A trap on the way to Rincón de la Victoria. This was where the escapees were to seek victory. And where the roosters had the opportunity to re-measure themselves. There were two races in one. Even three, because the adventurers not only played the stage victory, but also the red jersey, that prize courtesy of Roglic.

The stage was taken by Michael Storer, that 24-year-old Australian pearl who had already demonstrated his skills as a climber on the Balcón de Alicante. Second win for Storer and second win for Team DSM. The attack of the Aussie in Almáchar sat his teammates on the run, where Eiking and Martin maintained a pulse for the leadership that the Norwegian chose, a better bass player than his rival. The Intermarché-Wanty team, who already wore red for two days with Taaramäe, once again rose to the top of the classification. A great success.

There were already enough ingredients to enhance the stage, but the route still hid the greatest spectacle, Roglic's attack on the Almáchar ramps, an explosive climb that perfectly suited his qualities. No one could respond to the Slovenian, who opened a half-minute stretch. The images showed that the still red jersey was taking risks in some corners of the descent. And so came the fright. Despite being a great downhill rider, a ski jumper without vertigo at heights and at speed, he lost control on a line to the right. It was not a hard fall, he did not hurt himself, but he allowed the pursuers to get their hands on him. There is no award for bravery or originality, which would certainly have gone to the double champion of La Vuelta. Roglic took symbolic honors, but the fight with Movistar was a technical draw.

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