Spanish cycling has a future

Enric Mas's attack in La Vuelta coincided on the date with the deed that Carlos Rodríguez touched in the Tour del Porvenir, in the year Juan Ayuso hatched ...

In this exciting Sunday of cycling I have rescued in memory the podium of the Vuelta 2012: Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde and Purito Rodríguez. Those were times when the Spanish squad fought on all fronts with some illustrious generations completed by Freire, Samuel, Sastre, Pereiro, Luis León… That well suddenly dried up. Valverde has kept him fertile as far as he can, but he is already 41 years old. There have been good cyclists since then, especially Mikel Landa, who does not wear the track record he deserves, in addition to the Izagirre, the Herrada, Castroviejo, Nieve, Fraile, Bilbao ... Good results have been collected, but the contrast with the above leaves a aftertaste of dissatisfaction. Of the pearls that emerged from behind, only Enric Mas got excited with that second place and the conquest of the queen stage in the 2018 Vuelta at the age of 23, but then he has not managed to confirm himself. A fifth place in the Tour, another fifth in the Vuelta, a sixth in the Tour ... Evolution, without relevant victories, knew little compared to that fertility.

Enric Mas attacked this Sunday at Alto de Velefique and only Primoz Roglic withstood the attack. His action reminded that emerging runner who won the pulse in Andorra to his now teammate Superman López. Great news that will have to be treated with caution when there are still two weeks of Vuelta. Mas is 26 years old, there is still time to confirm his projection. And, incidentally, to take Spanish cycling out of its journey through the desert. His attack coincided in date with the feat that Carlos Rodríguez touched in the Tour del Porvenir, where he cut more than two minutes from the leader in the last stage and was barely seven seconds from rounding the feat. Right in the boiling season of Juan Ayuso, winner of the Giro d'Italia U23 at the age of 18. Spanish cycling has a future. Hopefully it starts with Mas.

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