The surprise of La Vuelta

The 27-year-old Australian took responsibility for Bahrain after Landa lost his options. He is in the fight for the podium.


"I think I have arrived in good condition, but the best thing is that as the days go by I am feeling better", assures Jack Haig (Bendigo, Australia, 27 years old) to AS, when asked about his, a priori surprising position in the general classification of La Vuelta. The Australian rider was forced to take responsibility for the Bahrain when Mikel Landa was shown to be not in top condition. "Haig is a rider capable of doing well in the general classification and I will help the team as much as I can," confirmed the Basque. Because in training, although he reached the Spanish round with blind faith in the Spanish, he was also aware that the Australian was a good asset.

In fact, it had to be the main reference in the past Tour de France. "But the bad luck of a fall and a complicated injury changed the plans," he says after suffering a broken collarbone that left him out of the French great and the Games. The accident allowed him to spend time with his family and prepare this Tour at his home in Andorra. There lives this runner who also lived in Girona and who never dreamed of cycling. He always thought that he could dedicate himself to surfing or skiing, although he ended up becoming fond of MTB and then he happened on the road.

That preparation in mountain biking resembles that of the great Australian idol, Cadel Evans, the winner of the 2011 Tour and podium of the big three. Since its inception, Aussie cycling has always looked for riders who could fight again for the three-week rounds (only Porte on the Tour and Hindley on the Giro were third, both in 2020). In these lists of applicants, there was also always a Haig who became second in the Tour del Porvenir 2015 (the one that Marc Soler won), but who until now had not been able to endorse: his best position in three weeks was a 19th in La Vuelta 2018 But it is in the current Spanish round that it seems that it can confirm expectations. "There are very hard days left, but every day that passes and I see myself with the best, I have more confidence."

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