The Vuelta stage: the Lakes of Covadonga arrive

The forecasts say that there may be a storm on the ascent to the Lakes of Covadonga, the end in high with its 12.5 km at 6.9% and ramps of 16%.

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The Sanctuary of Covadonga, from where the ascent to the Enol and Ercina Lakes begins, went on May 2, 1983 from being a reference in Asturian and Spanish history to becoming another 'sacred' place, but for cycling. The port debuted in La Vuelta under great expectation (that was the first televised edition) that ended in a national holiday after the victory of Marino Lejarreta against the great favorite, a Bernard Hinault, who nevertheless added thunder to the climb when compared with the Alpe d'Huez.

It was the first chapter of a history that has made the Asturian port perhaps the most mythical peak in the recent history of the race and also a place where Spanish (eight wins) and Colombian (three) runners have been protagonists. A statistic that is only numbers although it makes one think of a good day this Movistar by Enric Mas and Superman López. "If we want to have any option to win the Vuelta we have to reach the time trial on the last day with some time on Roglic. The only thing left is to try and die with our boots on," says the Colombian, second the last time he was crowned in 2018, with a victory for Thibaut Pinot.

"It is very hard, the place where you can make a difference", warns Enric Mas, very focused on completing the great Vuelta that he is starring in. So much so that he doesn't want to hear anything that happens later. It is this Asturian diptych of today and tomorrow (Gamoniteiro) the only thing that worries him. "I only care about what is going to happen in Asturias, nor do I consider looking further," he says, while he is not unaware that in the Spanish round there has not yet been any national victory. "Hopefully this stage is for someone from home" .

A day that gives a lot of respect. The forecasts say that there may be a storm on the ascent to the Lakes of Covadonga, the end in high with its 12.5 km at 6.9% and ramps of 16%, the outcome of a route in which not everything is classic, since the unprecedented Collada de Llomena has also been included, a port that the peloton will ascend twice its 7.6 km at 9.3% and peaks of 14%. There it will be possible to break the race in which Roglic only hopes to "have a good day" to continue as the top favorite, and the current leader, Odd Christian Eiking, a miracle to retain the red: "Without a doubt, I will give it my all" .



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