La Vuelta – Primoz Roglic wins time on Remco Evenepoel but falls, during the 16th stage, the victory for Pedersen

La Vuelta – Primoz Roglic wins time on Remco Evenepoel but falls, during the 16th stage, the victory for Pedersen

On the attack and then on the ground, Roglic may have lost the Vuelta. The route of this 16th stage won by the big favorite Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) should not augur such a scenario. Author of a stroke of panache less than three terminals from the line, in the final raid of the day, Primoz Roglic animated a stage on a senator’s train. Unlucky as often this season, the Slovenian from Jumbo-Visma apparently touched the wheel of Fred Wright (Bahrain – Victorious) 50 meters from the line, causing a violent fall which could well spell the end of the ambitions of victory of the leader of the hornets.

Trapped in the last bump, Bryan Coquard (Cofidis) did not get his revenge on the green jersey, an easy winner ahead of Pascal Ackermann (UAE Emirates), second, and Danny van Poppel (BORA – Hansgrohe), third. Victim of a mechanical problem in the last three kilometers, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) limits the breakage, he who was badly placed at the foot of the last difficulty. He lost 8 seconds compared to Roglic, after the update of the times, and he remains 1’26” ahead of him.

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A vision of horror, this is a very badly paid outcome for the daring Primoz Roglic, the real detonator of a suffocating final, where Remco Evenepoel suffered a few cold sweats, only saved by a welcome puncture in the last three kilometers. The red jersey sailed to suspicious heights as its runner-up climbed onto the pedals, causing a final break between five in-form men and the rest of the contenders. Expected on a field at his convenience, Bryan Coquard (12th) was therefore unable to accompany Fred Wright, Mads Pedersen, Pascal Ackermann and Danny van Poppel alongside Roglic.

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Victorious at the cost of a long and powerful sprint, the green jersey offered a second success on the Vuelta, his third of the year on a grand tour. But the Dane smelled a suspicious note in the air. Neck and neck with Wright in the final, Roglic took a large gadin. The loot on arrival (8 seconds) seems very meager in the light of a swollen knee and forearm, which can make fear the abandonment of the Slovenian. Passed quietly on the line more than three minutes from the winner, before being reclassified in the time of the peloton, Remco Evenepoel probably did not hope for that, he who hastened to hear from the triple holder of the Vuelta .

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Completed in a whirlwind of emotions, this 16th stage traced between Sanlucar de Barrameda and Tomares (189.4 km) started off at a soothing tempo, giving pride of place to the courageous Ander Okamika (Burgos-BH) and Luis Angel Maté (Euskaltel -Euskadi), the latter being committed to a noble cause, that of planting as many trees as kilometers swallowed at the front of the race. A race lead that he had to drop 13 terminals from Tomares, in the suburbs of Seville, before a final overheated by the fiery Andalusian rays. There were many clear sections to cross, but the sprinters did not want to undermine their forces before rubbing shoulders with the muscular finish, and the leaders for the general classification had above all in mind to take advantage of an invigorating act before crossing the iron from Wednesday to the monastery of Tentudia. With or without Roglic, that’s the whole question.

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