Friday the 13. stands for many as something uheldssvangert.
The fears were quite real for many of the riders in the Vuelta a España, that this Friday was out of the race 19. and the maximum stage.
Not for the Deceuninck-QuickSteps French rider Rémi Cavagna, who, after having sat in the outbreak throughout the day, tore herself loose and ran solo the 20km to the finish
Different restlessly, it was in the field, who probably had set himself on 165,2 harmless and relatively flat kilometers from Ávila to Toledo. However, road condition and weather, it would different.
by a good 65 km to the objectives of the twisting road, and several riders crashed - among other Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) in the red leader's jersey, and Astana-captain Miguel Ángel López.
They were long held back - but it meant that there was anticipated up front.
Here came Movistar with Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana to and exploited the situation. Soon there was a minute down to Roglic and López, in the shelter of the pilot cars desperately fought to come up again.
A controversial attack against the unwritten cykellove - and an equally controversial attempt to come back, where the written rules were broken. It may trigger fines and tidsstraffe to those involved.
But it all went in himself again. For the 15 km and 20 panicked minutes later, the gestured world champion Valverde, that the attack was called off, and the riders came drypvis up from behind.
There was exchanged a number of you, the teams in between - but the drama was not over yet.
35 kilometers from the target was there again come through in the sidevinden. A small group with Valverde López, Tadej Pogacar (UAE), Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) tore herself loose, and again there was alarm at Primoz Roglic, who after the crash and only had a single teammate with him.
But it strongly reduced the field had again closed the gap.
It could be they are just not up to Rémi Cavagna, who won with five seconds to Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), who won the field sprint in front of Cavagnas teammate Zdenek Stybar.
Thus, there were no changes in the standings. Immediately in any case. For the Spanish media is reporting that Movistar will require løbskommissærerne an explanation for why they allowed the cars to give the jagtende riders shelter - and it is conceivable that there will be a subsequent time penalty for, among other things Primoz Roglic.
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