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the cycling team Movistar feel unfairly treated after Friday's 19. stage in the Vuelta a España.
Here decided The International Cykelunion (UCI) to give Vueltaens leading rider Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), allowed to ride in the slipstream of the holdbilerne to reach back to the field, since Roglic in similarity with several other riders were out for a crash.
Approximately at the same time as Roglic smoke in the asphalt, attacks Movistar in sidevinden, but had since set the attack, when the team found out that Roglic and co. got help to get back to the field.
- If this is cycling, and the UCI will decide who should win, so I suppose it is perfect, says Movistar-sports director Jose Luis Arrieta ironic.
- There is something similar for us, and there was the same decision is not taken, says sportsdirektøren to Reuters.
Roglic got the help of the UCI in the fight against Movistar. Photo credit: Oscar del Pozo/Ritzau Scanpix
the UCI has so far not wanted to comment on the opinions, writes Reuters.
Movistar had interest in attacking the leading Roglic, as the race's overall number two and three, Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana, both running for the Spanish team.
Therefore, it was constantly the plan that Movistar would attack in sidevinden in a place where it briefly went down, insists Jose Luis Arrieta.
- We had all the time planned to attack when sidevinden could come into play, and it was for this reason that we were at the front of the field at the time. We had spent hours to plan and position ourselves.
Obviously I don't care about the crash, but we have also lost the race because of the crash. I told first my riders that they should stop setting the pace, when the UCI said that they would let riders get the help of the cars to come back, says sportsdirektøren.
Movistar has realistically only Saturday's hilly stage to catch up with the lead of 2 minutes and 50 seconds, that separates Roglic and Valverde. The vuelta ends with a short, flat stage on Sunday.
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