In previous stage races, the Ineos block had always had to come to terms with the crumbs due to the sheer power of Jumbo-Visma and the UAE, but in the Basque Country, the British were keen to make a statement in the technical lead with some devilish hills.
Omar Frail, Ben Tolet, Adam Yates and Geriant Thomas: In that order they were comforting each other in the hot seat.
The differences were small and Kamikaze Thomas has proven that the risk pays off.
Remy Kavagna, albeit not the best companion, printed this letter well and took the reins.
But in the end they will have to bow humbly before experimental magicians.
Thomas’ prediction – “Evipoel and Roglic are still less than 10 minutes away” – is remarkably true.
RYMCO EVENBUIL He crushed all times in a nod and was eventually faster than his French teammate in less than 11 seconds.
Evenepoel scraped all the scraps from his body and received a half-second reward for the challenger at the middle ridge point Primoz roglici†
He was from another planet entirely in Part Two: his backlog was reversed into a 5-second lead.
“I knew it was going to be a tough experience with some of the technical parts. I did everything I could and went as fast as I could,” Evenpoel said.
“There was only one rider who was faster than me. Of course I’m a bit disappointed, because I was hoping to win. But I’m sure there will be chances next week.”
With red cheeks, Primus Roglic smiled after his trial in the clear time. “I’ve had my legs for it,” he smiled. “That was crazy. I really love racing here.”
“It was a very technical time experience with a lot of angles, but like I said, my legs felt great.”
Roglic is already putting the competition at a disadvantage. He concluded with his son on the arm: “This was a 10 minute effort. So the differences aren’t that bad. But it’s always better to have a head start.”
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