After a stage in the Tour, Mads Pedersen now also hit the Vuelta. The Dane seems to be in the shape of his life, but will skip the World Cup at the end of this month. “My condition is great”, Pedersen emphasized after the stage. “But I also have a life outside of cycling.”
“I haven’t seen my family too often in recent months and at a certain point you just have to put an end to it and return home. If I add the World Cup, I have to travel straight after the Vuelta and I’ll be away from home for almost seven weeks.”
“Mentally it didn’t seem like a good idea to me, that’s a long time and I shouldn’t go over the limit too much. It could affect next season. So I’m happy with this decision and looking forward to my wife again soon.”
Pedersen was crowned cycling world champion in 2019. In a raining out Harrogate he defeated Matteo Trentin and Stefan Küng after an exciting sprint.
Without accidents or an annoying corona infection, Mads Pedersen seems well on his way to win the points classification in this Vuelta. He currently has a massive 151 point lead over Marc Soler and Fred Wright.
“The green jersey is indeed getting closer”, Pedersen concluded. “Although I would rather have made it a battle with Sam Bennett. It is a pity that he had to leave the Vuelta.”