At the start of the final kilometer of the thirteenth stage of the Vuelta, Mike Teunissen suddenly reported himself in front of the peloton. Jumbo-Visma tried in this way to make a difference with Primoz Roglic, who eventually came up short.
‘This was a classic sprinter’s ride, but one with a vicious final. On a completely flat finish, we as a team had not reported to the front’, sports director Addy Engels said afterwards. “Today we saw a small opportunity and we wanted to grab it with both hands. The men put Primoz in a good position. In the end, the real pure men of power turned out to be too strong.’
“Our move was well timed. If we hadn’t tried, we wouldn’t have had a chance at anything beautiful. The team showed its best side today and that is a good sign’, Engels cautiously looks ahead to the coming days. Remco Evenepoel announced after the end of the stage won by Mads Pedersen that he had not seen the movement.
Jumbo-Visma sees next weekend as crucial
“The next two days may be decisive for the classification,” continues the sports director. ‘On Monday on the rest day we will take stock and we can conclude whether that was indeed the case. It seems that everything is starting to fall into place. The men are approaching their form and those who have had bad luck are all but recovered. That is a nice boost towards an important weekend.’