How tough is the final week of the Vuelta? “Saturday is a super difficult stage” | Vuelta

How tough is the final week of the Vuelta? “Saturday is a super difficult stage” | Vuelta
How tough is the final week of the Vuelta? “Saturday is a super difficult stage” | Vuelta

Alberto Contador said before the stage to the Sierra Nevada that we would know the overall winner of this Vuelta at the top of that very tough pass.

Does that mean that Remco Evenepoel will shine on the podium in Madrid on Sunday?

“He lost 1 minute this weekend. That is not little”, Christophe Vandegoor analyzes, “But Evenepoel remains calm and that was once different, think of the Giro.”

“There was that unknown factor: finishing at a high altitude. And he did not do badly yesterday.”

“There are still 3 uphill finishes. Especially Saturday is still a tough mountain stage.”

“There will be pricks from the Spaniards in their search for places of honor. Evenepoel has to estimate them well.”

“On the other hand, you should not overestimate the opposition. Jumbo-Visma destroyed itself a bit on the Sierra Nevada, although you never know with Primoz Roglic.”

“The conclusion: you must continue to establish that Remco Evenepoel has this Tour of Spain under control.”

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José De Cauwer already leafed through his roadbook during the broadcast yesterday. He takes you through the final week.

“Tuesday is a stage for the sprinters: 1,100 altimeters with a climb at the end, something for the punchers.”

“Wednesday I count 2,500 altimeters with a 2nd category climb, in principle that is no problem.”

“Thursday is a long stage with several cols and 3,500 altimeters.”

“Friday the finish is after a descent, which is not really the most dangerous ride.”

“But Saturday is a super difficult stage: arrival at the top after 3,800 altimeters. That is a difficult thing.”

“Things should already be under control there and if that is not the case, Remco Evenepoel has still driven a very good Vuelta.”

Can Tim Merlier stamp out the frustrations the day after the rest day? This is a day for the sprinters, but the final will again be a fringe event. A new playground for Mads Pedersen?

The final climb is a col of about 10 kilometers at 5.1 percent. That mild percentage is distorted by a tender intermediate piece. Perhaps this is not yet the day when the classification men dissolve their devils.

The clock is ticking and any day the challengers miss could be considered a missed opportunity. The col before the final climb can be used as a launch pad. Servants will reconnoitre to lend a hand at a later stage.

The last day of the week of this Vuelta consists of a loop that is pushed twice in front of the wheels. The 2nd category climb invites the attackers, the long descent to the finish is less attractive for race climbers. Mads Pedersen has already made it clear that he still sees this day as an opportunity.

The last banana peel in this Vuelta. In this long leg, a crew with enough fuel in the tank can drop another carpet bomb. The leader must be fresh enough and must light a candle for his team. Those who get isolated quickly can be roasted in this minefield.

The evening parade in Madrid, a dessert for the sprinters.

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