RESULTS LAP OF SPAIN RIDE 14. Remco Evenepoel cracks on the final climb but remains leader, refugee Richard Carapaz records second stage victory

RESULTS LAP OF SPAIN RIDE 14. Remco Evenepoel cracks on the final climb but remains leader, refugee Richard Carapaz records second stage victory
RESULTS LAP OF SPAIN RIDE 14. Remco Evenepoel cracks on the final climb but remains leader, refugee Richard Carapaz records second stage victory

Red jersey: Remco Evenepoel

Green jersey: Mads Pedersen (Den)

Blue jersey: Jay Vine (Aus)

White jersey: Remco Evenepoel

How did this victory come about?

With a very chaotic initial phase. Not only did the flight of the day have a lot of dirt in the feet to get the right to exist, the peloton broke into pieces almost immediately. The UAE team with its corona-positive leader Juan Ayuso was the biggest victim of this. They had missed the trick and were allowed to work immediately. Even Marc Soler, previously stage winner and without realizing it ended up in the first peloton, let himself down. After sixty kilometers the pieces were glued back and we had a full platoon again.

Only after more than eighty (!) kilometers and a dozen attempts was the flight of the day given permission to leave. Including beautiful people. Olympic champion Carapaz and green jersey Mads Pedersen, both already stage winners in this Vuelta, were present. The other names of the ten-man flight: Lutsenko, Champoussin, Armirail, Conca, Elissonde, León Sánchez, Brenner and García Pierna. The peloton ended, leader Evenepoel and his teammates from Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl could live with a harmless leading group. On the first ascent of the day, the mountain points were for Carapaz, the intermediate sprint in Jaén ended up in the basket of green jersey Pedersen.

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As announced, we had to wait for the final climb, a two-stage rocket with the Puerto de Los Villares first. At his foot, at twenty kilometers from the finish, Pedersen let his fellow escapees run. His job was done with winning the green intermediate sprint. Moments later, first Lutsenko and then León Sánchez dropped a bomb on the flanks of Los Villares, which caused a small separation. At the start of part two of the final climb, Sierra de la Pandera (8.4 km at 7.8%) and after a jab from Carapaz, only the Olympic champion, León Sánchez and a surprising Conca remained.

With 3.5 kilometers to go, Richard Carapaz took off on his own, nobody even thought to follow. Roglic and Angel López came eerily close, but the Olympic champion held out. His second stage win in three days, and in what way. On the Spanish ‘Kale Berg’ that is.

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What did the favorites do?

For red leader Evenepoel, this ride was the first part of his weekend of truth. Our compatriot had a smooth day until the final climb, where several teams opened the throttle. At four kilometers from the finish, Roglic handed out a vicious jab, Evenepoel and competitors did not immediately have an answer ready. A difficult moment for the red leader, the Belgian living rooms shook for a while. Only Mas and Angel López reached the Slovenian defending champion a little later, who seemed unleashed and also wanted to take the stage victory.

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With 1.3 kilometers to go Mas had to get off, Roglic and ‘Superman’ López steamed on in search of escapee Carapaz. They couldn’t make it anymore, but they were able to make up for something of their arrears on Evenepoel, partly due to the game of bonus seconds. The Slovenian defending champion takes 52 seconds back on our compatriot and is now second at 1’49”. Mas came in sixth, five seconds ahead of Evenepoel and therefore still occupies the third podium place, at 2’43”. Miguel Angel López moves up one place in the top ten, he now takes third place.

Then this. On the flanks of the Sierra de la Pandera it was time for Ayuso’s bad luck moment. The Spaniard was on a steep stretch with an idler and had to continue on a spare bike. But that clearly didn’t bother him. He went up and over Evenepoel for a while, but both youngsters eventually crossed the line together, without much for unlucky Ayuso.

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What did the Belgians do?

Trying to get into the flight of the day, but without success. Jan Bakelants, very early in the race, and Thomas De Gendt, twice, tried to stay ahead. But each time their adventure was short-lived. The flight of the day left halfway through the course with ten men, without a Belgian representative.

Remco Evenepoel’s day only started on the final climb. You can read above how he did on his first real mountain exam.

Anything else you should know?

* No corona cases or other victims before the start of a Vuelta stage. And that is striking, we are no longer used to it. For the first time since the fourth stage, the organization did not have to write a ‘DNS’ (did not start) on the sheet. Even the corona-positive Juan Ayuso neatly signed his name this morning. So all 146 riders who reached the finish in Montilla yesterday, just got back on their bikes today.

* We may have started with 146 today in Montoro, on the way one of them fell away. Kelland O’Brien (BikeExchange-Jayco) gave up halfway through the race, having been having a hard time the last few days.

* Today it was the sixth time in the history of the Vuelta that the finish was on the Sierra de la Pandera. The five previous arrivals on the Andalusian col were prey for successively Roberto Heras (2002), Alejandro Valverde (2003), Andrey Kashechkin (2006), Damiano Cunego (2009) and Rafal Majka (2017). A Spanish mountain with a solid reputation, although it is not immediately super positive. The first three triumphants on the Sierra de la Pandera sometimes indulged in a prohibited substance called doping in their careers.

* Domenico Pozzovivo rode his 400th stage in a Grand Tour today. An astonishing statistic. The 39-year-old Italian of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert is only at his fourth Vuelta, but has already raced the Giro sixteen times.

Result stage 13:

1. Richard Carapaz in 4:09’27”

2. Miguel Angel Lopez + 0’08”

3. Primoz Roglic +”

4. Joao Almeida + 0’27”

5. Carlos Rodriguez + 0’36”

6. Enric Mas +”

7. Thymen Arensman + 0’51”

8. Remco Evenepoel + 0’56”

9. Juan Ayuso +”

10. Wilco Kelderman + 1’24”

General classification after stage 13:

1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) in 52u21’33”

2. Primoz Roglic (Sln) + 1’49”

3. Enric Mas (Spa) + 2’43”

4. Carlos Rodriguez (Spa) + 3’46”

5. Juan Ayuso (Spa) + 4’53”

6. Miguel ngel Lopez (Col) + 6’02”

7. Joao Almeida (Por) + 6’49”

8. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) + 6’56”

9. Tao Geogheghan Hart (GB) + 8’49”

10. Ben O’Connor (Aus) + 9’12”

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