Saturday, December 2, 2023

Monologue of an intractable Vingegaard in the Dauphiné

There is one Tour left for the Tour to start, that is, 21 days, the same as the stages the French round will have and since Tadej Pogacar does not walk fine and perfectly recovered from his wrist -even if he pedals with his legs, he must always hold the handlebars well – the race, seen what is happening in the Dauphine Criteriumit can be turned into a monologue written exclusively for Jonas Vingegaard.

The Danish cyclist, who from Bilbao will begin to defend the victory achieved in Paris a year ago, has no rival if Pogacar does not ride. He does what he wants. He cuts the race, the cod or whatever it takes at his whim. When no one changes rhythm, no matter how much it is called adam yatesthe only one who tries it in the Croix de Fertop and goal of the queen stage of the Dauphiné, nobody manages to neutralize it. It’s like running in another league or galaxy. And even, perhaps, a special award should be given to the runner who comes in second position to show that he is the best among humans.

The seventh stage of the Dauphiné was defined as the traditional one where the Jumbo controls everything in the previous ports (La Madeleine and Mollard) until Five kilometers from the summit of the Croix de Fer, Vingegaard started to seek victory alone and, with a two-minute margin in the general classification over Adam Yates, not having to worry in the final stage of this Sunday.

Enric Mas and Mikel Landa

Behind him a rosary of runners formed, among others, enric mas and Michael Landa, far from his best form in the Dauphiné, to the point that it is convenient to be optimistic and think that there are still three weeks left for the Tour and that they have focused their preparation for the French round and not for the Critérium. It’s better to think of it that way and see the bottle half full to half empty.

At least, the climb to the Croix de Fer served as a note of joy and it was seeing Carlos Rodríguez in the group of favorites. He is going to debut at the age of 22 on the Tour and he is going from less to more, since he had been competing in the Strade Bianche since he fell in March, where he fractured his clavicle, without competing. As if that were not enough, in May, he had a run-in with a car while riding a bike and, again, the preparation was delayed. He arrived in the Dauphiné with little riding, and crashed on the second day, each stage improves and he can be the main Spanish asset in the Tour, among other things, because he is making his debut and any detail he makes will be received as a bouquet of flowers.


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