Thursday, September 21, 2023

The class room has stayed at home, thank goodness

And on top of that, one is missing, because if all four of them were the same, they would currently occupy the first four places overall. It is not a coincidence, It is not the result of improvisation and, yes, on the other hand, and in other things, for doing things well when you have a good current account to make the best signings, establish a great infrastructure and know how to surround yourself with specialists everywhere who leave nothing to chance.

He jumbo team is, as a whole and at this moment, the best cycling team in the world, against a UAE who lives off the growth of their figures but depends too much on what they do or don’t do Tadej Pogacar. Because the Ineosformerly Sky, is not in its best sporting moment, especially since Egan Bernal, which was his big bet, suffered the accident in Colombia that almost cost him his life. We are seeing it in this Vuelta, unfortunately the winner of the 2019 Tour He is very far from that runner who also won the Giro and who when the pace changed was left alone and without anyone overshadowing him, not even Remco Evenepoel.

Van Aert is not there

I said at the beginning that a fourth piece of the Jumbo was missing in this Vuelta. Goodness. Thank goodness it didn’t occur to them to also point to Wout van Aert because like now the fifth in discord; That is to say, the first overall without the Jumbo uniform could only be fighting for fifth place overall and thus feel like the first of the resisters. Or for the Vuelta to imitate the 1952 tourwhen he created a special prize to motivate the second in the table given the overwhelming dominance of Fausto Coppi.

The Jumbo spares no effort. They are capable of spending half a year preparing the Tour where they look for allies or specialists even from other sports to see how and in what way motivate the group. And, in the same way, they prepare the Vuelta and the Giro, acting at all times with the appropriate strategy: in the Spanish round, defeat Evenepoelcontrol the Spanish a little and mess up San Quentin at the first opportunity, knowing that they are pedaling light years ahead of any rival.

The Giro and Tour plans

In the Giro they did it differently because of a route that did not invite optimism in terms of spectacle. Primoz Roglic He remained calm before a Evenepoel With his batteries charged, he continued with a low profile after the Belgian star abandoned due to covid and only put the lead in the final time trial; all or nothing, and everything turned out perfectly.

On the Tour they had him so prepared that they let him Pogacar burned with his exhibitions to knock him out in the Alpine time trial, a day before the Slovenian phenomenon lived, on his way to Courchevelthe worst day of his sporting career.

Vidilla to the perfect gregarious

Here, in the Vuelta, they decided to give life to their best gregarious, Sepp Kussthat he had signed up for the race after competing in the Italian and French rounds, after being the best piece in the mountain of Roglic and Vingegaardif he ran in Spain it was because he was in his best sporting moment and it was necessary to take advantage of it to the point that he became the leader, after the strategy of a getaway, to keep the red jersey, at least, until the last mountain stage in Asturias , precisely this Thursday.

Lack Van Aert, who climbs when he feels like it like the best climber, who moves in time trials as if he were a great specialist and who, in addition, knows how to sprint in a mass finish. Well, it’s a good thing he didn’t come, because he would have ended up destroying any aspirations and hopes of the opposing teams.


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