Tuesday, December 5, 2023

The faith of Carlos Rodríguez and Ayuso in the Vuelta time trial

The caravan of the Lap I was already on Monday Alicante or on the way to this city that hosts the single individual time trial of the test, of 31 kilometers, absolutely flat and that will have the added hardness with the headwind in many phases of the stage. Remco Evenepoel not just the favorite, but the cyclist who wants to add his first victory in the Vuelta to the list of winners. performance of primoz roglic is the great unknown on the day of this Tuesday.

However, regardless of the defense you can make Enrique More from second place of the general, the time trial will be very aware of the performance of the two golden boys of this race; Carlos Rodríguez, fourth, and Juan Ayuso, fifth of the general, with 21 and 19 years respectively. Both of them are not bad at the so-called art of the time trial, so they hope to maintain the role of great assets of the race against the ‘chrono’.

“It will be a time trial very hard because of the headwind, which is not what works best for me. The only thing I’m saying is that I didn’t think I was in the position where I am at this point in the Vuelta,” said Carlos Rodríguez, who is already the most outstanding rider in the powerful British Ineos, on Monday.

Juan Ayuso’s best reference is the time trial held at the Critérium del Dauphiné over 32 kilometers where he was tenth of the stage, 1.32 minutes behind the winner, Filippo Ganna, but 52 seconds behind Roglic. “I don’t even plan to win the Vuelta but go day by day. I don’t want to set myself any goal, not for the podium or anything else, because if I fail it would leave a bad taste in my mouth. As my coach told me in this Vuelta, it was about leaving flashes of quality although I am ambitious, “says the Alicante cyclist. And it is true that he is achieving it.


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