Overtake the Spaniard at the time of the trial
Written by Kevin Kempf
Primoz Roglic and his companion at the happy hour in front of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela | Photo: Cor Vos
05.09.2021 | (rsn) – His victory came as little surprise; Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Tokyo’s time trial gold medalist, put the icing on the cake with his victory in the time trial in Santiago de Compostela, as the Slovenian won the fourth stage for the third time in a row overall standings for the Vuelta a Espana – and with the biggest gap Between the runner-up for 24 years. Enrique Maas (Movistar) and Jack Haig (Victor of Bahrain) flank him on the podium. Felix Groschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) managed to defend his tenth position.
“It was a great day,” Roglic said happily in the winner’s interview. “An amazing weekend for me and the whole team. I am so happy!”
Among the three-time stage winners Magnus Kurt Nielsen (EF Education First – Nippo), who sat on the hot bench until the very last start, and Roglic, the success of day four was the focus of the final section of the Tour of Spain. But the Dane doubted early on: “I haven’t really looked at the starting times yet, so I don’t know when the time for the trial will come. The Knights of the Class are still coming in anyway, especially Roglic,” he looked ahead about an hour before the winner was due to start. general.
Then Roglic made it more interesting than he had expected. GPS measurements indicated that it did not start very quickly. In the first middle time he was 20 seconds ahead of Kurt Nielsen. But on the second time measurement, he lost three seconds again. Plus, the former ski jumper paid taxes when he apparently wanted to block the wide road on a bridge for no apparent reason. Last year’s winner was just 14 seconds ahead of the Dane at the finish. But of course that was enough. Roglic, his teammates, and his wife immediately rewarded his fourth stage and overall victory with a beer after work.
Thymen Arensman (DSM) finished the final trial in third place. Finished off the wonderful performance of his team. Michael Storer won two stages and the mountain jersey. His strongest opponent in the fight in this special rating was his teammate Roman Bardet, who also won a stage. Things went well for the German team on the flat stages, with Alberto Dainese climbing the podium three times.
Groschartner The Good Seventh
The Vuelta also ended in a conciliatory fashion to form another German WorldTour. With a well placed seventh in the fight against the clock, Großschartner defended his tenth place in the standings. Nico Denz (DSM) was the best German in the trial in 12th place.
The points jersey, which Dekuninque-Quick-Step celebrated the day before Castro de Herville, went to Fabio Jacobsen. Gino Meder (victor of Bahrain) defended the white jersey for the best young driver in fifth place, ahead of Egan Bernal (Inios Grenadier) who finished the Tour of Spain in sixth place. Cort Nielsen has been voted as the most combative driver. “It’s a great honour. I don’t always have the opportunity to lead aggressively, but due to Hugh’s disastrous elimination, we didn’t have a leader,” he commented on his selection.
In the overall standings, there were minor changes in position within the top ten. David de la Cruz (UAE) improved from ninth to seventh, and as a result, Gollum Martin (Cofidis) dropped to ninth and Seb Kos to eighth.
This is how the race went
The first driver in the race had a best time of nearly 90 minutes. Joseph Cerny (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) was able to make himself comfortable on the hot seat until Kurt Nielsen visibly shortened his time. The Dane had to wait until the last rider to find out that it wasn’t Roglic who could celebrate the victory in the fourth stage.
Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) started the race with amazing speed. Within seven kilometers he had made up half of his deficit in Heig. The Briton had to applaud the pace. He was way behind and had to settle for fourth in the overall standings.
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