La Vuelta 2021 Stage 14 Highlights | Up To The Mountains!

La Vuelta 2021 Stage 14 Highlights | Up To The Mountains!

there was some misty high cloud at the beginning of stage 14. that soon burnt off and so did a group of 18 riders as part of a high quality breakaway that went for it in the run to pico valercas dead center of the stage a peak that everyone feared the baesteros only three kilometers in length so how come a category one because it had ramps of more than twenty percent by the time our breakaway got there they were starting to attack each other and roman baday was looking for mountains points he’d already taken the category 3 test at the beginning of the day and wanted these as well belly julie took control of the king of the mountains competition over the top moving nine points clear of caruso who was within the main body of the peloton that were chasing on well as the peloton rode together the breakaway were attacking each other nico prodom decided to push on leaving clement chapezone an easier ride holmes was part of that trio but a rear puncture put paid to his challenge and we thought this had done the same for jay vine big moment we thought he might even be out of the race not a bit of it he was to pick himself back up off the asphalt and get a spectacular finish was alone and we were asking ourselves why and then we saw this replay van mark difficult corner was just about to get through it but then navarro took his front wheel away leaving prodom alone and up front he was pushing on as best he could and on the final peak zeitz tried to bridge over to him put on working for clement chapusau was part of a ever more selective breakaway that started to fracture itself barde pushed on leaving chapezon the man he feared most for the final test along with pidcock and others in that group six point two kilometers to go and barde still very much in charge he rounded both zeits and prodom and went for it jayvine remarkably was back in this race and he riding with jesus harada were trying to close the gap on bar day but he just kept extending it by the time we headed to the line it looked like the frenchman would get his first grand tour win outside of france baday switched to team dsm many wondered about the wisdom of that but it seemed a very wise move indeed he gets a stage win to make it three for the team what of welter they are having and what a day it turned out to be for so many vine finishing third behind jesus sarada in that podium sprint meanwhile our attention turned further down the mountain miguel anger lopez with the desire to test primos roglich he went off for movistar leaving mass an easier ride within the pack but the gap he established was to be snuffed out roglich determined in the final sprint to put the hammer down and in so doing caused some worry i’m sure for hot christine iking in the leader’s jersey who’ve been challenged on this stage by guillaume martin so lopez hit the line and then a quartet of greats behind him roglich with mass burnout and hague then a bit more of a gap back to adam yates indeed yet more great riders who will animate the remainder of this race an incredible day of racing so many great stories not least there old christian iking coming across the line just giving away two seconds to gyomata overall baday’s day it certainly was not only winning the stage but also taking control of that polka dot jersey harada behind him ahead of vine pidkok chapuzan holmes zeitz genietz prodom but just look at the rest of the breakaway honor damar hanging on the sprinter for a last point finishing in 15th place just ahead of lopez odd christie iking stays in the red jersey going into another climbing day ahead of the rest day i king leading by 54 seconds ahead of guillaume martin roglic mass and lopez your top five with plenty of racing still to come bade will wear the polka dots and i imagine he’ll be hunting yet more points as we head to the finish of stage 15 tomorrow which will introduce us to the rest day baday leads on 50 points 19 clear of caruso but with two category one tests on stage 15 yet more points are up for grabs and surely we’ll reach out for them well they say the feistiest fights are in barrack rooms and tomorrow we head to el barracco and this is what the profile looks like two category one tests sandwiching a category two the final climb may only be a cat three but it’s a downhill run to the line and you can be certain it will be full of drama as it always is on la vuelta
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La Vuelta 2021 Stage 14 Highlights | Up To The Mountains!

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