hits first in a tight, northern, always-up-looking Vuelta.
A round that begins as the last installment ended, with the Slovenian in the privileged position of leader.
The leader of the ranks of the powerful Jumbo Visma scored a very atypical opening stage, on Tuesday, in the fall, and with a mountain finish, with little time to warm up his muscles.
The sanctuary of Arrate, a classic in Itzulia, with its demanding curves and ramps, received a splendid outcome, with a beautiful contest between the most solvent candidates for the podium in Madrid, such as the second in the last Tour,
and Enric Mas, they didn't hide their cards in the first challenge.
In this Tour of the cold and solitude on the peaks, Roglic masterfully handled the hectic end of the classic port in the Tour of the Basque Country, taking advantage of the wear and tear work of his splendid gregrario, the American
, and imposing his Top speed on the winding arrival.
The last holder of the red jersey was the great beneficiary of a difficult day, with 173 kilometers, dotted with four ports.
A field without rest, where
Daniel Felipe Martínez
suffered a fall, without excessive consequences, and the Swiss
released the drop-out list, the second was the Belgian
unsuccessfully sought victory with distant attacks.
A LOT OF STRESS
The group, led by Jumbo, Sunweb and Movistar, controlled the leak without problems, letting it cook and simmering.
In the absence of 25 kilometers, the escapees were neutralized, before the climb to Elgeta.
The peloton traveled stretched out, with Carapaz and Roglic in the front positions.
A lot of stress on the head, with
not to get off the hook at a third-rate port.
Any time passed was better.
On the way to Arrate, the quadruple Tour winner lost contact on the descent.
Proudly, he struggled, but could not bear the pace imposed by his own team.
Iván Ramiro Sosa
were carrying out Carapaz's orders.
On the climb to Arrate, the figure of Sepp Kuss emerged, accelerating with four kilometers to go to select the group and pick up
The American arreón was endured with solvency by Mas, who showed great security and control of the situation.
The Balearic knew the route perfectly, there he achieved his first great victory, in the 2018 Tour of the Basque Country.
The Spanish was always very attentive to the movements of the opponents.
He played the winner, but could not hold on to the wake of Roglic, who squeezed with that tip of speed that makes him a very dangerous rival in small group finals.
A victory at the start that serves to relaunch a Vuelta that has started a path full of uncertainties.
Tomorrow, second stage, starting in Pamplona and ending in Lekunberri, with the ascent to the port of San Miguel (first category), just 17 from the finish line.
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