The platoon has captured the escapees and the group returns to transit together in these first stages of the route.
Up to 20 cyclists have managed to take a few meters ahead, but they have a few seconds with respect to the group of favorites and it does not seem that the peloton is willing to consent to this escape.
Numerous attacks are taking place and there is a large group of runners who have managed to take a few meters ahead.
It seems that Ben O'Connor had mechanical problems right at the start. Fortunately, it seems that something of little importance.
THE STAGE BEGINS!!!
In the mountain classification, the situation is tighter. Jay Vine begins one more stage with the leader's polka dot jersey with 59 points, 29 more than Richard Carapaz. Today, and especially in next Saturday's stage, many points are distributed and this ranking will end up being defined.
As for the rest of the classifications, the regularity ranking is already fully decided with Mads Pedersen as a solid leader. The Dane has 349 points, 200 more than Fred Wright, his closest rival.
As we said, Remco Evenepoel has a difference of 2' 01'' with respect to Enric Mas and 4' 51'' over Juan Ayuso. Carlos Rodríguez is in fourth position, 5' 20'' behind Remco Evenepoel.
Today's stage is tremendously demanding in its final stretch. The Alto del Piornal, first category, will be climbed twice, in the first the summit will be reached at kilometer 151, while in the second the finish straight will be located, at kilometer 192. Previously, there is another scoring pass, Alto de la Desperá, second category.
Thus, Enric Mas is obliged to adopt an aggressive attitude in order to try to reduce the 2' 01'' disadvantage he maintains with respect to Remco Evenepoel in the general classification.
The Spanish round is drawing near to its end and today's, ending in a first-class port, is the penultimate really decisive stage and in which differences could be made between Remco Evenepoel and Enric Mas, the two great candidates to conquer the ultimate victory.
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