"Nooo," replied Eusebio Unzue on the rest day when asked if Movistar was still thinking of Nairo Quintana for the general. The question referred to a possible ambush in the Sierra de Madrid on Thursday or on the road to Gredos on Saturday. A maneuver like the one that, by the hand of Contador, allowed the Colombian to win the Vuelta in 2016. Or, beyond time, like the one that served Pedro Delgado for his first absolute victory in the race in 1985 on the way to the Distilleries Dyc.
"Nooo," said Eusebio Unzue, who doesn't like to reveal the reality of his plans. But that was not a yes. "From the start I was mentalized," Nairo acknowledged at the finish line. And from the start an ambush of 40 corridors was prepared in which the Colombian joined two companions, Imanol Erviti and José Joaquín Rojas. Together with them Wilco Keldermann, the next in general, and most sprinters: Bennet, Degenkolb and Jakobsen. And with him, six companions of the Deceuninck.
The maneuver forced Roglic to wear down his team in the chase. He asked the Emirates for help and had to ask for more assistance when Movistar started to throw in the squad to leave Roglic alone. Without equipment. The difference dropped, but it was an investment for him to come back up later, when Roglic no longer had anyone willing to work for him.
The leader found Astana's assistance, but was not able to reduce the difference. The leader remained sheltered behind the back of Miguel Ángel López's team and the Valverde wheel. He only had eyes for the world champion's wheel.
Gilbert won in Guadalajara, tracing Sam Bennett in the last run. Quintana lost ten seconds with the winner, but won 5:18 over the leader. Now he is second overall and Valverde, third. La Vuelta revives in Guadalajara before facing the last mountain stages.
. (tagsToTranslate) Sunday Garcia