Unsurprisingly, the 201-kilometre stage from Utiel to Oliva ends in a mass race. Surprisingly, the Frenchman Geoffrey Sope was the strongest there.
– He’s completely crazy. It’s a real hit, and the biggest win of his career ever, says Discovery commentator Theis Magelsen.
The rider bikes for TotalEnergies and is a teammate of Edvald Boasson Hagen.
– 35 years old, been a pro for a number of years, never won big trophies. Hence, the roughest beard on the field is ideally positioned on the last turn.
Five kilometers before, another violent reversal occurred in the field. Obviously the worst was apparently for Ineos’ super strong rider Thymen Arensman. He was left lying on the asphalt and received medical treatment for several minutes.
– Whew. I don’t like this, says Discovery commentator Henrik Evensen.
Among other things, the neck collar was applied to the cycling star.
– Let’s hope things go as well as possible for all involved, says Theis Magelsen.
Television pictures were answered
Discovery and TV 2 commentators reacted to the TV pictures shown by Arensman.
– Now let’s not have to see these pictures, says Theis Magelsen.
After they finished, new TV pictures emerged of Arnesmann being wheeled to an ambulance.
– Ernesman is carried on a stretcher. It turned ugly. sad pictures. Hovamage. Aiaiai, said commentator Drivenes.
– They don’t need to show it in my opinion. It’s not fun to be family members and sit and watch this, said expert Mads Kajstad.
Arensman was No. 24 in the abstract and was a very important assistant to captain Ineos Geraint Thomas.
Friday’s stage did not bring any changes to the Vuelta summary. Thus, Frenchman Lenny Martinez continues in the red on Saturday, after he took over the leader’s shirt, succeeding defending champion Remco Evenbol on Thursday.
Kiss on the floor
Martinez has eight seconds to spare on Thursday’s stage winner Seb Kos. Kos was forced to crash into the tarmac at the end of Friday’s stage when a number of riders flipped at high speed. However, the American quickly got back on the bike and avoided losing time.
Spaniard Marc Soler ranks third in the summary after the Friday stage, followed by Dutchman Fout Boyles.
Among the best overall favorites in this year’s race, Evenpoel holds the top spot. He is number nine, 2 minutes and 47 seconds behind Koss.
No Norwegians participate. The race ends in Madrid on September 17th.
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