Gorka Izagirre completed the relay. He left the curve leading the Astana squad on Saturday, in the 14.3 km hour team, who opened the Spanish Tour in 2019.
Next in turn was Colombian Miguel Ángel López, who clenched his teeth and directed his way to his team-mates in the final 150 meters of the day.
'Superman' over the finish line, his team scored the best time, 14 minutes 51 seconds, and then the 25-year-old player from Boyacense wore a red shirt as the race leader. This is the first time the Boyacense cyclist is the leader of one of the three most important races in the world.
Lopez has taken his life and given him. This time he had no mechanical damage which prevented him from finishing above seventh place in the last Giro 'Italy, but yesterday in Torrevieja everything was played for him.
Not only did his team make an excellent stage at that hour, surpassing real-time specialist specialists such as Deceuninck – Quick Step, for two seconds, and for
Five headed Sunweb. This time "luck" was played for him.
It is a coincidence. Gorka left me on the next corner, I stayed 150 km from the goal and had to finish it. I did it butt
The first went for the best guarismo, but in the last corner it was broken. Jonas Koch left long and uncomfortable shot. Further back, Visma Jumbo, by Primoz Roglic, the majority candidate for the title, suffered the downfall of most of its members, the Slovenian was the first person to come down to the ground and produce 40 seconds on goal.
The situation for López when the general looks uncertain, but comfortable, it provides peace of mind in the face of what is to come. Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde took 16 seconds, Esteban Chaves left two seconds behind, Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk had lost 40 seconds.
While Lopez made that difference at a stage where he wasn't a favorite, where it was normal that he had lost with Jumbo Visma, his most feared rival did not give the time of day where he had to, the day to win and not lose as the end result.
"They have left me well within the last two kilometers. That is ideal. "They left me in my head at the end of the stage and what I did was press, go carefully," said the Buoyan cyclist.
Now, Colombian cyclists are leaving other runners threatening their interests.
Rigoberto Urán, from Education First, another team that made a good stage, only 7 seconds away. Just like compatriots Daniel Martínez and Sergio Higuita and one of the squad leaders, Tejay van Garderen. Rafal Majka Poland, from Bora, generally becomes 13 seconds from Astana cyclist, not so far.
Movistar does the normal stage. This is not a specialist and self-defense team, but the one who experienced a very bad time was the United Arab Emirates.
Extraordinary is the blow taken by most of its members. At the same site from the Roglic accident and the company, Fernando Gaviria, Juan Molano and Sergio Henao took to the ground. The well is to blame.
Gaviria suffered a scratch, was examined by a doctor and will remain in the race.
"You have to fight to the end. I have bodily injuries, but nothing complicated. "It's a scratch, we will heal and we will come out of another stage," Gaviria said.
How long in red?
Nothing is written, but if Astana has the goal of maintaining the leader's shirt, then he must be careful, today, on the stage between Benidorm and Calpe, from 199.6 km, from bonuses and qualify.
Deceuninck cyclists – Quick Steps are the closest people, they are experts in arranging ambushes, send people to the attack and have a good auctioneer, that's why it's synonymous with danger.
Of course, the best thing that can happen is that in these first days Astana provides leadership. That's the most normal, suitable for them.
And that's because you can't carry the race from the start, They cannot assume that responsibility from the start.
Take the lead with your main person, control the race, beware of rivals are big clothes and you must save strength for what is to come.
For now, to enjoy leadership, the Lopez authority coup in Vuelta.
Editor of EL Tiempo