StoneFlorian Senchal (Deceuninck-Quick.Step) won the 13th stage at the Vuelta. The red carpet was rolled out for Fabio Jacobsen’s hat-trick, but he suddenly pulled out (out of bad luck?). The Frenchman finished it off in an unstructured race for The Wolfpack. Odd Christian Eiking is still a leader.
The Vuelta’s longest stage – 203.7 kilometers – should be one for runners. With Jasper Philipsen retired, the path was open for a hat-trick by Fabio Jacobsen. Or is it finally a bingo game for Arnaud Dimarie or Michael Matthews?
After three challenging mountain stages, it was a welcome calm day. No early flight battle. Diego Rubio (Burgos-Bahrain), Alvaro Quadros (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Luis Angel Mattei (Auscaltel-Uscadi) almost immediately isolated themselves. The peloton gave them three minutes and then doubled her pace with the trio.
The theater provided beautiful images in the arid landscapes of Andalusia, but in terms of scenery value on a bike, the trip wasn’t one of the history books. There was a moment of excitement when the wind was favorable to the ranks, but calm soon returned.
They had to wait for the fugitives to be eaten. It happened 28 kilometers from the end. The declared sprint at Villanueva de la Serena was inevitable.
Although we couldn’t really talk about a sprint. Deceuninck-Quick.Step’s move solidly boosted the tempo in the final match that arose. Jakobsen had to close a pit himself, and he did, but suddenly he let it run. Bad luck? Or is it completely empty due to the extra effort? There was no disaster on The Wolfpack, Sénéchal took on the role of runner and knocked power on the slightly sloping end Matteo Trentin. Stage number three victory for Blue Major Patrick Lefevre. Odd Christian Eiking keeps his leader’s red jersey.
Stan Deolph finished fifth, ahead of Pete Allegheert. Tomorrow another mountainous stage on the agenda. The 14th stage then takes the Peloton over 165.7 kilometers from Don Benito to Pico Velwercas.
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