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I hate to say that I told you, but with a little less than 50 km to cover Rémi Cavagna, the man they call «  the TGV of Clermont Ferrand  » because he is fast and comes from the city most closely associated with French high-speed locomotives, made an attack

He has six points so far There are 13 left in the stage, but ten of them are at the finish of the stage Even if Jauregui wins the next climb, he will still have to score at least 2 points on arrival to claim a jersey

After a winding and slippery descent in which Jetse Bol managed to outrun the rest of the breakaway, the leading quintet are back and working well together.However, they have no leeway on their part. teams leading the peloton, Movistar and Jumbo-Visma

They are the ones who are interested in the KOM points today, and it is the AG2R driver, Jauregui, who stings the Dutchman, Bol for the max points

The last climb of the day is a cat 1, so it should outweigh the cumulative points offered for the first ascent of the day Unless one of them wins the stage, I have hard to see Jauregui or Bol take the climber’s jersey tonight

Matthias Frank and Ilan Van Wilder have already left the race today Puzzled, because there have been no serious crashes to my knowledge

In the live commentary, Carlton just dropped the fact that all but one of Sunweb’s team members at La Vuelta qualify for the Remarkable Young Rider jersey!

They are digging hard in this gap now and it is drastically reduced It would be cruel not to let the escapees at least try to climb the Alto de Arrate in front

Also very cool to see, Burgos BH makes his presence felt close to the front of the peloton It’s a little weird to see them effectively helping to chase their own teammate, Jetse Bol, during the break Maybe try- do they disrupt things? Or maybe they have more confidence in someone else on their team for a stage win today?

When we imagine La Vuelta, we usually imagine hot and scorching roads through the southern regions of Murcia, Valencia and Andalusia, but this year the race takes place exclusively in the north of the country This means sharp climbs, green views and a lot of rain – what we already see on this stage

Dani Martinez looked like a great protagonist in the high mountains, but he just had a serious accident He’s back on his bike, but he looked very sore when he limped immediately after Hopefully he’ll be at his explosive best later in the race He’s got two servants helping him get back on track now

Among the riders during the break, the two who seem most capable of securing a victory today are Wellens and Cavagna

You might remember that Cavagna can ride really fast when he wants to from the last Tour de France time trial earlier this year He also has a stage victory in Vuelta under his belt already after attacking solo in Toledo last season.It was a great race for the Frenchman, who also clinched a few podium spots

The peloton is running at an average speed of 464 km / h at the moment and, terribly, that is only increasing

With more than an hour of racing over, the break has a gap of 2’36 « , which decreases a bit more than one would have expected at this relatively early stage of the stage

Movistar and Jumbo-Visma are leading the chase – two teams with likely winners for today in the form of Alejandro Valverde and Primoz Roglic

The breakaway gap is 3’14 « and Jumbo-Visma leads the field. It could be just for the next few hours

If you’re not satisfied with just one stage of the Grand Tour, Felix Lowe is providing live updates from the Poor Man’s Vuelta via the link below

As the Giro enters its final week, things are beautifully balanced – with Briton Tao Geoghegan Hart with a loud podium cry

The Belgian breakaway specialist came here straight from the Tour of Flanders on Sunday and spoke this morning about his chances of escaping on stage 1

On first request it doesn’t look like he managed to get involved in the first movement Still a lot of tarmac to cover

I can’t remember a more difficult opening week of a Grand Tour than the one we have here in Spain in 2020

It doesn’t get easy with a TT or a few nice sprint stages, it’s a GC fight from the start

The first half of the day is pretty flat, but at the back of the stage we have three category 3 climbs, followed by an unholy ramp to the Alto de Arrate It is typically Basque in its features, lots of double digit gradients and a narrow technical approach Should create fireworks at the start

We just saw the first breakaway attempt brought back by the peloton Burgos BH looks like it wants to involve someone

The Grand Tour of Spain has a reputation for being a bit «  chaotic  » at times This is part of why we love it so much

It seems like a pretty big moment in a chaotic and stressful year, as the best and final Grand Tour in cycling crosses the neutral zone before Stage 1

Bradley Wiggins and Sean Kelly don’t believe Chris Froome is in shape to triumph at the Vuelta this year in their preview on The Bradley Wiggins Show Wiggins and Kelly gave their predictions for the last Grand Tour of the year, and the duo highlighted the riders they believe could challenge in Spain

While Richard Carapaz, Primoz Roglic and Tom Dumoulin are all mentioned as potential candidates, the pair do not see Froome emerge victorious from his last Grand Tour in an Ineos jersey

« I think Carapaz and Roglic, » Wiggins said on the podcast when asked for his advice on who could triumph in Spain

« I don’t know about Roglic, I mean he was already doing well before the Tour but he held his form I actually think Tom Dumoulin could be good

« I would love to see Chris Froome [win the Vuelta] but I just don’t think he’s fit, at first glance »

Every day Eurosportcouk will broadcast uninterrupted coverage of each stage We will also have continuous online coverage on the website and our social channels

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