Peloton starts 75th edition of Vuelta, coronavirus overshadows start – Cycling

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On Tuesday, the peloton kicks off the 75th edition of the Vuelta, the last big tour of this season-ravaged corona crisis, with a 173-kilometer stage from Irun to the Arrate in the Basque Country. Defending champion Primoz Roglic is the big favorite to succeed himself.

The Vuelta overlaps with the Giro this corona season, but can still present a promising field of participants. One of the riders in the spotlight is defending champion Primoz Roglic, second in the youngest Tour de France and winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Jumbo-Visma has a second leader in the ranks with Tom Dumoulin. Ineos Grenadiers contrasts this with the duo Richard Carapaz / Chris Froome.

The French side is looking forward to Thibaut Pinot, who started the Tour with high expectations, but due to a crash in the opening stage, he raced more against himself than against the others for three weeks. The Spaniards then hope for the Movistar triumvirate with Enric Mas, second in the 2018 Vuelta, Marc Soler and Alejandro Valverde, who passed the Ardennes classics to get ready for the Vuelta.

Nine Belgians travel to the Basque Country for the start of the Vuelta. Lotto Soudal provides seven riders of this. Four of them make their debut in a grand tour: Gerben Thijssen, Brent Van Moer, Stan Dewulf and Kobe Goossens. Tim Wellens, who is still at the start of the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, is looking for a stage victory after missing the Tour due to a crash. Jasper Philipsen (UAE-Team Emirates) will also be present and Ilan Van Wilder (Sunweb) will make his debut in a big round.

More than ever, this Vuelta is unpredictable, as the Giro has proven in recent days with riders who drop out due to bad luck or because of COVID-19. Getting to Madrid also seems like a special challenge for the riders and organization. It is positive that for the time being no positive corona tests were taken among riders. The day before the start of the Vuelta, two employees, one from Bahrain-McLaren and one from Sunweb, tested positive.

The Vuelta overlaps with the Giro this corona season, but can still present a promising field of participants. One of the riders in the spotlight is defending champion Primoz Roglic, second in the youngest Tour de France and winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Jumbo-Visma has a second leader in the ranks with Tom Dumoulin. Ineos Grenadiers contrasts this with the duo Richard Carapaz / Chris Froome. The French side is looking forward to Thibaut Pinot, who started the Tour with high expectations, but due to a crash in the opening stage, he raced more against himself than against the others for three weeks. The Spaniards then hope for the Movistar triumvirate with Enric Mas, second in the 2018 Vuelta, Marc Soler and Alejandro Valverde, who passed the Ardennes classics to get ready for the Vuelta. Nine Belgians travel to the Basque Country for the start of the Vuelta. Lotto Soudal provides seven riders of this. Four of them make their debut in a grand tour: Gerben Thijssen, Brent Van Moer, Stan Dewulf and Kobe Goossens. Tim Wellens, who is still at the start of the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, is looking for a stage victory after missing the Tour due to a crash. Jasper Philipsen (UAE-Team Emirates) will also be present and Ilan Van Wilder (Sunweb) will make his debut in a big round. More than ever, this Vuelta is unpredictable, as the Giro has proven in recent days with riders who drop out due to bad luck or because of COVID-19. Getting to Madrid also seems like a special challenge for the riders and organization. It is positive that for the time being no positive corona tests were taken among riders. The day before the start of the Vuelta, two employees, one from Bahrain-McLaren and one from Sunweb, tested positive.







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