Even more than the Lagunas de Neila on Saturday, the final climb of this five-day Tour of Burgos, El Picón Blanco was considered the forerunner of this first well-organized stage race. The climb to an old, abandoned military base was not only 8.4 km long, but 9.16 percent steep on average. Including small portions that even rise 16 to 18 percent. This col could count as a measure of the condition so early in the resumption of the competition. Ben Hermans accelerated at the foot but was caught up in the second half of the climb.
It was Carapaz who quickly took the lead in the favorites group, but in the end it was Simon Yates (not a candidate final winner after the first day) who put the first real gear at 5.9 km from the top. Then Colombian Rodrigo Contreras moved on, under the approving eye of Yates-controlling Mitchelton-Scott. The final was played with thirteen riders including Ben Hermans (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Lefevere’s tandem: Evenepoel-Almeida. Evenepoel responded with George Bennett at 2.7 km on a drop out by Esteban Chaves which accelerated again 300 meters further. Valverde had already released the role, Carapaz did that too.
Failed coup from Ineos and Bora-hansgrohe
Evenepoel did not get under the market in the stage made difficult by the wind. In the vicinity of Medina de Pomar (50 km from the finish) Ineos – with Carapaz and a limp Sosa – and Bora-hansgrohe with ao leader Grossschartner and Rafal Majka attempted a coup. Just like in the queen stage of the Tour of San Juan, Evenepoel was again surprised by the strong crosswind. He ended up in the second range, but under the impulse of Lampaert and Mörkov and with the help of Alejandro Valverde’s Movistar team, the dire situation was restored after ten kilometers of hunting in the quartet of Ineos and Bora-hansgrohe. Mörkov then took the lead and restored the ranking as Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s road captain.
A potential winner like David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) had to hunt more than 20 kilometers with his team to get back on track. The peloton was really in pieces and chunks under a lashing crosswind. As if it were a picture of Ghent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields.
The first half of the third stage was colored by a flight of nine adventurers, including Jetse Bol (Burgos-BH) and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo). After sixty kilometers the lead was just under ten minutes, but except Roger Adriá (Kern Pharma) their role was finished once we got into the hills and mountains. The Spanish neoprof of 22 started the last ten kilometers with a lead of 3’45 ”, but that was not enough for the ex-footballer and the university-trained marketer. He was two kilometers short.