There are great cycling days. Stages in which it is impossible to avoid images. There are days when so much is happening and so much detail is being discovered that it’s even worth waiting and swallowing the previous sprints and miles of peloton with numbers on the wheel and nothing.

This Return, this Sunday, discovered quite a few details. Ineos appeared to be as expected.formerly the leader like Richie Porte, with locals like Simon Yates at Blockhaus able to suffocate and eliminate annoying opponents for his team, which will take the helm at key moments. It has been noted that Romain Bardet regained faith in himself.He said goodbye to the pressure that made him forget not only the Tour but also the general classifications like the Giro. He proved that Jai Hindley, second and stage winner in 2020, wouldn’t just settle for victory at Blockhaus.

But above all, the most important thing to see was this: Mikel Landa He’s there, fighting for the final victory, with his slender legs, his head centered, and can even forget mishaps like the fall he suffered when his bike crashed into a bend, the same day as your partner. Pello Bilbao Those who weren’t written to stay in the overall standings also suffered after falling and with worse results than that. land.

On a day when all the struggle for the General centered on the ascent to the formidable Blockhaus, the mountain Eddy Merckx had once conquered, José Manuel Fuentes anyone Nairo QuintanaRichard Carapaz did not disappoint his teammates from Ineos and Joao Almeida Although he suffered, he realized an exaggerated danger because he is not the best climber among those vying for victory.

Over these details was Juanpe López. karapaz was attacked, land threatening, bardet felt figure, Almeida organized, Hindley rose to the wheel and ‘former warriors’, Alexander Valverde Y Vincenzo NibaliThey rejuvenated themselves by climbing the finish line among the youth. Because Juanpe, after all, deceived himself into believing that faith moves mountains, even if his last name is Blockhaus, and flattened them to hold the ‘pink jersey’ for 12 seconds and even convinced himself that he could run the Giro. all week. Seeing is believing. Juanpe he ran the lease, and when he saw that he was still ahead of the general at the finish line, he raised his fist.


It will never be known what would have happened if the runner, who came from Lebrija, the homeland of the bicycle, did not ‘sharpen’ 8 kilometers before the finish line. To ‘finish’ means to rub the wheel of the cyclist who is ahead of the group. When you hear a knife-like sound as the sandpaper passes. He had to put his foot down. I went with favourites. She freed herself and resisted to keep dreaming, with her calculator in hand at the head of the Giro.

This Monday is a day of rest, to regain strength and Juanpe Convincing oneself that this is a reality, many times cycling stars have made their way in front of the Giro in situations like his. And if not, since he’s in Italy, let him ask. Claudio Chiappucci.