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Valverde amazes with his victory at the Critérium Dauphiné
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Valverde amazes with his victory at the Critérium Dauphiné

The peloton's grandfather imposes his cunning on a mountain stage after taking advantage of the excellent work of Lpez and Verona.Valverde celebrates the victory at the Dauphin.AFPThe grandfather dances on a path strewn with traps to the admiration of some rivals who already have assumed that with him the utopian is feasible. Alejandro ValverdeAt the age of 41, he leaves his undying signature at the Critrium Dauphin, the last top-ranking test prior to the Tour de France. The 2018 world champion won the sixth day of the French round, ending at the port of Le Sappey in Charteuse, after an extraordinary ramp sprint and a great job from Movistar.The austrian Lukas Postlberger (Bora Hansgrohe) lost the yellow jersey to the Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko (Astana).Valverde completed Movistar's control w...
The ‘sterrato’ is Remco Evenepoel’s kryptonite
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The ‘sterrato’ is Remco Evenepoel’s kryptonite

The Belgian spends more than two minutes with Egan Bernal, who reinforces his 'pink jersey' in a tough stage in which the escaped Mauro Schmid prevails.Bernal, in one of his attacks in the sterrato.LUCA BETTINIAFPSo dazzling is it, so wonderfully unique, that it is sometimes overlooked that Remco Evenepoel is still 21 years old. That he has more to discover than he has given time to learn and that he is human, that he has limits like everyone else, although he is surely the most exceptional of all those who make a living from pedaling a bicycle. Never until this Wednesday had I faced a second week of racing, nor a rest day, nor a gymkhana on dirt sections. And in that Macedonian of circumstances and sensations Evenepoel found the kryptonite that in his first two years as a professional ...
Bernal wins in the infernal ‘sterrato’ and dons the pink jersey
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Bernal wins in the infernal ‘sterrato’ and dons the pink jersey

The Colombian, in an exceptional last kilometer, climbing on a dirt road, defeats Evenepoel and certifies his ambitious intentions in the Italian round Egan Bernal, at the end of the Camp Felice stage.J. LorenziniREUTERSAccelerate Egan Bernal in the head and everyone trembles. The stiff ears in the first quality test for the favorites of the Giro d'Italia in a tremendous final with ramps of 14% of unevenness and a hellish stretch of 1,600 meters of 'sterrato', that irregular firm of land that punishes the kidneys of some gladiators who thrive on difficulty. Ah, where power and class is decisive.The Colombian, in a kilometer of first level cycling, climbing in a rough scenario, destroyed the peloton and struck the first big blow in the Italian round. Victory and lead for the 2019 Tour de...
Five months later, Tom Dumoulin announces that he is returning to cycling with Olympic gold as his goal
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Five months later, Tom Dumoulin announces that he is returning to cycling with Olympic gold as his goal

The Dutchman, who announced his temporary retirement in January, will race the Tour of Switzerland in June, as announced by his team, the Jumbo Visma.Dumoulin, in a picture from last season.Jumbo VismaLast January, the bombshell news jumped. Tom Dumoulin, one of the most talented cyclists in the international peloton, was leaving him. He announced that he was retiring temporarily, jaded, uncomfortable with his performance. This Thursday, his team the Jumbo Visma, has confirmed that the Dutchman is back: he will get on the bike next June 6 in the Tour of Switzerland.Dumoulin opted to take time off to rethink your career path. A decision that caused enormous surprise both in the squad and in his own team. At 30, the Dutch preferred not to receive his salary during the absence. The dapp...
Van der Hoorn sets the cue at the Giro
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Van der Hoorn sets the cue at the Giro

The Dutch wheeler wins the challenge to the squad by four seconds, after being escaped all dayVan der Hoorn celebrates his triumph at Canale.Gian Mattia D'AlbertoAPVan der Hoorn's name is Taco, he makes the cue and he doesn't believe it himself. Hand first to the mouth, then to the head, like someone who has played the Quiniela in automatic and when reviewing the ticket on Monday, out of pure commitment, he reaches the plenary session at fifteen and realizes that he has hit a result of the Swedish league that from time to time sneaks around, without anyone knowing very well why. The squad pursues him fiercely, but nothing can do to catch up with him, to devour him as it usually does, relentlessly, with the brave ones who have dared to stretch the escape beyond what is acceptable for the ...
Pogacar is exhibited in Liège and bitter the 41 birthday of Valverde
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Pogacar is exhibited in Liège and bitter the 41 birthday of Valverde

The Slovenian scores the oldest classic and beats Alaphilippe and Valverde in the sprint, who assumed responsibility for the finish Pogacar celebrates the victory in Liège.Bastoa-Liège.Dirk WaemAFPThe 'Doyenne' is for guys with callus. The endless series of 11 ascents through the narrow paths of Wallonia punish joints and block neurons. A hell for novices, an ordeal for experts. Liège-Bastoa-Liège is only available to the gifted, such as Tadej Pogacar, which this Sunday inscribed his name as the winner of the 107th edition of the oldest race, the third Monument of this classic season. Huge this Slovenian, devourer of records and forecasts. A throne climber who surpasses a sprinter like Julian Alaphilippe and how bitter the 41st birthday of the unrepeatable Alejandro Valverde.The last ...