Warmth Tour. 40 levels and a solar that cooks the stones. Race Tour. Squad attacked. Extremely strung. Altering wind. 45 on common by the desert between volcanic sand alongside the infinite straights of Route 40, Chimbas, which has a biking group and lives as much as the which means of its title in Quechua, Pedregal, Pocito and its lush orchards, olive bushes, vineyards, and a hill peeled through which the ashes of the ten,000 inhabitants of San Juan who died within the 1944 earthquake are piled. And the cyclists fly just like the wind.
As within the Tokyo Video games, and Richard Carapaz properly remembers, in Fuji; like Julian Alaphilippe’s World Cup in Imola, a end on a brand new velocity circuit, asphalt model new, and a brand new, excellent rider, lengthy pink hair, unruly beard, Quinn Simmons, who performs with the efforts of Remco Evenepoel, and the world champion will get misplaced within the labyrinthine curves of the circuit, when he desires to impose his super velocity on the peloton stretched. Simmons, an American from Durango (Colorado), 21 years previous, already junior world champion in 2019, just isn’t misplaced. He has studied the arrival on his Trek. He has clear concepts. He jumps at a crossroads and surprises. He’s simply over a kilometer. He retains up the velocity. He even will increase it. He accelerates, accelerates on a false flat that makes his legs scream, and silence burns on his lips and curses await. Simmons wins. The sprinters, Richeze, who had the identical concept as him however fell brief, Sam Bennett, who stays the chief of the Tour of San Juan, Fernando Gaviria, who arrives late, die on the ft of a bicycle owner who turned well-known earlier than that for his few victories even for the non permanent suspension with which his group, Trek, punished him a few years in the past for a tweet, an emoji, a palm of the hand, black, saying bye bye in response to a biking commenter who mentioned that those that favored Donald Trump had higher unfollow him. Since then he has not opened his mouth exterior of purely biking responses.
The Argentine race through which solely nice cyclists win this yr, Bennett, Jakobsen, Simmons, will likely be selected Friday, in a excessive end. On Thursday, I relaxation. On Wednesday, one other stage between volcanoes, and an extended and prolonged climb as much as greater than 2,200 meters and desert, earlier than descending in the direction of Barreal and its Pampa del Leoncito, the hint of a dry lake 14 by 5 kilometers, white and agency land that dazzles , not a bush and crusing cart races.
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