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The Science and Tactics of Juanpe López’s Campaign in the Lucanian Dolomites

Latest NewsThe Science and Tactics of Juanpe López's Campaign in the Lucanian Dolomites

Cohen Bowman celebrates victory as he crosses the finish line.Gian Mattia D’Alberto (AP)

Potenza is a vertical and dilapidated city, large seams from old earthquakes and landslides, and to join the remnants, several escalators over a kilometer long in several sections, the longest in Europe, that do not work as intended.

The constant breakdown of transport, although it improves the venous circulation of people who have to climb its slopes, and their health in general, irritates the townspeople, but does not bother either the tourists who are not present, or the cyclists, who are doomed by their choice to twist impossible walls, like Cohen Bowman , spider-man, little blond from Ulft, the Netherlands, and culturally, perhaps, there could be no place further from the capital of the so-called Lucanian Dolomites, which climbs the last hill and leaves dry its compatriot Bauke Mollem, who so wanted to win. This is the second win since the 2019 Dauphiné in Bowman’s six-year career, an efficient member of the Jumbo team, 29, more regular than anything else, and a dedicated worker.

Both, and another Dutchman, Tom Dumoulin, who turns out when he stays in the background, and as such acts and shines, like the generous teammate of Bouwman, whom he protects and launches, and an Italian with great style, Davide Formolo, arrive. ahead of the peloton at the end of the toughest stage of the seven that the Giro has, even harder than the Etna stage, in which Lebrija’s Juan López achieved the pink lead he still holds today. For 200 kilometers there are more than 5000 meters of elevation difference, – those who see cycling along the bends of their Strava exclaim in fright, wide-eyed. And they reach the snows of Mount Sirino.

Bauke Mollema, 35, the oldest modern cyclist, is not one of them.

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As 42-year-old Alejandro Valverde says, older but more time-adapted, and to the power meter on the steering wheel, it’s easier to initiate actions that seem insane, attacks that seem desperate, all or nothing, and the like. which are so touching: whoever does it, be it Pogacar, or Van der Poel, or Evenepoel, or Van Aert, or any other prophet of ultra-modernity, is paradoxically the most calculating, because he knows how many kilometers he can withstand at such a speed. Mollema is a sick man, a bore who doesn’t have a computer on his steering wheel and who spends the day like kids in a car beating up his runaways or platoon mates. Are there many more? How much is left? You don’t know how many miles you’ve driven or how many watts per minute you have left in the tank. It doesn’t calculate. He shakes his hump, opens his arms and ears, and attacks instinctively because he loves it and because he knows, and his director Adriano Buffy also knows, that his part in the escape means less sweat for his Trek mates at work. about protecting the pink jersey of his Juanpe on such a difficult day as this one, about traveling along the ridges of the southernmost Apennine boots, the haze of a horror movie at the beginning, through Maratea, the entrance to Basilicata, the land of Basilio de Byzantium made a basilisk, from the Calabrian coast – the fear of Sergio Samitier, an Aragonese from Movistar who falls on the descent and breaks and retreats – the sun of laziness and burnt feet later, a heavy spring. A lesson in tactics and teamwork is included.

The instinct and danger of Mollema, the one who cannot be given a minute, makes Richard Carapaz wake up and discover the difference between fighting for the ultimate victory, starting as an underdog, and now he climbed on his beard and crushed Roglic and Nibali in 2019, and do it like the number one favorite and at the head of a team like Ineos, who must roll up their sleeves again on Castroviejo’s orders and work from the bottom of their hearts so that the enemy, Juanpe, does not lose the lead. happy native of Lebrikha, moreover, enthusiastic, who talks in Italian by the elbows, loses the sense of reality – “how I enjoy two, three days, whatever they may be, that I wear pink, because I live in a cloud and I lose yourself,” he says. “High temperature? It’s not hot compared to 40 degrees in the shade of Lebria…” and she doesn’t want to think about stopping wearing pink. “And Blockhouse Day [el domingo]“The day those who are going to win the Giro take off their masks, I will of course work in pink for my leader Ciccone,” he says. – If they ask me about it, of course.

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