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All change in la Vuelta a España as the crazy stage on l’Angliru put Richard Carapaz back in red. Reports, results and video from Spain. Tour de France 2021 route – TOP STORY. Lots of other cycling news: Tour Down Under cancelled, co-sponsor for EF Pro Cycling, Julian Alaphilippe talks Flanders, contract news from Bingoal, Lotto Soudal and Circus-Wanty, Patrick Lefevere on John Lelangue, still hope for Riwal Securitas, Vuelta’21 to start in Burgos Cathedral and Alberto Contador talks about stroke. Café con leche?
TOP STORY: The Tour de France 2021 Route
Tour de France organiser, ASO, presented the 2021 route on Sunday evening. Tour boss Christian Prudhomme made the presentation live on French TV. The Tour de France starts on Saturday, June 26 in Brest. The final stage to Paris will be held on Sunday 18 July.
Normally the presentation is a large event in the Palais des Congrès in Paris, but due to the current corona measures, the ASO decided to do the course presentation in a live television program. Earlier this week, the schedule of the 108th edition of the Tour was largely leaked in French media.
The 108th Tour de France will feature a ground-breaking route with a double serving of climbing. Contenders for the overall victory will have to be on high alert from the get-go, lest they crack on the two climbs up the Mûr-de-Bretagne, which will be tackled from a different side in the stage 2 finale. Ten days later, they will have to put on another show of strength on the slopes of the Mont Ventoux. The Giant of Provence, which is making its first double appearance in a stage, will be tackled from two different sides before plunging down to Malaucène. In between these two key dates, the riders will have already faced new challenges, including four stages in the four departments that make up Brittany — from Brest to Fougères — riddled with hazards such as coastal winds and the hills of the Armorican Massif. The Signal d’Uchon, a recently discovered climb in the Morvan, will decide the stage to Le Creusot in its first appearance in the race.
The return of the first-week individual time trial will provide an early indication of the pecking order, which the climbers will do their best to shake up in the two gruelling Alpine stages finishing in Le Grand Bornand and in Tignes, just before the first rest day.
After that, the Pyrenees will dispel any remaining doubts in five action-packed duels in the high mountains, combining the brand-new, spectacular Col de Saint-Louis on the road to Quillan with absolute classics like the Peyresourde – Val Louron-Azet – Col du Portet and Tourmalet – Luz Ardiden sequences. It will be do or die for the kings of the mountains, who will have to grab every second they can if they are to fend off the toughest power riders in the 31 km run through the vineyards of Saint-Émilion on the eve of the finish on the Champs-Élysées.
While the destiny of the Yellow Jersey will probably be decided in south-western France, the fight for the green jersey will take place all over the country, with no fewer than seven stages likely to fall to the sprinters as long as their teammates can keep any breakaways on a tight leash. Stage hunters will also get numerous opportunities to thwart the peloton.
Ø The route of the 2021 Tour de France, which is due to run from 26 June to 18 July, was presented on the set of France Télévisions’ Stade 2 weekly programme today. After the Grand Départ in Copenhagen and Denmark had to be postponed to the following edition, this time the show will get on the road in Brittany with four stages tailored to punchers and sprinters.
Ø The 2021 route has been fine-tuned to keep the suspense going until the end. Climbers will get three opportunities to gain time on summit finishes (Tignes, Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet and Luz Ardiden), but riders will also have to make use of their descending skills to win in Le Grand Bornand, at the foot of a “revamped” Ventoux and in Andorra. The addition of two individual time trials with a combined length of 58 kilometres will also be a decisive factor in the strategies of the riders.
La Course by Le Tour de France with FDJ to Tackle the Mûr-de-Bretagne
Since 2014, the women’s peloton has raced on the Champs-Élysées, tamed the Col d’Izoard and gone head to head in a circuit race at the foot of the Pyrenees. The eighth edition of the race will take the riders to Mûr-de-Bretagne, a hallowed site of cycling that has come to be known as “the Breton Alpe d’Huez”. While the men will face a double serving of the climb in the finale of stage 2, the ladies will tackle it no fewer than six times on 27 June 2021. The course is about 130 km long and consists of five laps of a circuit to be completed before the finish. Every lap will be tougher than the last!
# Stay tuned to PEZ for Ed Hood’s ‘2021 Tour de France Route First Look’. #
Tour de France 2021 (June 26-July 18):
Team presentation in Brest (Thursday 24 June)
Stage 1: Brest – Landerneau, 187 km (Saturday June 26)
Stage 2: Perros-Guirec – Mûr-de-Bretagne, 182 km (Sunday June 27)
Stage 3: Lorient – Pontivy, 182 km (Monday June 28)
Stage 4: Redon – Fougères, 152 km (Tuesday June 29)
Stage 5: Changé – Laval, ITT 27 km (Wednesday June 30)
Stage 6: Tours – Châteauroux, 144 km (Thursday 1 July)
Stage 7: Vierzon – Le Creusot, 248 km (Friday 2 July)
Stage 8: Oyonnax – Le Grand-Bornand, 151 km (Saturday 3 July)
Stage 9: Cluses – Tignes, 145 km (Sunday July 4)
Rest day in Tignes (Monday July 5)
Stage 10: Albertville – Valence, 186 km (Tuesday July 6)
Stage 11: Sorgues – Malaucène after Mont Ventoux, 199 km (Wednesday 7 July)
Stage 12: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Nîmes, 161 km (Thursday July 8)
Stage 13: Nîmes – Carcassonne, 220 km (Friday July 9)
Stage 14: Carcassonne – Quillan, 184 km (Saturday July 10)
Stage 15: Céret – Andorra-la-Vieille, 192 km (Sunday 11 July)
Rest day in Andorra (Monday July 12)
Stage 16: Pas de la Case – Saint-Gaudens, 169 km (Tuesday July 13)
Stage 17: Muret – Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet, 178 km (Wednesday 14 July)
Stage 18: Pau – Luz Ardiden, 130 km (Thursday July 15)
Stage 19: Mourenx – Libourne, 203 km (Friday July 16)
Stage 20: Libourne – Saint-Emilion, ITT 31 km (Saturday 17th July)
Stage 21: Chatou – Paris, 112 km (Sunday July 18).
2020 Tour de France Route:
Vuelta a España 2020
The second sprint finish of La Vuelta 2020 saw Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe) claim his first La Vuelta stage victory in Aguilar de Campoo on Stage 9. Already winner of two stages of the Giro, Ackermann took his third Grand Tour victory ahead of Gerben Thijssen (Lotto Soudal) and Max Kanter (Sunweb). Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) was first over the finish line, but the Irishman was relegated to the last place due to an irregular sprint. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) survived the day without problems to retain the overall lead.
Aritz Bagües (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Juan Felipe Osorio (Burgos-BH) attacked as soon as the flag dropped. Their lead was already over 3 minutes at 9km as the peloton took it easy in the first part of the stage. Sprinter teams got into action at the front of the bunch as the gap hit 5:14 after 20km. Deceuninck – Quick-Step were the most involved in the chase, as they had already won stage 4 with Sam Bennett. UAE Team Emirates and Bahrain-McLaren also help to control the gap around 3 minutes for most of the stage. Total Direct Energie also started to work as the race entered the last 50km. The gap was down to 50 seconds when the riders cross the finish line for the first time and tackle a 34.4km loop around Aguilar de Campoo. The attackers were eventually reeled in with 22km to go. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) had a mechanical 13km out, but he quickly returned to the bunch with the help of Paul Martens.
The tension picked up in the final kilometres, with BORA-hansgrohe and Lotto Soudal putting the hammer down to set the sprint. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) tangled with Emils Liepins (Trek-Segafredo) on the run-in to the sprint. The Irishman was relegated and Pascal Ackermann took the win by a very small margin ahead of Gerben Thijssen.
You can see the full ‘PEZ Stage 9 Report’ and photo gallery HERE.
Stage winner, Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe): “I felt good today and was optimistic that we could be successful. The guys supported me throughout the stage and so I still had good legs at the finish. In the finale I was head-butted by Sam and I finished second. The jury then relegated him after an objection. It’s not exactly the way I wanted to win, but I think the decision was right. We still have a long way to go to Madrid, there are a couple more chances for the fast men, so I hope we can be successful there.”
Overall leader, Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers): “We knew the finale was a bit dangerous. We had seen the finish a first time and we wanted to be in a good position not to take any chance. In the end, it was quite an easy day. We expected it to be more nervous.”
Sam Bennett’s team manager, Patrick Lefevere (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) Tweeted: “What a bullshit. He was in he’s lead out and the @trek rider want to pull him out of it. But we know already a longtime the incompetence of the @Uci var safety first.”
2nd overall and points leader, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a relatively easy flat stage. We had to keep paying attention because it is sometimes very nervous in the peloton. We got through the stage without a hitch, so it was a great day for us. A beautiful day to celebrate your birthday. I feel good, the team is good and I look forward to the coming days. So far I enjoy this Vuelta.”
Vuelta a España Stage 9 Result:
1. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe in 3:39:55
2. Gerben Thijssen (Bel) Lotto Soudal
3. Max Kanter (Ger) Sunweb
4. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
5. Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC
6. Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation
7. Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
8. Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie
9. Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
10. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 9:
1. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers in 36:11:01
2. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma at 0:13
3. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation at 0:28
4. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Pro Cycling at 0:44
5. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 1:54
6. Felix Großschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 3:28
7. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 3:35
9. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 3:40
10. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain-McLaren at 3:47.
Vuelta’20 Stage 9:
Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) claimed back La Roja thanks to his third stage win on la Vuelta 2020, as he dominated the uphill finish in Suances on Stage 10 after another demanding day of racing along the coast. The Slovenian star moved past everyone inside the last 200m to take victory ahead of Felix Großschartner (BORA-hansgrohe) and Andrea Bagioli (Deceuninck – Quick-Step). Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) was leading by 13 seconds on GC but he dropped 3 seconds on the line and saw Roglic claim 10 bonus seconds, allowing the Slovenian to lead the overall standings thanks to a better score when adding their placings in the 10 first stages.
Attacks fly as soon as the 157-man peloton started from Castro Urdiales. Michal Paluta (CCC), Brent Van Moer (Lotto Soudal), Pim Ligthart (Total Direct Energie) and Alexander Molenaar (Burgos-BH) quickly open a 20 second gap, before Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) joined them at the front. Other riders tried to cross to the day’s breakaway, unsuccessfully, and the front group lost Paluta when he punctures at 13km. He never made it back. Movistar move to the front of the bunch when the gap hits a maximum of 12:15 at 44km. Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Mitchelton-Scott take care of the chase from that point, Astana join them at 80km and the gap steadily decreased: 8 minutes with 100km to go and 6 minutes 20km later.
The attackers’ lead was down to 4:15 when they hit the bottom of the only categorised climb of the day, the Alto de San Cipriano (Cat 3). Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) struggled to stay with the bunch over the top, 60km away from the finish. Mitchelton-Scott up the ante with 35km to go. The gap quickly dropped to 1 minute and Sam Bennett was dropped from the bunch 27km from the line. Brent Van Moer, Pim Ligthart and Alexander Molenaar were caught by the bunch 10km later.
Willie Smit (Burgos-BH) attacked with 11km to go but he was quickly caught. Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Ivo Oliveira (UAE Team Emirates) immediately counter-attacked. The Frenchman went solo inside the last 5km but was caught with 3.5km to go. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) accelerated in the final kilometre, Richard Carapaz bridged the gap before Primoz Roglic shot past everyone. Only eight riders finished in the same time. Carapaz lost 3 seconds and the overall lead going into a very mountainous weekend before the second rest day.
You can see the full ‘PEZ Stage 10 Report’ and photo gallery HERE.
Stage winner and overall leader, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “It’s always nice to win, I never get used to winning. The legs felt really good today and I am very happy with this victory. The team has put me in a good position and this victory is also for them. I am now a year older and a year stronger. It’s like a good wine. The older the better. The fact that I have the red jersey again doesn’t change much for us as a team. We must try to keep the momentum and most of all we need to stay focused and stick to our own plan. I look forward to the next two mountain stages. It will be a nice spectacle to watch.”
2nd on the stage and 6th overall, Felix Großschartner (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was very hectic in the end, but the team put me in a good position heading into the finale. I took Guillaume Martin’s wheel and moved up, but Roglič was too strong in the end. In any event, I’m very happy with my second place. I think I’m getting stronger day by day, but the next two days will be very hard. If I lose some time there, it won’t be too bad, because in the last week there are still several possibilities to make up for that.”
8th on the stage and KOM, Guillaume Martin (Cofidis): “When I was still in front with 300 or 400 metres to go, I tried to look behind my legs and I din’t see any wheel so I thought… I did my best. It’s a pity the other riders passed me with 150m to go. It’s easy to have regrets afterwards. Maybe I should have waited, or attacked earlier… In the end I did my best. I already tried a lot of times since the beginning and I can’t think that I’ll leave La Vuelta without a win or at least the mountain jersey. We have a nice week-end coming and I’ll stay aggressive and confident that I can do it.”
5th overall and Best Young Rider, Enric Mas (Movistar): “The weather is getting better, and we have great views, it’s been a spectacular day. We couldn’t enjoy it so much when Astana and Mitchelton started to pull really hard but it was a beautiful day through Cantabria. I didn’t see the splits on the line. I saw Primoz [Roglic] raise his arms. Tomorrow, I don’t know [if I’ll attack]. It will depend on what our directors say. It has to be a common decision so we move at the right moment.”
Vuelta a España Stage 10 Result:
1. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma in 4:14:11
2. Felix Großschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe
3. Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
4. Alex Aranburu (Spa) Astana
5. Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
6. Julien Simon (Fra) Total Direct Energie
7. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation
8. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
9. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates at 0:03
10. Magnus Cort (Den) EF Pro Cycling.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 10:
1. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma in 40:25:15
2. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers
3. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation at 0:25
4. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Pro Cycling at 0:51
5. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 1:54
6. Felix Großschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 3:19
7. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott at 3:28
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 3:35
9. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain-McLaren at 3:47
10. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 3:52.
Vuelta’20 Stage 10:
David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) won Stage 11, the first of a gruelling week-end of climbing in the Asturias. The young Frenchman won the stage on the Alto de la Farrapona ahead of his breakaway companion Marc Soler (Movistar), who gained 4 places on the overall, thanks to a long range attack. In the favourites group, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) finished together. They are still tied ahead of the infamous climb of l’Angliru on Sunday.
Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) led the first attempt over the Alto de la Campa, where he took 3 KOM points. The battle kept going on the valley, with 11 riders joining Wellens at the front and Cofidis driving the bunch to put Guillaume Martin in a position to defend his polka-dot jersey with four cat-1 climbs ahead of them. The gap only got to 45 seconds at the bottom of the Alto de la Colladona (49km). Wellens tried to push his advantage, but the peloton caught him on the climb. Five attackers got away: Niklas Eg (Trek-Segafredo), Mark Donovan, Michael Storer (Sunweb), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ) and Nelson Oliveira (Movistar). Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) bridged the gap at the summit. Two more riders joined the front group on the downhill: David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) and Tim Wellens again.
Jumbo-Visma and INEOS Grenadiers worked together to control the gap to under 2 minutes ahead of the third climb of the day, Alto de la Cobertoria, summit at 95.2km. Marc Soler (Movistar) made the most of the ascent to join the early attackers. Tim Wellens couldn’t keep up with the leaders’ pace. Guillaume Martin collected the 10 KOM points at the summit and Wellens was eventually reeled in by the bunch on the following descent, with 61km to go, while the attackers push their advantage over 3 minutes. The gap hit a maximum of 3:20 at 122km, ahead of the Puerto de San Lorenzo. Jumbo-Visma react to contain Marc Soler’s threat – the Spanish all-rounder only trails by 3:52 on the overall standings. The gap came down to 2:20 when Guillaume Martin took 10 more KOM points. Niklas Eg was dropped ahead of the summit due to him taking to a field on a bend.
The gap increased again on the downhill towards La Farrapona: 3:08 at the bottom of the final climb, 16.5km at 6.2%. Bruno Armirail and Nelson Oliveira were dropped after they helped their break companions for the whole stage. Marc Soler accelerated 5km away from the summit and David Gaudu is the only attacker able to follow him. The two attackers work together all the way to the final 200m, where Gaudu made the most of his punchy abilities to take his first Grand Tour stage victory. He is also the first Breton rider to win a Vuelta stage since Warren Barguil took his first Grand Tour win in 2013.
Jumbo-Visma controlled the climb for Primoz Roglic. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) attacked from the GC group inside the last 2km for 6th place. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) accelerated in the final kilometre. Enric Mas (Movistar), Richard Carapaz and Primoz Roglic followed him. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) lost 7 seconds on the line.
You can see the full ‘PEZ Stage 11 Report’ and photo gallery HERE.
Stage winner, David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ): “It was a scream of relief because I had been struggling for a few days. It was also a difficult season, we really struggled for three months and we failed at the Tour de France. We came on this Vuelta with a very combative spirit, and even if Thibaut had to abandon, we remained united and committed since the start. Today, I wasn’t necessarily feeling very well at the start but I ended up winning here. It’s something exceptional. I got my first WorldTour victory last year. Today, I took my first win on a Grand Tour, at the top of a mountain moreover. This is a first for me, and I did not do it ahead of just anybody. It means a lot to me and I hope it is only the start. Anyway, this is also a reward for the whole team for their work from the start of the Vuelta.”
Overall leader, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “We controlled the stage really well. When Soler attacked, we remained calm and didn’t panic. We kept riding at our own pace. I expected some more attacks on the final climb, but I think everyone is afraid of the Angliru tomorrow. I expect the necessary attacks there and especially a hand-to-hand combat. I have never climbed the Angliru before, but I am looking forward to it and I am confident.”
2nd on the stage and 6th overall, Marc Soler (Movistar): “It makes me a bit angry because I went too early in the final meters. The team directors had told me that it would be a strong headwind heading into the finish, yet I still thought it wouldn’t get that hard before the end, but I ended up struggling against Gaudu in those final 200 meters and couldn’t contest the victory. However, I’m happy with the legs I displayed today – we’ve gained back some time and the team is really leaving its mark in this race. Nelson’s work at the breakaway was simply spectacular since I joined the leading group; I thank him lots for that, he was fantastic. L’Angliru tomorrow? It’s another chance for the team. Let’s keep digging!”
3rd on the stage, Michael Storer (Sunweb): “Today we weren’t sure if the breakaway would make it but we could try anyway if we felt up to it. Mark and I managed to get away on the first 1st Category climb with very strong company. We rode with perfect team work, especially in the final kilometres where I couldn’t close the gap to Soler and Gaudu and saw that Mark wasn’t so far behind. We then worked together to just hold off Martin and the GC group chasing behind. Mark and I are both extremely happy with the result after all our hard work.”
Best Young Rider, 8th on the stage and 5th overall, Enric Mas (Movistar): “It was our plan, to have Marc [Soler] at the front so he can try to win the stage and gain some time on GC. I felt very good myself. It was a very fast start and then I had great sensations so I was able to sprint with the fast guys who had been just a notch above me in the past occasions. Tomorrow is very open, with a short stage that can open differences.”
7th overall, Felix Großschartner (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was quite tough right from the get go. Eventually I was part of a very strong group, and I was feeling good. I was able to stay up there with the best of them, and am optimistic about the upcoming mountain stages. I’m seventh in the GC and think that I can be quite satisfied with my performance so far. We’ll keep assessing form day to day and keep fighting.”
Vuelta a España Stage 11 Result:
1. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ in 4:54:13
2. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 0:04
3. Michael Storer (Aus) Sunweb at 0:52
4. Mark Donovan (GB) Sunweb
5. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 0:55
6. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana at 0:58
7. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation at 1:03
8. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar
9. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers
10. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 11:
1. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma in 45:20:31
2. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers
3. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation at 0:25
4. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Pro Cycling at 0:58
5. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 1:54
6. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 2:44
7. Felix Großschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 3:31
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 3:44
9. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain-McLaren at 3:54
10. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 4:43.
Vuelta’20 Stage 11:
Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) took his first Grand Tour stage victory on Sunday, and what a win! The young British climber made the most of the steep slopes of the Alto de L’Angliru (23.5%) to win Stage 12 with a 16 second gap to Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana), Enric Mas (Movistar) and Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers). Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) dropped 10 more seconds and lost the red jersey to Carapaz but the gaps are minimal ahead of the second rest day and Tuesday’s key time-trial.
A short stage, with many climbs and the mighty Alto de L’Angliru, saw the riders attack as soon as the flag dropped. Roux (Groupama-FDJ) and Van den Bergh (EF Pro Cycling) were the first to open a gap at 4km. 18 more attackers join them ahead of the first climb of the day, the cat-3 Alto del Padrun (29.3km): Martin, Perichon (Cofidis), Stannard, Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott), Osorio, Madrazo (Burgos-BH), Van der Sande, Goossens (Lotto Soudal), Erviti (Movistar), Wisnioski (CCC), Riabushenko (UAE Team Emirates), Schillinger (BORA-hansgrohe), Cattaneo (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Wurf (INEOS Grenadiers), Peters (AG2R-La Mondiale), Gasparotto (NTT Pro Cycling), Garcia (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Sanchez (Astana).
Formolo (UAE Team Emirates) and Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) also joined the leading group on the descent from the Alto de San Emiliano, the second climb of the day. The gap hit a maximum of 3 minutes at the bottom of the Alto de La Mozqueta. David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates) decides to go on the move, with 55km to go to the summit of l’Angliru. Movistar raised the speed on the Alto de La Mozqueta. Martin claimed the KOM points at the summit, but the gap quickly decreases. Formolo tried to go on his own on the downhill but he crashed. The gap at the intermediate sprint (32.4km to go) was down to 40 seconds with Movistar driving the bunch.
Luis Leon Sanchez, Mattia Cattaneo and Guillaume Martin dropped their breakaway companions on the slopes of the Alto del Cordal. They stormed to the bottom of the Alto de L’Angliru but they couldn’t fend off the peloton as Jumbo-Visma put the hammer down for Primoz Roglič. Sanchez and Martin were eventually reeled in with 10.5km to the line. Primoz Roglič’s teammates controlled the first part of the climb, until Enric Mas (Movistar) attacked with 3.5km to go. From there, the GC contenders give everything to fight their way to the finish on the hardest sections of l’Angliru. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) eventually opened a decisive gap with 1.2km to go, and soloed his way to finish 16 seconds ahead of Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana), Enric Mas (Movistar) and Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers). Primoz Roglič finished 10 seconds later and Carapaz took the red jersey again, with minimal gaps ahead of the third week.
You can see the full ‘PEZ Stage 12 Report’ and photo gallery HERE.
Stage winner, Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling): “It’s a dream come true to win any race. But to win in a Grand Tour, on a mythical climb, it doesn’t get any better than that. It’s hard to put into words. It’s exciting. We have a close race going into the time-trial. Everything is still to play for.”
Overall leader and 5th on the stage, Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers): “This climb made a natural selection. We already spent a lot of energy yesterday and it was a very hard stage today. I remembered it from 2017 but it’s been incredible. I tried in the end, Mas and Carthy also went for it and I continued with my pace and that gave me a 10-second advantage. That’s great for us, we’re going towards the time trial with the idea to give our best and defend the leadership. I’m very happy to wear [La Roja] again. It’s a good thing for me, for the team, and for everything we’ve been doing.”
2nd on the stage and 9th overall, Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana): “I knew that Angliru is a very tough and steep climb, but I did not really know what to expect from this climb and myself. It was a very hard day, but the team once again did a great job for me. Thanks to my teammates I saved some energy for the final and I am happy I was able to stay in front with the best riders of this race, fighting for a stage win. Everyone was on his maximum on this climb and I just pushed as hard as I could. I knew I had to do this climb in my own rhythm and this tactic worked out pretty well. At the final part of the climb I stayed on the wheel, looking for the best moment to go in front. On a climb as Angliru you have to calculate every move, because later you can pay for your effort. Anyway, I was able to follow the attacks of other riders and in a moment I caught the group of Mas and Carapaz. But Carthy went away and it was impossible to catch him. However, I am really happy with my performance today. I feel like I keep on improving day by day, my form is growing up, so I hope to get something more on the final week.”
5th on the stage and 2nd overall, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “It was too hard a climb for a sprinter. I didn’t have the best day but in the end it’s ok. I’m happy with this result and we go on with the time-trial on Tuesday. It will be a hard one. I will do my best and we’ll see how things are after the time-trial.”
10th on the stage and 7th overall, Felix Großschartner (BORA-hansgrohe): “That was a real bike race today! But it was quite good for me. I had already figured out beforehand how I had to ride up the last climb. I lost some time over the final few kilometres, but overall, I’m very satisfied with how it went today. I finished tenth on the stage and am still in 7th position overall, which is a very good result. Now we’ll see what will happen over the next few days.”
Vuelta a España Stage 12 Result:
1. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Pro Cycling in 3:08:40
2. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana at 0:16
3. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar
4. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers
5. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma at 0:26
6. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma
7. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation
8. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain-McLaren at 1:35
9. Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling
10. Felix Großschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 2:15.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 12:
1. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers in 48:29:27
2. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma at 0:10
3. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Pro Cycling at 0:32
4. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation at 0:35
5. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 1:50
6. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain-McLaren at 5:13
7. Felix Großschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 5:30
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 6:22
9. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana at 6:41
10. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 6:42.
Vuelta’20 Stage 12:
2021 Santos Tour Down Under Event Announcement
Despite best efforts, it is with regret we announce that the Santos Tour Down Under will not go ahead in 2021. Cycling will however still be ever present in the streets of Adelaide and regional South Australia, with a smaller domestic cycling festival to take its place in January 2021.
The Santos Tour Down Under is an important event for South Australia, and accordingly it was necessary to consider fully, the possibility of delivering a safe, responsible and successful event for South Australia, event partners, the UCI and the teams in 2021.
“The Santos Tour Down Under is a much-loved event on the world cycling and Australian sporting calendars and we know how important this event is to the people of South Australia. It is for that reason we have done all we can to consider how we can deliver it, but unfortunately in the end it was the international component, with over 400 people that make up the international teams, that proved to be the most difficult to overcome” says Executive Director, Events South Australia Hitaf Rasheed.
“We have worked with our stakeholders, SA Health and SA Police to create a successful strategy to bring the international event to South Australia. However, the complexities and risks involved with quarantining and international border closures have ultimately proved too much to ask of some of the teams, who have endured a stressful, challenging and compressed 2020 season that will run later than normal,” said Ms. Rasheed.
“Accordingly, the Santos Tour Down Under with international races will not run in 2021 but we assure everyone it will return to South Australia and the start of the UCI’s world cycling calendars in January 2022, with the full support of the UCI.”
Race Director of the Santos Tour Down Under, Stuart O’Grady said, as his first year as Race Director he was always up for a challenge, but that this year had been one hell of a challenge!
“Of course I am disappointed, but given the challenges, our priority needs to be the health and safety of South Australians, our communities, and the international cycling fraternity. I believe that for one year we can put delivering an international event aside, and keep our South Australian heart beating by delivering a new, reimagined event for cyclists and for communities across the nation”.
There has been an enormous amount of work and scenario planning undertaken by the Santos Tour Down Under team to deliver an event in January 2021, which will ensure cycling will still have a strong presence in South Australia in January.
“We are so devastated that we cannot deliver the Santos Tour Down Under in January, but equally the team has been working on a scenario two – a domestic cycling festival.
“We are excited about the opportunity to deliver a domestic cycling festival. An incredible amount of work has already been undertaken with key stakeholders and we will now go about finalising what that will look like and will look forward to sharing that with everyone later this month,” said Ms Rasheed.
Kimberly Conte, Race Director, Women’s Santos Tour Down Under said she is disappointed that the race will not be staged in January, however we have a unique opportunity to provide an event here in Adelaide that will feature some of South Australia’s most beautiful regions.
“The Santos Tour Down Under has historically acted as a springboard for some of our most promising young athletes and this new event will offer a unique opportunity to showcase our young talented riders.”
Details of the new event will be released in due course, with a program that will be designed to bring visitors from intrastate and interstate to the City of Adelaide and regional communities during a period in January.
The Santos Tour Down Under would like to sincerely thank SA Health, SAPOL, participating teams, host councils, major partners and in particular naming rights partner Santos, for their unwavering support of the event and the event team.
Richie Porte in TDU’20:
Nippo to Co-Sponsor EF Pro Cycling
EF Pro Cycling may have the Japanese construction company Nippo as a co-sponsor next season, the company currently supports Nippo Delko One Provence. Japanese rider, Hideto Nakane, has already signed a contract.
Italian website Tuttobiciweb reported a collaboration between EF Pro Cycling and Nippo. The current main sponsor, language education agency EF, has been hit hard in the corona crisis and the team already had to make cost-saving measures, but EF will remain the main sponsor of the WorldTour team after this season. Team manager Jonathan Vaughters has been looking for extra sponsors with a view to the future.
Nippo now appears to be one of the sponsors for next season, although the collaboration has not yet been officially announced. According to reports, Vaughters has to keep looking for additional sponsors, because the arrival of the construction company would not be enough. In that light, attracting Hideto Nakane is no coincidence, because the Japanese riser has been connected company as he previously raced for Nippo Vini Fantini and Nippo Delko One Provence.
Nippo on the move?
Julian Alaphilippe on the Tour of Flanders
Julian Alaphilippe spoke extensively to L’Équipe about the Tour of Flanders and the collision with the motorbike that caused him to fall and break his hand. “I heard the motard felt guilty about what happened, but he shouldn’t worry. It was not his fault, it was a competition incident,” said the world champion.
Alaphilippe hopes to reassure Eddy Lissens. The incident happened in the final of the Tour of Flanders when the Frenchman raced away from the peloton with Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert. “I was behind Van der Poel and I followed him to stay in his slipstream,” Alaphilippe explained. “But when he turned away, I hit the bike at full force. I can do a lot with the bike, but in this case I couldn’t do anything about it.”
The leader of Deceuninck – Quick-Step was also talking on his radio just before the crash. “People said I was not focused. But whether I had looked in front of me, looked behind me, had my hands on the bars or not, or was drinking… It hadn’t changed anything. When Van der Poel moved away from the bike at the last minute, there was nothing I could do anymore,” said Alaphilippe.
“I didn’t hear the sound of the engine either, because we were going so fast,” he said. “I’m not saying it’s Van der Poel’s fault that he didn’t warn me, and I’m not saying it’s the motard’s fault, because he had nothing to do with it. Besides, I am not a person who is out for revenge. Van Aert and Van der Poel have sent me messages after the race, that was nice of them.”
After the successful operation on his broken metacarpals, Alaphilippe is feeling well again. “I know it could have been a lot worse. In the days after the operation I had not expected that much pain. My hand was very swollen and I couldn’t sleep well. This is not how I wanted to go into my winter break, but I am happy to be home and that I am not in so much pain anymore.”
At the beginning of November, when he has another appointment at the hospital in Herentals, Alaphilippe will hear when he can start training again.
Just an accident:
Menter Signs and Venner Moves Up
The Bingoal-WB team is proud to announce the recruitment of Milan Menten for the 2021 season. The rider, who turns 24 on October 31, has been riding for the Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise team since 2018. He was 2nd in Paris-Tours U23 in 2017, 5th in the Famenne-Ardenne Classic, 5th in Paris-Bourges and 6th in the Tour of Limburg in 2018.7th in the GP Cerami, 2nd in the GP Criquielion, 8th in the GP la Marseillaise, 11th of the GP of Denain and 12th of the general classification of the VOO Tour de Wallonie in 2019.
Quentin Venner (22) is the 3rd rider to make the switch from the U23 team to the professional team of Bingoal-WB. The young rider from Waremme spent two years in the development team, after two seasons with the Crabbe-CC Chevigny club. Quentin achieved a 6th place in the Tour of Liège in 2018, a 10th place in the Tour of Namur and a 19th place in the GP des Marbriers in 2019. In 2020 he achieved an 8th place in the first stage of the Arden Challenge, 11th in the 1st stage of the Tour of Flemish Brabant.
Team manager, Christophe Brandt: “We have been following Milan Menten for a long time. He was a rider who was very proactive among the young people, very often on the attack. Unfortunately, at the start of his professional career, he had some physical problems, especially with his knee. He has made good progress in 2020. You can expect Milan on very diverse courses, he can handle the hills well, he is fast at the finish. We will help him maintain his attacking mind and take him to a new level. The emergence of Quentin Venner, Tom Paquot and Laurenz Rex is consistent with an increase in the strength of our development team. These three riders did very well during the non-racing period. They pumped up their bikes by doing a lot of endurance work, we gave them the chance to do some races with the pros and they didn’t disappoint. These young riders have a very good mentality. It is a real pleasure for us because they have followed a trajectory within our project. We are sending a strong signal by opening the door to the pro core for them. Quentin does not have a long cycling background, but he is a man who does everything right, he is very loyal, he can read a race.”
Anna Plichta to Sign with Lotto Soudal Ladies
Anna Plichta (28) will reinforce the Lotto Soudal Ladies Team from 2021 until the end of 2022. The Polish national time trial champion rode for Trek-Segafredo the past two seasons and has now signed a two-year contract with our women’s team.
Anna Plichta: “It’s already several years that the Lotto Soudal Ladies Team has appealed to me. I now got this offer to join the team and I had to take it! During the year I spend a lot of time in Belgium as my fiancé is Belgian and it has started to feel like my second home. Therefore it also feels very natural to choose for a Belgian team.”
The past seasons Anna was a big support for her teammates. In 2018 at Boels-Dolmans and since 2019 at Trek-Segafredo. Last year, she became Polish time trial champion; a title she prolonged past summer. In September she finished fourth at Trophée des Grimpeuses, a Belgian climbing race.
“This is going to be a new challenge for me”, says Anna. “At Lotto Soudal I will get the opportunity to have a go myself in the races, whereas the past years I worked a lot for my teammates. I am 28 years old now and this is the moment to take this chance. This new role and new team gives me a lot of motivation to start working towards next year.”
Anna tells she likes an aggressive style of racing and loves to attack. “The past two years I also focused more on time trialling and I have really improved quite a lot in this discipline. I won the Polish National Championship two times in a row. I rode good at the European Time Trial Championship where I finished seventh and last year I got fifth in the ITT of the Madrid Challenge. So I already set some nice results on the time trial bike and this is definitely a discipline I want to keep improving at.”
“Now it’s time for a break after what has been an unconventional season. A good rest, also mentally, will now be important to start the new year fresh and to build up a good shape ahead of the new season. I definitely want to be good at the Ardennes races next year and in stage races where a time trial is included. I am definitely looking forward to this new adventure with the Lotto Soudal Ladies.”
Rémy Mertz and Timothy Dupont Join Bingoal-WB in 2021
Team Bingoal-WB is pleased with the arrival of Rémy Mertz and Timothy Dupont for 2021.
Rémy Mertz (25) rode for three seasons (2014, 15, 16) in the development core of the team before signing with the Belgian World Tour Team Lotto-Soudal in 2017, where he spent the last four years. The man from Arlon finished 14th in Eschborn-Frankfurt in 2018, 10th in GP Samyn in 2019 and 11th in the Grape race of 2020. Rémy who is currently contesting the Vuelta after a first participation in 2017.
Timothy Dupont (32) has been in the ranks of the Circus-Wanty-Gobert team since 2018. This after 2 seasons (2016, 17) with Vérandas Willems and 2 seasons with Roubaix-Lille-Métropole (2014, 15). The sprinter from Bredene won notably Nokere Koerse and Championship of Flanders in 2016, the Schaal Sels in 2018, the GP Scherens in 2017; he also finished 2nd in the Primus Classic and in the GP Stad Zottegem in 2016, as well as in the GP Monseré in 2020. He also wore the yellow jersey of the VOO Tour of Wallonia in 2019, after his victory in the first stage. He took part in the Tour de France in 2018.
Team manager, Christophe Brandt: “Rémy is back in our team where he spent three seasons in the U23 core, before moving to Lotto-Soudal where he has gained experience and power over the last 4 years. He is a rider with great potential, highly motivated to play for victory in 2021. He will gain confidence in our ranks and be one of our leaders in races that include the Coupe de France motos, the semi-classics in Wallonia. like, for example, the Famenne-Ardenne Classic where he finished 5th in 2019. Remy is a puncher who knows how to be hard on himself when needed. He joins us with the advantage of already knowing the team and how it works. Timothy is a seasoned rider and sprinter who will be essential for our team in 2021, both in the one day races and in the stage races. Timothy has the ability to get fit very quickly and stay on level for a long time. He will form a good duo with Boris Vallée, whom he knows well.”
Rémy Mertz and Timothy Dupont:
Patrick Lefevere: “Lelangue Disregarded His Own People”
Patrick Lefevere, team manager of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, has spoken strongly about John Lelangue of Lotto Soudal. In his weekly column in Het Nieuwsblad organiser, he writes that Lelangue has publicly abandoned his own people.
According to Lefevere, Lelangue did this around the cyclist’s strike in the Giro d’Italia with a message on his social media. He wrote: “I would never send the tweet that Lotto colleague John Lelangue put out. He distanced himself from campaigner Adam Hansen by saying that he only acted as a union representative and that Lotto Soudal is on the side of organiser RCS. That is putting your own people in the wind.”
The manager of Deceuninck – Quick-Step noted earlier in the Giro when Thomas De Gendt expressed his concerns about the safety of the riders. “Lelangue immediately opposed that. That’s how he works: a politician who always wants to please the UCI and the organisers. ‘My opinions are personal,’ he says on his Twitter account, but I wonder what opinions they are. He never has one.”
Lefevere also cannot identify with Lelangue, he writes. “Jannie Haek, managing director of the National Lottery of Belgium once called Lelangue ‘the new Patrick Lefevere, only less bold.’ Sorry, but that makes no sense. In any case, I didn’t feel honoured. I will never publicly loose my own people. I defend Fabio Jakobsen and I defend Sam Bennett, even though I offend a lot of people.”
Lelangue responded via his social media on Saturday morning. “So after attacks on my colleague Luca Guercilena [Trek-Segafredo, ed.], on organisers and on the UCI, I appear to be next on Patrick Lefevere’s list in his column in Het Nieuwsblad. Having your own opinion is a freedom, accepting someone else’s opinion is just respect. Good weekend!” Wrote the manager of Lotto Soudal.
Aike Visbeek Becomes the New Performance Manager with Circus-Wanty Gobert
The sportive direction of Circus-Wanty Gobert is expanded with a Performance Manager. Aike Visbeek will take on this role as from 2021 and collaborate with the sports directors and coaches. The Dutch cycling coach worked fas a sports director for Team Sunweb between 2013 and 2019 before successfully joining SEG Racing Academy as the Academy Director. He had a share in the overall victory of Tom Dumoulin at the Giro d’Italia in 2017. Visbeek brings his experience from the World Tour and from his work with young riders to Circus-Wanty Gobert the coming years.
Aike Visbeek: “The opportunity to grow with Circus-Wanty Gobert to the World tour is one I couldn’t resist. I can’t wait to start this new project and to get to know all new faces. I’ve worked with Jan Bakelants during my time with Team Sunweb, where Dumoulin’s victory in the Giro was an absolute highlight. I followed the development of Team Sunweb from its first year in the World Tour in 2013 to its later successes, so I think my experience in the World Tour and as an Academy Director with SEG Racing Academy will contribute to the growth of Circus-Wanty Gobert. The Belgian team radiates ambition and passion and also contains a lot of potential. After a very successful year with SEG Racing Academy, I’m looking forward to the start of the new season!”
Jean-François Bourlart (general manager): “We’ve been reflecting intensively with Hilaire Van der Schueren, about how to improve our sportive functioning and selection procedures, and how to do it on a more scientific base. Frederik Veuchelen is doing a great job for three seasons already and now Aike Visbeek will bring even more experience. He was an important element of Team Sunweb and his work was one of the successful factors in the victory of Tom Dumoulin at the Tour of Italy. He will be very valuable within our sportive direction and I expect him to work well with our young riders. Aike Visbeek will guide us very well to the World Tour!”
Still Hope for Riwal Securitas
Riwal Securitas has asked the UCI for a postponement to get the registration for 2021 in order. The Danish team wants to apply for a new ProTeam license, but the search for sponsors has again been delayed.
It is not news that Riwal Securitas is in financial trouble. Registration at the UCI for 2021 is also not without problems. The deadline set by the international cycling union will not be met.
“We see our goal on the horizon, but unfortunately the process has been delayed again because suppliers and sponsors have withdrawn last minute,” the team wrote. “That means we are unable to submit the necessary documents to the UCI before the deadline. As a result, we will not be on the list published by the UCI next week. We have asked for an extension and are still waiting for confirmation.”
Andreas Kron (Riwal Readynez) Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg 2020 stage 5:
The Vuelta’21 will Start from Inside the Burgos Cathedral to Celebrate its 800th Anniversary
La Vuelta 21 will start from an unusual place: inside the Burgos Cathedral. “It will be the first time a cycling race starts from inside a cathedral,” announced the general manager of La Vuelta, Javier Guillén, during the official presentation of the start of La Vuelta 21, one of the main event organised by the Fundación VIII Centenario de la Catedral. Burgos 2021 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the church, in July.
Javier Guillén announced La Vuelta 21 will start on August 14th 2021 with an individual time-trial from inside the Burgos Cathedral. The riders will go through the main entrance ahead of a “urban circuit” set to illustrate the “monumental character of the city”. They will go past the castle before they return to the Cathedral, where the finish will also be set.
The start of La Vuelta 21 follows the innovative path that Unipublic has defended in the recent years, turning the Spanish Grand Tour into “a showcase capable of bringing the excellence of our country to the rest of the world,” highlighted Javier Guillén, who has made a simile between a stage race and a pilgrimage. It will be even more acute in 2021, the Jacobean Year, since the Burgos Cathedral is one of the landmarks of the Camino de Santiago.
To present this first stage of La Vuelta 21, a first view of the time-trial has been recreated, under the watch of the famous automaton Papamoscas and with the rider Ángel Fuentes (Burgos BH), who was wearing a jersey designed for the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the Burgos Cathedral.
An Example of Collaboration Between Institutions
If something has become clear in this morning’s event, it is the good harmony between institutions which have collaborated to make the commitment that was signed almost a year ago, on December 18, 2019, a reality.
The event was attended by the mayor of Burgos, Daniel de la Rosa; the counsellor of the Presidency of the Junta de Castilla y León, Ángel Ibáñez; the vice president of the Burgos Provincial Council, Lorenzo Rodríguez; the general director of Sports of the Junta de Castilla y León, María Perrino; the president and vice president of the Fundación VIII Centenario de la Catedral. Burgos 2021, Fidel Herráez and Antonio Miguel Méndez Pozo; and the dean of the Cathedral, Pablo González Cámara.
The participants have received commemorative statuettes of the departure of La Vuelta 21 made by the sculptor from Burgos Cristino Díez. This sporting event will be added to the commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the Burgos Cathedral and other milestones that will come together in Burgos such as the year of Jubilee granted by the Vatican, the Jacobean Year, the 800th anniversary of the death of Santo Domingo de Guzmán and the exhibition Las Edades del Hombre, as Antonio Miguel Méndez Pozo, vice president of the Fundación VIII Centenario de la Catedral. Burgos 2021 recalled.
Daniel de la Rosa, Mayor of Burgos, said it is a “true luxury” and something “exceptional” to see the Cathedral welcome the start of one of the three Grand Tours of the international cycling calendar, and that it does so from “a living monument, which is being renewed”, as Lorenzo Rodríguez, vice president of the Burgos Provincial Council, has underlined.
Thus, the 800th anniversary and La Vuelta 21 will remain “united”, in the words of Fidel Herráez, President of the Fundación VIII Centenario de la Catedral. Burgos 2021, and will keep demonstrating “the firm commitment of the Fundación for Castilla y León”, as highlighted by Ángel Ibáñez, counsellor of the presidency of the Junta de Castilla y León.
Vuelta’21 stage start for Burgos Cathedral:
Alberto Contador: “If you have the slightest symptom of a stroke, you should go to the hospital; every second counts”
Every 29th of October World Stroke Day is commemorated. A date that is dyed orange and with which we seek to give visibility to a disease that is much more present in our society than it might seem. Stroke throws up very striking numbers that speak for themselves. Some 120,000 people suffer a stroke every year in Spain, of which at least 15% will die. It is estimated that one in four adults over the age of 25 will suffer a case in their lifetime. Stroke is the second cause of death among the Spanish population, first among women, and the first cause of acquired disabilities among adults. The current health emergency caused by COVID-19 has meant that many cases have not been treated or have been treated later and, in fact, it is estimated that the Stroke Code has been activated 28% less in March 2020 than the same month a year earlier. One day before this World Stroke Day, Alberto Contador took part in a special edition of Diálogos EFE Salud promoted by the EFE Agency, the Freno al Ictus Foundation and the Spanish Neurology Society (SEN), through its cerebrovascular diseases group. “Faced with the slightest symptom of suffering a stroke, you have to go to hospital; every second counts”, said the Madrid native.
You can see this EFE Health Dialogue on stroke, at this link.
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