Tour of the Basque Country 2021: The ‘king of the sanctuary’ reveals in MARCA the secrets of Arrate, the peak that Itzulia decides

    Tour of the Basque Country 2021: The ‘king of the sanctuary’ reveals in MARCA the secrets of Arrate, the peak that Itzulia decides


    Sand is there someone who knows himself well Sanctuary of Arrate, the top that clasps and decide today the Itzulia, that is Samuel Sanchez.

    “It is a special arrival. It is not a port where many differences are made. The stage is going to be beautiful. Whoever wants to win, the trick is to find out in those final 600 meters as first. If they want to take UAE against the ropes they must break Arrate’s race from below, but if they want to surprise him, as it is the short stage, they must do the very tough stage and leave the UAE without a team. A partner on that break can help you “, explains in MARCA the king of Arrate, which he won for three consecutive years at the Basque sanctuary.

    “The one that cost me the most was the second one, because a large group arrived,” recalls the former Euskaltel Euskadi, who sees McNulty favorite to win this Tour. “It’s going very strong, it’s going to be a beautiful party finale.”

    Without a clear favorite

    The doubt lies in seeing who takes command. McNulty showed his interest in defending the leadership, there seems to be no favoritism for Pogacar en UAE. “Our goal is to make sure that the team manages to win and keep the leaders jersey. We look forward to defending it,” said the 2020 Tour winner on Friday. McNulty, for his part, assumed he was “a little nervous” about the responsibility. “I guess I’m a little nervous, but it has been very exciting to lead a race at this level,” said the American. Pello Bilbao and Landa They promise to mount “an aggressive stage”, while the Roglic and Vingegaard Jumbo has “two tricks and we will use the one that best comes”, according to its director Niermann. An Itzulia with such an open ending is not remembered.

    New challenge for Samu

    Precisely this Saturday, the Oviedo returns to the competition. “You already know that I like challenges … and I missed the adrenaline of the competition, so I decided to participate in the Spanish Ski Masters Championships (+30 years). Skiing was my first sport as a child and now I have the opportunity to combine it with the bike, “he pointed out in social networks on the way to Sierra Nevada. The passion for the competition of the ‘king of the sanctuary’ has not stopped despite having hung the bicycle in a professional way.

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