EsCiclismo.com · Road Competition · 01/13/2021
Trying to regain “normality”, both day by day and as far as the competition calendar is concerned, we have already left 2020 behind, a year that will be remembered by all for the Covid-19 pandemic and that will appear in the history books.
A countless number of races, marches and suspended events, or the dispute of the big three (Tour, Giro and Vuelta) without public, between September and November, under strict sanitary protocols and not exempt from shocks, marked the day to day the three last quarters of the year.
Immersed in 2021, we look back to review the 5 most visited news stories last year. Five news stories in which the competition is the main protagonist, but among which the technology applied to our sport sneaks in. They are as follows:
5. Occitania Route: Egan Bernal, leader after winning the queen stage
On August 3, Egan Bernal (Ineos) donned the leader’s jersey of the 44th edition of the Occitania Route by winning alone in the third and penultimate stage. The Colombian rider ended up winning the French round ahead of his teammate Pavel Sivakov and Russia’s Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana).
4. Critrium del Dauphin: Thibaut Pinot: “I feel disappointed”
Despite arriving dressed as a leader to the fifth and penultimate stage of Critrium del Dauphin, the French Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) could not maintain the lead on the final day. The Frenchman ended up “disappointed” with second place. The victory went to Colombian Daniel Felipe Martnez (Education First).
3. Specialized breaks the rules with the new Aethos, weighing 5.9 kg
The American firm Specialized presented on October 11 the new Aethos, a groundbreaking bicycle whose weight drops to 5.9 kg. At just 585 grams, the Specialized Aethos frame is the lightest disc brake frame ever mass produced.
2. Alejandro Valverde, fined in his first outing after confinement
On May 9, at the beginning of the de-escalation, the Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) returned to outdoor training and received a sanction proposal from the authorities for going outside the territorial limits allowed during training.
1. Vuelta a Espaa: The rival pinganillo takes Richard Carapaz down
The most watched news of 2020 places us in the penultimate stage of the Vuelta a Espaa, when, in the last kilometers of the ascent to La Covatilla, the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz (Ineos) threw a blow at the leader, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo -Visma), who received a little “help” from two riders from the Movistrar team, Enric Ms and Marc Soler.
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