Mas, great talent in the making


At 23, Enric Mas won Saturday at the top of the Gallina pass the 20th stage of the Vueta. The Spaniard of the Quick-Step Floors even took the opportunity to take second place overall behind Simon Yates, on the eve of the arrival in Madrid. Alejandro Valverde has completely cracked. Alejandro Valverde has been overtaken by the weight of years. Despite his 38 years, the Spanish rider had realized until then a remarkable Vuelta. Winner of two stages, the Murcian was even allowed to threaten the red jersey Simon Yates Wednesday during the terrible rise of the Balcony Bizkaia. But, having already lost time on Friday, the veteran has cracked in the last climb of this 73rd edition, the Col de la Gallina in Andorra, Saturday at the 20th stage. Dropped by the leading group and waited by Nairo Quintana, Valverde moved back to 5th place overall. The Colombian finished as for him 8th. A very disappointing result for the Movistar. If the end gets closer to Alejandro Valverde, Enric Mas has the whole future ahead of him. The young Spanish from the Quick-Step Floors, aged 23, is the big revelation of this Vuelta. The Majorcan won this 20th stage, in the sprint in front of his breakaway companion, the Colombian of Astana, Miguel Angel Lopez. The two men will go on Sunday to Madrid on the podium of this Vuelta, they finish with 1’46 ” and 2’04 ” behind the winner Simon Yates. The Briton, who lives in Andorra, managed perfectly his climb to finish third. The Mitchelton-Scott rider will win Sunday at the age of 26 his first Grand Tour. French side, Thibaut Pinot, winner the day before, took a beautiful 4th place and earned a rank overall. The climber of the Groupama-FDJ finished 6th at 5’57 ”. The Franc-Comtois must now recover before the world championships scheduled for the end of the month in Innsbruck. Disappointment on the other hand for Tony Gallopin, who is out of the top 10 and finishes this event in 11th place at 12’10 ” from first place.