Mikel Landa decides to continue in race despite the injury that caused the fall of the Blockhaus
Once the ascent to the Blockhaus was completed, and once confirmed that it is the giro’s lighted beacon, Nairo Quintana boarded the Movistar bus to cover the more than 280 kilometers separating him from Foligno, where he slept on Sunday, where today, Tuesday, part The time trial that must produce a new image of the race. While he and all the teams traveled, all cycling specialists said the same: how great the great Tom Dumoulin, who only lost half a minute with the best climber in the world. He is the best time trialist in the world, as he showed in the Tour: in the time trial he will beat the pink jersey to the Colombian, and with a lot of difference.
“No, no,” replied Nairo the next morning. “I want to keep it, but … I hope I do not waste so much time. But Tom is very fast and a specialist … “The plan is to lose it for such a short time, less than a minute and a half, that allows him to recover if possible, Saturday on the climb to Oropa.
And he could have added that neither he nor the mighty Dutchman are the same as a few months ago. They have new beings.
The new Nairo and the new Dumoulin will play the provisional pink maglia on Tuesday in 39.8 kilometers of slopes and vineyards near Assisi, where Francisco. The new Nairo, who leaves in pink, is the frequent rider who has managed to improve his performance against the clock with discipline and training; The new Dumoulin, in black and white his Sunweb jersey, is the heavy and tenacious cyclist who has improved his performance in the mountain with diet and less kilos. At Blockhaus he had the best performance of his life in a great mountain port. The last five kilometers made them practically at the same time as the Colombian. According to organizer data, to overcome the gravity law with its 70 kilos at such speed needed to move 441 watts, 73 more than Nairo, 15 kilos lighter. In the plain, where the absolute value commands, and aerodynamics, such power difference, linked to weight, gives advantage to the Maastricht butterfly and its 186 centimeters.
“But I am intrigued to know if his improvement in mountain thanks to the loss of weight will reduce speed in the plain,” says José Luis Arrieta, the director of Movistar. The last time they crossed in a time trial, the 10 kilometers of the Tyrrhenian, Dumoulin took 18s to the new Nairo, capable of an average of 50 per hour. Multiplied by four, in the time trial of the Giro would be 72s.
In the region of Sagrantino, the red wine of Umbria, the Giro will also examine Vincenzo Nibali, the Italian hope. The time trial will confirm whether the minute he lost at the Blockhaus with Nairo was the result of a temporary crisis or a reflection of his real capacity.
Sky’s curse on the Giro that had made the assaults of Bradley Wiggins, Richie Porte and Mikel Landa a catastrophe for many years, ended Sunday before the Blockhaus with the hopes of its new leader, Geraint Thomas, and, again, Landa, who lost 27m.
After weighing all the alternatives on Monday rest, the Alava cyclist has decided to continue. He hopes that the lesion in the vastus lateralis muscle of his left thigh that produced the fall caused by the police bike before the Blockhaus sane over time and be able to shine last week, the most spectacular. According to his neighbors, the great climber Landa is so well in shape that he is sure to be a protagonist on the days of Stelvio, Mortirolo, Piancavallo and Monte Grappa. In the time trial will settle for not getting out of control. On Wednesday the stage will also be complicated, but not so Thursday and Friday. Saturday will be the arrival in high to the sanctuary of Oropa.
In his best Giro, that of 2015, Landa subjected Contador to the mountain and won two dolomitic stages, Madonna di Campiglio and Mortirolo. After proving himself with a blazing acceleration on the way to Peschici, on Saturday he had warned his people that he was as well as he was then. That was why the fall that came when the Sunweb Dutchman Wilco Kelderman got caught up in the motorcycle of a traffic policeman stopped at the gutter. The policeman let the main group pass and waited for the arrival of a second group to accompany and break through. The funnel that caused coincided with one of the most nervous moments of the day, when the Movistar, in the head, …