Starting gun for a 5-star Vuelta presenting teams in Barcelona


Along with the beautiful breeze coming from Mediterranean Sea The City of Barcelona given to Barceloneta fishing district the starting gun on 78th edition of La Vuelta with the presentation gala of 176 cyclists participating in the races, divided into 22 teams. The inauguration of The Return 2023 started by having a scorching day which was fortunate and gradually turned its attention to the moon wishing luck to all the runners who paraded the stage located at square of the sea. The event lasted just over an hour. He rural bank group the first to receive the applause of the assembled fans and of Soudal-Quick Stepwith their leader and defender of last year’s victory Remco Evenepoelclosed the act.

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The young Belgian cannibal, who had to leave the Giro because of Covid, wants to keep the clock on a luxurious edition of La Vuelta, where everyone is afraid of the mighty. Jumbo-Visma, including slovenian Roglic is a cousintriple winner of the Vuelta and unable to defend the title last year because he had to retire early, and double champion of the Tour de France, the Danish Jonas Vingegaard. “I’m here to win,” said an Evenepoel, in case there was any doubt, who acknowledged that in his initial plans to repeat at La Vuelta it was not thought of, before referring to Barcelona as a “beautiful city. Each one have to do the same mountains and with the same legs. We will try to win”, he concluded. Remco is one of the most praised, as well as the Wasp team, which seems relaxed.

Estopa did not want to miss the event

Estopa does not want to miss the presentation of La Vuelta teams in Barceloneta. The brothers David and José Manuel Muñoz from Cornellà also paraded on stage under the watchful eye of the gathered crowd and many fans, eager to see them perform live. They both remember how they followed the stages of La Vuelta through the radio that was in their father’s bar in Cornellà, a city and municipality in the region of Baix Llobregat, very close to the city of Barcelona, ​​​​​​​​​​​and their this year’s official song of La Vuelta, ‘Heart without outlet’

roglic He even joked that “I hope to finish this year. It’s a pleasure to be here and we have a great team”, to which Vingegaard added: “I’m happy to be in Barcelona. We will look for a good result for the team. We are both team leaders. We are a strong team and starting with both of us as leaders is good”, the two-time Tour champion added.

The last fireworks of the team gala continued Movistar teamled by a enric mas who comes to La Vuelta after retiring due to a fall in the first stage of the Tour and not running anything since. the one of Artà trust to be “100% by the third week. We are every day. We have tried to train in the best possible way and we will see how our rivals are doing”, before ending by joking that “the rivals should be afraid of Enric and Movistar”.

Enric is one of the great assets of Spanish cycling, as is Alava Michael Landa and Juan Ayuso from Barcelona, ​​​​who last year at the age of 19 was 3rd. Having recovered from his physical problems that did not allow him to perform well, Ayuso will remain true to his running style. “There was an amazing participation. I’ll bet on it for sure. It will be very complicated, but the challenge is there, both me and João (Almeida). That’s why we came.”

Mikel Landa is more experienced, who at the age of 33 faces his last great cycling tour with Bahrain, after an irregular Tour and announcing his signing for Soudal de Evenepoel. Landa, who at the end of the Tour said that he had no plans to ride La Vuelta but that he would do what his team told him, came “with the desire to do a good Vuelta and have fun. The team wants that he is in the general. We will try and if not I will think of the partial results”. He ‘landism’ took over La Barceloneta and a knowledgeable cycling fan, who applauded and over a recoveredor Egan Bernal for cycling after suffering a serious accident in his home country, Colombia, in January 2022. Bernal expressed his joy at competing again in La Vuelta, with the clear task of helping his teammates in ineo teams and to serve as a reference to his bike efforts for new generations. “I want to feel useful and do my best and continue to inspire kids.”

There were many children yesterday at the parade of La Vuelta teams, a few meters from the sea, 24 hours after the Spanish round starts tomorrow in the streets of Barcelona with a spectacular team time trial. The first to do so, at 6:55 pm

Source: La Verdad


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