La Vuelta ’22 – Bennett is back

The first three stages of the Vuelta have taken place in the Netherlands before a rest day yesterday enabling travel back to Spain.

It has seen the return to the winners circle for one rider and three different holders of the leaders red jersey. Its been a strong start.

Friday evening saw the opening team time trial, a Vuelta staple, with Jumbo avoiding any paddling pool run off (sorry Primoz!) to get the win.

In the final straight they were even lucid and clear thinking enough to push home rider Robert Gesink, in the twilight of the evening as well as his career, into the front.

First rider home from the winning team gets the overall lead and there was barely a dry eye in the house as he took to the podium.

Gesink has years of experience in riding for others and sacrificing his own chances to ensure his team wins. This was a fitting tribute.

Stage 2 was another run off in front of enormous crowds despite being an obvious sprint.

It wasn’t an obvious winner. Irishman Sam Bennett has had a torrid couple of years. My last memory of him is from the 2021 Gent-Wevelgem classic where in the space of 400 metres he went from most likely winner to out of the back being sick at the roadside.

He has had it tough.

A return to Bora-Hansgrohe has taken time to yield results but you could see the relief spread over his face as he realised he had won. Another fitting moment!

The red jersey moved to another Jumbo rider in Mike Teunissen.

The third stage saw the jersey change again. Jumbo continued to dominate with Edoardo Affini getting his day in red.

Bennett showed the previous day was no fluke by flying into Breda to win two in a row.

With todays stage having over 2300 metres of climbing I wouldn’t be better on him making it a hat-trick!

Let the first full week begin !

RnkPrev▼▲RiderTeamUCITime
12▲1 AFFINI EdoardoJumbo-Visma208:20:07
23▲1 OOMEN SamJumbo-Visma,,
34▲1 ROGLIČ PrimožJumbo-Visma,,
45▲1 KUSS SeppJumbo-Visma,,
51▼4 TEUNISSEN MikeJumbo-Visma,,
66 GESINK RobertJumbo-Visma,,
78▲1 HAYTER EthanINEOS Grenadiers0:13
87▼1 CARAPAZ RichardINEOS Grenadiers,,
910▲1 RODRÍGUEZ CarlosINEOS Grenadiers,,
109▼1 SIVAKOV PavelINEOS Grenadiers,,
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Our men 2019 – Update

We put our 9 riders for 2019 on the BikeRadar forum back in February and with the season now over we thought it might be time to have a look at how they did. 

Where they were hits, boy were they hits, but when they missed….

Tom Dumoulin

Poor year for the former Giro winner who crashed in that race early on before missing the Tour de France. Made the move to Jumbo-Visma for 2020. 

Krists Nielandts

Was present in a number of classics before getting in the frame as a potential worlds winner with his brilliant solo attack to win the GP Wallonie in Namur the week before the Rainbow bands were decided. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?edufilter=NULL&v=43_e4ITdkoc

Bob Jungels

Really poor year from Bob who was present in the cobbled classics without being too prominent. Only really saw him in Lombardia after that. 

Remco Evenepoel

Fabulous first season for a rider who showed in Columbia back in the Northern winter before some semi classic action. 

His season ignited with a Classica San Sebastian win the week after the Tour de France. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?edufilter=NULL&v=n871v2M8gCs

Jurgen Roelandts

Not seen all year. Really sad for our hero…

Egan Bernal

Inspired pick if I say so myself. Won the Tour de France and an Italian semi classic. It will be interesting to see how he works with Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome next year. 

Thomas De Gendt

Wonderful solo attack in the Volta a Catalunya which he proved was no fluke by holding off the combined forces of Julian Alaphillipe in Thibaut Pinot in the Tour de France for a memorable stage win. 

Tony Gallopin

Surprisingly quiet year for Gallopin who did at least end it on a high by being prominent in Paris Tours on the final weekend of the European season. 

Mathieu Van der Poel

Started the season on fire with form from the Cyclo Cross campaign he’d dominated. 

He ended up in a flower bed in the Tour of Flanders before getting back to the lead group, a memorable ride. Followed that up with arguably the ride of the year in winning the Amstel Gold. 

Dominated the Tour of Britain, but couldn’t quite hold on to win the Worlds in Yorkshire. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?edufilter=NULL&v=Yi4opDanurU