Behind Evenepoel and Roglic, Mas also dreams of the red jersey: “Certain alliances will be formed which could be decisive”

He had a good weekend, making time for the two riders ahead of him, Evenpoel and Primoz Roglic. “I am calm and motivated for the third and decisive week of the Vuelta,” he said on Monday during the rest day. “The podium or maybe a lot more is on my mind. But at the same time, I’m careful, there are still a lot of difficult days ahead of us. A lot can still happen and maybe some alliances will be formed which can be decisive.”

Evenepoel lost time last weekend but is still 1:34 ahead of Primoz Roglic and 2:01 ahead of Enric Mas in the standings. “He’s still doing well. He was the strongest, but the last two stages he showed weaknesses. He still has a nice lead and that probably gives him a psychological advantage and some peace of mind. part, in two stages, we recovered more than a minute, who says that we will not be able to do the same in the days to come? I continue to dream, and to fight, until Madrid.”

Mas had a bad Tour (retirement after the 18th stage, editor’s note), but is now doing a good Vuelta. “Maybe it will be my year,” said the Spaniard, who finished second in the Tour of Spain in 2018 and 2021. “But with Roglic and Evenepoel I come up against two tough opponents. Roglic has experience, Remco is the young challenger. It will be an interesting week, to see how they run and how strong they are still, but that also goes for me. I may also have a bad day or other things may play a role. Every day you have to stay focused, not only in the mountain stages, but also in the flat stages. A fall happens quickly.”

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