Trek-Segafredo’s rider Mads Pedersen outperformed everyone at the Vuelta a España. The Danish rider took victory on stage 16 on Tuesday, 6th September. Even though Primoz Rogilic (Jumbo-Visma) launched an attack but he was slowed down by a crash in Tomares.
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The day was also not in the favor of red jersey holder Remco Evenepoel. Inside the final kilometer, the QuickStep-AlphaVinyl rider suffered from a puncture which slowed him down. Nevertheless, the rider is awarded the same finishing time as the rest of the peloton. Evenepoel now has a lead of 1:26 on Rogilic and 2:01 on Enric Mas (Movistar).
Although Trek-Segafredo is in the safe zone on the Team World Rankings of 2020-2022, still every point is very crucial for securing a place in the WorldTour of 2023. Trek-Segafredo is in 9th place with 18697 points overall. Pedersen was happy with his win but he was more concerned about the well-being of his fellow racer who met a brutal crash. He said:
I didn’t see the crash. I wanted to go to Primoz after the finish, but I saw he had destroyed clothing. It was a pity he crashed. He hasn’t been lucky this year. I hope it’s not too bad so he can keep contending for the victory of the Vuelta
On the other hand, Remco Evenepoel was happy that he did not lose minutes due to the puncture:
I’m happy that the 3km rule exists otherwise I would have lost a lot of time today. I heard that Primož crashed so I really hope that he’s OK and that he can continue the race.
Mads Pedersen won the 86th World Championships-Road Race in 2019. He also won a stage the Tour de Franc 2022. He claimed victory on two stages at the Vuelta a España 2022. Pedersen holds 36th place in the UCI World Ranking and 11th in the PCS Ranking.
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How It Happened
As the final rest day ended, Primoz Rogilic was not wasting a minute and he decided to get his game on as soon as the day began. The fight was intense but with the relegation fear hanging on their heads, all the teams were trying to give their best.
The lead kept on changing on and off but as the race came close to its end, it was Rogilic who was leading out the men. With just 2.5 km to go Rogilic was seen leading the way followed by Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious), Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates), Danny van Poppel (Bora-Hansgrohe), and Mads Pedersen.
Right behind them, Remco Evenepoel suffered from a puncture but he was inside the final 3km. Rogilic was leading the men all the way up to Tomares but then he met a tragic crash. His wheel clashed with Fred Wright’s bike and within seconds he was all bloodied. His clothes were torn but he managed to hop back on his bike and finish the race.
This gave Pedersen a chance to launch his own attack. Pedersen cruised through the finishing line and sealed the victory.
|02||Pascal Ackermann||+ 00||UAE Team Emirates|
|03||Danny van Poppel||+ 00||BORA-hansgrohe|
|04||Fred Wright||+ 00||Bahrain Victorious|
|05||Quentin Pacher||+ 08||Groupama-FDJ|
|06||Samuele Battistella||+ 08||Astana Qazaqstan Team|
|07||Cédric Beullens||+ 08||Lotto Soudal|
|08||Clément Russo||+ 08||Team Arkéa-Samsic|
|09||Jesus Ezquerra||+ 08||Burgos-BH|
|10||Julius van den Berg||+ 08||EF Education-EasyPost|
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