04 Sep 2023 at 16:03
Despite the rest day, it is again restless around the Vuelta a España. Due to severe weather, several riders had to detour on Sunday evening, meaning they only arrived at their hotel in the middle of the night.
After the finish of the ninth stage in Collado de la Cruz de Caravaca, the peloton had to be moved via two charter flights to Valladolid, where a time trial is scheduled for Tuesday. Due to the bad weather, one of the two planes had to land in Madrid, after which the passengers had to wait for an hour-long bus ride.
Several riders have responded to the night-time events on social media. “This is karma. Airplane movements in a big round in 2023….. #Timeforachange,” writes Romain Bardet.
Jetse Bol could see the humor in it a little more. “It’s nice to shorten the Vuelta by eleven stages,” the Dutchman hinted at the finish of the round in Madrid. “We will be in bed around three o’clock! If the doping inspector is reading along, please not before eleven tomorrow morning!”, writes Bol.
One incident after another
The Vuelta, which is not yet half way, is plagued by incidents. The team time trial on the first day was partly held in the dark, which was met with a lot of criticism. In the remainder of the first week, activists tried several times to disrupt a stage and the weather also caused chaotic scenes.
The Vuelta continues on Tuesday with a time trial of more than 25 kilometers around Valladolid. The Spanish stage race has 21 stages and finishes on Sunday, September 17 in Madrid.
First on the early flight and now on the bus… Things can change. We will be in bed around 3:00 am! If the doping controller reads along, please don’t do it before eleven tomorrow morning! pic.twitter.com/vKTZAmm5GU
— Jetse Bol (@JetseBol) September 3, 2023
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