The cycling season opens in the burned land of Australia, pain and fire in the seductive cities of the antipodes where the Tour Down Under starts. The Adelaide region is home to the first puffs of the platoon, which has been converted for years into a diverse car of cultures that travel the world, from the United States to Argentina, from Europe to Australia, from the Persian Gulf to China, in search of financing and income. It is the World Tour, the first division of cycling, 19 teams integrated into an organization of alleged elite and 540 runners, gifted in recent years have overshadowed the black legend of doping, without major scandals to report. There are only 38 Spaniards in that universe, a symptom of a shortage of a country that yearns for a powerful relief for the incombustible Valverde (40 years). 2020 is presented in society as the platform for young people who shake hierarchies.
Youth to power
The 19 season generated a wave of enthusiasm about the wonders that arrive. Young people who have been raised in the abundance of families without social or economic problems, and not in need or lack like many great champions of cycling. People who squeeze the order established with aggressive spirit, outbursts of spontaneity and lack of calculation that determines the mathematical cycling programmed by the potentiometers and data. Youth and the absence of complexes or barriers stimulate them to exhibit themselves. The self-confidence is sometimes insolence, as in the case of Mathieu van der Poel (25), Poulidor’s grandson. Win on the road, in the mud of the cyclocross and on the stones of the mountain bike. In Paris-Roubaix you will have something to say.
They are cyclists who come from anywhere. The Belgian Remco Evenepoel (19) will debut in the Giro backed by curiosity. The Slovenian Tadej Pogaçar (20) will premiere on the Tour, ready to be presented with a Vuelta-style booty (three stages and third in general). And Egan Bernal (23), the first Colombian to win the Tour, announces summers in France.
A British petrochemical company and a Dutch supermarket chain foreshadow a duel at the cycling budget summit. They have the best runners. Roglic, the winner of the Tour, is declared the first favorite of the Tour, where Ineos (exSky) has been imposed in seven of the last eight years. The Jumbo has Roglic, Dumoulin, Kruijswijk, Van Aert, De Plus, Kuss … The Ineos has everything left over: Froome, Bernal, Thomas (Tour winners), Carapaz (first place in Turn 19), Rohan Dennis (champion world time trial), Kwiatkowski and also his young Tao Geoghegan and Sivakov.
Spanish cycling has hunched over in an unconsummated relay. Contador and Purito Rodríguez left, Valverde cannot cover all the holes and in the succession scenario only one name appears powerful. Enric Mas (25), Movistar star signing, second in the Vuelta 2018, guy with personality, climber in training that Contador designated as heir. In Movistar he will have work with Marc Soler, both chosen as spearhead in the Tour. There will be 38 Spaniards in the 2020 squad, most of them emigrants since there are no elite teams in our country. Landa (30 years already) has left for Bahrain. In the Astana run six (the brothers Izaguirre, Luis León Sánchez, Fraile and the signings Óscar Rodríguez and Alex Aramburu). Carlos Rodríguez (hired by Ineos) is the youngest, 19 years old.
Puppies have despised the creed that governs the life of professional cyclists, the use of potentiometers. A practice that calculates all the possible functions of the cycling organism and that Sky implemented for the sake of a scientific function of the sport where the birds disappeared because everyone could program their performance in relation to the variable watts / kilo. The Tour wants to ban them because they kill the show. And the young people are in that work: Evenepoel, Van der Poel and Pogaçar starred in the best getaways of 2019..