A key Remco Evenepoel competitor at the upcoming Vuelta is licking his wounds. Juan Ayuso fell badly at the Ordiziako Klasika in the Basque Country. The Tour of Spain starts in a month and it remains to be seen how burdened Ayuso’s injury is.
Chaos reigned in the 1.1 race, with Ayuso and Lazkano starting with a lead in the final kilometers of the race in Ordizia after a difficult typically Basque hill climb, but on a wet, treacherous surface first Spanish champion Lazkano and later Ayuso slipped.
The pursuers Marc Hirschi and Ben Healy surprisingly took the lead. In an uphill sprint for two, Hirschi clearly prevailed against the Irish spring revelation Healy. Ayuso and Lazkano crossed the finish line in third and fourth place after their falls.
However, Ayuso appeared to be in quite a bit of pain from his fall. The Spaniard held on to his left arm after the goal. UAE Team Emirates has not yet provided an update on his injury. This could be a big spanner in the works for his Vuelta preparation.
Ayuso will face Remco Evenepoel, Jonas Vingegaard, Primoz Roglic and Geraint Thomas in his own country’s round starting at the end of August for the overall title. Basically, it is also planned for the Clatica San Sebastian on Saturday.
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Source : HLN