The danés Mads Pedersen (Trek), with his victory in Talavera de la Reinahas confirmed that it is the great sprinter of lap 2022, a race that started in the wake of Irishman Sam Bennett, who had to leave due to covid after the first week, and who is finishing as the undisputed dominator in mass arrivals.
In Talavera, Pedersen managed to su third victory in this Vueltaafter those of Montilla and Tomares, the first dominating the peloton with authority and the second a sprint of five that will remain in the memory due to the fall that prevented Primoz Roglic from continuing to fight for the never-before-achieved challenge of winning four Vueltas a España consecutive.
With both victories, the Danish road world champion of 2019 the bad taste left by the arrival of Cabo de Gata was removed, the first round of the race without Bennett in which he could barely be fifth after rivals he has passed without much opposition for three weeks. It was the only day that he failed, if a fifth position can be considered a failure, that of Aarhus.
It is true that in Holland, in Utrecht and in Breda, Pedersen he always reached the finish line behind Bennettwhich soon dispelled the doubts about his condition that were hovering at the start of the race.
But the Trek sprinter did not give up, allowing himself the luxury of getting stuck between Roglic and Enric Mas in Laguardia, where the Slovenian won one more stage for the ‘roosters’ of the race than for sprinters. And he warned of what was coming, even more so with Bennett, with covid, retired in Alicante at the beginning of the second week of the race.
Three triumphs, each one more forcefuland the green jersey already owned about to arrive in Madrid, where he hopes to finish a splendid career and, by the way, a year in which he regained prominence and the credit that won the 2019 World Cup in Yorkshire (Great Britain) at just 23 years old.
It was a splendid victory that had not had much continuity until this year, perhaps more mature and more confident at 26 years old, appeared as an important sprinter Already in the Tour de France. A condition that he ratified in the Vuelta, in which he has been the great sprinter.