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We have entered the final week of grand tour racing of 2021 at the Vuelta a España. The second week’s action was tempered somewhat by sweltering conditions, forcing most riders into survival mode and creating few opportunities for anyone to go on the attack.
For their part, race leader Odd Christian Eiking and his Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux team haven’t made things easy, putting up an impressive defense of the red jersey by setting a searing pace to discourage most moves by the other GC hopefuls. What are his Odds of holding onto it through the last day?
Is Primož Roglič still the favorite to win the entire race? Three summit finishes in the last week, including a pair in Asturias, will put the defending champ to the test in the final week. And the Slovenian has been known to fumble races in the closing days or even day.
Later in the show, we discuss the Ineos Grenadiers who said last season that they would be trying some new tactics, allowing for less of the prescribed, dominating racing style the team had been synonymous with for a decade. How much has that happened and has it worked out for the team? And we check in on the form of Egan Bernal.
Listen to the latest episode of Aérogramme for the full conversation!
Aérogramme is presented by the Belgian Waffle Ride.