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Philippa York analysis: The anarchy of the GC competition in the Vuelta a España

XORRET DE CATÍ. COSTA BLANCA INTERIOR, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 02: (L-R) Jonas Vingegaard of Denmark and Team Jumbo-Visma, Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team Soudal - Quick Step and Primož Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo-Visma compete during the 78th Tour of Spain 2023, Stage 8 a 165km stage from Dénia to Xorret de Catí. Costa Blanca Interior 905m / #UCIWT / on September 02, 2023 in Xorret de Catí. Costa Blanca Interior, Spain. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

We are ten days into this Vuelta a España and the full complexity of the situation is beginning to dawn on everyone involved with the overall victory. 

Before the Valladolid time trial, the hierarchy looked fairly simple, Remco Evenepoel had two rivals that he couldn’t afford to give any leeway namely the Jumbo-Visma pair of Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard. On a slightly lower and less confirmed level were the UAE pairing of Juan Ayuso and Joao Almeida who were there but not always provoking the outcomes. 

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