Vuelta Stage 13: No County for Fast Men

Candas – La Camperona (175km) NO COUNTRY FOR FAST MEN Act one, Scene One [A quick note: This was written just before Nacer Bouhanni dropped out of the Vuelta, with timing I’d describe as “typical”. Also, when I still thought we’d see a bunch finish in stage 12. I don’t want to re-write it without the Nacer jokes, so please, suspend disbelief briefly, and imagine he was still riding in a sprinty stage 12.] Thursday, near Faro de Estaca de Bares. The peloton is moving towards the end of stage 12, trains are forming and the race is getting more rapid, but there is time to talk. Two young men, ELIA and NACER, find themselves side by side. NACER: Hey, bro, this is great. You’re winning, I’m winning. I keep seeing all these hills on the horizon, but we aren’t going near any of them. Like, look over there. The ...

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