Mas: Mid-race Vuelta a España individual time trial changes things a lot

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 05 A general view of Enric Mas Nicolau of Spain and Movistar Team Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma red leader jersey and Jack Haig of Australia and Team Bahrain Victorious celebrate winning on the podium ceremony in the Plaza del Obradoiro with the Cathedral after during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 21 a 338 km Individual Time Trial stage from Padrn to Santiago de Compostela lavuelta LaVuelta21 ITT on September 05 2021 in Santiago de Compostela Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Enric Mas (Movistar) in second place on the Vuelta a España podium 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Vuelta a España 2021 runner-up Enric Mas (Movistar) is convinced that the organisers’ decision to place the 2022 route’s one individual time trial on stage 10, instead of at the end of the race like last September, will have a considerable effect on how the Grand Tour develops next year.

The 2021 Vuelta a España finished with a 33.8km time trial in Santiago de Compostela but it had no influence on the positions of the top six overall. But in 2022, with the race’s main TT squarely in the middle of the three-week race, Mas believes another kind of narrative should emerge.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.