Rúben Guerreiro, the fearless Cowboy who shoots faster than Contador, Froome and Pogaza

Ascending Mont Ventoux is the closest cycling event in the world to the moon. Unlike the verdant vegetation found, for example, in the Alpe d’Huez, in the “bald hills” there are no trees, but rather bare, inhospitable arid areas without any place for shade. Scenes where no shelter or hiding place exists.

Ventoux is located in the Provence region and is known as the “giant” or “giant”. Seen from afar, the towering tower at the top is majestic, marking the landscape’s constant warning that there is a beast there, reaching a height of 1909 meters. Without vegetation or any type of protection, the main feature of that mountain was its exposure to the wind, which he named Ventoux – “wind”.

There are 3 chances to ascend to the lunar surface, all at about 20 kilometers. But, as much or more as the climb was, the people exposed to the gusty winds dared to ride their bikes to the rooftops of Provence. With nothing to protect them, slopes, wind, and the absence of greenery invite nightmares and open the way to misery.

The Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge is a one-day race that does not have the legendary prestige of the Tour de France stage, but instead features the “Giants of Provence”. The 2022 version, with two ascents to the highest point of the mountain, is Authority to defeat Portuguese Rúben Guerreiro reached the finish after 4:32:35, 53 seconds ahead of his Education First teammate Esteban Chaves.

True to his fearless style, the 27-year-old attacked from a distance but “didn’t expect to be alone,” he finally admitted. With the distance widening, Ruben stayed “focused” and “at your own pace” during a “very tough” game and was there to celebrate. True to his nickname “The Pegões Cowboy,” as he crossed the finish line, he drew his hands to his hips, as if drawing an imaginary pistol, firing on the horizon, proud of his just-accurate shot.

Ruben Guerrero on Mount Vento

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Rúben Guerreiro completed the hardest and most classic slope of the Bédoin to Mont Ventoux in 58 minutes and 35 seconds at an average speed of 22.2 kilometers per hour. In the table that includes all times to summit Ventoux, the Portuguese is 17th fastest ever, but the category includes shorter mountain time trials so it’s more conducive to faster times.

Excluding the time trial, Guerrero is only slower than 1994’s Marco Pantani (57:34) and 2021’s Miguel Angel Lopez (57:55).The Portuguese is 10 seconds behind Alberto Contador (who won the Tour twice) and 10 seconds behind Chris Froome (who won the Tour twice). big hairball 4 times), one minute and 17 minutes less than Tadej Pogačar, who won the last two tours.

In a quick interview after the victory, the Portuguese stressed that his team “deserves” the joy. North American team Education First is at risk of being eliminated from the division and excluded from the main cycling cycle for the 2023 season. Winning the race with Rúben Guerreiro and finishing second with Chavez gave EF valuable points.

Rúben Guerreiro with a typical Ventoux landmark in the shape of a trophy

Rúben Guerreiro with a typical Ventoux landmark in the shape of a trophy

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After a difficult 2021 in which he fractured his collarbone in the winter and had to leave the Giro due to a fall, he admitted after the victory that he “worked hard” to get back to his best. This season, after a beautiful 4th place on the Queens stage of the Emirates Tour and a 7th place at Flèche Wallone, one of the most important classics on the calendar, doom is upon the climbers once again, Liege-Bastogne- Liege.

However, Ventoux’s victory stemmed from a stellar performance from Daupinhé, one of the most prestigious week-long races in cycling and the premiere stage of the Tour de France. In France, which ended two days before Guerreiro’s win, the Portuguese finished ninth in the final, finishing fourth and fifth in the two most demanding races dominated by Jumbo de Primož Roglič.

Tour’s ambitions for early immigrants

In 2020, Rúben Guerreiro was known to the public at the Portugal Pride Giro d’Italia. In the same game, João Almeida spent two weeks dreaming of pink, ‘Cowboy’ win the ninth stage And made history by winning the mountain jersey.

Guerrero hadn’t crossed the finish line for the first time since that victory at Roccaraso, and after the celebrations, he told “Lusa” that “the focus is on the tour”. After finishing 18th last year, the Portuguese appears to be heading into the main race on the calendar in excellent form and has made no secret of his intentions in France, where he will “try to win a stage” in July 1st . “Very hungry for victory” in Copenhagen.

Ruben Guerrero on Mount Vento

Ruben Guerrero on Mount Vento

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Like João Almeida, Rúben Guerreiro has never played professionally in Portugal. In 2014 the Pegões cyclist won the Volta a Portugal do Futuro, in the Volta a France do Futuro he finished 14th, Tao Geoghegan Hart (winner of the 2020 Giro) finished 10th and Miguel Ángel López won champion. The last general.

After these performances, businessman João Correia brought the then 20-year-old Rúben Guerreiro to the Axeon cycling team. In recent years, several Portuguese have played for famous American under-23 teams, such as João Almeida, Rui and Ivo Oliveira (Almeida’s teammates in the UAE) or André Carvalho (from Cofidis, also in Serie A). Currently known as Hagens Berman Axeon, runs Diogo Barbosa, 22, son of Cândido Barbosa.

After two seasons with the North American team, Guerrero is entering his sixth season at the sport’s highest level with Trek-Segafredo on the World Tour. Benfiquista, who reconciled football with mountain biking until the age of 14, when he started to focus more on mountain biking. After two laps in the sun, the access to the road happened.

Until the tour, Rúben Guerreiro told “Lusa” that there will be a plateau internship. As one of the elite climbers in the big group, he’s increasingly consolidated and hopes his team – far from being the leader of the Tour-winning candidates – will allow him to attack freely on the ascent stage of the road, the Portuguese has already talked about When it comes to discussing the possibility of mountain classification, as was done at the Giro d’Italia two years ago. Perhaps the Gunners have taken aim at Alpe d’Huez, who will arrive there on stage 12 of the Tour de France, following in the footsteps of Joaquim Agostinho who won there in 1979 and receiving a tribute plaque on the 17th. Article 21 in the curve.

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