Race Report: With the Australians sticking to their game-plan, and controlling the race throughout, the one thing they hadn’t considered was a well-timed attack from the Norwegian powerhouse Sven Erik Bystrom. He timed his uphill attack to perfection and flew down to Ponferrada to take the best win of his young career.
Race Report: One Colombian took the stage but it was a different one that took the Red Jersey. Winner Anacona had a great win and then watched the clock to see if he would be in the overall. In a surprising attack; Alberto Contador laid the foundation for Nairo Quintana to chase and take the Red Jersey.
Race Report: On a day when the biggest challenge was the all-consuming heat it was that other German sprinter who powered into the ancient city of Córdoba and took the win for Giant-Shimano. John Degenkolb has every reason to love Spain and will be looking for more wins in this year’s race.
Race Report: In a fast and furious finish, as the riders sped through La Isla San Fernando, it was the team of FDJ who played their hand to perfection and set up Nacer Bouhanni for the win. He finished it off in style and even had time to look over his shoulder and show his rivals who was boss.
Race Report: A wet and tricky 9.7 kilometer time trial greeted the Vuelta peloton in Santiago de Compostela. The stage went to the Italian TT specialist; Adriano Malori, but all eyes were on Alberto Contador as he fired his gun of victory.
Race Report: Stage 18 took in the final climb twice, but it only took the young Italian Fabio Aru once to get a gap on the other Vuelta GC hopefuls. Chris Froome joined him for them both to prosper. Stage for Aru, 2nd overall for Froome.
He’s the famous son of a famous father and today was to be Nicolas Roche’s finest hour…so far. As GC contenders were shelled out the back on the final ramp it was the Irishman who timed his attack to perfection and was a clear winner and is now just eight seconds from the new GC leader, Vincenzo Nibali.
Race Report: Alexandre Geniez (FDJ) was away for almost the whole day and eventually dropped all of his companions to take the best win of his career atop the famous Peyragudes climb as the race dipped over the border into France to honor the 100th Anniversary of its sister race, the Tour de France.
Another superb day of racing in Spain saw the riders battle hard for the honor and glory of the stage on the hilltop finish of Valdepeñas de Jaén as the red jersey changed hands yet again during this already hard fought Vuelta.
The day the sprinters had been waiting for finally arrived in Madrid and it was Michael Matthews from Down Under who came through and took stage win number two. The stage belonged to Matthews but the Vuelta belonged to Chris Horner who claimed the biggest win of his long career.
Race Report: On a day that saw Astana and the major players’ content to let the break go, we ended with a new Maillot Jaune, a shake-up in the overall, a popular German win and a new Toast of France! Bring on Bastille Day!
Race Report: On the day most of the riders were scared of, it was the Italian Champion and current Yellow Jersey who took the race by the scruff of the neck and blew the parcours apart. Atrocious weather, a favorite abandoned, riders gapped but the strongest man was Lars Boom (Belkin) who showed all of the other Classics specialists how to ride the cobbles in the wet.
Race Report: With nine climbs and the final one coming just 5 kms before the finish it was always going to be a day of attrition. Vincenzo Nibali proved the wiliest though and the Shark of Messina outsmarted everyone to take the win and the jersey.
Race Report: In a race that’s been all about attacking, and attacking again it came down to a sprint finish in Paris. It almost didn’t though as Team Sky attempted to recover from their misfortunes but nothing was going to deny the big German and arguably best sprinter around, Marcel Kittel. From start to finish, he’s shown he’s the man to watch in the dash for the line.
Race Report: It looked like a re-run of the Nîmes finish as a Garmin rider struggled to hold off a charging peloton. This time, though, perhaps aided by a big crash 3km from home, the US-based team finished their man Ramúnas Navardauskas ahead of all of the fancied sprinters.
Race Report: After yesterday’s dominance by SKY through the first day in the high mountains the other teams had a simple choice: give in and ride for second place or go on the offensive. Unluckily for team SKY and their fans both Movistar and Garmin-Sharp chose option #2 to turn the race upside down.
Race Report: On a day which saw every possible type of racing it came down to one man with one second who took the stage and the yellow jersey with it…and it was not the man that everyone thought it would be before the start.
Race Report: The fight for the jerseys are over at the Tour de France but there was one last battle today that remained - victory on the famous Champs Elysees.
Race Report: A hot Bastille day in France, 243km on the menu and a finish on the famous summit of Mont Ventoux - this stage was always going to be a classic. It's a stage worthy of the biggest champions and today the biggest champion was Chris Froome who put in a possible Tour winning performance on the slopes of Le Géant de Provence.
Race Report: Alejandro Valverde may have faded badly in the final week of Le Tour but today he showed the rest of the peloton how to race this post-Tour Classic. He may not be from the Basque Country but Balaverde (the Green Bullet) loves this race and was determined to win it for a second time.