Sept 16, 2013 - The best Grand Tour of the year has come to an end and Chris Horner showed there’s life left in his old legs. In EuroTrash Monday we wind up the news from Spain and start on the Tour of Britain, plus news from the Canadian WorldTour races. Lots of race video to get you through a Monday morning, all you need is a large coffee.
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: Today was billed to be the final battle to sort out this year’s Vuelta a España and it didn’t disappoint. L’Angliru was the perfect place for the gladiators of the road to test each other to the limit and the oldest of them triumphed through the fog. We also had another young Frenchman show that cycling has turned the corner and is alive and kicking.
Race Report: This Vuelta a España is shaping up to be one of the closest fought Grand Tours for many a year. Nibali had been looking safe in his lead, but now he has that ‘old man’ Horner too close for comfort. The day goes to Vasil Kiryienka though, who took a beautiful stage win on the steepest of summit finishes. Yet more excitement from Spain!
Sept 12, 2013 - Could it all go wrong for Vincenzo Nibali in the Vuelta a España? Four days to go and two of those are murderous and we have seen some cracks appear. We catch up with all the recent race news from Spain, Belgium and Holland with results and video, plus all the usual stuff we manage to cram into a EuroTrash Thursday. Yea you guessed it…coffee time!
Race Report: It’s official, the 2013 Vuelta a España is crazy! Just when we thought Vincenzo Nibali looked to be in control; all hell lets loose and the Italian struggles to stay with his main rivals. At the same time the young Breton; Warren Barguil shows the old hands how to win Stages (again) and there is still a week to go.
Sept 09, 2013 - Vincenzo Nibali seems to be in control of an old man and some Tour weary riders in la Vuelta with one week to go, we have the video, results and quotes. The Tour of Alberta winds up and we also have the action from the Brussels Cycle Classic and the GP de Fourmies. Another bumper issue of EuroTrash Monday, so get the coffee in and settle down to a big read.
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.
Race Report: Yet another crazy day in Spain, this time the weather and the mountains played the biggest part in the final outcome. It was the day for brave riders and the 23 year old Daniele Ratto showed his metal to win one of the hardest days (so far) on this Vuelta.
Race report: Yeah, procycling is easy. Romp the Tour de l’Avenir, get a World Tour contract, rock up to the Vuelta and trounce an elite breakaway group. Big congratulations to the super talent Warren Barguil for a perfectly executed stage victory on the stunning Catalan coast this afternoon.
Sept 05, 2013 - As always EuroTrash Thursday has the lowdown on what’s been happening in the World of bike racing during the week. All the results, video and race comments from the Tours of Alberta and Spain and as much other happenings as we could find. TOP STORY: Alonso and Contador? A carajillo today in honour of the “old man” Chris Horner I think.
No messing about from the Swiss time trial machine Fabian Cancellara today. Just when everyone thought Tony Martin had done it again with a time that looked out of sight, the Fabster came steamrollering along to slam his German rival into the dust. Away from their private jousting, however, it was all about the overall contenders.
One of the pleasant surprises from the Vuelta so far was the stage win from Leo Konig of the NetApp-Endura team. A wildcard invite to the race the boys from this Pro Continental team have certainly proved their worth in the race already with some strong showings on a number of days. One integral part of the team is Australian Zak Dempster who we managed to catch up with on the Vuelta's first rest day.
Today (Tuesday), Team Saxo-Tinkoff and the rest of the field in the Vuelta a Espana have enjoyed a well-deserved rest day after a long transfer following yesterday's mountain stage. For Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Chris Anker Sørensen the day has passed quickly:
Optimistic Alejandro Valverde analyses ten opening days in the Spanish grandtour as well as the eleven still to cover, with special attention on the Pyrenean stages, "the three hardest days in the race"
After ten stages the riders can enjoy the first rest day of the Vuelta. This is also the case for Lotto Belisol rider Tosh Van der Sande who makes his début in a Grand Tour. Just before the team started a short training ride this morning, Tosh made some time to share his experiences.
On the first rest day of the Vuelta Ed Hood examines what we've learnt from the mountain stages so far and who are the names to watch in the coming 11 stages.
Bart De Clercq has quit the Vuelta after a crash in the neutral zone of the tenth stage. His right knee was too much injured to continue the race.
Race Report: Yet again “the old man” Chris Horner showed he has a lot of life left in those legs yet. When the cream came to the top he was there to deliver the decisive blow and the other top men didn’t see him again until after the finish. Stage and overall (again) for the American. Another crazy day in Spain and the lead changes yet again.
Sept 2, 2013 - The Vuelta a España has lived up to its reputation for excitement; six (Nibali twice) race leaders in nine stages. If you missed any of the action over the last few days we have it all here with the results, video and comments. It’s not all Spain, we also have the GP Ouest France-Plouay and the Worlds Ports Classic. Plus good news for the Euskaltel team. A busy EuroTrash Monday, café con leche señor?