Race Report: The final stage of the Vuelta a España was always going to end in a bunch sprint and John Degenkolb wanted that win more than anything. In the peloton Fabio Aru was ecstatic as he crossed the line for his Grand Tour win, the first of many. Shelley Olds took the Challenge Madrid in an exciting sprint.
Race Report: Ruben Plaza took a brilliant stage win more deserving of 1915 rather than 2015 as he went clear for 100km by himself. Behind him Fabio Aru and Astana finally managed to distance Dumoulin and take the GC victory.
Race Report: It was a case of two races on the road today and one of the most attacking men of this Vuelta - Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r) finally played it perfectly and took a superb win into the ancient city of Ávila. In the overall Movistar tried- and failed - to break the will of Tom Dumoulin as they headed towards the cobbled climb into the stage finish.
Race Report: Astana’s Fabio Aru has to take the race to overall leader Tom Dumoulin if he wants to claw back the 3 seconds he need for the final win. The Sardinian attacked and attacked again, but he could not shake the big Dutchman. At the head of the race Nico Roche and Haimar Zubeldia sprinted it out for the stage honors, with Roche taking the victory.
Race Report: On a Burgos time test parcours for the big, strong men it was Netherlands Giant, Tom Dumoulin who was biggest and strongest to take the stage by a minute plus from Maciej Bodnar; the Dutchman also grabbed the red jersey of leadership from home boy Joaquim Rodriguez.
Vuelta Lowdown: Lee Rodgers is back from his short break and he has the Spanish Grand Tour in his cross hairs. As always Lee gives us his unique lowdown on the good and the bad from la Vuelta. Nibali, Sagan, Oleg and the UCI all come under the Rodgers microscope on the second rest day.
Race Report: Seven categorized climbs with a summit finish, the perfect day for the climbers to rid themselves of Tom Dumoulin before the time trial. Frank Schleck won the stage, at one point his group had a lead of 22 minutes, but the Luxemburger held out for the win.
Race Report: The stage started quickly with a 9 man break going clear. After letting a stage win go to a break in the last two days the climbers were desperate to take this stage win for themselves. Joaquin Rodriguez timed his attack to perfection and took his first win in this year's Vuelta, but missed out on red by one second.
BMC's Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) took a brilliant win atop the mist-shrouded summit of Alto Campoo, dueling and dropping his breakaway mates, while Aru, Quintana the rest of the GC big boys battled in royale fashion.
Portuguese Time Trial Champion Nelson Oliveira (Lampre-Merida) left 23 men behind on the final descent to win la Vuelta's 13th stage in the grand fashion, solo & well clear into Tarazona after 168 rolling kilometres from Calatayud.
Race Report: Danny Van Poppel puncture with 10 kilometers to go and rejoined the peloton without the help of his Trek teammates, took a couple deep breaths and then won the sprint at the end of Stage 12 into the Catalan town of Lleida. Nice win for Trek and the overall is unchanged.
Race Report: On a horrendously hard stage, it was a Spaniard who took the win but the big news was that his team leader had made the move of the race and would take the overall. Mikel Landa finished with a well-earned victory; Fabio Aru wrestled the Red Jersey from Dumoulin while Chris Froome suffered horribly having crashed.
The 2015 Vuelta a España has thrown up some surprises and projected more than a few 'young guns' into the limelight and onto the winners podium. The Spanish Grand Tour has also lost riders who were expected to animate the action. Ed Hood takes a look back at the first ten days and the road to Madrid.
Race Report: On a day that was expected to go to the sprinters, it all came down to a messy, scrappy finish with a young rider from the best young team of the year taking his first professional win. Kristian Sbaragli of MTN-Qhubeka outfoxed everyone and gave the African squad yet another famous win.
Roadside: After his stage 8 finish in Murcia we sent Al Hamilton to cover the full stage from Torrevieja to the climb of the Cumbre del Sol, the climb he previewed earlier this week. The start was busy, but the final climb of the Alto de Puig Llorença was just crazy. It was a tough day, but a good one.
Race report: Giant-Alpecin's Tom Dumoulin produced a gravity-defying performance to take the biggest win of his career on the Alto de Puig Llorença. The big man from the flat lands ground away from the star climbers on a fearsome finishing ascent, and then responded when he seemed to have been blown away by Chris Froome.
Race Preview: The Vuelta a España is passing through Valencia, so we had to send our PEZ man in Spain, Al Hamilton, on his bike to reconnoiter the finalé of stage 9 and the summit finish on the ultra steep Alto de Puig Llorença. It is believed he cheated on most of the parcour, but there is photographic evidence that he rode to the finish line.
Roadside: Stage 8 of the Vuelta finished in the town of Murcia, not too far from where PEZman; Al Hamilton lives. So we had to prize him from his laptop and send him ‘Roadside’ for some fresh air and let him see a bike race in the flesh for a change.
Race Report: Orica-GreenEDGE did it again with one of its ‘Young Guns’ and this time is was Esteban Chaves who kicked his way to another stage win and to recapture the overall lead from Tom Dumoulin in 3rd place. Another perfect opportunity for an Orica man to swoop to victory as the Vuelta throws up yet more excitement.
Race Report: Stage 5 was billed as a power sprinters stage finish and so it proved as Sagan and Degenkolb tussled for the win. What they didn’t see was the diminutive Caleb Ewan shoot past to demonstrate his future capabilities. Stage for Orica, but red jersey for Giant-Alpecin as Tom Dumoulin slipped into the lead by 1 second.
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