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.
Race Report: The Green Bullet himself, Alejandro Valverde, was the man in the right place at the right time to win today's haul into Vejer de la Frontera. As he so often seems to be, the Spanish veteran was just where he needed to be in the final meters of a steep finish to burst past Ireland's Nicolas Roche for the victory.
Race Report: On a day that saw continuing fall-out from yesterday’s crash and subsequent expulsions it was a refreshing change to get back to the usual early break and sprinters’ finish. The day belonged to the man who has tried and tried again to get a Grand Tour stage win and today he judged it to perfection: Aúpa Peter!
Race Report: The stage was decided on the hard and short finishing climb where Nario Quintana attacked first. He didn't have the timing though and as he wilted, Esteban Chaves came through for the biggest win of his career, the red jersey and all the other jerseys too. Nibali out of la Vuelta.
Race Report: It wasn't a classic but BMC were one of the few teams who went flat out in the 2015 Vuelta's stage 1 team time trial to take the victory and the first leader's jersey on a neutralized stage that means nothing to the overall.
Nov 14, 2013 - This might be the “Off Season” but there is no shortage of news from the World of cycling to fill a EuroTrash Thursday. Could the Tour’s of Spain and Italy lose their third week of racing and is there no way back for Lance Armstrong? All these questions and more, plus cyclo-cross from Belgium and a ton of other news and video action to get you to the weekend. A Vuelta a España style café con leche por favor!
Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Danish national road race champion, Michael Mørkøv has just been picked out for the Vuelta a Espana line-up, starting August 25th. Here, he talks about his experiences in the Tour of Denmark and his objectives in the three-week long Vuelta:
Lotto Belisol has completed its selection for the Vuelta a España. These are the nine riders who will defend the colours of the team on the Spanish roads from Saturday 24th of August until Sunday 15th of September:
ORICA-GreenEDGE is pleased to announce its nine man Vuelta a España team. The line-up includes two Tour of Spain stage winners alongside two riders making their Grand Tour debut.
The sport management of Team Saxo-Tinkoff has named the nine riders, who will represent the Danish based outfit in this year's Vuelta a Espana.
Aug 15, 2013 - The Tour de l’Ain has finished, but the Eneco Tour is still in full flight and we have the results and video from all the stages. Loads of other news from around the world; Marcel Kittel tells the truth, Colombia welcomes Nairo Quintana and we have some Vuelta teams’ news. Add in Chris Froome looking at stems and we have a full EuroTrash Thursday. Coffee, coffee, coffee!
Alejandro Valverde to lead Movistar Team in the Spanish grandtour from August 24th in Galicia, seeking to continue the Blues' run of luck.
Roadside Vuelta'12: With the Vuelta 2013 just around the corner we thought we'd take a look back at one of the classic stages from last year - roadside style. The exciting Bola Del Mundo altitude finish was absolutely packed full of crazies last year - two of whom worked for Pez! Ed Hood runs us through all the action of the last mountain stage of the Vuelta'12 - Roadside.