Race Analysis: Supposed power figures, helmet sizes and the coming of the young French are just some of the subjects tackled in our last Vuelta Lowdown as Ed Hood looks back at what was one of the most thrilling GrandTours of the last 10 years.
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.
Our senior reporter Ed Hood has been to and reported roadside from more GrandTours than most of us have watched on TV but even he has never seen a 41 year old in the lead at a GrandTour with just two stages to go. Here's Ed's latest thoughts on the last few days at the Vuelta and what to expect today on the infamous Angliru.
It's just a shame that Joaquim Rodriguez lost so much time early on in this extraordinary Vuelta Espana; Purito produced a trademark last-gasp acceleration to snare the stage win today as Vincenzo Nibali and Chris Horner continued to throw heavyweight hooks at each other. Today, it was the American who landed the biggest blows, battering his Italian rival out of the red leader's jersey.
We last spoke to NetApp-Endura's Zak Dempster on the first rest day of the Vuelta so it's time to check in with him again and get his take on those three dramatic days in the Pyrenees and what lies ahead for the rest of the race.
We used to see Ekimov try this nearly every day at the Tour de France back in the day, the last kilometer smash-and-grab raid. It didn't often work, but Bauke Mollema implemented the tactic to perfection today. A Vuelta-saving stage win for the Belkin leader, and here's how he did it ...
With a rest day in the Vuelta today it's time to look back at the superb three days of racing we had in the Pyrenees. The weather mightn't have been to everyone's tastes but there's no denying the quality of racing that we've witnessed at the Vuelta so far. This race just keeps getting better and better with the final result still from certain with less than a week to go.
With a mountainous weekend of action ahead of us at the Vuelta and bad weather predicted this weekend could be the make or break time for the GC riders. Time to take a look at the results so far and see what's ahead in what is proving to be a superb GrandTour of action so far.
The sport directors of Vacansoleil-DCM announced their Tour of Spain preselection.
Unipublic, organizer of the Tour of Spain, has received official confirmation from TVE that the next edition of the Spanish round will be offered for the first time in history, in HD quality.
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