Roadside St.8: After the less than best day at stage 7 in Alcaсiz, the start at Lleida was much more interesting, lots of riders to see and loads of old faces to meet up with. It was very hot again, but a great time at La Vuelta a Espaсa. This is how the day panned out...
Roadside St.7: I just couldn’t keep away from La Vuelta a Espaсa, the draw was just too much for me to fight, so plans were made and fuel was loaded in the tank and off I went to see what I was missing. Well, Stage 7 to Alcaсiz was maybe not the best, but how could I not go?
Course Preview: A good Vuelta or a bad Vuelta? I needed to find out what the feelings are on this year’s Spanish Grand Tour and what better place than my local bar/office in the village. A bowl of almonds, a plate of meaty bits, some bread, a glass of coke with a coffee to follow and the Spanish sports papers to read, what more do I need? Just the comments from some people in the bar!
Former Polish road and time trial champion, 28 year old Tomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil-DCM) from Krakau has been riding a very consistent Vuelta; his nine top twenty stage finishes have brought him to the edge of the magic top ten in only his second Grand Tour. Ed Hood caught up with the talented up and coming rider on the second rest day to get his take on the Vuelta so far.
PEZ’s resident soothsayer Viktor, has renamed the Vuelta the ‘Spanish Hill Climb Championships’ and says he can’t handle another mountain top finish – I wasn’t man enough to remind him about the Bola del Mundo on Saturday. However, he has been waxing lyrical about stage 13 and the winner of those 173 kilometres into General Franco’s birthplace of Ferrol in Galicia – ‘a great stage, and Cummings is a Man!’