Race Analysis: With the last of the Grand Tours behind us for another year Lee Rodgers takes a look back at the race and analyzes the events, the stages, the crashes and the controversy of Alberto Contador's win over Chris Froome at the 2014 Vuelta a España.
Sept 15. 2014 - It was a happy Mr. Tinkov in Spain on Sunday, what a difference a year makes. We have all the results, video and rider comments from Spain, Britain and Canada in a jam-packed EuroTrash. Plus another positive for Scinto, Paris-Tours teams, more transfers...yip everything!
Race Report: A wet and tricky 9.7 kilometer time trial greeted the Vuelta peloton in Santiago de Compostela. The stage went to the Italian TT specialist; Adriano Malori, but all eyes were on Alberto Contador as he fired his gun of victory.
Race Report: Stage 18 took in the final climb twice, but it only took the young Italian Fabio Aru once to get a gap on the other Vuelta GC hopefuls. Chris Froome joined him for them both to prosper. Stage for Aru, 2nd overall for Froome.
Sept 11, 2014 - The Vuelta faces it’s last days, as does the Tour of Britain, but both races are still wide open and could depend on the result of a short time trial. All the latest results, video and comments, plus previews of the Canadian Classics and more contract news. A fun packed EuroTrash!
Race Report: Stage 17 looked like a stage for the sprinters, but the sort of sprinter who can get over some stiff little climbs and that man had to be John Degenkolb. The German hit the front with only meters to go and the game was over.
On stage 16 all hell let loose between Gianluca Brambilla and Ivan Rovny, punches were thrown and disqualifications were handed out.
Sept 08, 2014 - The battle for the Vuelta crown raged on the slopes to the Lagos de Covadonga, but there was also racing in Canada, Britain, Belgium and France. Lots of cycling news, video, comments and results in a packed EuroTrash Monday. Big coffee time!
Race Report: The Vuelta stage to the Lagos de Covadonga is always brutal and you have to be champion to win in the heights of Asturias. Przemyslaw Niemiec pulled it off for the stage win as the battle for the overall raged behind him.
Roadside Reload: Three of the hardest days of the 2014 Vuelta continue on Sunday with a massive kick in the gut on the climb to Lagos de Covadonga. PEZ got up close and personal with the sleeping giant on a quiet day ahead of the race in 2010. Here's a preview of what's to come.
Race report: It's not often you get to take your best ever win in front of a home crowd, in your home Grand Tour … in front of riders of the calibre of Alberto Contador and Chris Froome. Today Cofidis man Dani Navaro did just that, with a scintillating late attack to solo home in the Parque de Cabárceno.
Race Report: After the solo of Matthias Krizek was brought to its slow demise, the last 10 kilometers of stage 12 was a battle between the GC teams and the sprinters teams. In the end the sprinters won, but it took a last K crash to give the fast men their head.
Sept 4, 2014: The Vuelta has taken a turn for the worse for Quintana, but Contador has stepped up to the lead. All the latest video, results and comments from Spain and Alberta. Other cycling news: Voigt goes for the hour, new Lombardia, more transfers and a Tour of Britain preview. A packed EuroTrash.
Race report: The contenders chose to sort out their own private battles over the last kilometer of another intriguing Vuelta stage, which allowed the young Italian hero Fabio Aru to take a perfectly timed win. Contador hangs onto the overall, but it's getting close!
Race Report: No surprise as Tony Martin won the stage 10 time trial, but a crash for Nairo Quintana ruining his race was a shock. Contador was the fastest of the overall contenders and took over the red jersey. A day of up’s and big down’s on la Vuelta.
Sept 01, 2014 - The Colombians have taken over the Vuelta, stage 9 anyway. We have all the video, results, comments and race action from Spain and from Plouay. Other cycling news: World champ dies, more transfer news and some sartorial advice. All in a bursting EuroTrash.
Race Report: One Colombian took the stage but it was a different one that took the Red Jersey. Winner Anacona had a great win and then watched the clock to see if he would be in the overall. In a surprising attack; Alberto Contador laid the foundation for Nairo Quintana to chase and take the Red Jersey.
Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, has to have his yearly dose of the Vuelta a España. As the race (again) doesn’t pass through his home Valencian Region we sent him to Albacete in Castilla la Mancha. Here is his ‘Backstage Pass’ roadside.
On a day which could so easily have been the dreaded ‘boring sprinter stage’ the race detonated in the last 30 minutes with echelons, splits and a savage finale which saw Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni (F des J) the sharpest and fastest.
Race Report: Italy's Alessandro De Marchi has taken a step up from most aggressive rider's award at the Tour by getting onto the top step as stage winner at the Vuelta. De Marchi was in a four-man escape and solo'd to the line. Chris Froome had a down-and-up day; from tarmac to time bonus.