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.
Sept 03, 2015 - Yet another Tinkoff-Saxo rider is forced out of the Vuelta due to a moto, will the UCI do anything? We look at all the happenings from Spain. Plus the Tour de l'Avenir, the Schaal Sels, contract news, Bianchi bikes and an update on Kris Boeckmans. What does Ian Boswell have in his Vuelta suit case?
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.
Aug 31, 2015 - Tom Dumoulin surprised everyone and himself on Sunday with his climbing form. He won the stage and took back the overall lead from Esteban Chaves. All the video, race reports, results and quotes from Spain and the GP Plouay. We also have rider contract news. Can Dumoulin win the Vuelta?
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: A massive crash caused chaos in the bunch, then more crashes dashed hopes of stage winning hopefuls - this day was one OMG moment after another. Trek's Jasper Suyben won a free for all sprint and Chavez stayed hot in the red leader's jersey.
Race report: Bert-Jan Lindeman scored the biggest triumph of his career, after season upon season of breakaway attempts. The Dutchman finally killed off the challenge of Lampre-Merida's Ilia Koshevoy on the Alto de Capileira.
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.
Aug 27, 2015 - The madness of the Vuelta goes on: Nibali has gone just like Ben King's Garmin! We have all the news from Spain with race reports, results, rider quotes and video. We preview the GP Ouest France – Plouay and the contract news keep rolling in. To finish... a coffee or five, how many do the riders drink.
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!
Aug 24, 2015 - Only two days into the 2015 Vuelta a España and it has been controversy all the way. The stage 1 team time trial course and the expulsion of Nibali on stage 2. We have all the results, reports and video from the Vuelta, USA Pro Challenge and the Vattenfall Cyclassics. Plus more contract news and video of the Nibali offence.
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.