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.
Race Report: Today was billed to be the final battle to sort out this year’s Vuelta a España and it didn’t disappoint. L’Angliru was the perfect place for the gladiators of the road to test each other to the limit and the oldest of them triumphed through the fog. We also had another young Frenchman show that cycling has turned the corner and is alive and kicking.
Race Report: This Vuelta a España is shaping up to be one of the closest fought Grand Tours for many a year. Nibali had been looking safe in his lead, but now he has that ‘old man’ Horner too close for comfort. The day goes to Vasil Kiryienka though, who took a beautiful stage win on the steepest of summit finishes. Yet more excitement from Spain!
Race Report: It’s official, the 2013 Vuelta a España is crazy! Just when we thought Vincenzo Nibali looked to be in control; all hell lets loose and the Italian struggles to stay with his main rivals. At the same time the young Breton; Warren Barguil shows the old hands how to win Stages (again) and there is still a week to go.
Race Report: Alexandre Geniez (FDJ) was away for almost the whole day and eventually dropped all of his companions to take the best win of his career atop the famous Peyragudes climb as the race dipped over the border into France to honor the 100th Anniversary of its sister race, the Tour de France.
Race Report: Yet another crazy day in Spain, this time the weather and the mountains played the biggest part in the final outcome. It was the day for brave riders and the 23 year old Daniele Ratto showed his metal to win one of the hardest days (so far) on this Vuelta.
Race report: Yeah, procycling is easy. Romp the Tour de l’Avenir, get a World Tour contract, rock up to the Vuelta and trounce an elite breakaway group. Big congratulations to the super talent Warren Barguil for a perfectly executed stage victory on the stunning Catalan coast this afternoon.
No messing about from the Swiss time trial machine Fabian Cancellara today. Just when everyone thought Tony Martin had done it again with a time that looked out of sight, the Fabster came steamrollering along to slam his German rival into the dust. Away from their private jousting, however, it was all about the overall contenders.
On the first rest day of the Vuelta Ed Hood examines what we've learnt from the mountain stages so far and who are the names to watch in the coming 11 stages.
Race Report: Yet again “the old man” Chris Horner showed he has a lot of life left in those legs yet. When the cream came to the top he was there to deliver the decisive blow and the other top men didn’t see him again until after the finish. Stage and overall (again) for the American. Another crazy day in Spain and the lead changes yet again.
Another superb day of racing in Spain saw the riders battle hard for the honor and glory of the stage on the hilltop finish of Valdepeñas de Jaén as the red jersey changed hands yet again during this already hard fought Vuelta.
Race Report: Stage 8 was a day for the Czechs and the Irish in the south of Spain. The aspiring Netapp-Endura team played their king card at the finale of the stage to launch Leopold König up the final climb for their biggest win. Behind; Nico Roche took third and the overall lead. Yet another day of change on the Vuelta a España.
It couldn’t go on – had the frantic dog fights of the first four days of the Vuelta continued then no one would have made it to Madrid. The last three days saw surprise wins across stages supposedly built for the sprinters' - Ed Hood takes look back & ahead.
Race Report: Who'd have thought that after yesterday's nail-biter, the Vuelta could serve up another corker of a finish on what is (relatively) one of the flatter days of the race? Once again, the outcome was in the balance until the line. Once again, teh result was not necessarily the one you'd have put money on!
Race Report: Tony Martin was the hero of the day and nearly rode the complete stage solo for what would have been a most unbelievable win. That is if Michael Mørkøv hadn’t passed the brave German within metres of the finish line. Yet another crazy day in Spain!
Race report: There will be some significant celebrations Down Under as a young talent scores a very big win in the season's third Grand Tour. The break gave it their very best shot, but came up just a few kilometers short of foiling the fast men on teh run in to Lago de Sanabria. Here's how it went down ...
Stage 4, Lalin-Fisterra (189 km): Let’s start with two quotes, this first courtesy my always succinct Tour de France driver and amigo of 40 years, Dave Chapman; ‘it’s not a race where you can ride yourself into it!’
Race Report: RadioShack Leopard Trek’s “old man” Chris Horner showed there is still a lot of life left in his legs at nearly 42 years of age. With a perfectly timed jump from the peloton in the last metres of the summit finish he took stage and overall honours. A crazy day in Spain gave us a very happy ending.
An opening weekend unlike anything we’ve seen at a Grand Tour – but then a Team Time Trial followed by a mountain top finish are bound to shake the race a bit … Ed Hood’s analysis will either clear things up or muddy the waters… perhaps you should decide.
He’s the famous son of a famous father and today was to be Nicolas Roche’s finest hour…so far. As GC contenders were shelled out the back on the final ramp it was the Irishman who timed his attack to perfection and was a clear winner and is now just eight seconds from the new GC leader, Vincenzo Nibali.