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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Race Report: Today was probably an extra rest day for the GC riders and this allowed an early break to go up the road, but everyone knew they would not be contesting the finish at the beach in Tarragona. In the end the riders fought through the crazy final kilometres for World Champion Philippe Gilbert to show off the rainbow jersey in the best possible way - with both arms aloft!
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.