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Sunday September 23, 2018
World Champs Report: The Quick-step Floors team demolished the team time trial course in Austria to take their fourth team time test gold medal and take their 2018 winnings to 69! Defending champions, Sunweb finished at 18 seconds for the silver medal as BMC were third, 19 seconds adrift.
Wednesday September 19, 2018
Vuelta Final Week: The 2018 came to a thunderous climax on Saturday in Andorra with a podium turn around, except for that top spot - Simon Yates held his place to make history. Ed Hood has followed all the ups and downs of the Spanish Grand Tour, here is his final summing up... the good and the bad.
Sunday September 16, 2018
Stage Report: Italian champion, Elia Viviani took his third Vuelta stage win of 2018, yet another victory for the Quick-Step Floors team, but the day belonged to Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates. Overall winner of the Spanish Grand Tour and the victory was taken with panache and set a record for British Grand Tour wins.
Saturday September 15, 2018
Stage Report: Spain's rising star Enric Mas claimed the short but explosive penultimate stage of the Vuelta a España in the mountains of Andorra, while Simon Yates once again rode with panache to hold onto the red jersey, capping an exceptional year that has seen Britain claim all three of cycling's Grand Tours, an exploit matched only by France in 1964 and Spain in 2008.
Friday September 14, 2018
Stage Report: Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) won again at the Vuelta as he profited from Simon Yates' work to go clear at the top. The Brit in the Mitchelton-Scott team put another few nails in the GC coffin and now sits 1:38 ahead of a struggling Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Still one big day to go...
Thursday September 13, 2018
Stage Report: On a stage made for the sprinters; Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) and Sven Erik Bystrøm (UAE Team Emirates) held off the fast finishers to cross the finish line with millimeters to spare. World champion, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) brought in the baying pack, hot on the heels of the Wallays/Bystrøm tandem, ahead of Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). No change on GC.
Wednesday September 12, 2018
Stage Report: Canada's Michael Woods (Education First-Drapac) mastered the cruel climb to the Balcón de Bizkaia for the Vuelta stage 17 win ahead of Dylan Teuns (BMC) and David De La Cruz (Sky). Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) took a little time from overall leader, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), but Nairo Quintana (Movistar) lost more time.
Tuesday September 11, 2018
Stage Report: Just like the Vuelta a España stage 1, BMC's Rohan Dennis was the master of the stage 16 time trial, taking 50 seconds out of 2nd placed teammate Joey Rosskopf for the win. Overall leader; Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) took time out of most his rivals. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) moved up and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) down.
Monday September 10, 2018
Vuelta Rest Day No.2: The 2018 Vuelta a España looks a little more settled as we go into the final six stages to Madrid, via Andorra. Ed Hood has been keeping an 'eagle eye' on developments in Spain - Simon Yates for the win, or is a Movistar ambush on the cards?
Sunday September 9, 2018
Stage Report: Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) made major strides back up the overall classification with a wonderful stage victory on the Lagos de Covadonga. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) was able to cover every acceleration though and he heads into the final week still in red and looking like one of the strongest riders in the race.
Saturday September 8, 2018
Stage Report: The finalé of stage 14 was a cut and thrust affair between the top GC men and Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates won this round of the Battle. Behind him Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) were hot on his heels. Stage and overall for Yates.
Friday September 7, 2018
Stage Report: Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias) was the surprise winner of the day as he paced the final climb perfectly to beat everyone else. Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) lost touch early on but he kept his red jersey as Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won the battle of the GC contenders.
Thursday September 6, 2018
Stage Report: Yet again the break of the day went all the way to the finish and Frenchman Alexandre Geniez (AG2R-La Mondiale) won the stage in a close sprint from Sky's Dylan van Baarle. Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) was in the second split of the escape and took the overall lead by 3:22 from Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) who finished 9 minutes later with the peloton.
Wednesday September 5, 2018
Stage Report: After the 'quiet' stage 10, the Vuelta a España reignited the fire for stage 11 for BMC's Alessandro De Marchi to fight his way through a downpour in the finalé to hold off his break companions for the victory. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finished with the GC men to hold the overall lead as the mountains loom large on the horizon.
Tuesday September 4, 2018
Stage Report: Just to prove that not every stage of the Vuelta a España can be exciting; stage 10 took in the flat land towards the Portuguese border to deliver Quick-Step Floors' Elia Viviani over the finish line for his second Vuelta stage win of 2018. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) held his overall 1 second advantage on Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) to stay in the red jersey.
Monday September 3, 2018
Vuelta Rest Day No.1: The 2018 Vuelta a España has lived up to its reputation for excitement with full-on racing in the stage finalés. Ed Hood has not missed a pedal stroke in Spain to give us his round up of the first week's fun. Can we guess who will be the final winner?
Sunday September 2, 2018
Stage Report: Ben King (Dimension Data) took another stage win on another mountain top finish as Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) again had to settle for a valiant second place. The GC contest never really took off but Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) lost seconds and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) didn't, leaving the Brit in red.
Saturday September 1, 2018
Stage Report: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) dominated the uphill stage 8 finish in Almaden to claim his second stage win at La Vuelta'18. The Spanish veteran out-sprinted Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Danny Van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) after 195.1 kilometers. Valverde is now 37 seconds down on GC leader Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ).
Friday August 31, 2018
Stage Report: With a finalé that had crashes, punctures, splits and attacks in the last 10 kilometers, stage 7 saw a reshuffle of the overall positions. AG2R-La Mondiale's Tony Gallopin attacked with 2K to go for the stage victory. Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) kept the red jersey, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) moved into 2nd place as Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) lost time.
Thursday August 30, 2018
Stage Report: After way too many kms of watching a sleepy peloton roll across the barren coastal landscape from Huércal-Overa to San Javier, Mar Menor, a crash and crazy crosswinds rang the alarm to set up balls-out finale that saw Nacer Bouhanni win by a nose, while a couple of Vuelta a España GC hopefuls lost time and... hope.