Vuelta Stage 11 Preview

August 31, 2016

The race resumes as it left off with a summit finish. The altitude of 565m looks modest but Peña Cabarga is where Chris Froome burst onto the scene as a grand tour contender with his first pro win.

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The Vuelta’s Missing Mythical Mountains

August 30, 2016

What’s the most famous climb in the Vuelta? The race climbed up to the Lagos de Covadonga yesterday – pictured – but arguably the most well-known climb in this year’s edition is… the Col d’Aubisque, used when the Vuelta slips into France for a day. It’s telling that a foreign climb grabs the limelight, as […]

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Vuelta Stage 10 Preview

August 29, 2016

The Vuelta doesn’t have many mythical climbs, there’s no Ventoux nor Stelvio but the Lagos de Covadonga are the closest the race gets, a climb that’s been a regular since the 1980s and climbed for the 20th time today.

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Vuelta Stage 9 Preview

August 28, 2016

A mountain stage with some small ascents that have had a big impact. The final climb of the Alto del Naranco was where Chris Horner beat Vincenzo Nibali to win the Vuelta in 2013.

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Vuelta Stage 8 Preview

August 27, 2016

The first mountain stage of the Vuelta, 173km and then the vicious climb of La Camperona with its 20% slopes.

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The Rise of China and The Fall of Italy

August 26, 2016

Lampre-Merida been sold to a Chinese firm. It means there will be no Italian team in the top flight of the sport, a first. While welcoming interest from around the world it’s still astonishing to imagine that the land of Milan-San Remo and the Giro, Coppi and Barali, Nibali and Aru won’t have a major […]

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Vuelta Stage 7 Preview

August 26, 2016

A lot of red in the profile above but this is a chance for the sprinters ahead of a mountainous weekend and if you get a sense of a déjà vu it’s normal as the route was used in 2013.

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The Safety Question

August 25, 2016

Steven Kruijswijk is out of the Vuelta after crashing into an unmarked bollard during the finish of yesterday’s stage. It’s the latest safety concern. Each time there are calls for something to be done but what could be done and who could do it?

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Vuelta Stage 6 Preview

August 25, 2016

A mountain stage? Certainly a mid-mountain stage with some awkward climbs and descents along the way including a difficult climb placed just before the finish.

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Vuelta Stage 5 Preview

August 24, 2016

Back to normal and a sprint finish around the walled city of Lugo.

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