Vuelta 2018: Stage 18 – Wallays serves up another Vuelta thriller

No breakaway packed with big names? No double-digit gradient wall to climb before the finish? No subtle change in the GC top ten? Was this really the Vuelta as we know it? It was. Stage 18 gave the sprinters one last day to compete before Madrid. However, they blew it by millimetres and let the two remaining riders from the day’s break contest the win. Jelle Wallays of Lotto-Soudal crossed the line first, UAE’s Sven Erik Bystrom was second and a hard-charging Peter Sagan third.

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Vuelta 2018: Stage 17 – Woods’ emotional win

It was another summit finish in Vuelta 2018 and it provided what we all love – dramatic climbs with guys all over the mountain, a GC shakeup and an incredible win. EF Drapac’s Michael Woods took the nail-biting victory atop Balcon de Bizkaia, holding off BMC’s Dylan Teuns on the super-steep final metres. Simon Yates lost some time to Alejandro Valverde but keeps red for another day, while Thomas de Gendt took the KOM jersey today.  Continue reading

Vuelta 2018: Stage 16 – Dennis takes TT stage, Yates holds red

Three summit finishes and a rest day later, Stage 16 of Vuelta 2018 was a lumpy 32km ITT. Would the efforts of the weekend and the unpredictability of form after a rest day separate Simon Yates from the red jersey? Although Rohan Dennis‘s scorching ride for the stage victory (his second this Vuelta) wasn’t a surprise, some of the other times certainly were …
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