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Vuelta a Espana 2016: Stage 20 – Latour triumphs while Quintana wraps up red

Yesterday’s time trial result gave us all the hope that it would be a battle royale for the top spot on the podium today. The Froome/Quintana battle was more like a tiny, late skirmish so in that sense it didn’t live up to expectations. But it was a most amazing stage nonetheless. And the excitement came in pairs. Lots of pairs.

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Vuelta a Espana 2016: Stage 19 – Froome wins the stage but Quintana still in red

It was the much-anticipated individual time trial stage today in the Vuelta – this is where all Sky fans were pinning their hopes on Froome to blast through the course and take red. He did one of those two things, taking the stage and clawing back over 2min on Quintana. But the Colombian is still in red with 1.21 in hand. Which sets up a mouthwatering final climbing stage tomorrow … !

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Vuelta a Espana 2016: Stage 18 – Magnus Cort makes it three for ORICA-BikeExchange

A heat-shimmered transition stage finished in an honest-to-goodness blanket sprint finish, and the twelfth maiden grand tour victory of this Vuelta. Top step of the podium went to the Dane Magnus Cort who rode the rival Giant Alpecin sprint train before launching left for a long, LONG sprint to the line. His power, pace and timing was enough to hold off Nikias Arndt and Jempy Drucker. There was no change on GC as the leaders saved their energy for the race of truth tomorrow.

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