The Tour de France has packed up for another year but, as always, its conclusion marks the beginning of cycling’s transfer tussles and contract clashes. With the rumour mill grinding, this regular column will try to sort the wheat from the chaff and work out who’ll be where next year. Continue reading
Garmin-Sharp had a bad start to this year’s Vuelta. Tipped as one of the teams in contention for the TTT stage win, they came in a disappointing 19th, 1:41 behind stage winners Astana. But the disappointment doesn’t stop there. Koldo Fernandez, who along with Michel Kreder crashed during the stage, came away with a broken rib and therefore has had to abandon the race, as he’s having difficulty breathing. Here’s hoping he has a speedy recovery.
Stage 2: Ponteverda to Baiona. Alto Do Monte Da Groba, 176.8km, medium mountain
Just as the Tour de France got the climbing starting in the second stage, so too has the Vuelta. This stage ends on a Cat 1 climb of 11kms and 5.4 per cent – not crazy hard but testing on the legs. Continue reading