Vuelta stage 11: Cancellara wins as Nibali reclaims red

Stage 11: Tarazona to Tarazona, 38.8km individual time trial

In a mouthwatering precursor to the World Championships later this month, RadioShack’s Fabian Cancellara edged out Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) to take today’s individual time trial around Tarazona. Vincenzo Nibali (Cannondale) retook the race lead from Cancellara’s teammate Chris Horner. Continue reading

Talking Tactics: Spotting the next generation

One of my favourite things about the Vuelta is that it is so often a springboard for the sport’s up-and-coming stars, despite it being the one grand tour not to have a best young rider competition. In the last two years the Vuelta has seen Chris Froome and Dan Martin blossom into top stage racers, Marcel Kittel win his first grand tour sprint and Argos-Shimano teammate John Degenkolb elevate himself to the major leagues with five victories. So who has impressed me so far in this race who we can expect to thrive in the future? I’ve highlighted three riders here. Continue reading