They may already have been saved from folding, but Euskaltel-Euskadi remain determined to finish this Vuelta in a blaze of orange. Their quiet consistency was rewarded as they supplanted Astana at the top of the team standings.
Stage 16: Graus to Sallent de Gallego, 146.8km
Warren Barguil beat off a late charge from Rigoberto Uran in a photo-finish sprint to take his second victory in this Vuelta. Back down the slope, race leader Vincenzo Nibali showed vulnerability for the first time as he was unable to withstand his rivals’ sustained offensives, conceding time to all of them as the top of the GC closed up again.
Cycling’s transfer season is well and truly under way. With the rumour mill grinding, I’m taking a look at who’ll be where next year.