Podcast #21: Vuelta wrap-up – Mega-Zombie vs Sharknado

Still breathless after the Zombie (Horner) vs Shark (Nibali) showdown on the Angliru, this week we wrap up the Vuelta and look forward to a week in Tuscany.

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Links & notes

After his third and fourth places in the two Canadian WorldTour races, we christened BMC’s Greg van Avermaet as Greg van Bridesmaid. The 28-year-old is one of the top classics men around and he did win Paris-Tours in 2011, but otherwise his palmares is one of remarkable consistency and yet frustrating not-quite-victories in the biggest one-day races: second at GP Quebec, third at Gent-Wevelgem, E3 Harelbeke and San Sebastián, fourth at Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders and now GP Montreal, fifth at Strade Bianche, seventh at Liege-Bastogne-Liege, ninth at Milan-San Remo – the list goes on. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, you see. We wonder whether this is his favourite film? (Probably not.)

Bridesmaids poster

Road World Championships official website

Final standings

General classification

1. Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) 84:36:04

2. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) +0:37

3. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) +1:36

4. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) +3:22

5. Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) +7:11

6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) +8:00

7. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) +8:41

8. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) +9:51

9. Leopold Konig (NetApp-Endura) +10:11

10. Daniel Moreno (Katusha) +13:11

Points classification

1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 152 pts

2. Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) 126

3. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) 125

4. Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) 122

5. Daniel Moreno (Katusha) 119

Mountains classification

1. Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) 46 pts

2. Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) 32

3. Daniele Ratto (Cannondale) 30

4. Andre Cardoso (Caja Rural) 30

5. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) 23

Combination classification

1. Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) 5 pts

2. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) 13

3. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 17

4. Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) 17

5. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) 27

Overall combativity award: Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural)

Vuelta a Espana official website

Next podcast: Monday 30th September

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