A slow-burning stage delivered the GC big guns to a thrilling winner-takes-all battle on a grueling climb to the finish. No ounce of effort was spared over the final 13km of climbing, from which Alberto Contador emerged victorious and all but sealed his Vuelta title.
Simon Gerrans laid down a marker for the 2014 World Championships with a brilliant win at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebéc. He came back from a late mechanical and timed his sprint to perfection on the tough uphill finish.
The leaves are falling, the nights are drawing in and the cycling season is gradually coming to a close. But don’t weep just yet. There’s still some fantastic fast-paced action to feast upon, courtesy of Sunday’s Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. The race comes hot on the heels of its Québécois neighbour, and the action should be just as gripping.