Week two and La Vuelta gets spicier. We’ve got the action you may have missed or want to watch again. We’ve teamed them with the irrepressible Orica-Scott stage wraps [I LOVE stage 12 for reasons will become clear- Midge] and tied it all up with a little Aqua Blue love at the end.
Stage 10: Caravaca Jubilar to Elpozo Alimentacion, 164.8k
A quick stage with a Quickstepper finish. Matteo Trentin doubles his victory tally and BMCs Nicolas Roche stealthily follows Nibali’s attack on tricky descent and grabs a fistful of time.
Stage 11: Lorca to Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto, 187.5km
The peloton shivered in the rain all day and the effects were certainly felt on the climbs. Bahrain-Merida took a hold of the race for Vincenzo Nibali but it was Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez who snapped the Sky elastic and soloed to victory. Chris Froome (Sky) added more seconds to his red jersey advantage.
Stage 12: Motril to Antequera Los Dólmenes, 160.1k
Abreakaway day for Lotto Soudal’s Tomasz Marczynski to double up. Alberto Contador attacks with a wink and doubles up with teammate Edward Theuns to cause chaos. A skeetery descent leaves Chris Froome on the tarmac- twice!!
Stage 13: Coín to Tomares, 198.4km
Matteo Trentin sets out to take a third victory, and the magnificent Quicksteppers deliver.
Stage 14: Écija to Sierra de La Pandera, 175km
La Vuelta hits the serious climbs and the Winker just loves it. Rafal Majka wins solo after a day in the break. Behind him Contador and Nibali tag team for glory only to have that man Miguel Angel Lopez ride away from them all.
Stage 15: Alcala La Real to Sierra Nevada. Alto Hoya de la Mora. 129km
The peloton take on a double-headed-29km-monster of a final climb and head up above 2,500m. There’s only one man who can deal with the Sierra Nevada and that’s Superman. Yes, Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez takes a second stage win breaking ORICA-Scott’s Adam Yates heart along the way.
Aqua Blue Sport are having a roller-coaster of a Vuelta debut. Their team bus was destroyed in an arson attack but they’re still out on the road, still making the breaks and still fighting. Follow their Spanish adventure on Twitter and give them some love. I have nothing but respect for their gentle giant Conor Dunne gritting it out in the Sierra Nevada. Keep going Conor the Lanterne Rouge is fine trophy.
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