The final grand tour of the season is often the spiciest! Both on the road and in the twitterstream …
What’s been goin’ on
First red went to Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez – one of the favourites for the overall title – when his team won a crash-marred TTT.
Then the red went to Nicolas Roche thanks to some very bad tactics from Astana on stage 2. The stage was so bizarre, Nairo Quintana attacked and won on the flat!
But yes, look, NIco‘s here! He’s visible!
One word: YIKES!
One word: GORGEOUS
Meanwhile, some famous faces
From our lips to God’s ear …
Primoz Roglic might not consider himself a favourite for the win, but the JumboBees have a super strong team around him. That said, water on the TTT course caused the JumboBees to crash hard, leaving Roglic to start Stage 2 40sec behind. But the team he has around him is stong, so hopefully his Vuelta hasn’t ended before it started.
No excuses now, Nairo – and so far he’s delivered …
Although the real prize for Movistar is the team prize
In the Bora corner, it’s all about Sammy B.
Of course, the hardest hardman in the peloton, Thomas De Gendt, has started his third grand tour this year.
And only the mighty TDG would consider a gruelling grand tour ‘a holiday’!
First Kenny Elissonde was on the team, hell, he was even on the little announcement film!, but then, once he landed in Spain on Thursday … two days after this tweet was posted … he was told that he wasn’t riding the Vuelta this year so adios.
However, Ineos didn’t get off to a good start. Instant karma?
Kenny, we hope your new team in 2020 will let you ride something …
If teams were tourists!
Euan starts it off, Twitter delivers the rest