The second week of Vuelta a Espana 2021 and we’ve had some great stage finishes, a thrilled red jersey and lots of emotion. We’ve also had a lot of racing elsewhere, which included a flaming car on the course! They’ll try anything to stop Remco Evenepoel …
Taking the stage
Stage 10 : Michael Storer took his second breakaway win, while Primoz Roglic decided to go for some attacks, yet the road attacked him as he slid and fell on the descent.
WATCH: "Two stage wins… it's truly incredible. Hats off to everyone." 🍾🇦🇺#sbsvuelta #couchpeloton #LaVuelta21https://t.co/A6A2tbizkX
— CyclingCentral (@CyclingCentral) August 25, 2021
Roglič’s biggest rival is himself
— Robyn (@robynjournalist) August 24, 2021
"Is it bad?"
"No, it's nothing."@JumboVismaRoad duo Primoz Roglic and Sepp Kuss discuss an eventful final climb on Stage 10 of #LaVuelta21 pic.twitter.com/6Z59yttmVq
— Velon CC (@VelonCC) August 24, 2021
yes, I think I could identify the bib-less haunches of Roglic in one of those 'who is this' quizzes https://t.co/6pka3zazt5
— VeloVoices (@VeloVoices) August 24, 2021
Stage 11 : It was all about the wall … and it was Cort, Roglic and Mas. It was a great stage.
🎥Etapa 11 – Stage 11 | #LaVuelta21
🇪🇸 Vive el último kilómetro de la victoria de @rogla en Valdepeñas de Jaén gracias a @CarrefourES
🇬🇧 Live the last km. of Primož Roglič's victory in Valdepeñas de Jaén thanks to @CarrefourES#CarrefourConLaVuelta pic.twitter.com/GzecQprLOD
— La Vuelta (@lavuelta) August 25, 2021
Enric has lost weight and gained agression.
Totally transformed. I don't recognize him from the timid, willing to sit back rider previously.
Could be a revelation for next 2 years.
— anenglishmaninspain (@AndyElche) August 25, 2021
Love this shot from behind, look at that wall, and Magnus in the distance https://t.co/NCNW1OyrgN
— midge (@pariswheels) August 25, 2021
It feels like Magnus Cort has been a one-man breakaway at this Vuelta
— Robyn (@robynjournalist) August 25, 2021
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) August 25, 2021
Stage 12 : Another great stage win, this time Magnus Cort came good.
"I don’t often get too emotional, but I got emotional after this one. I always got along with Magnus really well, so to help him today was so nice and means a lot to me. I’m just really happy with the day.”
Us too, Jens 👏 😊
🎥: @VelonCC pic.twitter.com/Fxu5YepDpG
— EF Pro Cycling (@EFprocycling) August 26, 2021
Stage 13 : It was Florian Senechel, taking over from a dropped Fabio Jakobsen … but Jakobsen was not happy that his own sprint train dropped him! There were words.
Florian Senechal absolutely did the right thing yesterday, winning the stage for his team. #LaVuelta21 #sbsvuelta #couchpeloton pic.twitter.com/eFqgWgCqPx
— Matthew Keenan (@mwkeenan) August 28, 2021
'Alpha male' Fabio Jakobsen tested his bonds with teammate Florian Senechal with an angry outburst after Stage 13 😡🤬
Bradley Wiggins argues that moments like this add to the beauty of the sport.#LaVuelta21 | @SirWiggo
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) August 29, 2021
Stage 14 : It was all in for the pox – and the stage win – for Bedhead Bardet
What a wall that was! 😱 @romainbardet leads the breakaway group over the top of the Alto Collado de Ballesteros and onto the descent.👌🏻#LaVuelta21 pic.twitter.com/3y2t1cwZNH
— Team DSM (@TeamDSM) August 28, 2021
I would have liked to see Bardet fight for GC, but instead I’m LOVING seeing Bardet scrap for every KOM point. #CouchPeloton #LaVuelta21
— Belinda (@reallyspoketome) August 28, 2021
It might surprise you, but this is Romain Bardet's first ever WorldTour win away from French soil 🤯!
And what a way to take it. He played that stage perfectly, saving his matches for the big push at the end. Any chance of him doing the double tomorrow?#LaVuelta21 pic.twitter.com/432CDxunwM
— Will Newton (@InsidePeloton96) August 28, 2021
Stage 15 : It was another hot day in the mountains. And it was another breakaway who took the stage – Rafal Majka from about 87km out.
Well-deserved celebrations by your #LaVuelta21 stage winner. Congratulations to @majkaformal . 🙌#UAETeamEmirates #RideTogether pic.twitter.com/tfKgJt8NMh
— @UAE-TeamEmirates (@TeamEmiratesUAE) August 29, 2021
The red jersey
We have a Wanty rider in red – and they’re doing a great job defending it. Hurrah for Odd Christian Eiking for honouring the leader’s jersey
Good morning from Antequera ❤️
📸 @cyclingmedia_ag pic.twitter.com/Vbi91P07MN
— Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert (@IntermarcheWG) August 25, 2021
Do you believe in miracles? I have no words, this is indescribable! Thank you so much to the whole team and my teammates in @IntermarcheWG! It is ours again! #LaVuelta21
📸: @photonewsbelgium pic.twitter.com/Vi7t5GWYCE
— Odd Christian Eiking (@Oddeiking) August 25, 2021
Odd when it's raining like back home in Bergen pic.twitter.com/MqbrBHZikd
— Alexander Kamp (@AlexanderKamp1) August 26, 2021
Define the word "Powerhouse" #LaVuelta21 @IntermarcheWG pic.twitter.com/eCyJT0erQj
— Ullrichs Erben (@ullrichserben) August 29, 2021
The smize and that fall
Smizing is a thing.
Never stop learning;) https://t.co/cXcbfqK8cL
— Patrick Gamper (@patrick_gamper) August 29, 2021
Belinda doing what she does best – talks about cycling with humour and passion.
Meanwhile our queen of props @reallyspoketome dishes out the mid race awards.. #couchpeloton #sbscycling pic.twitter.com/LHQMhncNpQ
— CyclingCentral (@CyclingCentral) August 28, 2021
When your own team car takes you out! But Jay Vine might have been down (for a while) but not out. If he was in any doubt, he knows he ain’t on Zwift now!
Jay Vine is back in the chasing group after being almost ran over his team car. One of the craziest and most unlikely comebacks I've ever seen. @JayVine3 , you are officially MAD! 👏 #LaVuelta21 pic.twitter.com/ownKvcERhA
— Mihai Simion (@faustocoppi60) August 28, 2021
Just think what he could have done if he’d missed the feed bag, took a wrong turn, waited for a train Xing, got whacked by a fan’s sign, took a dive off a bridge into a rocky creek, & rubbed wheels in the sprint! He’d have won for sure!! #thatsbikeracing
— Flying Cloud (@FlyingCloud01) August 28, 2021
If I had crashed like Jay Vine, I'd have taken the rest of the week off. #LaVuelta21
— Sadhbh O'Shea (@SadhbhOS) August 28, 2021
Jay Vine… a fair bit more than just a zwifter
Wow. What a dude
— Nathan Haas (@NathanPeterHaas) August 28, 2021
Ep.8 of @JayVine3 ‘s Vuelta Diaries is up!! We talk through his epic, tumultuous ride on stage 14.. what a journey this is turning out to be for the 2020 Zwift Academy winner!!! @AlpecinFenix @GoZwift 👉🏼 https://t.co/LeM80eEXxP #LaVuelta21 #ZwiftAcademy 📸 PhotoNews/Unipublic pic.twitter.com/gIe5MgH7JV
— Matt Stephens (@RealStephens) August 30, 2021
The final race of Aru
The Vuelta is Fabio Aru‘s last race and Sunday, we saw him getting in a break with the eventual stage winner, Rafal Majka.
STOP! Arutime! pic.twitter.com/LtxTnF73NQ
— De Rode Lantaarn (@DeRodeLantaarn) August 29, 2021
Fabio had our Aussie comms team giving him big kudos for staying up there considering his illness and hoping to see him give it another crack after the rest day and into the final stages of the Vuelta.👍🏼👍🏼#respect #LaVuelta21
— Sue (@giveitaburl) August 29, 2021
Fabio Aru has only won nine races across his career. The thing is, six of those are Grand Tour stages and the seventh is the overall at the 2015 Vuelta.
When he wins, he wins big. Could today be his day? He only has four more chances left for that sweet swansong.#LaVuelta21
— Will Newton (@InsidePeloton96) August 29, 2021
Other places, other races
The cycling calendar is filled to the brim with races in other places …
I see the Daft Punk-shaped hole for a quirky but iconic French duo has rapidly been filled. pic.twitter.com/oKIMxm2iKZ
— Tim O'Connor (@timoconnorbl) August 29, 2021
The John Deere Cycling Team : cyclists standing WITH tractors and combines!
HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS WAS A THING?! https://t.co/yosjtgfRzq
— nyvelocity (@nyvelocity) August 29, 2021
Sunday’s Bretagne Classic was a fierce race.
Cycling porn right here https://t.co/XC1HnCYCgj
— Journal Velo (@JournalVelo) August 29, 2021
When you have a different race on every device
— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) August 29, 2021
During the Bretagne Classic, there was an incident with cows. Yes. Cows.
I knew @TrekSegafredo rode tiny horses… which teams responsible for the cows? 🐮 https://t.co/IMLeW6S0rq pic.twitter.com/CYluOqsoe7
— AnnaMac (@AnnamacB) August 29, 2021
Well that’s not a normal mishap. 😳🐮 I hope the sheep stay clear for him at the Tour of Britain.
— AnnaMac (@AnnamacB) August 29, 2021
Remco Evenepoel was back to his winning ways. Not even a ‘flaming roadside car’ on the course couldn’t deter him.
Remco Evenepoel 60km solo victory halted by flaming roadside car; Belgian wonderkid patiently waited for the fire service to clear the route before showing his form on some of the roads in next month's World Championship road race https://t.co/bALKkhMKe6 #cycling pic.twitter.com/3pKKnf3lr0
— road.cc (@roadcc) August 26, 2021
Remco Evenepoel wins on Worlds course with 60km solo attack (despite fire stop) | Video https://t.co/e5fJkaQyHK pic.twitter.com/o2Kmc9DPTe
— stickybottle.com (@sticky_bottle) August 26, 2021
Remco Evenepoel wins the Brussels Cycling Classic.
— CafeRoubaix (@CafeRoubaix) August 28, 2021
🎶Remco started the fire 🎶#Druivenkoershttps://t.co/DEX8tcpgAs
— Sam P (@Fugadelafuga1) August 26, 2021
Valverde back on the trainer
Alejandro Valverde is already back on the trainer after having surgery on Saturday. #LaVuelta21pic.twitter.com/3gnjDx4nBO
— CyclingTips (@cyclingtips) August 26, 2021
The Mader totaliser
Stage 15: 148 riders beaten, second rest day ahead *-*
New total: 2193
— Gino Mäder (@maedergino) August 29, 2021
The last word
Great pains, small gains for those who ask the world to solve them; it cannot solve itself.
— Moby Dick (@MobyDickatSea) August 25, 2021