VeloVoices Podcast 109: The first week of the spicy spicy Vuelta

In our 109th episode, Chris and Kathi talk about the first 9 stages of Vuelta 2017, who’s looking good in the race, and who might find their way to the podium in this season’s final grand tour. We also discuss Jack Bobridge, Wawa’s expulsion, and the possible demise of the beloved American squad, Cannondale-Drapac.
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Tour de Suisse 2017: Spilak reigns supreme

It’s the Tour de Suisse and, as usual, we’ve enjoyed beautiful scenery, a variety of stage winners and leader’s jersey wearers, riders scrapping to secure their Tour de France slots, yet more Peter Sagan stage wins and, more importantly, a hard-fought nip-and-tuck battle for the overall win (for the second time) by Simon Spilak. After steadily gaining ground in the days leading up to Friday’s queen stage, he struck out solo with 8km remaining to take both stage victory and the leader’s jersey with nearly a minute’s advantage, which he held over the next two stages. Damiano Caruso, who wore the leader’s jersey for two days, and Steven Kruijswijk rounded out the final podium.

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Criterium du Dauphine 2017: Fuglsang flies to Dauphine glory

The classic dress rehearsal for Tour de France hopefuls delivered some breathless moments of excitement. Unexpected breakaway victories as the sprinter teams miscalculated the catch. Descents so fast and technical they made your eyes water just watching. But nothing compares to the 115km of sheer chaos attacking on the final stage that saw Jakob Fuglsang overturn Richie Porte’s lead to claim his first WorldTour title, and a first Dauphine for Denmark.

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