The rain came down again at the Giro but that didn’t dampen the action one bit. The final 800 metres, at a leg-breaking 10% to the top of Monte Berico, saw a rejuvenated Philippe Gilbert hunt down Astana’s Tanel Kangert in the closing metres to take the stage win. Behind him Alberto Contador accelerated away from Fabio Aru to take second place, and now holds the pink jersey by 17 seconds. Continue reading
Key race facts
3,358.9 – In kilometres, the total race distance of the 68th Vuelta a Espana.
11 – Number of summit finishes, one more than in 2012.
224.9 – The length (in kilometres) of this year’s longest stage (15, from Andorra to Peryragudes). Continue reading
The 68th Vuelta a Espana is now in the record books. Three weeks and 11 summit finishes later, it was Chris Horner who stood on the top step of the podium in Madrid.
But how did he get there? Here’s a quick stage-by-stage reminder of the story of the 2013 Vuelta (including links to each of our stage recaps).