Benat Intxausti won the queen stage and claimed overall victory in the Chinese capital, denying Tony Martin a hat-trick of victories. But the outgoing champion did not give up his crown without a fight as the 2013 WorldTour drew to a close.
The race and the riders
All the VeloVoices gathered on Monday to give our verdict on the 68th Vuelta a Espana. It may be the last of the year’s grand tours but it was in no way the least, and that’s saying something given how spectacular both the Giro and the Tour were. In the first part of this round-table we focus on the race and the riders, while in part two tomorrow we address some of the broader talking points from the race.
Stage 13: Valls to Castelldefels, 169km
It was a glorious day for Argos-Shimano neo-pro Warren Barguil, who took his first professional victory and immediately asserted himself as the new darling of French cycling. He escaped from a strong ten-man breakaway to take a solo victory, while Vincenzo Nibali held on to the leader’s jersey.