Vuelta review: Round-table (part 1)

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.

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Vuelta a Espana review: Stage-by-stage

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).

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Vuelta stage 19: Purito takes stage, Horner takes red

Stage 19: S Vicente Barquera to Oviedo. alto Naranco, 181km

It was supposed to be the calm before tomorrow’s Angliru storm and it should have been a breakaway win. But, as with almost everything about this Vuelta, it did not go according to the script. Continue reading