Stage 8: Jerez de la Frontera to Estepona, 166.6km, mountains
This first truly Andalusian stage could shake up the general classification, winnowing out the ones who’ve been hanging on and revealing some of the guys who will be fighting it out all the way to Madrid. It’s a summit finish on a new climb, the Alto Penas Blancas. Continue reading
Stage 5: Sober to Lago de Sanabria, 168.4km, rolling
Yes, the more I find out about this Vuelta, the more I think the organisers are having a joke with the sprinters. The official stage preview says this is a rolling stage with a sprint finish. Look at the profile, though …
Orica-GreenEDGE cultivate an image of being a bunch of fun-loving fellas who play as hard as they ride – the sort of guys who would park their bus on a finish line, for instance – and this latest video set to the tune of AC/DC’s You Shook Me All Night Long is exactly the sort of thing you could never see Dave Brailsford sanctioning.
It features riders and staff from both the men’s team and the Orica-AIS women’s squad – including Simon Gerrans and Daryl Impey, resplendent in their Tour de France yellow jerseys. Plus, watch out for fleeting cameo appearances by reigning world champion Philippe Gilbert and one Eddy Merckx. Honestly, I’m not joking. #OGErocks
And, in case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past year and this has somehow escaped your attention, here’s a link to the team’s version of Call Me Maybe: