The Vuelta always seems to throw up excitement, whether it’s new riders breaking into the big leagues or legendary riders showing just why they are legends. And this year gave all that, piled high with drama, chaos and some downright lovely moments. Here’s part one of our A to Z of Vuelta 2019 …
Sixteen stages down. Two rest days complete. Three mountain stages fast approaching. After enjoying a splashed-filled rest day in Nimes, the peloton returned to their life on the road for stage 16 of Tour de France 2019, on the final sprint day before Paris, battling a heatwave that has hit Europe along the way.
Aussie pocket rocket Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) flamed his way to a second stage win in his Tour debut, making him the most successful sprinter of this year’s race. Newly discovered climbing sensation Elia Viviani benefited from yet another near-perfect lead out from the Quicksteppers to claim second whilst JumboBee Dylan Groenewegen came home in third. No change at the top of the GC.
Stage 2 of the 2019 Tour de France and it was a 27.6km team time trial from the Brussels Royal Palace to the Atomium. And TTT stages are not as predictable as one might think. Sure, you have the powerhouses of QuickStep, Ineos, CCC, a case to be made for Sunweb (especially if Tom Dumoulin were there) and EF and the teams who, dear God, just want to get through it with their dignity. I think we know who those are … And with Ineos in the hot seat all day (they were first off the ramp), it started to look like the script would be played out as expected, the only question mark was who on the team would wear yellow. But that was before the last team rode down the ramp and went hell for leather from the start to the finish. Continue reading