It was hot, it was cold, it had climbs, you couldn’t swing a cat without hitting a summit finish! It’s the spicy Vuelta that has tired everyone out – including me! So it might be a little stream of consciousness this week, however, let’s soldier on, shall we? We have our favourite Vuelta trio: House, Flecha and Chaves; we have a rundown of the epic-ish stage 11, including Froome, Aru, Landa; we have fog and beanie hats, and much much more! So let’s get the hell out of the neutralised zone … Continue reading
There was a big surprise on the final summit finish of this year’s Vuelta, with the ailing veteran Frank Schleck rolling back the years to take a gutsy breakway victory on the brutal Ermita de Alba. Further down the road, Joaquim Rodriguez stole two seconds from Fabio Aru to take the red jersey by the narrowest of margins, while Tom Dumoulin again kept himself in the running by admirably limiting his losses.
Joaquim Rodriguez smoked his rivals in the dying kilometres of today’s summit finish in Asturias. He crossed the line 12 seconds ahead of second-placed Rafal Majka, but fell short of securing the race lead by a solitary second. More important than distancing leader Fabio Aru, Purito put more time into Tom Dumoulin on day two of the Vuelta’s three-day mountain fest.