With every spinetingler, there must be an equal and opposite heartbreaker. This new category is for the riders who gave everything and got pipped at the post. Who made one small mistake and lost the big prize. Who ended the race with that stricken look on their face. Their time has come …
Is there something piquant missing from your life? Last but by no means least, the final grand tour of the year has lived up to its reputation as a red, hot, spicy race. We’re prolonging that pleasure with our A-Z of the 71st Vuelta a Espana where we’ll be celebrating all the highs and
none some of the lows to the soundtrack of this year’s race: El Ganador (Winner) by Marta Sanchez.
What a Queen stage! 196km in la belle France, three category one climbs before the fearsome Aubisque, a massive 41-rider break, and it all came down to three riders for the win. Strongest of the mismatched trio was Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) who distanced Kenny Elissonde (FDJ) and Katusha’s Egor Silin in the last metres to take his first ever Grand Tour win. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Chris Froome (SKY) attacked each other all the way up the last ascent but neither gave an inch or a second – the Colombian still holds red by a margin of 54secs. Best plan of the day award goes to Orica-BikeExchange, who end with Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates in third and fourth place overall.