Stage 15 of the Tour de France saw victory for Wout Poels (Bahrain-Victorious), a duelling Jonas Vingegaard v Tadej Pogacar – minus the motorbikes, a break full of French VeloVoices favourites, Wout Van Aert Wouting big style and my absolute favourite UAE Team Emirates Marc Soler being PEAK Soler, for reasons unknown.
Kathi, Midge, Luke, Issie and Euan pull apart the first full week of Vuelta action and ask:
- Can anyone stop Remco?
- What’s up with Roglic?
- How much do we admire Marc Soler?
- And has the racing really been a bit flat?
Plus all the things you don’t get from your other cycling podcasts like the architecture of Milton Keynes, the correct pronunciation of Hawick and a Go Fund Me for a worthwhile cause.
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Wow! I bet no one was expecting UAE Team Emirate’s Marc Soler to grab victory on stage 5 of La Vuelta a Espana. To be honest, I’m still not sure I can explain it! In true Soler style, the mercurial Spaniard chased like crazy to get into the break, got dropped in a finale backloaded with climbs, somehow made it back, shot off the front solo on the Alto del Vivero, held his advantage on the descent and sailed over the line, arms aloft with four seconds to spare on his chasers. With Jumbo-Visma happy to let the race lead go to someone in the break-of-the-day, Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) played his cards – and Fred Wright (Bahrain-Victorious) – perfectly to move into the red jersey for the second time in his career.