Vuelta al Pais Vasco 2017: Valverde smashes it

Nail-biting tension was maintained until the end of the final stage individual time trial in this year’s Vuelta al Pais Vasco. Race leader Alejandro Valverde crossed the line after a typically ballsy effort to finish second on the stage to Primoz Roglic and, more importantly, increased his cushion over runner-up Alberto Contador to take his first Pais Vasco title. Local rider Ion Izagirre (and his bonny baby) rounded out the podium to the delight of Basque fans.

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Volta Ciclista a Catalunya preview

The 94th edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, the fifth event on the UCI World Tour and Spain’s oldest professional stage race, starts on Monday. It’s packed full of GC contenders so here’s a quick preview of what to expect.

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