Vuelta stage 14: Ratto soars, Basso falters

Stage 14: Baga to Andorra. Collada de la Gallina, 155.7km

On a day when heavy rain and cold made an already torturous stage even more unbearable, and forcing the withdrawal of his team leader Ivan Basso, Daniele Ratto shrugged off everything and everyone to ride alone, undaunted and unchallenged to the summit of the Collada de la Gallina and claim a maiden grand tour stage, his first win of the season and only the second of career. Meanwhile Vincenzo Nibali again displayed his ability in poor conditions, consolidating his overall lead.

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Vuelta Stage 14 preview

Stage 14: Baga to Andorra. Collada de la Gallina, 155.7km, high mountains

We’re getting into the snaggle-toothed end of this Vuelta as the peloton rides into the Pyrenean country of Andorra. They have an HC and two cat 2 climbs to negotiate before the cat 1 summit finish on the Collada de la Gallina. Continue reading

Vuelta preview: Five key stages

This year’s Vuelta is even more difficult than last year’s – and that was full of chills and spills and cunning and guile. So how much more exciting will it be over the next three weeks, especially as two of the main contenders from last year’s race are back for more – Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez. Add to the mix Vincenzo Nibali, some young guns like Carlos Betancur and Sergio Henao and you’ve got one spicy race. So what might be the pivotal stages this year? Let’s have a look. Continue reading