Stage 15: Andorra to Peyragudes, 224.9km
It seemed fitting that on the stage that crossed from Andorra to France in tribute to the 100th Tour de France a young Frenchman would cross the finish line first. FDJ’s Alexandre Geniez took the solo win to seal a brilliant breakaway ride, while the top five in the GC came in together nearly 3½ minutes later. Continue reading
Stage 15: Andorra to Peyragudes, 224.9km, high mountains
This is the queen stage and the longest, by far, of all the stages in this year’s Vuelta (no other stage goes over 200km). Yesterday’s stage was a monster, tomorrow’s stage will be complicated and this stage could spectacularly blow the race apart with a second day of rain and low temperatures forecast.
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