Vuelta stage 16: Barguil doubles up, Nibali doubled up

Stage 16: Graus to Sallent de Gallego, 146.8km

Warren Barguil beat off a late charge from Rigoberto Uran in a photo-finish sprint to take his second victory in this Vuelta.  Back down the slope, race leader Vincenzo Nibali showed vulnerability for the first time as he was unable to withstand his rivals’ sustained offensives, conceding time to all of them as the top of the GC closed up again.
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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