Stage 19: S Vicente Barquera to Oviedo. alto Naranco, 181km
It was supposed to be the calm before tomorrow’s Angliru storm and it should have been a breakaway win. But, as with almost everything about this Vuelta, it did not go according to the script. Continue reading
Stage 19: S Vicente Barquera to Oviedo. alto Naranco, 181km, medium mountain
The second of the last three summit finishes of this year’s Vuelta, this is almost the lull before the storm of tomorrow. The final climb of Alto del Naranco up to the statue of Christ isn’t particularly difficult so it’s just a matter of keeping cool and staying with your rivals today. Continue reading
Stage 19: Bourg-d’Oisans to Le Grand-Bornand, 204.5km
Rui Costa claimed both his and Movistar’s second victory with a solo move on the ascent and subsequent descent of the Col de la Croix Fry – the same tactic he had employed to win in Gap on Tuesday. Meanwhile Chris Froome‘s rivals seemed more concerned with watching each other than with pursuing their vanishing hopes of snatching the maillot jaune.