Vuelta stage 20: Elissonde wins atop the Angliru as Horner wraps up red

Stage 20: Aviles to Alto de L’Angliru, 142.2km

France continued their prolific Vuelta with another stage win, as FDJ’s youngster Kenny Elissonde emerged from the Angliru mist in tears to take his first grand tour victory – and on the queen stage. However, the major events unfolded behind, with RadioShack’s Chris Horner leaving the brave Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in his wake to extend his GC lead ahead of tomorrow’s procession into Madrid. Continue reading

Vuelta Stage 20 preview

Stage 20: Aviles to Alto de L’Angliru, 142.2km, high mountain

This has been one tough Vuelta. And the penultimate stage is one of the toughest of the entire race. With just three seconds between Chris Horner and Vincenzo Nibali and less than two minutes separating the top four, there should be fireworks atop the Angliru today. 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