Fan-favourite Taco van der Hoorn brought tears of joy and boisterous cheers of “Taco! Taco! Taco!” to the cycling world, taking a magnificent victory after attacking solo from the breakaway remnants in the finale. The victory was van der Hoorn’s first-ever grand tour stage, and Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux‘s premier victory this year in their WorldTour debut season. In the bunch sprint, Davide Cimolai (Israel Start-up Nation) stole second from Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Continue reading
Stage 3: Vigo to Mirador de Lobeira/Vilagarcia de Arousa, 172.5km
The first few stages of a grand tour are supposed to ease the riders into the race, with fireworks provided by the sprinters. It is not supposed to have a peloton freak-out that results in the sprinters being dropped and the oldest rider in the peloton taking the stage win. But that’s what happened today. Continue reading
Stage 3: Vigo to Mirador de Lobeira/Vilagarcia de Arousa, 172.5km, flat
Today is flat all the way to the final few kilometres, when it turns into a nasty 5.7% cat 3 climb to the finish with sections of double-digit gradient. Obviously, the Vuelta organisers were having some fun with the sprinters when they described this stage as ‘flat’.