Kathi, Luke and Euan rate every team’s performance at the Vuelta a Espana, talk about whether British dominant of Grand Tours is good or bad thing, find an unlikely bushel hiding a wealth of talent and some Italian buttocks.
The last Grand Tour of 2018 finished in Madrid with all the traditions: a processional day in the saddle, a bunch sprint and a win for Quick-Step. Elia Viviani took his third stage of this Vuelta and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) is the Vuelta 2018 champion.
The final mountain stage – six categorised climbs including an HC summit finish – and only two riders in the top 10 finished in the place they had started the race in. Yes, Stage 20 was the Vuelta’s version of musical chairs and it was a fitting end to a surprising, spicy and most of all well-fought Grand Tour.