Vuelta 2018: Stage 19 – Pinot conquers La Rabassa, Yates conquers Valverde

Just when you think it couldn’t get better … Stage 19 was the first of two Andorran stages – and the second-to-last chance for riders to put some serious time into their rivals. A lot of speculation was that it was going to be Alejandro Valverde‘s day – he’s been threatening the red jersey for days now. But the Spanish rider was nowhere to be seen as Thibaut Pinot crossed the finish line for his second stage win in this Vuelta, Simon Yates took over a minute on his Spanish nemesis and Steven Kruijswijk bumped Enric Mas off third overall to take his place on the virtual podium. Boom!

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Vuelta 2018: Stage 18 – Wallays serves up another Vuelta thriller

No breakaway packed with big names? No double-digit gradient wall to climb before the finish? No subtle change in the GC top ten? Was this really the Vuelta as we know it? It was. Stage 18 gave the sprinters one last day to compete before Madrid. However, they blew it by millimetres and let the two remaining riders from the day’s break contest the win. Jelle Wallays of Lotto-Soudal crossed the line first, UAE’s Sven Erik Bystrom was second and a hard-charging Peter Sagan third.

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Vuelta 2018: Stage 17 – Woods’ emotional win

It was another summit finish in Vuelta 2018 and it provided what we all love – dramatic climbs with guys all over the mountain, a GC shakeup and an incredible win. EF Drapac’s Michael Woods took the nail-biting victory atop Balcon de Bizkaia, holding off BMC’s Dylan Teuns on the super-steep final metres. Simon Yates lost some time to Alejandro Valverde but keeps red for another day, while Thomas de Gendt took the KOM jersey today.  Continue reading