Pierre Latour out ‘sprints’ Darwin Atapuma for the win on Stage 20. Photo via roadcycling.co.nz

Stage 20 brought the action we’d expected, as a breakaway held off the peloton for much of the stage and had enough of an advantage on the final climb to take the win. Gesink couldn’t stay out front...

Froome on his way to setting the best time of the Stage 19 ITT. Photo via cyclingweekly.co.uk

Unsurprisingly, we did manage to predict the stage 19 winner and runner up, in the form of Chris Froome and Jonathan Castroviejo. We had no idea how much time Froome would be able to take on...

Magnus Cort Nielsen wins stage 17 ahead of Nikias Arndt. Image via The Guardian.
Magnus Cort Nielsen wins stage 17 ahead of Nikias Arndt. Image via The Guardian.

Stage 18 came together for a sprint, as we’d predicted (who hadn’t?). It wasn’t quite the sprint that the bookies’ had thought, though, with Gianni Meersman fading in the last moments. Evidently everyone is...

Mathias Frank takes the win on Stage 17, another for IAM Cycling and also for the breakaway at this year’s Vuelta. Photo via cyclingnew.com

With such a sharp climb at the end of this stage it’s no wonder that a breakaway of 27 riders was allowed to last until the end of the day, with the winner...

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Unsurprisingly, there was no change in the top spots of the G.C. after stage 16, with it all coming together for the predicted bunch sprint. In the end, favourite for the win Gianni Meersman got mobbed, and it was BMC’s Jempy Drucker who nabbed it by sprinting off the head of the pack from a...

Brambilla flexes his muscles as he crosses the line of stage 15. Pic courtesy of cyclingnews.com
Brambilla flexes his muscles as he crosses the line of stage 15. Pic courtesy of cyclingnews.com

Stage 15 proved to be the concluding act of an extraordinary weekend of Vuelta action. In contrast to stage 14’s feature-length tactical racing, stage 15’s magic moment was exactly that, a fleeting...

Robert Gesink won stage 14 with its difficult finish on the Col d'Aubisque. Image via Eurosport.
Robert Gesink won stage 14 with its difficult finish on the Col d’Aubisque. Image via Eurosport.

Well, what a stage. This Vuelta is doing a very fine job of showing up its older brothers the Giro and Tour, by bringing to our screens some of the finest mountaintop finishes we’ve seen this year....

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Lampre Merida’s Valerio Conti was ecstatic with his Vuelta stage win. Photo via theguardian.com

Stage 13, then, was raced indeed raced like a classic-style stage — but only by 12 of the riders taking part. It took the break a long while to get itself established, but, once it did, the gap just...

Jens Keukeleire (and Damien Howson!) celebrate stage victory. Pic courtesy of twitter.com/orica_be
Jens Keukeleire (and Damien Howson!) celebrate stage victory. Pic courtesy of twitter.com/orica_be

There was no need for a power meter on Stage 12 to tell you how fast the stage was raced — it was clear to see on the riders’ faces. After umpteen failed attempts, a seven-rider breakaway finally...

Froome emphatically celebrates his stage win. Pic courtesy of the guardian.
Froome emphatically celebrates his stage win. Pic courtesy of the guardian.

Stage 11 ended as we all predicted, with an almost (n.b: almost) unstoppable attack from Quintana on the final climb. However, there was time before that for a brief go by Chaves, in a move that looked well timed and...