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Quintana took the win on Stage 10 and also took back the red jersey. Photo via cyclingnews.com

It’s been a quality first leg of this year’s Vuelta, not to mention a long one — with 10 days in the saddle already, the riders have covered almost half the riding by their first rest day. The first...

De La Cruz celebrates his deserved win. Pic courtesy of elmundo.es
De La Cruz celebrates his deserved win. Pic courtesy of elmundo.es

Stage 9 will be remembered above all else for the superb performance of Etixx’s David De La Cruz. The Spaniard was in the morning’s break, which took around four and a half minutes on the peloton and held that gap for most of...

Sergey Lagutin holds his head as he wins stage 8. Photo courtesy of larazon.es
Sergey Lagutin holds his head as he wins stage 8. Photo courtesy of larazon.es

Well we said the breakaway wouldn’t win, and lo! The breakaway won. Start betting against us, everyone. It seems the harder the stage (and the Grand Tour itself) the more willing the peloton is to let a breakaway win...

Jonas Van Genechten of IAM Cyling takes the win on Stage 7. This means that IAM, who will fold at the end of 2016, have now picked up wins in all of this year’s Grand Tours. Photo via cyclingweekly.co.uk

We promised a breakaway success on stage 7, and that is exactly, precisely, one hundred...

Simon Yates take his maiden Grand Tour stage win. Photo via skysports.com

Stage 6, as it turned out, wasn’t one for the break, nor for the fast men like Meersman; instead, it came down to a lone late attacker in the form of Orica’s Simon Yates. After the day’s break was at last being reeled in...

Meersman celebrates his second stage victory of this year's Vuelta. Pic courtesy of Cyclingnews.com
Meersman celebrates his second stage victory of this year’s Vuelta. Pic courtesy of Cyclingnews.com

Well, our primary pick of Gianni Meersman was a good one for stage 5, though who could have guessed it would be such an accident-prone finale for the speeding bunch? In the first of two big...

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Lilian Calmejane on his way to his first grand tour win (during his first grand tour). Image via Lequipe.fr

Stage 4 produced roughly the finish we’d expected, except the breakaway were given just enough time to mop up the podium places. A strong 20-man group went away after a number of...

Wow, what a stage. As we predicted, it was the general classification riders who surged forth on the final climb of stage 3, though they were beaten to the line by FDJ’s Alexandre Geniez, who, in a sensational set of digs, had dropped his breakaway companions — including the hardworking Simon...

Gianni Meersman takes the win on Stage 2 of the 2016 Vuelta a Espana. Photo via france24.com

The first road stage, and also the first and only real sprinter’s stage of this year’s Vuelta, is past. Laurent Pichon (FDJ) Cesare Benedetti (Bora Argon) and Bryan Nauleau (Direct Engergie) were the...

There were no huge surprises from stage one, but here’s a couple of things to take note of after the TTT. One is that the race leader, Sky’s Peter Kennaugh, shares his lead with nine other riders — crucially, these include his own team leader Chris Froome, and all the important Movistar riders,...