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Stage 1 of this year’s Vuelta begins in north-west Spain, not too far from the northern edge of Portugal, and it’s a 27.8km team time trial that will take the riders into the Parque Náutico de Castrelo de Miño in the Spanish province of Ourense. Despite it being a flat course throughout, the...

The Jersey wearers from the 2013 edition. Pic courtesy of MTNblog
The jersey wearers from the 2013 edition. Pic courtesy of MTNblog

Compared to other grand tours, the Vuelta arguably provides the least excitement when it comes to the ‘other’ jersey competitions. As it’s tailored toward rewarding climbers more than sprinters (in both parcours and points...

Fabio Aru won’t be back to defend his 2015 Vuelta title. Photo via cyclingweekly.co.uk

The third and final Grand Tour of 2016, the Vuelta signals the start of the final phase of the 2016 season and is the final throw of the dice for Grand Tour contenders who missed out at the Tour and the Giro....

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Words: James Turner

This year’s Vuelta will be remembered both for the quality of racing as well as for the misdemeanours of certain race officials and support staff (a few moto riders in particular). But for us it’s a tour that will be remembered in...

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Image via @lavuelta

It is with poetic vision that race organizers plan the final stages of their grand tours. Though hardly the most imaginative stages (nothing to rival Rodriguez’s efforts on stage 11…), the broad, long, flat, and smooth finishes, as twilight casts itself across the...

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Image via cyclingnews.com

Today’s stage offered four categorized climbs, but it was a misleading profile in that the riders would be looping back upon themselves to ride the first two climbs in reverse. Thus there was a pleasing symmetry in the four spikes on the stage profile, though it only...

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Image via @LaVuelta

It was another day to be given over to a breakaway today. After some back-and-forth play to find a winning selection within the first hour of racing, a 24-man break took shape at around 40km into the stage. The gap crept out and for the longest time only continued to grow;...

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Image via @roadcyclinguk

Given the intensity of the pace within the first hour of racing today, inspired by the narrowness of the gaps at the top of the general classification rankings, it was no surprise that it took a break over an hour to form. And, with the stage ending with 14km of descent...

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Image via @LaVuelta

The day of judgment had arrived, in the guise of the post-rest day individual time trial. The course rolled across 38.7km of Castilian landscape, in a loop from and to Burgos in northern Spain. With several stretches of ascent and some very tight corners in the final...

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Image via @TrekFactory

What a undtten day lay ahead of the riders who started the stage from Luarca to Ermita del Elba. Within 185km they would have to tackle two cat 3 climb, three cat 2s, and a cat 1, before finishing on the gruelling slopes of the especial climb up to Ermita del Elba —...