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Image via @lavuelta

Today’s route from Comillas to Sotres was around 30km shorter than yesterday’s stage and, despite the finish up an especial categorized climb, there were substantially fewer uphill kilometres on the cards today. With only one serious climb to tackle before the finale, we...

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Image via anna_morez (Instagram)

At 215km, today marked the longest day of riding in this year’s Vuelta, and with over 40km of its length being categorized climbs (cat 3, cat 1, and a final especial), it was going to be a hard slog for the riders today. Bearing in mind that we’ve seen some...

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Image via @lavuelta

Today’s stage offered over 2,500m of ascent, much of which were to take place on a mid-stage category 1 climb. Given the unrelenting pace of yesterday’s stage, and the amount of work put in by the big sprint teams, coupled with disinterest from the general classification men...

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Image via @cyclingnewsfeed

In the swirling currents of the media sea following yesterday’s hectic stage, the most significant piece of flotsam to surface overnight was the news that Sky’s Chris Froome has abandoned the tour. Though he appeared to receive on-the-hoof treatment on his shoulder...

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Image via @AstanaTeam

Today was the Queen stage of this year’s Vuelta, and, according to a number of prominent pundits, it was also the toughest challenge that the riders have had thrown at them in recent memory  (though for Sergio Paulinho it was ultimately the race motorcycles that posed the...

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A well-earned rest for the riders today and for the most part a day away from the keyboard for us, too. However, with whet appetites we’re already getting excited about tomorrow’s stage, which is being variously touted as ‘grand tour stage of the year’, ‘the hardest stage of racing in recent...

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Image via @lavuelta
Given the trend towards misfortune at this Vuelta, it was good to see that there were no overnight abandons; every rider who finished stage 9 was signed on for stage 10. But this luck soon dried up, as stage 5 winner and all-round good guy Caleb Ewan pulled out of stage 10...
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Image via @GiantAlpecin

With so much fall-out from yesterday’s stage to discuss, we must thank the providence of the organizers for the 120-or-so kilometres of nothingness preceding the action of the climbs today. It was to be a good opportunity for the G.C. men, but there was a seemingly...

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Image via @TrekFactory

It’s not often that we’re talking about the downhills more than the uphills in the infamously mountainous Vuelta. But it was the descents that were remarkable on this, the eighth stage. First, because the initial 130km of the stage were predominantly downhill, which was...

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Image via @LottoJumbo_road

What with last minute attacks from the peloton and G.C. battles that have overtaken all stage action, this Vuelta hadn’t offered much to the breakaway so far. Spare a thought, for instance, for the tired legs of Steve Cummings, as he ground to a halt mere kilometres...