VUELTA’18: The First Week Photo Gallery!
PeloPics: The first week of the 2018 Vuelta a España has been quite entertaining with different winners every day and a battle from the top guys to stay in contention. We round up the first seven days with the best pics of the Spanish Grand Tour by Cor Vos and the Vuelta’s in-house photographer; Luis Ángel Gómez.
So far the Spanish Grand Tour has been good to the French; overall leader and two stage wins, Australia also has two stages and Rohan Dennis taking the first red jersey. Spain, Italy and the USA have a stage each, but we still have fourteen tough stages to go and just about anything could and will happen before Madrid.
Top riders meet the press – Presentation:
Sometimes he is!
Quick-Step Floors – Will they win the most stages?
30 Vueltas under his belt for Spanish TV – Carlos De Andrés
Movistar want to win their home race – Valverde or Quintana?
‘La vida son sólo dos días’ by Nuria Fergó
First blood to Dennis in Malaga – Stage 1:
To no one’s surprise, lean, super specialist Rohan Dennis (BMC and Champion of Australia) took the Malaga Time trial win in Stage One of the 2018 Vuelta beating Sky’s GC man, Michal Kwiatkowski by six seconds to go into red tomorrow.
The start of the 2018 Vuelta a España in Malaga
The individual time trial started at the port and passed the lighthouse
A sea view for the team buses
Rohan Dennis came out on top for the first red jersey
Cava on he podium in Spain
Valverde takes the stage as Kwiatkowski leads overall – Stage 2:
No Froome or Thomas, but the Sky team at La Vuelta a España 2018 is no ‘B’ team, as they put Michal Kwiatkowski in the overall lead at the end of stage 2. The stage victory went to the ‘Old Fox’ Alejandro Valverde as he got the advantage on the Polish National champion in the final meters to the line.
A hot day on stage 2
Pablo Torres showed the Burgos jersey
Sky had a plan – To put Kwiatkowski on the podium
Not a good day for BMC
Sky and Movistar split the peloton in the final kilometers
Man against man for the stage win
Stage win for Valverde…
Overall lead for Kwiatkowski
Viviani has his Grand Tour stage win as Italian National champ – Stage 3:
A fast finalé saw the hopes of a late beak on stage 3 fade as the sprinter teams laid down a phenomenal speed to the line in Alhaurín de la Torre. Italian National champion Elia Viviani was brought to his take-off point perfectly by his Quick-Step Floors team for his first Grand Tour win in the tricolor jersey. Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) retained the red leader’s jersey.
Oscar Fraile with the friendly Vuelta Toro
KOM, Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis)
The big wheel keeps turning – Another win for Quick-Step Floors
Movistar were keeping a very close watch on Kwiatkowski
Peter Sagan looks to be coming onto fitness
Italian fast-man Elia Viviani – Stage 3 win
Ben King climbs to stage win – Stage 4:
Ben King took Dimension Data’s sixth win of the season as he out-duelled Nikita Stalnov of Astana on the long run to the finish. The GC contenders emerged into the race and the big winner was Emanuel Buchmann of Bora-Hansgrohe who closed to within seven seconds of race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), the Pole retained his jersey.
Another tough day in the hills
A bit of coast also
The peloton was drawn into a long string
Inland from Malaga is far from flat
There are a lot of olive trees in Andalusia
Tough climbs in these parts
Ben King was the man on stage 4
Stage for Clarke, overall for Molard – Stage 5:
In a slow-motion sprint at the end of stage 5, EF Education First-Drapac’s Simon Clarke took the victory from his breakaway companions, Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC). Just behind them; Groupama-FDJ’s Rudy Molard finished with enough time to take the overall lead by a minute from Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky).
Can Peter Sagan hold his rainbow jersey at the World championships’ The form is good
A long hot day
Thomas De Gendt always near the front for Lotto Soudal
Simon Clarke wanted the win
And the Australian came up with the goods
The Spanish Air Force have been making a fly past at stage finishes
Nacer Bouhanni sprints to victory – Stage 6:
After way too many kms of watching a sleepy peloton roll across the barren coastal landscape from Huércal-Overa to San Javier, Mar Menor, a crash and crazy crosswinds rang the alarm to set up balls-out finale that saw Nacer Bouhanni win by a nose, while a couple of Vuelta a España GC hopefuls lost time and… hope.
Peter Sagan – Always popular with the fans
Stage 6 climbed inland from the Murcian coast
It’s been a long time since Richie Porte was seen in a break
Stage 6 was far from flat, but stage 6 was still a sprinters day
The climbs were not a big problem
Matteo Trentin wasn’t too impressed by the sprint of Nacer Bouhanni
The Cofidis team were more than pleased with the result
Tony Gallopin solos to victory in Stage 7:
With a finalé that had crashes, punctures, splits and attacks in the last 10 kilometers, stage 7 saw a reshuffle of the overall positions. AG2R-La Mondiale’s Tony Gallopin attacked with 2K to go for the stage victory. Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) kept the red jersey, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) moved into 2nd place as Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) lost time.
The peloton rolls out of town
The stage 7 break of the day
The peloton didn’t let the break get too far away before they pulled them back in
Bad luck for Nairo Quintana, but he was still there at the front at the end
Tour and Vuelta stage wins for Tony Gallopin
Rudy Molard – Happy in red
# Keep it PEZ for the next two weeks of Spanish action. #