Stage 14 was always going to a be 'Break Day' but it nearly wasn't, as Astana had missed the move. On a fast day the break held off the bunch, split, regrouped and we had six riders fighting for the victory. On the sharp uphill finish; Tim Wellens got the better of Michael Woods and Zdeněk Štybar.
Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, has cast his eye on a Spanish icon; José María Jiménez. The Spanish climber was in the Pantani mould, and like the Italian he came to a sad end. Jiménez was a hero to many. 'El Chava' was one of the last pure climbers; exciting to watch, but ultimately tragic.
As we approach the 'Holiday Gift Season' we look at some more new equipment: GORE C3 Partial Windstopper socks, Wahoo Fitness: 2021 transition plans, Primal: Everything spin, PRO saddle new models, Muc-Off rainproof essentials case and Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans use Hyperice recovery.
INTERVIEW: Sam Bennett was piloted to another Vuelta a España stage win on Thursday's stage 9 by Michael Mørkøv, but the UCI had other ideas. Ed Hood managed to 'have a word' with the best lead-out in the business on the Vuelta's first rest day, before Bennett's second victory was taken from him.
A stunning time trial ride from Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) saw the Slovenian take the overall lead back from Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers). Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) moved closer to second place and is now only 8 seconds behind Carapaz. Roglič won the stage by 1 second from Will Barta (CCC).
The second week of the Spanish Grand Tour and the monster of the Alto de l'Angrilu are behind us, but the final week is no 'walk in the park'. Ed Hood has been tied to the TV to give us his 'different' view on stages seven to twelve of the 2020 Vuelta a España.
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The fireworks that was expected on the summit of l'Angliru, did not disappoint. The lead group was down to the bare essentials when Hugh Carthy blew past the others on the steep ramps for the stage win and 3rd overall. Primoz Roglič was in trouble and lost time to the repeat overall leader, Richard Carapaz.
Vuelta a España Retro: With this year's Vuelta a España making a return to Asturias and l'Angliru on Sunday, Ed Hood got his diary and photo album out for one of his favourite days on a Grand Tour. The mythical climb of the Alto de l'Angliru sticks in the memory for reasons both political and sporting - Ed's day on the Angliru.