A Grand Tour is won in the final week' Ed Hood loves to quote, but everyone knows it's true. Ed's been keeping track on the Vuelta a España's second week action... and what a lot there's been. Here are his thoughts before the big final push to Madrid.
After strong lead-outs from first Movistar and then Trek-Segafredo, it was triple Vuelta a España winner, Primož Roglič, who was first to swoop across the finish line in Laguardia ahead of Mads Pedersen and Enric Mas. Roglič also took the leader's red jersey from his teammate Edoardo Affini.
It's July, so that only means one thing... The Tour de France! The biggest bike race on the globe starts in Copenhagen this year before it visits the cobbles, the Alps and the Pyrenees before the Champs-Élysées finish-line. Ed Hood gives us his preview of the French behemoth - His Tour history, course and riders.
Recently we ran a piece about riders who had transitioned from track to road – or in the case of Theo Bos, back to track, again. But what about riders who have come in to bike racing from an entirely different sport? Currently we have three shining examples of this radical change of direction.
The Time Trial is King: How Primoz Roglic Won the Vuelta a España - Roglič’s dominant win at the 2021 Vuelta shows us the time trial is still king when it comes to winning grand tours. Spencer Martin gives us the 'Breakdown' and the 'Takeaways' from the 2021 Vuelta a España win by Primoz Roglič.
With the fantastic 2021 WorldTour cycling season behind us, one major question I’m left with, and one that has been asked by many readers - who is the better Grand Tour rider this year between the two Slovenian superstars Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič?
With last Sunday's Ronde van Drenthe, the curtain dropped on the European road season. As with every season there is a pile of statistics and thanks to WielerFlits and ProCyclingStats we can have a look at some of the more interesting numbers.
Primoz Roglič made no mistake about winning his third Vuelta a España. With a strong performance against the clock he concreted his overall win with the stage win. Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education-Nippo) just missed out on another stage win by 14 seconds.
Legendary is a word too easily used these days, but in years to come, Vuelta'21 stage 17 might be looked back on as 'legendary'. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) started the move of the day, but it was Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) who finished it off at the Lagos de Covadonga. Stage and overall lead for the Slovenian.