We now only have one Grand Tour to watch in this very strange 2020 season. Will the Vuelta a España follow the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia and fall to a 'Young Gun'? Too soon to tell, but Ed Hood takes a different look at the 'primera semana' of the Spanish Tour.
Ion Izagirre (Astana) won the mountain stage to Aramón Formigal in the Vuelta on Sunday. The Astana rider escaped from a group of leaders on the final climb. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) lost time on a stage characterised by bad weather conditions and had to pass the leader's jersey to Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers).
Tim Wellens won stage 5 to Sabiñanigo on Saturday. The Lotto Soudal rider was the strongest in a leading group of three at the end of 184.4 kilometres. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) finished second, ahead of Thymen Arensman (Sunweb). Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) was fourth and held the overall lead.
Sam Bennett (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) won the fourth stage of the Vuelta a España 2020. The Deceuninck - Quick-Step rider won the bunch sprint after a stage of 191.7 kilometres to Ejea de los Caballeros. Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) finished second, ahead of Jakub Mareczko (CCC).
Dan Martin won the third stage of the Vuelta a España 2020. The Irishman crossed the finish line first after a 166 kilometre long mountain stage with the finish at La Laguna Negra. He was the strongest sprinter from an elite group. Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) came in second, ahead of Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers).
Primoz Roglič won the opening stage of the Vuelta a España. The Jumbo-Visma rider escaped on the descent of the Alto de Arrate in sight of the finish, and stayed ahead of what was left of the peloton. Richard Carapaz was second. Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome both lost time on the first day.
The World champion, Julian Alaphilippe had Liège-Bastogne-Liège in his hand, but he raised his arms too early and Primoz Roglič swooped past to take it on the line. Alaphilippe was then moved down to 5th. Marc Hirschi, 2nd and Tour de France winner, Tadej Pogačar was 3rd.
PEZ-Clusive INTERVIEW: The penultimate time trial stage of the 2020 Tour de France turned the race on its head. With a stunning ride, Tadej Pogačar put time into everyone to take the overall lead. As Tadej said at the time it was a team effort, and one of the links in the UAE Team Emirates chain was DS Allan Peiper, Ed Hood managed to 'have a word'.