Much like the 6 Days and the criteriums, there has always been a mystery in cyclocross about the payment to the riders to put on a show. Like another subject, there has been an 'omerta' on that kind of thing. Belgian newspaper, Het Nieuwsblad, has opened the account books and spilt the beans.
Ed Hood has been on the edge of his seat with the excitement of the final week of the Vuelta a España, but he would have rather been 'Roadside'... maybe next year? No complaints on the action side of the race as it all came down to the last climb. Here is Ed's final Vuelta'20 race rant.
After the disappointment of the Tour de France, Primoz Roglič took his second overall win in Vuelta a España. The final stage was no 'stroll in the park' as the top sprinters wanted the final win of the season. Pascal Ackermann and Sam Bennett fought out the sprint for the photo finish to give the win to fast German.
David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) won his second stage of the 2020 Vuelta a España on the Alto de La Covatilla. Behind the Frenchman; the GC men attacked each other for the overall win. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) went solo, but the red jersey, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), held him to 24 seconds to seal the final victory in Madrid tomorrow.
Stage 16 was a tough day for everyone after yesterday's cold and wet stage. The break was caught and Remi Cavagna went solo for the win. He was pulled back with 3K to go and the sprint from a small bunch went to Magnus Cort Nielsen. Primoz Roglič was second on the stage and now has 45 seconds on Richard Carapaz.
A long, wet day finished in an uphill bunch sprint. The times of the overall men was taken at 3 kilometres to go, so the fast finishers, that were left, could fight it out. Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) beat Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe) and Jannik Steimle (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) at the end of the 2020 Vuelta's longest stage.
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.
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).