Stage 17, the penultimate stage of the 2020 Vuelta a España, finishes on the summit of the Alto de La Covatilla. Back in 2012 the second last stage of the Vuelta finished on another mythical climb - The Bola del Mondo. Ed Hood and Martin Williamson were there for PEZ, this is the story of their day, with updated big photos.
The Vuelta looms, who better to chat with to whet our appetites than a man who won a dozen stages in the Iberian Peninsula’s biggest race than German former top roadman sprinter, Marcel Wust? Wust was pro from 1986 – as a stagier – with RMO until a crash ended his career in 2000 when he was with Festina.
Roadside St.21: Part 1 covered the start in Cercedilla and there was nothing to report on the 58 kilometre journey to the finish circuit in the centre of Madrid. But our (other) man in Spain did his best to get a good look at the race, the finish and the podium presentation. Here are the last moments of the 2012 Vuelta a Espaсa.
Roadside St.21: A 1,100 kilometre round trip to Madrid is not something I would consider doing in one day to see a bike race, but it is the Vuelta a Espaсa, it’s been the most exciting Grand Tour of the year and, most importantly I could meet up with PEZ mate Ed Hood. What more encouragement did I need?
The Tour is well underway and it has had its fair share of crashes and controversy in only a few stages. As you would guess there is soo much Euro Tour Trash out there, but we have got our hands dirty and sifted through to find the juicy bits! And anything else interesting that might be happening.
Spain is in the grip of a sudden cold spell with snow blocking roads making travel a little awkward, so it was good that Spain’s TV sports channel; Teledeporte showed the Vuelta a Espaсa 2010 presentation live. Our man in Spain didn’t have to leave his warm, comfortable settee to bring us the low-down on next year’s race.
The status of the Grand Tours within the ProTour seems anything but certain at the moment, but that didn't stop the unveiling of the route of the 2007 Vuelta a Espana this afternoon in Madrid. PEZ takes a closer look at what the riders will face come next September.
The 3rd Grand Tour of the year is just days away, and although not considered as important as the Tour de France or Giro D’Italia. Le Vuelta a Espana has it’s own challenged and colorful history. From its birth during Europe’s troubled 1930’s, it stayed alive and grew despite the uncertain political climate in Spain through the next several decades, surviving and earning it’s rightful place as a Grand Tour. Here’s a look at the La Vuelta from 1935 to today…