Ed Hood looks back at the final stage of the 2012 Vuelta in Madrid. ‘Ultimo kilometro!’ the 'speaker' bellows into his mic as up on the big screen, De Kort tries to make his legs forget about the Bola del Mundo. His ‘body weight over the pedals’ style is similar to his Capo, John Degenkolb who sits in his slipstream awaiting the mindful moment. . .
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.
As winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere the Vuelta may seem like just a distant memory to many but the memories are still fresh for our roadside reporter Ed Hood. Here's his story from the last day of the Vuelta '12; the day where Degenkolb won yet another stage and Contador yet another GrandTour.
Race report: The overall classification of the 2012 Vuelta a Espaсa is signed, sealed and delivered to Seсor A. Contador Velasco. Just a month after coming off his ban, El Pistolero is back on top. But the big question is just how many Grand Tours has he won? Bertie clearly held up seven fingers as he crossed the line ….
Former Polish road and time trial champion, 28 year old Tomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil-DCM) from Krakau has been riding a very consistent Vuelta; his nine top twenty stage finishes have brought him to the edge of the magic top ten in only his second Grand Tour. Ed Hood caught up with the talented up and coming rider on the second rest day to get his take on the Vuelta so far.
Race Report: Stage 18 needed the photo finish camera to separate Ben Swift and stage winner Daniele Bennati at the line in Valladolid. The Italian denied the Englishman his first Vuelta stage win by the width of his front tyre. Bennati was just too swift for Swift!
It was supposed to be a relatively simple day - sure, there was a long climb to the finish, but at less than 4% average, it shouldn't have been selective. This was a day for the breakaway and a day to speculate about the showdown on Bola del Mundo…except it wasn't.