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.
Nov 09, 2020: We catch up with the final of the Vuelta, CERATIZIT Challenge and Euro cross champs with results and video. Roglič talks about Vuelta win-TOP STORY. Ganna Covid positive, NTT confident, contract news. Lefevere talks Jakobsen, Deceuninck tops ranking, Stannard forced to retire and the Rayner dinner goes virtual.
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.
Two more great Vuelta a España stages with results and video. Jakobsen to start training - TOP Story. Vuelta covid clear. The CERATIZIT Challenge, Pogačar and Deceuninck talk Tour. Cavendish to Deceuninck? Contract news. Groenewegen training, job for Sean Yates, Circus/CUBE and watch cyclo-cross with GCN.
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.
INTERVIEW: Sam Bennett was piloted to another Vuelta a España stage win on Thursday's stage 9 by Michael Mørkøv, but the UCI had other ideas. Ed Hood managed to 'have a word' with the best lead-out in the business on the Vuelta's first rest day, before Bennett's second victory was taken from him.