Race report: Alejandro Valverde stayed upright to seal his Vuelta victory – the first Grand Tour win of his career. On such a short stage, there was very little that could have happened to alter the overall outcome. I guess that might just happen in a courtroom somewhere down the line.
Race Report: Today David Millar won his 5th stage in all his Vuelta’s, he was given one of the swords that Toledo is famous for along with the large bottle of Cava. But the day has to go to Alejandro Valverde who consolidated his overall victory. Loser of the day was Basso who lost his podium place.
Race Report: This was to be the last chance for anyone with a hope of moving up the GC with several rated climbs on the stage. To make matters more interesting, torrential rain and heavy fog dressed this stage up to be truly epic. The Fuji-Servetto team made good by getting Juan Jose Cobo off the front in the closing kilometers to take a fine win, but there were some serious fireworks going off on the hills. Read on!
Race report: For a young guy who’s been knocking on the door for a couple of years now, today’s breakaway was the golden opportunity he’d been waiting for. The day when the planets align, things go the way you hope they will, and nobody else does anything unexpected!
Race Report: Anthony Roux singlehandedly saved me from drooling from boredom today with a late race move that had even the most sedate of us out of our seats, cheering him on to victory over the mad dash sprint coming up from behind. It was a wonderful victory for the 22-year-old Frenchman. Read on!
Race Report: A second relatively flat day was on course for the Vuelta, and with a crucial Time Trial and Madrid not far ahead, today was ripe for a breakaway. A lone soul trekked most of the day out front, but Andre Greipel snatched victory in the eventual scrum to the line.
Race Report: Today had an interesting course, but the peloton were not interested and let a group of 13 riders gain over 20 minutes. On the last climb of the day, Lars Boom of Rabobank launched a strong attack from the lead group and time trialled the last 20 kilometres to victory in Cуrdoba.
Now might just about be the time to sidle down to your local back-alley bookie, give a shifty, sideways look and slip inside to stick your Euros, Dollars, or preferred local currency on a rather regal little Italian for the World title win at the end of the month.