Race report: He might not have been a favorite, even in his own team’s line-up but Juan Jose Cobo has finally fulfilled his considerable promise and nailed the Vuelta a Espana. The last stage was a bit of an anti-climax in the overall – Sky didn’t attack. But there was plenty of drama as a few scores were settled right on the finish line!
There was no change to the overall after the finish of today Vuelta a Espaсa stage between Bilbao and Vitoria. There was still lots of action, a miss judgement from Froome saw him go for the wrong intermediate sprint, a big break and solo attempts from Barredo and Sastre, but in the end it came down to a sprint finish. Madrid here we come!
Back to the heat and hills on the 19th day of racing with temps at 100F and 4 categorized climbs. Two Cat 3’s and two ascents of the Cat 2 Vivero on the finishing circuits with the last climb just 15km from the finish were sure to provide some fireworks, and Igor Anton lit the fuse for the rabid fans…Read on!
After all the efforts of yesterday the peloton took the day off today. A group of 17 went away early and even though they didn’t see eye to eye on occasions they fought out the last few kilometres for Gavazzi to give his Lampre-ISD team a much needed stage win. Not as an exciting day as yesterday, but in three week you have to expect it some time!
Stage 17 came down to the last steep 3 kilometres up to the summit of the Peсa Cabarga for a battle Royal between the top two riders in this Vuelta a Espaсa. It was head to head or toe to toe action with one attacking the other as the mountain climbed higher towards the finish. Froome needed to attack; Cobo had to respond...it was close fought action all the way to the line.
Race report: When you look at the victory list on the Anglirъ, it’s pretty obvious that this isn’t a climb that just anyone can get away to win on: El Chaba Jimenez, Gibo Simoni, Roberto Heras, Alberto Contador. Who is going to join that illustrious group today? Can Bradley Wiggins retain his lead and come up with something pithy for the interviewers post-stage? Read on …!
Today Bradley Wiggins helped by his right-hand man; Chris Froome put himself ahead of all the other favourites in this year’s Vuelta a Espaсa with a strong ride that saw off Nibali and Rodriguez and ended the hopes of many others. Another full day of excitement on a monster stage of La Vuelta with a great ending!
A hilly Friday faced the lads before the double whammy of two summit finishes coming Saturday and Sunday, leaving the door open for the opportunists today. 5 categorized climbs came like Chicago voting on today’s stage – early and often, but a huge break rolled away and HTC’s Michael Albasini outkicked his breakaway companions to score the second win for his team’s final grand tour.