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Vuelta de PEZ: Ed Signs Off

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.

Vuelta ’12 St.21: Contador Back On The Top Step!

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 ….

Vuelta ’12 St.18: Bennati Too Swift!

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!

Vuelta’12 St.17 – A Day To Remember

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.

Vuelta ’12 St.16: A Steep Struggle In Spain!

Race Report: Throw some ramps of 22% in at the end of a 183 kilometre stage and you are bound the see some top action. Two riders stayed away to the finish at the top of the Cuitu Negru; Dario Cataldo won the hardest of stages, but “Purito” Rodriguez controlled Alberto Contador and showed him his rear wheel at the line. Froome faltered and Valverde concreted his place on the podium. Yet more excitement from La Vuelta.

Vuelta ’12 St.15: Lone Hero Tames The Lakes!

Race report: Here be wolves! Here be bears! We’re in the Picos de Europa, one of the wilder regions of western Europe, where the rarer wildlife has a tenuous foothold in the mountains. Some of the best riders, some real animals, have written their names into the history books up here: Lejarreta, Jalabert, Delgado, Millar, Herrera. Who will join them today?

Vuelta ’12 St.14: Pure “Purito”!

Race Report: I’m not a boxing fan, but if you had four matched fighters toe to toe trading punches without any quarter given, that would describe the last four kilometres of today’s stage to the summit of the Puerto de Ancares. The podium has not been settled yet, but the diminutive “Purito” Rodriguez showed he had a lot of fight left.