Vuelta a Espana

Nov 10 2020

An extraordinary end to an extraordinary season

In a remarkable year for cycling, the last Grand Tour of them all, La Vuelta a Espana, served up perhaps the most remarkable highlights of the lot (albeit putting to one side the final stage of the Tour De France for a brief moment!)   First of course, it was Chris Froome’s final outing as…

Sep 02 2018

La Vuelta – Week 1 update

Well, it’s been a pretty unpredictable week in a race that always promised to be unpredictable. Team Sky turned up with their weakest team for a Grand Tour for quite some time (which is inevitable when neither Froome nor Thomas are on the starting line). But the plan was that de la Cruz would lead and…

Aug 24 2018

La Vuelta a Espana 2018

Saturday 25th August sees the start of the 73rd edition of La Vuelta a Espana, Spain’s contribution to the group that, with the Giro d’Italia and Le Tour de France, make up Cycling’s triumvirate of Grand Tours. Each comprise 21 stages spread over a 3 week period (23 days to include 2 rest days), though…

Sep 10 2016

All or Nothing for Froome

The Vuelta a Espana comes down to the last competitive stage today, the 193 km stage from Benidorm to the summit finish at Alto de Aitana. It’s an absolute brute and following yesterday’s incredible win by Chris Froome in the Time Trial, it promises to be an epic battle for glory.

Sep 07 2016

The Physics of Drafting

On Stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espana, a mistake by Team Sky early in the race allowed Nairo Quintana to open up an assailable gap. Chris Froome tried to bridge the gap but despite being one of the finest riders of his generation, he couldn’t get riders around him organised enough to draft together and form an attack group. We look at why drafting makes such a big difference at any level of road cycling.

Aug 31 2016

Cat & Mouse on a mountain top

Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana battled it out at the summit of the Pena Cabarga on Stage 11 of the Vuelta a Espana today with Chris Froome striking what could turn out to be an important psychological blow. Read our take on today’s exciting events and also find out why Valverde had everyone scratching their heads afterwards.

Aug 25 2016

Those Pesky Bollards

On Stage 5 of the Vuelta a Espana, Steven Kruijswijk collided with a bollard at high speed on the approach into Lugo towards the end of the stage. He sustained a broken collar bone but it could have been much worse. Criterium Cycles reviews what happened and asks when the UCI will do something about the growing risk.

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