Who’s Going To Win La Vuelta? GCN’s Vuelta A España Preview Show 2019

(logo whirring) (energetic music) – Welcome to GCN’s big
Vuelta Preview Show. I can’t believe we’re
at this point already. It’s the final Grand Tour of 2019. Coming up, all you need
to know about the route, and the key riders. – Yes indeed. And now as many as you will know, the Vuelta actually used
to be the first Grand Tour of the season, take place in the spring, but it’s now cemented its position in the latter part of the year, and comes about four weeks
after the Tour de France. Speaking of which, just like the Tour, we’re going to have
daily highlights for you which we’ll put up as
soon as we possibly can after each and every stage. They will be over on our
GCN Racing YouTube channel, and available wherever
you are in the world, which we’re quite excited about. – Yeah, very much indeed. So if you haven’t already subscribed, make sure you go over there and do that, and while you’re at it, hit the bell icon so that you’re notified every
time we upload a new video. We’ve got loads coming up in September, including the Tour of Britain, where you’ll be able to
see Mathieu van der Poel trying to hone his form
ready for the upcoming World Championships in Yorkshire
at the end of the month. – Yeah, it’s a busy old
month actually, isn’t it? Back to the matter in hand, though, the Vuelta a Espana, which these days is often the
hardest Grand Tour of the year given the brutal route
that the organizers choose, and also the ferocious
heat that the riders often have to deal with. This year, it all kicks
off this coming Saturday, the 24th of August in
the Salinas de Torrevieja down in southern Spain, near Alacante. It is 3272km in length, and the 21 stages are
broken down as follows: starts with a team time trial, there’s one individual time trial, there are six flat stages- – Those are Spanish “flat stages” as well. – Yeah, six “flat stages,” then four hilly stages, but nine days in the high mountains. – Yeah, so although this one is shorter than both the Giro and the Tour with more days in the high mountains. A lot of riders use this, it can be the one if your
season hasn’t quite gone to plan you come to the Vuelta. But given that with both
Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin out of action, that’s not
really the case this year. And traditionally as well, some teams use this one, where they give their
young stars that sort of first Grand Tour start. – Yeah, which makes a
lot of sense, doesn’t it? Because a lot of the
stages can be quite brutal, it’s a lot more relaxed than a race such as the Tour de France, which is in essence a big pressure cooker. So it’s the perfect place
really for a young rider to find their Grand Tour legs, isn’t it? – Indeed, and last year it was Simon Yates who you’ll remember
learnt from his mistakes at the Giro d’Italia, and really came out fighting in Spain, and in the end, he came
out with that record, which was pretty good for the Brits. It was the first time
that all three Grand Tours in the same year had been won by three different riders
from the same country. – Yeah, hasn’t quite been
like that for the Brits this year though, has it? – No, not so much. (upbeat music) – Right then, let’s take
a look at the key stages of this year’s route. As I mentioned, it all
kicks off this Saturday. That is the team time
trial down in Torrevieja. 13.4 km long, so it’s not
that long in distance, but still long enough to
potentially see time gaps up to 30 seconds, we think,
even among the GC favorites. And as we all know, team
time trials can be crucial, because anytime you lose there can come back to haunt
you later in the race. – Yeah, definitely. 2017 was the last time
that we opened with the team time trial test, and that time it was won by BMC. Now, we’ll come onto the favorites later, and there’s been quite a lot
of changes in teams since then, but on that occasion,
Sky lost six seconds, Mitchelton-Scott lost 17, Movistar 24, but quite interestingly,
Jumbo-Visma lost 40 seconds. – They did, although this year they’ve been absolutely
stomping the team time trials, haven’t they? And I think they’ll start at the race as favorites on Saturday. After that, we’ve got three stages which skirt up the coast of Spain. We think they’re probably going
to finish in bunch sprints, but you can never be sure at the Vuelta. After that though, we’ve
already got the first mountaintop finish on day five. – And what a stage it is. Starting in L’Eliana, it heads inland before finishing with a brute of a climb to the Javalambre. It’s actually 12 km in length, but the last eight
kilometers it averages 10%. – It’s a real classic, welter
stage that one, isn’t it? I’m really looking forward to it. That one, although it
comes early in the race, I think it’s going to give
us a good indication actually as to who could win the race this year. – Yeah, definitely, and as we all know, in a Grand Tour it’s about finishing the
three weeks on peak form, rather than having it
right at the beginning, and especially at this time of year, you’re kind of walking
that sort of form, fitness and health sort of tightrope, which, you know, the wheels
can come off at any time. – Yes, stages six and seven are also very Vuelta opening week-esque. Stage six is a hilly one, and that finishes up
the Ares del Maestrat, and then stage seven finishes
on the outer Mas de la Costa, which is an interesting one. It’s only 3.8 km long, but it averages 10%, and there are gradients
within that climb of 21%. – Yeah, and these sort of
short, sharp finishing climbs can sometimes be more exciting
than a mountaintop finish even though that we love those, because coming into these, riders feel that they can just smash it from the bottom, rather than
kind of biding their time and waiting to sort of
three to five kilometers from the top to sort of
really make their move. – Yeah, it’s what makes the
Vuelta so special, isn’t it? Stage eight we think is another one for the sprinters to shine. Stage nine is the last one
before the first rest, isn’t it, but what a stage that is. I think when they see the profile, the sprinters’ eyes are already going to be watering, aren’t they? Only 94.4 km long, but it starts on a cat 1 climb, and it’s brutal throughout, isn’t it? – Yeah, it definitely is. You’ve got the sort of especial climb of the Coll de la Gallina
right in the middle, before what comes like a,
it’s almost like a staircase of cat two climbs, with sort
of no real descent in between. And then we climb up to sort of 2095 m, right up to that summit finish. – Yeah, definitely one
for your diaries that one. The following day they
will have that rest day in France actually, because
they travel up towards Pau which is where the stage 10
individual time trial finishes. Coincidentally, the same place
where we had the time trial at the Tour de France this year. It is around 39 km in length,
but it’s pretty flat this one. But still, long enough to see some pretty big time
gaps between the riders. – Yeah, definitely, and I mean, it’s the only
individual time trial in this year’s Vuelta, and when you look at it,
you know, as you said it, it’s flat, unlike the Tour de France. You’ve got to look at
someone like Primoz Roglic, who potentially could put
a serious amount of time into his rivals in this one. Now into week two, we’re going to have a much better idea on who needs to attack in the mountains to regain any time that
they lost in the time trial. And if the Tour and the
Giro are anything to go by, we seem to be seeing this
kind of seismic shift in the way the climbers are really going about their business. – That’s right, yeah. Less defensive, and more aggressive, which is great for us as TV
spectators really, isn’t it? Stage 11, we head back into Spain. That one’s 180 km long, and for me, the stage profile has breakaway written all over it, because it’s got a couple of cat threes, and one cat two, and actually, staged the
following day into Bilbao is also I think one for the breakaway. – Yeah, definitely. So stages 13, 15, and 16
are all summit finishes, but the Vuelta is pretty
famous for seeking out some of the steepest
climbs in world cycling. Previous Vueltas of course, the l’Angliru being one of them, and whilst that’s not
in the race this year, we head to Los Machucos, which is 7.3 km in length, with maximum gradients of 28%. Yes, you heard me right, 28%. – Pretty incredible, isn’t it? And actually, some of
you that have watched previous Vuelta preview shows here on GCN will know that that climb, locally, is described as “rampas inhumanas”, which is basically “inhumane ramps”. Which is the perfect description, really, with 28% gradients. I mean, this thing’s so steep that in places, there are concrete slabs instead of the usual tarmac, and it’s also really narrow, there are points where
you can only really fit two riders side-by-side up it, and when you add in the spectators that’ll be on the side of the road, it’s going to be quite spectacular by all accounts, isn’t it? Also, our team’s going to
have to be doing some planning for that particular stage, because we don’t think team cars are going to be allowed
up that final climb. – Moving on, two more summit
finishes to the Alto del Acebo, and the Alto de la Cubilla, 11 and 27 km long, respectively. – Is that it? Just glossing over that,
(laughing) like meh, two more mountain stages, there’s just so many
of them, aren’t there? – I think we’d be here for
about a month otherwise. – Yes, you’re probably right. The final rest day is in Burgos, and then the day after that,
stage 17 I think it is, is another sprinters affair. It goes from Burgos to Guadalajara. 220 km long. And then stage 18 is actually
the penultimate day really for the GC to try anything in
the overall classification. It’s another beast, 180 km long roughly, with four category one climbs on route. – Yeah, and then we go into stage 20 from Arenas de San Pedro, to Platforma de Gredos. We have the cat one, Puerto de San Pedro, right out of the blocks, followed swiftly by a couple of cat twos, a cat three, a long descent, we then have the cat
one Puerto de Penanegra, a whole bunch of un-categorized climbs before a cat three climb to the finish. In short, the route is horrific (laughing)
if you’re a non-climber, isn’t it? Essentially though, whoever
is standing on the podium after that stage in the red jersey, is leader of the race, has won it, basically, because the final stage
finishes in Madrid, it’s completely flat, and one for whoever of the sprinters have managed to make it through that far. – Yeah, you got to have
a huge amount of respect for any sprinter that’s made it this far. Well, that’s the route, let’s have a look at who we
think’s going to be up there. (upbeat music) – Before we get onto those favorites, bare in mind that we are recording this about 10 days before the race starts. So we have a provisional start sheet, but we’re not 100% sure exactly who’s taking part.
– No. – But we are pretty sure that Primoz Roglic is going to be there, and I think we have to start with him as the top favorite, don’t we? He did start as the top favorite for the Giro d’Italia back in May, and after his performance
in that opening time trial in Berlonga, many people were speculating as to whether he could hold onto
the lead from start to finish. We all know that now
didn’t play out in the end due to various factors, but you couldn’t bet against
him taking his first Grand Tour here at the Vuelta. – Yes indeed, it’s worth nothing that this
is his first Vuelta start. Beyond the National Championships, this is his first big
race start since the Giro. But who knows, that freshness
could be just what he needs. And he’s also going to have
his teammate Steven Kruijswijk here as well, who comes off the back of a really strong third
place at the Tour de France, and while we’re not sure whether he’ll have GC aspirations in this race, they’re going to be a
really strong partnership. – Well he might have
aspirations, mightn’t he? Because there are plenty
of examples of riders doing really well in the GC
on back-to-back grand tours in the modern era, but we’ll wait and see. The other big favorite has to be the man that actually did win the
Giro d’Italia this year, and that is Richard
Carapaz of Team Movistar. Now, he will start in probably
the strongest team on paper in terms of the general
classification contenders. Again, we haven’t seen much of
him since the Giro d’Italia, he has started the Vuelta a
Burgos which is on as we speak, so we don’t know what
his form is like there, but a sensible decision I
think to go to that race before the Vuelta, because when you’ve had a break
as long as that from racing it can be a bit like getting
the engine going on an old car when it hasn’t been used
in a long time, can’t it? You need to get it up and running, and give it a run out before
it’s on top performance again. – Yeah, definitely, and Carapaz, he just seems like that sort of rider that just needs a little
bit of competition before he comes into a big objective. Alongside him, you’ll of course
have another former winner in worlds champion Aljandro Valverde, and also Nairo Quintana. – Oh, another former winner, yeah. – Yeah, another former winner, and, you know, for Nairo Quintana, it seems like he’s had enough of the multiple leader
scenario at Movistar, and you know, from recent reports, he’s off to pastures new
next year at Arkea-Samsic. – Yeah, I can’t see that going very well. – I know.
– Wish him all the best. How will he do at the Vuelta? Could he finish his contract
at Movistar with a win? Well, you wouldn’t put
it past him, would you? If he can recreate the form that saw him take that amazing
stage at the Tour de France which I think we all
absolutely loved watching, he’s going to be a very
hard man to beat, isn’t he? – Yeah, definitely, unless his teammates flick him. – Yes. (laughing) – Another former winner who’s here is Fabio Aru, and he’s another rider
that’s looking to try and rediscover the sort of
form that had him tipped as one of the next big Grant
Tour riders of his generation. And really for poor Fabio, things never really went to plan. And then this year, he was diagnosed as having a constricted iliac artery, he had surgery in April, he then came back, he finished 13th at the Tour de France, just kind of quietly
going about his business, and just sort of just
getting back to that form. So maybe we’ll see a glimpse of the Fabio Aru of old. – Well, the good thing
about that diagnosis for Aru was the fact that it actually gave him a reason why he wasn’t
performing at his best, so I’m sure he’ll take a lot from that. And actually, a rider who’ll
be teammates with Aru next year at UAE Team Emirates, is Davide Formolo, currently with Bora-Hansgrohe. Now much was expected
of him many years ago, his performance at the 2015
Giro d’Italia was so spectacular at a young age, we expected him to be a
big Grand Tour contender in future years. He has finished before
ninth at the worlds, and twice 10th at the Giro d’Italia, but I’m just not expecting
him to be right up there on GC this year again, even though he’s finished second at L’Age, Baston L’Age to Jakob Fuglsang, and took a spectacular stage
when at La Vuelta Catalonia. I don’t think he’s got it. – No? Okay. The other rider, what
about Esteban Chavez? I mean, who doesn’t love this guy? I absolutely, I’m a massive fan of him. I mean, he’s a battler, he’s a fighter, he’s come back from illness and injury again and again. He’s got two Grand Tour
podiums to his name, remember. He’s been second at the Giro, he’s been third here as well, and you know, at the end of 2017, he was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus, and he won that Mt Etna
stage of the 2018 Giro, and he didn’t race again
for the rest of the year. – No, no, he has come back from adversity quite a few times, hasn’t
he, Estaban Chavez? And I don’t think there
was a single cycling fan that didn’t enjoy watching him win stage 19 I think it was
of the Giro d’Italia, to San Martino di Castrozza. Just seeing that familiar
smile across his face and the elation, and the sort of traditional Chavez family
embrace after the finish line, it was absolutely magical. Again, I don’t see him fighting
for the podium positions this year, but I would love to see
him take a stage win. – Yeah, he’s so popular,
eternally positive. Now, another Colombian is Rigoberto Uran who of course finished
seventh at the Tour de France, and we’re not sure if he’s
here with GC ambitions. For the EF Education First team as well, they had Danny Martinez, who we thought would come
here as maybe a rider that they would protect, but he had to pull out of the Tour of Utah after crashing in training and breaking his wrist and his finger. So as we record this,
his sort of participation is now a bit in doubt. – Seems unlikely with a broken wrist that close to the Vuelta. Also in that team, we think,
is the Brit Hugh Carthy, who’ll come off the back of a
very very strong performance at the Giro d’Italia, where he finished in 11th place overall, and really impressed on
multiple stages, didn’t he? I’ll always remember also,
that Tour de Swiss stage that he won this year, which was absolutely epic. He’s a rider also that is not afraid to go on long, quite flamboyant, long-range attacks, is he? So I’m expecting him to lighten
the Vuelta up this year. Also, there’s the fact that
he started his pro career with the pro continental
Spanish team Caja Rural, and he lives in Pamplona in Spain. So effectively, this is his home race. – Yeah, definitely. Now, the other rider that
I’m expecting big things from is Tadej Pogacar. – [Both] Yes. – Now, when you look at
him, just 20 years old, is he the young dark horse of this one? And if you look at the
successes that he’s had, races such as Tour of
California, kind of follows a sort of similar pattern to Egan Bernal, and is he too young at 20? But when you look at the
likes of Remco Evenepoel and Egan Bernal this year, is anyone too young anymore? We seem to be seeing this massive generation shift this year. – Yeah, no. Nobody seems too young. I’m sure we’ll have our first 17 year old Grand Tour
winner in the next few years. We’ve also got Rafal Majka, who’s at the other end of his career, he’s 29 years of age now. It’s actually been a couple of years since he last took a win anywhere in fact, but by coincidence, it
was at the Vuelta in 2017. There, he beat Miguel Angel Lopez, but again, he’s not a rider
that’s in his ascendancy, is he? He just seemed to have plateaued, in fact gone slightly downhill in form. – Yeah, he kind of looked
like he was coming back at the Tour of the Alps, and another rider kind of
like that is Wilco Kelderman. And Wilco, again, he’s a
rider that promised much a few years ago, and
he’s kind of always there and there about, so we’ll see with him. – Yes we shall see. Amazingly, we’ve got almost
to the end of our list of GC contenders, and haven’t
yet mentioned Team INEOS. – No.
– And really rare that they go into any Grand Tour without a
genuine contender for the win, which happened twice this year, firstly at the Giro d’Italia, courtesy of the fact that Egan Bernal crashed before it and didn’t take part. – Yeah, that was my curse, by the way. – Yes!
– I predicted it, didn’t I? – And then again at the Vuelta. Now Tao was a part of
their Giro d’Italia team, Tao Geoghegan Hart, a pretty
talented young British rider, he must’ve been devastated when he crashed out midway through the race, because I’m sure he must have thought that was his opportunity to shine gone without a big team leader. However, he’s got that same
opportunity to shine here, because there’s no clear team leader for Team INIOS here, either. And given how he’s been racing this year, I’m expecting pretty big things from him. – Yeah, definitely. He looked great at the Tour
of the Alps, didn’t he? (whooshing)
– Slight interlude from Tapas Revolution in Bath, because Astana have just
released their official roster for the Vuelta, and it is a formidable
one to say the very least. Podium finisher last
year, Miguel Angel Lopez will lead the team alongside
one of the men of 2019 so far, Jakob Fuglsang, they’ll be backed up by
the likes of Ion Izagirre and Luis Leon Sanchez, so that, along with Movistar, look to be the strongest
teams in the race. Watch out for them. Also, another Colombian, Sergio Higuita of EF Education First looks to be riding his
first Grand Tour too. He could really upset the apple cart. Anyway, back to Marty and Lloydy. (swooshing)
– Right, onto the sprinters, and the Vuelta, given how tough it is, it’s usually quite light on the fast lane. – Yeah, well I think the sprinters look at the stage profiles and
are put off immediately, aren’t they? But that said, this year we’ve
got one of the best sprinters from this season on the start line, in the form of Sam
Bennet of Bora-Hansgrohe. As we record this, he’s just
taken three back-to-back stages at the Bink Bank Tour in Belgium. And he’s basically been
on fire since the start of the season, really. I think his first win came
at the Tour of San Juan back in January, he has 11 victories to his name to date. We don’t know who he’s going
to be riding for yet next year, it won’t be Bora-Hansgrohe, but what we’re pretty sure about is that he’s going to
add to his victory tally here at the Vuelta. – Yeah, he always has great
form at the end of the season. Now, another rider, John Degenkolb, he won 10 stages of the Vuelta between 2010 and 2015. He got left out of the Trek-Segafredo team for the Tour de France, and he has just one win to
his name so far this year at the Tour de la Provence. He’s got close on multiple occasions. And again, he’s another rider who we’re not quite sure
where he’s going next year, whether he’s going to
train with Trek-Segafredo, or he’s off to pastures new. So whatever happens, a win here at the Vuelta
would go a long way. – Well it would do, yes. There’s also fellow German from
Team Sunweb, Max Walscheid. Cast quite an imposing figure in the sprint finish, doesn’t he? Because he’s almost two meters tall. – Yeah, slightly taller
than me. (laughing) – He’s had four second
places this year, no wins. He’s taken some reasonable
wins in the past, but nothing that we’d really call huge. But, potentially, the Vuelta
Espana might be his chance to shine on the big stage. – Yeah, definitely, and the man that beat
Big Max at Scheldeprijs was Fabio Jakobsen, who at just 22 is
Deceuninck-Quick-Step sprinter here. Now, he’s going to have the blue train at his disposal here at the Vuelta, in whatever form that takes. And it doesn’t seem to matter, they just seem to live a
charmed life, doesn’t it? – Yeah, just a win machine. – (laughing) It does
when it comes to winning. And he’s had a great season, including that Dutch
National Championship. So I think the icing on the cake really would be that first Grand Tour stage win in his first Grand Tour. – And then we’ve also got Luka Mezgec from Mitchelton-Scott. Now, for the past couple of years, he’s primarily been on leadout
duties and domestique duties, but in the Tour of Poland recently, he proved that he can still
win at the very top level. He took two stage wins there, one of which was at warp speed, wasn’t it? One of the fastest recorded sprints ever. I think he clocked just
over 81 km/h there, which is quite incredible, even though it was on a slight downhill. And now he has won a stage
at the Giro in years gone by, and I think it might be time for him to add a Vuelta stage to his collection. – Yeah, definitely, mind
blowing that sprint. – I know. – Now another fast man out
there is Fernando Gaviria, and he of course had to
withdraw from the Giro with a knee injury. He did win a stage there. He came back, but he then came
up against Pascal Ackermann, and Luka Mezgec in Poland,
where he finished second on a couple of occasions. Now, it’s not been the best year, really, first year with UAE Team Emirates since leaving Deceuninck-Quick-Step, so I think that team will be hoping that he can just
rediscover that form maybe with a morale boosting Vuelta stage win before he’s reunited with his leadout man Max Richeze next year. – It’s actually quite a
decent lineup of sprinters for this year’s Vuelta, isn’t it? So the flat stage will
be very exciting too. Beyond the sprinters and GC riders, we’ve also got the likes
of Thomas De Gendt, doing his third Grand Tour of the season, so expect to see him in
breakaways on most days. And then there’s also
potentially Philippe Gilbert for Deceuninck-Quick-Step, again, we don’t know exactly
where he’s going to next year in terms of team, and also he might be
primarily at this race to prepare for the World
Championships in Yorkshire. – Yeah, and it might sound strange, but you also get that whole
sort of group of riders that are preparing for
next year’s Spring Classic, so it’s something that a lot of riders whose sort of big objectives end in April, coming to the Vuelta and
getting that big volume and high intensity racing
going into the winter can just be the sort of groundwork for a great Spring Classic season. – Yeah, it just puts you into the winter on that slightly higher
level of form, doesn’t it? – Yeah. – Right then, those are the sprinters, those are the other riders, those are the GC contenders, so now it’s time to make our predictions. – Oof. – Confident with Roglic? – Yeah, definitely. I’ve known Primoz for quite a few years, first met him at the tour
of Azerbaijan years ago, and I know I bore quite a few people to tears with that fact, but yeah, his time is now. – It does feel like it’s
only a matter of time until he wins his first Grand Tour, but it won’t be the Vuelta, because Pogacar has got this one sealed in my opinion. I’m kind of joking of course, he’s young, he’s never
done a Grand Tour before, but he is just so supremely talented, and as you mentioned earlier, 2019 seems to be the
year of a new generation. I definitely think he’s got what it takes, I wouldn’t be at all surprised
to see him on the podium at the end of this race. – No, not at all, and it’s worth mentioning
that Dan did predict that Egan Bernal was going
to win the Tour de France. – Yeah, that is worth mentioning. – Ended the GCN curse, and he doesn’t let us
forget that fact as well. – No. – Makes us pay homage
to him every morning. – Right then, let us know who you think is going to win this years Vuelta Espana in the comments section below, I have no doubt that you’ll do a better job than us with that respect. – Feel free to berate
us in four weeks’ time if we’re predictably wrong. – My prediction for the
Vuelta: Alejandro Valverde. – Primoz Roglic. – My prediction for this
year’s Vuelta is Primoz Roglic to take the win. – You will notice that during the show, we have been sporting some
Spanish-inspired merchandise, which is available not just
as a t-shirt and sweatshirt, but also as a hoodie as well, and beyond that, we’ve got plenty more. We’ve also got our country tee, as you can see here, then if you’re a GCN Club member, you will also receive sock
16, which is Spanish inspired, with a Spanish flag and the
club crest there on the back. Then, we’ve got our new fan kit, with the Spanish flag colors. I’m a particular fan of
that one, I have to say. – It’s nice, I like it.
– I’ll just fix that on top. And with that fan kit,
you can get the caskets which we’ve been having
here for the whole show, and also these socks. So if any of those take your fancy, fill your boots over at
shop.globalcyclingnetwork.com. – Yeah, indeed, and don’t forget, as we’ve said, a lot of riders are going to be
using the Vuelta as preparation for the upcoming World Championship, so you probably want to know a little bit more about
what’s going to go on there. So we sent out local
legend, and GCN presenter- – We’ve got local person. – Yeah, Ollie Bridgewood, and you can find out all about that here.

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  1. VUELTA ESPANA 2019 – Stage 1 – TEAM TIME TRIAL – Start Times ~~~~~~
    18:56■Dimension Data
    19:16■Education First
    19:24■Caja Rural

    @Team Dimension Data have crossed the line in 15m25
    @Team CCC cross the line with a faster time of 15m07
    @Education First set a new fast time at 14m58
    @SUNWEB have set a new fast time
    @TEAM ASTANA are the new leaders
    @Team QuickStep move into second place on the stage
    @FINAL RESULTS: Astana first in 14m51; QuickStep second at +2s; Sunweb third at +5s……..

  3. LIVE COVERAGE – LA VUELTA – Stage 2 – 199.6km ~~~~
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    @four in the break now: LASTRA, SMIT, ARMEE, MADRAZO
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    @Another name for the forthcoming ALTO PUIG LLORENCA is the Cumbre del Sol
    125km ● The gap is 6m20.
    [TOP 10 Spanish Cyclists of All Time:
    10■Joaquim Rodriguez
    9■Abraham Olano
    8■Carlos Sastre
    7■Alejandro Valverde
    6■Pedro Delgado
    5■Luis Ocana
    4■Federico Bahamontes
    3■Oscar Freire
    2■Alberto Contador
    1■Miguel Indurain]…
    Today's intermediate sprint is just before the Alto Puig Llorenca
    The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds
    97km ● The gap is 4m35
    55km ● The gap is 3m10
    31.5km ● Armee wins the sprint
    31km ● All together. The break has been caught
    28km ● the climbing begins in earnest
    25km ● Latour wins the KOM
    13km ● six men in the front…. this includes Quintana, Aru, Roche, Uran.
    4km ● The gap is 37sec
    2.5km remaining
    1km ● Quintana in front
    0km ● Quintana wins the stage in 5h11m17
    NICHOLAS ROCHE is the new GC Leader……..(end).

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