When world champions sprint

Stage seven of the Vuelta was widely expected to be a day for the sprinters. A bunch sprint, with the sprinters all behind their leadout trains. And for much of the day, that's how it looked.   There was a break that was always under the control...

A great day for parliament

Earlier in the week, Prime Minister David Cameron recalled parliament from its summer recess. It was clear the government were seeking to have parliament rubber stamp military action in Syria, commencing this weekend. However, it was clear even before...

Time trialist tries to take the day

Stage six was perhaps as near as the Vuelta ever comes to providing a classic sprinters' stage. However, Tony Martin seemed determined to spoil their fun. He rode almost the entire stage in a lone break. With over thirty kilometres to go, his...

A sprint finish

Stage five finally offered the sprinters an opportunity at this year's Vuelta. OricaGreenEdge's Michael Matthews timed his bid to perfection, out sprinting the likes of world champion Philippe Gilbert with ease.   However, the stage, with its...

More of that irony

So after stage four, which was won by Daniel Moreno, Nibali is yet again unintentionally back in the red jersey. This is a bit of a blow to his team, who again face the prospect of having to defend it with seventeen stages remaining.   The...

Horner takes stage and red

Christopher Horner's attack in the final kilometre of the uphill finish of stage three saw him solo to stage victory and the top of the general classification. RadioShack's Horner timed his attack perfectly. Just the main general classification...

Oh, the irony

With stage two, the real racing in this year's Vuelta got under way.   Vincenzo Nibali, nothwithstanding his team's pre-race claim that he is merely riding the race for training, provided a master class in how to ride an early stage of a grand...

Astana takes red

So the Vuelta began with a convincing win for Astana in the team time trial; thus providing Vincenzo Nibali with a significant lead over his rivals. However, it is his team-mate, Janez Brajkovic, who will wear the red jersey on today's stage, as he...

Vuelta a Espana

Tomorrow sees the beginning of the season's final grand tour and some of cycling's biggest names will be competing for the right to wear the red jersey.   As everyone knows, predicting the winner of a grand tour is impossible. There are far too...