Sorry about my silence this weekend, but a) if the Vuelta wants to start at 3am Pacific, there's nothing I can do; and b) it's become a tradition around here that plenty of people pick up where I leave off anyway. But other than the start times, I still love this parcours, and today -- one last rest day before we dive into three days that will decide the race -- is no exception.
Anyway, as to our last Grand Tour of the season, Pez files a nice summary and forecast. Ditto for Eurosport and CN. But the winner for coolest recap goes to CyclingRevealed's photo collage and the links thereunder.
I'll start a separate thread on that topic. Meanwhile, there's a ton going on elsewhere...
- Sticking in Spain for a moment: Cancellara goes home to get ready for Salzburg.
- According to Podium Cafe fave Chris Horner I didn't miss much yesterday.
- For the last time, don't forget Poland. Stef Schumacher does his Jens impression, as another German dominates a northern European Tour with a string of crushing stage wins. Man of the Year voting here is gonna be tough.
- Instant replay? McEwen dusts Boonen in the Paris-Brussels sprint finish.
- JB talks at length to VN.
- Another profile... this time it's Fast Freddy.
- Pez's new line of clothing is setting off some lightbulbs for me...
- CN is featuring Les Woodland doing history lessons, this time on some guy named Zimmerman.
- And last... a fun description by winner Robert Forster of the stage 15 sprint, pilfered from CN, if only because it contains unintentionally humorous descriptions of Rene Hasselbacher in action: