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Vuelta a España

All the Podium Cafe coverage of Spain's grand tour

Lindeman Wins as Froome Falters

Bert-Jan Lindeman won stage 7 from the breakaway as Chris Froome fell back.

Vuelta Stage 7: Mas climbing

Chaves Again Proves the Strongest, Retakes Red

Esteban Chaves swapped white for red , winning his second stage of the Vuelta. He was the first to attack on the Alto de Cazorla and beat Dan Martin by 5 seconds.

Vuelta Stage 6: Yep, You Guessed It

It's another small climb to finish a stage!

Ewan Unstoppable in Uphill Sprint, Dumoulin in Red

21-year-old Caleb Ewan won stage 5 of the Vuelta a Espana, a fantastic achievement.

Valverde is the King of Timing again

Stage 4 of the Vuelta provided a long wait for an explosive finale. On the tough final uphill kilometers Movistar's Alejandro Valverde once again proved he is the master of timing his efforts and launching his sprint at the exact right moment. He takes the stage just ahead of Sagan who just could not come around the Spaniard in the final meters. Esteban Chaves remains the race leader.

Vuelta Stage 4: A Sting in the Tail

"Finally," a sprinter might have said. "No categorised climbs." That would be until they saw the finish of this stage up close.

Sagan Sprints to Stage Three Victory

Peter Sagan took his first Grand Tour stage for over two years, outsprinting Degenkolb and Bouhanni in Malaga.

Nibali Out of Vuelta (Updated)

Vincenzo Nibali, one of the favourites to win the Vuelta, is already on his way home, for taking too much assistance from his team car.

Vuelta Stage 3: Sprinters Get a Chance

After the sand on stage 1 and the hills on stage 2 the sprinters will get a go...probably.

Chaves Beats Brave Dumoulin on Surprising Stage 2

On a decidedly odd stage of the Vuelta, a tiny Colombian beat a time-triallist on a hill.

BMC have a fun day at the beach

Vuelta a Espana Poll!

Racing For Red: Vuelta GC Preview

Like last year, the Vuelta a Espana has a very impressive field. Who will take overall honours?

Vuelta a España Course Preview

What faces the riders hoping to win the red jersey?

Vuelta Route Announced

Today, in Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol, the route of cycling's third Grand Tour was announced. Again, we can expect a tough race with many mountains.

Degenkolb bobbing for Green Apples

Giant- Shimano's John Degenkolb took his fourth stage win and did what he needed to cling to the Green points-jersey in a wild finale of the seventeenth stage of the Vuelta.

Hard, harder and now hardest in the Vuelta.

After two massive finishes we come to the last and hardest stage in the race-deciding trifecta of mountain-stages. It's hard not to designate this as the Queen stage of the race.

Niemiec wins as the bigs do battle

Przemyslaw Niemiec took the first win in the Vuelta for Poland as he just barely hung on from the breakaway on the big Lagos de Covadonga stage.

Aru advances - Nairo Abandons

After bad luck came worse luck for Movistar's big Vuelta-favorite Nairo Quintana as he crashed again and was forced to give up with a broken scapula. Astana's young Fabio Aru escaped the group of favorites in the final kilometer of the day's steep final climb to take another grand Tour stage win to add to his stage in the Giro in May.

Friday Night Vuelta

For the first time it was a successful day for the breakaway. One of the most active breakaway-riders of the year , Cannondale's Alessandro De Marchi got himself a solo stagewin after dropping his breakaway companions in a fairly hard finale f stage 7.

So you thought we had a chance? No señor.

The best GT of the year with an AMAZING startlist. Well, the proof is in the pudding and now we are 5 stages in and we can start drawing some conclusions by reading from the bottom of the list. Let's face it, some of these guys we were hoping for are ........ not in it anymore.

Degenkolb noch einmal!

It looked like the most straightforward sprint stage so far in the Vuelta and in the end we had a predicted sprint with John Degenkolb winning his second stage in a row ahead of Bouhanni and Moreno Hofland.

Bling is up to the challenge

Orica worked hard for their captain and he rewarded the effort with a convincing win.

Bouhanni - "Sí, I'm still fast"

Bouhanni continues where he left off at the Giro - winning Grand Tour sprints.

Movistars steal the spotlight

A win for Movistar and a leader's jersey for Jonathan Castroviejo as the Vuelta gets under way.

Viva la Vuelta!, by Lucy Fallon and Adrian Bell

The newly updated history of Spain's Grand Tour.

Madrid brings the Bling!

Michael Mathews of Orica-Greenedge won the final stage in Madrid proving that he was the standout rider in an otherwise weak field of sprinters in the Vuelta. Chris Horner finished safely in the pack to secure his first Grand Tour win .

Brutal duel wins Horner the Vuelta

On an Angliru stage that delivered everything it was built up to be, Chris Horner sealed his victory in this Vuelta with a late surge after having fought off repeated attacks by Vincenzo Nibali on the steepest parts of the climb. Horner now becomes the oldest, and one of the least expected, Grand Tour winner of all time. Ahead of the two FDJ's Kenny Elissonde held on from the breakaway to grab the stagewin, proving he is one of the biggest climbing talents out there.

J-Rod strikes at last-Horner sneaks into the lead

There was no stopping Joaquim Rodriguez on the Alto de Naranco today as he did his patented final kilometer sprint to tak e the stage win and inch closer t the third place on GC where Valverde currently sits.

La Vuelta Stage 18: Kiriyenka Wins, Nibali Falters

Vasil Kiriyenka soloed to a stage victory atop Peña Carbaga as Chris Horner once again gapped race leader Vincenzo Nibali to pull within three seconds of the overall lead with only three stages - and two mountain top finishes - remaining.

Vuelta: Restday status

Restday is coming to a close. Two weeks done. One to go ! One to go!