Wednesday, September 12, 2018

La Vuelta a Espana: Michael Woods plants the flag

Woods emerging from the fog

The still emerging new star of Canadian grand tour cycling, Michael Woods, won the 17th (of 21) stages at the Veulta a Espana, powering up a monstrous hill in the Basque Country with three other climbers and pulling ahead of them at the finish. His win came on a bleak fog-shrouded peak, looking like Ryder Hesjedal's memorable day at the Tormalet in the Pyrenees many years ago.

Vuelta coverage is subscription-only, and I've been following it only remotely, but it seems to have been a pretty satisfying race. Simon Yates who collapsed spectacularly in the last stages of the Giro d'Italia and let Chris Froome seize another win, is leading the Vuelta now, with two big climbs remaining ahead of him.

Update, September 19:  Yates endured to victory -- another British champion but a break in the grand-tour domination by the British Sky team.

Image: Cycling News
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