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- Vuelta Stage 21 map, time schedule, info in table below.

- Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) won Stage 20.  Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) remains overall leader going into Sunday's final stage.

- 2018 Vuelta a Espana Stage Previews, Towns, Timetables, Profiles:

Stage details Stage profiles
Stage 1: Saturday, August 25
Málaga/Málaga (8 km Individual Time Trial)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 2: Sunday, August 26
Marbella/Caminito del Rey (163.5 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 3: Monday, August 27
Mijas/Alhaurín de la Torre (178.2 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 4: Tuesday, August 28
Vélez-Málaga/Alfacar. Sierra de la Alfaguara (161.4 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 5: Wednesday, August 29
Granada/Roquetas de Mar (188.7 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 6: Thursday, August 30
Huércal-Overa/San Javier. Mar Menor (155.7 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 7: Friday, August 31
Puerto-Lumbreras/Pozo Alcón (185.7 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 8: Saturday, September 1
Linares/Almadén (195.1 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 9: Sunday, September 2
Talavera de la Reina/La Covatilla (200.8 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Rest Day: Monday, September 3
 
Stage 10: Tuesday, September 4
Salamanca. VIII Centenario Universidad de Salamanca/Fermoselle. Bermillo de Sayago (177 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 11: Wednesday, September 5
Mombuey/Ribeira Sacra. Luintra (207.8 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 12: Thursday, September 6
Mondoñedo/Faro de Estaca de Bares. Mañón (181.1 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 13: Friday, September 7
Candás. Carreño/Valle de Sabero. La Camperona (174.8 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 14: Saturday, September 8
Cistierna/Les Praeres. Nava (171 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 15: Sunday, September 9
Ribera de Arriba/Lagos de Covadonga. Centenarios 2018 (178.2 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Rest Day: Monday, September 10  
Stage 16: Tuesday, September 11
Santillana del Mar/Torrelavega (32 km ITT)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 17: Wednesday, September 12
Getxo/Balcón de Bizkaia (157 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 18: Thursday, September 13
Ejea de los Caballeros/Lleida (186.1 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 19: Friday, September 14
Lleida/Andorra. Naturlandia (154.4 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 20: Saturday, September 15
Andorra. Escaldes-Engordany/Coll de la Gallina. Santuario de Canolich (97.3 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 21: Sunday, September 16
Alcorcón/Madrid (100.9 km)
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- La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta - Stage 2

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- Women's Team Sunweb won the Madrid Challenge Team Time Trial.  Leah Kirchmann: "We are very pleased to take the victory here today in Madrid. It was a short and very technical circuit that we had to complete. It was honestly not the best race we have executed as a team, as we were down to only four riders quite early on. However, we adapted to the situation on the road, and still managed to keep it together to ride a fast time to the finish. It was a good final race before we race the World Championships in Austria and there are a lot of learning points that will only make us stronger in the end."

- Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) following Stage 20: "I can’t tell you how happy I am to be in the top three, but at the moment I still don’t want to think about this, because there’s still one day to go and only in Madrid I will truly savour this achievement. It’s the first time that I am in this position and hopefully it won’t be the last time. After the penultimate weekend, I began thinking I could finish in the top five or even on the podium, and helped by a great Quick-Step Floors team, I took it day by day and continued to rise in the GC, culminating with this beautiful result, for which I worked hard and made a lot of sacrifices, that today paid off."

- Results: Simon Yates seals overall win. (Cyclingnews) - Mas wins final mountain stage, Valverde fades.

- Vuelta a Espana - Stage 20 Results:
1. Enric Mas (quick-Step-Floors) 02:59:30
2. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) ST
3. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:23

General Classification after Stage 20:
1. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 70:44:30
2. Enric Mas (quick-Step-Floors) +1:46
3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) +2:04

- Race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) following Stage 20: "Finally. I think it’s still sinking in. I’m incredibly proud, of the team also. They have carried me through this entire three weeks. It’s the first Grand Tour for the team, it’s just unbelievable.  Adam was running out of legs on the penultimate climb and I didn’t want to be in a position where I was riding through the valley to the final climb, that could have been the worse situation possible.  I knew that Lopez and Quintana were up the road and Lopez especially had something to gain so I knew that he would maybe work with me, so as we say, sometimes attack is best form of defence."

- André Schulze (Bora-Hansgrohe directeur sportif) following Stage 20: "In this last tough stage we tried to ride offensively and go for the stage win with Rafał, but it was difficult since other teams put on a big effort, so we couldn't reach that goal. Overall, Emu did a good job and we aren't disappointed. We missed our goal of a top ten in the GC by a small margin but, all in all, it was satisfactory."

- Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 20: "Another stage with a fast start. I gave it a try and went into the breakaway group but as it fell apart, I waited for Emu to support him and, together with Davide, we finished the three of us together. We are now on our way to Madrid for the final stage of this year's Vuelta."

- Race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) following Stage 19: "I felt good, I felt good myself which is why I tried, the team did a fantastic job again. Jack Haig did a good ride to really set me up before I went away and Adam was behind incase I came back. We did fantastic job. I have to thank Thibaut for helping me a lot in the final, of course he could have sat on and not helped, so chapau, you don't forget things like that very fast. We didn't really have any plan today, just to see how we felt, keep control and calm and I was. When you feel good you have to try sometimes so I did. There is only one more day to go, we really need to focus on that now, we will enjoy this moment but it is not over for another day. I know too well in one-day everything can chance so we will try to recover and give it everything to try and win the race now. I will just try to stay focussed now, it is not over until it is over."

- Vuelta a Espana Stage 19 Top 3 Results:
1. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) 3:42
2. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:05
3. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) +0:13

General classification Top 3 after stage 19:
1. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 76:44:41
2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 1:38
3. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) 1:58

- Steffen Radochla (Sports Director, Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 19: "We had a fast start to the stage with Movistar working to make it a hard race. This didn't allow any big breakaway group to form and we worked to protect Emu. Although he suffered a lot in the last climb, Rafał provided very good support, so he was able to defend his 11th spot overall. We wanted to fight for the stage win but with the way the stage unfolded, it wasn't possible."

- News: Simon Yates takes giant step toward Vuelta a Espana title, stays cautious. (Cyclingnews) - Briton triples GC margin on Coll de la Rabassa.

- News: Valverde clings to Vuelta a Espana hope despite major blow from Simon Yates. (Cyclingnews) - 'My rivals were better than me today, but I will not roll over' says Spaniard.

- News: Pinot doubles stage wins at Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Frenchman primed for World Championships.

- Results: Pinot wins stage 19 atop Coll de la Rabassa. (Cyclingnews) - Simon Yates extends overall lead with two days to go.

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 19: "It wasn't an easy stage today. My legs weren't responding the way I would have expected, so I tried to limit my time losses. Rafał Majka stayed with me in the final climb and supported me in order to make sure I was also able to hold on to my position in the GC. I will now focus on recovering and on performing tomorrow, in the last mountain stage of this Vuelta."

- Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) won Stage 19.  Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) remains leader in the general classification.

- Ryan Gibbons (Team Dimension Data) after Stage 18: "It was a fast day as there was also a tailwind for the majority of the day. The wind was fairly strong all day, so it did add an unnecessary stress, the whole time the peloton was on edge. The breakaway played it very well today. I think they held us knowing we wouldn't want to go too fast to close them and then in the last 20kms they just really opened up. Kudos to them. The final stretch was really tricky, a lot of corners and then a deceiving false flat to the end. It was a sprint, but it was a long effort. I was too far back from the last corner and I had to scramble for what I could get."

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 18: "Flat and fast stage today with a strange finish. I felt in good shape but it's a pity I missed the win as the break managed to hold on until the end."

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 18: "The finale was extremely busy and in the last 4-5 kilometres there were so many roundabouts which made the race hectic. After 18 stages, I feel a bit tired but I think this was to be expected. Tomorrow, we have another mountain stage where I will try my best once again. After that, two more mountain stages and then we finally arrive in Madrid."

- Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) won Stage 18.  Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) remains leader on G.C.

- Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) crashed during Stage 17: "I would like this be an end to my back in 2018. I took an impact to my lower back, which worries me, as well as the pain. We were descending at 70 km/h and it could have been a lot worse. I apologise for how I reacted after the crash but with adrenaline was running, I was aching and you lose the control sometimes. I hope to recover quickly. We’ll see tomorrow morning, it depends on how I get through the night."

- Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Team Dimension Data) following Stage 17: "Today’s stage was really hard. The team gave me the opportunity to go in the breakaway by following the moves in the beginning. I was happy to make the break, first with 22 riders and then I was really happy that Merhawi made a big effort with three other guys to come across so we had a big group of 26. It was a really hard stage, because it was a difficult course, but we also had to ride it at a high pace, because the Euskadi Team was riding at the front of the peloton because it was their home region. The final climb was steep and hard, but my legs were feeling ok, so I am very happy with my ride today. It is my first grand tour, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I was just trying to do my best. Today’s result has given me a lot of confidence, I am very happy for the team to give me this opportunity and grateful to Merhawi for his help in the breakaway."

- Race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) after Stage 17: "We employed our secret weapon in Adam over the last kilometres, that’s why we’ve been saving him for this final section of the race and Jack was around the mark also. The whole team were there today, and they did a fantastic job.  I lost a few seconds in the sprint there in the end, it's no shame to lose a few seconds to Valverde in a sprint and I put time into a few other people so all in all it was a good day.  We expect aggressive, attacking racing from Valverde and Movistar – I don’t think he knows any other way to ride and he has a very strong team around him.  Of all the stages left I was most afraid of this one but there’s still a lot of hard racing to come. Tomorrow should be a sprint day and we can hopefully take it a bit easier, although you never know, and then we have Andorra. I think those stages will suit me better than today, but we’ll see."

- Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) after Stage 17: "Today was the perfect day for the breakaway. The group was quite big and it looked like it could be difficult to stay together so, I was surprised when we arrived at the bottom of the last climb practically all together. For sure, a steep climb like this was more suited to Dylan so, we decided to make a good pace from the bottom to the start of the steepest section. It was really all about the legs from there and I think Dylan played his cards really well but there was just one stronger guy out there today.  We did our best and I was quite happy because after doing my job for Dylan, I was also able to do a good final climb. It's a good feeling to have been able to do that and I am maybe more happy about that than my personal result on the stage."

- More Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) following Stage 17: "From there, I just had to manage the stronger guys. I knew not to go from too far out because I saw the other day, when I was third, that it was hard to go early. So, I followed the other guys and in the end, I made my final attack maybe a little too early as Woods came back and then attacked me. I had to leave a little gap in the final and then I went all out for the sprint and I came really close but unfortunately just not close enough."

- News: Simon Yates: Mas and Valverde will try to win the Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Overall leader believes Mitchelton-Scott is the strongest GC squad at the race.

- News: Blocked chain sparked Aru's high-speed Vuelta a Espana crash. (Cyclingnews) - 'Crashing at 70kph is never nice' says Italian after apologising for aggressive reaction.

- News: Nibali: I'm on the way up. (Cyclingnews) - 32-year-old steadily improving his form at the Vuelta a Espana.

- News: Peter Sagan comes up short in Vuelta a Espana sprint. (Cyclingnews) - 'I had to go long, but that's it, I couldn't get them' says world champion.

- News: Wallays' Vuelta a Espana breakaway win inspired by Voeckler. (Cyclingnews) - Belgian channels 2014 Paris-Tours experience to win big after recent frustrations.

- Results: Wallays wins stage 18. (Cyclingnews) - Simon Yates holds on to overall lead.

- Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) following Stage 17: "Today was one of the stages in this last week that I was targeting and I made it into a good breakaway so I achieved the first goal of the day. It was a good group and I knew who the strongest guys in the breakaway were. It was no different to the other breakaways I have been in really with Majka, De Gendt and Mollema all there. It was good to have a lot of strong guys in there and for me, personally, it was good to have De Marchi with me as we were able to control the other guys a little more.  We knew that the final climb would be the key point of the stage and De Marchi brought me to the bottom in a good position before setting a perfect tempo for me. I didn't need to watch the other guys from the back of the group because he was setting a really good pace until the last steep 3.5 kilometers."

- Steffen Radochla, Sports Director, Bora-Hansgrohe, following Stage 17: "We had another tough start to the stage with a climb right after the drop of the flag. Thanks to a strong effort, Lukas and Rafał made it into a big and strong break. We had planned to have Rafał in the break, so this worked out, and the rest of the guys in the bunch helped and protected Emu. He felt well and held on to 11th in the GC. There are some tough stages left and we'll keep fighting. Rafał took fourth, three riders were faster in the finale but I think he showed a fighting spirit."

- Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 17: "Today wasn't my day. I tried it, I gave it my all but after spending several stages in the breakaway in this Vuelta, my legs aren't fresh. Maybe it was due to the rest day and the time-trial but I didn't feel too well today. However, I gave it a try, I took my chances and I finished so close to the podium in this brutal stage."

- News: Simon Yates keeps Vuelta a Espana lead despite minor time loss to Valverde. (Cyclingnews) - Briton and Spaniard separated by 25 seconds as race moves towards finale.

- News: Valverde stakes a claim on leadership of Movistar at the Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Spaniard snips eight seconds off Simon Yates' overall lead, as Quintana struggles on final ascent.

- News: Quintana: We have to back Valverde now at Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - 'I'm not going to lie and say I'm ill' says Colombian after fading from contention on Monte Oiz.

- News: Woods claims emotional first WorldTour win in Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Canadian dedicates victory to wife and late son.

- Results: Woods victorious on Balcón de Bizkaia. (Cyclingnews) - Quintana loses ground, Valverde gains time on Basque climb.

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 17: "This stage and, in particular, the final climb, was just too hard. The fog made it even more difficult. On top of that, the breakaway group had a big advantage and we had to pull hard to come close to them. That effort and the brutal ascent to Balcón de Bizkaia made it tricky to follow the leaders."

- Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac) won Stage 17.  Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) remains overall leader.

- André Schulze (Sports Director, Bora-Hansgrohe): "Following the second rest day of the Vuelta, we wanted to race a solid TT with Emu. He didn't lose too much time and this is something OK for us. The next days will be really hard and in some stages, there will be big time differences. It's all fine, while the rest of the squad rode conservatively today, to save energy for the coming days."

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) after the Stage 16 ITT: "I'm not a TT specialist, so the goal today was to ride quite strong, try to limit my time losses but not go into the red zone because there are some very hard mountain stages ahead where we'd like to try our chances and be competitive. My form is where it should be after two weeks of a hard Vuelta and if I hadn't suffered from crashes and unfortunate mechanicals, I think I could be in a better position. However, that's cycling, and I look forward to the last 5 stages."

- More Rohan Dennis (BMC) following Stage 16: "Everything is looking good for the World Championships. I'll be heading home now and preparing specifically for the time trial and team time trial, so hopefully I will have one more box ticked by the end of the season. So far, I think the Vuelta has been the best preparation for the Worlds in Innsbruck. It has been tough, especially the first nine days with the heat which really knocked me around. Luckily, it started to cool down and I started to feel better and better. I'd rather feel better as I get further into a Grand Tour than worse. So, I think this race has been the perfect preparation for the World Championships."

- Vuelta a Espana stage 16 (ITT) top 3 results:
1. Rohan Dennis (BMC-Racing-Team) 00:37:57
2. Joey Rosskopf (BMC-Racing-Team) +0:50
3. Jonathan Castroviejo (Team-Sky) +0:50

General classification after stage 16:
1. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 64:52:58
2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) +0:33
3. Stephen Kruijswijk (Team-LottoNL-Jumbo) +0:52

- Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) following the Stage 16 ITT: "I did a really good ride, I was really well in the very beginning and on the hard climbs I had the perfect pacing strategy, but in the final, I was just dying like everybody else and it wasn’t nice.  Thirty-three seconds over Valverde is not that much, I had much more of an advantage in the Giro, over a minute and we all know how that finished in the end, but there’s still a long way to here and we’ll see how tomorrow goes.  Kruijswijk has been strong everyday so far and slowly getting better with each stage. He’s also normally good in the third week of a Grand Tour and a real diesel engine. He’s a good guy and now he’s up to third we’ll have to be very wary of him."

- More comments from Rohan Dennis (BMC) after Stage 16: "I just stuck to my plan today. My coach and I set a target for each climb and the pacing and I just stayed calm. Really, in the final it was just about controlling it after the hills. In the back of my mind I was thinking that in two weeks' time I have to go 20 kilometers longer so try to control this and hopefully you can still get the win, and don't destroy yourself. I was hoping there would be a big gap between the other riders and me, but I was surprised that Kwiatkowski wasn't up there more but he's had a bad run with a few crashes and he's been going for the GC so he's been using much more energy than me each day. I've been able to relax and save it for today and I'm happy that it was my teammate Joey who got second."

- News: Kruijswijk moves into Vuelta a Espana podium position with stunning time trial. (Cyclingnews) - LottoNl-Jumbo rider climbs over Quintana, Lopez.

- News: Valverde: I'm ahead of Quintana but that doesn't mean I'm the sole leader. (Cyclingnews) - Spaniard pulls away from teammate but loses ground on Yates in stage 16 time trial.

- News: Quintana looks ahead to mountains after Vuelta a Espana time trial damage. (Cyclingnews) - 'I knew I was going to lose time' says Colombian after slipping off the podium.

- News: Simon Yates takes major step toward Vuelta a Espana victory. (Cyclingnews) - Mitchelton-Scott's race leader extends his margin over closest rivals in stage 16 TT.

- News: Dennis adds another TT win at the Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Australian will abandon the race to prepare for world championships.

- Results: Dennis wins stage 16 time trial in Torrelavega. (Cyclingnews) - Simon Yates keeps the leader's jersey.

- Stage 16 ITT winner Rohan Dennis: "It was a good little hit out. I tried to control it at the start and finish and make my move in the middle section and it worked out perfectly. I knew I was on a good one just looking at my power on the Garmin. Really, I didn't know what Kwiatkowski and some of these later guys could do. All I knew was what Castroviejo was doing at that time and he's a pretty good indicator of if you are doing well or not. But, I think the big performance of the day goes to Joey Rosskopf. He's the best teammate, easiest guy to be at the back of the bus with, and he got second so I'm really happy for him."

- Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing) after the Stage 16 individual time trial: "I felt better than expected for having raced two weeks already. You never really know what to expect I guess. Some days I get on the bike and feel empty and some days I feel alright. Luckily it was one of the good days. I can't really ask for much more than to be second to Rohan. It's nice to be able to have a goal, a focus, and actually be able to come through with it, and get a positive result. Every time you commit to a goal, you're going out on a limb and it doesn't always pan out. So, it's nice to be able to see your goal all the way through and turn it into a good performance."

- Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) won Stage 16.  Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) remains leader in the general classification.

- News: Start times for Vuelta a Espana stage 16 time trial. (Cyclingnews) - Simon Yates last man down the ramp.

- Preview: Torrelavega time trial set to shake up the Vuelta a Espana - Preview. (Cyclingnews) - Movistar leadership dilemma may finally be resolved on stage 16.

- News: Simon Yates: I’m not dominating this Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Briton keeps narrow but solid advantage on race’s second rest day.

- News: Nairo Quintana: The critics don't hurt me, but my legs do. (Cyclingnews) - Valverde looking to gain advantage in time trial.

- Steffen Radochla (Bora-Hansgrohe Sports Director) after Stage 15: "We had another fast start to the stage, with many attacks and we wanted to go in the breakaway with Rafał. He gave his best to make it but missed the break. Later on, it was clear that Astana wanted to go for the stage victory and pulled hard, bringing the escapees back in before the start of the last climb. For us, this was fine because we wanted to achieve the best result for Emu. He did a good job, together with Rafał and Davide who brought him in the final kilometres and then he finished off the effort with a strong 9th place. We are happy with this performance."

- Stage 15 Top 3 Results:
1. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) 05:01:49
2. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) +0:28
3. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:30

General classification Top 3 after stage 15:
1. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 64:13:33
2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) +0:26
3. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) +0:33

- Monday is a rest day at the Vuelta.  The race resumes Tuesday with Stage 16.

- News: Simon Yates cautiously upbeat after successful defence of Vuelta a Espana lead. (Cyclingnews) - Briton extends gap on Valverde to 26 seconds at Lagos de Covadonga.

- News: Quintana plays down quibble with Simon Yates. (Cyclingnews) - Movistar leader loses seconds on mountain stage.

- News: Mas impresses at Lagos de Covadonga. (Cyclingnews) - Spanish rider moves to sixth overall.

- News: Pinot completes Grand Tour stage victory set at Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Frenchman takes emblematic win on Spain's 'Alpe d'Huez'.

- Results: Pinot wins on Lagos de Covadonga. (Cyclingnews) - Simon Yates holds race lead going into rest day.

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 15: "Today’s stage suited me more than yesterday’s. Again, my team was amazing, they contributed to the effort to close the gap and in the finale, Rafał and Davide supported me perfectly. Rafał and I went with the first group and I rode at my own pace, finishing 9th and holding on to 10th in the GC. Tomorrow is a rest day and I really look forward to it. I will relax so that I am ready for the final stages of the Vuelta."

- Race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) following Stage 15: "It was a very strong attack by Thibaut on the climb, he came from behind, went with speed and gained time. I can only congratulate him. It was difficult within the chase group, because there was almost zero co-operation and it was very difficult to do anything. There was a bit of a head wind so if you did gain a gap it became very hard to maintain.  Nothing much really happened in the end, my legs felt good and if I could hold the same form and the same legs then I will be happy. I am looking forward to the rest day now, we will prepare for the time trial and the rest of the race from there."

- Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) won Stage 15.  Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) remains overall leader.

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 14: "Once again, the team did a great job. I am so grateful to them, they gave everything for me. Today, a smaller group attacked, so we stayed in the peloton and took control of the pace. The finale was brutal, small gravel roads and thousands of people. Rafał stayed at the front and Davide supported me. The final kilometre was too steep for me, so I rode at my pace and finished some seconds behind Yates who was the strongest today. In the GC I am still tenth but, of course, the goal is to climb up some positions."

- Dr Jarrad van Zuydam (Doctor, Team Dimension Data) after Stage 14: "Louis (Meintjes) had a nasty crash on a descent today while trying to chase back to the front group. He crashed on a corner and rolled down an embankment. He has suffered some injuries, he has a big laceration to the left elbow which required stitches. He has various other lacerations and abrasions which are relatively minor and wont need much more than cleaning and dressing. There was obviously some concern when we saw the footage of the crash, because of the way Louis stumbled and there were concerns of a potential head injury and concussion in particular. Louis has been assessed thoroughly and he currently does not show any symptoms of a concussion. He will be reassessed in the morning and if he passes that test he will then undergo an exercise stress test to see if that induces any symptoms before we give any go-ahead for him to race."

- News: Pinot upbeat after consistent ride on steepest ascent of Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - 'You only find this kind of climb at the Vuelta' says Frenchman after 12.5 per cent finish.

- News: Kruijswijk calmly optimistic after aggressive riding at Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - LottoNL-Jumbo racer makes punchy early move on Praeres climb.

- News: Miguel Angel Lopez: No Vuelta contender clearly ahead yet. (Cyclingnews) - Colombian second on stage 14, fourth overall.

- News: Movistar roll the dice on summit to Les Praeres. (Cyclingnews) - 'On stages like this, you’ve got to take a shot to win it' says Quintana.

- News: Simon Yates: I don't feel like I'm dominating the Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Climber moves back into race lead.

- Results: Simon Yates wins on Les Praeres. (Cyclingnews) - Mitchelton-Scott rider retakes race lead.

- André Schulze (Bora-Hansgrohe directeur sportif): "In today's mountain stage, the team worked very well for Emu, he was protected all along and we all rode with a strong team spirit. In the end, he had a good result, he lost 57 seconds and on such steep climbs, this is what we were expecting from him. He's still 10th in the GC, so we are close to where we would like to be and look forward to the coming stages."

- More comments from Simon Yates after Stage 14: "Movistar had three guys at one point and I was alone, not to say the team did a bad job because they did a fantastic job, just I was alone at that moment and I can't control everything so I just tried to stay calm and that's what it was really.  I remember tomorrow's stage from 2016, that is the only time I have ridden the climb, it is a very difficult climb and I hope to have the same legs as today. I expect Movistar to be very active again."

- Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) after he retook the red jersey as race leader on Stage 14: "I chose my moment really well there in the final. I didn't look back until it flattened off a little bit and I had a bit of a gap so just gave it everything to the line. I feel a bit more like I deserve it (the red jersey) this time , I gave it everything I could today in the very end and I am very happy.  I chose my own pace, I can't respond to everything but I managed it well and chose my moment well. I didn't know the climb, I didn't know if it was going to get steeper or easier, so I was really managing and controlling my effort and went at my own tempo."

- Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won Stage 14 and regained the leader jersey.

- Merhawi Kudus (Team Dimension Data) after Stage 13: "We knew the break had a good chance to arrive today so our plan was to have 2 or 3 guys in the move. I followed the first moves and everyone was just jumping too so we became 32 guys in the front. It was pretty hard and fast for me, being in such a big group so I was spending a lot of energy in the break. I was really motivated to try and win the stage and I knew the last climb, having done it twice already. I just got a bit too nervous and then over excited as we hit the steep part and I closed the gap to Rafa with a big acceleration. I couldn't keep that pace and I had a bit of an explosion. I tried to just keep going at a constant pace but in the end I came 6th. Ben was 10th as well so I am happy for the team but I will keep fighting for a stage."

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 13: "We had a good start to the stage with three of our riders in the big breakaway group. I was feeling well but in the final climb I wasn't able to ride at the pace I would have liked. I lost some seconds to the main GC contenders and it's a pity because I really wanted to stay with the leading group. Tomorrow is another day, the first of the two hard summit finishes in a row."

- Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 13: "My form was very good today, I felt very well and the team did a brilliant job in helping me. I'm proud of that. I gave it my all in the harsh final climb to La Camperona but it wasn't enough to take the stage. I'm disappointed because we did everything we had planned but the victory didn't come."

- Steffen Radochla, Sports Director, Bora-Hansgrohe, following Stage 13: "Nice stage for BORA-hansgrohe and second place, another podium result in this Vuelta. I think it was impressive we had three riders in the big breakaway. Rafał was there and our goal was to bring him to a stage win. It nearly worked, but another rider was stronger. That's cycling and for us, it is a good performance. Emu was in the main group but lost some seconds in the steep climb. I don't consider this to be terrible, we aren't disappointed, we are close to the main GC contenders and more hard stages lie ahead. We have a strong team with a strong mindset and this is what matters for us."

- News: Uran moves up standings on La Camperona. (Cyclingnews) - EF-Drapac rider 51 seconds behind Yates on GC.

- News: Vuelta a Espana leader Jesus Herrada lives to fight another day on La Camperona. (Cyclingnews) - Cofidis pro loses two minutes on GC but hangs onto red jersey.

- News: Simon Yates closes in on Vuelta a Espana lead again. (Cyclingnews) - Mitchelton-Scott rider escapes with Quintana on La Camperona.

- News: Giant-killer Rodriguez gives Euskadi-Murias a massive Vuelta a Espana triumph. (Cyclingnews) - Basque team take first Grand Tour victory, Rodriguez captures maiden pro win.

- News: Quintana inches ahead on first of three Vuelta a Espana summit finishes. (Cyclingnews) - Colombian favourite moves up to third overall on GC at La Camperona.

- Results: Oscar Rodriguez wins on La Camperona. (Cyclingnews) - Euskadi rider claims Grand Tour stage victory as Herrada keeps race lead.

- Jackson Stewart, directeur sportif, BMC Racing, after Stage 13: "I think Dylan had another amazing day and unfortunately he was out-climbed by a young rider whose abilities we weren't aware of. But, he matched everyone that we thought would be good in the final and he was able to match Majka at the end there. Maybe Dylan and Majka went too hard at first as Rodriguez came up slowly from behind.  Dylan wanted to win again and it's disappointing for him but now, he has had some amazing days in the breakaway and has really shown that he can race for the win. He must have been a little fatigued coming into today's stage and this breakaway but with how the race played out we needed someone to go and he is one of the strongest guys in the race so it was amazing to have him and Joey representing us and racing for the win."

- Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) following Stage 13: "I didn't know who Rodriguez was before today, but he came back to us. I didn't see him from behind but the moment he passed, it was really impressive and with a lot of speed on a steep climb like this. I, and I think Majka as well, didn't have an answer to this and in the end, I've had too many top ten results but no win. The climb suited me but after the third day in the breakaway, it's not always easy. Actually, it wasn't my plan to go in the breakaway but I was there because it was really chaotic in the beginning. If you go in a big group like this then you know you go in without spending too much energy. I sat there and did my job and I made it at the front on the final climb. In the end, it's disappointing to have another good result but no win, because I really want a stage win."

- Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi-Murias) won Stage 13.  Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) remains leader on G.C.

- Preview: Vuelta a Espana's triple-whammy summit finishes could decide GC – Preview. (Cyclingnews) - Contador: Only Grand Tour specialists can handle back-to-back mountain stages.

- Comments from Juan Manuel Garate, directeur sportif for EF-Education First as Vuelta week two got underway: "The Vuelta is going great so far. Of course, after Simon’s victory everyone is more calm, we have more confidence, we can execute our strategy with more calmness.  Now the first part of the race is finished and we are entering into the second part. The first part was a kind of defensive mode for us. We couldn’t go on the attack for the GC, so we were just waiting. The second part is going to be more aggressive, but we need to pay attention because we’re not the only ones racing for the GC. Everyone is going to try to attack and start to make differences in the GC now.  The staff is motivated, working very well, they put in a big effort the past 10 days because it was really, really warm here, sometimes over 40 degrees Celsius. We had to use all of the staff to do extra feeds on the route, with the goal of saving energy as much as possible for the riders."

- News: Fabio Aru experiencing 'complicated days' in Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - 2015 champion loses 41 seconds to other favourites on stage 11.

- News: Kruijswijk feeling the strain but ready to attack at Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - 'It will be an important weekend with three really hard days in a row' says LottoNL-Jumbo's Dutch climber.

- Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) following Stage 11: "It was a really crazy race today and the boys rode great again, they’re going to be tired now. It was ok for me, I was in the peloton just trying to save energy. We worked hard over the first 100kilometres marking and closing the moves, trying to control it but there comes a point when you can only control it for so long.  There was some danger in the break, like Pinot, and for us we had Jack in there doing a great job. Movistar took it up for the final 80kilometres at the head of the bunch. They have the best two GC riders in the race and closest to me overall – it was their decision to pull, but sooner or later someone was going to come up there and set the tempo."

- Ryan Gibbons (Team Dimension Data) after Stage 11: "That was an incredibly hard and fast day. There was never a flat section of tarmac and with over 3500m of climbing, and a tough last 5km, it was always going to be a stressful and challenging day. The race blew up on the first climb with every team wanting to be represented in the break of the day. Finally after 100km of flat out racing, a group of us got away. It went on a climb so therefore it was a breakaway of climbers - and me. Pinot was there from FDJ and as a GC rider it caused a lot of hesitation from the rest of the break and we never rode well together, instead everybody used every possible opportunity to attack. Not being a climber eventually took it's toll and I lost contact with about 25km to go with a few others. Our guys looked good in the group and Louis rode really well in the final to move up slightly on GC, so all in all not a bad day out for us."

- News: Organisation member causes post-finish crash at Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Team Sky hope Van Baarle can continue race.

- News: Jesus Herrada soars into lead at the Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - GC contenders warn Cofidis all-rounder could be difficult to dislodge from top spot overall.

- News: Geniez seals hat-trick of stages in the Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Frenchman fends off Van Baarle for breakaway victory.

- Results: Geniez wins stage 12. (Cyclingnews) - Herrada inherits red jersey as breakaway once again stays clear.

- Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 12: "As some riders tried to attack, I thought I would try as well and it worked out. Together we worked really well and opened up a gap of more than ten minutes. Soon we knew we would be fighting for the stage victory. I stayed at the front to make my opponents tired. The last kilometres hurt and when some riders launched an attack, I couldn’t follow and took sixth. There was a crash right after the finish line but, fortunately, I was able to avoid it."

- André Schulze, Bora-Hansgrohe Sports Director following Stage 12: "Just 5 kilometres after the start, on the first climb, a strong group of 18 riders got away. We had Davide Formolo there, so all the other riders of the team focused solely on helping Emu. The maximum gap of the breakaway was 11 minutes and Davide tried many times in the final kilometres to open a gap and get to the finish alone because he wasn't the fastest sprinter of the breakaway but that didn't work. Still, he fought hard throughout the stage and got a good sixth place. From tomorrow, we have mountain-top finishes and all our efforts will be for Emu."

- Alexandre Geniez (AG2R-la-Mondiale) won Stage 12.  Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) is new overall leader.

- Steffen Radochla, Sports Director, Bora-Hansgrohe, following Stage 11: "A really hard stage with a very tough beginning. There were countless attacks in the first 90km but nobody was willing to let a group go away. I'd have to praise Davide, Rafał and the other guys who put such a strong effort to cover many of those attempts. After a long fight, a group did break, with Rafał in it. At that point, we worked towards stage victory but there wasn't a lot of collaboration. Rafał fought until the end and took 7th while Emu was well protected and avoided any trouble. The guys will now have to recover after such a long and hard day in the saddle."

- News: Valverde critical of Mitchelton-Scott after Movistar leads Vuelta a Espana chase. (Cyclingnews) - Spaniard claims Australian team failed to shoulder responsibility to control the race.

- News: EF Education First-Drapac light up stage 11 final. (Cyclingnews) - 'Morale is really high and Rigoberto is looking really good' says Mike Woods.

- News: Kelderman: I can be with the best, but I don't know if I can take time back. (Cyclingnews) - Sunweb rider has almost two minutes to make up.

- News: Pinot takes pleasure in 100-kilometre Vuelta a Espana attack. (Cyclingnews) - Frenchman barely gains time toward the overall but puts GC teams under pressure.

- News: Vuelta a Espana leader Simon Yates survives fraught stage after Pinot attacks. (Cyclingnews) - Briton stays in good shape as he holds the overall lead for a third day.

- News: Vuelta a Espana stage win liberating for De Marchi. (Cyclingnews) - Italian takes his first win since 2015.

- Results: De Marchi wins stage 11. (Cyclingnews) - Yates keeps race lead as breakaway stays away.

- Stage 11 winner Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) praised his teammates: "The presence of Dylan and Nico in the breakaway was the key as I could play in the front and I was sure they were helping me to control from behind. The whole day was full gas and each move looked like the right one. So, you couldn't lose concentration for one second. It was a fight for five hours. I think it was the hardest win I have ever had. Sometimes it's more about luck. First of all, you have to be lucky and then you have to have the legs. I was not sure if I would be able to drop Restrepo because he is quite fast, and that attack I did was really the only option. I was lucky in the end that it was ok."

- Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) won Stage 11.  Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) remains leader on G.C.

- Bingen Fernandez (directeur sportif, Team Dimension Data) after Stage 10: "Today was a rather straight forward sprint day. A small break went clear and immediately the sprinters teams started to control. Our objective was to take care of Louis Meintjes, protect his GC position from any possible crosswind splits and then Ryan Gibbons had the green light for the sprint finale. There were no problems for Louis today, finishing safely in the bunch. Ryan was in the mix again and had the wheel of Sagan with 1.5km to go. Normally that is a good wheel to have but the problem is 15 other guys also want that wheel. In the fight he got squeezed against the barriers and lost positions when he had to brake. Unfortunately that is the business of sprinting sometimes, he is riding well though and will have another chance."

- Race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) after Stage 10: "It could have been much, much worse today, we were expecting a bit more of a crosswind, but it was more of a headwind so it was ok.  I was just on the side of the road and I must have hit something or run over something and I had a double puncture which is not ideal but it could have been much worse.  I’ve had some bad experience before having a puncture and waiting, then changing for my own bike or the wheel. Today we changed for Michael Albasini’s bike and it was a little too big, so we had to change again, but it was ok."

- Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) following his Stage 10 victory: "Four stages in the Giro, two now in the Vuelta, I think it’s safe to say this has been a truly incredible season. I’m in a great moment of my career and in a perfect team, so I try to take advantage of this every single time. This win is for all the guys in the squad, who are always giving everything for me, making sure I get a chance to fight for the win."

- News: Ion Izagirre: Doing so well on GC is new territory for me. (Cyclingnews) - Basque rider lying fifth overall as Vuelta moves into second week.

- News: Simon Yates keeps Vuelta a Espana lead despite late puncture. (Cyclingnews) - Briton plays down talke of repeat at scene of his first Grand Tour success.

- News: Sagan: Viviani is much faster in these sprints. (Cyclingnews) - World champion is second for the third time in 2018 Vuelta a España.

- News: Viviani keeps the wins coming in the Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - 17th win of the season for Italian champion.

- Results: Viviani wins stage 10. (Cyclingnews) - Italian champion tops Sagan in Fermoselle.

- Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) won Stage 10.  Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) retained the overall race lead.

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 10: "It was a relatively calm stage and, as expected, it all came down to a very fast sprint finish. The guys worked again very well and in the last climb, with 30km to go, they pulled hard in the front, trying to break the peloton. I gave my best in the finale and although I finished second, I am now in the green jersey. I'm happy for that and I'll try to keep it for as long as I can."

- André Schulze (Bora-Hansgrohe directeur sportif) following Stage 10: "We tried to make the race hard in the climb with 30km to go. We put our climbers in the front, hoping to drop other sprinters but this didn't work. After the climb there was no wind, so we couldn't try either there to cause echelons and as a result, we focused on the sprint. In the final kilometre, Lukas tried a late attack but it wasn't easy to bring Quickstep under pressure. Peter stayed on the wheel of Viviani and did a good sprint. He's now wearing the green jersey, we're happy with that and we look forward to the coming stages."

- Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 9: "I felt well today and, of course, I helped Emu, especially in the final climb. The tricky thing was the headwind on the final climb, so it was good that Emu stayed on my wheel. He is now fourth overall, just a few seconds behind Yates. I think we put in a remarkable team effort today and Emu is still close to a podium spot."

- Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) following Stage 9: "Today was a demanding and long stage, with a summit arrival at 2,000m of altitude. However, I feel that day by day my condition and especially my race pace is improving. I was feeling very well when the pace was regular, then with 1,5 km to go there were some attacks and I had to defend, however they were not too bad and I was able limit the gap. Tomorrow we have a rest day, then some stages that aren’t too demanding, so I’m confident I can continue to improve my fitness."

- News: De la Cruz believes Vuelta a Espana title is anybody's to win or lose. (Cyclingnews) - 'It's difficult to see one rider stronger than another' says Team Sky rider.

- News: Dan Martin leaves Vuelta a Espana early to welcome newborn twins. (Cyclingnews) - UAE Team Emirates rider heads home to support wife.

- News: Simon Yates back in Grand Tour lead at Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - 'A good surprise' says Briton.

- Gallery: Behind the scenes with BMC at the Vuelta a Espana - Gallery. (Cyclingnews) - A look at life on the road for Porte, Dennis and the US-registered WorldTour team.

- News: Valverde says his objectives are 'already accomplished' at Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Quintana: There's going to be a real war.

- Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) will not start Stage 10: "After consultation with the team and doctors in Andorra, we have come to the decision it is best for me to travel home to Andorra in order to support my wife with the imminent arrival of our twin girls.  This Vuelta has been a great experience to race in as a teammate to this strong and young team, and to be able to offer my full support to Fabio. Although the race didn’t produce the results that I expected, I really enjoyed acting as a road captain to this young group.  But the time has now come, slightly earlier than we anticipated, to head home and to support my wife in this incredibly exciting period of our lives.  I have to say thank you to my teammates for their support and understanding, as it is not easy to leave them behind. I would also like to offer a big thank you to the team management for being so supportive and allowing me the opportunity to race this Vuelta a Espana even with the knowledge that I could be called home at any moment."

- More comments from Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) following Stage 9, where he took the red leader jersey: "On the final climb, it was exposed, and I would say the wind was a factor today, but not as much as we anticipated. I had watched a video from 2011 and that looked like the wind caused more damage than anything else, but it wasn’t as strong as that today.  It’s difficult to say what I learned from the Giro d’Italia because I still don’t know why I cracked and if I did I would have learned a very valuable lesson, but we don’t know yet and that’s ok because every race is different."

- Monday is a rest day at the Vuelta a Espana.  The race resumes Tuesday with Stage 10.

- News: Kelderman rips up the race on Vuelta a Espana's second summit finish. (Cyclingnews) - 'I found my moment and I tried it, and it was good' says Team Sunweb leader.

- News: King adds another summit win at the Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Dimension Data rider fends off late charge by Trek-Segafredo's Bauke Mollema.

- Results: King conquers La Covatilla. (Cyclingnews) - Simon Yates takes the overall lead by one second over Valverde.

- New race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) following Stage 9: "It wasn’t expected for me to be in the leader’s jersey at the end of the stage today. I was just trying to follow the best guys in the race and I was a little bit behind by a few seconds, so it is a bit of a surprise, but I am happy. A good surprise.  Being in the leader’s jersey is becoming a little but familiar now and of course I am very happy, but like I said it wasn’t expected so as far as a game plan I will have to sit down with the team and discuss how we approach being in the jersey over the next few days."

- Ben King (Team Dimension Data) after his Stage 9 victory: "I think the second win hasn’t sunk in yet. I don’t think I have suffered that much in my career. Being chased by a guy like Mollema is a lot of pressure and it took a lot to keep believing and keep suffering that much. But I know what it means to me, what it means to the team and to the people who support and believe in me. I think it was a mental battle between us in the last bit and 20 seconds is not a big gap. We were just separated by meters on the climb and it just stayed the same and we completely fired, dying a thousand deaths. I’m really proud and happy to be out front again and fly the flag for the team and Qhubeka. It was a special day, and a special La Vuelta so far and it’s not even over."

- Ben King (Team Dimension Data) won Stage 9, his second stage victory in this Vuelta.  Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) took over the lead on G.C.

- Bingen Fernandez (Team Dimension Data directeur sportif) after Stage 8: "Today was a very difficult stage, made more difficult by the fact that the break got such a big time gap. You could see by how small the group was at the finish, that it was a tough day out. Our first objective for the day was to ensure Louis finished in the front group which we achieved today. Ben, Ryan, Mera and Amanuel were all in that reduced front group too so we can say it was a solid day out for us in the end."

- Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) following his Stage 8 victory: "I am really surprised with this victory, to be honest. Even if I knew this finish would be tougher than a normal sprint, I didn't expect it to be that steep. Arrieta was insisting to me on the radio, after our staff had arrived to the finish before the race, that it was an excellent finish for me. He told me: 'Just follow the wheel of the one who overtook you yesterday.' I told him: 'Look, 'Arri', I won't go chase the stage win. I'll try to just not lose time, and that's it.' If you look at the finish, it was so nervous already before entering Almadén, but the team worked so hard to bring me to the front. Since it was uphill all the way to that roundabout with 500 meters to go, I sort of got into the mood to go forward, follow Peter's wheel and contest the win."

- Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won Stage 8.  Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) remains leader in the general classification.

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 8: "It seems yesterday's crash hasn't affected my performance too much but I still notice the injury. The team, once again, put in a strong effort and worked perfectly for me. As we headed to the last roundabout, I was in 15th position and finished in the leading bunch, keeping my 3rd place in the GC. Tomorrow, we tackle a tough stage and I'm surely going to give my best."

- News: Dan Martin slams 'chaotic' Vuelta a Espana finale. (Cyclingnews) - 'We’ve been riding on these beautiful roads all day and then the last 15 kilometres it’s just chaos'.

- News: Lopez ready for return of the mountains in Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - 'Sunday is where we’ll begin to see those who will go for the outright' says Astana climber.

- News: Vuelta a Espana leader Molard adamant he'll fight to the end. (Cyclingnews) - Frenchman faces difficult challenge on Covatilla on Sunday.

- News: Valverde comes out on top again at the Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Second uphill finish stage win for Spanish star strengthens his second place overall.

- Results: Valverde wins stage 8 in Almaden. (Cyclingnews) - Movistar rider trims 10 seconds off Molard's overall lead.

- André Schulze, Bora-Hansgrohe Sports Director: "Today, we had a 195km-long Vuelta stage, pretty flat with 2,000m of climbing. Our goal was to allow only a small breakaway and work for Peter in the sprint. It played out well in the start, we only had three escapees who got a maximum lead of 12 minutes. We then started working with Burgi and a few other teams to bring the break back. With 5km to go, the break was caught and we prepared for the sprint in the bunch. Peter was in a really good position and started his sprint perfectly. In those really steep final hundred metres, unfortunately for us, Valverde seemed to have better legs and managed to pass Peter in the closing metres. I think we have performed well in the Vuelta so far and tomorrow we will focus solely on Emu, especially in the final tough climb to the finish on La Covatilla."

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 8: "Yet another hard and hot Vuelta stage where the entire team worked very well. We managed to keep a small break, the guys then pulled hard to bring it back and I was in a good spot for the sprint. I gave my all in the hard, final metres but it wasn't enough to win. Still, I feel my form is improving each and every day. I would have liked to double BORA-hansgrohe's victories today and I congratulate Pascal Ackermann for his win in Brussels."

- News: Woods battles for stage win in breakaway at Vuelta a Espana despite early crash. (Cyclingnews) - EF-Drapac continue to shine in Spain.

- News: Valverde climbs Vuelta a Espana standings in fraught finale. (Cyclingnews) - Spaniard into second as Kwiatkowski crashes.

- News: Gallopin back on track in Vuelta a Espana after tumultuous mid-season. (Cyclingnews) - Frenchman claims solo stage win in Pozo Alcon.

- Results: Gallopin gets the win in Pozo Alcón. (Cyclingnews) - Molard retains race lead as Kwiatkowski loses time.

- Tony Gallopin (AG2R-la-Mondiale) won Stage 7.  Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) retained the overall race lead.

- News: Helicopter causes crash at Vuelta a Espana after stage 6. (Cyclingnews) - Duval left with stitches after barriers blown across road by helicopter.

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): "It was a very hot and hard stage but the team did a fantastic job. We had everything in place so that we don't lose time in the GC and allow Peter to go for the win but in a critical moment, I crashed. It was painful but thanks to the tremendous help of Jay and Davide, I was able to finish with the main GC group. I keep my 3rd place in the overall and we now have to see how this crash affects me. Hopefully, it will not be serious but we first need to run some medical tests before we know the extent of my injuries."

- Alex Sans (Team Dimension Data): "We planned to go in the break but we saw from the start of the stage that Bora wanted to control the race as was a good final for Sagan, who in the end was second today. From there we focused on protecting Louis (Meintjes) and making sure he starts the last climb in front, as the roads very tricky.  From there the pace was high and small group of 20 riders came to the final with Louis in it. It was a good day at the end."

- News: Lotto-Soudal director slams presence of bollards on road in Vuelta a Espana finale. (Cyclingnews) - Campenaerts gets stitches after stage 6 fall 25km from San Javier finish.

- News: Porte rolls back the years jumping into Vuelta a Espana breakaway. (Cyclingnews) - Australian takes part in first non-GC related Grand Tour breakaway since 2012.

- News: Bouhanni bounces back from troubled year with victory at Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - First Grand Tour stage win for French sprinter since 2014.

- Results: Bouhanni wins in San Javier. (Cyclingnews) - Molard holds on as peloton splits in frantic finale.

- Bingen Fernandez (directeur sportif, Team Dimension Data) following Stage 6: "After 3 really good days, today was a disappointing stage for us. Unfortunately a crash with 26km to go split the race and our team came out of the situation the worst, with all our riders behind the split. The positive was our guys got together quite quickly to chase down the front group, together with some Sunweb riders, but when you have 6 or 7 teams pulling up front against just 2 behind, we were fighting a losing a battle. So we missed the chance for a stage win with Ryan today and Louis also lost time on the GC. Before the race started we expected there could be some unpredictable moments like this during the 3 weeks, it's how we bounce back now that matters the most."

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 6: "The stage started quite slowly but in the final kilometres it got fast with many splits in the peloton. I wanted to try for the sprint but I wasn't very well positioned in the last straight to the finish line. I tried to recover positions but it wasn't possible."

- Steffen Radochla, Bora-Hansgrohe Sports Director after Stage 6: "The first 130km of the stage were quite boring, with the sprinter teams in control. Then in the final 20km we had a crosswind section where the peloton got really nervous. At that point, the whole team was in a very good position, at the front of the bunch. Unfortunately, Rafa had a puncture and dropped back to the second group, losing about 1:20 minutes. There was a tricky roundabout 700m to the finish and Peter most probably wasn't perfectly positioned there, so he found himself quite far back for the final sprint."

- Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) won Stage 6.  Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) remains leader on G.C.

- Merhawi Kudus (Team Dimension Data) after Vuelta Stage 5: "It was another top 10 result today for us so I think the team is going really well at the moment. We have a good atmosphere in this group. Today was a super hard stage, everyone wanted to be in the breakaway but we expected that. Fortunately I was the one representing in the 25-rider breakaway, but the course did not suit me by constantly undulating with a headwind. The climb was also mid stage so I just tried to fight for position and it ended up being a good day, but I am looking for another opportunity to get a result."

- News: Kuss satisfied with sparkling debut in Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Tour of Utah winner riding strongly in first week of debut Grand Tour.

- News: Kwiatkowski has mixed feelings about losing Vuelta a Espana lead. (Cyclingnews) - Pole says ceding the lead to Rudy Molard will 'calm down some things'.

- News: Clarke gambles hard and high to win in Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Australian takes EF-Drapac's first WorldTour win of 2018.

- Results: Simon Clarke wins stage 5. (Cyclingnews) - Molard moves into race lead as breakaway sticks again.

- More comments from Simon Clarke (EF Education First-Drapac) after his victory on Stage 5: "Everyone knew it was a good breakaway day.  We saw the breakaway go quite easily on the first four days, even yesterday, because the bunch didn’t think the breakaway could succeed. Normally Sky likes to keep the break under close control on the mountain stages, so yesterday was a bit of a surprise, but today was for sure a breakaway day.  When you have such a big group, you cannot for one minute be complacent.  There’s never very good cooperation in such a good group. I kept telling myself I needed to stay as close to the front of the group as possible because otherwise guys get in front of you and you just can’t catch them.  The way the breakaway went, it was on a climb, so the nature of the breakaway was that it had some very strong climbers.  I wasn’t going to be able to attack them on the climbs to get to the front of the race."

- Alessandro de Marchi (BMC Racing) following Stage 5: "These are the days when I would like to be a sprinter. In the end, I am happy. I took a risk going really far from the finish but honestly, I had nothing to lose so, why not? In the end, Clarke and Mollema were stronger and faster and I had to play a bit because a podium is better than nothing. So, this is my first try. Going on the front was the only option. Clarke was strong and ready to cover each attack, so it was difficult.  At the beginning, it was crazy. It was a big battle to try and make it into the breakaway with a lot of groups, both big and small, trying and in the end, I decided that the best way would be to try alone or just with a few riders and try to stay away and see what happened because nobody was really working in the big bunch."

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 5: "It was a really tough start to the stage, especially after the effort yesterday. Our team worked really well and after the break was gone they always kept me close to the front to stay out of trouble. After a couple of kilometres I had good legs again and in the end, it was a day without any issues for us. Molard took the red jersey today, but I don’t think this will make any difference to the GC at the end of this Vuelta."

- Simon Clarke (EF Education First-Drapac) following his victory on Stage 5: "It's just amazing. I worked so hard since I last won a stage here, and I just couldn't repeat it. It's taken me so long to get back there and have my stars aligned. Even today I wasn't sure it was possible.  You've got to be willing to lose to win, and I was and I came out on top.  I saw today as a breakaway stage before the Vuelta even started.  I put a circle around this stage and stage seven. Today was definitely the priority of the two. I spoke to the team about having some freedom today, which they gave me, and I had to make that count."

- Simon Clarke (EF Education First-Drapac) won Stage 5.  Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) is new overall leader in the general classification.

- News: Yates tears up the Vuelta a Espana script with attack on Alfacar. (Cyclingnews) - Briton goes against team's conservative stage plan.

- News: Kwiatkowski stays in power at Vuelta a Espana despite Yates' late attack. (Cyclingnews) - Buchmann, Yates move into top three in first summit finish.

- News: King for a day in Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Dimension Data bounce back after a tough season.

- Results: Ben King wins stage 4. (Cyclingnews) - Kwiatkowski keeps lead as breakaway sticks in first mountain top finish.

- Ben King (Team Dimension Data) following Stage 4, which he won: "I'm still in shock. It's a dream come true. It's been my goal for the last couple of years to win a grand tour stage. But even just to be here and have the opportunity to go in the breakaway today is an honour,  for the faith that the team put in me. We have been working really well together as a team and I've also been working really hard for this at home, so it's really affirming that it all worked out like this.  I didn't think that the break had a chance to stay away, until 40km to go, and even then, there were really strong riders in the break with me. I just did not know how to expect to stack up with those guys. I just put myself in the right position to have the best chance possible and I hit them early at the bottom of the climb and then time-trialed to the top. I was able to out-kick Stalnov at the finish."

- Ben King (Team Dimension Data) won Stage 4.  Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) retained the overall race lead.

- Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe): "My shape is good. These were my first climbs at race speed after the Tour and I am happy with my result. Our team is very strong and we now have Emu and me up there. This will give us some options. We have to see how the race unfolds, but so far all is perfect."

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 4: "My legs were good again. I knew the last climb from training – that it flattened out at the top a little. In the finale, I still had something left in the tank and thought why not trying. I think a lot of guys still have their sights on Rafa and that was my advantage. However, the Vuelta will be decided in the last week and it's then when you need to have some energy left."

- Ryan Gibbons (Team Dimension Data) following Stage 3: "Today was actually really hard with over 3000m of climbing. The break went quite early so it was controlled but with the heat and wind also made it a tough day out. The final was pretty treacherous, with 20km to go there were a few climbs and after that it was really fast to the finale. It was strung out in one line and with just one team leading it and no control behind. Coming into the home stretch it was pretty messy, the only proper leadout here is Quickstep, so everyone else is just fighting for wheels. 500m to go a few guys came up my inside and chopped me, so I lost my momentum but sprinted to salvage what I could. I rolled in 9th which we're not too happy about but the form is good and I'm feeling good."

- News: Vuelta's first major summit finish to provide early sort-out – Preview. (Cyclingnews) - 12km ascent to Puerto de Alfacar will be toughest challenge so far.

- News: Kwiatkowski: 'Tomorrow is the Vuelta's first big mountain checkpoint'. (Cyclingnews) - Polish star will try to hold lead in Vuelta 'for as long as possible'.

- News: Valverde and Quintana stay ahead and out of trouble during stage 3. (Cyclingnews) - 'We didn't want to fight for the stage win, just avoid crashes' says Quintana.

- News: Viviani continues Quick-Step 2018 Grand Tour success in Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Quick-Step Floors sprinter takes 15th win of the season.

- Results: Viviani wins stage 3 sprint. (Cyclingnews) - Kwiatkowski keeps the red jersey.

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) commented after Stage 3: "It was another hard and hot stage at the Vuelta. Although I'm not at my best yet, today I felt a bit better and took a shot at the sprint. The team did a great work all day and Lukas launched a brave attack in the last kilometres. I was brought by my teammates in the finale and gave my best in the sprint but Viviani was the fastest."

- Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 3: "I just followed the move of the Lotto guys to spare my teammates in the back from working. In the end, I tried, but I knew it would have been hard to make it to the line. But if you don’t try, you‘ll never win, so I gave my best. My legs are good and maybe there will be another chance in the coming days."

- Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) following his victory on Stage 3: "This wonderful season continues with a beautiful and very special moment. First Vuelta win, first Grand Tour victory in the Italian Champion jersey, all these make up for a perfect day, but I couldn’t have pulled it off without this incredible team, who did again a marvelous job. It was difficult to control such a tough stage by our own for 90% of the time, but we prevailed again thanks to the Wolfpack’s fantastic spirit."

- Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) won Stage 3.  Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) remains leader on G.C.

- World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 2: "I'm on the right track to get my form where it should be and I'm improving every day. But, I still need more time to recover from the crash at the Tour de France. I gave my best today, just like I do every time I race."

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 2: "I had good legs today as well and felt really strong in the finale. These kinds of finishes normally don't suit me but the result was good. The team helped me a lot to get out of trouble when it started to get tricky. In the Vuelta, you have to be focused in every single stage and there are still 19 ahead of us."

- Alex Sans Vega (Team Dimension Data directeur sportif): "Our goal today was to ensure Louis (Meintjes) finished with the other main favourites. We knew it would be a slightly bigger group arriving at the line with Sky controlling for Kwiatkowski to take the jersey. We gave Merhawi the nod to go for the stage if the opportunity presented itself, but it didn't turn out to be an option today. In the end it was only a handful seconds we had to give away, so we can be content with how we got through today's stage."

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- Laurens De Plus (Quick-Step Floors) following Stage 2: "The plan was to put Dries in a good position, but as soon as I rode to the front and opened a gap, he told me to keep going and as I had some speed I decided to give it a try. The meters passed and as I was approaching the finish – 1000 meters, 600 meters, 300 meters – I began to think that maybe it will be my first pro victory, but in the end I got beaten by two world class riders, so I can't be said. On the contrary, this is a morale-boosting result for the next three weeks."

- News: Kwiatkowski rues missing out on Vuelta a Espana stage win. (Cyclingnews) - Race lead consolation for Polish champion.

- News: Valverde shows flying form with 10th Vuelta a Espana stage win. (Cyclingnews) - Movistar rider takes his 120th career victory in Caminito del Rey.

- Results: Valverde wins stage 2. (Cyclingnews) - Kwiatkowski moves into race lead.

- Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) following his victory on Stage 2: "Surprised? I am, but I'm not at the same time. I knew my legs were going to do well here. After the Tour de France, I tried to rest up as much as I could, spent a lot of time on flat roads next to the coastline in Murcia, trying to stay focused but calm and relaxed at the same time, making the right form come to me and hoping to progress over the next three weeks here in La Vuelta. The progress I followed throughout August has been proven to be the right one with this victory."

- Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won Stage 2.  Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) is new race leader.

- Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) after Stage 1: "I am happy with my performance. I was looking to do a good time trial today and I think I did that. I have been working with my BMC Racing Team coach, Marco Pinotti a lot and I am happy with my effort and for me, the result doesn't matter too much. It was more about how I felt. It was hot today but we're at the Vuelta a España so it was nothing strange for us. It was a long day for everyone as we trained this morning and then warmed up once we arrived in Malaga so for an 8km effort, we maybe trained for two to three hours before it but overall for me, it was a good start to a race I enjoy."

- More Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) following Stage 1: "It feels pretty good (to be back in the red jersey). Part of my goal coming into the Vuelta was to get a stage win and it's nice to do that on the first day again and also get the jersey. I think after today it would have been pretty hard to get the red jersey so this was really my only chance to get it and we succeeded.  To be honest, it's not a big deal if I lose the jersey tomorrow. My Vuelta is primarily to prepare for the UCI World Championships and the team has other goals with other riders so if I have to help, I have to help. I'm not here for the GC so while of course it would be nice to keep it, it's not the end of the world if I lose it."

- More Richie Porte (BMC Racing) following Stage 1: "I know I am going to take a bit of a kicking over the first two weeks but I think I should be better in the last week. Mentally, it was hard to get over the crash in July and it wasn't easy to restart or find my momentum but I have still done some good training. I am definitely not as good as I was at the Tour but hopefully by the end, I can be in good shape. I would love to be able to take a stage win in the final week. It looks really hard on paper and that's my big motivation."

- Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) talks about where he thinks the Stage 1 ITT was won: "I think the finish today was really at the top of the climb. You couldn't lose too much time on the downhill so, it was really all about the first 5.5km and after that I just tried to get to the finish as fast as possible.  There was a bit of pressure and I saw Kwiatkowski's time after my warm up and I won't lie, I was saying I was going to beat it but in my mind, there was still a little bit of doubt. But, you stick to the plan and if you're feeling good you can go a little bit harder and really it was only a 6'30" effort to the top of the hill and from there if you were in front it was hard to lose."

- News: Sky: Vuelta a Espana lead is possible for Kwiatkowski. (Cyclingnews) - Pole defeated by Dennis but will try to bounce back in Sunday's uphill stage.

- News: Dennis fulfils pre-race predictions to take Vuelta a Espana opening time trial. (Cyclingnews) - BMC Racing rider says keeping the overall lead not a major goal.

- Results: Dennis claims opening stage win. (Cyclingnews) - BMC rider dominates in 8km test.

- Richie Porte (BMC Racing) following Stage 1: "I think the lead up to a Grand Tour is always a little stressful and mine definitely hasn't been ideal so I am just glad to start the race really. It was a pretty straightforward course with a couple of corners where you had to be a little more careful and it was a little bit slippery as there is obviously a lot of traffic on these roads normally. The climb wasn't much to worry about either.  I didn't feel great today but I knew that I wasn't coming into the race in my best form. The Tour de France was bitterly disappointing and it's not been a straightforward run in for me but I look forward to building on my form especially for the UCI World Championships over the next three weeks."

- Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) following his Stage 1 ITT victory: "Kwiatkowski definitely piled on a lot of pressure and honestly I was hoping the time would be a little slower so there would obviously be less stress going into it but in the end, you can only do what you can do and I just put everything out there and hoped for the win.  It's great to now have individual stage wins at all three Grand Tours but that wasn't in my mind today. It was really just about making sure I achieved my first goal which was to get the stage win here."

- Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) won the Stage 1 individual time trial and is first leader in the general classification.

- Official site leaderboard/ticker LIVE here.  (includes Start Order and Times)

- Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek: "We’re very pleased to have Wilco at the start, which could be considered a small miracle after another difficult period recovering from a complicated injury. He has worked hard to come back, but we don’t know how stable his level will be throughout the three weeks of racing. We’ll have to take a day by day approach with the aim to keep him in the GC and see where he stands going into the third week. We’re also excited to have three more riders making their grand tour debut with Jai, Michael and Martijn. Heading to Spain will be great for their long-term development and we’re looking forward to seeing what they do with the opportunity."

- News: Richie Porte: I'm nowhere near what I was in the Tour. (Cyclingnews) - BMC leader recovering from illness, preparing for Worlds at Vuelta a Espana.

- News: Kwiatkowski: The Vuelta-Worlds experiment. (Cyclingnews) - 'It has always been my goal to race the Vuelta to prepare for Worlds'.

- News: Movistar aiming for overall triumph in Vuelta a Espana with Nairo Quintana. (Cyclingnews) - 'I'm here to go for the victory' says Colombian.

- News: Peter Sagan aims for stage wins while training for Worlds at Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Reigning world champion still not at 100 per cent after Tour crash.

- Richie Porte (BMC Racing): "Of course, I would like to do well in my last Grand Tour for BMC Racing Team but you never know where your form is when you haven't had an ideal run into a race. After crashing out of the Tour de France, I had to have some time off and it took me a while to get back to work due to my injuries. I have put in some good training since then but I won't be lining up in the shape I was in before the Tour de France.  At first, I think I will definitely be taking the race day-by-day. The last week is pretty hard so you don't know what could happen there but, we have a great team lining up with lots of good options. There's definitely also a carrot dangling in front of me at the Vuelta with the UCI World Championships being a climber's course so it will be good preparation for that."

- News: Uran to lead EF Education First-Drapac at the Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Colombian returns to Grand Tour racing after disappointing Tour de France.

- News: Aru and Dan Martin headline UAE Team Emirates Vuelta a Espana line-up. (Cyclingnews) - Team targeting overall classification and stage wins.

- News: Morale-boosted Trentin joins Yates brothers at Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Italian joins strong Mitchelton-Scott team for final Grand Tour of 2018.

- News: Meintjes leads Dimension Data at Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Cummings makes line-up after Tour de France disappointment.

- News: Mollema to lead Trek-Segafredo at Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Team aiming for stage wins, top five overall.

- Preview: Filling the power vacuum – Vuelta a Espana Race Preview. (Cyclingnews) - No Contador or Froome at Spanish Grand Tour for first time since 2010.

- EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale for 2018 Vuelta a España:

Sport Directors:
Juan Manual Garate (ESP)
Fabrizio Guidi (ITA)

Riders:
Simon Clarke (AUS)
Mitch Docker (AUS)
Sebastian Langeveld (NLD)
Dani Moreno (ESP)
Pierre Rolland (FRA)
Rigoberto Uran (COL)
Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL)
Mike Woods (CAN)

- Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First): "This team is really strong for this Vuelta. I have strong guys for the climbing days, guys for the flat stages and guys for the wind. I’m really happy with the team for this Vuelta, and I believe we can do something special."

- Teams presentation live streams:

- LIVE video here.  (Tdp, Spanish, geo-restricted?)  - LIVE video here.  (Caracol TV, Spanish, geo-restricted?)  - LIVE video here.  (TV2 Sumo, geo-restricted)  - LIVE video here.  (TV2/Sport.dk, geo-restricted)

- Team Dimension Data for the 2018 Vuelta a Espana:

Louis Meintjes (RSA)
Igor Anton (ESP)
Merhawi Kudus (ERI)
Ryan Gibbons (RSA)
Steve Cummings (GBR)
Ben King (USA)
Johann van Zyl (RSA)
Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (ERI)

- Louis Meintjes (Team Dimension Data): "I am looking forward to this year's Vuelta a Espana with Team Dimension Data. It's been a challenging year for the team and for me personally too, but we have worked hard to prepare well and build up nicely ahead of La Vuelta. At Vuelta a Burgos I think we definitely showed that we were on the right track as the entire team was riding really well. With the same team as in Burgos, now heading to La Vuelta, we have some positive momentum going into the race. Certainly, three weeks of racing is a different kind of beast but the goal for me is to be consistent throughout, take advantage when I am feeling good and try to achieve the best GC result possible."

- News: Vincenzo Nibali: Yes, I'm going to ride the Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Italian confirms he will start the Spanish Grand Tour after key test on fractured vertebra.

- News: Viviani leads Quick-Step Floors at Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Morkov and Sabatini for the lead-outs, Mas and De Plus with free roles.

- News: George Bennett and Kruijswijk to lead LottoNL-Jumbo at Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - Van Poppel to target sprint stages.

- News: Peter Sagan confirmed for Vuelta a Espana. (Cyclingnews) - World champion joins Majka, Formolo and McCarthy in Bora-Hansgrohe line-up.

- Gaetano Daniele (head physician, Trek-Segafredo): "After sickness forced Jarlinson (Pantano) to abandon the Tour of Poland we immediately did some blood exams. We have repeated those exams this week, and they confirm the diagnosis of acute toxoplasmosis. Unfortunately, this means that Jarlinson is definitely out for the Vuelta.  It’s impossible to say right now if he will be fit again to compete before the end of the season. The most important thing for him to do right now is to rest as much as he can to give his body the opportunity to recover from this infection."

- Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo) will not be riding the Vuelta due to illness: "To be honest, I am going through a tough time right now. I am so disappointed, but at the same time, I am relieved to know what the problem is and why I was feeling so bad for a while. Now I have to focus on my recovery, and I hope it will be a fast one so that I can go back to racing as soon as possible and grab some results.  I would like to take the opportunity to thank the team for all the support they have given me, in these difficult times. Especially the doctors, Josu (Larrazabal, Head of Performance) and Luca (Guercilena, General Manager), they have all been very patient and supportive of me. I hope to pay them back by great victories in the near future."

- Chris Froome (Team Sky) won the 2017 Vuelta a Espana.

- Photos: Vuelta a Espana Photos

- The 2018 Vuelta a Espana is being held August 25 to September 16.

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Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) wins Stage 19 ahead of race leader Simon Yates.
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Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) wins Stage 18.
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Part of the day's breakaway, Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac) is on the attack in the finale of Stage 17, which he won.
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Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi-Murias) wins Stage 13.
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Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi-Murias) waves from the podium following his Stage 13 victory.
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Alexandre Geniez (AG2R-la-Mondiale) wins Stage 12.
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Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) gives a thumbs up from the podium after taking the red jersey as overall leader following Stage 12.
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Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) wins Stage 11.
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Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) waves from the podium following his Stage 11 victory.
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Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) wins Stage 10.
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Stage 10 winner Elia Viviani (QuickStep Floors) gives a thumbs up from the podium.
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Ben King (Team Dimension Data) wins Stage 9.
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Ben King (Team Dimension Data) sprays champagne from the podium following his Stage 9 victory.
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Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) on the podium in the red jersey as race leader following Stage 9
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins Stage 8 ahead of Peter Sagan.
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) celebrates with champagne on the podium following his Stage 8 victory.
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Tony Gallopin (AG2R-la-Mondiale) wins Stage 7.
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Tony Gallopin (AG2R-la-Mondiale) raises his arms in triumph on the podium following his Stage 7 victory.
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It's a sprint finish on Vuelta Stage 6, won by Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis).
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Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) on the podium following his Stage 6 victory
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Simon Clarke (EF Education First-Drapac) wins Stage 5 ahead of Bauke Mollema.
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Stage 5 winner Simon Clarke (EF Education First-Drapac) gives two thumbs up from the podium.
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Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) on the podium in the red jersey as new race leader following Stage 5
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Ben King (Team Dimension Data) wins Stage 4.
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Ben King (Team Dimension Data) waves from the podium following his victory on Stage 4.
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Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) wins Stage 3.
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Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) celebrates his Stage 3 victory with champagne on the podium.
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins Stage 2 ahead of Michal Kwiatkowski.
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) on the podium in the red jersey as new overall leader following Stage 2
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Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) on his way to winning the Stage 1 Individual Time Trial of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana
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Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) on the podium in the leader jersey following his victory in the Stage 1 Individual Time Trial
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) won the 2017 Vuelta a Espana.
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