Vuelta a Espana In Photos | Part Two
This edition of the Vuelta a Espana shaped up to have been the Grand Tour the year in my opinion. It was only ever a four man race (Contador, Valverde, Rodriguez and Froome) which came down to a two man race in the second half, but it kept us guessing and the win was far from being certain. You have to give credit to Alberto Contador who took the general classification after an audacious attack on Stage 17 which could have failed miserably, but paid off spectacularly. He raced his way to victory instead of riding defensively trying not to lose. Rodriguez looked to have the race in the bag but just as in this year’s Giro, he couldn’t hold on for the entire race. If he ever had any hopes of winning a Grand Tour, this was probably his best chance with a course that suited him perfectly.
One of the stand-outs of this Vuelta was John Degenkolb who took five stages in only his second year as a professional. Simon Clarke claimed the king of the mountains competition which is a remarkable achievement seeing as he was up against the Spanish climbers in their very own Tour.
We’re in the twilight hours of the 2012 season but the World Championships are on the horizon and Gilbert and Gerro are two riders who have come up to form nicely with a course that suits them.