Vuelta a España in photos: stages 13 to 16

by Matt de Neef

The third and final week of the Vuelta a España is well underway and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) appears to be marching toward his third title in the Spanish Grand Tour. But there are still five stages to go and just about anything could happen. Before those final stages unfold, check out these photos from stage 13 to stage 16, courtesy of Jim Fryer and Iri Greco of BrakeThrough Media.

Be sure to check out Jim and Iri’s photos from stages 1 to 3, stages 4 to 6, stages 7 to 9 and stages 10 to 12 of the Vuelta as well.

On stage 13 of the Vuelta a España Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) responded to a late attack from Gianluca Brambilla (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) before riding away to win the stage. The general classification remained largely unchanged with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) maintaining the overall lead he took on stage 10.

The following day, on stage 14, Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) got himself in a 23-rider breakaway then made the final selection and clawed his way to victory. Contador maintained his lead to earn a fifth straight day in the red leader’s jersey.

On stage 15, Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida) got in the day’s break before pushing on with Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge) then dropping the Australian to take a solo victory. Contador again held firm, but was frustrated by a lack of assistance from Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) to help distance a struggling Chris Froome (Sky).

On stage 16, Contador got his revenge, breaking free of Valverde, Rodriguez and Froome to take his first stage win of this year’s Vuelta and extend his overall lead.

And so, with the second and final rest day complete, Alberto Contador leads the 2014 Vuelta a España by 1:36 over Alejandro Valverde. Chris Froome is second, a further three seconds back, while Joaquim Rodriguez and Fabio Aru round out the top-five.

Vuelta a España (2.UWT) San Martín del Rey Aurelio → Lagos de Somiedo (La Farrapona)

CONTADOR Alberto Tinkoff - Saxo
FROOME Chris Team Sky




Team Katusha

So as we await the start of stage 17, be sure to check out the following gallery of photos from stages 13 to 16 courtesy of BrakeThrough Media. Click through to follow them on Instagram and Twitter.

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