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The peloton has reached the second rest day of what has arguably been the toughest Grand Tour of the year: the Vuelta a España. And as many predicted, it’s the ever-consistent Chris Froome (Sky) that holds a strong, but not unreachable lead.
Riders have had to battle everything in this year’s race, from extreme heat to crosswinds to high-altitude finishes, and it seems as if there have been no easy days in this year’s race.
Froome currently leads Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) by just over a minute, while Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) is in third, another minute behind. And with three riders within 50 seconds of Zakarin’s third place, the composition of that final podium is far from assured.
Indeed, the battle for the podium is likely to go all the way to Madrid with the final week littered with mountain finishes and a tough time-trial directly after today’s rest day. There is sure to be much excitement in the six remaining stages but before the race restarts tomorrow, enjoy our gallery featuring the past week’s winners, losers and key moments.