Photo gallery: A red-hot opening ‘week’ of the 2018 Vuelta a España

by Matt de Neef

Who would have thought Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) would spend four days leading the Vuelta a España? Or that Ben King (Dimension Data) wouldn’t just win a stage, but that he’d win two in the space of a week? Or that Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) would win two stages and be threatening the general classification?

Ok, that last one isn’t all that surprising. As a Movistar press release declared after Valverde’s second stage win, the Spanish veteran is “A climber against stage racers, a classics rider against spring specialists, a sprinter against the fastest men in the peloton.” The guy can race a bike.

The point is that we’re just nine days into the Vuelta and already it’s given us plenty to talk about. We’ve had Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) showing early GC promise, Richie Porte (BMC) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) doing the opposite, Simon Yates slipping unexpectedly into red, Peter Sagan doing his stack-up-the-podium-finishes routine, and a whole lot of hot weather. So much hot weather.

The gallery below documents the first nine days of the 2018 Vuelta a España, with images courtesy of the Cor Vos photo agency. We hope you enjoy it.


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