I’m again at my first grand tour because the 2019 Vuelta, and I forgot how exhausting it’s! It’s additionally loads of enjoyable, although.
The Vuelta commenced with a 7.1k time trial departing from the entrance door of the 800-year-old Burgos Cathedral.
Koen Bouwman and Maxim van Gils on a flip about 500 meters from the beginning:
Alex Aranburu, who completed second on the stage, within the ending straight:
Tom Scully, fourth on the stage:
Stage winner Primoz Roglic:
Rein Taaramae received stage three on the primary uphill end, at Picón Blanco.
Enric Mas dug deep to realize three seconds on Roglic and different GC contenders.
On stage six, Magnus Cort managed to simply maintain off Primoz Roglic for the stage victory at Alto de la Montaña de Cullera.
Aleksandr Vlasov, fourth on the stage:
Within the end space, I used to be photographing Hugh Carthy when a descending rider handed simply in entrance of me, resulting in this enjoyable shot:
For stage seven to Balcón de Alicante, a stunning, wooded climb, I frolicked round 700 meters earlier than the end line.
Stage winner Michael Storer:
Carlos Verona, second on the stage:
The Roglic group got here by round three minutes later.
Daylight glinted off the gold helmet of Olympic champion Richard Carapaz as he and Landa, Ciccone, and Aru got here by.
Luis Angel Mate:
Stage 9 completed in Spaghetti Western territory, at Alto de Velefique. I ended at a spot with good viewpoints about 6k from the end. Right here’s stage winner Damiano Carusu in 4 completely different locations on the highway, beginning simply after the 8k banner:
The GC favorites group was all collectively between the 7k and 6k banners, however once they handed me with a bit below 6k to go, Lopez, Roglic, and Mas had damaged away from the others.
A few pictures of later arrivals from completely different vantage factors:
Fabio Jakobsen, within the inexperienced factors jersey, had 5 teammates round him, ending safely inside the time restrict.