Cyclists in action during the 20th stage of the  Vuelta a Espana between Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil and the Port of Ancares Salvaterra in Galicia. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Alberto Contador all but crowned victory in the Vuelta a Espana as the Tinkoff-Saxo rider pulled away from Chris Froome on the final climb of the Tour(...)

The peloton  in action during the 18th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, over 157 km from A Estrada to Monte Castrive, Spain. Photograph: Javier Lizon / EPA

Chris Froome maintained his slim hopes of claiming the Vuelta a Espana title despite missing out on victory on stage 18 atop Monte Castrove on Thursda(...)

German John Degenkolb of Giant-Shimano  celebrates winning the 17th stage of the Vuelta a Espana in A Coruna, Spain. Photograph: Javier Lizon / EPA

John Degenkolb claimed his fourth stage success of the Vuelta a Espana with victory on the race’s resumption on Wednesday. Ireland’s Dan Martin finish(...)

Alberto Contador of the Tinkoff Saxo team on his way to winning yesterday’s 16th stage of the Vuelta a Espana. Photograph: EPA/Javier Lizon.

Alberto Contador moved closer to a third Vuelta a España title by winning Monday’s 16th stage while his closest domestic rivals cracked on the final c(...)

Lampre’s Polish cyclist Przemyslaw Niemiec rides toward the finish line to win the 15th stage of La Vuelta in Lagos de Covadonga. Photograph:  Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland’s Dan Martin moved up three places to seventh on general classificiation on a day when Poland’s Przemyslaw Niemiec won the 15th stage of the (...)

Spanish cyclist Daniel Navarro  of Cofidis celebrates on the podium after winning the 13th stage of the Vuelta a Espana  over 188.7 km from Belorado and Cabarceno, northern Spain. Photograph: Javier Lizon / EPA

Daniel Navarro was rewarded for his daring late dart with victory on stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana on Friday, while Irishman Dan Martin finished fiv(...)

 German cyclist   John Degenkolb celebrates after winning the 12th stage of La Vuelta a Espana. Photograph: Javier Lizon  / EPA

German John Degenkolb tightened his grip on the points classification at the Tour of Spain by claiming his third win in the 12th stage on Thursday, w(...)

 Nairo Quintana  of Movistar is helped after falling during the 11th stage of the Vuelta a Espana  race. The Colombia rider was forced to abandon the race after fracturing a shoulder blade. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Pre-race favourite Nairo Quintana crashed out of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday before a thrilling battle between the remaining contenders on the cl(...)

 Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador of the Tinkoff-Saxo team celebrates on the podium after taking the overall leader’s red jersey following the tenth stage of the Vuelta a Espana cycling race. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Alberto Contador stormed into the leader’s red jersery in the Vuelta a Espana after Nairo Quintana crashed and Chris Froome lost more time to his riv(...)

The pack in action during the ninth stage of the VVuelta Ciclista cycling race, of 185km between Carboneras de Guadazaon and Aramon Valdelinares. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Saturday, stage 8: Baeza to Albacete, 207km: Well, that stage was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done! It was completely flat o(...)