Ireland’s Nicolas Roche. He had been fourth overall prior to Wednesday’s stage. Photograph: Reuters/Jon Nazca

Having lost any chance of a high overall finish due to the after effects of a bad crash earlier in the race and a disappointing 11th stage on Wednesda(...)

Team Sky rider Nicolas Roche of Ireland during the Vuelta Tour of Spain cycling race. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Nicolas Roche rode strongly on the stage-nine summit finish of the Vuelta a España on Sunday, netting eighth atop the first category summit finish t(...)

Trek’s Belgian cyclist Jasper Stuyven celebrates winning the eighth stage of the  Vuelta a Espana between Puebla de Don Fadrique and Murcia. Photograph:   Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland’s Dan Martin was taken to hospital after crashing out of the Vuelta a Espana after a big crash on stage eight of the race that saw American Te(...)

Dutch cyclist Bert Jan Lindeman of Lotto Jumbo team celebrates after winning the the seventh stage of the Vuelta a Espana between Jodar and La Alpujarra. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Tour de France champion Chris Froome suffered a blow in his bid to add the Vuelta a Espana title on Friday’s seventh stage to La Alpujarra. The 30-yea(...)

Dan Martin has signed a two-year deal to join the Etixx-QuickStep team for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Photograph: Harry Engels/Velo/Getty Images)

Ireland’s Dan Martin has agreed a two-year contract to ride for Etixx-QuickStep, the Belgian team has announced. The 29-year-old Birmingham-born cycli(...)

Winner of the fifth stage of the Vuelta a España Caleb Ewan celebrates ahead of German cyclist John Degenkolb and Slovenia’s Peter Sagan. Photograph: Getty.

Australian rider Caleb Ewan highlighted his huge promise when he scooped victory on Wednesday’s fifth stage of the Vuelta a España, with the 21-year-(...)

Orica-GreenEdge’s Australian cyclist Caleb Ewan celebrates on the podium after winning the fifth stage of the 2015 Vuelta Espana cycling tour, a 167.3km stage between Rota and Alcala de Guadaira. Photo: Jose Jordan/Getty Images

Australia’s Caleb Ewan won the fifth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday to clinch his first Grand Tour Stage as Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin became(...)

Movistar’s Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde rounds the final bend ahead of Peter Sagan and Nicolas Roche to win the fourth stage of the 2015 Vuelta Espana. Photograph: Getty Images

Nicolas Roche went tantalisingly close to a Vuelta a España stage win at the end of day four of the race on Tuesday, bridging across to 2008 Olympic c(...)

Tinkoff-Saxo  cyclist Peter Sagan (second from right) crosses the finish line to win  the third stage of the  Vuelta Espana, a 158.4km stage between Mijas and Malaga. Photograph: Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images

Colombian Esteban Chaves retained the leader’s red jersey as Peter Sagan of Slovakia surged to victory in a sprint finish to the Vuelta Espana third s(...)

Nicolas Roche (second from left) chases Colombia’s Johan Esteban Chaves during the second stage of the Tour of Spain  between Alhaurin de la Torre and Caminito del Rey, Malaga. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Irish riders Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin were in the thick of the action on day two of the Vuelta a España, fighting it out for the stage win atop t(...)