Danish rider Magnus Cort (C) of EF Pro Cycling team celebrates his victory at the end of the 16th stage of the Vuelta a Espana 2020 from Salamanca to Ciudad Rodrigo. Photo: Kiko Huesca/EPA

For three weeks they’ve all been taking each day and each stage as it comes and now it’s down to the last big one. For Dan Martin it’s also the last c(...)

Race leader  Primoz Roglic in action during stage 15 of the Vuelta a España, the 230.8km run from from Mos to Puebla de Sanabria. Photograph: Kiko Huesca/EPA

The opportunities came and went as they do across the longest and cruellest of stages and still there was nothing lost or gained at the front of the r(...)

Team Lotto rider  Tim Wellens celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win stage 14  of the Vuelta a España from Lugo to Ourense. Photograph:  Miguel Riopa/AFP via Getty Images

The bike and the body language were both in fighting mode and Dan Martin clearly hasn’t given up the chase, the main obstacle now between regaining hi(...)

 Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic in action during the stage 13 time-trial at the  Vuelta a España. Photograph: Miguel Riopa/AFP via Getty Images

They call it the race of truth and there was no denying the end result, Dan Martin slipping almost a minute off a podium position after the individual(...)

Sam Bennett’s elation at winning stage 9 of the Vuelta a España was short lived as he was disqualified. Photograph:  Ander Gillenea/AFP via Getty Images

Everyone has their own definition of a rest day. In Grand Tour cycling it means keeping the wheels and legs in spin ahead of what’s to come and Monday(...)

Hugh Carthy on his way to winning Stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

There is no hiding on the Angliru. Dan Martin said it before the start of Stage 12 and so it proved at the finish, the tortuously high mountain pass c(...)

 Team Jumbo’s Slovenian rider Primoz Roglic celebrates after winning Stage 10 from Castro Urdiales to Suances. Photograph: Getty Images

It certainly wasn’t the bunch sprint that Sam Bennett had envisaged and nor was he even a part of it, the Irish rider trailed off long before the Stag(...)

Ireland’s Sam Bennett celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win stage 9 of the  La Vuelta  from Castrillo del Val to Aguilar de Campoo, a win that was later wiped out. Photograph: Ander Gillenea/AFP via Getty Images

On the first approach everything and everyone appeared reasonably aligned and all Sam Bennett had to do was work his magic, riding off the front of th(...)

Dan Martin lies on the road after crossing the finishing line at Alto de Moncalvillo after stage 8 of the  Vuelta a España. Photograph: Noa Arnon

For a while they circled each other like the vultures which inhabit the Alto de Moncalvillo and then one by one moved in for the kill, Dan Martin left(...)

 Canada’s Michael Woods celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win stage 7 of the Vuelta a España from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Villanueva de Valdegovia. Photograph:   Ander Gillenea/AFP via Getty Images

It came down to the equivalent of a middle distance kick in which case there could only be one winner, Michael Woods once again doing on his bicycle w(...)

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