Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Vuelta enters its final week with four in the frame
After yesterday's rest day the Vuelta resumes with some tough stages before the finish in Madrid on Sunday. Until Monday's stage it looked like Vincenzo Nibali would be the comfortable winner. However losing a little time on Monday means that he is now only 28 seconds ahead of nearly 42-year-old Chris Horner, 1.14 mins ahead of Alejandro Valverde and 2.29 ahead of Joaquin Rodriguez, who is often very strong in the third week of a major tour.
After a flattish stage today, there still are three mountain stages to come culminating in the very steep Angliru climb on Saturday, where the Tour of Spain could yet be decided.
Chris Horner, Nibali's closest rival, has ridden a remarkable race, especially for a man of nearly 42. This is certainly easily Horner's best ride ever in a major Tour and he has looked strong on all of the climbs. After Armstrong there are inevitably doubts, so I just hope he is clean.