Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

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.    

No comments: