Posted in Cycling Road Vuelta a Espana

73rd Vuelta a Espana in facts and figures

Simon Yates has won the 73rd Vuelta a Espana and Great Britain has won all three Grand Tours this year. Great Britain is the third country to do so after France in 1964 and Spain in 2008. Great Britain is the first country to do this with three different riders.

Great Britain is the first country since the start of Vuelta history to win five consecutive Grand Tours. Italy is the last country to win 5 successive Grand Tours in 1924-1926 (only Giro & Tour).

Yates is the second British rider to win the Vuelta a Espana after Chris Froome last year.

It is the youngest podium of a Grand Tour since Giro 1965. Yates, Mas and Lopez have an average age of 24.8. The youngest Grand Tour podium was in Tour 1904 with an average age of 22.4.

Elia Viviani claimed seven stage wins in a Grand Tour this year, most for a rider in a single year since Mark Cavendish won 7 in 2013.

Thomas de Gendt is the first Belgium rider to win a mountain classification in a Grand Tour since Lucien Van Impe in Tour de France 1983 and the first to do so in Vuelta a Espana.

Steven Kruijswijk is the first Dutch rider to ride top 5 in all three Grand Tours.

#RiderGiroTourVuelta
5Steven Kruijswijk454
6Tom Dumoulin126
7Erik Breukink237
7Bauke Mollema764
15Peter Winnen8315
15Gert-Jan Theunisse15411
16Hennie Kuiper1625
17Cees Haast17145
17Wim van Est131317
23Robert Gesink2356
27Laurens ten Dam2798
28Wout Poels12286
29Stef Clement231829
30Gerben Karstens233021

It’s the first time Bora-Hansgrohe didn’t win a stage in a Grand Tour after promoting to World Tour.

Only eighteen riders didn’t finish this Vuelta. This means 89,77% of the riders made it to the finish, this is the highest percentage ever in the history of Vuelta a Espana.

Posted in Cycling Road Vuelta a Espana

Simon Yates nineteenth rider to lead Giro and Vuelta in one season

Today Simon Yates took the red jersey in the Vuelta a Espana. The Brit is the nineteenth rider to lead Giro and Vuelta in one season. 

Riders to lead Giro and Vuelta in one season
2018 | Simon Yates | GBR
2018 | Rohan Dennis | AUS
2015 | Fabio Aru | ITA
2014 | Nairo Quintana | COL
2014 | Michael Matthews | AUS
2013 | Vincenzo Nibali | ITA
2012 | Joaquin Rodriguez | SPA
2010 | Vincenzo Nibali | ITA
2008 | Alberto Contador | SPA
1984 | Francesco Moser | ITA
1981 | Giovanni Battaglin | ITA
1980 | Roberto Visentini | ITA
1977 | Freddy Maertens | BEL
1974 | Jose Manuel Fuente | SPA
1973 | Eddy Merckx | BEL
1972 | Jose Manuel Fuente | SPA
1967 | Michele Dancelli | ITA
1959 | Rik van Looy | BEL
1955 | Raphael Geminiani | FRA

Posted in Cycling Road Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates eight British rider to win Giro stage

Simon Yates is the eight British rider to win a stage in the Giro and the first one since Mark Cavendish in 2013.

British riders with a stage win in Giro
15 | Mark Cavendish | 2013(5), 2012(3), 2011(2), 2009(3), 2008(2)
3 | Maximilian Sciandri | 1991(1), 1992(1), 1994(1)
1 | Vincent Denson | 1966(1)
1 | Alex Dowsett | 2013(1)
1 | David Millar | 2011(1)
1 | Robert Millar | 1987(1)
1 | Bradley Wiggins | 2010(1)
1 | Simon Yates | 2018(1)

Posted in Cycling Road Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates fourth Britain in pink jersey

Simon Yates conquered the pink jersey in the Giro d’Italia. He’s is the fourth British rider to wear the pink jersey in the Giro and the first since Mark Cavendish in 2013.

Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio won the stage. It’s his second Giro stage after winning in Corvara 2016 and the 27th stage win for Colombia in the Giro.

Mitchelton-Scott is the first team to score a 1-2 in an uphill finish at the Giro since Emanuele Sella and Domenico Pozzovivo recorded the same feat in 2008 for CSF – Navigare at Passo Fedaia.

Pink jersey’s for Great Britain
4 | Mark Cavendish | 2009(2), 2011, 2013
2 | David Millar | 2011(2)
1 | Bradley Wiggins | 2010
1 | Simon Yates | 2018

Stage winner on Mount Etna
2018 | Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio | COL
2017 | Jan Polanc | SLO
2011 | Jose Humberto Rujano Guillen | VEM
1989 | Acacio Da Silva Mora | POR
1967 | Franco Bitossi | ITA