Keep On Riding
Spain’s big bike race, the Vuelta a Espana (Aug
10-Sep 10), is usually the place to spot new names bound for Tour de France fame – this year’s yellow-jersey wearer, Fabio Aru, won the Vuelta in 2015, and intended to target it again this year, bypassing theTDF (good that he changed his mind). Among its Grand Tour peers, it’s known for packing in the most mountain finishes; the route this year doesn’t disappoint, with the penultimate stage taking place on the famed Alto de l’Angliru, touted as the toughest climb in professional cycling. In another interesting wrinkle, this race begins in France – the departure from Nimes is only the third time that the Vuelta has begun outside of Spain.