Final five kilometres of Vuelta stage three provides test for favourites

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the podium

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/

If stage one’s team time trial of the Vuelta España offered a chance to assess each team’s collective strength, then stage three’s finale of the Vuelta a España on Monday at Arcos de la Frontera will do the same for the favourites - and it will be as much about bike handling skills as pure strength.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.