Juan Ayuso sets the bar high on return to Vuelta a España

Juan Ayuso at the Vuelta a Espana presentation (Image credit: Getty Images)

Just 19 when the Vuelta a España ended in Madrid last September, Juan Ayuso’s third place finish saw the UAE Team Emirates rider make history as the race’s youngest ever podium finisher, and the youngest of any Grand Tour in 118 years. But this August, Ayuso has got even more ambitious targets.

“I’d like to improve on my GC placing and get a stage win,” Ayuso said in his pre-race press conference.

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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.