López loses Vuelta a España white jersey in final summit finish

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) ceded the white jersey on the final mountain stage (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) started stage 20 with the triple aim of doing his utmost to reclaim a place on the Vuelta a Espanña podium, to take a stage win, and to maintain the lead in the Best Young Rider competition, but in the end, the young Colombian came away empty-handed.

Astana's Vuelta a España has not been a failure in anyone's book, with two stage wins and three days in the lead for Lopez in the first week as well as a lengthy spell leading the best young rider's jersey and on the virtual podium.

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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.