Lopez promises more Vuelta a España attacks in battle for podium

Vuelta a espana stage 16
Miguel Angel Lopez followed closely by Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

After two disappointing days in the mountains, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) finally ended the Vuelta a Espana’s second week on a much-improved note as he launched a blistering attack on La Cubilla’s summit finish.

Fourth overall and on the hunt for a podium place in Madrid, Lopez powered away in a two-part acceleration after Astana had laid down a ferocious change of pace more than halfway up the interminable slopes of La Cubilla.

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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.