López regains Vuelta a España white jersey with mountain blitz

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) on the attack (Image credit: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Colombian Miguel Ángel López was far and away the most aggressive of the overall contenders on the Vuelta a España's incursion into the sierras west of Madrid during stage 18, regaining the Best Young Rider's jersey through a series of attacks but failing to trouble overall leader Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma).

When the Astana rider began the first of several surges 60 kilometres from the line, initially scattering the Jumbo-Visma climbing 'train', it looked as if an all-out assault on Roglič might just be possible, particularly with teammate Omar Fraile waiting for him ahead in the break.

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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.