Roglic praises Vuelta a España organisers for prioritising rider safety on stage 15

PUEBLA DE SANABRIA SPAIN NOVEMBER 05 Arrival Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Red Leader Jersey Enric Mas Nicolau of Spain and Movistar Team White Best Young Rider Jersey during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 15 a 2308km stage from Mos to Puebla de Sanabria 924m lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on November 05 2020 in Puebla de Sanabria Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Primoz Roglic (centre) of Jumbo-Visma finishes with the peloton on stage 15 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

If all the post-race interviews after stage 15 of the Vuelta a España had something in common, it was the background noise of riders rubbing their hands together furiously in a bid to get warm after a brutally hard six and a half hours in cold, wet conditions and – for the last part – into a vicious  headwind.

On days like these, any gesture that alleviates the toughness or potential risks involved racing 230 waterlogged kilometres with 4,000 metres of climbing is appreciated. 

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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.