Vuelta a Espana stage win a new season high for Stybar

After all the disappointment of a near-miss at Paris-Roubaix - with all chance of a podium finish lost through no fault of his own when he collided late on with an over-enthusiastic spectator - and the delight of taking his first WorldTour stage race this August, Zdenek Stybar’s roller coaster 2013 season hit a new high on Friday with his first Grand Tour stage win on stage 7 of the Vuelta a España.

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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.