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Aérogramme with La Course en Tête: Vuelta a España

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We’re just weeks removed from the Tour de France and already the third grand tour of the year, the Vuelta a España, is underway. The crew from La Course en Tête will once again be providing updates all throughout the race.

The Vuelta wasn’t always the race it is today. Peter Cossins discusses the rapid rise of the Vuelta’s international stature in the last 15 or so years, moving from a largely Spanish-dominated race to a race with a more international cast of riders that adds more interest to the back end of the season. Although the race remains overshadowed by the Tour, and certainly doesn’t attract every big name.

This year, Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar’s presence is missed by many who had hoped for a showdown with defending champion Primož Roglič and Egan Bernal, fresh off winning the Giro d’Italia. The discussion then turns to who looks in form and who maybe is looking less than fresh this late in the season. 

Primož Roglič, red jersey, led the first few stages of the 2021 Vuelta. Image: Chris Auld

The discussion also turns to Fabio Jakobsen’s stage win, an incredible return to the top of the sport since his horrific crash at last year’s Tour of Poland that left him needing many surgeries and some doubt about whether he could ever race again.

Fabio Jakobsen had an impressive victory on stage 4, showing that he is back after a horrific crash. Image: Chris Auld.

Previews of upcoming stages and climbs that will likely define this year’s Vuelta are also on the menu as well as each La Course en Tête host’s picks for who will win the final grand tour of the year.

And the Vuelta isn’t the only thing in the news. Transfers and new signings are already starting to trickle out. UAE Team Emirates has made the news in particular for a slew of new signings to build what some are dubbing a super team around Tadej Pogačar. And the question is now around the future of the super team of the past decade, Ineos Grenadiers. What direction do they take going forward?

Listen to the episode for the full discussion and check back in throughout the Vuelta for more race updates.

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