At the end of the day the pro cyclist is as human as the next person.
Last year on the Covadonga stage of the Vuelta this was most evident to me as we were able to mingle with the riders in the finish circle itself.
This is a privilege you absolutely cannot have on any other Grand Tour. Stage 10 saw an epic ride and win from Nairo Quintana, but it was the images of the other riders that really fascinated me; David De la Cruz, falling into the arms of his soigneurs; the team mate handing out the towel to dry the effort off the face of Robert Gesink; and the expression of sheer elation on the face of the young IAM Cycling rider looking for a contract for next year.
This is why I like the Vuelta. This is what fascinates me about pro racing.
The smells and sounds of cycling humanity.