Vuelta Espana Cycling Humanity up close and personal with vuelta riders and Thomson Bike Tours

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.

David de la Cruz in the leader's red jersey

David de la Cruz struggles to put his wind jacket on after losing the lead to Nairo Quintana

Robert Gesink

It’s so important to get dry quickly. Robert Gesink dries off

Good show at the vuelta

It’s the end of the season and IAM Cycling will disappear. It’s so important to put in a good show at the Vuelta

Interview Movistar Team

You’ve just ridden 188km today and you still have to put on a show to the cameras

Team mate solidarity

A job well done!

About The Author

Chris is Thomson Bike Tour's Global Marketing Manager and comes to us from Trek and then ROTOR Bike Components. He's been in the business of cycling since 2004 and a cycling fan since 1989 and that famous Tour de France win by Greg Lemond.

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