La Vuelta 2013: Stage 14 – Baga to Collada de la Gallina

Hola! Stage 14 of La Vuelta arrived in Andorra to climb the Pyrenees. What a contrast to yesterday? The riders hit the mountains, the rain and the cold in one almighty blast. They battled slippery roads uphill but even more dangerously, the descents – whilst being desperate for warmth. Several riders retired with hypothermia, whilst others clung on to the wheels of their team-mates to get through this massive shock to the system. Daniele Ratto managed supremely on this arduous stage to take a much deserved win. Here are my drawings:

Barguil checks behind! by Maxine Dodd

La Vuelta 2013: Stage 13 – Valls to Castelldefels

Hola! Stage 13 of La Vuelta continued through the hills and coast roads in the province of Barcelona. A lovely, sunny and hot day with crosswinds from the sea, the riders took in good climbs and descents through the dramatic landscape in and around Sitges with another uphill finish at Castelldefels. The stage was won by French rider Warren Barguil. Checking behind him as he approached the finish, he crossed the line 7 seconds ahead of everyone else! A very happy young man indeed! Here are my drawings:

La Vuelta 2013: Stage 12 – Maella to Tarragona

Hola! Stage 12 of La Vuelta came from east to west into Catalunya, passing through the Costa Dorada town of Cambrils. Sunshine and flattish coastal roads made for a good stage. The sharp uphill finish saw Edvald Boasson Hagen make a bid for the win but he was overtaken in a burst for the line by Philippe Gilbert, the road-race world champion, taking his first stage win of this tour. Here are my drawings:

Luke Rowe on the road, by Maxine Dodd

La Vuelta 2013: Stage 11 – Tarazona to Tarazona

Hola! Stage 11 of La Vuelta was the individual time trial. After a much-needed rest day, the teams flew north to the province of Zaragoza. The stage was based around the landscape and town of Tarazona, including the corrida and a third category climb. The mighty thighs of Fabian Cancellara powered him round the course at a pace that proved to be impossible to beat. Fantastic! Here are my drawings:

La Vuelta 2013: Stage 10 – Torredelcampo to Güéjar Sierra

Hola! Stage 10 of La Vuelta surprisingly is the first official climbing stage of the race. What have the riders been up to the previous nine you might ask! The course looked hot and dry the only relief being through leafy streets in Granada. A huge crash at the start saw some drop out, but the main contenders battled the stage, with the remarkable Chris Horner taking the win. Here are my drawings:

La Vuelta 2013: Stage 9 – Antequera to Valdepenas de Jaen

Hola! Stage 9 of La Vuelta took a turn inland taking a course through typical Andalusian landscapes. Red and gold earth stretching between houses with terracotta rooftops, juliet balconies and pot geraniums. The course was back to rolling with a fearsome kick uphill to the finish. Exciting nip and tuck racing all the way, but the win went to Daniel Moreno who left everyone in his tracks for the last surge to take the stage win. Here are my drawings:

Return to the blues! by Maxine Dodd

La Vuelta 2013: Stage 8 – Jerez de la Frontera – Estepona

Hola! Stage 8 of La Vuelta returned to the sea and the mountains, crossing the coast of the Costa del Sol and turning inland to climb Alto Peñas Blancas in Estepona. Riding in glorious sunshine, the climb was dominated by Igor Anton but he was passed at the finish by four or more riders and the win went to Leopold Konig. Here are my drawings: