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I love the Vuelta as much as any self-respecting cycling fan with a penchant for hot weather and steep hills, but as we’ve reached the first rest day in the big Spanish race, it’s a perfect time to go ‘around the grounds’.

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After nine stages of gripping racing just nine seconds split first from fourth, as the high mountains loom in what is shaping up to be a classic edition of the Vuelta a Espana.

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Colombian Winner Anacona was victorious in the ninth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday as his compatriot Nairo Quintana moved ahead in the general classification.

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For the first time since 2004 I sit and watch the Tour of Spain absolutely enthralled, with five amazing champions battling for the win.

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Stage 9 is the first proper mountain stage of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana, and with a rest day tomorrow the peloton can afford to give their all. Join The Roar for live coverage from 12:00am (AEST).

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Stage 8, the longest of this year’s Vuelta a Espana is 207km from Baeza to Albacete and the race should be handed back over to the sprinters momentarily before the riders get into the mountains on Stage 9.

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Time gaps shouldn’t open up too much on Stage 7 of this year’s Vuelta a Espana but it won’t be a pure sprinter standing atop the podium after 169 km from Alhendin to Alcaudete. Join The Roar for live updates from 12:00am AEST.

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Doping. It’s one of those topics that makes you say, “oh god, not again, how boring, let’s move on, why not focus on the positives?”

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We won’t know who will win the Vuelta a Espana at the end of today’s stage, but we’ll certainly know who won’t be standing atop the podium at the end of the race. Join us for live updates from 12:00am (AEST).

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Australian Michael Matthews has retained his overall lead at the Tour of Spain as Germany’s John Degenkolb won the fifth stage.

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The Vuelta a Espana continues toward the south of Spain tonight as the third Grand Tour of the year heads towards the end of the first week of action. Join The Roar for live coverage of Stage 5 from 12:00am (AEST).

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The 2014 Vuelta a Espana is feeling the need, the need for speed this week after Stage 3 started on a Spanish aircraft carrier.

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The absence of Chris Horner from the Vuelta start line suggests another old man of the sport could soon be following Jens Voigt into retirement.

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The blistering summer weather continues as the 2014 Vuelta a Espana reaches Stage 4, 164.7 kilometres from Mairena del Alcor to Cordoba. Join The Roar for live coverage of Stage 4 from 12:00am (AEST).

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It’s a common sight in pro cycling these days – seeing a team attempting to boss a stage by sending their men to the front of the peloton from a long way out.

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The Vuelta a Espana‘s third stage is 197.8 kilometres from Cadiz to Arcos de la Frontera. Alejandro Valverde is the race leader, taking the red jersey from teammate Jonathan Castroviejo on placings yesterday. Join The Roar for live updates from 12:00am (AEST).

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The 2014 Vuelta a Espana begins in earnest today with a 177.4 kilometre-long stage for the sprinters, snaking westwards along the coast, from Algeciras to San Fernando. Interestingly, our start-town of Algeciras lies just across the bay from the contentious topic that is Gibraltar.

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Not so long ago the pro-cycling world was easy to quantify. Alberto Contador was the pre-eminent stage racer, Fabian Cancellara was numero uno when it came to races against the clock and Mark Cavendish was the undisputed sprint king.

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The third Grand Tour on this year’s cycling calendar is upon us as the 2014 Vuelta a Espana kicks off with a 12.6 km team time trial at Jerez de la Frontera. Join The Roar for live coverage from 3:00am (AEST).

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Defending champion Chris Horner and Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali are about the only notable absentees from the 69th edition of the Vuelta – which boasts the strongest field of any Grand Tour in recent memory.

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