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La Vuelta 2019 – Stage 2; Nairo Quintana Escapes into Calpe

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Now I know how those Taliban guys felt when the CIA tortured them by depriving them of sleep and playing Ted Nugent at pain threshold decibels.

I collapsed into bed at midnight only to be awakened at 02:00 am by the repetitive beats from the foam party at the next village, which is two kilometres away.

Such is life during Fiesta Season in Spain.

Today’s stage starts in Benidorm, not beside the sea but on the north side of town, away from the football strip clad, burnt red, stag and hen madness and the karaoke bars.

There was the usual traffic chaos en route the start but we managed 20 minutes snapping before we had to bolt back to the car.

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Former Vuelta star, Purito Rodriguez was still looking sharp and earning his keep, drawing the jersey raffle numbers.

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Whilst EF’s Tour de Suisse king of the mountains, Hugh Carthy was looking relaxed, content with the team’s fourth place in the team time trial.

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As usual, the riders’ flight path to the sign on from the busses wasn’t too clear and the boys had to resort to stairs; Sam Bennett does a bit of that ‘X’ stuff.

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The stairs well ‘all good’ for the autograph hunters, though.

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Whilst some riders had to resort to ‘louping the fence’ to get to the sign on.

All good for snappers like us.