The Vuelta a Espana 2013 is bubbling up to an exciting conclusion, and you can catch the weekend’s action—including three testing mountain stages—in the following places:
|Stage Number||Date||Live in the U.K.||Live in the U.S.|
|14||7 September 2013||15 p.m. BST on Eurosport||Universal Sports Network|
|15||8 September 2013||15 p.m. BST on Eurosport||Universal Sports Network|
|16||9 September 2013||15 p.m. BST on Eurosport 2||Universal Sports Network|
Finer details of the U.S. schedule can be found here.
Can’t watch it live? In the U.K. you can catch highlights on Eurosport from 19:30 p.m. BST for Stages 14 and 16, and 21 p.m. BST for Stage 15. Eurosport's full TV schedule can be found here.
In yesterday’s Stage 13, Warren Barguil made a late breakaway to take victory in Castelldefels. The Frenchman powered ahead of Rinaldo Nocentini and Bauke Mollema on the uphill finishing straight and eventually triumphed by a comfortable seven-second margin.
The Frenchman was noticeably ecstatic as he crossed the finishing line and spoke of his delight at securing a major stage win (from Sky Sports):
I am so proud of my victory today in my first year as professional and for it to come in a Grand Tour. We knew that today was a good opportunity for a breakaway. I knew it suited me very well and I waited for the right moment to attack and I did it. Unbelievable.
Whilst Barguil was storming to his maiden stage win, the major players for the overall title were happy to maintain position and conserve energy. The three tough mountain stages that lie in wait over the course of the weekend were obviously at the forefront of all their minds.
Current tour leader Vincenzo Nibali will take a 31-second lead into Stage 14, and the Pro Team Astana rider will be hoping his experience can help put some time between his nearest challengers up in the mountains. Following the Castelldefels stage, the Italian emphasized the significance this period of the tour holds (from Eurosport):
We're moving into the decisive part of the race now and it's impossible the general classification won't change in these hard mountain stages. It's not going to be easy, that's for sure.
Nibali, who took this years Giro d’Italia title, is being chased by Ireland’s Nicholas Roche and Spain’s Alejandro Valverde. Expect an enthralling contest as the 155.7-kilometer 14th Stage leads the riders to a summit finish in Andorra.