With temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius in the first week of the Vuelta, Peter Sagan and other riders speak out about riding in the heat

It’s pretty hot at the Vuelta a España and not everyone is liking their time in the sun.

Peter Sagan has voiced his displeasure at riding in the scorching heat of the Andalucia region in the south of the country, where daytime temperatures have been over 30 degrees Celsius all week.

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With thermometres even touching 40 degrees in recent days, the Slovak didn’t mince his words when asked about how he was coping.

“I hate this heat, it’s ridiculous. The UCI should implement some form of regulation so we do not have to race like this,” he told AS.

Even native Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez agreed that the heat was too much – the Katusha rider currently sits eighth overall after three top-10 finishes in the opening six stages.

AS report that each team is preparing 25 to 35 bottles of drink for each rider on these hot stages, equating to 5,000 bottles being consumed in the whole peloton.

With the race heading towards Murcia, native of the area Alejandro Valverde warned that the temperatures may not be much better there.

  • J1

    They seem to be doing it pretty damn well. It’s not all about the money.

  • Bob

    agreed – I was touring by the dead sea in Israel in the 80’s in 40+ deg, & climbing back up from the bottom was agony at any speed. I watched todays stage and was amazed at how these guys coped. Respect.

  • Nic Lowe

    Considering the pathetic prize money, I’d wonder how many of the racers motivate themselves for such a slog.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    How they can even ride never mind race in these temperatures, they certainly earn their money.

  • Mark Jones

    He should have came to the Tour of Britain instead – the temperatures are much more comfortable!!