'I decided to stop fighting' - Miguel Ángel López apologises and explains decision to abandon Vuelta a España

The Colombian was third going into the penultimate stage but failed to finish the day's racing

Miguel Ángel López
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Miguel Ángel López has apologised for quitting the Vuelta a España after being dropped on stage 20 and subsequently losing a near-certain podium spot.

A drama-filled penultimate stage ended in horror for the Colombian who, despite starting the day third with a very healthy buffer of 1-43 to Jack Haig in fourth, was unable to jump across to a select group of general classification favourites after the race ignited with 60km to go.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.