By Jonny Long
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The Vuelta a España 2019 heads into a gruelling second week, beginning with an individual time trial, where riders complete a 36.2km course from Jurançon to Pau.
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) continues to lead the race ahead of Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), Miguel Ángel López (Astana) and Alejandro Valverde (also Movistar) in a tightly packed top four separated by just 20 seconds. Roglič is the favourite to take red after the time trial, but will face stiff competition for the stage win from some accomplished testers in the race, including his team-mate Tony Martin, Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) and Vasil Kiryienka (Team Ineos).
Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.
Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).
I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.