Nicholas Roche taking his chance to shine at the Vuelta a España

The Irishman is impressing with his performances as Sky give him the freedom to attack the 2015 Vuelta, but how far can he go?

Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) finishes third on stage two of the 2015 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

At the start of Vuelta a España, few would have predicted Nicholas Roche to have been Team Sky’s highest ranked rider, in fourth overall, four places and eleven seconds ahead of Tour de France champion Chris Froome.

But the team’s usual single-minded approach in Grand Tours of putting everything towards the aim of winning the overall with their team leader has been relaxed for this Vuelta, granting Roche the freedom to, at least to some extent, ride for himself.

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