Nicolas Roche repays Sky's 'freedom' with Vuelta victory

Irishman Nicolas Roche gives Sky something to cheer about at the Vuelta a España after Chris Froome's withdrawal

Nicholas Roche on stage eighteen of the 2015 Tour of Spain

(Image credit: Watson)

Chris Froome began the Vuelta a España with the attention, but Nicolas Roche brought Sky its first win in the race.

On a day when Wout Poels celebrated in the Tour of Britain, Roche out-sprinted escape companion Haimar Zubeldia (Trek Factory Racing) for the 18th stage in Riaza northwest of Madrid.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.