Social media is great for connecting riders and fans, and it’s a way for those following the race to see what the pros get up to on the rest days at Grand Tours (when they’re not riding…).
Once the essential rest day spin is out the way the riders find all sorts of ways of resting, recovering and passing the time.
1. It’s all laughs at Cannondale-Garmin as Ben King finds the most likely way his team are going to win a Grand Tour in the near future.
2. Katusha gave us a timely reminder that there’s little rest for their support staff, who use the day to prepare the riders’ bikes for the coming stages.
3. MTN-Qhubeka took a similar approach giving their mechanics a shout out as they clean and build the bikes whatever the weather.
4. Geraint Thomas reveals he’s not feeling tip top. We can only hope he’s feeling better when the race restarts tomorrow, or perhaps it’s all a clever ruse to trick Team Sky’s rivals as the race hots up. Peter Kennaugh had a theory on what might be ailing him.
5. Thomas chirped up again later, this time in search of any marginal gains he could get his hands on. I wonder if John Degenkolb had a spare bottle of German super-shampoo he could lend the Welshman?
6. For a wildcard, African registered team in a field of high profile and better funded teams, MTN-Qhubeka are having a very successful season.
After Steve Cummings’s stage victory on Mandela Day at the Tour de France back in July, the Pro-Continental outfit now has a 2015 Vuelta stage to its name thanks to Kristian Sbaragli’s win on stage 10.
7. Putting his rest day to good use, Team Sky‘s Nico Roche – who presently sits fourth on GC, 1-07 behind leader Tom Dumoulin – went out on a recce of the next day’s gruelling stage in Andorra.
A day defined by being almost entirely up and down with little flat to speak of, this stage was devised by Joaquim Rodriguez. With the Katusha team leader sitting second on GC, could this be where he strikes out to take the red jersey in his aim to hold it all the way to Madrid?
8. Ned Boulting also had a look ahead to the Andorran stage, one he of course won’t be riding himself, and found it’s pretty tough whichever way you look at it.
9. … and it only looks worse now Dan Martin has chipped in