Analysing the Vuelta a España's revolutionary podium and what it means for the future

The Vuelta had first teenager on a Grand Tour podium since 1904 and the youngest top five this century

Vuelta a España
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This year's Vuelta a España turned out to be momentous in multiple different ways. Not only was it Belgium's first Grand Tour victory in 44 years, with Remco Evenepoel turning into even more of a superstar in his home country, it was a big race for Spain too. It was the country's best result at their race for years, and new hopes for the future emerged.

While Belgium loses its mind over Evenepoel of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, Spain finally has renewed hope in cycling, as Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) finally exits stage right. 

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.