DiscoverThe Cycling Podcast144: Stage 13 | Bilbao – Los Machucos | Vuelta a España 2019
144: Stage 13 | Bilbao – Los Machucos | Vuelta a España 2019

144: Stage 13 | Bilbao – Los Machucos | Vuelta a España 2019

Update: 2019-09-061


Los Machucos, the toughest climb so far of the Vuelta a España, saw the two Slovenians, Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar, ride away from their rivals. At the summit it was 20-year-old Pogecar who took his second stage win.

Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe were there and they discuss the stage and its implications on the battle for the red jersey, which currently Roglic is winning. We hear from his young American teammate, Neilson Powless, there are the latest instalments from our audio diarists James Knox and Nick Schultz, and, with Knox finishing 13th on the stage, we get an assessment of his performance so far from his sports director, Wilfried Peeters. 

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144: Stage 13 | Bilbao – Los Machucos | Vuelta a España 2019

144: Stage 13 | Bilbao – Los Machucos | Vuelta a España 2019

Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe, Richard Moore