Spain has seen plenty of race action over the past 5 weeks.
First there was the Vuelta Espana, Spain's grand tour always seems to take a back seat to the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France. For that reason the Vuelta's organizers are always looking for new, and challenging, routes. They changed things up this year by finishing with an Individual Time Trial in the Rias Baixas region rather than the usual flat, fast run into Madrid. The finish might have been unusual, but the winner was certainly familiar - Alberto Contador recovered from breaking a bone in his leg in July to take the Vuelta victory in September.
Next came the World Championships that just wrapped up this past weekend. There were some great races and another well known, yet unexpected, rider took the Gold Medal in the Men's Time Trial. Brad Wiggins has had an wild ride the past three years, starting with a win of the Tour de France, followed by a falling out with his team and then culminating with the Gold medal last week. Throw in a relatively unknown rider from Poland winning the Men's Road Race and Marian Vos' not winning the Women's World Championship road races and you have the recipe for an exciting week of racing!
In a salute to Northern Spain this week's matchup features an Albarino from Washington taking on a Rias Baixas Albarino.
Aniche Cellars 2013 Come and Go Albarino v. Paco & Lola Albarino