Philippe Gilbert claimed his sixth Vuelta a España stage win as the race reached Bilbao, the biggest city in the Basque Country, while Primoz Roglic held on to the red jersey of overall leader.

Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie discuss Gilbert’s win and ask whether he should be considered one of the favourites for the world road race championships in Yorkshire at the end of the month. There’s an interview with Frenchman Clement Chevrier, the latest instalments of the audio diaries being kept by James Knox and Nick Schultz, and an extended chat with Mitchelton-Scott sports director Matt White, who talks us through how Simon Yates won last year’s Vuelta.

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The Cycling Podcast’s Grand Tour 2019
In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go to https://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events

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