Vuelta a Espana

VeloNews Show: Courtney conquers MTB worlds

Analysis of Kate Courtney's monumental world championship win. Plus: Can Yates hang on? Is Valverde too old? Vuelta questions galore.

This episode of the VeloNews Show includes footage and imagery from Red Bull Content Pool, Getty Images/Velo Collection, YouTube/UCI, YouTube/La Vuelta, and Dave McElwaine.

In a stunning debut in the elite cross-country race, Kate Courtney won UCI World Mountain Bike Championships. It was a huge moment for U.S. mountain biking — the 22-year-old broke a 17-year drought. The last elite rider to win an XC title was Alison Dunlap in 2001!

We analyze the action of the nailbiting finish.

Also, the Vuelta a España is heading into the decisive final stages in Andorra. There will be brutal climbs and treacherous short stages. We have some questions about how the top favorites will fare.

All of that and more on this week’s episode of the VeloNews Show!