The Vuelta saw the strands of the past, present and future weave together in stunning fashion
Philippe Gilbert's two stage victories at the Vuelta is proof that he's on fine form ahead of the UCI road world championship in Yorkshire.
Crosswinds created havoc at the Vuelta a España as a 50-man breakaway gained valuable time, vaulting Nairo Quintana back into contention.
Gilbert's Vuelta stage victory is a sign that the Belgian star is peaking just before the world road championships.
Philippe Gilbert attacked out of the day's breakaway and then held off the chasers to take the stage win in downtown Bilbao.
The Belgian leaves his Quick-Step team after three years, and returns to Lotto-Soudal, an outfit with which he's had much success.
Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali, and Tom Dumoulin are just a few of the big names that will switch teams after 2019.