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2015 Vuelta a España – First week stats

– Peter Velits became the first ever Slovak rider to wear the leader’s jersey in a Grand Tour

– Victorious in Malaga, Peter Sagan took his first Grand Tour stage win in 780 days

– Esteban Chaves is the third Colombian to score two victories at the same edition, after Francisco Rodriguez Maldonado (1985) and Santiago Botero (2001)

– Caleb Ewan (21 years and 46 days) became the youngest cyclist to win a Grand Tour stage in the past 34 years

– He also is the first neo-pro to take a victory in a three-week race this season, and the third to reach this feat in the past five years, following Bart De Clercq (2011 Giro d’Italia) and Warren Barguil (2013 Vuelta a España)

– Alejandro Valverde won his ninth Vuelta stage, equalling John Degenkolb for most among active riders

– Following his disqualification for being towed by a car, Vincenzo Nibali did not complete a Grand Tour for the first time in his career

– Tom Dumoulin is the 12th Dutch cyclist to wear the leader’s jersey in the Vuelta

– Seven teams – all from the World Tour – have scored a victory thus far: BMC, Giant-Alpecin, LottoNL-Jumbo, Movistar, Orica-GreenEdge, Tinkoff-Saxo and Trek Factory Racing

– For the first time in the past 18 years, at least two different Dutch riders notched a stage of the race

– Tom Dumoulin became the 11th cyclist from The Netherlands to win a stage and take the leader’s jersey with it

– Five of last week’s stage winners claimed their maiden victory in a Grand Tour: Esteban Chaves, Tom Dumoulin, Caleb Ewan, Bert-Jan Lindeman and Jasper Stuyven

– Only cyclist to receive the combativity award more than once is Caja Rural’s Omar Fraile

– Until this point, 16 riders have abandoned, the highest number since the 2010 edition

– Bert-Jan Lindeman is the cyclist with the most time spent in breakaways: 12:05:47

– Average speed of the race so far was of 40,7 km/h (stage one doesn’t count, as the times were neutralized)

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