The seventh stage of the Tour of Britain was considered as one of the most decisive for the overall classification. The 185 kilometres course featured two third category and one second category climbs. This last one, Cleeve Hill, was situated only nine kilometres from the finish. The battle to get into the breakaway lasted for a few kilometres but Downing, Gardias, Owsian, Power, Scott and Von Hoff finally managed to go clear after thirty kilometres of racing. Tiago Machado tried to join the front group but spent a lot of energy riding between the peloton and the breakaway. Dillier, Dowsett, Hollenstein, Kwiatkowski and Mullen attacked from the peloton with forty-one kilometres to go and they quickly caught Machado on their way to the front group. Attacks were flying at the front of the peloton, which increased the pace and they ultimately caught the breakaway with thirty-five kilometres to go. Tony Martin counter-attacked and put his time trial skills to good use: the German managed to stay alone at the front for more than twenty kilometres, but was reeled in before Cleeve Hill. On the last climb, a group of five riders went clear but the gap was never big enough and the race once again came down to a bunch sprint. After a hectic finale, Dylan Groenewegen crossed the line in first place, ahead of Caleb Ewan and Brenton Jones. Nikolas Maes finished eighth.

 The penultimate stage of the Vuelta was with 117.5 kilometres one of the shortest of this edition. There were two first category climbs on the menu, but the stage’s highlight was the final hors catégorie climb: the famous Alto de l’Angliru. This climb is 12.5 kilometres long and it averages 9.8% gradient. Tomasz Marczynski and seventeen other riders went clear after the start, but the peloton never let them build an advantage bigger than 1’32”. The breakaway fell apart on the Alto de la Cobertoria and Marczynski managed to stay in an elite group of riders at the front. The Pole even came first at the top of the climb. Contador’s Trek Segafredo accelerated on the Alto del Cordal and the front group’s lead consequently dropped. Marczynski was the fastest in the downhill and he was the first rider to tackle the Alto de l’Angliru. The Lotto Soudal rider was quickly joined, and then dropped by the Contador group. The Spanish rider rode at a very high tempo during the whole ascent and soloed to a last prestigious stage win in his successful career. Chris Froome managed to drop Vincenzo Nibali in the last two kilometres and extended his lead in the general classification.