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Rodriguez and Nibali face off in Vuelta time trial

By:
Stephen Farrand
Published:
September 15, 2010, 09:39,
Updated:
September 15, 2010, 11:14
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Race:
Vuelta a España, Stage 17
Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) back in red at the Vuelta a España.

Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) back in red at the Vuelta a España.

  • Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) back in red at the Vuelta a España.
  • The king in waiting? Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) did enough to move into the overall lead.
  • Fabian Cancellara won his second stage of the race

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Start times for all the big names

Joaquin Rodriguez will fight to defend his red leader's jersey at the Vuelta a Espana today but the Katusha rider needs to produce the ride of his life to stop Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) taking the lead and setting up overall victory.

The Italian lost time on the climb to Cotobello on Monday but is much better in time trials than the little Spanish climber. He is confident he can gain at least a minute and perhaps even more on the windswept 46km course around Peñafiel, in the Castile and León region, north of Madrid, that includes long sections of straight roads.

In the overall classification, Rodriguez leads Nibali by 33 seconds, with Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia) third at 53 seconds and Fränk Schleck (Saxo Bank) much further back in fourth at 2:16.

"I've seen the course and I like it," Nibali told Gazzetta dello Sport. "There are a lot of straight sections where you really need to push a gear. At worst I think I can gain a minute, but if it's windy and I'm at my very best, I think I could even gain three minutes."

As race leader, Rodriguez starts last in the time trial, rolling down the start ramp at 4:45 local time in Spain. Nibali starts three minutes earlier at 4:42.

Cancellara favourite for stage victory

The battle for the red leader's jersey will be the tense finale to the stage but the fight for stage victory will begin early in the day.

The 46km time trial around Peñafiel will be Fabian Cancellara's last test against the clock before the world time trial championships in Australia and the current world champion is the huge favourite to win the stage.

Cancellara is well down in the general classification and so starts early in the afternoon at 1:54 local time.

Valentin Iglinskiy (Astana) is the first rider off at 1:41, quickly followed by Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) at 1:48. Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) starts at 1:58, his teammate David Zabriskie starts at 2:03. David Millar is off at 2:31, Christian Vande Velde at 3:16 and Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Columbia starts at 3:53.

Other names to watch for, as they fight for a place in the top ten overall, are Luis Leon Sanchez (4:19), Carlos Sastre (4:23), Tom Danielson (4:29), Nicolas Roche (4:33), Frank Schleck (4:36) and Ezequiel Mosquera (4:39).

Nibali and Rodriguez follow them at 4:42 and 4:45 respectively. Less than hour later, we will know who will pull on the race leader's red jersey.

The early riders will go off at one-minute intervals. The final top twenty go off every two minutes, with three minutes between the final four riders.

Cyclingnews will cover the whole of the time trial live.

 

Start times (local time in Spain)
1 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana 13:41:00  
2 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 13:42:00  
3 Lars-Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC-Columbia 13:43:00  
4 Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 13:44:00  
5 Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Test Team 13:45:00  
6 Juan-Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 13:46:00  
7 Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur 13:47:00  
8 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia 13:48:00  
9 Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto 13:49:00  
10 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 13:50:00  
11 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Transitions 13:51:00  
12 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 13:52:00  
13 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step 13:53:00  
14 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 13:54:00  
15 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step 13:55:00  
16 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin-Transitions 13:56:00  
17 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 13:57:00  
18 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions 13:58:00  
19 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step 13:59:00  
20 Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank 14:00:00  
21 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ 14:01:00  
22 Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram 14:02:00  
23 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions 14:03:00  
24 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia 14:04:00  
25 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank 14:05:00  
26 Jose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur 14:06:00  
27 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 14:07:00  
28 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ 14:08:00  
29 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia 14:09:00  
30 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank 14:10:00  
31 Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto 14:11:00  
32 Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale 14:12:00  
33 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram 14:13:00  
34 Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 14:14:00  
35 Jose Vincente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 14:15:00  
36 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 14:16:00  
37 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 14:17:00  
38 Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto 14:18:00  
39 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank 14:19:00  
40 Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto 14:20:00  
41 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step 14:21:00  
42 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank 14:22:00  
43 Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram 14:23:00  
44 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur 14:24:00  
45 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 14:25:00  
46 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo Test Team 14:26:00  
47 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale 14:27:00  
48 David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto 14:28:00  
49 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 14:29:00  
50 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 14:30:00  
51 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions 14:31:00  
52 Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 14:32:00  
53 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini 14:33:00  
54 Nicol Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 14:34:00  
55 Bjorn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram 14:35:00  
56 Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ 14:36:00  
57 Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana 14:37:00  
58 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ 14:38:00  
59 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia 14:39:00  
60 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur 14:40:00  
61 Vincent Jerôme (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 14:41:00  
62 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana 14:42:00  
63 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 14:43:00  
64 Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur 14:44:00  
65 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 14:45:00  
66 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 14:46:00  
67 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini 14:47:00  
68 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 14:48:00  
69 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 14:49:00  
70 Juan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur 14:50:00  
71 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 14:51:00  
72 Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur 14:52:00  
73 Allan Davis (Aus) Astana 14:53:00  
74 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 14:54:00  
75 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 14:55:00  
76 Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto 14:56:00  
77 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 14:57:00  
78 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 14:58:00  
79 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 14:59:00  
80 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 15:00:00  
81 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo 15:01:00  
82 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram 15:02:00  
83 Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale 15:03:00  
84 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 15:04:00  
85 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo 15:05:00  
86 Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha 15:06:00  
87 Remi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 15:07:00  
88 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana 15:08:00  
89 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step 15:09:00  
90 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana 15:10:00  
91 Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 15:11:00  
92 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 15:12:00  
93 Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto 15:13:00  
94 Gustavo Iglesias (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 15:14:00  
95 Jose Angel Gomez-Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur 15:15:00  
96 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Transitions 15:16:00  
97 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 15:17:00  
98 Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ 15:18:00  
99 Dmitry Fofonov (Kaz) Astana 15:19:00  
100 Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale 15:20:00  
101 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step 15:21:00  
102 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 15:22:00  
103 Delio Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 15:23:00  
104 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 15:24:00  
105 Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 15:25:00  
106 Juan-Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 15:26:00  
107 Mathieu Sprick (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 15:27:00  
108 Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur 15:28:00  
109 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R-La Mondiale 15:29:00  
110 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo 15:30:00  
111 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale 15:31:00  
112 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 15:32:00  
113 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank 15:33:00  
114 Juan-Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank 15:34:00  
115 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 15:35:00  
116 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 15:36:00  
117 Gustavo Cesar-Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 15:37:00  
118 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 15:38:00  
119 David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 15:39:00  
120 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step 15:40:00  
121 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 15:41:00  
122 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 15:42:00  
123 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 15:43:00  
124 Kanstantin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC-Columbia 15:44:00  
125 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 15:45:00  
126 Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 15:46:00  
127 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha 15:47:00  
128 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne 15:48:00  
129 Aleksandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana 15:49:00  
130 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 15:50:00  
131 Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 15:51:00  
132 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto 15:52:00  
133 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia 15:53:00  
134 Aleksandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha 15:54:00  
135 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions 15:55:00  
136 Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 15:56:00  
137 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo 15:57:00  
138 Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana 15:58:00  
139 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne 15:59:00  
140 Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) FDJ 16:00:00  
141 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale 16:01:00  
142 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 16:02:00  
143 Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 16:03:00  
144 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 16:05:00  
145 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Lampre-Farnese Vini 16:07:00  
146 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ 16:09:00  
147 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha 16:11:00  
148 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 16:13:00  
149 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 16:15:00  
150 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 16:17:00  
151 Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 16:19:00  
152 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 16:21:00  
153 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 16:23:00  
154 David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 16:25:00  
155 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 16:27:00  
156 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions 16:29:00  
157 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia 16:31:00  
158 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale 16:33:00  
159 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 16:36:00  
160 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 16:39:00  
161 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 16:42:00  
162 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 16:45:00