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Vuelta a España 2009

Date range:
August 29 - September 20, 2009
  • Vuelta a España, Spain, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      4.5km
      Start location:
      Assen
      End location:
      Assen
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      202km
      Start location:
      Assen
      End location:
      Emmen
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      189.7km
      Start location:
      Zutphen
      End location:
      Venlo
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      224km
      Start location:
      Venlo
      End location:
      Lieja
    • Rest day

      Location
      Tarragona
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      174km
      Start location:
      Tarragona
      End location:
      Vinaros
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      Xativa
      End location:
      Xativa
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      30km
      Start location:
      Valencia
      End location:
      Valencia
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      206km
      Start location:
      Alzira
      End location:
      Alto de Aitana
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      186km
      Start location:
      Alcoy
      End location:
      Xorret de Cati
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      162km
      Start location:
      Alicante
      End location:
      Murcia
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      200km
      Start location:
      Murcia
      End location:
      Caravaca de la Cruz
    • Rest Day

      Location
      Almeria
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      174km
      Start location:
      Almeria
      End location:
      Alto de Velefique
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      175km
      Start location:
      Berja
      End location:
      Alto de Sierra Nevada
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      157km
      Start location:
      Granada
      End location:
      La Pandera
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      167.7km
      Start location:
      Jaén
      End location:
      Córdoba
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Córdoba
      End location:
      Puertollano
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      193.6km
      Start location:
      Ciudad Real
      End location:
      Talavera de la Reina
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Talavera de la Reina
      End location:
      Avila
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      174km
      Start location:
      Avila
      End location:
      La Granja. Real Fábrica de Cristales
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      26km
      Start location:
      Toledo
      End location:
      Toledo
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      110.2km
      Start location:
      Rivas
      End location:
      Madrid
  • Race history

September 14, Stage 15: Jaén - Córdoba 167.7km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Gregor Brown
  1. 139km remaining from 167.7km

    14:00:17 CEST

    Welcome to Cyclingnews' coverage of Vuelta a España stage 15. Today's stage takes the riders from Jaén to Córdoba, 167.7 kilometres. The finale features two 25.4-kilometre circuits with the Alto de San Jeronimo climb. The final ascent leaves 11.7 kilometres to race.

    The riders have covered 29 kilometres and an escape group has yet to form.

  2. 14:05:33 CEST

    Want to talk about today's stage?  Do so in our forum, here is the thread.

  3. 14:08:43 CEST

    Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) leads the race by 31 seconds on Gesink, 1:10 on Sánchez, 1:28 on Basso, 1:51 on Evans and 1:54 on Mosquera.

  4. 14:10:49 CEST

    The stage started off under sunny skies, but the riders are facing rain in the the final part of the stage.

  5. 14:12:59 CEST

    Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia) and Robert Gesink (Rabobank) were all part of an escape at kilometre 20. Valverde's Caisse team worked to bring the group back six kilometres later.

  6. 132.7km remaining from 167.7km

    14:16:13 CEST

    There are a lot of small attacks by riders from almost every team. An escape has yet to form.

  7. 14:21:10 CEST

    "I don't think it will be a sprint today. The problem is the climbs before of the finish – because of those, it is not possible today," André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) told Cyclingnews' Shane Stokes this morning in Jaén.

  8. 14:28:43 CEST

    Julien El Farès (Cofidis), Aitor Hernández (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Alan Pérez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) crashed in the first kilometres of today's stage. They are back in the main group and they all appear to be well. El Farès, winner of stage one at Tirreno-Adriatico, visited the doctor's car.

  9. 117.7km remaining from 167.7km

    14:29:40 CEST

    The riders covered 48,900 in the first hour.  That's fast.   The race will slow down once an escape is established.

  10. 14:31:17 CEST

    "We will try to get in the breakaway," Gabriel Rasch (Cervélo TestTeam) told Stokes. "I think it is a good day for that, one will go away. I will try my best to be there.

    "The team wants to try to get a stage win between now and Madrid, so we will attack."

  11. 14:32:41 CEST

    "I think today will be a sprint of 50 or 60 riders, or maybe a breakaway. But I don't think it will be as big group if one does go," said Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto).

    "I think a lot of teams want to control it from the start. For me that is perfect."

    Gilbert said his priority is to continue building form for the world championships and so he will not dig too deep. However, if the chance presents itself for a stage win, he will take it.

  12. 109.7km remaining from 167.7km

    14:38:19 CEST

    Dutchman Martijn Maaskant (Garmin-Slipstream) returns to the main group after an escape attempt. Team Columbia is now at the front of the group.

  13. 14:40:17 CEST

    Anthony Roux (Française des Jeux), Maxim Iglinsky (Astana) and Frantisek Rabon (Columbia-HTC) try to form an escape.

  14. 14:41:01 CEST

    "I hope it will be dry today. I can see clouds and think if it does rain, it could be very slippery. I am 12th overall and I want to avoid any crashes," Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) told Shane Stokes.

  15. 101.7km remaining from 167.7km

    14:59:21 CEST

    Maxim Iglinsky (Astana) has another go after the trio's move failed.

    He is part of a 12-man escape with Lars Boom (Rabobank), Dominik Roels (Milram), Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia), Christian Meier (Garmin-Slipstream), Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Vicente Reynes (Columbia-HTC), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale), Martin Velits (Milram), David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) and Olivier Kaisen (Silence-Lotto).

    Will this be the escape of the day?

  16. 15:03:47 CEST

    The Vuelta's three key mountain stages in Andalucía have left Alejandro Valverde looking an ever more likely winner of his first major tour title and the Xacobeo-Galicia team raging at what they see as unjust treatment of leader Ezequiel Mosquera by the race's commissaires.  Team Xacobeo rage against Mosquera penalty

  17. 91.7km remaining from 167.7km

    15:05:57 CEST

    The 12 men have 4:43 over the main group.  This looks to be THE escape.

  18. 15:07:29 CEST

    ____ Situation ____
    - Maxim Iglinsky (Astana), Lars Boom (Rabobank), Dominik Roels (Milram), Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia), Christian Meier (Garmin-Slipstream), Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Vicente Reynes (Columbia-HTC), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale), Martin Velits (Milram), David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) and Olivier Kaisen (Silence-Lotto).
    - Main group at 4:43

    Mathieu Ladagnous (Française des Jeux) is chasing to join the front 12 riders, he is about 30 seconds behind.

    Beñat Intxausti (Fuji-Servetto) punctures his tyre. Let's hope he has a faster change than Evans'.
     

  19. 86.7km remaining from 167.7km

    15:13:51 CEST

    Frenchman Mathieu Ladagnous (Française des Jeux) makes contact with the other 12, who have 6:45 on the Valverde group.

    ____ Situation ____
    - Mathieu Ladagnous (Française des Jeux), Maxim Iglinsky (Astana), Lars Boom (Rabobank), Dominik Roels (Milram), Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia), Christian Meier (Garmin-Slipstream), Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Vicente Reynes (Columbia-HTC), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale), Martin Velits (Milram), David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) and Olivier Kaisen (Silence-Lotto).
    - Main group at 6:45

  20. 15:14:56 CEST

    This is a group of 13 riders from 11 different teams.

  21. 15:19:09 CEST

    Some of you are asking, and yes, all 155 riders who finished yesterday's stage started today's.

  22. 64.7km remaining from 167.7km

    15:41:45 CEST

    The escape has passed through the feed zone with a 12:15 advantage on the main group of race leader Valverde. They have around 64 more kilometres to race.

    It's a good advantage, but can it hold until the end?

  23. 15:44:51 CEST

    The riders covered 43 kilometres in the second hour, down from the 48.9 kilometres in the first hour.

    Once the escape goes free the pace typically slows. The pace will rise towards the end of the stage if the sprinters' teams begin to work to bring the escape back.

  24. 15:45:51 CEST

    Want to talk about today's stage? Do so in our forum, here is the thread.

  25. 62.7km remaining from 167.7km

    15:51:19 CEST

    The advantage rises to 13:16 for the 13 leaders. 

    A reminder of our leaders: Mathieu Ladagnous (Française des Jeux), Maxim Iglinsky (Astana), Lars Boom (Rabobank), Dominik Roels (Milram), Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia), Christian Meier (Garmin-Slipstream), Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Vicente Reynes (Columbia-HTC), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale), Martin Velits (Milram), David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) and Olivier Kaisen (Silence-Lotto)

    They formed the move after 66 kilometres.

  26. 55.7km remaining from 167.7km

    16:01:33 CEST

    The advantage has grown to 15:34.

  27. 16:02:46 CEST

    Russian Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale) takes the first sprint ahead of Dominik Roels (Milram) adn Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia).

  28. 16:08:35 CEST

    Caisse is leading the group through Cordoba, while the escape is on the first climb of the day.

  29. 16:13:43 CEST

    The advantage is 18 minutes now.

    The escapees climb San Jerónimo.

  30. 16:16:06 CEST

    We see Italy's Enrico Gasparotto (Lampre-NGC) back in the team cars. He is getting some water bottles for the team.

  31. 50.7km remaining from 167.7km

    16:17:03 CEST

    Canadian Svein Tuft (Garmin-Slipstream) abandons the Vuelta a España, bringing the number of riders down to 154.

  32. 49.5km remaining from 167.7km

    16:19:33 CEST

    The advantage keeps growing. Caisse is not concerned about the escapees, who have 19:05. None of the 13 riders are a threat to the overall classification.

    ____ Situation ____
    - Mathieu Ladagnous (Française des Jeux), Maxim Iglinsky (Astana), Lars Boom (Rabobank), Dominik Roels (Milram), Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia), Christian Meier (Garmin-Slipstream), Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Vicente Reynes (Columbia-HTC), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale), Martin Velits (Milram), David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) and Olivier Kaisen (Silence-Lotto).
    - Main group at 19:05

  33. 16:27:03 CEST

    Valverde has all of his Caisse men on the front going up the San Jerónimo. They are 19:35 behind the front 13.

    Do you think of Robert Gesink (Rabobank) can win the Vuelta? He is not that far behind Valverde in the overall classification.

  34. 44km remaining from 167.7km

    16:34:29 CEST

    This 13-man group will stay ahead of the group until the end of the race. They have 44 kilometres to race an 19:35 on the Valverde group.

    Vicente Reynes (Columbia-HTC) and Leonardo Duque (Cofidis) are fast sprinters in this group.

    Milram and Xacobeo will have the numerical advantage when the attacks and counter-attacks start.

  35. 16:44:04 CEST

    Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia) led Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale), Christian Meier (Garmin-Slipstream), Lars Boom (Rabobank)David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) and Maxim Iglinsky (Astana) over the first ascent of Alto de San Jerónimo.

  36. 33.8km remaining from 167.7km

    16:45:03 CEST

    Serafín Martínez is at the back of the escape, stretching his legs.

    The advantage is 19:05.

  37. 16:48:00 CEST

    José Vicente Garcia (Caisse d'Epargne) leads the main group for teammate Valverde. Valverde wears gold shorts to match his gold jersey.

    Will he win gold at the World Championships?

  38. 16:49:12 CEST

    Aitor Hernández (Euskaltel-Euskadi) crashes says race radio. He rejoins the main group.

  39. 16:50:42 CEST

    Bad news from Italy. Biondo has been suspended for testing positive for blood booster EPO.

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/biondo-suspended-for-epo-positive
     

  40. 16:51:38 CEST

    Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia) attacks his companions.  He takes the special sprint and waits for Leonardo Duque (Cofidis) and the rest of the group.

  41. 27.5km remaining from 167.7km

    16:55:27 CEST

    The advantage is 18:43.  The main group just passed the top of San Jeronimo for the first time.

  42. 24.5km remaining from 167.7km

    17:00:00 CEST

    Vicente Reynes (Columbia-HTC), Lars Boom (Rabobank), Dominik Roels (Milram) and Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia) attack the escape.

  43. 23km remaining from 167.7km

    17:03:36 CEST

    The front four start San Jeronimo for the second time. Vicente Reynes (Columbia-HTC) loses pace.

    ____ Situation ____
    - Vicente Reynes (Columbia-HTC), Lars Boom (Rabobank), Dominik Roels (Milram) and Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia)
    - Mathieu Ladagnous (Française des Jeux), Maxim Iglinsky (Astana), David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia), Christian Meier (Garmin-Slipstream), Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale), Martin Velits (Milram) and Olivier Kaisen (Silence-Lotto).
    - Main group at 18:14
     

  44. 22.1km remaining from 167.7km

    17:05:17 CEST

    Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia) and Lars Boom (Rabobank) continue ahead.

    Lars Boom (Rabobank) attacks and distances the Spaniard.

    ____ Situation ____
    - Lars Boom (Rabobank), Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia)
    - Vicente Reynes (Columbia-HTC), Dominik Roels (Milram)
    - Mathieu Ladagnous (Française des Jeux), Maxim Iglinsky (Astana), David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia), Christian Meier (Garmin-Slipstream), Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale), Martin Velits (Milram) and Olivier Kaisen (Silence-Lotto).
    - Main group at 18:14

     

  45. 21.5km remaining from 167.7km

    17:06:41 CEST

    Lars Boom (Rabobank) is the 2008 'cross World Champion and the 2007 Under 23 time trial champion.

  46. 17:07:32 CEST

    Dominik Roels (Milram) rides alone, the remainder of the escapees, led by Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), are pulling him back.

    ____ Situation ____
    - Lars Boom (Rabobank)
    - Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia)
    - Dominik Roels (Milram)
    - Mathieu Ladagnous (Française des Jeux), Maxim Iglinsky (Astana), David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia), Christian Meier (Garmin-Slipstream), Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale), Martin Velits (Milram) and Olivier Kaisen (Silence-Lotto).
    - Main group at 18:14

     

  47. 17:09:25 CEST

    David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) joins with teammate Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia).

    The second ascent of the San Jerónimo is cracking the escape group.

    ____ Situation ____
    - Lars Boom (Rabobank)
    - Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia), David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) 25"
    - Dominik Roels (Milram)
    - Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Mathieu Ladagnous (Française des Jeux), Maxim Iglinsky (Astana), Christian Meier (Garmin-Slipstream), Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale), Martin Velits (Milram), Olivier Kaisen (Silence-Lotto), Vicente Reynes (Columbia-HTC)
    - Main group at 18:40
     

  48. 19.5km remaining from 167.7km

    17:11:00 CEST

    Lars Boom (Rabobank) has 27" on the chasers. If he gets to the top he can time trial the final 11.7 kilometres.

  49. 18.1km remaining from 167.7km

    17:13:45 CEST

    Lars Boom (Rabobank) has 35". So his advantage is growing. He also has 18:57 on the Valverde group, he will stay clear of it.

    David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) chases solo.

  50. 16.8km remaining from 167.7km

    17:15:55 CEST

    Boom is on a slight descent.

    Boom is a four time world champion:
    2008 Cyclo-Cross
    2007 U23 Cyclo-Cross
    2007 U23 Time Trial
    2003 Junior Cyclo-Cross

    He has 5Km to climb, but his advantage is growing.

     

  51. 15.7km remaining from 167.7km

    17:17:30 CEST

    Boom has 44"

    ____ Situation ____
    - Lars Boom (Rabobank)
    - David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) 44"
    - Dominik Roels (Milram), Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Mathieu Ladagnous (Française des Jeux), Maxim Iglinsky (Astana), Christian Meier (Garmin-Slipstream), Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale), Martin Velits (Milram), Olivier Kaisen (Silence-Lotto), Vicente Reynes (Columbia-HTC)
    - Main group at 18:54

     

  52. 14.6km remaining from 167.7km

    17:18:56 CEST

    He is still on a descent, his jersey is unzipped.   He has three km to climb, so the road will tilt back up again.

    Boom is 44" ahead of Herrero and 48" on the rest of the chasers

  53. 13.6km remaining from 167.7km

    17:20:46 CEST

    Boom has his radio ear piece out so he won't have any time checks from his director on his gap to Herrero, which is 43".

  54. 12.3km remaining from 167.7km

    17:22:47 CEST

    David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) rides ahead of Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Martin Velits (Milram), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Maxim Iglinsky (Astana), Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia)

  55. 11.7km remaining from 167.7km

    17:25:13 CEST

    Lars Boom (Rabobank) rides over the top of San Jeronimo.

    ____ Situation ____
    - Lars Boom (Rabobank)
    - David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) 53"
    - Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Martin Velits (Milram), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Maxim Iglinsky (Astana), Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia)
    - Dominik Roels (Milram), Mathieu Ladagnous (Française des Jeux), Christian Meier (Garmin-Slipstream), Olivier Kaisen (Silence-Lotto), Vicente Reynes (Columbia-HTC)
    - Main group at 18:54

     

  56. 17:26:06 CEST

    Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Martin Velits (Milram), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), Maxim Iglinsky (Astana), Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia) cross the top at 1:46 behind Boom.

  57. 7.5km remaining from 167.7km

    17:28:55 CEST

    Boom has 59"

  58. 5km remaining from 167.7km

    17:31:06 CEST

    David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) still chases solo. He overshoots a corner, but keeps his bike upright.

  59. 1.7km remaining from 167.7km

    17:34:26 CEST

    Boom looks certain to win this stage.

  60. 17:39:55 CEST

    Boom, 23, takes the win. David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) finishes 1:35 behind.

  61. 17:40:58 CEST

    Leonardo Duque (Cofidis) wins the sprint over Maxim Iglinsky (Astana). They finish 2:09 behind winner Boom.

    The Valverde group is still out on the road and will be there for another 20 minutes.

  62. 17:43:22 CEST

    Boom's teammate Gesink is second overall. He will mark Valverde in the final kilometres.

  63. 17:48:38 CEST

    Boom won after 4 hours and 12 minutes of racing.  He finished 12:30 ago, and the favourites are still racing.

  64. 7km remaining from 167.7km

    17:55:27 CEST

    The main group has 7k to race. Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) leads the race down the descent. He is upping the pace, maybe hoping one of his rivals loses contact.

  65. 17:56:37 CEST

    It was Roels that snuck in for third before the sprint for fourth.

  66. 17:57:15 CEST

    Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) does not drop his rivals. Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) leads the race now for Basso.

  67. 17:59:12 CEST

    They have 3km to race, 22:30 behind Boom.

    Columbia lead the race for André Greipel (Columbia-HTC). Greipel will want the points for 14th.

  68. 18:01:51 CEST

    Here comes the sprint. André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) gets it ahead of Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step). Greipel get two points for the sprint, 25:00 behind Boom.

  69. 18:02:14 CEST

    Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) remains the race leader.

  70. 18:02:38 CEST

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