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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 18, Stage 19: Avila - La Granja. Real Fábrica de Cristales 174km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Richard Tyler
  1. 13:31:00 CEST

    Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of stage 19 of the Vuelta a España. The 174 kilometre route will see the peloton travel from the site of yesterday's finish, Ávila, to La Granja, Real Fábrica de Cristales. It's another chilly start today, 15 degrees C, but the rain isn't falling, as it was on Thursday.

  2. 13:35:00 CEST

    It's the final mountain stage of this year's race today. Four categorised climbs on the agenda, including two ascents of the Category 1 Puerto de Nevacerrada:

    1. Alto del Leon - Category 3 at 39 kilometres.

    2. Puerto de Navacerrada - Category 1 at 53km

    3. Puerto de la Morcuera - Category 1 at 95km

    2. Puerto de Navacerrada - Category 1 at 141.5km

     

  3. 13:39:58 CEST

    Amaël Moinard (Cofidis) was the first to commence hostilities today. He attacked as soon as the flag was drawn in after the neutral period.

  4. 13:41:21 CEST

    Moinard was joined by 15 other riders shortly afterwards, but with Liquigas and Vacansoleil missing the break, this move was closed down after 20 kilometres.

  5. 13:42:01 CEST

    Christope Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale) was the next to try his luck.

  6. 13:45:09 CEST

    He attacked after 26 kilometres and was joined two kilometres later by Daniel Martin (Garmin-Slipstream) and Eduard Vorganov (Xacobeo Galicia). In the last half-an-hour the break has moved out to an advantage of 3:44 over the bunch.

  7. 130km remaining from 174km

    13:47:10 CEST

    The leaders are currently riding up the Alto del Leon. They have already ridden through the town of San Rafael, which I had earlier identified as the first climb, my apologies there.

  8. 13:48:23 CEST

    The Leon is Category 3, it's only six kilometres long and the leaders will be decending towards the town of Guadarrama pretty quickly.

  9. 13:50:12 CEST

    Caisse d'Epargne have assumed their position at the front of the peloton. They've backed the pace off considerably; the average was more than 45km/p in the first hour of racing this afternoon!

  10. 13:54:16 CEST

    This is a considerably smaller break than yesterday, when Philip Deignan joined 16 colleagues on the road to Ávila. The Irishman took an impressive victory over Roman Kreuziger yesterday in the final battle between the two.

  11. 124km remaining from 174km

    13:56:10 CEST

    Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale), Daniel Martin (Garmin-Slipstream) and Eduard Vorganov (Xacobeo Galicia) have continued to build their advantage on today's stage, they've pushed out to almost seven minutes lead on the slopes of the Alto del Leon. The trio are on the descent now.

  12. 13:59:06 CEST

    Deignan's victory yesterday was his first Grand Tour stage win, and the first Grand Tour stage win by an Irishman since Stephen Roche at the 1992 Tour de France. No surprises that Deignan was pretty chuffed afterwards.

  13. 14:02:07 CEST

    Deignan rocketed up the overall yesterday too. He'll hope to get through the next three days without incident in order to protect what is creeping close to a top-ten finish:

    1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 78:56:42
    2 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:32
    3 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:10
    4 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas 0:01:29
    5 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 0:01:51
    6 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:01:55
    7 Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:05:54
    8 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC 0:06:35
    9 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam 0:07:49
    10 Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 0:10:46

  14. 14:04:27 CEST

    Vorganov led the break over the summit of the Leon first, David de la Fuente was the first of the peloton to cross the same line, about seven minutes later:

    1st Eduard Vorganov (Xacobeo Galicia)
    2nd Daniel Martin (Garmin-Slipstream)
    3rd Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale)
    4th David de la Fuente (Fuji-Servetto)

  15. 14:07:03 CEST

    De la Fuente is looking to secure his second place in the mountains classification. He's always an aggressive rider, but it'll take a disaster on the part of David Moncoutié for Fuente to take the red jersey before Madrid:

    1 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis 186 pts
    2 David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 89
    3 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank 60
    4 Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 59
    5 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 58
    6 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 57
    7 Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 57
    8 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil 54
    9 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 53
    10 Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis 51

  16. 14:12:35 CEST

    Vorganov is not the sort of name you expect to see on a Spanish wildcard's Vuelta roster. The Russian is the only non-Spaniard on the Xacobeo team for this race, although the 26-year-old's compatriot Vladimir Isaichev is also on the team's books.

  17. 14:16:35 CEST

    Could there be an Irish one-two? Dan Martin is in today's break. He hasn't had the smoothest of journeys in his debut Grand Tour, but as he pointed out to Cyclingnews last week, he's done his part to fulfill the old adage: 'you gotta be in it to win it'.

  18. 14:20:05 CEST

    There are two sprints on today's stage, although it's unlikely that points leader André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) will have much of a sniff at those; they're close together and they'll take place just before the final ascent of the Puerto de Navacerrada.

    1. Sprint 1 - 138km

    2. Sprint 2 - 141.5km

  19. 14:21:50 CEST

    At any rate, no real need for Greipel to go chasing intermediate sprints; like Moncoutié he'll hang onto his jersey as long as he can keep it 'rubber side down':

    1 André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC 123 pts
    2 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 81
    3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 80
    4 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 68
    5 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 67
    6 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 58
    7 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas 56
    8 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 55
    9 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis 54
    10 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil 52

  20. 14:25:00 CEST

    AG2R La Mondiale will be keeping their fingers crossed for Riblon today. They've had a dry year in terms of victories, just five this season. Mind you, Riblon has played his part in those, he won the third stage of the Rud du Sud into Bagnères-de-Luchon in June.

  21. 70km remaining from 174km

    14:31:00 CEST

    We haven't received word of any withdrawals on today's stage, either before or during. Maxim Iglynskiy of Astana was one of eight riders that ceased their participation Thursday. His team manager Johan Bruyneel is to set sail on the good ship RadioShack at the end of this year. Today the Belgian said the return of Alexander Vinokourov was the reason for his impending departure from Astana.

  22. 14:36:00 CEST

    The leaders are on the first ascent of the Puerto de Navecerrada at the moment. The second ascent of the climb, later on today, will preceed a rapid drop to the finish in La Granja. On paper it's much better suited than yesterday's course to an attack from one of the contenders for overall. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) or Eziquiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia) would seem the men most likely.

  23. 14:39:06 CEST

    That's not to say Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) or Ivan Basso (Liquigas) won't have a dig. Robert Gesink is less likely to attack as he's still nursing his injuries from his stage 17 crash, but the attendance of his Rabobank team could assist Caisse d'Epargne in defence against any potential attacks.

  24. 14:42:54 CEST

    Three riders who won't be launching any attacks in the forseeable future are Nuno Ribeiro, Isidro Nozal and Hector Guerra. The trio tested positive for EPO-CERA prior to the Tour of Portugal. The incident looks to have spelt the end for Liberty Seguros' involvement in cycling.

  25. 14:47:00 CEST

    Caisse d'Epargne haven't let go of the reins completely. They're monitoring the advantage of the leaders pretty closely. With just three riders sharing the workload out in front, it'll be a tough fight to stay away until the end.

  26. 14:49:50 CEST

    The leaders are just about to tip over the top of the Navacerrada, still 6.27 in front.

  27. 96km remaining from 174km

    14:54:56 CEST

    It's unlikely to be a long way up his agenda of interest at the moment, but Dan Martin's Garmin teammate Bradley Wiggins is surrounded by speculation as to where he will race next year. Despite a report saying that Wiggins had joined Team Sky, Garmin director Jonathan Vaughters told Cyclingnews this morning that:"Bradley Wiggins is under contract for 2010... that's the end of it."

  28. 14:58:02 CEST

    The slope of the Category 1 Navacerrada did slice a little bit of the leader's advantage away, not to mention sucking some of the pace from the day's average speed: 37km/h so far.

  29. 15:04:13 CEST

    Same order over the top of the Navacerrada. The names behind indicate who's doing the work on the front of the peloton.

    1. Eduard Vorganov (Xacobeo Galicia)
    2. Daniel Martin (Garmin-Slipstream)
    3. Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mond
    4. Julian Sanchez (Contentpolis-Ampo)
    5. David de la Fuente (Fuji-Servetto)
    6. Alan Perez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
    7. Francisco Perez (Caisse d'Epargne)
    8. Xabier Zandio (Caisse d'Epargne)
    9. José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Caisse d'Epargne)

  30. 82km remaining from 174km

    15:06:31 CEST

    Caisse d'Epargne have pulled the lead closer to six minutes over the first of three Category 1 ascents. 6:06 was the latest time check

  31. 15:13:45 CEST

    The site of today's finish is La Granja, which in English translates to 'the farm'. The full title of today's finish: 'La Granja, Real Fábrica de Cristales' gives a hint to something far removed from a rural setting. Spain's King Charles the 3rd set up a factory for the manufacture of crystal under that title in La Granja during the 18th century.

  32. 15:15:41 CEST

    The riders are currently tucking into their lunch en route to the next climb of the day: the Puerto de la Morcuera.

  33. 74km remaining from 174km

    15:20:21 CEST

    The lead is continuing to drop, though not too dramatically. Daniel Martin (Garmin) hasn't taken a victory this season, although he finished second overall at the Volta a Catalunya, including a second-placed stage finish on the climb to Vallnord Pal. He's arguably the most purest climber of the leading three.

  34. 15:20:58 CEST

    Quick Step's Matteo Tossatto has abandoned the race.

  35. 15:24:31 CEST

    The leaders: Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale), Daniel Martin (Garmin-Slipstream) and Eduard Vorganov (Xacobeo Galicia) are now on the climb of the Category 1 Puerto de la Morcuera.

  36. 15:27:58 CEST

    He's not racing at the Vuelta, but Janez Brajkovi� has decided to follow a number of Astana riders transferring to RadioShack at the end of the season.

  37. 68km remaining from 174km

    15:31:16 CEST

    Caisse d'Epargne are being relieved by Liquigas at the head of affairs in the peloton.

  38. 15:35:19 CEST

    The gap is still hovering around the six minute mark. If the leaders can hold a similar advantage over the top of the Morcuera their odds of a stage win will increase significantly. Yesterday, the peloton turned off the pressure on the final climb, it'll be interesting to see whether they're happy to let the breakaway get another win.

  39. 15:37:28 CEST

    Based on this Vuelta so far, the odds of a breakaway succeeding would seem pretty solid. Eight out of the last ten stages have been taken by a member of each day's main breakaways.

  40. 15:39:53 CEST

    The final descent today will be the reverse route of last year's uphill individual time trial. Levi Leipheimer (Astana) was the victor on that occasion.

  41. 15:43:40 CEST

    Speaking of Astana riders, Alberto Contador held a press conference at La Granja this afternoon. He said he's keen to leave the Kazakh team, and a decision on his new home could be made by Sunday.

  42. 63km remaining from 174km

    15:46:47 CEST

    Robert Gesink (Rabobank) has been dropped from the main group on the slopes of Puerto de la Morcuera. He's 38 seconds behind the peloton, who in turn are now just 3:43 behind the leaders.

  43. 15:48:01 CEST

    Silence-Lotto have realised that Gesink is struggling and have come to the front of the peloton, Liquigas and Caisse d'Epargne are already there. This is bad news for the Rabobank captain and the breakaway.

  44. 58km remaining from 174km

    15:56:06 CEST

    Gesink is now chasing on the descent off the Morcuera. He's pulled back to within 30 seconds of a now Euskaltel driven peloton. The boys out front have just over three minutes now.

  45. 15:58:02 CEST

    The leaders will be willing Gesink back into the peloton. There's a chance that if he makes it back to the main group the teams in the race for overall will take their collective foot off the gas and give them hope of surviving over the top of the Navacerrada.

  46. 15:58:33 CEST

    Gesink is one tough cookie. He's just nine seconds behind the main bunch now.

  47. 16:01:03 CEST

    Rabobank have almost brought their leader back to the main pack now. The leaders have 2:48. This is shaping up to be a battle royale on the final climb.

  48. 16:04:23 CEST

    We're not long from finding out whether Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) will make his long-awaited bid for glory. No chance of him catching anyone by surprise; it's been talked about for the last week.

  49. 16:05:45 CEST

    The leaders are riding through rain, it's not raining at the finish. They won't mind too much if it rains on the ascent, but a dry descent will be a blessing.


  50. 16:07:50 CEST

    The peloton are strung out in a long line as they pursue the three in front. The peloton is all back together after Gesink was unhooked on the previous climb.

  51. 16:09:03 CEST

    Euskaltel are still driving on the front of the bunch. Caisse d'Epargne riders are filling the slots in between the orange jerseys.

  52. 16:10:26 CEST

    Vorganov is leading the breakaway. They're doing long, smooth turns in the breakaway. Martin comes through to take his turn at the front now.

  53. 16:11:55 CEST

    Sergio Dominguez (Contempolis-Ampo) has abandoned the race.

  54. 16:13:37 CEST

    Euskaltel have pulled the peloton to within touching distance of the leaders. 1:08 is the gap. There's less than 40 kilometres to go in today's stage.

  55. 16:16:01 CEST

    Valverde is accepting food from a teammate now. Fueling up for the attacks that are bound to begin shortly.

  56. 37.5km remaining from 174km

    16:18:19 CEST

    The breakaway isn't going to last too much longer now. They've got around half a minutes advantage now.

    NB. Distance indicator is switching over to distance from the finish now.

  57. 16:19:28 CEST

    The leaders are racing through the streets of El Boalo. The roads are properly wet now.

  58. 16:21:30 CEST

    It's amazing the difference between where the riders are now and the finish. It's completely dry in La Granja, but the raincoats are on water buckets down. The advantage of the leaders has stabilised at 30 seconds.

  59. 16:22:34 CEST

    And just as I say that, the advantage drops again. Just over 20 seconds now. The leaders have stopped working now.

  60. 16:23:29 CEST

    Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) springs out of the bunch as the leaders become visible in front of peloton.

  61. 16:25:06 CEST

    Hoogerland has been accompanied by Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank) and Serafin Martinez (Xacobeo Galicia). They catch the leaders. Martin and Riblon are dropped immediately.

  62. 16:26:56 CEST

    The new leaders have moved away to a small, 14 second advantage.

  63. 16:27:52 CEST

    The attack has been neutralized, Hoogerland and Martinez are the only two in front now.

  64. 16:29:50 CEST

    David Moncoutié has made his way off the peloton as well. Ah, but now, it's all back together yet again.

  65. 16:31:11 CEST

    There are bonus seconds available at the sprint points, not many, but bonus seconds are bonus seconds.

  66. 150km remaining from 174km

    16:33:00 CEST

    Euskaltel-Euskadi are at helm of the peloton as the final climb begins.

  67. 16:34:53 CEST

    They've hit the lower slopes. Gesink is already in trouble already, he's in a third group on the road that is forming. Koos Mourenhout gives his Rabobank captain a push.

  68. 16:36:21 CEST

    Gesink's position in the overall is slipping away rapidly as Euskaltel push on. Rabobank are all there assisting their leader, but the gap to the peloton is a wide one already.

  69. 16:38:53 CEST

    Valverde is well up towards the front, he's looking comfortable. There's a Quick Step rider on the front of the Gesink Group. The man himself is grimacing as the road kicks up a little more.

  70. 16:39:48 CEST

    Egoi Martinez is one of two Euskaltel-Euskadi riders setting the pace on the front.

  71. 16:41:07 CEST

    Inigo Cuesta (Cervelo TestTeam) shoots out of the peloton. There's no reaction for the meantime, the Spaniard is no threat to the overall contenders.

  72. 16:42:23 CEST

    Cuesta hasn't got much of an advantage. He looks back.

  73. 16:43:18 CEST

    The peloton is splintering now. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) is pacing himself back to the group containing the main contenders, he doesn't look to be in too much difficulty.

  74. 16:45:23 CEST

    Gesink is holding at 30 seconds behind, but the splits in the main bunch will make things more difficulty. In any case, he's not likely to get back on terms with the main leaders.

  75. 16:46:38 CEST

    Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) has run out of teammates in the front group. Caisse d'Epargne are now leading things with Liquigas.

  76. 16:48:27 CEST

    Gesink is now almost a minute behind.

  77. 16:52:21 CEST

    Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Ivan Basso (Liquigas), Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), Eziquiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia) and Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) are all present and accounted for at the front of the race.

  78. 16:54:03 CEST

    It's now raining at the finish, so the descent is going to be pretty sketchy for whoever decides to attack.

  79. 16:54:22 CEST

    ...if they decide to attack
  80. 16:56:35 CEST

    Sylvester Smydz (Liquigas) is leading his captain Basso. Sanchez gets out of the saddle, Valverde is on him in an instant.

  81. 16:57:00 CEST

    Sanchez puts in another tester. He cant get away, but it's thinned the group down to just a handful of riders.

  82. 16:59:20 CEST

    Gesink's demise means Sanchez is in second place overall. Short of a miracle from the Rabobank rider, the podium at the moment is: Valverde, Sanchez, Basso.

  83. 17:00:47 CEST

    Juan Jose Cobo attacks nead the top of the climb. Sanchez follows. It looks like Sanchez has chosen the descent as his point of attack.

  84. 17:02:00 CEST

    Valverde and Sanchez have gone away on the descent. It's the top-two in the Vuelta who are at the head of the race, with a gap to the other favorites. Valverde appears to be descending far better than Sanchez.

  85. 17:02:57 CEST

    It's wet, Sanchez takes a looooong time to apex one of the corners.

  86. 17:04:43 CEST

    Mosquera has bridged to the leaders on the descent.

  87. 17:05:20 CEST

    The three leaders are now into the hairpins. Evans has rejoined now too.

  88. 17:06:39 CEST

    Basso is the only one not with the leaders now. He's following Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne) about 150 metres behind the leaders.

  89. 10km remaining from 174km

    17:08:40 CEST

    They're still descending by the gradient has reduced now. 10 kilometres to go. Cobo's back on. Basso is solo, 10 seconds behind.

  90. 17:09:26 CEST

    Basso's back in. It looks as though the final mountain stage of the Vuelta has claimed just one scalp: Robert Gesink.

  91. 7km remaining from 174km

    17:11:04 CEST

    Valverde's got a teammate in the front group. It looks as though one of the favorites is going to collect a stage win today.

  92. 6km remaining from 174km

    17:12:04 CEST

    Who's it going to be? If it ends in a sprint, Valverde would be odds-on for a win in the gold jersey.

  93. 5km remaining from 174km

    17:13:06 CEST

    Mosquera launches an attack. Moreno counters and the rest follow immediately. Back together.

  94. 170km remaining from 174km

    17:14:00 CEST

    Paolo Tiralongo (Lampre) goes next. There's no big risk in letting the Italian go GC-wise, but this is now about the stage win. Moreno shuts down the attack yet again.

  95. 17:14:56 CEST

    Moreno is leading the group, Valverde is sitting second wheel.

  96. 17:15:45 CEST

    Mosquera goes again. Yet again Moreno pulls it back together.

  97. 2km remaining from 174km

    17:16:38 CEST

    Cobo has attacked now. He gets the biggest advantage so far, but Moreno, yet again, is pulling it back.

  98. 17:17:35 CEST

    Cobo has about 6 seconds. It could be enough.

  99. 1km remaining from 174km

    17:18:14 CEST

    Tiralongo attacks the chase group. Cobo has gone under the K-to-go

  100. 17:18:57 CEST

    Sanchez now leads the chase, Cobo is going to take the stage.

  101. 17:19:39 CEST

    Cobo gets the stage. Valverde gets second and embraces Cobo afterwards.

  102. 17:24:04 CEST

    Stage result:

    1. Juan Jose Cobo (Fuji-Servetto)
    2. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne)
    3. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto)
    4. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
    5. Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne)

  103. 17:31:05 CEST

    The peloton broke right up on that final climb, so we'll wait to see what happens in the GC.

  104. 17:45:53 CEST

    General classification after stage 19:
    1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
    2 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
    3 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas
    4 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto
    5 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
    6 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC

  105. 17:51:43 CEST

    Thank you for your company once again. Tomorrow, Cyclingnews will provide live coverage of the stage 20 individual time trial in Toledo. Alejandro Valverde appears to have an unbeatable lead overall, but the 26 kilometre test will provide opportunity for a few surprises further down the order. We'll see you then!