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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 01, Stage 4: Venlo - Lieja 224km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Richard Tyler
  1. 14:19:17 CEST

    Welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of the fourth stage of the Vuelta a España from Venlo to Liege.

  2. 14:21:03 CEST

    Today's stage takes over 224km from Venlo in the Netherlands to Liege in Belgium. There's only one way to describe the conditions being faced by the riders today: wet. Well, perhaps two words: very wet!

  3. 125.2km remaining from 224km

    14:28:15 CEST

    Four riders have broken away from the peloton today. Javier Ramirez Abeja (Andalucía - Cajasur), Lars Boom (Rabobank), Dominik Roels (Milram) and Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil) have all managed to get away.

  4. 14:31:15 CEST

    The leaders have built up a sizeable gap. The lead had stretched out to 14 minutes at one stage, however the peloton seems content to allow the leaders a little bit of space for now. A number of teams are taking their turn at the front of the bunch. Saxo Bank, in their black rain capes, are well represented at the pointy end of the field.

  5. 14:42:59 CEST

    The peloton is strung out at 60km/h at the moment. Garmin is currently leading the peloton. They'll have a few new teammates for next year after announcing that Johan van Summeren and South African Robbie Hunter will join the squad.

  6. 14:44:40 CEST

    The leaders are making their way up the Cauberg for the second time today. Despite the atrocious conditions, the roads are lined with thousands of vocal, umbrella-toting spectators.

  7. 14:46:03 CEST

    Oddly, the leaders, at the top of the Cauberg now are having a good look at one another. Boom goes!

     

  8. 14:48:24 CEST

    Lars Boom (Rabobank) takes the points at the top of the climb. The banner was about 300 metres beyond the position of the traditional finish for the Amstel Gold race.

  9. 14:53:34 CEST

    Christian Meier (Garmin) has been leading the peloton for the past quarter of an hour. He peels off the front as the peloton begins its own ascent of the Cauberg.

  10. 14:57:05 CEST

    Some of the capes are coming off, the riders are going grabbing their musettes as they go through the feedzone at the top of the Cauberg.

  11. 14:59:45 CEST

    It looks extremely unlikely that the riders will see the sun today, but the torrential rain of the earlier in the stage has abated somewhat.


  12. 15:07:03 CEST

    The breakaway riders - Javier Ramirez Abeja (Andalucía - Cajasur), Lars Boom (Rabobank), Dominik Roels (Milram) and Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil) - are approaching the border of Belgium.

  13. 85.2km remaining from 224km

    15:22:27 CEST

    The Dutch roads have made way for Belgian roads. Quick Step, Saxo Bank, Garmin and Liquigas are pushing the pace in the peloton, bringing the gap steadily down. It sits now at 5:47

  14. 143.1km remaining from 224km

    15:35:16 CEST

    We're looking forward to an interesting finish on today's stage. The peloton will face some of the hills used in Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The Cote Saint-Nicholas sits just 15km before the end and could be the perfect launching pad for a brave escapee.

  15. 15:53:34 CEST

    There's a crash in the peloton. Not too much of a surprise in today's soggy conditions. Everyone is up and away quickly.

  16. 15:58:21 CEST

    Julian Dean was the rider who came down first in the crash. He was up and riding pretty quickly though. David Millar talks about Dean's role in the Garmin team in his latest Cyclingnews blog entry.

  17. 16:01:55 CEST

    Lagutin (Vacansoleil) crashed in the breakaway as they negotiated a roundabout. He brought down Roels (Milram) too.

     

  18. 16:02:55 CEST

    Roels is back with Lars Boom (Rabobank) and Javier Ramirez Abeja (Andalucía - Cajasur). Lagutin is making his way back after a quick bike change.

  19. 16:03:47 CEST

    A Saxo Bank rider runs into the back of a truck on the side of the road!

  20. 16:05:28 CEST

    Don't worry folks, the truck was parked and he managed to take most of the pace off before he hit it. Now, another rider has gone down, a Cervelo rider this time. These are treacherous conditions.

  21. 16:08:03 CEST

    Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) is in the team cars, working his way back to the peloton. All these crashes are disrupting the continuity of the group as riders scramble to get back on terms after the crashes.

  22. 16:13:40 CEST

    Charley Wegelius (Silence-Lotto) has been forced to abandon today.

  23. 47.8km remaining from 224km

    16:21:30 CEST

    We're not sure whether it was a crash that saw Wegelius pull out. Meanwhile, the peloton have got the leaders within their grasp as we head inside the final 45km of the stage.

  24. 16:24:07 CEST

    The leaders are heading through the town of Theux. About 2.30 minutes behind the peleton is being led by Garmin's Martijn Maaskant.

  25. 16:27:18 CEST

    The breakaway have just started the Alto Mont Theux. This Cat.4 climb won't pose too much of an issue, but it will bite after a long, wet day. Lars Boom sits on the back as Roels leads the quartet.

  26. 16:30:10 CEST

    Things seem to have settled down after that earlier spate of crashes. The peloton have come back together and have spread right across the road. There's a lot of faces spattered with road grime in there.

  27. 16:35:17 CEST

    Javier Ramirez Abeja (Andalucía - Cajasur) and Lars Boom (Rabobank) joust for the top of the Alto Mont Teux. Boom gets the top points, which by our calculations will see him inherit the climbers jersey from his Rabobank teammate, Tom Leezer

  28. 38.5km remaining from 224km

    16:42:24 CEST

    Ramirez and Roels have jumped away from the breakaway. The two are now the lead the peloton by around two minutes. Lars Boom (Rabobank) and Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil) look to have had enough for the day.

  29. 16:43:20 CEST

    Jakob Fuglsang was the rider that hit the parked truck earlier. There are reports that the Saxo Bank rider was injured but he's been surrounded by most of his teammates at the back of the peloton.

  30. 16:45:26 CEST

    Fuglsang should be okay; with plenty of support he'll work his way towards the front of the bunch. Maaskant (Garmin) once again is leading the pack.

  31. 16:47:18 CEST

    Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) punctured. The mechanic was on the job quickly and he's on his way back to the peloton.

  32. 16:48:13 CEST

    Lars Boom (Rabobank) and Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil) are just about to be caught by the peloton.

  33. 16:51:40 CEST

    Johnny Hoogerland (Vancansoleil) and Karsten Kroon (Saxo Bank) have attacked, just as Boom and Lagutin were brought back. The peloton aren't letting the move get too far away.

  34. 16:54:31 CEST

    Vancansoleil are very keen to make the move today. Hoogerland and Kroon were brought back and immediately Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil) makes a move. This time, he's opened a decent little gap.

  35. 26.6km remaining from 224km

    16:57:10 CEST

    Westra is pushing on in search of the two leaders: Roels (Milram) and Ramirez (Andalucía - Cajasur) The duo are 0.46 ahead of the Dutchman.

  36. 17:00:22 CEST

    A big crash in the peloton!

  37. 17:02:14 CEST

    Gerald Ciolek (Milram) went down hardest after being pushed into the gutter. A Lampre-NGC and Saxo Bank rider went down too, they're all up and riding again, but Ciolek is hurting.

  38. 17:03:13 CEST

    The race is in the city of Liege now. Westra (Vacansoleil) has closed to within 0.20 behind. The peloton are just 0.10 seconds further behind.

  39. 19km remaining from 224km

    17:05:51 CEST

    The race has gone through the finish line, they'll return there in about 19km

  40. 17:08:12 CEST

    The peloton makes it's way over a paved section in the centre of the city. The pace drops way down as the paving will be like an ice rink today.

  41. 17:10:05 CEST

    Westra (Vacansoleil) and Roels (Milram) have dispatched themselves of Javier Ramirez Abeja (Andalucía - Cajasur).

  42. 17:10:39 CEST

    Now Roels has sat up. Lieuwe Westra is the sole leader.

  43. 14.9km remaining from 224km

    17:12:12 CEST

    Kim Kirchen has attacked as soon as Roels is brought back to the peloton. He's closed down quickly.

  44. 13.1km remaining from 224km

    17:15:05 CEST

    Westra (Vacansoleil) is shut down. The peloton is about to start the Saint Nicholas together.

  45. 17:15:55 CEST

    The peloton is strung out single file as it gets set to start the climb.

  46. 17:17:55 CEST

    A Lampre rider fires out of the peloton. It's Gasparotto.

  47. 7.5km remaining from 224km

    17:22:00 CEST

    Gasparotto went early. He's got 7.8km to go and a lead of just 0.10

  48. 17:24:17 CEST

    There's still a large peloton. It's certainly been whittled down a touch but there are more than a hundred riders in the group.

  49. 4.6km remaining from 224km

    17:25:15 CEST

    Gasparotto enters the final five kilometres.

  50. 17:26:15 CEST

    Gasparotto's been brought back and Quick Step have assumed control of the peloton as they work to set it up for Tom Boonen.

  51. 17:27:31 CEST

    The peloton are running along the canal through Liege. The long straight roads are keeping the pace high.

  52. 17:28:03 CEST

    A massive crash, most of the peloton has crashed!

  53. 17:28:58 CEST

    Just six riders managed to get through that. Race leader Cancellara went down. There are still a lot of riders on the deck.

  54. 17:29:38 CEST

    It's a three-on-three contest for the win between Columbia-HTC and Quick Step.

  55. 17:30:12 CEST

    Andre Greipel is there. Greipel opens his sprint and takes the win!

  56. 17:30:49 CEST

    A group of fifty or so riders are now making their way towards the finish.

  57. 17:33:05 CEST

    We're just trying to work out if the crash occurred inside or ouside the 3km to go mark. Given that most of the riders in the race came down in the crash, the jury may give the race the same time regardless.

  58. 17:36:07 CEST

    Saxo Bank teammates Cancellara, Andy Schleck, Frank Schleck, Stuart O'Grady and Matti Breschel are just making their way over the finishline 5:30 behind stage winner Greipel.

  59. 17:42:18 CEST

    Chris Horner (Astana) went down very, very hard. There was a very tall concrete gutter that the rider's hit just inside the 3km to go mark. Horner looks likely to be out of the race.

  60. 17:47:07 CEST

    As for the stage result, it was as follows:

     

    1. André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC
    2. Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step
    3. Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC
    4. Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC
    5. Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step
    6. Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank
    7. Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC
    8. Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto
    9. Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram

    Fabian Cancellara holds onto his lead in the general classification as the race jury have given the peloton the same time as one another.

    General Classification after stage 4

    1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank
    2. Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC at 0.06
    3. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram 0.08
    4. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 0.09
    5. Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC 0.11
    6. André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC 0.11
    7. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream 0.12
    8. Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 0.14
    9. Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil 0.14
    10. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 0.16

     

  61. 17:48:00 CEST

    Click here for the full report, results and images from stage 4 of the Vuelta a España

  62. 17:57:37 CEST

    Thanks for joining Cyclingnews on stage 4 of the Vuelta a España from Venlo to Liege. Tomorrow's rest day will see the peloton transfer to Spain for the first in-country stage of this year's Vuelta. Join us on Thursday as we present live coverage of stage 6 from Tarragona to Vinaros. See you then!