Vuelta a España 2010

August 28 - September 19, 2010, Sevilla, ESP, Road - HIS (Historical Calendar)

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of the opening team time trial at the Vuelta a España in Seville.

Yes, it may be late in Europe for a bike race and virtually dark in Seville but the organisers have opted for an unusual late start as a way of capturing attention for the third grand tour of the season.

The teams will start the 13km team time trial  at four minutes intervals, with Footon-Servetto-Fuji first off at 22:04 local time.

Are you ready for a two hours of high-speed racing?


  1. 20:00:11 GMT

    The 13km team time trial is on a circuit course around Seville. It has been extremely hot in the southern Spanish city since the riders arrived on Wednesday and temperatures of 31C are expected during the team time trial, even though it almost midnight local time when the stage ends.

  2. 20:08:18 GMT

    This year’s race is the 75th edition of the race and could be one of the best since the race was moved from late April to late summer.

    The Vuelta has attracted an impressive field, with Fränk and Andy Schleck (both Saxo Bank), Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia), Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam), Denis Menchov (Rabobank), Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne), Tyler Farrar, Christian Vande Valde (both Garmin-Transitions), Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) and Oscar Freire (Rabobank) riding.

    Sastre, Menchov, Sanchez, and Fränk Schleck are all targeting overall success, while the sprinters will be chasing stage victories and perfect form for the world championships in Australia.

  3. 20:09:27 GMT

    Footon-Servetto is already out racing under the lights in Seville and Ag2r-La Mondiale have also justed started.

  4. 20:10:23 GMT

    The Footon-Servetto riders are wisely using a single-line formation, with one rider doing a short turn on the front an then dropping back. 

  5. 20:12:08 GMT

    The boys in black and gold are going for it although there are one or two gaps in their nine-rider line. Now they have switched to a  double line formation on a long straight section.

  6. 20:12:47 GMT

    Milram is next to start. They look worried before the jump into the dark. 

  7. 20:13:44 GMT

    There they go, getting into a line as they come out of the first corner. There are huge crowds out on the course in Seville. 

  8. 20:15:16 GMT

    The first section of the course is in a narrow road before things get better and the roads widen. But still, would you like to race at over 50km/h in the dark?

  9. 20:16:01 GMT

    The Milram riders are widely moving well across the road afterdoing their turn on the front. 

  10. 20:16:46 GMT

    Katusha is next on the start ramp. Here they go.

  11. 20:18:09 GMT

    Katusha has a quality line-up with Joaquin Rodriguez, Alexandre Kolobnev, Pippo Pozzato and breakaway expert Mikhail Ignatiev. 

  12. 20:19:42 GMT

    Here come Footon-Servetto to set the first time. 

  13. 20:21:12 GMT

    The rider is taken on the fifth rider in the team and Footon set a time of 15:03.

    How long will that last?

  14. 20:23:36 GMT

    Ag2r has just five riders in their team as they approach the finish.

  15. 20:24:05 GMT

    Nicholas  Roche brings home the team, setting a time of  14:39

  16. 20:24:29 GMT

    Ag2r is fastest so far.

  17. 20:25:00 GMT

    HTC-Columbia is now on the start and should set a very fast time.  

  18. 20:26:06 GMT

    Bernhard Eisel leads ruond the first corner, with Mark Cavendish on his wheel. Cav will be whipping the boys along and may be under orders to finish first and perhaps take the leader's jersey.

  19. 20:28:14 GMT

    Milram sets a time of 14.24

  20. 20:29:04 GMT

    Quick Step is on the start ramp and here they go, pushing a low gear as they sprint up to speed.

  21. 20:30:33 GMT

    The HTC-Columbia team car has its lights blazing to give the riders some extra light. They need it, there are some dark spots and the changes in conditions make it difficult to judge gaps.

  22. 20:31:00 GMT

    Here come Kstusha.

  23. 20:31:19 GMT

    14:26 for the Russian squad.

  24. 20:32:49 GMT

    Here is Omega Pharma-Lotto on the ramp.

  25. 20:33:58 GMT

    HTC are hammering away, taking short turns on the front.

  26. 20:34:48 GMT

    Quick Step go over the bridge and dive into the corner.

  27. 20:35:47 GMT

    Here come BBox Bouygues Telecom. The riders are all together but off the pace with a time of 14:45.

  28. 20:36:38 GMT

    This night time TTT is a real test of speed and nerves.

  29. 20:38:23 GMT

    Bernhard Eisel has dropped off the line of HTC. Here they come to the finish.

  30. 20:39:08 GMT

    HTC are fast, setting a time of 14:06. That is 18 seconds faster than Milram.

  31. 20:40:00 GMT

    Mark Cavendish was first over the line and so  will be race leader if HTC wins the TTT. 

  32. 20:41:31 GMT

    Euskaltel-Euskadi now start.

  33. 20:43:13 GMT

    There is a gap in the Euskaltel line already. Somebody will have to close that. Here come Quick Step.

  34. 20:43:54 GMT

    Quick Step sets a time of 14:29.

  35. 20:45:11 GMT

    Lampre is onw on the start ramp, including sprinter Alessandro Petacchi, who was questioned about accusations of doping just a few days ago. 

  36. 20:46:34 GMT

    Andrey Kashechkin is also in the Lampre team after serving his two-year ban for blood doping and joining the Italian team.

  37. 20:47:59 GMT

    Omega Pharma sets a time of 14: 23. That is good enough for second place so far, behind HTC-Columbia.

  38. 20:49:07 GMT

    Team Sky set off into the dark. 

  39. 20:50:55 GMT

    Team Sky starts fast. They won the TTT at the Tour of Qatar back in February but that was under the blazing sun of the gulf.

  40. 20:52:23 GMT

    Francaise des Jeux finish with a time of 14:39  They have a eight riders together but didn't have much speed.

  41. 20:54:36 GMT

    Euskaltel lose a rider as they power to the finish. They have just six riders left. Now they are just five.

  42. 20:55:35 GMT

    Euskaltel set a time of 14:33. That is 27 seconds slower than HTC-Columbia. 

  43. 20:56:23 GMT

    Team Sky is also shedding riders along the 13km course.

  44. 20:57:37 GMT

    Liquigas-Doimo start, with Vincenzo Nibali team leader and powerhouse for the TTT. Liquigas won the TTT at the Giro this year, beating Team Sky. Will The Brits get revenge here at the Vuelta?

  45. 20:58:30 GMT

    Two Liquigas riders have started a little too fast and the others are struggling to get back up to them. That will cost them something. 

  46. 20:59:52 GMT

    Lampre is next to finish, with Petacchi leading them home. Lampre sets a time of 14:20 and takes second place. 

  47. 21:02:49 GMT

    HTC-Columbia stil lead the standing after 11 teams reach the finish.

  48. 21:04:07 GMT

    Team Sky finishes with six riders and a time of 14:34  They are slower than HTC-Columbia and are only eighth fastest so far.

  49. 21:04:51 GMT

    Garmin-Transitions is on the start ramps. Can they beat HTC? We'll see in just over 14 minutes.

  50. 21:06:40 GMT

    Garmin has already lost a rider after the start. The US team always rides an aggressive TTT, using riders for specific parts of the course.

  51. 21:07:53 GMT

    Cofidis stops the clock in 14:34.

  52. 21:08:55 GMT

    Astana is one the start ramp and roll off into the night.

  53. 21:09:46 GMT

    Wisely the lead Astana riders makes sure everyone is safely through the first corner. Now they are cranking it up to speed. 

  54. 21:10:19 GMT

    Garmin has lost another rider and is down to seven riders.

  55. 21:11:42 GMT

    Liquigas-Doimo sets a fast time, with Nibali bringing home the boys in a time of 14:16

  56. 21:17:21 GMT

    Here come the Schlecks as SAxo Bank staert their TTT. Andy is wearing the Luxembourg national TT champions jersey. Saxo Bank has Fabian Cancellara to drag them around the 13km course.

  57. 21:18:25 GMT

    Local team Xacobeo-Galicia finishes just 26 seconds behind HTC-Columbia. Pretty good.

  58. 21:21:04 GMT

    Garmin-Transitions finishes with a time of 14: 23  Christian Vande Velde leads them home but that is not good enough to threaten HTC-Columbia. Can Saxo Bank do better?

  59. 21:21:56 GMT

    Garmin finished with five riders but was 17 seconds slower than HTC-Columbia. Rabobank is now out on the course.

  60. 21:24:33 GMT

    Astana is next to finish in a time of 14: 47. That is 41 seconds slower than HTC-Columbia and puts them well down, in 16th place so far.

  61. 21:25:39 GMT

    Cervélo TestTeam rolls down the ramp and gets under way. This will sadly be the last grand tour for the team after their decision to end the team and join forces with Garmin.

  62. 21:27:19 GMT

    A Rabobank rider has problem, and another, but nobody is waiting for them because Menchov is up front. 

  63. 21:28:25 GMT

    Luis Leon Sanchez brings home Caisse d'Epargne in a time of 14:31. HTC-Columbia still leads.

  64. 21:29:44 GMT

    Last team to start tonight, as the clock approaches 11:30 in Seville, is Andalucia-Cajasur. They are the local heroes and get a huge cheer.

  65. 21:31:02 GMT

    Cervelo is shedding riders. That could mean they are going super fast, or could mean some of the riders are off the pace.

  66. 21:33:13 GMT

    Saxo Bank finishes but were a little ragged, with riders spread across 50 metres instead of being all together. They set a time of 14:18 but it is not enough to beat HTC-Columbia.

  67. 21:34:12 GMT

    It looks like Mark Cavendish will pull on the first race leader's jersey tonight. Probably only Cervelo TestTeam has a chance of beating them.

  68. 21:35:55 GMT

    Here comes Rabobank with team leader Denis Menchov. They are off the pace with a time of 14:42. Only 17th for them. 

  69. 21:36:48 GMT

    The Cervelo riders are back in black for the TTT and are blasting through the streets of Seville. 

  70. 21:38:23 GMT

    Cervelo wil lbe home in two minutes but is losing Theo Boss off the back of the line. He uses his sprint to get back on but is at the very back.

  71. 21:39:10 GMT

    Riders now sit up after doing big turns and there are just five riders left together, including Thor Hushovd and Carlos Sastre.

  72. 21:40:55 GMT

    Cervelo TestTeam finished 13 seconds slower than HTC-Columbia, fourth place is a good ride but not good enough to stop Cavendish pulling on the first leader's jersey. This year the jersey is a bright red.

  73. 21:45:10 GMT

    Andalucia-Cajasur finishes and sets a time of 14:54 However it is HTC-Columbia that celebrates yet another victory tonight. The boys in yellow, white and black set a time of 14:06 for the 13km course. Liquigas-Doimo was second at 10 seconds, with Saxo Bank third at 12 seconds.     

  74. 21:47:38 GMT

    Mark Cavendish brought home the HTC-Columbia team and crossed the line first. That means the Manxman will pull on the first race leader's jersey and pop the champagne cork on the podium. He did exactly the same thing at the 2009 Giro d'Italia when it started in Venice.  

  75. 21:49:43 GMT

    It's almost midnight in Spain as the crowds head home or continue their evening stroll.

  76. 21:51:47 GMT

    The provisional general classification shows has Mark Cavendish as the first race leader ahead of teammates Peter Velits, his brother Martin, Lars Bakand Hayden Roulston.

    Tejay Van Garderen is seventh overall. 


  77. 21:56:14 GMT

    That's it for tonight's special night time live coverage of the stage one team time trial at the Vuelta. Join us tomorrow for stage two from Alcalá de Guadaíra to Marbella. Mark Cavendish will wear the leader's jersey during the 173.7km dash to the coast.

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