Vuelta a España 2010

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

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

The 12th stage of the Vuelta should be one for the sprinters again. There is only one ranked climb, and it is fairly early on. Which of the speedy men still in the race has come over the first batch of mountains best, and will be able to turn on the speed at the end?

  1. 14:59:27 CEST

    Hello and welcome back to the Vuelta a Espana. We are up to stage 12 now, and are heading south again. This is a “lumpy” stage with one category two climb at the 54km mark. From there on there are a few “lumps” in the road, with the last 35 km being pretty much straight and flat.

  2. 110.5km remaining from 172.5km

    15:04:26 CEST

    Six men got away today only 10 km into things. Markus Eichler (Milram), Perrig Quemeneur (Bbox), Gustavo Cesar (Xacobeo Galicia), Lars Ytting Bak (HTC-Columbia), Antonio Piedra (Andalucia CajaSur) and Biel Kadri (AG2R) . They were joined at km 51 by David Garcia ( Xacobeo Galicia), Marco Marzano ( Lampre) and Gustavo Rodriguez (Xacobeo Galicia) So far, though, their gap has only topped out at 3:18, and at km 62 it is now 2:36

  3. 15:09:05 CEST

    The leaders have gone over the top – of the day's climb, that is. Garcia lead teammate Cesar over, with Quemeneur third.

  4. 15:12:28 CEST

    Does Xacobeo want to win? We guess so, since they have sent three men into today's group.

  5. 15:16:03 CEST

    David Vitoria (Footon) has abandoned.

  6. 15:20:20 CEST

    One rider was, of course, missing at the start line this morning: Roy Sentjens of Milram. The Belgian was suspended yesterday evening after it was announced he had tested positive for EPO at an out-of-competition control in mid-August.

  7. 15:24:06 CEST

    Will Mark Cavendish finally get his first Vuelta sprint win here today? This stage has “mass-sprint” just written all over it – assuming, of course, that a break group doesn't stay away until the end.

  8. 15:28:15 CEST

    The gap has now moved up to 2:58. Euskaltel will keep an eye on this group, though, since Garcia is only 5:14 down in GC.

  9. 15:31:14 CEST

    Today's stage ends in Lleida, returning for the first time since 1989. And a British sprinter won then, Malcolm Elliott. A good omen for Cavendish?

  10. 15:35:38 CEST

    Believe it or not, Elliott is still riding professionally, at the age of 49. He is with the British Profession-ranked team Motorpoint – Marshalls Pasta.

  11. 90.5km remaining from 172.5km

    15:39:08 CEST

    At km 82, the gap has gone up one whole second, to 2:59. That was at the intermediate sprint, which Garcia won ahead of Piedra and Rodriguez.

  12. 15:43:06 CEST

    Yesterday's exciting mountain-top finish brought about some changes in the various rankings, so let's have a look at them.

    Igor Anton of Euskaltel moved back into the overall lead, this time by 45 seconds over Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo). Xavier Tondo of Cervelo TestTeam is third (1:04). Former leader Joaquin Rodriguez, who kind of blew up on the final climb, is now fourth, at 1:17 down.

  13. 15:45:24 CEST

    Anton's second stage win also saw him hop over Cavendish to the top of the points classification, with 75. Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) also moved up to second (61 points), just ahead of Cavendish.

  14. 15:47:47 CEST

    David Moncoutie (Cofidisi) continues to hold on to the mountain ranking, ahead of Serafin Martinez and Gonzalo Rabunal, both of Xacobeo Galicia.

  15. 15:50:05 CEST

    QuickStep and Garmin-Transitions are leading the chase now.  The latter team wants to keep tihngs together so that sprinter Tyler Farrar can take his second stage win.

  16. 15:54:06 CEST

    According to Matt Wilson of Garmin-Transitions, “The finish is good for us. On paper, the last kilometre is perfect for Tyler Farrar.”

  17. 15:58:06 CEST

    Footon-Servetto moves up to help with the chase work and the gap drops to 2:30.

  18. 16:02:06 CEST

    The Vuelta has the reputation of being, shall we say, not the most exciting of the three Grand Tours. This year's edition, though, is not living up (or down) to that reputation, though. Organiser Javier Guillen is quite pleased with how things are going,

  19. 60km remaining from 172.5km

    16:06:48 CEST

    The peloton really is keeping an eye on things today and not letting this grou get away.  The gap is now under two minutes.

  20. 16:09:12 CEST

    One of the biggest stories this week was the removal of Andy Schleck and Stuart O'Grady from the Vuelta.  Bjarne Riis ordered them home again after they had a few -- or a lot? -- of drinks on the rest day.  There has been much talk back and forth about it, but Riis is convinced he did the right thing.  More about it here.

  21. 16:10:29 CEST

    Eichler has punctured. That will probably be enough to throw him out of the lead group and back into the peloton.

  22. 16:13:40 CEST

    Remember those broiling-hot temperatures we had earlier in this race? They are gone, at least for the moment. This is what Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) had to say about things this mornin, on Twitter: “Ouch... 13 degres when i went outside the hotel. We sleept on 1500m altitude. Now we go down to andorra for the start. The temp. Get warmer.”

  23. 56km remaining from 172.5km

    16:14:08 CEST

    Eichler is lucky and hs managed to catch backup with the break group.

  24. 16:17:05 CEST

    The Vuelta is certainly not the only race on the calendar. The Tour of Britain starts this weekend, and Saxo Bank's Jonathan Bellis will be at the start. It is a remarkable comeback for him, as he was in an induced coma for several weeks after a horrific scooter accident. He talked to Cyclingnews about his first stage race here.

  25. 54km remaining from 172.5km

    16:18:53 CEST

    Did we say it was cooler?  It was earlier, maybe, but now the temperatures have crept up to 28° Celsius.

  26. 53km remaining from 172.5km

    16:20:12 CEST

    A small gap had formed in the break group, but they are all back together again, and the gap back to the field is backup, as well, now at 2:17.

  27. 16:23:38 CEST

    Rabobank's Robert Gesink is giving the Vuelta a miss this year, after having finished well in the past two years, but he will be back in 2011. He plans, in fact, to ride both the Tour de France and the Vuelta in the coming season.

  28. 50km remaining from 172.5km

    16:24:32 CEST

    Whee! The lead group is on a downhill section and flying along at over 76 km/h!

  29. 16:27:04 CEST

    Former Kelme rider Fernando Escartin described today's stage this way: “The coll de Boixols isn’t easy, it favours breakaways because the sprinters’ teams would probably slow the pace of the bunch down to let them come across quickly. HTC-Columbia and Garmin-Transitions will work for a bunch sprint finish. Therefore, the stage should be a fast one. There aren’t many stages left for the sprinters. The last curve is very close to the finish: 300 metres. But it’s a very wide road. It won’t be a problem at all.”

  30. 47km remaining from 172.5km

    16:28:24 CEST

    The gap is now under two minutes again.  The peloton will probably let them dangle for as long as possible, before gobbling them up.

  31. 16:31:28 CEST

    Cervelo is in good position going into today's stage. Tondo moved up into third place overall, and Sastre is in 12th. Plus it has two top sprinters itching to win today: Thor Hushovd and Theo Bos. "Tonight we will discuss with the riders to see how everyone feels. They have to have a good rest and then we'll see tomorrow who is feeling good," said DS Philippe Maduit. "Maybe we can organize something, but there are a lot of sprints ahead of us in the Vuelta."

  32. 16:34:14 CEST

    Dan Fleeman of Raleigh is looking to do well again in the Tour of Britain. “It's the biggest race of the season for the team,” he told Cyclingnews.

  33. 39km remaining from 172.5km

    16:38:01 CEST

    The gap is under 1:30 now.

  34. 36km remaining from 172.5km

    16:42:45 CEST

    THe field is on a very narrow road here, at the foot of a cliff next to a river.  Quite pretty, actually.

  35. 16:44:29 CEST

    11 of the teams are still here with nine men. Of course, the entire Sky team has withdrawn.  Three teams have lost two riders, and seven teams are one man down.

  36. 16:47:55 CEST

    Rodriguez dropped from first to fourth yesterday, and was open about what happened.  “It was very hard to follow Mosquera and I paid for it in the finale.  He did a hellish rhythm. I had a bad day, but I am still near the top three with a gap of around one minue.  We will see what happens in the next stages.”

  37. 16:50:27 CEST

    He also said "Yesterday, I’ve made a tactical mistake. I went too strongly in the climb. That’s what it is. The time I’ve lost doesn’t change anything in my motivation. I’m still convinced I can win the Vuelta. But today I truly hope for a quiet stage.”

  38. 30km remaining from 172.5km

    16:51:19 CEST

    The peloton is really handling this group cleverly.  The gap is now at 45 seconds.

  39. 27.5km remaining from 172.5km

    16:54:31 CEST

    Quemeneur of BBox takes off out of the lead group, soon joined by another rider.  And then by all the others.

  40. 16:57:46 CEST

    Robbie McEwen will ride for the new hopefully ProTour team from Australia next year.  The details are here.

  41. 24km remaining from 172.5km

    16:58:30 CEST

    The gap is now at 19 seconds.

  42. 16:59:19 CEST

    THe leaders have now started looking back, and the peloton is not at all far away.

  43. 16:59:59 CEST

    Race leader Igor Anton enjoys the help of experienced rider Egoi Martinez.   “I’m the oldest guy in the Euskaltel team”, said the former rider from Discovery Channel. “I’m here to tell the young guys what to do. We have a lot of confidence now with Igor in the lead after what he did yesterday.”


  44. 17:00:29 CEST

    Three of the break group keep on going, the others sit up and wait to be caught.

  45. 23km remaining from 172.5km

    17:01:00 CEST

    And the day's long break is now over.  The other three have only a few seconds' lead.

  46. 17:01:48 CEST

    The last few are caught.

  47. 17:03:29 CEST

    In the absence of Alessandro Petacchi after his nasty crash, Danilo Hondo can be a sprinter again. “If it comes back together, I’ll try”, the German from Lampre said. “But we won’t work for that. We’ll figure out the situation after the climb.”

  48. 17:04:26 CEST

    Footon-Servetto is at the head of the peloton.  So far no one has shown any inclinataion of making a move.

  49. 20km remaining from 172.5km

    17:06:13 CEST

    The blue-white-and-orange-argyle clad riders of Garmin-Transitions are now at the head of things.

  50. 17.7km remaining from 172.5km

    17:08:50 CEST

    Footon-Servetto is back at the front.  Looks like everyone has agreed to have a mass sprint today.

  51. 16km remaining from 172.5km

    17:11:47 CEST

    Garmin-Transitions moves to the front again, followed by Lampre, and the speed picks up.

  52. 17:13:03 CEST

    They are really flying now, and the field is strung out single file.

  53. 17:14:05 CEST

    Euskaltel creeps up near the front, bringing along a certain red-jersey clad rider....

  54. 17:15:31 CEST

    Who is the CN crew picking to win today? Peter Hymas favours Farrar, while I am going with Hondo.

  55. 17:16:20 CEST

    Two Caisse d'Epargne riders are now at the head of things, as the lead work seems to have gotten a bit unorganised.

  56. 17:16:56 CEST

    Laura Weislo thinks that Cavendish will finally get his win today.

  57. 17:17:44 CEST

    Cervelo moves to the front now.

  58. 17:18:52 CEST

    Luis Leon Sanchez has dropped back to the team cars. He meets two other teammates there, who need to be brought up to the front.  One is Garcia Acosta.

  59. 9.8km remaining from 172.5km

    17:19:37 CEST

    Euskaltel has clamped down on things and spread orange all over he head of the field.

  60. 17:20:16 CEST

    HTC-Columbia is right behind the Euskaltel riders.

  61. 8km remaining from 172.5km

    17:22:33 CEST

    Cervelo, Garmin-Transitions, Euskaltel all at the front.  There is a lot of looking around starting to go on.

  62. 17:23:31 CEST

    Jacopo Guarnieri could have been a sprinting option for Liquigas-Doimo.  “But today we’re all behind Bennati”, the Italian said. “We want to give
    him a chance to be selected for the World’s because there aren’t many days left until Paolo Bettini will release his list. We’re all pretty strong at
    Liquigas-Doimo now. We’re mostly here to support Nibali for GC but we also want today’s stage win for Bennati.”

  63. 7km remaining from 172.5km

    17:24:10 CEST

    Euskaltel still has things under control.

  64. 6km remaining from 172.5km

    17:24:56 CEST

    Only six km to go, and no change in things.

  65. 17:25:47 CEST

    Dave Zabriskie now powers things along for Garmin-Transitions, keeping the pace high.  He moves out to be replaced by much of the HTC-Columbia team.

  66. 4km remaining from 172.5km

    17:27:08 CEST

    The two US-based team trade off on the lead work.

  67. 17:28:34 CEST

    THree km to go and the pace picks up again.

  68. 17:29:17 CEST

    Two km -- and still no movement.

  69. 17:30:03 CEST

    Lampre takes control of the lead, while HTC-Columbia moves out of the front.

  70. 17:30:25 CEST

    Last km!

  71. 17:30:40 CEST

    Two final curves, then the sprint can go!

  72. 17:31:12 CEST

    HTC-Columbia opens things and pulls away!

  73. 17:31:55 CEST

    CAvendish wins easily!  What was the field thinking, to let him go like that?

  74. 17:32:53 CEST

    Cavendish and his lead-out man took off and -- nobody followed. 

  75. 17:33:49 CEST

    THe leadout man had plenty of time to encourage Cav aover the line -- and still took third place for himself, it looks like.

  76. 17:34:32 CEST

    Looks like Farrar in second.  Yes, and Goss third.

  77. 17:36:08 CEST

    No changes in the GC today.

  78. 17:38:14 CEST

    That's it for today.  Thanks for joining us and be sure to stop by again tomorrow.

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