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Vuelta a España 2010

Date range:
August 28 - September 19, 2010
  • Vuelta a España, ESP, HIS (Historical Calendar)
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      13km
      Start location:
      Sevilla
      End location:
      Sevilla
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      173.7km
      Start location:
      Alcalá de Guadaíra
      End location:
      Marbella
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      157.3km
      Start location:
      Marbella
      End location:
      Málaga
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      183.8km
      Start location:
      Málaga
      End location:
      Valdepeñas de Jaén
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      198.8km
      Start location:
      Guadix
      End location:
      Lorca
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      151km
      Start location:
      Caravaca de Cruz
      End location:
      Murcia
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      187.1km
      Start location:
      Murcia
      End location:
      Orihuela
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      190km
      Start location:
      Villena
      End location:
      Xorret del Catí
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      187.7km
      Start location:
      Calpe
      End location:
      Alcoy
    • Rest day 1

      Start location:
      Calpe
      End location:
      Tarragona
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      175.7km
      Start location:
      Tarragona
      End location:
      Vilanova i la Geltrú
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      208.4km
      Start location:
      Vilanova i la Geltrú
      End location:
      Andorra
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      172.5km
      Start location:
      Andorra la Vella
      End location:
      Lleida
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      196km
      Start location:
      Rincón de Soto
      End location:
      Burgos
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      178km
      Start location:
      Burgos
      End location:
      Peña Cabarga
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      187.3km
      Start location:
      Solares
      End location:
      Lagos de Covadonga
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      181.4km
      Start location:
      Gijón
      End location:
      Alto de Cotobello
    • Rest day 2

      Start location:
      Cotobello
      End location:
      Peñafiel
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      46km
      Start location:
      Peñafiel
      End location:
      Peñafiel
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      148.9km
      Start location:
      Valladolid
      End location:
      Salamanca
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      231.2km
      Start location:
      Piedrahita
      End location:
      Toledo
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      172.1km
      Start location:
      San Martín de Valdeiglesias
      End location:
      Bola del Mundo
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      85km
      Start location:
      San Sebastián de los Reyes
      End location:
      Madrid
  • Race history

September 15, Stage 17: Peñafiel - Peñafiel 46km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Barry Ryan

Hello and welcome the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 17 of the Vuelta a España, the crucial 46km time trial at Peñafiel.

  1. 13:51:12 CEST

    Valentin Iglinsky (Astana) was the first man off, just a few minutes ago. The early riders are starting at one-minute intervals.

  2. 13:52:21 CEST

    The final twenty riders start at two-minute intervals, and then there will be a three-minute gap between the last four riders.

  3. 13:55:16 CEST

    The first of the big names down the start ramp is Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank), who is the fourteenth starter, at 13:54 local time.

    The last man to start is of course the red jersey Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha), with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) going off three minutes before him.

    A full run-down of the starting order is available here.

  4. 13:57:13 CEST

    Rodriguez's Katusha teammate Mikhail Ignatiev has just started. As a rouleur of some note, he will be expected to provide an early reference point for Rodriguez, as will Vladimir Karpets later in the day.

  5. 13:59:53 CEST

    Cancellara rolls down the start ramp in his rainbow jersey. The official check points on the road come after 15km and 31km. At this early stage, Cancellara should record the fastest time when he goes through and we can expect his times to last a long, long time. As ever in this discipline, the Swiss is heavily fancied to take the stage win today.

  6. 14:05:11 CEST

    Another one of the early starters was Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia). After an indifferent start in the sprints at this Vuelta, the Manx rider roared back in to form last week ahead of his major late-season objective, the world championships.

    However, the Italian team was selected yesterday without a real sprinter, as Daniele Bennati was left out. Team manager Paolo Bettini maintains that the course will be too difficult for Cavendish. Time will tell...

  7. 14:08:26 CEST

    David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) has just started his assault on the time trial. The American has been struggling for form this season, he'll be hoping for a good result here. He was in a lengthy breakaway with his teammate David Millar on Saturday, although Millar appeared the more fluid of the two on that occasion.

  8. 14:09:53 CEST

    Iglinsky has reached the first time check at 15km in a time of 19:40. It will be interesting to see what kind of time Cancellara can manage on what appears to be a flat and straight strong man's course.

  9. 14:13:05 CEST

    Interesting statistic. Out of the first 25 starters today (and accordingly, the last 25 in the overall standings), there is only one Spanish rider. That might suggest something about the relative motivation of foreign and home riders for the Vuelta.

  10. 14:15:49 CEST

    Mark Cavendish has come through the first check with the quickest time so far of 18:28. He's 16 seconds clear of Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank).

  11. 14:19:46 CEST

    Ignatiev has flown through the 15km point in 17:42, 46 seconds up on Cavendish and 38 ahead of Jacopo Guarnieri (Liquigas-Doimo). Cancellara's time will surely be a quick one on this course.

  12. 14:21:31 CEST

    As expected, Cancellara has the best time through 15km, although only 15 seconds quicker than Ignatiev, who is riding a fine time trial.

  13. 14:23:15 CEST

    Cancerlla's time of 17:27 gives him an average speed of 51.576kph through the first 15km.

  14. 14:28:18 CEST

    David Zabriskie has just come through the first check already all of 30 seconds behind Cancellara.  The Swiss' dominance of time trialling has reached new levels in recent seasons. Zabriskie's time is good enough for third place at the 15km mark.

  15. 14:31:37 CEST

    Meanwhile, out at the 31km check, Lars Bak (HTC-Columbia) is the early pace-setter with a time of 37:30. Just three riders have gone through there so far but the signs are that we can expect some significant time gaps today. Bak is 1:58 up on Arnaud Labbe (Cofidis) and 2:59 ahead of the first starter Iglinsky. Who knows what size Cancellara's advantage will be at this point.

  16. 14:35:25 CEST

    Ignatiev zips through 31km in 36:43, putting 47 seconds into Bak and 58 into Cavendish.

  17. 14:39:20 CEST

    David Millar has left the start house. The Scot may have struggled on the final climb to Peña Cabarga on Saturday but he drove the breakaway on the flat run-in to that climb. His position on  the bike was perfect and he was pedalling with the facility of a man who could make an impact on the standings of today's stage.

  18. 14:41:27 CEST

     “For me it’s a test before the world championship. I’ve worked hard these past few days, so winning isn’t a goal today,” Millar said this morning. With Cancellara on the prowl, winning possibly isn't a realistic goal for anyone today, but Millar could well come close.

  19. 14:45:26 CEST

    And on that note... Cancellara screams through the 31km chek in 35:30. The (metaphorical) engine is warmed up now. He was 15 seconds clear of Ignatiev after 15km but has opened out another 58 seconds on him in the following 16km. Phenomenal stuff, because Ignatiev isn't hanging around.

  20. 14:48:00 CEST

    Lars Bak has reached the finish in 56:11. Cancellara has two minutes on him after 31km, so we should expect him to finish in a time of around about 52 or 53 minutes.

  21. 14:49:22 CEST

    Cancellara's average speed after 31km is 52.394kph, he's warming up for the Worlds in some style.

  22. 14:52:19 CEST

    Christophe Le Mével summed it up rather succintly this morning: "It’s all flat with no curve. Cancellara has 99 chances out of 100 to win.”

    For his part, the Frenchman will use a 54 x 11 gearing today.

  23. 14:54:51 CEST

    Ignatiev is doing well to stay this close to Cancellara, who is hurtling around the course. Ignatiev's main goal today s to provide a frame of reference for his teammate Joaquin Rodriguez.

    “For now there’s almost no wind," he said prior to his start. "But after 2pm, it might change and become not favourable for the favourites. I have good legs, so I want to do as well as at the Tour de France last year.”

    The Russian was third behind Contador and Cancellara in Annecy. Katusha’s directeur sportif Claudio Cozzi will take Ignatiev's time every two minutes and relay the information to Dimitri Konyshev, who will follow Rodriguez.

  24. 14:56:09 CEST

    At the finish line, Cancellara has the best time, 2:34 ahead of Ignatiev.

  25. 14:58:31 CEST

    Cancellara covered the 46km in 53:20 for an average speed of 51.750kph. He pace dropped ever so slightly in over the final 15km of the course, perhaps a sign that the wind is rising somewhat.

  26. 15:00:38 CEST

    With a time triallist of Ignatiev's quality so far behind Cancellara, it's hard to see who might beat or even seriously challenge the Swiss rider's time.

    Meanwhile, Mark Cavendish arrives at the finish with the 4th best time so far. At just 3:16 behind the flying Cancellara, Cavendish hasn't done at all badly today.

  27. 15:02:38 CEST

    David Zabriskie had a fantastic finish to the time trial, he dosed his effort well. He was 30 seconds down on Cancellara after 15km, 45 seconds down after 31km, but the American has just crossed the line with the second best time to date, just 33 seconds down.

  28. 15:03:57 CEST

    He pegged back 12 seconds on Cancellara in the final 15km, so that might offer solace to some of the riders still out on the course.

    David Millar is among them, and at the first check he's in 4th place, 24 seconds behind Cancellara, but 6 ahead of his teammate Zabriskie.

  29. 15:08:06 CEST

    Before he started the time trial, Cancellara said: “I don’t like it. I prefer when there are some hills. I have a little bit of a cold, but it should be OK." It seems to have been a little more than OK...

    Meanwhile his Saxo Bank directeur sportif Bradley McGee reckoned that the course simply a case of “head down and go. For a directeur sportif, it’s quite a boring course actually. There’s not much to tell the rider.”

     

  30. 15:10:06 CEST

    Leif Hoste (Omega Pharma-Lotto) comes through the second time check with the second best time, 37 seconds behind Cancellara.

  31. 15:12:44 CEST

    Hoste was the 31st starter today. David Millar's will be the next time to take note of through the second intermediate check.

  32. 15:19:23 CEST

    David Millar came through the second time check 53 seconds behind Cancellara in 4th place. He's slowed quite a bit in the second section of the course and It doesn't look as though he will threaten Cancellara's time at the finish

  33. 15:23:57 CEST

    Ignatiev rode the course to provide a point of reference for Rodriguez. He began very quickly to reach the 15km point 15 seconds down on Cancellara, but then he faded dramatically over the remainder of the course to finish 2:34 down. His leader Joaquin Rodriguez will be hoping not to suffer a similar fate later on this afternoon.

    Cancellara's (relative) fade in the final third of the course and Zabriskie's steady improvement throughout suggest that it might well be worth keeping something under the saddle for the final 10-15km today, especially if the wind rises.

  34. 15:25:56 CEST

    Leif Hoste has finished the stage with the second fastest time to date, just 30 seconds behind Cancellara.

    The Belgian pulled back 7 seconds in the final 15km of the course.

  35. 15:30:01 CEST

    Christian Vande Velde is currently in the early section of the course.

  36. 15:37:42 CEST

    Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) is about to take the start. The Belgian has marked himself out as one of the major favourites for next month's world championships with his form at this Vuelta and he admitted this morning that he is aleady thinking ahead to Australia. “I have had a good rest day but the time trial isn’t part of my preparation for the world championship,” he explained.

  37. 15:40:22 CEST

    Another man headed for Australia is Floyd Landis. He will be among the speakers at what looks set to be a very interesting conference on doping and cycling at Deakin University in Geelong the week before the world championships. 

  38. 15:51:25 CEST

    Yesterday was of course a rest day, which gave the riders a chance to check out today's course.  Some were more diligent than others...

    Writing in the Irish Independent this morning, Nicolas Roche detailed how he rode the time trial course twice, once on his road bike and once on his time trial machine, before putting in two hard 10km intervals behind a team car. He had also intended planned a 90-minute spin with his AG2R teammates, but was dissuaded from doing so by his father and former Tour de France winner Stephen Roche.

    On the other side of the spectrum, there's the inimitable David Moncoutie. Says his Cofidis DS Alain Deloeil: “David has only seen the last 20km, but it's totally flat like so often at the Vuelta.”

    It should be remembered, however, that Moncoutie has ridden a fine Vuelta to date and remains on course for a third successive mountains title. To each his own...

  39. 15:53:53 CEST

    Roche, meanwhile, is riding the race of his life, and is seeking to hold a top 5 place all the way to Madrid. "I’ve fought like a dog to get fifth and I’m keeping it," he said. The Irishman continues to improve year on year, and if he manages to defend or even improve his position before the finish, his ambitions will be higher again for next season.

     

  40. 15:57:55 CEST

    David Millar has finished with the 4th best time to date, 50 seconds down on Cancellara. Meanwhile, Nicolas Vogondy (Bbox-Bouygues Telecom) has come home in 5th, 1:22 behind.

  41. 15:59:20 CEST

    Millar managed to steady himself in relation to Cancellara in the closing stages of the course and pulled back 3 seconds over the final 15km but he'd left himself with too much to do in the finale.

  42. 16:05:25 CEST

    Marzio Bruseghin is the next man off. He was only able to try out his time trial bike this morning for a little while. He’s still badly injured since the crash that put Igor Anton out on stage 14. “Just to ride this bike slowly hurts me tremendously,” the Italian said. With his overall aspirations crushed, he is now in preparation for the world championship as he was confirmed as part of Paolo Bettini's team yesterday.

  43. 16:12:44 CEST

    Denis Menchov (Rabobank) is currently out on the course. He'll be looking to salvage something from a disappointing Vuelta before he leaves for Geox next season.

  44. 16:14:51 CEST

    His Rabobank teammate Grischa Niermann made up 36 seconds on Cancellara in the final 15km to finish in provisional 6th place at 1:24. The wind over the final section of the course has clearly become more favourable as the day has gone on.

  45. 16:18:01 CEST

    Katusha's Vladimir Karpets rolls down the start ramp. Meanwhile, his teammate and race leader Joaquin Rodriguez is warming up on the rollers and looking concentrated. He needs a huge performance today to keep that red jersey and he knows it.

  46. 16:20:24 CEST

    At the 31km mark, Denis Menchov is 5th at 59 seconds. He won't beat Cancellara today. Even though the wind near the finish appears to suit the later starters, we are running out of capable time triallists the closer we get to the top of the general classification. It's really been a climber's race.

  47. 16:26:19 CEST

    Carlos Sastre has just rolled down the start ramp. He'll be racing to be the first Cervelo man in Madrid. His teammate Xavier Tondo is just two places ahead of him.

  48. 16:27:36 CEST

    Disaster for David Garcia (Xacobeo Galicia) right at the start. He had to stop as soon as he rolled down the ramp to get help with a problem with his front tri-spoke wheel.

  49. 16:29:43 CEST

    Tondo has just started. He has just 10 seconds of an advantage over his teammate Sastre, who had to start one place earlier as the rules state that two riders from the same team cannot start consecutively.

  50. 16:32:13 CEST

    Tom Danielson (Garmin-Transitions) is off. He is 7th overall and has a decent chance of maintaining that position. He's solid against the watch and could well make up the ground on the 6th-placed Peter Velits. Read his feelings on the time trial here.

  51. 16:33:05 CEST

    Peter Velits is next off, and he is looking both to defend his two-second advantage over Danielson and peg back some of his deficit to Nicolas Roche.

  52. 16:35:19 CEST

    Menchov has beaten Cancellara's time!!

  53. 16:36:54 CEST

    Incredible stuff from the Russian. He's made up over a minute in the last 15km. We (OK, I) had him written off at the second check point but he put the hammer down in the finale to pull off  major upset.

  54. 16:38:28 CEST

    Wind conditions over the end of this out and back course certainly appear to be suiting the later riders, but that said, Menchov appears to have timed his effort perfectly today. Zabriskie set the template earlier by steadily pegging back Cancellara over the 46km, but he just didn't have the legs. Menchov clearly did.


  55. 16:41:18 CEST

    52:55 for Menchov at the finish. He's dealt out a 25-second beating to Cancellara. That's a turnaround of 1:23 over the final 15km. Amazing stuff.

  56. 16:43:03 CEST

    While we've been scrambling around for superlatives to describe Menchov's feat (and, to be completely honest, while we confirmed that the times on screen were accurate, we're not used to seeing Cancellara beaten like that), Ezequiel Mosquera and Frank Schleck have started.

    Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) is now taking the start.

  57. 16:45:29 CEST

    Nibali looks like a man on a mission. If he wants to win the Vuelta, he knows he has to take the red jersey here and by a handsome margin. The final climb of the race to Bola del Mundo on Saturday should suit Rodriguez's punchy style better, especially if Nibali's problems in Monday's finale are any sort of a guide.

    He fancies today's course. “I like it really”, he said. “There are a lot of straight sections where you really need to push a big gear. I believe the minimum time I should gain over Rodriguez is one minute, but if it becomes windy this afternoon, it could go up to three minutes.”

  58. 16:48:58 CEST

    Joaquin Rodriguez rolls down the ramp, the last of the riders to start. He was looking anxious before the off  and is clearly aware that he has to ride the time trial of his life today to limit his losses to keep him in contention to win the race.

    “I don’t want to lose my red jersey,” he said this morning, although he would probably settle right now to cede the jersey and up to a minute to Nibali today and then try and make up the deficit on the penultimate stage.

     

  59. 16:51:14 CEST

    In the final time trial at the Tour de France, the Katusha rider clocked the 154th time out of the 170 remaining riders. He lost 10:17 to Fabian Cancellara and 6:26 slower to Denis Menchov that day. He knows he's up against it today, although defending the overall lead of the Vuelta should offer a significant motivational boost to his performance.

  60. 16:52:36 CEST

    Ezequiel Mosquera is battling with his machine and not looking at all smooth. He has still to reach the first check.

  61. 16:55:58 CEST

    Nibali's shoulders are rocking slightly as he come through the 8km point. 3 minutes behind him on the road is Joaquin Rodriguez is looking a little smoother so far, but it's all about speed. There are no points for style.

  62. 16:57:02 CEST

    Problem for Nibali!!!

  63. 16:57:41 CEST

    He punctured and had the worst wheel change in history.

  64. 16:59:35 CEST

    Nibali's mechanics couldn't decide whether to change the wheel or the bike. They eventually opted to change the wheel, but only after considerable confusion that must have cost him up to 30 seconds.

  65. 17:01:01 CEST

    The mechanic had removed his bottle from the bike too thinking that he was about to change machine, but luckily for Nibali he still has a bidon. That could have been a critical error. 

  66. 17:01:41 CEST

    Meanwhile, Gustav Larsson has crossed the line in 3rd, at 0:38.

  67. 17:02:49 CEST

    In fairness to Nibali, he was the coolest man on the roadside and he seems to have refound his rhythm very quickly. We'll see how costly that puncture was at the first check point.

  68. 17:06:32 CEST

    Tondo comes through the second time check 2:06 down, 18 seconds clear of his teammate Sastre.

  69. 17:08:34 CEST

    Nibali is 1:35 down at the first time check, just ahead of Mosquera.

    Roche is at 1:46.

    We're awaiting news of Joaquin Rodriguez.

  70. 17:11:05 CEST

    Mosquera has only lost 2 seconds to Nibali thus far. If he can limit his losses in the final 30km, anything is possible on Saturday.

    Vladimir Karpets has crossed the line in provisional 9th place.

  71. 17:13:11 CEST

    Rodriguez has lost 1:18 to Nibali in the first 15km, even allowing for Nibali's puncture. In the virtual GC, Nibali has 45 seconds over Rodriguez.

  72. 17:14:26 CEST

    Rodriguez is getting out of the saddle intermittently to keep that big gear going. After a good first 5km or so, he's beginning to look more and more ragged.

    Mosquera trails Nibali by 2 seconds on the stage and 22 seconds in the virtual GC.

  73. 17:15:25 CEST

    Nicolas Roche is 54th after 31km, but crucially seems to be pulling back some time on Frank Schleck.

  74. 17:16:22 CEST

    Nibali's tail is up now, as he comes through one of the few technical sections of the course. Meanwhile, Rodriguez is really starting to battle with his machine.

  75. 17:17:59 CEST

    It's a lonely road for Rodriguez now. There's barely any shelter, so the effects of the slightest crosswind are amplified.

  76. 17:19:53 CEST

    Carlos Sastre finishes in 11th place, in a time of 54:30. That's a great time for a climber like him, he lost just 1:35 to Menchov

  77. 17:20:50 CEST

    Mosquera is riding an excellent time trial. At the 31km point he's 32nd and more importantly is still looking smooth. If things continue in this vein, we're set for a Nibali-Mosquera dual for overall victory on the Bola del Mundo.

    Rodriguez is battling to stay in contention at this point.

  78. 17:22:25 CEST

    Nibali has fully recovered from that puncture and is opening out his gap on Mosquera a little now. Nibali's 2:33 down on the stage at the 31km point but riding into red.

  79. 17:23:21 CEST

    Rodriguez is approaching the second time check now, this will tell us a lot about his chances of winning this Vuelta.

  80. 17:24:22 CEST

    Nibali's shoulders are still rocking slightly but he's showing no real signs of flagging just yet.

  81. 17:25:49 CEST

    Peter Velits almost catches Tom Danielson at the finish line.

    He's got the fastest time at the line, 12 seconds quicker than Menchov!!!

  82. 17:27:04 CEST

    52:43 for Velits, the final 15km are clearly far quicker this afternoon as a result of the rising wind.

  83. 17:29:05 CEST

    Rodriguez has blown completely. He's 5:27 down at the 31km point. That puts him 2:21 down overall in 3rd and dropping like a stone. Mosquera is provisionally 2nd overall at around 40 seconds, while Velits leapfrogs Roche and Schleck into 4th on the road.

  84. 17:30:16 CEST

    It's going to be fascinating to see what Nibali, Schleck, Mosquera and Roche can do over the final 15km. Velits has really thrown down the gauntlet. He'll certainly move ahead of Rodriguez this evening.

  85. 17:31:43 CEST

    Roche finishes 3:29 down on Velits, so he is now 2 minutes down on the Slovak overall. The Irishman will be disappointed with that. He hasn't ridden a bad time trial, but Velits has put in the ride of his life. Mosquera is also putting in a solid shift.

  86. 17:33:30 CEST

    5km to go for Nibali. He looks destined to take the red jersey tonight, but he won't know that Mosquera and perhaps Velits will have replaced Rodriguez as his main rival for overall victory.

  87. 17:35:03 CEST

    Frank Schleck has 26 seconds to Nicolas Roche but will stay ahead of him overall. Nonetheless, he may well have lost 4th place overall to Velits.

  88. 17:36:20 CEST

    Mosquera comes home in 54:56. A fine time for the Spaniard, he lost just 2:13 to Velits and should be Nibali's main  threat from here on in.

  89. 17:37:48 CEST

    Nibali is approaching the finish line and will take red tonight.

  90. 17:38:45 CEST

    54:38 for Vincenzo Nibali. He only took 18 seconds out of Mosquera, so his overall lead will be just 38 seconds tonight. It's all to play for on the Bola del Mundo...

  91. 17:39:59 CEST

    Just one man left to finish. Joaquin Rodriguez is riding in the painful knowledge that he has lost the Vuelta a Espana today.

  92. 17:43:20 CEST

    It can so often be a cruel sport. Rodriguez is 4:10 down on Nibali with some distance still to travel. A day that started with such high hopes of staying in contention to win the Vuelta is ending in bitter disappointment.

  93. 17:44:39 CEST

    Into the final kilometre for Rodriguez. His morale will be low but he knows he has to keep fighting if he wants to keep his hopes of a podium place alive.

  94. 17:45:08 CEST

    Rodriguez comes home 6:12 down.

  95. 17:46:13 CEST

    It looks set to be a Nibali-Mosquera battle on Saturday. Will Nibali regret saying that Mosquera wasn't a threat after the Lagos de Covadonga stage?

  96. 17:47:38 CEST

    Peter Velits now lies 3rd overall, just 2:00 behind Nibali.

  97. 17:48:43 CEST

    That puncture could prove very costly to Nibali in the grand scheme of things. His overall lead would probably be over a minute had it not happened.

  98. 17:49:44 CEST

    Provisional result:

    1 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia 0:52:43
    2 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:00:12
    3 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:37
    4 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:50
    5 Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 0:01:03
    6 Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:01:07
    7 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions 0:01:10
    8 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step 0:01:14
    9 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:01:24
    10 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions 0:01:27

  99. 17:50:04 CEST

    General classification after stage 17

    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 71:19:49
    2 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:00:39
    3 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia 0:02:00
    4 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:03:44
    5 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:03:45
    6 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 0:03:45
    7 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions 0:03:55
    8 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale 0:04:03
    9 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 0:04:13
    10 Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 0:05:43

  100. 17:53:49 CEST

    There's also the question of how Nibali recovered his bidon during the wheel change. One of the mechanics removed it from his bike and he appeared to set off without it, yet he finished the stage with a bottle.

    Of course, he may well have been able to take one from the roadside when he wasn't being shown on screen.

     

     

  101. 17:56:24 CEST

    To recap, the intermediate time checks on the stage were as follows:

    Intermediate Time Check, 15 km
    1.Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) 17.27
    2.Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) +0.15
    3.Leif Hoste (Omega Pharma-Lotto) +0.20
    4.David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) +0.24
    5.David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) +0.30


    Intermediate Time Check, 31 km
    1.Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) 35.30
    2.Leif Hoste (Omega Pharma-Lotto) +0.37
    3.David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) +0.45
    4.David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) +0.53
    5.Denis Menchov (Rabobank) +0.58

    Velits put the hammer down in the final 15km to snatch a fine victory.

  102. 17:58:25 CEST

    Beyond the battle for the red jersey, just 28 seconds separate the riders placed between 4th and 9th overall, it's going to be a thrilling finale on Saturday.

  103. 18:00:57 CEST

    Thanks for joining our live coverage of today's time trial. We're back again with live coverage of stage 18 to Salamanca, usually one of the grandstand sprint finishes of the Vuelta. In the meantime, full results, reports, news and pictures from today's action at the Vuelta will be on Cyclingnews in due course.