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Vuelta a España 2010

Date range:
August 28 - September 19, 2010
  • Vuelta a España, ESP, HIS (Historical Calendar)
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    • 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 17, Stage 19: Piedrahita - Toledo 231.2km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 19 of the Vuelta a España, from Piedrahita - Toledo.

  1. 10:44:57 BST

    This has breakaway written all over it. There's a cat 2 climb soon after the start that takes the race up into the remote and beautiful Sierra de Gredos. This looks like it will be the launchpad for a long-range attack, given the rolling terrain that follows right to the finish. With one key mountain stage to come, the overall contenders will be happy to let the sprinters' teams chase down breakaway riders.

    The riders have just completed the first 1000 meters of racing so lets bring you up to date with a few bits of news from this morning.

  2. 10:45:28 BST

    Before I forget it's Jens Voigt's birthday. Happy birthday Jens from CN.

  3. 10:49:00 BST

    It looks like Fabian Cancellara is stalling on his future. The story goes that he might buy himself out of his 2011 contract with Saxo Bank in order to join BMC, Pegasus or the Schleck team. I think Sky were in the mix at one point too. Anyway here's the story.

  4. 10:51:59 BST

    In other news Austria will send two riders to the Worlds. Eisel isn't actually a bad shout for a medal. I wonder what odds you'd get on him right now.

    Totally unrelated and Oscar Sevilla - he who was once touted as a future Tour de France winner - has released a statement after testing positive.

  5. 10:53:14 BST

    In other news, just before we get back to the race, Jonathan Chodroff has admitted to CN that he bought and used EPO in spring 2007. You can read that story, right here.

  6. 228.2km remaining from 231.2km

    10:55:55 BST

    Today is a long one, in fact it's the longest stage in this year's race, covering 231.2km. So far we've not had any attacks but Vogondy, who yesterday announced that he'd signed for Cofidis hasn't shown up this morning. Here's the story about him changing teams.

    3km of racing completed and no attacks yet.

  7. 10:57:57 BST

    A bit of information on today's stage: the race passes through Carlos Sastre's home town of El Barraco, where he's sure to receive a hero's welcome. However, Sastre's an unlikely winner here.

  8. 10:59:41 BST

    The bunch are on the first climb of the day, a perfect launchpad for an attack or two.

  9. 11:00:33 BST

    We could see a number of riders plotting for glory at the Worlds try their luck and test their legs. Guys like Gilbert, Pozatto etc, etc.

  10. 221.2km remaining from 231.2km

    11:08:55 BST

    The bunch are clearly taking things early this morning. No attacks, no action, nothing.

    Tondo though as gone back to talk to the race doctor.

  11. 11:14:17 BST

    While we wait for the bunch to wake up, let's have a quick look at how things stand on GC. Still everything to play for. It's between Nibali and Mosquera for the win and Schleck will fancy his chances, Rodriguez too perhaps, of finishing on the podium.

    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 74:47:06
    2 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:00:38
    3 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia 0:01:59
    4 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:03:43
    5 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:03:48
    6 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team
    7 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions 0:03:58
    8 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale 0:04:02
    9 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 0:04:16
    10 Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 0:05:42
    11 David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:07:22
    12 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 0:08:55
    13 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:09:27
    14 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 0:10:40
    15 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:12:21
    16 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 0:13:58
    17 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ 0:15:16
    18 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:16:17
    19 Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:19:30
    20 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 0:19:43

  12. 218.2km remaining from 231.2km

    11:20:24 BST

    A few valuable points up for grabs at the top of this Cat2 climb. Moncoutie who currently leads the KOM and Serafin are going clear in order to compete for them. Serafin currently lies second behind the Frenchman.

  13. 11:25:48 BST

    Serafin takes the points ahead of Moncoutie. The gap was ten points so it's getting closer between these two.

    Over the top and the duo wait for the bunch. They're quickly gobbled up Roels (again) and Jufre have both attacked. They've got a slender lead on the bunch.

  14. 11:29:11 BST

    The pair have less than thirty seconds on the field but there are two more riders trying to get across.

  15. 206.2km remaining from 231.2km

    11:34:50 BST

    Ladies and gentlemen we have a break. Four riders now ahead of the bunch , with around a 50 second gap. They are, Dominik Roels (Team Milram), Xavier Florencio (Cervelo TestTeam), Manuel Ortega (Andalucia-Cajasur), Josep Jufre (Astana)
     

  16. 201.2km remaining from 231.2km

    11:44:09 BST

    The gap is now over two minutes. The Liquigas boys are on the front patrolling the bunch. They'll let the break get a pretty good lead considering that none of the riders are serious threats to Nibali. Jufre is the highest placed on GC and he's 30:34 down on the Italian.

    The sprinters' teams might stir into action later on though. However with HTC and Garmin both with men in the top ten on GC, they may sacrifice any chance of winning the stage in order to save their energy for tomorrow's mountain stage. I don't think HTC have had a rider on a podium in a grand tour before so if Velits can hang on it would be a great result for them.

  17. 11:46:32 BST

    The gap, now over three minutes, as these four riders push on. Roels of course has been on the attack throughout the race, including yesterday's stage.

  18. 11:51:12 BST

    With Milram set to fold, Roels is potentially riding to save his career. He's been with Milram since 2008 and hasn't announced what his plans are yet for 2011. If he's after a new contract he's going about it the right way by getting in breaks at the Vuelta. It means folk like myself have to keep repeating his names and his sponsor. Dominik Roels (Team Milram). See, there it is again.


  19. 38km remaining from 231.2km

    11:51:54 BST

    The gap is now four minutes.

  20. 11:53:50 BST

    So if you were Cancellara, could go to any team in the world, where would you sign and why? Let me know at twitter.com/dnlbenson

  21. 186.2km remaining from 231.2km

    12:02:24 BST

    45km raced and the lead is creeping towards five minutes. Cataldo has a puncture but other than that the bunch are all taking it easy.

  22. 12:05:48 BST

    At the start of today's stage Alexis Rodriguez said: “The course is up and down all day. But I think it’s easier for the sprinters’ teams to control because they can let a breakaway cruise five minutes ahead of the bunch. The finale is not easy though. There’s a hill just before the finish and that might not be good at all for Cavendish. It suits Philippe Gilbert to perfection. He looks like being the strongest rider of this Vuelta.”

  23. 12:07:32 BST

    The man himself, Gilbert had this response: “If everybody says so, it must be true”, said the Belgian. “On paper, it’s good for me. But we’ve heard there possibilities of rain during the stage, and there’s no way I’ll take risks if it’s dangerous. The roads of Toledo are known for being slippery. Yesterday I felt great when I attacked in the last ten kilometres but I thought it was more technical after the 7-km to go mark. In fact, it wasn’t, so I didn’t get much chance to resist to the bunch but I have no regret because the sprint was too dangerous for me to try anything there.”

  24. 12:09:58 BST

    American Teejay Van Garderen had a hard day before the rest day but is already looking forward to next year, and riding the Tour de France  “I was extremely tired after stage 16 but it sort of came around again yesterday. It’s very motivating to finish my first Grand Tour and help Cavendish and Velits. Next year I hope to get a start at the Tour de France.”

  25. 12:11:06 BST

    Meanwhile the break are going through Navarredondillawith. The gap is heading towards seven minutes, as Liquigas continue to control the bunch.

  26. 12:15:10 BST

    Tyler Farrar, fourth yesterday, also had a few words to say at the start: “There is only a small chance for a breakaway today. It’s a perfect course for a group to stay away. If it’s not a sprint today, there’ll be one on Sunday for sure.”

     

  27. 12:16:24 BST

    Where should Cancellara sign for 2011 (assuming he breaks his contract)?

    KarolMcD Karol @dnlbenson Cancellara should go to the new Luxembourg team purely for the party atmosphere.
     

  28. 176.2km remaining from 231.2km

    12:25:42 BST

    Over seven minutes now for the break. A long, long way in the stage left to go. If they had a few more riders I'd be more confident on them doing something but with just four guys, and so far still to race.... it's going to be difficult.

  29. 63km remaining from 231.2km

    12:29:27 BST

    Now I feel a little bit better. The lead is now over 8 minutes.

  30. 12:36:21 BST

    The break have just gone through the first sprint of the day and Florencio takes maximum points. He was followed over the line by Ortega and Jufre.

  31. 73km remaining from 231.2km

    12:41:46 BST

    The four out front are stilling plugging away and working well together. They've got a lead of just over nine minutes now. The bunch are still sitting back and saving their powder, with Liquigas still setting the tempo.

  32. 12:44:38 BST

    Roche has had a puncture and is waiting for a team car. At least he doesn't have to rely on Gadret this time around.

  33. 12:47:57 BST

    And we're in El Barranco the home town of 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre. He's getting a huge welcome from his fans on the side of the road. And well deserved, he's been a fine servant for Spanish cycling over the years.

  34. 151.2km remaining from 231.2km

    12:55:14 BST

    The lead is nearly ten minutes with the bunch content to let the foursome build up a healthy lead. There's still a long, long way to go as we've only covered 80km.

  35. 96km remaining from 231.2km

    13:16:27 BST

    Interesting move at the head of the bunch, with Lotto, HTC and Garmin starting to move the front. The gap is at 10.47, so HTC are perhaps thinking about controlling the break in a bid to encourage more teams to help share the work in chasing.

    A slightly uphill finish so Gilbert might also fancy his chances today as well.

  36. 13:18:50 BST

    Another birthday today. Juan Antonio Flecha is 33. Happy birthday.

  37. 13:22:22 BST

    Liquigas will be more than happy to have some help at the head of the bunch. The overall will be settled tomorrow and they'll want to save as much energy as possible.

  38. 13:27:59 BST

    The leaders have hit the feed but an interesting development as they're now riding into a headwind. The gap has dropped to 9.27.

  39. 121.2km remaining from 231.2km

    13:35:19 BST

    Less than 9 minutes now. The sprinters' teams, combined with the headwind are staying to change the dynamic of this stage.

  40. 13:41:30 BST

    The bunch have now reached the feed zone and there's a slight slit in the field. Meanwhile the four leaders are still clear and are making their way to the finish. They've still got a over 100km to race.

  41. 13:46:45 BST

    Fabian Cancellara has withdrawn from the race.

  42. 109.2km remaining from 231.2km

    13:57:42 BST

    Katusha, Footon and HTC now sitting on the front of the bunch. The wind has changed and is coming from the side now. The four leaders still have minutes on the bunch.

  43. 101.2km remaining from 231.2km

    14:05:57 BST

    The lead was close to 11 minutes but it's now down to 7.15 as the bunch continue to eat into their lead. Looks like we could have another thrilling sprint on our hands.

  44. 95.2km remaining from 231.2km

    14:07:11 BST

    The break are losing their lead rapidly as the bunch step up the chase. It's 6.40 now.

  45. 14:08:29 BST

    The break were always going to find it tough today. There were only four riders, Roels must be tired from his exploits yesterday and they've also had to fight against a head wind for the last few kilometres. To their credit, they're still plugging away.

  46. 91.2km remaining from 231.2km

    14:16:20 BST

    More time lost to the bunch. The gap is under 6 minutes now, 5.50 to be exact. The four riders have been out there for around 120km and they're starting to lose grip.

  47. 14:26:39 BST

    The break whiz through Navalcarnero, their lead continuing to come down with each pedal stroke. A few of the sprinters will start getting twitchy now. They'll know that they'll be called into action later on this afternoon. Cavendish looks relaxed and can afford to be with three wins already in this year's race.

  48. 83.2km remaining from 231.2km

    14:30:56 BST

    Back in the bunch and Luis Leon Sanchez is drifting back to the medical car.

  49. 82.2km remaining from 231.2km

    14:34:45 BST

    Our gap has now sunk below five minutes.  To be exact, it is at 4:53.

  50. 73.2km remaining from 231.2km

    14:46:27 BST

    The gap is holding at around five minutes now. The bunch easing off slightly as they wont want to catch the four leaders too early. They'll just let them sit out there for a bit longer.

  51. 67.2km remaining from 231.2km

    14:52:56 BST

    Another few kilometres and another few seconds shaved off the gap by the bunch. The leaders have just over five minutes now.

  52. 15:02:43 BST

    Nice and sunny at the finish at the moment we're hearing. Remember it's a bit of an uphill sprint today with a few cobbles thrown in for good measure.

  53. 15:05:51 BST

    The gap down to 4.08 now. Liguigas as ever near the front of the bunch, surrounding their team leader and race leader, Nibali.

    Katusha and Footon, meanwhile, are doing some work on the front of the bunch.

  54. 15:06:39 BST

    But the break are on nice long, wide roads now. Some pretty good crowds out too in Toledo.

  55. 53km remaining from 231.2km

    15:11:52 BST

    Just over 50km to go now. Roels, who has pretty much been on point for the last two days in the Vuelta, takes another turn on the front. How can this guy not have a contract for next year? Ok, ok he hasn't got a bucket full of results but he's riding like a man possessed at the moment.

  56. 15:13:34 BST

    The bunch are all strung out now, Van Garderen pulling at the front. The gap is now just 3.20.

  57. 15:15:23 BST

    Footon still present at the front. They've got a couple of descent sprinters, Cardosa came third yesterday, so he might get another chance today.

    Roels again at the front and making faces at the tv cameras. Now a peace sign. Forget the Pope visit to the UK, lets just get Roels over for the weekend.

  58. 49km remaining from 231.2km

    15:18:47 BST

    The pace has shot up even more in the bunch. Are we going to see cross winds playing a part? Nibali and Sastre are near the front, Schleck too.

  59. 15:26:36 BST

    Ignatiev has been on the front for Katusha for the last few km. He's doing a great job but I feel sorry for the Lotto rider behind him, who isn't getting too much shelter.

    Ignatiev must be no more than 5'5 in height.

  60. 15:30:19 BST

    The bunch swing through a tight right hand bend, and HTC move back to the front and take a long pull. Now Footon come through. Less than 39km to go now and the break aren't too far up the road.

  61. 15:32:09 BST

    The break aren't giving up though, they're still sharing the work and trying to stay out there for as long as possible.

  62. 15:33:25 BST

     Bennati, who is back in the bunch, takes a drink and then pours some of it over his face. Walker, from Footon drifts to the back of the bunch, perhaps looking for a team car, while a Lotto jumps to the front and sets the pace.

  63. 34km remaining from 231.2km

    15:34:57 BST

    The bunch are going full gas now as a number of teams move their GC riders and sprinters further to the front.

  64. 15:35:35 BST

    Walker has his bike checked by a team mechanic - at 30mph - and then rejoins the bunch.

  65. 32km remaining from 231.2km

    15:37:27 BST

    The gap down to just over two minutes now.

  66. 15:39:00 BST

    Jufre comes through to the front of the break and takes a turn but with less than 30km to go and two minutes to the bunch it's going to be really hard for these guys to stay away. Almost impossible.

  67. 26km remaining from 231.2km

    15:44:20 BST

    Rolling terrain now, with a few little rises. There's a dig around 7km to go as well as a climb on the finish. It's going to be an interesting finish today.

  68. 23km remaining from 231.2km

    15:46:50 BST

    Cavendish in the middle of the bunch for now. Today will really test him. Perhaps Farrar and Gilbert and few others will have the edge on him with the uphill sprint? We'll see.

  69. 15:49:49 BST

    Nibali grabs a quick drink, still surrounded by a gaggle of teammates.

  70. 20km remaining from 231.2km

    15:51:01 BST

    Just over twenty to go no and the break are looking like they're just going through the motions now. The end is near for the four riders. Jufre has taken a long pull and swings off.

  71. 20km remaining from 231.2km

    15:52:45 BST

    The bunch just over 1 minute down now.

  72. 19km remaining from 231.2km

    15:56:52 BST

    Caisse now moving to the front of the bunch but HTC still controlling affairs. The gap is under a minute now so the bunch can afford to ease off a bit.

  73. 17km remaining from 231.2km

    16:00:48 BST

    17km to go and the gap is at 25 seconds.

  74. 16:03:45 BST

    The Saxo train move up. They'll be looking to give Haedo a good jump, as well as protect Frank Schleck. Their job will be even harder after Fabian Cancellara pulled out this morning.

  75. 16:04:15 BST

    Garmin near the front of the bunch for the first time today. We've not seen much of them so far.

  76. 13km remaining from 231.2km

    16:05:30 BST

    Less than 100 meters for the break and they're about to be swept up. Roels wants to be the last man caught.

    And is. End of the break.

  77. 16:05:58 BST

    Lampre coming to the front. A lot of teams fancy themselves for the win today.

  78. 12km remaining from 231.2km

    16:06:59 BST

    Pozzato, watch out for him, he could dome something soon.

  79. 16:07:51 BST

    HTC, Quick Step, Lampre, Footon, Garmin, Liquigas all near the front and trying to set something up. Lotto there too, as well as Katusha.

  80. 16:09:15 BST

    A long switch back for the bunch, with just 9km to go.

  81. 16:09:36 BST

    They're all strung out out as Lampre take control.

  82. 8km remaining from 231.2km

    16:10:10 BST

    8km to go and the bunch are still all together.

  83. 7km remaining from 231.2km

    16:11:03 BST

    Nibali is near the front too, maybe in 9th wheel.

  84. 16:11:35 BST

    Hondo is setting the pace and then a Footon rider takes over.

  85. 7km remaining from 231.2km

    16:12:51 BST

    The bunch is start to split a bit now. A few riders dropping off the back as Lampre continue to set the pace.

  86. 16:13:38 BST

    Very twisty roads now and there are a lot of nervous riders.

  87. 4km remaining from 231.2km

    16:14:03 BST

    Just 4km to go and they're coming up to that short rise.

  88. 16:14:17 BST

    Barredo attacks.

  89. 16:14:44 BST

    He cant get a gap but does hurt the field.

  90. 4km remaining from 231.2km

    16:15:07 BST

    All back together but riders are struggling.

  91. 16:15:34 BST

    Another Quick Step rider it's Cataldo. and Sanchez goes with him.

  92. 16:16:00 BST

    Is that Roche trying to come across?

  93. 3km remaining from 231.2km

    16:16:16 BST

    A few more attacks coming from the bunch.

  94. 16:16:37 BST

    Sanchez now taking charge and he's going clear.

  95. 16:16:56 BST

    A HTC rider with him though and the two have a small gap.

  96. 16:17:20 BST

    Sanchez and  a HTC rider have a small gap now but the bunch are coming back.

  97. 2km remaining from 231.2km

    16:17:48 BST

    The bunch are closing in on the pair. I think it was Van Garderen.

  98. 16:18:10 BST

    Less than 2km to go and they still have a gap.

  99. 16:18:30 BST

    All back together.

  100. 16:18:54 BST

    Over the cobbles but the bunch are splitting. Garmin doing lots of work.

  101. 1km remaining from 231.2km

    16:19:11 BST

    Gilbert lurking. Millar is up there too.

  102. 16:19:23 BST

    Now Gilbert goes.

  103. 16:19:56 BST

    Gilbert opens up the sprint and Garmin and HTC are trying to come back.

  104. 16:20:22 BST

    Around the final bend and Gilbert or Farrar.

  105. 16:20:38 BST

    Gilbert takes the win!

  106. 16:20:50 BST

    Farrar takes second.

  107. 16:21:49 BST

    Pozzato took third Hinault next, then Peter Velits.

  108. 16:22:46 BST

     Nibali in the top ten too so he might get more time on his rivals. Smart riding by the Italian. Smart riding from Peter Velits who may have taken a time bonus too.

  109. 16:36:40 BST

    Results # Rider Name (Country) Team Result 1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 5:43:41   2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions 0:00:01   3 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha     4 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale     5 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia     6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo     7 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step     8 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini     9 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo     10 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram 0:00:04   General classification after stage 19 # Rider Name (Country) Team Result 1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 80:30:48   2 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:00:50   3 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia 0:01:59   4 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:03:54   5 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 0:04:02   6 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions 0:04:18   7 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 0:04:28   8 Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 0:05:51   9 David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:07:36   10 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 0:09:09  
  110. 16:38:44 BST

    So two big winners today, Gilbert, great win, similar to his triumph at Amstel where he beat another Garmin rider into second place, and Nibali who with some canny riding, increased his lead on GC to 50 seconds. Stay tuned tomorrow for the crunch stage in this year's Vuelta.

    Thanks for joining us.