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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 03, Stage 7: Murcia - Orihuela 187.1km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of the 187.1km seventh stage of the Vuelta a España. The stage is between Murcia and Orihuela. The two towns are relatively close but the stage route covers two loops on twisting roads before the finish.

  1. 15:30:59 CEST

    All the 193 riders who finished yesterday’s stage are back for more today. Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) was apparently went to hospital last night and is still struggling with the mystery illness that has affected so many of his teammates.
     

  2. 15:32:05 CEST

    It is hot again out on the road but temperatures are a lot nicer 33C, rather than the 40C temperatures the riders faced earlier this week.

  3. 15:38:12 CEST

    The riders have just gone through the feed zone after 84km of steady racing. As in previous days, the break of the day went away early, after just two kilometres, and the peloton seemed happy to settle down for a smooth day in the saddle before a high-speed sprint.

    Dominik Roels (Milram), Martin Pedersen (Footon–Servetto), Vladimir Isaichev, (Xacobeo Galicia) and Jorge Montenegro (Andalucia Cajasur) are the riders in the move. They quickly opened a 10-minute lead but the sprinter's teams have tried to control the move. The gap is now 6:20.


     

  4. 15:39:53 CEST

    The stage includes the third category climb of Puerto de Hondón de los Frailes but it comes mid-way in the stage and so a sprint finish and another showdown between the fast men is expected.

  5. 15:47:37 CEST

    Side winds could be a factor today as the riders change direction several times. A few echelons would certainly spice up the racing.

  6. 16:03:18 CEST

    The Puerto de Hondón de los Frailes is coming up very soon. But we shouldn't expect any fireworks. The climb is 8.8km long but only averages 4.8 percent. It is also 70km from the finish.

  7. 79.1km remaining from 187.1km

    16:06:39 CEST

    The gap is coming down a little faster now. The peloton has finished lunch and the sprinter's domestiques are back on the front, setting a steady but consistent tempo. 

  8. 67km remaining from 187.1km

    16:11:18 CEST

    The peloton is rolling along together with some teammates dropping back for bottles before the climb. It is HTC-Columbia on the front.

  9. 16:12:10 CEST

    This are so relaxed that the riders in the break are even finding time to wave to the crowds. Hey this is the Vuelta.

  10. 16:14:35 CEST

    So far in this year's Vuelta we've had six different winers from six different countries. Who is your pick for today?

  11. 16:16:11 CEST

    Dominik Roels (Milram) is now blowing kisses to the television camera. It's a relaxed Friday, even in the race.

  12. 16:18:22 CEST

    Dave Zabriskie is now on the front of the peloton. Doing his bit to pull the gap back for Tyler Farrar. His 'tache makes him look him like Ned Flanders from the Simpsons.

  13. 16:18:58 CEST

    Crash! A touch of wheel and a few riders take a tumble.

  14. 16:21:25 CEST

    The crash was probably sparked by riders moving to avoid a motorbike parked on the side of the road. A touch of the brakes, a touch of wheels and they were down. Fortunately they are al lback up and going again.

  15. 16:27:38 CEST

    The break is on the Puerto de Hondón de los Frailes climb now. Lots of Venga, Venga, Vamos, Vamos calls from the crowd. 

  16. 16:29:30 CEST

    Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) is off the back off the peloton and suffering with the virus that has devastated the team. He reportedly spent time in hospital last night. 

  17. 16:30:22 CEST

    Dominik Roels (Milram) has pujnctured on the climb. He got a quick rear wheel change and is chasing to get back in the break.  

  18. 16:35:53 CEST

    David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) is sitting quietly in the peloton. He has just been named as Geraint Thomas' replacement in the Great Brtiain team for the world championships. As some one pointed out to Cyclingnews, that means that there are no Team Sky riders in the GB squad for Melbourne. The three riders selected are Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia), Jeremy Hunt (Cervelo TestTeam) and Millar.  

  19. 58km remaining from 187.1km

    16:37:26 CEST

    As the bunch heads down the descent and back onto the flat roads, the gap is down to 3:50

  20. 16:41:12 CEST

    It's official: Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) has been forced to abandon due to illness. The British team has now lost three riders due to illness. Ben Swift and John-Lee Augustyn retired on stage three.

  21. 50km remaining from 187.1km

    16:44:50 CEST

    The bunch is rolling along but is not too keen catch the break. The gap has returned to over four minutes as the cat and mouse pursuit begins.

  22. 16:49:14 CEST

    David 'Ned Flanders' Zabriskie is back on the front, swapping turns with Lars Bak of HTC-Columbia and Daniele Righi of Lampre-Farnese Vini.

  23. 45km remaining from 187.1km

    16:50:40 CEST

    Upfront the four breakways arereally going for it now. They're trying to hold onto as much time as possible before the peloton starts chasing hard. 

  24. 16:57:17 CEST

    Things are getting faster  in the peloton, with the riders fighting for position on the wheels. The wind coyuld play a factor in the outcome of today's stage. Christian Vande Velde is rightly on the front, staying out of trouble.

  25. 40km remaining from 187.1km

    16:58:44 CEST

    With 40km to go, the gap is 3:30, still within the one minute per 10km, as the average rate the peloton can catch a breakaway.

  26. 38km remaining from 187.1km

    17:04:17 CEST

    The peloton is going over some speed bumps but that is not stopping the pursuit of the break. The gap is 3:10 now.

  27. 17:07:28 CEST

    The rest of the peloton seems happy to let Lars Bak, Zabrikeise and Righi do all the work. and for now, they seem happy to do it.

  28. 17:10:49 CEST

    Who is your pick to win today. The Vuelta sprints have been thrilling because they've been so uncertain. Can Cavendish win his first Vuelta sprint? Can Hutarovich take another for FDJ? Garmin-Transitions is working hard for Tyler Farrar.  And what about Petacchi, Freire and Davis?

  29. 30km remaining from 187.1km

    17:11:25 CEST

    The gap is falling faster now, as Lampre puts another rider on the front.

  30. 24km remaining from 187.1km

    17:17:54 CEST

    The peloton is screaming along at 60km/h on a fast but curvy section. FDJ are leading the chase but HTC, Garmin and Lampre are also driving things along.

  31. 17:23:46 CEST

    FDJ is leading the chase now, with other riders helping them. The gap is hovering at two minutes, with only 18km to go.  It could be close.

  32. 17:24:38 CEST

    The four breakaways are riding like a team pursuit quartet now. They are going to really test the peloton and not give up without a fight.

  33. 16km remaining from 187.1km

    17:26:44 CEST

    It's a long flat blast to the finish now and the gap has fallen to 1:35

  34. 12km remaining from 187.1km

    17:31:27 CEST

    The gap is down to one minute and the peloton can see the four on the horizon. However the team cars are still in there, so the break is not giving up just yet.  Vande Velde does another big turn on the front now.

  35. 10km remaining from 187.1km

    17:34:25 CEST

    The quartet has just 43 seconds now at exactly ten kilometres to go.

  36. 8km remaining from 187.1km

    17:35:59 CEST

    The neutral service car now pulls out from behind the breakaway and so there is now nothing between the break and the bunch.  

  37. 6km remaining from 187.1km

    17:39:05 CEST

    The four have 10 seconds but it's virtually over for them. It's sprint time! 

  38. 17:39:51 CEST

    There are lots of leadout trains fighting for the front but here come HTC-Columbia for Cavendish.

  39. 5km remaining from 187.1km

    17:40:46 CEST

    The four breakaways are swept up and wisely move out of the way to avoid causing problems in the high-speed peloton.

  40. 3km remaining from 187.1km

    17:41:41 CEST

    HTC-Columbia seems to be leading it out. But it a little early to take control.

  41. 3km remaining from 187.1km

    17:42:55 CEST

    The peloton snakes aruond a huge roundabout, with Tejay Van Garderen now on the front. Race leader Philippe Gilbert is just behind him. 

  42. 17:43:32 CEST

    This is a fast one!  Lampre now forming on the front.

  43. 1km remaining from 187.1km

    17:44:03 CEST

    Petacchi is there perfectly placed.

  44. 17:44:46 CEST

    Lamopre lead it out but HTC are just behind them.

  45. 17:46:00 CEST

    Petacchi went early  and blocked Mark Cavendish a little but the old the Italian wins the stage.

  46. 17:47:44 CEST

    Petacchi saw that Cavendish was on his wheel and moved to close the gap on the barriers. Cav was behind and so was blocked in and was cleary not happy.  

  47. 17:49:52 CEST

    It was close for third and fourth but JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank) got it. Tyler Farrar was fifth after also being blocked in in the final kilometre.

  48. 17:52:35 CEST

    Belgium's Philippe Gilbert (Omrga Pharma-Lotto) kept his ten second overall lead.

  49. 17:57:17 CEST

    That's it from the Cyclingnews live coverage from today's stage. Join us tomorrow for more action from stage 8.

    The 190 km stage is from Villena to Xorret de Catí and includes some testing climbs.