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Vuelta a España 2011

Date range:
August 20 - September 11, 2011
  • Vuelta a España, Spain, HIS (Historical Calendar)
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      13.5km
      Start location:
      Benidorm
      End location:
      Benidorm
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      171.5km
      Start location:
      La Nucía
      End location:
      Playas de Orihuela
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      164km
      Start location:
      Petrer
      End location:
      Totana
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      172km
      Start location:
      Baza
      End location:
      Sierra Nevada
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Sierra Nevada
      End location:
      Valdepeñas de Jaén
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      185.7km
      Start location:
      Úbeda
      End location:
      Córdoba
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      185km
      Start location:
      Almadén
      End location:
      Talavera de la Reina
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      183km
      Start location:
      Talavera de la Reina
      End location:
      San Lorenzo de El Escorial
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      179.5km
      Start location:
      Villacastín
      End location:
      Sierra de Bejar. La Covatilla
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      47km
      Start location:
      Salamanca
      End location:
      Salamanca
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      171km
      Start location:
      Verín
      End location:
      Estación de Montaña Manzaneda
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      160km
      Start location:
      Ponteareas
      End location:
      Pontevedra
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      150km
      Start location:
      Sarria
      End location:
      Ponferradaa
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      173.2km
      Start location:
      Astorga
      End location:
      La Farrapona. Lagos de Somiedo
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      144km
      Start location:
      Avilés
      End location:
      Anglirú
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      180km
      Start location:
      Villa Romana La Olmeda (Palencia)
      End location:
      Haro
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      212.5km
      Start location:
      Faustino V
      End location:
      Peña Cabarga
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      169.7km
      Start location:
      Solares
      End location:
      Noja
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      157.9km
      Start location:
      Noja
      End location:
      Bilbao
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Bilbao
      End location:
      Vitoria
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      94km
      Start location:
      Circuito del Jarama
      End location:
      Madrid

September 01, Stage 12: Ponteareas - Pontevedra 160km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

The sprinters get another of their rare chances today. We have a relatively flat stage today, with only two category three climbs throwing up some bumps in the road.

 

  1. 15:02:54 CEST

    Tired of climbing? Maybe the peloton is, too. At any rate they have an easier day today. There are only two small climbs in roughly the first half of the stage , and we expect to see a mass sprint finish. Or will an escape group take advantage of things and stay away until the end?

  2. 105km remaining from 160km

    15:05:34 CEST

    We have a foursome with a big lead.  Adam Hansen (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Ruslan Pydgorny (Vacansoleil), Jose Roldan (Andalucia – Caja Granada) and Luis Mate (Cofidis) have some eight and a half minutes just after they have topped the first climb of the day.

  3. 96km remaining from 160km

    15:13:34 CEST

    Leopard Trek, Sky and Skil-Shimano have combined to bring the gap down to 7 minutes.

  4. 15:16:37 CEST

    Hansen, Mate and Roldan got away 14km into the stage, with Pydgorny catching them a bit later.  There were a number of break attempts before this group got away.

  5. 15:19:47 CEST

    It was spitting rain at the start this afternoon. It is cooler today, too, only 19.5°C.
     

  6. 15:23:05 CEST

    The first intermediate sprint of the day came quite early, and Bauke Mollea sneaked out to pick up the win (and bonus seconds!).  The Rabo rider took it ahead of Nelson Oliviera (RadioShack) with – according to the Vuelta website – Kanstansin Sivtsov of HTC-Highroad taking third.  But they have also  told us he abandoned the race yesterday.....

  7. 15:27:59 CEST

    We have also already had the first climb of the day, the Alto de Moscoso (cat. 3).  The points went to Pydgorny ahead of Mate and Roldan.

  8. 87km remaining from 160km

    15:33:51 CEST

    • Puncture

    Stuart O'Grady of Leopard Trek punctures.

  9. 15:37:59 CEST

    Just a reminder of the top ten in the race at the moment:

    1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 42:50:41
    2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:07
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:11
    4 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana 0:00:14
    5 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:00:19
    6 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:47
    7 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek 0:01:06
    8 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC 0:01:27
    9 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack 0:01:53
    10 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack 0:02:00
     

  10. 81km remaining from 160km

    15:38:49 CEST

    The gap is coming down (6:07) but the temperature is going up (22.5°C).

  11. 15:41:11 CEST

    We still have six riders within one minute of the lead. The upcoming mountan stages are going to be decisive in determining the final winner.

  12. 15:44:05 CEST

    A look at the other rankings: Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) lead the points ranking; Bauke Mollema of Rabobank is tops in the combination classification; Matteo Montaguti (AG2R) best n the mountains; and RadioShack is the best team.

  13. 15:48:26 CEST

    Yesterday's rider of the day was, of course, stage winner David Moncoutie (Cofidis). But the most aggressive rider was Adrian Palomares of Andalucia-Caja Granada.

  14. 75km remaining from 160km

    15:49:43 CEST

    • Feed

    The leaders have passed through the feed zone and are starting up the day's second climb.

    Meanwhile the gap is down to 5.23.

  15. 15:55:50 CEST

    Of the 11 stages so far, we have nine winning teams. Only Katusha has won more than one stage, claiming three. Joaquim Rodriguez is the only rider with mulitple stage wins, having won stage five and eight.

  16. 71.8km remaining from 160km

    15:58:27 CEST

    Pydgornyy also takes the second climb of the day, the cat. 3 Alto Ponte Caldeas, ahead of Hansen and Mate.

  17. 68km remaining from 160km

    16:03:56 CEST

    And just like that, the gap is down to 4.04.

  18. 16:06:18 CEST

    • Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne's 2011 Jersey

    Does David Moncoutie  (Cofidis) want to win a record-breaking fourth King of the Mountains title at the Vuelta?  Silly question.  He is only in second place right now, one point down, and is looking forward to his chances. 

  19. 16:09:34 CEST

    This is only the second stage finish of the Vuelta in Pontevedra. In 1980, Belgium’s Etienne De Wilde preceded in a bunch sprint Italy’s Orlando Maini who is a directeur sportif at the Vuelta today with Lampre-ISD.

  20. 16:12:32 CEST

    Here is some transfer news for you:  BMC Racing Team has announced the signing of Marco Pinotti and Tejay van Garderen, both of HTC-Highroad.

  21. 16:14:24 CEST

    The four leaders are now in the finish city of Pontevedra, and are now ready to set off on a loop which also goes along the coast before coming back for the finish.

  22. 16:17:56 CEST

    Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) said on the start line: “My compatriot Daniele Bennati would have some reasons to keep the race all together. He’s the favourite for today, with my team-mate Peter Sagan. It might be a bit too hard for Marcel Kittel. Heinrich Haussler is another man to watch.”
     

  23. 16:18:52 CEST

    And who do we see at the tail end of the peloton but the above-named Haussler!

  24. 16:19:42 CEST

    The four leaders are putting in some climbing here.  Nothing major, but a pretty big hill in town.

  25. 16:22:19 CEST

    “Oldie” Stuart O'Grady (Leopard Trek) is having an excellent Vuelta so far, which even he himself calls “a really good surprise”.  The Australian is returning home next season, so to speak, as he has signed to ride for the newly-formed team GreenEdge.

  26. 16:25:49 CEST

    Daniele Bennati (Leopard-Trek) said: “On paper, this is a good stage for me. Let’s hope that I’ll have the legs for winning. I feel good. We’ll control the race with a few other teams who want a bunch sprint finish as well. Wagner and Vigano will set up the sprint for me.”

  27. 16:27:38 CEST

    The gap is now holding steady at just above the four minute mark, and the peloton seems happy to keep it there.  For the time being, at any rate.

  28. 16:31:43 CEST

    Bradley Wiggins of Sky thinks it is “fantastic” to be leading the Giro. He plans to hold on to that lead all the way to Madrid.

  29. 16:32:11 CEST

    The gap is now down to 3:20.

  30. 16:37:44 CEST

    Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) said: “I hope it’s really a good finish for me. In the past few stages, there were too many hills for me to try and win a second time at the Vuelta. But in the grupetto, I was going much better than Marcel Kittel.”
     

  31. 16:39:08 CEST

    Here are the details on Pinotti and Van Garderen to BMC.

  32. 42km remaining from 160km

    16:43:07 CEST

    The gap is down to 2:30 now, with the field giving serious chase.

  33. 16:45:12 CEST

    The sun is shining by the way.  Not terribly many people out on the beach though.  Guess they are all standing along the road watching the race!

  34. 16:48:35 CEST

    Tom Boonen is having a difficult time, with an open wound in a very delicate area.  Ouch ouch ouch!

  35. 123.5km remaining from 160km

    16:50:15 CEST

    The gap is just over two minutes now. Won't be long, and then the goal will be to hold everything together until the sprint finish.

  36. 16:51:48 CEST

    Stage 7 winner Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) has his last chance today because he plans to quit the Vuelta tonight, as he’s very tired. He’s one of the very few riders who know the finale of Pontevedra, as the Dutch team was staying in an hotel two kilometres away from the finishing line on calle Estreda.

  37. 16:53:18 CEST

    The four leaders are still gamely hanging on.  But the peloton now knows it will have them soon and is really speeding along in chase.

  38. 16:56:18 CEST

    It looks like Hansen has made contact with the road at some point today, as he has some suspicious-looking smear marks on the back of his jersey.

    He has now taken off from his three companions.

  39. 17:00:12 CEST

    Hansen took the points at the final intermediate sprint.  He is 8 seconds ahead of the chasing trio.

  40. 17:01:23 CEST

    Podgornyy, Mate and Roldan want to catch Hansen, but he is hanging tough a bit ahead of them.

  41. 26km remaining from 160km

    17:01:41 CEST

    The field is back at 2:20.

  42. 17:02:04 CEST

    The trio catches and passes Hansen.

  43. 17:05:51 CEST

    The leaders have 11 seconds on Hansen, with the field another 2:04 back.

  44. 17:06:57 CEST

    Garmin-Cervelo, Lampre and HTC-Highroad now at the head of the field.

  45. 17:08:05 CEST

    The leading trio builds up its lead over Hansen (16 seconds) with the field at 1:54 behind the Australian.

  46. 17:08:54 CEST

    And now it is 21 seconds to Hansen and 2:00 exactly to the peloton.

  47. 17:10:08 CEST

    Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervélo) said: “The finale might suit me today, but the way I was feeling yesterday, I’d just be happy to make it to the finish today.”

  48. 17:12:00 CEST

    Sprinter star Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) hasn’t been much under the spotlight so far in the Vuelta but he hasn’t said his last word: “I’ve passed the climbs of the previous days in a good shape. I’ve seen today’s course on the map only but it looks like the hill preceding the finish is
    less hard that the one of stage 2, and there isn’t the same kind of dangerous descent before, so I’m up for winning.”

  49. 17:13:01 CEST

    Skil now shows up at the front of the field.  They want to see Marcel Kittel repeat his sprint success.  This the German's last stage, he is exhausted and said he would abandon this evening.

  50. 19km remaining from 160km

    17:13:27 CEST

    The gap is now only 1:30.

  51. 17:14:24 CEST

    Hansen has now been caught by the peloton.

  52. 17:16:15 CEST

    Technical problems for RadioShack's Busche.  Looks like gear problems.    Oops, somehow he ended up on the wrong side of the barrier.  How did he do that??

  53. 17:18:01 CEST

    1:02 now.

  54. 17:18:45 CEST

    The peloton weaves it way through a town, with many turns.

  55. 15km remaining from 160km

    17:19:37 CEST

    15km to go, and it is really only a matter of time until the group is caught.  Under a minute:  54 seconds.

  56. 13.5km remaining from 160km

    17:21:20 CEST

    Only 35 seconds now.

  57. 17:22:32 CEST

    WE have a new group taking off out of the peloton, three riders including Martin Velits of HTC.

  58. 17:24:52 CEST

    The other two with Velits were Marangoni (LAM), and Gavazzi (LAM). They have all been caught, though.

    Only 0ate and Podgornyy are ahead now, by only 15 seconds.

  59. 17:25:58 CEST

    Skil doing a team time trial at the end of the feld. Evidently Kittel had dropped back.

  60. 17:26:47 CEST

    Garmin-Cervelo leading the peloton with HTC-Highroad right behind them.

  61. 9km remaining from 160km

    17:27:31 CEST

    12 seconds now....

  62. 17:28:26 CEST

    And it is Highroad's turn to take the lead and push the pace as much as possible.  Not only do they want to catch the leaders, they want to keep Kittel from getting up to the front.

  63. 7km remaining from 160km

    17:29:09 CEST

    7km and six seconds.

  64. 17:29:59 CEST

    Podgornyy and Mate are doing their best to stay away.

  65. 17:30:46 CEST

    But with Bert Grabsch leading things, they have no chance and are caught with 6km to go.

  66. 17:31:32 CEST

    Now riders are trying to get away.  Cofidis' Fuchard wasn't successful, but now Anza of Vacansoleil has a small lead with 5 km to go.

  67. 17:32:37 CEST

    Skil is now up near the front of the field.  Will Kittel -- who has said he is exhausted -- still have enough power to take another mass sprint win?

  68. 3km remaining from 160km

    17:34:10 CEST

    The peloton is now traveling at 60 to 63 kmh.

  69. 2km remaining from 160km

    17:34:37 CEST

    Sagan is on Kittel's rear wheel.

  70. 17:35:16 CEST

    Highroad still putting down a blistering pace in the lead.  They have two options, John Degenkolb and Leigh Howard.

  71. 17:35:51 CEST

    Garmin-Cerveo jumps in the lead.

    Last km!

  72. 17:36:11 CEST

    This is a slightly upill finish....

  73. 17:36:24 CEST

    Around a final curve.

  74. 17:36:38 CEST

    Cancellara opens for Bennati.

  75. 17:37:01 CEST

    Sagan jumps into the lead and takes it from way out!

  76. 17:37:48 CEST

    Degenkolb is second, with third place going to Bennati.

  77. 17:38:21 CEST

    That is two stage wins here for young Peter Sagan of Liquigas.

  78. 17:38:44 CEST

    Petacchi took fourth.

  79. 17:39:52 CEST

    A group of 12 or so is just now coming in to the finish.

  80. 17:41:08 CEST

    Boonen placed sixth on the stage -- good for him! He's been having some extremely painful problems.

  81. 17:41:35 CEST

    Don't know what happened to Kittel, he wasn't in the top twenty.

  82. 17:43:01 CEST

    No changes in the GC.  Sky's  Wiggins continues to lead Sky's Froome.

  83. 17:46:52 CEST

    Here's the top ten for the stage:

    1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 4:03:01
    2 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:00:01
    3 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek
    4 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD
    5 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard
    6 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team
    7 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
    8 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team
    9 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team
    10 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

  84. 17:47:24 CEST

    And ditto for GC:

    1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 46:53:47
    2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:07
    3 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana 0:00:09
    4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:10
    5 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:00:19
    6 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:36
    7 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek 0:01:06
    8 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC 0:01:27
    9 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack 0:01:53
    10 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack 0:02:00

  85. 17:48:34 CEST

    That's it for another day.  Join us again tomorrow for some exciting climbing action!