Vuelta a España 2011

August 20 - September 11, 2011, Benidorm, Spain, Road - HIS (Historical Calendar)

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of stage three of the Vuelta Espana from Petrer to Totana.

  1. 16:18:15 CEST

    It's another hot day in Spain for this short but intense stage. 

  2. 16:20:28 CEST

    The stage has been fast but controlled so far, with a five rider move going clear after just ten kilometres.

  3. 16:25:57 CEST

    The five breakaways opened a big gap with only Leopard Trek really interested in doing the hard work.

  4. 16:26:58 CEST

    Sadly for Edet, he was stung by an insect and has been dropped after seeing the race doctor.

  5. 16:29:42 CEST

    The race is close to the final climb of Alto de la Santa. The race is heating up and will soon be as hot as the weather.

  6. 16:30:26 CEST

    The riders are actually on the Alto del Berro, with the Alto de la Santa coming soon after that.

  7. 46km remaining from 164km

    16:31:27 CEST

    The Alto de la Santa comes just 12km from the finish.

  8. 16:32:58 CEST

    Mark Cavendish has been gapped on the Berro climb and is a little isolated. He needs some help from a teammate but HTC-Highroad lost Matt Goss yesterday due to a stomacg problem.

  9. 16:33:53 CEST

    Cavendish now how Australia's Leigh Howard with him to help set the pace on the climb.

  10. 16:34:49 CEST

    Stuart O'Grady is now on the front setting a good pace to help Bennati hold onto his red race elader's jersey.

  11. 16:38:06 CEST

    The climb eases and the peloton starts the descent. The breakaway riders are already diving down the road.

  12. 40km remaining from 164km

    16:40:24 CEST

    Leopard Trek has five riders on the front of the peloton. They will have to work hard all the way to the finish if they want to catch the break.

  13. 16:41:33 CEST

    The descent is snaking through the trees, testing the riders' descending skills.

  14. 16:43:01 CEST

    Markel Irizar Aranburu (Team RadioShack) was first over the Berro climb. Ruslan Podgornyy (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) was second, with Sylvain Chavanel (Quickstep Cycling Team) third.

  15. 16:44:29 CEST

    The gap is falling quickly but it's not sure if the break will be caught. Chavanel is surely to go on the attack on the last climb in the hope of getting away alone. however Lastras is always a tough rider to crack.

  16. 32km remaining from 164km

    16:49:31 CEST

    The gap is down to 4:10 now.

  17. 32km remaining from 164km

    16:49:33 CEST

    The gap is down to 4:10 now.

  18. 16:51:21 CEST

    Riders are gradually getting back onto the peloton after the fast descent.

  19. 30km remaining from 164km

    16:52:46 CEST

    • Crash



  20. 16:52:58 CEST

    There is a Garmin rider down.

  21. 16:53:45 CEST

    The Garmibn rider is Christophe Le Mevel. He's limping and is in pain.

  22. 16:54:47 CEST

    Yury Trofimov (Katusha Team) went down first and Le Mevel hit him and landed on his hip at speed. 

  23. 16:55:11 CEST

    Fortunately they were the only two invovled amnd both are back on their bikes.

  24. 16:58:06 CEST

    Cavendish is in a chase group. He has little chance of getting back on but will surely have problem making it to the finish, despite the heat.

  25. 16:59:02 CEST

    Lampre-ISD and Team Sky are now on the front, perhaps hoping their sprinters can make it over the final climb and contest the sprint.

  26. 24km remaining from 164km

    17:02:03 CEST

    The peloton seems to have lost interest in chasing the quartet.

  27. 17:04:03 CEST

    The break is going through the finish area and fighting for the intermediate sprint.

  28. 17:07:33 CEST

    Here comes the peloton and the time gap is exactly 3:46.

  29. 17:08:58 CEST

    Team Sky is on the front, carefully keeping Bradley Wiggins out of trouble.

  30. 17:11:05 CEST

    The quartet is pushing on, with Chavanel doing the most work. If they stay away, he will take the red leader's jersey from Bennati.

  31. 17:13:25 CEST

    Lastras is actually better placed overall than Chavanel by a single second but Chavanel wil lbe hoping to take the jersey and gain as much time as possible so he can hold it for as long as possible.

  32. 17:16:03 CEST

    Wiggins is in second place as the peloton begins the final climb.

  33. 17:17:29 CEST

    Riders are being dropped from the back of the peloton now. Stage 2 winner Chris Sutton (Team sky) has been dropped too.

  34. 13km remaining from 164km

    17:20:04 CEST

    The gap is coming down to close to 2 minutes but the four will surely stay away.

  35. 17:20:48 CEST

    The big name GC riders are all massing on the front of the peloton.

  36. 17:23:44 CEST

    Bennati has beendistanced and has surely lost his red jersey now.

  37. 17:24:20 CEST

    The four breakaways are now attacking each other, with Lastras gonig clear over the top of the climb.

  38. 17:24:58 CEST

    Lastras is diving down the descent, cutting corners at speed.

  39. 17:26:11 CEST

    Nibali, Scarponi, Brajkovic, Wiggins and Anton are all there, looking at each otehr and testing each others form.

  40. 17:27:14 CEST

    It's going to be a super fast dive to the finish in Totana.

  41. 17:27:45 CEST

    Lastras looks very good and is totally committed to making his attack work.

  42. 6km remaining from 164km

    17:31:19 CEST

    Lastras has victory in his sights. The three chasers don't have the legs to close the gap.

  43. 17:32:11 CEST

    The Movistar team is trying to break up the chase in the peloton, so that Lastras gains as much time as possible.

  44. 17:32:47 CEST

    Chavanel did a big turn and reduced the gap slightly but the other two riders seem unwilling to do their share.

  45. 17:33:06 CEST

    Lastras is tucked over the bars, trying to get as aero as possible.

  46. 17:33:42 CEST

    Chavanel does a big turn again and chips another two seconds off the gap.

  47. 17:34:45 CEST

    Lastras shakes his legs before a sweeping right turn. He accelerates again, touching 50km/h.

  48. 2km remaining from 164km

    17:35:41 CEST

    The trio are not convinced they can catch him.

  49. 17:36:49 CEST

    Lastras looks fast and smooth while the three begin to think about second place.

  50. 1km remaining from 164km

    17:37:52 CEST

    The gap is widening. Lastras will soon be able to celebrate winning the stage and taking the red leader's jersey.

  51. 17:38:34 CEST

    Lastras waves to the sky and gestures emotionally as he crosses the line.

  52. 17:39:00 CEST

    Chavanel takes the sperint for second but has missed out on the glory. 

  53. 17:39:42 CEST

    Lastras was only 14 seconds down overall and so takes the jersey from Bennati.

  54. 17:40:21 CEST

    Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) brings the peloton home but almost two minutes down on Lastras.

  55. 17:41:08 CEST

    The veteran spanish domestique will have a significant lead and could hold the race lead for several days if his team want to work to achieve that goal.

  56. 17:41:27 CEST

    A second chase group finishes three minutes back.

  57. 17:48:53 CEST

    Lastras dedicated his victory to Xavier Tondo, Wouter Weylandt and the serioyusly injured Mauricio Soler.

  58. 17:49:27 CEST

    Lastras leads Chavanel by 20 seconds in provisional results, with Irizar third overall at 1:08.

  59. 17:50:07 CEST

    First Vuelta leader Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard Trek) is fifth at 1:55.

  60. 17:53:59 CEST

    Provisional results:

    1 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
    2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team
    3 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack
    4 Ruslan Pydgornyy (Ukr) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
    5 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale

    General classification after stage 3
    1 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
    2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:00:20
    3 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack 0:01:08
    4 Ruslan Pydgornyy (Ukr) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:01:25
    5 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:01:55

  61. 17:57:03 CEST

    That's it for today's live coverage of the Vuelta Espana. join us tomorrow for Stage four from Baza to Sierra Nevada. The 170km stage includes an early climb and ends with a Cat 1 finish on the Sierra Nevada. It wil lbe the first real mountain stage of this year's race.

  62. 17:57:38 CEST

    We'll have a full report, results and a gallery of images very soon on

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