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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

August 25, Stage 6: Úbeda - Córdoba 185.7km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

It's another hot day, as the peloton takes on 193 “lumpy” kilometers, with a cat. 2 climb only 20 km from the finish.

  1. 15:02:41 CEST

    Hello and welcome back to the Vuelta. It is hot again today.  And despite the rolling course, a mass sprint is expected later on in Cordoba.

  2. 94.7km remaining from 185.7km

    15:06:25 CEST

    • Attack

    With107 km to go, we have a break group of four with an 8:11 gap over the field. Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis), Adrián Palomares (Andalucia-Caja Granada), Martin Kohler (BMC) and Yukihiro Doi (Skil-Shimano) got away 70 km into the stage.

  3. 15:11:28 CEST

    There have already been two abandons today.  The first was Rabobank's Matti Breschel, who crashed in the neutralized section of the stage, cutting his chin and suffering a lot of road rash.  He is off to hospital for x-rays. The other abandon was Nicolas Vogondy of Cofidis.

  4. 15:14:27 CEST

    • Feed

    The four leaders have just passed through the feed zone.

  5. 15:20:03 CEST

    The race got off to a very active start, with lots of groups trying to get away.  Leader Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) and third-ranked Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) were amongst those who gave it a shot, but not surprisingly, they were not allowed to go.
     

  6. 15:22:20 CEST

    110 km into the stage, Leopard Trek and Garmin-Cervelo have combined to lead the chase and bring the gap down to 6:25.

  7. 15:27:40 CEST

    Happy Birthday today to Domink Nerz.  The German riding for Liquigas has turned 22.

  8. 72.7km remaining from 185.7km

    15:31:40 CEST

    Liquigas and Quick Step have joined in the chase, and the gap is down to 5:56.

  9. 15:36:26 CEST

    Palomares is the highest-ranked of the group.  The 35-year-old – and therefore the oldest in the grop – is 162nd overall.  He doesn't have any victories this year, but in his career has won the Trofeo Joaquim Agostinho as well as stages at the GP Correios de Portugal, the Tour of Britain and the Regio-Tour.

     

  10. 15:41:05 CEST

    • Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne's 2011 Jersey

    Saramotins is a four-time national road champion in Latvia, having won the title in 2005, 2006,2007 and 2010.  He is 29.

  11. 15:42:49 CEST

    The gap continues to fall and is now exactly five minutes.  But with a temperature of 34° Celsius, is that a surprise?

  12. 15:44:15 CEST

    That's about 93°F, for those of you in the US.

  13. 15:48:29 CEST

    Kohler is 26 years old and the youngest in the group.  He is currently the Swiss national time trial champion.

  14. 15:52:15 CEST

    Not many spectators at this point.  None, in fact.  Actually we seem to be going through a orchard. 

  15. 15:53:30 CEST

    The leaders go through a village, with fans there rooting them on.

  16. 15:57:26 CEST

    Doi has the honour of being the first Japanese to ride the Vuelta.  He is 27 and has been riding for Shimano since 2004.

  17. 16:04:37 CEST

    Is this a stage for Oscar Freire?  “The finale is very hard”, he said. “For sure, a breakaway will make it till the end. I’m getting better and better every day. I woke up with less pain this morning. If I was in good shape, it would be a good race for me, but it’s not the case. I’m not well yet.”

  18. 45km remaining from 185.7km

    16:07:37 CEST

    The gap continues to come down and isnot under four minutes, at 3:45.

  19. 16:09:42 CEST

    Kurt-Asle Arvesen of Team Sky has just abandoned.  He was in a horrifying crash yesterday, when he ran into a child who ran onto the road.  The child was not seriously injured.

    Arvesen suffered bruises and lacerations, but it must have been enough to make it impossible to continue.

  20. 16:11:29 CEST

    And Johan Tschopp of BMC throws in the towel as well and gives up.

  21. 16:13:11 CEST

    Rabobank's teammate and fellow Spanaird Luis Leon Sanchez had this to say:  “I won’t try to win even though the end of the stage is adapted to my characteristics. For now, I’m staying covered in the middle of the bunch. I think that a breakaway will win today.”

  22. 40km remaining from 185.7km

    16:14:23 CEST

    The gap is plummeting now, down to 2:29.

  23. 16:18:49 CEST

    Yesterday’s winner Joaquim Rodriguez admitted that Katusha celebrated the two consecutive stage wins but his parents didn’t attend the party. “They are in between watching the race and visiting family, as my mum is from Andalucia”, said the Catalan rider. “Today’s stage will not have any
    influence on GC but like every day, I’ll have to be careful of not losing any time.”

  24. 16:19:32 CEST

    Well, maybe a break group will make it away to the end today, but it sure won't be this group.  The gap is now under two minutes, with 37km to go.

  25. 16:22:08 CEST

    Eros Capecchi (Liquigas) gave his prediction for the day: “This is a stage for Daniele Bennati, Peter Sagan, Oscar Freire or Matti Breschel to win. Also Tom Boonen could, even though he pulled yesterday.”

  26. 16:23:50 CEST

    Leopard Trek has done much of the chase work, and why?  Because Daniele Bennati wants to win today.  “I know the final hill because we’ve done it two years ago. It’s not easy but it’s also not impossible for me to win. Our team Leopard-Trek won’t ride at the beginning of the stage but later on, it’s an option if we feel that I can win. I want to win, that’s for sure.”

  27. 16:25:35 CEST

    Some had said that today was a stage for Peter Sagan, and the Liquigas rider sort of agrees  He's not really feeling as good as he should, “But I keep at the back of my mind that a stage win is a possibility today.”

  28. 16:27:03 CEST

    Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) hopes to keep his red jersey for a couple of days.  “Yesterday I was scared of the finish, today I’m not”, he said. “Later in the Vuelta, I’ll look for being far down on GC, and then I’ll be able to go for the stage victory that I want so much.”

  29. 32km remaining from 185.7km

    16:27:59 CEST

    The gap is down to a minute, and Kohler takes his chance.  He attacks out of the group.  He is Swiss national time trial champ, so he might be able to pull it off.

  30. 16:28:32 CEST

    Kohler takes the final intermediate sprint, followed by Palomares.

  31. 16:30:10 CEST

    Kohler still has 57 seconds on the peloton.

  32. 16:31:37 CEST

    Vicente Reynes (Omega Pharma-Lotto) said that he would try again after coming second to Chris Sutton at Playas de Orihuela on Sunday. “It can be today”, he confirmed. “There are two options for winning today: breakaway or sprints. I might try both but I won’t ask the team to work for that all day because our priority is to protect Van den Broeck on GC.” !

  33. 16:32:00 CEST

    Saromatins and Doi have been caught by the field.

  34. 16:33:22 CEST

    Cancellara has done much of the lead of the chase work and now drops back. All the way to the back of the field.

  35. 27km remaining from 185.7km

    16:34:14 CEST

    Only 15 seconds now for Kohler.

  36. 16:35:51 CEST

    The break is over.  Kohler has just been caught.

  37. 16:37:20 CEST

    Don't forget, we still have a climb today.  The Alto del Catorce por ciento is where they are right now.  It is a category two climb, with a gradient of up to 14 percent.

  38. 16:39:05 CEST

    The climb is enough to start dropping a number of riders off the back already.

  39. 16:40:35 CEST

    Leopard Trek continues to pull the peloton along.

  40. 16:44:09 CEST

    Enrico Gasparotto (Astana)  is another fast man tipped as a favourite for today. “I believe in a breakaway to succeed, so I want to be part of it”, he said. “We need to read the race well. We also have a mission for protecting Fredrik Kessiakoff who can do well on GC.”

  41. 16:44:37 CEST

    The next attack:  who else but David Moncoutie of Cofidis?  He wants those points towards the mountain jersey.

  42. 16:46:07 CEST

    11% gradient at the moment, and HTC-Columbia's Degenkolb is not finding it easy going.

  43. 16:46:39 CEST

    Moncoutie of course has no problem with it and is zipping right along.

  44. 16:48:24 CEST

    Leopard Trek has pulled the field along most of the day and is now pullilng them up the cimb.

    Moncoutie has a nice little lead here.

  45. 16:49:04 CEST

    Tony Martin of HTC-Columbia is the next to attack!

  46. 16:50:54 CEST

    Moncoutie has taken the mountain points, with Martin second. Martin has now been joined by another rider, and they are within sight of Moncoutie.

    It is De la Fuente of Geox.

  47. 16:51:51 CEST

    The three are now together and have in fact been joined by Kevin Seeldrayers of Quick Step.

  48. 17km remaining from 185.7km

    16:53:40 CEST

    Only 10 seconds for this group.

  49. 16:55:52 CEST

    The gap is now up to 18 seconds.

  50. 16:57:06 CEST

    Will this group get through and spoil the sprinters' plans?  We think Martin would have a good chance....

  51. 15km remaining from 185.7km

    16:58:21 CEST

    Leopard Trek has finally dropped out of the lead work, with Liquigas and Movistar moving up.

    Of course, as we write that, a Leopard Trek riders moves to the front.

    Now 20 seconds.

  52. 12km remaining from 185.7km

    17:02:01 CEST

    Lastras tries to get away from the field and builds a small gap.

  53. 17:02:29 CEST

    Martin is doing a turn on the descent.

  54. 17:02:49 CEST

    Only 10 seconds now for the small group.

  55. 17:05:35 CEST

    A group of seven or eight has given chase and is only five seconds behind the group.

  56. 17:06:29 CEST

    The four have been caught.

  57. 17:07:53 CEST

    Liquigas is now leading the way down this dangerous descent.

    Looks like a group of 12-15 riders all strung out in the lead.

  58. 17:09:01 CEST

    Sagan is leading them.

    The field has blasted apart into many little groups.

  59. 17:09:53 CEST

    There are now four riders in the lead, followed by several small groups.

  60. 17:10:22 CEST

    Let's make that five in the lead group, four Liquigas including Nibali, plus Lastras.

  61. 17:10:56 CEST

    Chavanel sees his leader's jersey being endangered and gives chase.

  62. 17:11:48 CEST

    He is together with Martin and Joaquim Rodriguez  in the first chase group, about 10 seconds back.

  63. 17:12:24 CEST

    The next group is another 9 seconds behind them.

  64. 17:12:38 CEST

    AT the 1km marker, two Liquigas riders attack!

  65. 17:12:52 CEST

    The five together again.

  66. 17:13:21 CEST

    nibali leads out, followed by Sagan

  67. 17:13:37 CEST

    Sagan takes it, for his first Vuelta stage win.

  68. 17:14:02 CEST

    Chavanel crosses the line at 16 seconds, so he should hold on to his lead.

  69. 17:15:05 CEST

    What a coup by Liquigas!  The four riders got away on the descent and managed to stay away and take the win.

  70. 17:16:00 CEST

    Nibali will not be happy to miss out on the 20 bonus seconds awarded to the stage winner, but better than letting Lastras take the win.

  71. 17:16:37 CEST

    It was close, too, as Lastras was second.

  72. 17:18:55 CEST

    Chavanel does indeed hold on to the overall lead.  He is 15 seconds ahead of Moreno, with Nibali third at 16 seconds

  73. 17:21:19 CEST

    That is the biggest career win for Sagan, who is only 21.  He has had quite a year in 2011, winning the Giro di Sardegna and the Tour of Poland.

  74. 17:24:43 CEST

    Here's the top ten on the stage:

    1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale  4:38:22
    2 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team 
    3 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 
    4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 
    5 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  0:00:03
    6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek  0:00:17
    7 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team  0:00:17
    8 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team  0:00:17
    9 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  0:00:17
    10 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team  0:00:17

  75. 17:25:27 CEST

    And the GC now looks like this
     
    1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team  22:41:13
    2 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team  0:00:15
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  0:00:16
    4 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team  0:00:23
    5 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek  0:00:25
    6 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana  0:00:41
    7 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek  0:00:44
    8 Sergio Pardilla Belllón (Spa) Movistar Team  0:00:49
    9 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team  0:00:52
    10 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  0:00:57

  76. 17:27:24 CEST

    That's it for today!  Thanks for reading along and join us again tomorrow for another exciting Vuelta stage.