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Vuelta a España 2012

Date range:
August 18 - September 9, 2012
  • Vuelta a España, Spain, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      16.5km
      Location
      Pamplona (TTT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      181.4km
      Start location:
      Pamplona
      End location:
      Viana
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      155.3km
      Start location:
      Faustino V
      End location:
      Arrate (Eibar)
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      160.6km
      Start location:
      Baracaldo
      End location:
      Estación de Valdezcaray
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      168km
      Location
      Logroño
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      175.4km
      Start location:
      Tarazona
      End location:
      Jaca
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      164.2km
      Start location:
      Huesca
      End location:
      Alcañiz (Motorland Aragón)
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      174.7km
      Start location:
      Lleida
      End location:
      Andorra (Collada de la Gallina)
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      196.3km
      Start location:
      Andorra
      End location:
      Barcelona
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      190km
      Start location:
      Ponteareas
      End location:
      Sanxenxo
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      39.4km
      Start location:
      Cambados
      End location:
      Pontevedra (ITT)
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      190.5km
      Start location:
      Vilagarcía de Arousa
      End location:
      Mirador de Ézaro
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      172.8km
      Start location:
      Santiago de Compostela
      End location:
      Ferrol
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      149.2km
      Start location:
      Palas de Rei
      End location:
      Puerto de Ancares
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      186.5km
      Start location:
      La Robla
      End location:
      Lagos de Covadonga
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      183.5km
      Start location:
      Gijón
      End location:
      Valgrande-Pajares (Cuitu Negru)
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      187.3km
      Start location:
      Santander
      End location:
      Fuente Dé
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      204.5km
      Start location:
      Aguilar de Campoo
      End location:
      Valladolid
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      178.4km
      Start location:
      Peñafiel
      End location:
      La Lastrilla
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      170.7km
      Start location:
      La Faisanera (Golf Segovia)
      End location:
      Bola del Mundo
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      115km
      Start location:
      Cercedilla
      End location:
      Madrid
  • Race history

August 31, Stage 13: Santiago de Compostela - Ferrol 172.8km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

The last sprint stage for a while. Will anyone be able to challenge John Degenkolb?

  1. 15:09:20 CEST

    Stage 13 and on a Friday – anyone superstitious?  We doubt that John Degenkolb is. He will probably be looking for is fifth stage win here, but the other sprinters will all want to have a word to say about that!

  2. 100km remaining from 172.8km

    15:11:10 CEST

    After a nervous start the day's break group finally formed after 42km. Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack-Nissan), Thomas de Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM), Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge), Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge), Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky), Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Stephen Cummings (BMC) have built up a gap of 3:36.
     

  3. 15:20:15 CEST

    Today's 172.7km from Santiago de Compostela to Ferrol are called rolling. There are in fact no ranked climbs at all in this stage, but as always, two intermediate sprints.

  4. 15:26:25 CEST

    Here is the CN preview for this stage. 

  5. 15:30:02 CEST

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) rather easily galloped past Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) with a few hundred meters still to go yesterday, and built up his lead in the overall rankings.

    1     Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team     44:50:35      
    2     Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank     0:00:13      
    3     Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling     0:00:51      
    4     Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team     0:01:20      
    5     Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team     0:02:59      
    6     Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team     0:03:29      
    7     Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale     0:04:22      
    8     Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp     0:05:17      
    9     Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team     0:05:18      
    10     Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team     0:06:01     

  6. 87km remaining from 172.8km

    15:34:23 CEST

    The gap had steaded in at just under four minutes, but with Argos Shimano and Lotto Belisol leading the way, it has fallen to 3:15. 

    The stage is about half done now.

  7. 15:38:49 CEST

    That stage win also put Rodriguez atop the points ranking, with Contador moving into second and former leader Degenkolb dropping to third.

    1     Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team     119     pts
    2     Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team     106      
    3     John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano     103      
    4     Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank     86      
    5     Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling     79      
    6     Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan     66      
    7     Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat     57      
    8     Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team     55      
    9     Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale     53      
    10     Allan Davis (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge     46    

  8. 15:43:35 CEST

    The lead group has now passed through the first intermediate sprint, with De Gendt taking the points ahead of Viviani and Gerdemann.

  9. 15:47:30 CEST

    Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) leads the mountains ranking, just barely ahead of Rodriguez.

    1     Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team     22     pts
    2     Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team     20      
    3     Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge     16      
    4     Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank     12      
    5     Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team     11      
    6     Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne     10      
    7     Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team     9      
    8     Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep     8      
    9     Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling     7      
    10     Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia     5      

     

  10. 15:49:42 CEST

    And it will probably be no surprise that Rodrigez also leads the combination ranking.

    1     Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team     4     pts
    2     Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team     7      
    3     Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank     10      
    4     Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling     17      
    5     Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale     36      
    6     Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team     45      
    7     Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team     79      
    8     Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team     79      
    9     Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural     84      
    10     Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge     99     

  11. 15:53:41 CEST

    Rabobank is the top team.

         Rabobank Cycling Team     134:06:59      
    2     Sky Procycling     0:02:55      
    3     AG2R La Mondiale     0:03:40      
    4     Movistar Team     0:03:49      
    5     Katusha Team     0:06:44      
    6     Euskaltel - Euskadi     0:08:22      
    7     Astana Pro Team     0:14:43      
    8     Lampre - ISD     0:14:51      
    9     Radioshack - Nissan     0:15:25      
    10     Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team     0:16:50    
     

  12. 70km remaining from 172.8km

    15:57:01 CEST

    Just to keep you up to date: 70 km to go and a gap of 3:14.

  13. 15:59:39 CEST

    Looking at the other end of things, Orica-GreenEdge is the lowest ranked team, nearly two hours down. And Joost Van Leijen is the last ranked rider, and he is over two hours down, at 2:21.41.

  14. 16:01:18 CEST

    189 riders were at the start today.  Haydon Roulston of RadioShack-Nissan and Morris Possoni (Lampre-ISD) did not start.

  15. 16:03:36 CEST

    Everyone has gone through the feed zone and the gap has dropped to just under three minutes.

  16. 16:05:53 CEST

    • Rabobank Cycling Team's 2012 Jersey

    Happy Birthday today to Matti Breschel, who has turned 28! He is with Rabobank this year, but the question of where he will ride in 2013 is still unanswered.

  17. 16:10:49 CEST

    Andrew Talansky of Garmin-Sharp got the stage off with a bang – he punctured after only 500 meters.

  18. 59km remaining from 172.8km

    16:11:38 CEST

    59km to go and the gap is down to 2:19. It is another gorgeous day today, sunny and not too hot.

  19. 16:13:07 CEST

    Only nine riders have left the race so far, and they are from nine different teams.

  20. 16:14:22 CEST

    More lovely landscape today, the ocean on one side and the mountains in the background.

  21. 16:17:11 CEST

    • Movistar Team's 2012 Jersey

    Alejandro Valverde doesn't have to win this Vuelta, just being anywhere on the podium would be fine with him.  He is currently fourth overall.

  22. 16:19:05 CEST

    Before the stage today, Former world champion Alessandro Ballan said: “It’s a very nice place for a start of a stage. There are a lot of people watching. Cycling is great in Spain. I’m here to prepare for the world championship. I’m a really good shape. But this race is closed and it’s not easy at all to break away. I think there will be some possibilities in the third week, not before.”

  23. 16:21:11 CEST

    This lead group is still working well together, but they don't really stand a chance. The sprinters are too jealous of their few opportunities to give one away.

  24. 16:24:26 CEST

    Nacer Bouhanni has just abandoned the race. The French champion said earlier today,“Yesterday I got caught in the crash with Zandio and Possoni but I fell on a slow motion. My knee hurt my handlebar and I feel it a bit now. I hope it’ll be all right because I recover really and I know that today my team-mates will do a perfect job to lead me out.”

  25. 16:28:16 CEST

    There is no end to the news about Lance Armstrong. The French Cycling Federation kicked in with its opinion on things, and the USADA denied claims that witnesses had been bought off.

  26. 16:31:04 CEST

    Rabobank veteran Grischa Niermann falls back to the team car to stock up on fresh drinks for the guys.

  27. 16:33:33 CEST

    Argos-Shimano is still leading the charge. Degenkolb wants that next win!

  28. 16:36:44 CEST

    The biggest news, however, comes from Tyler Hamilton's soon-to-be-published book, in which he claims Armstrong provided him with EPO, says that Armstrong threatened him, and that Bjarne Riis introduced him to Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes.

    Riis has denied Hamilton's charges, saying he has never met Fuentes. 

  29. 16:38:35 CEST

    It is always astonishing to see the fans standing in the street as the field approaches, only to realize that the riders take up the whole road, and that they have to move back....

  30. 40km remaining from 172.8km

    16:40:20 CEST

    40km to go, and the gap is going down ever so slightly, now at 2:06.

  31. 16:42:32 CEST

    At least we are seeing lots of fans along the way. We don't always see that at this race.

  32. 16:44:30 CEST

    All eyes are on John Degenkolb today. The German has already won four bunch sprints out of four and he needs to win more as he has lost the lead in the points classification to ‘Purito’ Rodriguez. “My goal today is to get the green jersey back”, he said. “I’ll do everything for that. People tell me about winning for the fifth time to equal Cavendish at the Tour de France but I don’t have that in mind at all. You can’t compare Tour and Vuelta.”

  33. 36km remaining from 172.8km

    16:45:49 CEST

    With 36km to go, the gap has dropped to below two minutes.

  34. 16:47:17 CEST

    At the end of the field, Philippe Gilbert has called for a new bidon.

  35. 16:50:05 CEST

    Half of the Lotto-Belisol team is down with a virus. That’s why Joost van Leijen finished last yesterday. Sprinter Gianni Meersman seems to be in a better health than most of his team-mate. “Hopefully there’ll be a bunch sprint finish but we won’t be able to help Argos-Shimano to pull behind a breakaway”, said Olivier Kaisen who is himself affected by the virus.

  36. 16:54:01 CEST

    Lotto has now moved into the lead work, ahead of Argos.

  37. 29km remaining from 172.8km

    16:55:54 CEST

    The gap held steady around two minutes, but now is down to 1:47

  38. 16:58:58 CEST

    A long, low bridge here.  Could be some wind.  Will we see echelons when the peltoon is here?

  39. 17:01:20 CEST

    Cofidis’ sprinter Leonardo Duque said: “There aren’t many successful breakaway at the Vuelta but today I strongly believe that it won’t be a bunch sprint.”

    We think he is wrong.

  40. 17:02:26 CEST

    Yes, it looks like the wind has had an effect.  We see a gap forming in the field. We will try to find out if all the top names and top sprinters are in the first group.

  41. 23km remaining from 172.8km

    17:03:37 CEST

    AT the 23 km marker, the gap is down to 1:08.

  42. 17:04:54 CEST

    We just saw an Argos rider drop off the back of the second field. One less helper for Degenkolb. Last year's winner CCobo is also in that lagging field, as is Dani Moreno.

  43. 17:05:53 CEST

    That group has about 20-30 riders in it, so much of the field is still together.

  44. 21km remaining from 172.8km

    17:07:04 CEST

    The gap is now under one minute  57 seconds, to be exact.

  45. 17:08:05 CEST

    Just a reminder, the escape group consists of Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack-Nissan), Thomas de Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM), Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge), Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge), Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky), Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Stephen Cummings (BMC).  They got away at km 42.

  46. 17:09:27 CEST

    The group chasing the peloton looks to have fallen apart.  Six riders, including two Astana plus Cobo are still pretty far back.

  47. 17:12:54 CEST

    Bingen Fernandez, DS of Garmin-Sharp: “We have three sprinters: Michel Kreder who is better on flat finishes, his brother Raymond and Koldo Fernandez can sprint in false flat finishes. We’re speaking about sprinters today but there’s a high chance of breakaway to succeed. Only Orica and Argos will control but if about ten riders go clear, their task will be almost impossible. I’m not sure they’ll manage to let a small group go.”
     

  48. 17:14:02 CEST

    The riders are away from the coast but the wind is still there. The lead group is going up a climb on a very rolling section.  One of them could perhaps try to take off and go for the win -- or not....

  49. 17:16:01 CEST

    AS we said, the course has left the coast and the towns, and is now out in a rural area, with fields, forests, and so on. And wind.

  50. 13km remaining from 172.8km

    17:18:28 CEST

    The gap is holding steady, at just around a minute.

    Mikel Astarloza of Euskaltel had a mechanical problem, and had to stop for a new bike.

  51. 17:19:33 CEST

    Astarloza now has to watch all the team cars pull past him.

  52. 17:20:21 CEST

    Just as the leaders must have thought they have a chance to stay away, the gap drops again. With 12km to go, it is around the 40 second mark.

  53. 17:21:51 CEST

    They are now slogging their way up one of the final small climbs of the day.

  54. 17:22:43 CEST

    Astana's Tiralongo got impatient and pushed the speed of the field. A few riders straggling off the front now, we will try to get the names.

  55. 17:23:56 CEST

    10km to go and 27 seconds. The chasing field is all together, but strung out single file, flying along. Degenkolb has even moved to eh front of things. But now another Astana rider takes off.

  56. 17:25:57 CEST

    Three riders with a small gap now, actually not so small a gap. We surely would like to know who they are.... Kashechkin, Moreno and an Orica-GreenEdge.

  57. 17:27:01 CEST

    The Orica-GreenEdge rider is Steegmans.

  58. 17:28:24 CEST

    The lead group has 31 seconds over the three chasers, with the field another 9 seconds back.

    And yes, Steegmans isn't on Orica-GreenEdge, we know....

  59. 17:29:11 CEST

    Gerdemann has taken off out of the lead group and Cummings goes with him. 5km to go.

  60. 17:30:14 CEST

    The chase trio still has a small lead over the field. The lead group is together again.

  61. 17:31:13 CEST

    4km for the lead group and they still have about 30 seconds. The group is not working at the moment.  Cummings takes off again.

  62. 17:31:32 CEST

    43 seconds, in fact.  They might just make it!

  63. 17:31:53 CEST

    Cummings pulls away and sweeps his way around a roundabout.

  64. 17:32:31 CEST

    The others are giving serious chase, though.  Two rider are approaching him, one looks like Gerdemann.

  65. 17:33:15 CEST

    Two km and Gerdemann and another are about to catch Cummings.

  66. 17:33:31 CEST

    Contador, Mollema, near the head of the peloton.

  67. 17:34:18 CEST

    Cummings charges along towards the finsh, passing under the 1 km marker. Gerdemann and Cam Meyer realize they won't catch him.

  68. 17:35:00 CEST

    So no sprint today! A British solo victory for Cummings, the second stage win for BMC!

  69. 17:36:00 CEST

    Degenkolb is near the front of the peloton as it crosses the finish line.  He would be looking to pick up as many points as possible.

  70. 17:37:36 CEST

    That was the black kit of Sky, not the black kit of RadioShack. So Flecha and not Gerdemann. We are still wiating to hear which of them took second.

  71. 17:40:11 CEST

    Meyer took second place ahead of Flecha, both of them at 4 seconds. Gerdemann and Co. came in at 14 seconds, with the peloton at 40 seconds.

  72. 17:41:40 CEST

    The sprinters won't be happy. They gave away one of their few remaining chances today.

  73. 17:42:51 CEST

    Top ten for the stage:

    1  Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team  4:05:02  
    2  Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge  0:00:04  
    3  Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling      
    4  Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge  0:00:14  
    5  Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan      
    6  Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team      
    7  John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano  0:00:40  
    8  Allan Davis (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge      
    9  Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling      
    10  Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

  74. 17:43:34 CEST

    And top ten in the GC, looks like no changes:

    [8/31/12 5:42:37 PM] Peter Hymas: 1  Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team  48:56:17  
    2  Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  0:00:13  
    3  Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling  0:00:51  
    4  Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team  0:01:20  
    5  Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  0:02:59  
    6  Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team  0:03:29  
    7  Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  0:04:22  
    8  Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp  0:05:17  
    9  Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  0:05:18  
    10  Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  0:06:01

  75. 17:44:40 CEST

    Look for quite a few different kinds of stages coming up, as the race returns to the mountains over the weekend!

    Thanks for joining us and be sure to return for all the upcoming climbing!