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Vuelta a España 2014

Date range:
August 23 - September 14
  • Vuelta a España, Spain, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      12.6km
      Location
      Jerez de la Frontera (TTT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      174.4km
      Start location:
      Algeciras
      End location:
      San Fernando
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      197.8km
      Start location:
      Cádiz
      End location:
      Arcos de la Frontera
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      164.7km
      Start location:
      Mairena del Alcor
      End location:
      Córdoba
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      180km
      Start location:
      Priego de Cordoba
      End location:
      Ronda
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      167.7km
      Start location:
      Benalmádena
      End location:
      Cumbres Verdes (La Zubia)
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      169km
      Start location:
      Alhendín
      End location:
      Alcaudete
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      207km
      Start location:
      Baeza
      End location:
      Albacete
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      185km
      Start location:
      Carboneras de Guadazaón
      End location:
      Aramón Valdelinares
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      36.7km
      Start location:
      Real Monasterio de Santa María de Veruela
      End location:
      Borja (ITT)
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      153.4km
      Start location:
      Pamplona
      End location:
      San Miguel de Aralar (Navarre)
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      166.4km
      Start location:
      Logroño
      End location:
      Logroño
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      188.7km
      Start location:
      Belorado
      End location:
      Obregón. Parque de Cabárceno
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      200.8km
      Start location:
      Santander
      End location:
      La Camperona. Valle de Sábero
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      152.2km
      Start location:
      Oviedo
      End location:
      Lagos de Covadonga
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      160.5km
      Start location:
      San Martín del Rey Aurelio
      End location:
      La Farrapona. Lago de Somiedo
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      190.7km
      Start location:
      Ortigueira
      End location:
      A Coruña
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      157km
      Start location:
      A Estrada
      End location:
      Monte Castrove en Meis
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      180.5km
      Start location:
      Salvaterra de Miño
      End location:
      Cangas de Morrazo
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      185.7km
      Start location:
      Santo Estevo de Riba de Sil
      End location:
      Puerto de Ancares
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      9.7km
      Location
      Santiago de Compostela (ITT)
  • Race history

August 23, Stage 1: Jerez de la Frontera (TTT) 12.6km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Sadhbh O'Shea

Welcome to live coverage of the opening team time trial at the Vuelta a Espana.

  1. 19:29:44 CEST

    So here it is, the final Grand Tour of the year the Vuelta a Espana and we kick things off with a 12.6km evening team time trial.

  2. 19:32:52 CEST

    We're a little over 30 minutes from the start of the stage, with MTN-Qhubeka the first team to roll off the start ramp at 19:04 local time. Movistar will be the last to go at 20:28. Here are all the start times for the team time trial.

     

    1.MTN - Qhubeka19:04
    2.Cofidis19:08
    3.Team Europcar19:12
    4.Team Giant - Shimano19:16
    5.AG2R La Mondiale19:20
    6.Caja Rural - Seguros RGA19:24
    7.IAM Cycling19:28
    8.Orica GreenEdge19:32
    9.Cannondale Pro Cycling19:36
    10.FDJ.fr19:40
    11.Lampre - Merida19:44
    12.BMC Racing Team19:48
    13.Trek Factory Racing19:52
    14.Belkin Pro Cycling Team19:56
    15.Garmin Sharp20:00
    16.Lotto Belisol20:04
    17.Astana Pro Team20:08
    18.Team Katusha20:12
    19.Team SKY20:16
    20.Omega Pharma - Quick-Step20:20
    21.Tinkoff - Saxo20:24
    22.Movistar Team20:28

  3. 19:41:08 CEST

    The short 12.6 kilometre team time trial is pan flat and not too technical. World team time trial champions Omega Pharma-QuickStep, and Movistar are the clear favourites to take victory today. Find out everything you need to know about the opening stage of the Vuelta a Espana right here.

  4. 19:44:42 CEST

    It might be nearing 7pm in Jerez, but the temperature is still in the 20s and the course is currently bathed in sunshine, music to the ears of the riders.

  5. 19:51:13 CEST

    • Trek Factory Racing

    There has been a few crashes already ahead of the race. Today, almost the entire Trek Factory Racing team came down as they were exiting a roundabout during a recon of the course. Only Cancellara, Arredondo and Feillin were left unscathed. According to the team, Jungles was worst off but all nine riders will start this evening.

  6. 19:54:49 CEST

    • Team Sky

    Chris Froome also took a tumble yesterday. The Sky rider came down en route to the team time trial course. He was unhurt and denied that it will affect his mentality in the race.

  7. 19:57:17 CEST

    Profile image for TeamMTNQhubeka

    Team car on the startline... let's rock and roll already

  8. 19:59:31 CEST

    MTN-Qhubeka is raring to go in their first Grand Tour. The team has just posted this to twitter. 
  9. 20:02:55 CEST

    • Lampre Merida

    If you're not already aware, defending champion Chris Horner will not be starting the Vuelta a Espana. The American was discovered to have low cortisol levels due to the cortisone medication he used to heal his bronchitis and was pulled by his team, following the rules stipulated by the MPCC. You can read it here.

  10. 20:04:58 CEST

    MTN-Qhubeka get the Vuelta a started and set off down the start ramp.

  11. 20:06:57 CEST

    The 2014 Vuelta a Espana sees not only the strongest field of the Grand Tours this season, but one of the strongest in recent memory. Former Vuelta stage winner Robert Millar tells us who his favourites are for the red jersey in his blog.

  12. 20:08:13 CEST

    • Cofidis

    Cofidis is next off and the riders are now getting ready on the ramp. There are four minute intervals between each of the 22 teams.

  13. 20:09:58 CEST

    Cofidis has an interest in the general classification in Daniel Navarro. The Spaniard used to ride as a domestique for Alberto Contador but moved to Cofidis last season. He abandoned the Tour de France on stage 13.

  14. 20:11:54 CEST

    Europcar are all lined up on the ramp. They've got a minute to go before they start. The French team will be hoping to just get through without losing too much time.

  15. 20:12:49 CEST

    Dan Craven makes his Grand Tour debut. The Nambian is all beard and helmet. This is a big moment for him.

  16. 20:14:31 CEST

    • MTN-Qhubeka

    MTN is the only team through the first check point. They completed the first 6.5km in a time of 7:18

  17. 20:16:42 CEST

    Movistar will be the last team to leave the start this evening. The Spanish team comes with Giro d'Italia champion Nairo Quintana and 2009 Vuelta champion Alejandro Valverde. Quintana is the big favourite for victory, but he says the pressure is on his rivals and not him.

  18. 20:17:45 CEST

    • Giant-Shimano

    Giant-Shimano are the next ream to go. They smooth as they pick their way through the corners at the start.

  19. 20:18:52 CEST

    It is a young team and American duo Chad Haga and Lawson Craddock are making their Grand Tour debut with the team.

  20. 20:19:25 CEST

    MTN is the first team to finish in a time of 14:42. They finish with 6 riders.

  21. 20:20:56 CEST

    Cofidis has gone through the first time check six seconds down on MTN-Qhubeka. AG2R-La Mondiale begin their team time trial.

  22. 20:22:02 CEST

    AG2R-La Mondiale has Carlos Betancur as their team leader. The Colombian doesn't look totally race ready with pictures showing him with a few extra pounds around the middle.

  23. 20:23:03 CEST

    Europcar is the next team to go through the check at 6.5km and they trail MTN by a huge 21 seconds. Not a great start for the French team.

  24. 20:23:49 CEST

    Cofidis finish in a time of 15:04, which is 22 seconds down on MTN who hold the lead.

  25. 20:25:42 CEST

    Caja Rural is now on the road.

  26. 20:27:08 CEST

    Caja Rural has two stage winners in their team with Luis Leon Sanchez and David Arroyo.

  27. 20:27:55 CEST

    Europcar look very ragged as they cross the line in a time of 15:16.

  28. 20:28:44 CEST

    IAM Cycling head down the start ramp. What can they do today?

  29. 20:30:23 CEST

    MTN-Qhubeka is unlikely to hold onto the lead today, but if they do it will be Daniel Teklahaimanot in the red jersey. He crossed the line first. The Eritrean is one of the few MTN riders who has ridden a Grand Tour.

  30. 20:31:14 CEST

    Giant-Shimano continues to look strong with five riders remaining as they cross the line. They beat MTN by 13 seconds with a time of 14:29.

  31. 20:32:51 CEST

    Orica-GreenEdge are on their way.

  32. 20:33:59 CEST

    The Australian team will be targeting the GC for the first time with Esteban Chaves. They're also looking to take stage wins with Michael Matthews. They don't have their strongest time trial team, so this could be interesting.

  33. 20:35:54 CEST

    AG2R-La Mondiale is the next team to complete the course. They went through the first time check 8 seconds down on Giant-Shimano. They lose time in the second half and finish with a time of 14:46.

  34. 20:38:23 CEST

    • Cannondale

    Cannondale begin their final grand tour, with the team set to disbandon at the end of the season. Peter Sagan is back at the Vuelta and looking for stage victories.

  35. 20:39:45 CEST

    Giant-Shimano continues to lead the way as Caja Rural complete the course in a time of 15:01. It's a respectable time for the Spanish team.

  36. 20:40:47 CEST

    FDJ are under way.

  37. 20:41:35 CEST

    The team stick to the smooth surface on the side of the road and avoid the cobbles that dominate the early part of the course.

  38. 20:42:19 CEST

    Orica-GreenEdge go through the first check point a single second faster that Giant Shimano, however there are splits in the team and the front group has to slow down.

  39. 20:44:11 CEST

    FDJ has Nacer Bouhanni and Thibaut Pinot as their leaders. Pinot missed some pre-Vuelta training as he was feeling tired. However, when he spoke to Cyclingnews ahead of the race he said he was happy with his form.

     

    "I had a pleasant four weeks since the Tour but I’m happy to be back racing at the Vuelta. A stage win would be nice and maybe the mountains jersey is something to aim at, although there are a lot of strong riders here. The biggest difficulties come primarily after the first rest day and the time trial."

  40. 20:45:16 CEST

    As Lampre-Merida start, Cannondale go the first check in a time of 6:59, 7 seconds faster than GreenEdge. They're on a mission.

  41. 20:46:20 CEST

    IAM Cycling are the seventh team to finish 24 seconds down on Giant.

  42. 20:46:55 CEST

    Despite losing Chris Horner days before the race, Lampre do start with nine men.

  43. 20:47:55 CEST

    Orica-GreenEdge make up for their troubles mid-stage and cross with the fastest time, 10 seconds quicker than Giant-Shimano.

  44. 20:49:10 CEST

    BMC are now on the road. They will be looking for a good result today to keep Cadel Evans and Samuel Sanchez in GC contention.

  45. 20:50:44 CEST

    Cyclingnews spoke to Cadel Evans about who he thought were the big favourites ahead of the race. Here is what he had to say:  "Despite his inexperience, I think Quintana is the number one guy for the win and then there are guys like Froome and Contador although we don’t know how they’ve recovered from their injuries. I wouldn’t discount either of them."

  46. 20:51:28 CEST

    Cannondale lost a little time in the second half, but they still beat Orica-GreenEdge by 0.01 of a second.

  47. 20:52:45 CEST

    The VUelta a Espana is the first race in BMC colours for Rohan Dennis. The Australian made the switch after the Commonwealth Games at the beginning of this month.

  48. 20:53:36 CEST

    Trek Factory Racing are on course. It's be interesting to see how they go after suffering a big crash in training this morning.

  49. 20:55:05 CEST

    Kenny Elissonde is struggling to stick with the FDJ team, but Bouhanni comes back to make sure he stays with them.

  50. 20:56:19 CEST

    FDJ lose a huge 39 seconds on this short course. The team can still make it up in the mountains, but that's not the way they would have wanted to start.

  51. 20:58:13 CEST

    We're over half way now with Belkin the 14th team to roll down the start ramp.

  52. 20:59:22 CEST

    Robert Gesink is riding for Belkin. The Dutch rider had heart surgery at the beginning of the season. He hoped that he might ride the Tour de France, but it proved to big of an ask for him.

  53. 21:00:39 CEST

    Garmin-Sharp get going. The team are going into the race with three potential leaders in Dan Martin, Andrew Talansky and Ryder Hesjedal.

  54. 21:01:52 CEST

    Cycliingnews spoke to Talansky ahead of the race about Alberto Contador's participation in the race.

     

    "It’s definitely unexpected but Alberto has shown time and time again he’s a world class bike rider. If anybody could recover and make it to the start line of the Vuelta and even do something in the Vuelta then it’s him."

  55. 21:02:54 CEST

    Hesjedal and Martin will be the team's main leaders, with the team putting Talansky forward as a domestique. However, the American could be a potential contender.

  56. 21:04:08 CEST

    BMC makes up time in the second half of the course and cross the line in fourth place, 15 seconds down on Cannondale. The team finished with a full roster of riders.

  57. 21:04:57 CEST

    Lotto-Belisol is off the ramp and Adam Hansen begins his 10th consecutive Grand Tour.

  58. 21:05:31 CEST

    We've only got six more teams to come.

  59. 21:07:40 CEST

    Trek Factory Racing really drive it home with Cancellara at the head of the seven riders still present and they finish three seconds down on Cannondale with a time of 14:22.

  60. 21:09:07 CEST

    Astana are on their way.

  61. 21:09:51 CEST

    Garmin-Sharp is not having a good time of it. They cross the first check some 22 seconds down on Cannondale.

  62. 21:11:21 CEST

    Belkin finish with five riders, they've obviously been giving it beans. They cross the line in fifth, 13 seconds down.

  63. 21:12:16 CEST

    Dan Martin is sitting second to last at the moment in the Garmin Sharp train. He'll just be happy to finish after he crashed out in the Giro d'Italia's team time trial.

  64. 21:13:18 CEST

    Katusha is the next team to go. Like Dan Martin, Joaquim Rodríguez will be hoping for a better team time trial than he did at the Giro d'Italia when he lost a hatful of time to his rivals.

  65. 21:14:04 CEST

    We may have jinxed Katusha and they almost lose two riders right from the start. The two riders have to chase back on to the back of the team.

  66. 21:16:02 CEST

    Garmin-Sharp cross the line with six riders. They lost David Millar and Johan Vansummeren along the way. Ryder Hesjedal leads them over the line 35 seconds back on Cannondale. That's a terrible time for the team.

  67. 21:16:49 CEST

    Sky now head down the start ramp.

  68. 21:18:04 CEST

    This is Chris Froome's first race since he crashed out of the Tour de France. The Brit says that he is feeling more relaxed at the Vuelta than he did at the Tour.

  69. 21:18:47 CEST

    Katusha continues to look ragged as Caruso finally drops off the back. In contrast, Astana are looking slick at the moment.

  70. 21:19:28 CEST

    Lotto Belisol finish with five riders. It's a disappointing time at they finish 24 seconds down on Cannondale.

  71. 21:21:27 CEST

    Omega Pharma-QuickStep is off. They're favourites today, especially with Tony Martin in the team.

  72. 21:22:17 CEST

    Rigoberto Uran is looking to perform in the general classification. Cyclingnews spoke to him ahead of the stage to see what he thought of the short route.

     

    "It’s quite a technical time trial with a lot of roundabouts and section of cobblestones at the start, but we’ve got a very strong team here. When you’ve got a rider like Tony Martin in the team, it’s almost like having a guy who counts double. We’ve got a a lot of experience and the team has put a lot of work into the team time trial. The team won the world title for the past two years and it’s a discipline that we like a lot."

  73. 21:23:50 CEST

    After looking smooth earlier, Astana look much less so in the finishing straight. They finish 24 seconds down on Cannondale.

  74. 21:24:44 CEST

    A strapped up Alberto Contador gets his Vuelta underway with his Tinkoff-Saxo team. Time will tell how his knee holds up.

  75. 21:25:42 CEST

    Sky is 16 seconds down at the first check point. They will be disappointed with that.

  76. 21:27:43 CEST

    Katusha down to five riders, including Rodriguez and Moreno, at the finish. Kolobnev leads them over the line 32 seconds down on the current leaders. A bad start for the Russian team.

  77. 21:28:31 CEST

    The final team Movistar are on course and now we wait for the results to shake out.

  78. 21:29:28 CEST

    Movistar has two leaders with Quintana and Valverde. The elder of the two says that Quintana will be the favourite of the two.

  79. 21:30:13 CEST

    Sky look like they could be in trouble. They're losing a few riders now and Mikel Nieve has to chase back on.

  80. 21:30:54 CEST

    Alberto Contador looks comfortable at the moment, he is sitting in the middle of the Tinkoff-Saxo train.

  81. 21:31:58 CEST

    Sky finish with the minimum number of riders. Kiryienka leads them home 21 seconds down. This is looking increasingly good for Cannondale.

  82. 21:32:57 CEST

    Omega Pharma-QuickStep will be the next to crosss the line. They went through the first check 7 seconds down on Cannondale. Tinkoff-Saxo go through the same check a further 5 seconds back.

  83. 21:35:34 CEST

    Omega Pharma-QuickStep are on the limit as they come to the line. They've closed the gap in the second half, but they're still 5 seconds behind Cannondale and finish fourth.

  84. 21:37:35 CEST

    Only two more teams to finish now, but it looks like Cannondale will be victorious.

  85. 21:38:28 CEST

    Nairo Quintana is currently having problems keeping up the pace set by his teammates. The Colombian is hanging on the back of the line of riders.

  86. 21:39:19 CEST

    Tinkoff-Saxo come home with Alberto Contador safe. They're 13 seconds off Cannondale and that's a lot better than expected.

  87. 21:41:37 CEST

    Movistar the last team out on course. They went through the first check five seconds back on Cannondale. A win is still within their grasp.

  88. 21:43:08 CEST

    Movistar have killed it in the second half of the course and they win the stage

  89. 21:44:18 CEST

    The Spanish team made up 11 seconds in six kilometres and it looked like it was Malori who lead them over. He will be in red tomorrow.

  90. 21:45:01 CEST

    Here are the final results for today's stage:

     

    1.Movistar14' 13''
    2.Cannondale+ 6''
    3.Orica+ 6''
    4.Trek+ 9''
    5.Omega+ 11''
    6.Giant+ 16''
    7.Tinkoff+ 19''
    8.Belkin+ 19''
    9.BMC+ 21''
    10.Lampre+ 25''
    11.SKY+ 27''
    12.MTN+ 29''
    13.Astana+ 30''
    14.Lotto+ 30''
    15.AG2R+ 33''
    16.Katusha+ 38''
    17.IAM+ 40''
    18.Garmin+ 41''
    19.FDJ+ 45''
    20.Caja Rural+ 48''
    21.Cofidis+ 51''
    22.Europcar+ 1' 03''

  91. 21:46:31 CEST

    Sorry it was Castroviejo who lead them over the line and takes the red jersey.

  92. 21:48:13 CEST

    Castroviejo did the same two years ago when Movistar won in Pamplona. He held the jersey for two days, can he keep it for a little longer this time?

  93. 21:50:41 CEST

    Full results are already available here. You will be able to find the full report and photos later.

  94. 21:52:11 CEST

    That's all from us today, but come back tomorrow for stage two from Algeciras to San Fernando.