Vuelta a España 2015

August 22 - September 13, 2015, Porto Banus, Spain, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 13 of the 2015 Vuelta a España, which takes the riders 178km from Calatayud to Tarazona. 

See the links below for some of our recent coverage from the race.

 

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  1. 14:02:38 CEST

    As we join the action with 150km to go in the stage, the attacks are coming thick and fast as riders fight to get in the break of the day. 

  2. 14:03:44 CEST

    The hilly profile of the stage makes it ideal for a breakaway, with the Astana team having little incentive to chase an attack. The hills also make it difficult for the sprinters' teams, meaning the right attack could be allowed to stay away.  

     

  3. 14:05:28 CEST

    Check out the profile of today's stage. 

    2015 Vuelta a España stage 13 map

     

  4. 14:11:07 CEST

    A group of 50 riders had opened a gap but the peloton has chased them down. 

     

  5. 14:14:05 CEST

    Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling), Iljo Keisse (Etixx-Quick Step) and Jimmy Engoulvent (Europcar) opened a gap after 25km of fast racing but they were quickly caught.  

     

  6. 14:15:51 CEST

    It is time for the climbers to try to get in a move now as the peloton heads to the Alto Coolado de Oseja. It is 8.2km long but climbs at just 3.7%.

     

     

  7. 14:23:31 CEST

    We have more attacks, with Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) gonig again, this time with Nelson Oliveira (Lampre - Merida) and Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar).  

     

  8. 14:25:49 CEST

    The average speed in the first hour was a painful 44.6km/h. 

     

  9. 14:28:33 CEST

    As we await the break of the day, its a good time to check out the other news of the day. 

    After the polemics and anger of the motorbike incidents, video footage of Sergio Paulinho's clash with a television motor bike has emerged thanks to Spanish television, the broadcaster for the race.

    Click here to see how the incident happened.

     

     

  10. 14:31:50 CEST

    The latest accident sparked a lot of calls for improved safety, including one from the riders' CPA association president Gianni Bugno, who called for a special meeting with the UCI so "riders can explain their demands to finally stop this bloodbath". 

    Click here to read his thoughts. 

     

  11. 14:33:46 CEST

    From the Cyclingnews blimp we can see that Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) has joined the attack. The Italian has endured a difficult, injury-hit season with BMC but is back to his usual aggressive nature. 

     

  12. 14:35:16 CEST

    It seems the high pace is causing Nairo Quintana problems. The Colombian revealed he had a fever on the rest day and has struggled to recover. His race could be over.   

     

  13. 120km remaining from 178km

    14:37:18 CEST

    Mikael Cherel (AG2R - La Mondiale), Jérôme Coppel (IAM Cycling), Ruben Plaza (Lampre - Merida) and Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal) have also joined the attack. There are 14 riders up front now. 

     

  14. 14:39:54 CEST

    Ruben Plaza (Lampre-Merida) was the first to the top of the climb, taking the mountain points as he tries to take the blue polka-dot jersey from Omar Fraile (Caja Rural).  

    The peloton is only 20 seconds behind the attack.

     

  15. 14:42:52 CEST

    Quintana is back in the peloton after some help from a teammate but the rides face more climbing before a long descent to the finish. 

     

  16. 14:47:50 CEST

    The Vuelta a Espana continues until September 13 but other riders will be in action elsewhere, with the Tour of Britain starting this weekend in Wales.

    Click here for our full race preview as Bradley Wiggins returns to road racing and Mark Cavendish clashes with Andre Greipel in the sprints.    

     

  17. 14:48:53 CEST

    The attack has split under the effects of the climbs, with eight riders ahead. The chasers are at 20 seconds with the peloton at 45 seconds. 

     

  18. 14:55:24 CEST

    The peloton seems to have let the break go but now the chasers are trying to close the gap on the lead group. 

     

  19. 110km remaining from 178km

    14:58:42 CEST

    The first category Alto de Beraton is causing the gap to open but also testing the form of the riders in the break. 

     

     

  20. 14:59:14 CEST

    However the peloton is now 2:30 back. 

     

  21. 15:00:35 CEST

    There a total of 23 riders in the break, which seems to be the move of the day.  

     

  22. 15:07:04 CEST

    Riders in the attack include Nicolas Roche, Segio Henao (Team Sky), Davide Arroyo (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA), Julien Simon (Cofidis), Kevin Reza (FDJ), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Romain Sicard (Europcar) and Pawel Poljanski (Tinkoff - Saxo).

     

  23. 15:10:06 CEST

    Steve Cummings (MTN Qhubeka) is also in the attack. 

     

  24. 115km remaining from 178km

    15:11:33 CEST

    All the chasing riders are now in the front group, creating an attack of 24 riders. The peloton is at 3:00. 

     

  25. 15:14:20 CEST

    Other strong riders in the attack include Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge), Sylvain Chavanel (IM Cycling) and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC). 

     

  26. 15:17:34 CEST

    However the peloton seems scared of such a big group and is chasing the attack. The gap is down to 1:50.

     

  27. 15:18:32 CEST

    Romain Sicard (Europcar) is the best placed rider in the attack. He is 6:41 behind Aru in the GC.

     

  28. 15:22:51 CEST

    The high-speed is raking its toll on the riders with both Mattia Cattaneo (Lampre-Merida) and Mitchell Docker (Orica-GreenEdge) quitting the race.

     

  29. 100km remaining from 178km

    15:28:23 CEST

    The Astana team is keeping the attack under control with a steady chase. The gap is at 2:30.

     

  30. 85km remaining from 178km

    15:45:34 CEST

    with 93km covered and 85km remaining, the riders are half-way through the stage. 

     

  31. 15:47:08 CEST

    It is slightly cloudy in Tarazona, with lower temperatures after the heat of the opening 10 days. 

     

  32. 15:53:49 CEST

    The break is pushing ahead on the descent, with the peloton now at 4:15.

     

  33. 15:58:35 CEST

    The wind could be a big factor in the finale today with a cross wind blowing at the finish.  

     

  34. 15:59:36 CEST

    The stage is also the last stage before yet more mountain finishes and the fight for the GC. 

     

  35. 16:04:42 CEST

    The peloton is lined out on the long highway, riding away from the dark rain clouds.

     

  36. 16:06:44 CEST

    The wind is blowing from the right side of the road and so Astana is riding 'half road', putting much of the peloton into the road gutter and in the wind. 

     

  37. 16:09:36 CEST

    The wind is causing some tension and crashes. Iljo Keisse (Etixx - Quick Step) goes down after a probably touch of wheels but seems okay.

     

  38. 66km remaining from 178km

    16:16:16 CEST

    The peloton is lined out. Today is a transition stage but is going hurt.   

     

  39. 16:22:12 CEST

    Astana has five riders on the front, with another rider sat behind Aru, who is wearing the red jersey.

     

  40. 16:27:22 CEST

    The riders are close to the intermediate sprint and the final Cat 3 climb of the stage. Both could inspire attacks to reduce the size of the 24-rider break.

     

  41. 16:33:23 CEST

    The 24 breakaways are still working together, doing short turns on the front.   

     

  42. 16:37:14 CEST

    Gianluca Brambilla edged clear to take the intermediate sprint. That puts him ahead of Sicard in the general classification. However the break will need to finish 6:21 ahead of Fabio Aru for Brambilla to take the race lead. 

     

  43. 16:40:18 CEST

    We have the first attacks in the front group as some riders get frustrated at some riders for not working.  

     

  44. 38km remaining from 178km

    16:45:51 CEST

    Monfort sparked a chase but now Poljanski of Tinkoff-Saxo is trying to go across to Chavanel and Oliveira.

     

  45. 16:48:20 CEST

    The race is on a narrow country road, making attacks easier because the front group is lined out.    

     

  46. 16:49:11 CEST

    Poljanski is now out front alone and leads the race over the climb. But his gap is slim. 

     

  47. 16:50:51 CEST

    There is another little rise before a long descent towards Tarazona. However the final kilometres include some shorts climbs.

     

  48. 28km remaining from 178km

    17:00:01 CEST

    Were into the final 30km and we have more attacks. Oliviera is attack again. There 20km of fast descent now. 

     

  49. 17:00:58 CEST

    The peloton has eased off slightly, with the gap now at 4:30. 

     

  50. 17:01:32 CEST

    Oliviera is at the head of the race now after catching and passing Poljanski.

     

  51. 17:02:16 CEST

    Oliviera is descending at 70km/h, using all the road in the corners.

     

  52. 17:05:36 CEST

    Oliviera leads by 15 seconds.

     

  53. 20km remaining from 178km

    17:07:24 CEST

    Oliviera is giving it everything but the others are not letting him get away.

     

  54. 17:10:03 CEST

    The two other Lampre riders are trying to slow the chase and jumping after other attackers.

     

  55. 17:10:17 CEST

    Oliviera now has 30 seconds.

     

  56. 14km remaining from 178km

    17:14:32 CEST

    Oliviera is a good time trialist and using his skills to carve out a 40 second lead. It could be enough for him to win the stage.   

     

  57. 17:16:38 CEST

    Oliviera is the current Portuguese TT champion. He has surprised the other attackers and is on his way to victory.

     

  58. 17:18:33 CEST

    The  Lampre-Merida team car comes up to Oliviera as the gap hits a minute. The DS Orlando Maini shouts at him and bangs on the car door to encourage him.    

     

  59. 9km remaining from 178km

    17:20:14 CEST

    The two other Lampre riders in the break are working to block any kind of organised chase.

     

  60. 6km remaining from 178km

    17:23:01 CEST

    Olivieira has produced super strong effort and is going to win the stage. He still leads by 1:00.

     

  61. 17:25:16 CEST

    The road is climbing slightly but Nelson Oliviera is powering along. 

     

  62. 17:25:48 CEST

    Niki Terpstra is doing some long turns on the front but the gap is not coming down.  

     

  63. 17:27:35 CEST

    The only consolation for the break is that Brambilla and Sicard will move up in the overall classification.

     

  64. 2km remaining from 178km

    17:30:41 CEST

    Here comes. Oliviera looks back as he nears the finish. 

     

  65. 17:31:07 CEST

    He timed his attack perfectly and crossed the line with his arms wide open in celebration.

     

  66. 17:31:34 CEST

    The riders are fighting for the placings behind. 

     

  67. 17:32:34 CEST

    Nico Roche leads it out but Julien Simon of Cofidis seemed to take second place at 1:07 down on Oliviera. 

     

  68. 17:33:41 CEST

    Oliviera's teammates also celebrated his win. 

     

  69. 17:35:38 CEST

    Here comes the peloton at 4:48. 

     

  70. 17:36:27 CEST

    Fabio Aru (Astana) remains race leader. 

    He will have to fight for his red jersey in the next three days in the mountains. 

     

  71. 17:38:08 CEST

    Stay with us for further live coverage post-stage. We will have reaction from Oliviera and others very soon.   

     

  72. 17:45:29 CEST

    Oliviera is a national time trial champion and was also seventh in the 2014 world time trial championships. 

     

  73. 17:46:08 CEST

    This was his first professional road race win after six years of trying. 

     

  74. 17:57:50 CEST

    Today was a classic transition stage but the fight for overall victory will kick off again at the weekend with a series of three mountain stages. 

     

  75. 18:02:43 CEST

    Saturday's 215km 14th stage starts in Vitoria and heads west to the mountain finish atop Alto Campoo- Fuente del Chivo.

    The climb to the finish is 18km long at a steady 5.5%.  

     

  76. 18:05:51 CEST

    Other breaking news today is the selection of the US squads for the world road championships in Richmond. It is the first time that US riders get to compete at home in a road worlds since 1986, before most of them were born.

    Click here for the full roster and quotes from the leading riders about racing for USA at home in the USA.

     

     

  77. 18:08:06 CEST

    Thanks for joining us for today's live coverage. 

    We have a full stage report, photo gallery, news and interviews on Cyclingnews.

    Join us tomorrow for more live coverage as the Vuelta heads into the mountains in northern Spain.  

     

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