Vuelta a España 2015

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

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
susan westemeyer

Today is the only individual time trial in this year’s Vuelta. Many expect to see a new leader in the red jersey after today’s 38.7 km.

Stage 17 start times

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  1. 13:24:11 CEST

    Welcome to stage 17! Boy van Poppel (Trek) will start things off in a few minutes, as the first down the ramp.

  2. 13:26:37 CEST

    Things are still pretty tight in GC, as we have four riders within two minutes of the lead. Nr. 4 is Tom Dumoulin of Giant-Alpecin, at 1:51; third is Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) at 1:35; second is Fabio Aru (Astana) at exactly one second; and of course “Purito” Rodriguez (Katusha) leads. A bad ride here, a good ride there – and we could see a new leader this evening!

  3. 13:29:21 CEST

    We have 167 riders still in the race. They will take off at one minute intervals until the final 28, who have two minutes.

  4. 13:31:40 CEST

    • Red Jersey

    Race leader Joaquim Rodriguez will take off as the last rider at 16:49.

  5. 13:35:10 CEST

    The stage has started, as Boy Van Poppel rolls down the ramp


  6. 13:40:59 CEST

    Today’s course is basically a figure eight. The first large loop is fairly easy, but the smaller second loop is more technical, with many twists and turns. It is basically flat, with a slight rise.

  7. 13:44:16 CEST

    The course, with start and finish in Burgos, covers 38.7 km and organizers are figuring with a time of roughly 51 minutes. There are two time checks along the way at 13.5km and 27.5km
  8. 13:47:09 CEST

    The riders are taking the start at their one-minute intervals. If you want to know the order, here is the list with times.

  9. 13:50:58 CEST

    Well, that's just not the way to start out. Damien Howson of Orica-GreenEdge crashed right away and needs a bike change.


  10. 13:57:26 CEST

    Here is a look at the whole top ten in GC coming into today's stage:

    1 Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) 0.00

    2 Fabio Aru (Astana) 0.01

    3 Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) 1:35

    4 Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) 1:55

    5 Mikel Nieve (Sky) 2:32

    6 Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) 2:38

    7 Daniel Moreno (Katusha) 2:49

    8 Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 3:11

    9 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 3:58

    10 Louis Meintjes (MTN-Qhubeka) 5:22

  11. 13:59:55 CEST

    We have our first two intermediate times, from 13.5 km. Zaeytens of Giant-Alpecin is through in 20.20, while Van Poppel was nearly a half a minute slower, at 20:59.


  12. 14:03:01 CEST

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  13. 14:05:35 CEST

    • Team LottoNL-Jumbo 2015 team jersey

    We are starting to see some real action now. Martijn Keizer of LottoNL-Jumbo is the first to go under 19 minutes, with a time of 18:48.


  14. 14:09:31 CEST

    Let's get back to the various race classifications. Rodriguez also leads in the points ranking, ahead of Chaves and Aru.


  15. 14:12:12 CEST

    Omar Fraile (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) has an enormous lead in the mountain ranking, with 82 points. Fränk Schleck (Trek) is second with only 30 points and Ruben Plaza (Lampre) third at 28 points. This will not change today, as there is no ranked climb.

    Team Sky leads the team rankings, followed by Movistar and Astana.

  16. 14:18:12 CEST

    The riders are now coming through the second time check. The leader there is Gediminas Bagdonas (AG2R), at 33'52.

  17. 14:21:13 CEST

    Fastest time at the first intermediate time check is Maciej Bodnar, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 18:10.


  18. 14:26:36 CEST

    Monday's stage 16 was a climbing stage, and saw the resurrection of Fränk Schleck (Trek). Read about it here.

    By the way, the last Vuelta stage won by a Luxembourger was 45 years ago -- and it was won by Johnny Schleck, Fränk's dad.


  19. 14:30:10 CEST

    Boy Van Poppel has crossed the finish line! He puts in a time of 53:18!


  20. 14:31:51 CEST

    More and more riders are coming in, and now Bagdonas leads at 49:22.


  21. 14:36:42 CEST

    Apparently Bagdonas and Van Poppel crossed the finish line together. 


  22. 14:37:42 CEST

    Howson recovered from his early mishap to put in a good time. He is now second at the finish, only 10 seconds. down.


  23. 14:41:55 CEST

    Still curious about today's stage? Here is our preview.


  24. 14:43:06 CEST

    Bodnar was really speeding along today! He is our new stage leader, with a time of 47:05, over two minutes faster than second-placed Bagdonas!


  25. 14:46:44 CEST

    • Giant Alpecin 2015 team jersey

    Tom Dumoulin of Giant-Alpecin is considered by many to be a top favourite to take over the leader's jersey today, and possibly wear it all the way to the end. The young Dutchman himself is "cautiously optimistic" about his chances.


  26. 14:53:14 CEST

    Bodnar holds the lead at both intermediate time checks and the finish. We suspect it will stay that way for a while now.


  27. 15:02:51 CEST

    Mikel Nieve is now Team Sky's leader, and is currently fifth overall. He really wants to hold on to that position, but admits that time trailing is not really his strength.


  28. 15:06:36 CEST

    Steve Cummings has set a new best time at the first time check, 11 seconds faster than Bodnar.


  29. 15:13:40 CEST

    Joey Rosskopf of BMC is now second at the finish, but still more than two minutes slower than Bodnar.


  30. 15:23:01 CEST

    Cummings couldn't keep the high speed up. He is second at the second time check, 35 seconds down on Bodnar.


  31. 15:25:10 CEST

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  32. 15:28:34 CEST

    We are over one-third done now, as 61 riders have finished.


  33. 15:32:06 CEST

    Markel Irizar (Trek) moves up into second place with a fine finish, but there is still a lot of room to the leader.


  34. 15:38:02 CEST

    Movistar's Eusebio Unzue is impressed by Tom Dumoulin, and compares him to the great Miguel Indurain.


  35. 15:41:54 CEST

    Cummings has now finished with an excellent time and is the first to come close to Bodnar, at 0.36.


  36. 15:43:25 CEST

    Niki Terpstra of Etixx-QuickStep has also hit the top three, currently third at about a minute and a half back.


  37. 15:46:42 CEST

    We are getting some action again at last! Vasil Kiryienka (Sky) is now second at the finish, at +0:27


  38. 15:50:52 CEST

     A reminder of the top ten at the finishline:


    1 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:47:05
    2 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 0:00:27
    3 Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka 0:00:36
    4 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:39
    5 Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:57
    6 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:02:14
    7 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:17
    8 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 0:02:27
    9 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:02:27
    10 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge 0:02:28

  39. 15:51:46 CEST

    The main GC riders head out later this afternoon, at two minute intervals:


    158 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 16:31:00
    159 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 16:33:00
    160 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 16:35:00
    161 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 16:37:00
    162 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge 16:39:00
    163 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 16:41:00
    164 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 16:43:00
    165 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 16:45:00
    166 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 16:47:00
    167 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 16:49:00


  40. 15:53:29 CEST

     Tom Dumoulin is expected to win the stage and move into the race lead. That's certainly possible but it won't be an easy task with three very motivated riders just ahead of him on GC. 

  41. 15:56:18 CEST

    Back in the main TT at the Tour de France in 2013 Dumoulin but around 1'45 into Rodriguez. The Dutch rider has certainly upped his game since then and developed into a fine competitor but Rodriguez will start last and know exactly what he needs to do.


  42. 15:58:14 CEST

    • Team Sky 2015 team jersey

    Geraint Thomas goes through the third time check, 1'21 down on the stage leader. That's a bit of a surprise really given the Team Sky rider's improvement against the clock in the last 18 months. He is still finding his form after a post-Tour de France break, of course.


  43. 16:00:33 CEST

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  44. 16:03:39 CEST

    A decent ride from Puccio, who comes over the line in 6th place, just over two minutes down on Bodnar.


  45. 16:09:27 CEST

    Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida has gone through the first time check five seconds faster than Coppel. Can the Lampre rider keep that pace up for much longer?


  46. 16:11:58 CEST

    Thomas has come over the line and he's finished strongly, in fourth place, and 1'24 down on Bodnar at the end of the stage. 


  47. 16:18:16 CEST

    Machado and Monfort, both respectable TT riders, set decent but not spectacular times through two intermediate check points. No changes since to the top five since Thomas came over the line in fourth. 


  48. 16:19:43 CEST

    Right now Chaves is warming up. It will be interesting to see how he does out on the course. On paper he should lose several minutes but the top ten is quite climber heavy so he could be saved in that regard.


  49. 16:24:27 CEST

    Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida, not bad, 5th at the third and penultimate time check. Bodnar is in the hot seat, waiting for Dumoulin. Probably. 


  50. 16:29:54 CEST

    Coppel comes over the line, third at the finish and 28 seconds down on Bodnar. That's a strong performance from the French national champion as we see Pozzovivo roll down the start ramp.


  51. 16:31:15 CEST

    And now Valverde is on the start ramp. He's not been in his Tour de France form, although he has taken a stage win already today. 


  52. 16:33:21 CEST

    Louis Meintjes, who is going to Lampre in 2016, will be the next rider to start his time trial. There are a few spots of rain around although the clouds don't look too heavy. 


  53. 16:37:24 CEST

    Quintana has left the start house and Daniel Moreno is up next. The Katusha rider settles on his TT bike. 3, 2, 1, and he's off too.


  54. 16:40:01 CEST

    Chaves, all in Green is off too. Nieve is just a few seconds behind him on GC and the Orica rider is up against it when it comes to his top five aspirations. Whatever happens out there the Colombian has had a great Vuelta a Espana.

  55. 16:44:21 CEST

    And Dumoulin is up and running. Straight onto his TT bars and neatly tucked in as he rounds the first few corners.


  56. 16:47:18 CEST

    Majka and Aru have also started, so we just have Rodriguez left.


  57. 16:53:36 CEST

    Rodriguez is now out on the road. 


  58. 16:54:42 CEST

    Valverde is eighth at the first time check, so a steady start from the Movistar. The big fight for the red jersey is a few kilmoteres further down the road.


  59. 16:55:47 CEST

    Dumoulin still fixed in his TT position, his class showing even at this early stage. We still have a few spots of rain but at the moment the roads are mainly dry.


  60. 17:00:01 CEST

    Majka on the other hands sits far more upright on the bike but generates the power needed to propel himself forward. Rodriguez time trials like he's climbing, moving around on the saddle and twitching as if he wants to get out of the saddle.


  61. 17:01:33 CEST

    Chaves 46 seconds down at the first check, so lets see where Nieve is in a few minutes. Majka now is on a short rise and he does get out of the in a bid to keep the pace high. 


  62. 17:02:30 CEST

    Dumoulin is on a flat, almost downhill section and he's flying and is first at the first time check at 13.5km. 


  63. 17:03:42 CEST

    There' still a long, long way to go but Dumoulin is the favourite for the stage win at least. Can he take red as expected too?


  64. 17:05:34 CEST

    Dumoulin is now closing in on Nieve and he sweeps around him and is clear. Impressive ride from the Dutch TT master. He's clearly in a league of his own.


  65. 17:07:23 CEST

    Majka has lost a minute to Dumoulin and 15 seconds to Aru. That's decent from the Astana rider at the first time check.


  66. 17:10:25 CEST

    Further up the road and Valverde is third at the third time check but the battle for Red is raging as the GC men head towards the second time check at 27.5km.


  67. 17:11:20 CEST

    And Rodriguez is already 1.11 down on Dumoulin at the first time check. That's at this point in the stage. Is the Vuelta done and dusted?


  68. 17:12:54 CEST

    So provisionally the top three on GC would be Dumoulin, Aru, Rodriguez. 


  69. 17:14:24 CEST

    You can discuss the fallout from today's action, right here in our CN forum.


  70. 17:18:50 CEST

    Chaves was faster than Majka at the first time check. That's a surprise but a fine start for the Orica rider. Quintana now goes through the third time check in 7th. Valverde has come over the line and powerful finish to take second on the finishline. 


  71. 17:20:13 CEST

    Dumoulin has put over two minutes into Majka at the second time check. The Giant Alpecin rider is simply crushing the opposition. 

  72. 17:22:03 CEST

    And Aru is 1'54 down on Dumoulin at the second time gap. These gaps are huge and the Giant rider is putting all of his rivals to the sword. He gets out of the saddle for a brief moment before taking his more accustomed position. 


  73. 17:23:31 CEST

    Quintana comes to the line and finishes 5th so far. Another impressive ride from a Movistar rider. They currently have four men in the top ten.


  74. 17:24:43 CEST

    Rodriguez now comes up to the intermediate. What's the damage? 2'38 on Dumoulin. Can he at the very least limit his losses to three minutes on the stage?


  75. 17:30:00 CEST

    Chaves is over the line and so too is Dumoulin. 46.01. 


  76. 17:31:12 CEST

    The question now is much time will Aru lose? He was the best placed of Dumoulin's challengers out on the road today as Nieve comes over the line, Dumoulin having put close to three minutes into him.


  77. 17:33:10 CEST

    Rodriguez is going to lose huge time. He's still got a long way to go as we see Majka and Aru close in on the finish. 


  78. 17:34:34 CEST

    Majka crosses the line and loses 2'38 to Dumoulin on the stage. It's all on Aru it seems.


  79. 17:36:02 CEST

    Aru comes through the final corners and loses 1'53 to Dumoulin. That's a very good ride from the Astana rider, who really rallied in the second half of the time trial. 


  80. 17:39:13 CEST

    Here comes Rodriguez 3:06 down on Dumoulin. It's not a huge surprise but surely that's it for the Spaniard's chances in this year's overall. 


  81. 17:40:09 CEST

    Dumoulin leads the race by 3 seconds from Aru, with Rodriguez at 1'15. 


  82. 17:43:01 CEST

    1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:46:01
    2 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:04
    3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:08
    4 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 0:01:31
    5 Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:01:32
    6 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:34
    7 Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:36
    8 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida 0:01:38
    9 Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka 0:01:40
    10 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:53


  83. 17:43:36 CEST

    The overall has been turned on its head:


    General classification after stage 17

    1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 68:40:36
    2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:03
    3 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:15
    4 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:02:22
    5 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:02:53
    6 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:15
    7 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge 0:03:30
    8 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:03:46
    9 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 0:04:10
    10 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:06:51


  84. 17:55:59 CEST

    So the race that looks over one minutes, and then wide open the next is once again wide open with Dumoulin with a slim lead over Aru. 


  85. 18:10:41 CEST

    Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back tomorrow for more live coverage from the Vuelta a Espana. Meanwhile you can find our report, results and photos, right here.


  86. 18:12:15 CEST

    Another quick look at the GC though before we:


    1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 68:40:36
    2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:03
    3 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:15
    4 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:02:22
    5 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:02:53
    6 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:15
    7 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge 0:03:30
    8 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:03:46
    9 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 0:04:10
    10 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:06:51


  87. 18:13:37 CEST

    The top three look fairly settled although the order could certainly change over the next few days. Quintana has moved up to fifth after his strong rider and Valverde is now 6th. Chaves drops down to 7th while Nieve loses three spots and is now down in 9th. 


  88. 18:15:48 CEST

    Given what we've seen in the mountain stages of the third week it's hard to see Rodriguez coming back from this. There are not true summit finishes left but he will still have opportunities if he's wiling to take risks. 

    And although Aru is only three seconds down, he too has to on the attack before we reach Madrid. That really was a fine performance from the the Italian to limit his loss to Dumoulin. 


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