Vuelta a Espana 2018

August 25 - September 16, 2018, Malaga, Spain, Road - GT

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Patrick Fletcher

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Preview: Vuelta a Espana's triple-whammy summit finishes could decide GC

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Stage 12: Geniez wins from the break as Herrada takes overall lead

Yates: It's not nice to lose red, but I have bigger ambitions




  1. 12:45:57 CEST

    Hola! Back into the mountains we go...


    It's stage 13 of La Vuelta and in store today we have the first in a trio of summit finishes in the mountains of Castile y Leon and Asturias in the north of Spain. Coming up at the weekend: Les Praeres and Los Lagos de Covadonga. But first, this 175km stage finishing atop the first-category Alto de la Camperona. It's still tight on GC but this is where it should start to take shape.

  2. 12:46:44 CEST

    Here's the stage profile



  3. 12:48:43 CEST

    Before we go anywhere, some essential reading for you. Alasdair Fotheringham has written a big preview of this trio of mountain stages, with insight from a certain Alberto Contador. 


    Vuelta's triple-whammy summit finishes could decide GC – Preview


  4. 12:54:46 CEST

    Yesterday the red jersey changed hands with Simon Yates losing the overall lead to Jesus Herrada, who was in the big breakaway. Here is Herrada this morning, alongside former teammate Alejandro Valverde in the green points jersey and current teammate Luis Angel Mate in the mountains jersey. 



  5. 12:56:32 CEST

    To catch up on yesterday's action, which saw Alexandre Geniez take his third career stage win at the Vuelta, here's the link you need. Includes report, full results, and a photo gallery. 


    Vuelta a España: Geniez wins stage 12



  6. 12:58:55 CEST

    We're off


    The riders have rolled out of Candas and are currently making their way through the neutralised zone. 


  7. 12:59:48 CEST

    Before the flag drops, here's a reminder of the overall standings. 


    1 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 50:28:56
    2 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:03:22
    3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:23
    4 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:36
    5 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 0:03:39
    6 Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:46
    7 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
    8 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:03:49
    9 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:03:54
    10 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:04:05
    11 George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:04:09
    12 Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 0:04:37
    13 David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky 0:04:55
    14 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:05:03
    15 Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:05:11
    16 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:05:12
    17 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 0:05:32
    18 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:05:42
    19 Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:06:46
    20 Benjamin King (USA) Dimension Data 0:07:04


  8. 13:00:58 CEST

    The scene on the start line a few moments ago...



  9. 13:08:23 CEST

    Here we go!


    The flag drops and the race is waved underway. Here comes the fight for the break. 

  10. 13:11:20 CEST

    It's full gas in the opening kilometres as riders try to attack and the peloton stretches. 


  11. 13:14:44 CEST

    Four riders open up a small gap but now more attacks come from behind.

  12. 13:18:21 CEST

    Coming up shortly, and a possible breakaway shaper, is that early climb.


    Alto de la Madera





  13. 13:23:06 CEST

    There's a large group of 30 off the front now, with Team Sky chasing behind. 


  14. 160.8km remaining from 174.8km

    13:25:25 CEST

    30 seconds is the gap as the riders hit the Alto de la Madera.


  15. 13:32:05 CEST

    Some familiar names in this move. Ben King already has two mountaintop stage wins at this Vuelta - surely he's just getting greedy now? Bauke Mollema has two runner-up finishes from breaks and is desperate for a win. The ever-reliable Thomas De Gendt is also in there for a second time in two days. Full list of names on the way. 


  16. 13:33:58 CEST

    Interestingly, Herrada himself was off the front. He got a fair bit of rope yesterday but, already leading the race by more than three minutes, he's not going to be given much more. He drops back to the peloton, along with Sepp Kuss (LottoNL) and Nelson Oliveira (Movistar).


  17. 13:40:28 CEST

    The 30-strong break starts to pull away over the top of the climb. Seeing this, some of those who missed out decide to jump from the peloton in a desperate bid to get across.

  18. 13:46:50 CEST

    Here we go then. The 32 breakaway riders are as follows


    Sander Armee, Thomas De Gendt, Bjorg Lambrecht, Maxime Monfort, Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal)

    Bauke Mollema, Nicola Conci, Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo)

    Marcus Burghardt, Rafal Majka, Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe)

    Eduard Prades, Garikoitz Bravo and Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi-Murias)

    Joseph Rosskopf, Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team)

    Laurens De Plus, Pieter Serry (Quick-Step Floors)

    Ben King, Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data)

    Ilnur Zakarin, Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha Alpecin)

    Alex Aranburu, Cristian Rodriguez (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

    Gorka Izaguirre (Bahrain-Merida)

    Ben Gastauer (AG2R-La Mondiale)

    Imanol Erviti (Movistar)

    Sergio Henao (Team Sky)

    Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb)

    Edward Ravasi (UAE Team Emirates)

    Jetse Bol (Burgos-BH)

    Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis)


  19. 13:47:15 CEST

    KOM results at Alto de la Madera (km 21)

    1. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), 3 pts
    2. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), 2 pts
    3. Ben King (Dimension Data), 1 pt


  20. 13:48:32 CEST

    No points at that first climb for Maté but he'll have his sights firmly set on the rather larger prize that awaits at the top of the first-category Alto de Tarna after 105km. 


  21. 142km remaining from 174.8km

    13:49:24 CEST

    The gap moves out to two minutes. Cofidis come to the front of the peloton to assume their duties and try and control proceedings.


  22. 13:51:47 CEST

    Ben King is the best-placed on GC of the breakaway riders, by the way. He's at 7:04. 


  23. 139.8km remaining from 174.8km

    13:54:41 CEST

    The gap increases to 3 minutes on a short uncategorised rise. 


  24. 14:09:12 CEST

    44.8km were covered in the first hour of racing.


  25. 125km remaining from 174.8km

    14:11:44 CEST

    The gap grows out to 4:15 but now appears to have stabilised. 


  26. 14:17:07 CEST

    Fair play to Lotto Soudal for getting no fewer than 5 of the their 8 riders into the break.


  27. 14:24:11 CEST

    Yesterday's stage ended on a slightly sour note as winner Alexandre Geniez and runner-up Dylan van Baarle crashed just beyond the finish line after a collision with an errant race official. Yes, really. Sadhbh O'Shea has the story:


    Organisation member causes post-finish crash at Vuelta a España


  28. 113km remaining from 174.8km

    14:25:29 CEST

    The breakaway's advantage is in fact continuing to rise. 6:15 now, and counting. 


  29. 100km remaining from 174.8km

    14:42:14 CEST

    With 100km to go, the gap between the 32-rider breakaway and the peloton has increased to 7:15, and with that we have a new virtual leader for the third time in as many days, in Ben King. 


  30. 14:47:54 CEST

    Our latest podcast has just landed. It doesn't touch the Vuelta but is well worth a listen nonetheless. My colleagues Daniel Benson and Kirsten Frattini are in Canada for the Quebec and Montreal one-day races and as well as a preview of the action there's also an exclusive interview with Greg Van Avermaet, who talks about his season and the new dawn coming under CCC. Click here to listen.


  31. 14:59:21 CEST

    The has extended to 9:30 in a short space of time. 


  32. 15:06:21 CEST

    Cofidis aren't doing much to stop this break disappearing up the road, and GC teams have now started to get involved at the head of the peloton. Movistar and Mitchelton-Scott are both up there, as are LottoNL and even EF-Drapac.


  33. 15:07:22 CEST

    The breakaway riders are approaching the first of the two Cat-1 climbs, the Puerto de Tarna. This is what it looks like. 


  34. 87km remaining from 174.8km

    15:08:08 CEST

    The fresh impetus in the peloton has seen the gap start to come back down. 8:30 now.


  35. 15:16:21 CEST

    The breakaway riders have hit the lower slopes of the Puerto de Tarna.


  36. 15:24:16 CEST

    The gap continues to fall as the peloton hit the climb. Movistar have taken control with three riders on the front, and the gap has come down to 7:23.


  37. 15:24:54 CEST

    It had looked like it would be another day for the breakaway but now it's not so certain...


  38. 15:27:41 CEST

    Alberto Contador has told us that this climb "won't do much". But it's a different story when it comes to La Camperona. Here he is in our stage preview. 

    Vuelta a Espana's triple-whammy summit finishes could decide GC – Preview


  39. 15:30:59 CEST

    Movistar are setting a strong tempo here, and that's evident on two fronts; the gap is coming down all the time - 6:30 now - and the peloton is fragmenting.


  40. 75km remaining from 174.8km

    15:35:54 CEST

    With 75km to go, the gap is down to 6 minutes.


  41. 15:36:24 CEST

    It's Winner Anacona doing all the damage here for Movistar. Andrey Amador is on the wheel. Cofidis are tucked in behind them. 


  42. 15:37:09 CEST

    Van der Sande and Bravo have lost contact with the break 4.5km from the top of the climb.


  43. 15:43:36 CEST

    Astana have taken over from Movistar now. The gap is still 6 minutes. 

  44. 15:47:07 CEST

    The breakaway riders come to the final kilometre of the climb. 


  45. 15:47:27 CEST

    Maté wears the KOM jersey, while King is another rider up there in the standings. 


  46. 15:47:43 CEST

    De Gendt opens the sprint for the banner


  47. 15:48:13 CEST

    King responds but De Gendt takes maximum points. Maté comes across in a more distant third place. 


  48. 15:49:17 CEST

    That was a hell of a sprint from De Gendt, and he and King have a sizeable gap as they begin the descent. 


  49. 63km remaining from 174.8km

    15:54:09 CEST

    The peloton crests the Puerto de Tarna 6:22 in arrears. 

  50. 15:55:39 CEST

    A reminder of the stage profile. It's not much of a descent. 



  51. 15:57:37 CEST

    KOM results at Puerto de Tarna (km 105)

    1. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) 10pts
    2. Ben King (Dimension Data) 6pts
    3. Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) 4pts
    4. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) 2pts
    5. Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) 1pt

  52. 16:00:22 CEST

    Here are is the updated overall KOM classification after that climb.  


    1 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 64  pts
    2 Benjamin King (USA) Dimension Data 40  
    3 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 30
    4 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 29
    5 Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 26



  53. 50km remaining from 174.8km

    16:08:42 CEST

    With 50km remaining, the gap has stabilised at 6 minutes. Movistar are back on the front. 


  54. 16:10:36 CEST

    This stage is now pretty much a preamble ahead of the Camperona climb. This might whet your appetite...



  55. 16:11:10 CEST

    Cofidis are contributing to the chase once again. 


  56. 16:15:45 CEST

    Some awful, awful news to report. Kristina Vogel is paralysed from the chest down following a training crash. Full story here


  57. 41km remaining from 174.8km

    16:20:31 CEST

    Anacona is back on the front for Movistar but the breakaway are advancing nicely and the gap is still 5:40. 


  58. 16:27:15 CEST

    Simon Yates' Mitchelton-Scott team have hardly done any work today. Here's what Yates had to say after handing the jersey over to Herrada yesterday. 


    Yates: It's not nice to lose red, but I have bigger ambitions


  59. 16:28:16 CEST

    Crash in the break


  60. 16:29:26 CEST

    An innocuous one, that, on a section of false flat, as riders exchange bottles. De Plus hits the deck, seemingly in a collision with McCarthy. 


  61. 16:29:44 CEST

    King was also held up and is back in the cars just behind De Plus.


  62. 31.5km remaining from 174.8km

    16:33:04 CEST

    King and De Plus are back in the break and they roll on. Their lead is 5:15 with just over 30km left to run. 


  63. 16:37:10 CEST

    A reminder of the stage profile. The final climb begins with 8.3km to go. 



  64. 16:44:11 CEST

    This is the Camperona's third appearance in five years. In both 2014 and 2016 it was followed 48 hours later by Lagos de Covadonga, as is the case in this Vuelta. 


    In 2014 Ryder Hesjedal won atop La Camperona - his final pro victory - while in 2016 it was Sergey Lagutin. Both were from the break.


  65. 16:47:22 CEST

     "In the last section, the climb just seems to go on forever. In fact, you can see that sign saying 'one kilometre to go' and it feels like you’re never going to reach it."


    That's Alberto Contador talking about La Camperona. For more of his thoughts, follow this link to our stage preview

  66. 17.5km remaining from 174.8km

    16:48:57 CEST

    We're getting close now, and the breakaway's fortunes hang in the balance. 4:15 is the gap. 


  67. 16:51:43 CEST

    Plenty of riders in the break coming through to help it along on the approach to the final climb. 


  68. 16:58:55 CEST

    De Gendt is very prominent on the front of the break. Lotto Soudal still have four in there after Van der Sande was dropped earlier. Bjorg Lambrecht can climb... can the young Belgian produce a breakthrough performance in the pro ranks after a very impressive U23 campaign last year?


  69. 9km remaining from 174.8km

    16:59:17 CEST

    We're almost at the foot of the climb and the gap is down to 3:45. 

  70. 17:01:18 CEST

    Here we go! La Camperona begins.


    8.3km. Average gradient 7.5% but, as you can see, much worse in the final 3km



  71. 17:01:51 CEST

    It's Movistar chasing on the approach in the peloton, with Cofidis still putting in the odd turn as well. 

  72. 17:03:14 CEST

    Restrepo takes it up in the break on the gentler early gradients. His teammate Ilnur Zakarin has had a poor Vuelta so far but can he salvage something today?


  73. 17:03:46 CEST

    The peloton hits the climb with a deficit of 3:35. 


  74. 17:05:28 CEST

    Predictions please

    Before the chaos unfolds, let me know who you're picking for today's stage victory. You can reach me via Twitter @paddyfletch


  75. 17:07:30 CEST

    Jay McCarthy and Thomas De Gendt are both dropped. They both did a fair bit of leg-work in helping to drive this break clear in the interests of teammates. 


  76. 17:07:43 CEST

    Maté loses contact now, too.


  77. 17:07:58 CEST

    Burghardt is on the front with Majka on the wheel. 


  78. 3.5km remaining from 174.8km

    17:08:28 CEST

    Those early kilometres have flown by. The climb will soon ramp up viciously. 


  79. 17:09:05 CEST

    Conci is dropped too.


  80. 17:09:14 CEST

    Zakarin accelerates!


  81. 17:09:29 CEST

    That does for Burghardt, who is now pedalling squares. 


  82. 17:09:43 CEST

    Majka is right on the wheel of Zakarin, and the Russian ups it again. 


  83. 3km remaining from 174.8km

    17:10:05 CEST

    3km to go and the gradients are starting to bite. 


  84. 17:10:43 CEST

    King accelerates now. Surely he can't make it three?


  85. 2.5km remaining from 174.8km

    17:11:10 CEST

    2.5km to go now and the road narrows and the gradient really gets cruel now. 


  86. 17:11:28 CEST

    Big splits in the break now on the double digit gradients. 


  87. 17:11:41 CEST

    Majka goes. 


  88. 17:12:01 CEST

    Kudus sets off in pursuit of Majka. 


  89. 17:12:14 CEST

    Kudus drags his way across to Majka. 


  90. 17:12:30 CEST

    This looks brutal. Teuns is chasing the leading duo. 


  91. 17:12:46 CEST

    The peloton are 3 minutes back and about to hit the steeper gradients. 


  92. 17:13:11 CEST

    Majka springs out of the saddle again and rides away from Kudus. 


  93. 17:13:21 CEST

    Teuns comes past Kudus. 


  94. 17:14:26 CEST

    Teuns is grinding his way across to Majka! It's almost a slow-motion battle out there. 


  95. 1.6km remaining from 174.8km

    17:14:46 CEST

    Teuns reaches Majka and comes to the front. 


  96. 17:15:09 CEST

    Mitchelton-Scott take it up in the peloton. 


  97. 17:15:33 CEST

    It's Haig leading the way for Yates in the GC group, which is itself exploding. Quintana is lurking.


  98. 17:15:51 CEST

    Up front Teuns leads the way with Majka in the wheel as the gradients hit 20%


  99. 17:16:24 CEST

    Valverde, Kelderman, Uran all up towards the front of the GC group. 


  100. 17:17:48 CEST

    Majka and Teuns round a bend and go side by side as the gradients somehow increase yet further. There's almost no use slipstreaming here. 


  101. 17:18:01 CEST

    Kelderman is looking strong as he leads the GC group. 


  102. 17:18:41 CEST

    Oscar Rodriguez appears from nowhere and catches the leading duo!


  103. 1km remaining from 174.8km

    17:19:00 CEST

    And drops them! Oscar Rodriguez leads the race under the flamme rouge!


  104. 17:19:41 CEST

    No attacks in the GC group but there aren't many left. 


  105. 17:19:59 CEST

    Rodriguez has opened a huge gap!


  106. 17:20:14 CEST

    What a win this would be for the Euskadi-Murias team. 


  107. 17:21:06 CEST

    Seven riders are establishing themselves at the head of the GC group. Yates, Quintana, Valverde, Kelderman in there. 

  108. 17:21:28 CEST

    Mechanical for Miguel Angel Lopez!


  109. 17:21:45 CEST

    Lopez has to unclip and try to get going again. 


  110. 17:22:00 CEST

    Rodriguez comes into the final 200m. He's surely going to get this...


  111. 17:22:50 CEST

    Rodriguez cracks a smile as he comes into the final 50 metres. He raises his arms in celebration now. That's it. What a win!


  112. 17:22:58 CEST

    Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi-Murias) wins stage 13 of the Vuelta a España


  113. 17:23:08 CEST

    Majka drops Teuns to finish second. 


  114. 17:23:26 CEST

    Back down the road to the GC group and Quintana and Yates are away together


  115. 17:24:00 CEST

    Quintana and Yates both look relaxed. They're several seconds ahead of the rest. 


  116. 17:24:36 CEST

    Gorka Izaguirre is weaving across the road. He looks around and sees his brother Ion in the third group.


  117. 17:24:50 CEST

    Quintana and Yates have maybe 15 seconds. 


  118. 17:25:04 CEST

    Quintana springs from the saddle and accelerates in the final 200m


  119. 17:25:33 CEST

    Quintana crosses the line. 


  120. 17:26:27 CEST

    And now Yates, five seconds later. 


  121. 17:27:26 CEST

    Valverde is next in, 11 seconds behind Yates. He crosses the line with Pinot and Lopez.  


  122. 17:27:55 CEST

    Several seconds further back are Kelderman, Kruijswijk, Uran, and De la Cruz. 

  123. 17:28:38 CEST

    Gallopin, Izaguirre, and Bennett all lose considerably more time. 


  124. 17:28:58 CEST

    And then there's Aru, who looks like he's shipped another minute to Quintana. 


  125. 17:30:50 CEST

    Stage 13 results

    1 Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias 4:17:05
    2 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:19
    3 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:30
    4 Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:38
    5 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:43
    6 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data 0:01:00
    7 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:12
    8 Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:21
    9 Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:25
    10 Benjamin King (USA) Dimension Data 00:01:27

  126. 17:32:06 CEST

    General classification after stage 13

    1 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 54:50:19
    2 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:01:42
    3 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:50
    4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:54
    5 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:02:23
    6 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:02:33
    7 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 0:02:35
    8 Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:40
    9 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:02:44
    10 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:47


  127. 17:37:07 CEST

    That's the first professional victory for 23-year-old Oscar Rodriguez. 

    "I can't believe it," he says. "I can't believe I've won my first race, let alone at the Vuelta."

  128. 17:39:14 CEST

    It seems Rafal Majka can't quite believe it either...


    "Actually I'm surprised by this guy because in the end when he caught me and Teuns I still had legs, but this guy, when he came he came really fast. That's cycling..."

  129. 17:43:09 CEST


  130. 17:46:17 CEST

  131. 17:47:19 CEST

    No huge gaps on GC but it seemed significant that Quintana and Yates came to the fore there. Some big stages to come this weekend but they look like the two main contenders for the red jersey. 


  132. 18:41:43 CEST

    Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) is the new Vuelta leader after stage 12 

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