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Vuelta a España 2013

Date range:
August 24 - September 15, 2013
  • Vuelta a España, Spain, WorldTour
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      Vilanova de Arousa
      End location:
      Sanxenxo (TTT)
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      Alto Do Monte Da Groba
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      Mirador de Lobeira
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      Mairena de Aljafare
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      Jerez de la Frontera
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      Alto Peñas Blancas (Estepona)
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      Valdepeñas de Jaén
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      Alto Hazallanas
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      Tarazona (ITT)
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      Collada de la Gallina
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      Aramón Formigal
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      Peña Cabarga
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      San Vicente de la Barquera
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      Alto Naranco
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      Alto de L´Angliru
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September 05, Stage 12: Maella - Tarragona 164.2km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

Today's 12th stage is a rolling on from Maella to Tarragona. This could be another good chance for a break group to be successful.

  1. 14:44:36 CEST

    The Vuelta carries on with a transitional stage today before the climbing starts up again this weekend. This is technically a flat stage, and we may see a sprint finish. Then again, we may well see a break group stay away until the end.

  2. 132km remaining from 164.2km

    14:46:42 CEST

    As so often happens, the break group of the day started virtually immediately after the sharp start. Today's lucky trio is Romain Zingle (Cofidis), Cedric Pineau (FdJ) and Fabrizio Ferrari (Caja Rural). After 32 km, they have a gap of 6:22.

  3. 14:50:03 CEST

    • Team BMC

    There were only 184 riders at the start. Marco Pinotti of BMC did not start, due to a sinus infection. We get those, too, and can confirm that they are no fun.

  4. 14:55:39 CEST

    Most of the first 140km can be described more as rolling than flat. But there is indeed a long flat run-in to the finish. If there are any sprinters still around by then, we may just see another mass sprint.

  5. 15:00:20 CEST

    Here is Cyclingnews' look at today's stage. Click me.

  6. 15:04:41 CEST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    There was of course one more rider not at the start today, Kevin de Weert of OPQS. He had a bad crash in yesterday's time trial, which left him with some serious injuries.



  7. 114.2km remaining from 164.2km

    15:05:54 CEST

    After 50 km, the gap has dropped marginally, to 5:57. When last heard of, Orica-GreenEdge was leading the chase, since Astana was showing no interest in so doing.

  8. 15:10:23 CEST

    It's a hot and sunny one again today, with temps running from 25-30° C.  And sunshine. Lots of sunshine.

  9. 15:16:58 CEST

    A sprint stage usually entails a three-km zone at the end, to establish finishing times for safety reasons. Not today. Today we will have a five-km zone, the technical jury has decided. Why? Because of  “the presence in the path of several roundabouts and a junction of roads "in that section of the course.

  10. 15:22:49 CEST

    The leader's jersey changed hands – or shoulders – again yesterday, with Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) taking it back from Chris Horner (RadioShack).  Here our top ten in GC coming into today's stage:

    1     Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team     41:22:22      
    2     Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff     0:00:33      
    3     Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team     0:00:46      
    4     Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard            
    5     Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha     0:02:33    

    Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is once again back in the Vuelta a Espana leader's jersey and was joined on stage by 5-time Tour de France champion Miguel Indurain

  11. 15:26:44 CEST

    With 105km to go, the gap is at 5:40. It had crept back up over the six minute mark, now is back down.

  12. 15:32:24 CEST

    Daniel Moreno of Katusha leads the points ranking.

    1     Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha     97      pts
    2     Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team     90      
    3     Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff     87      
    4     Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard     61      
    5     Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha     61      
    6     Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard     58      
    7     Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge     53      
    8     Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team     48      
    9     Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling     45      
    10     Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura     44     

  13. 94km remaining from 164.2km

    15:37:35 CEST

    Lampre finally decided to join in on the action. With their help, the gap has started coming down and is now 4:27.

  14. 15:42:24 CEST

    Horner may not lead the race, but he is still the King of the Mountains.

    1     Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard     18      pts
    2     Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff     15      
    3     Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura     12      
    4     Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha     12      
    5     Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits     11      
    6     Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team     11      
    7     Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida     10      
    8     Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team     9      
    9     Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale     7      
    10     Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team     6    


  15. 15:48:09 CEST

    Horner finished only 20th in the time trial, which dropped him from first to fourth. He is not going to give up, though, and will keep on fighting for the overall win.

    Vuelta leader Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard) finished 20th in the stage 11 time trial and dropped to 4th on general classification

  16. 15:55:06 CEST

    Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) leads the combination ranking.

    1     Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff     7      pts
    2     Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard     11      
    3     Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team     13      
    4     Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team     15      
    5     Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha     15      
    6     Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura     24      
    7     Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha     26      
    8     Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale     26      
    9     Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling     29      
    10     Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ     45      


  17. 15:59:03 CEST

    The riders are now starting to near the day's only climb, the Alto del Collet.  It is not particularly steep (3.6%) but long (7.5 km). It really shouldn't present a problem to anyone.

  18. 16:04:11 CEST

    • Astana

    Astana can claim the honour of being best team in the race at this point.

    1     Astana Pro Team     123:19:33      
    2     Team Saxo - Tinkoff     0:00:33      
    3     Movistar Team     0:02:57      
    4     Euskaltel-Euskadi     0:08:56      
    5     Katusha     0:11:18      
    6     Team Netapp - Endura     0:12:02      
    7     Radioshack Leopard     0:13:56      
    8     FDJ     0:19:24      
    9     BMC Racing Team     0:24:08      
    10     Sky Procycling     0:29:07      

  19. 16:10:18 CEST

    Today is the first of the two stages in Catalunya, a big moment for Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez. “We were four Catalan riders at the beginning of the Vuelta”, he said, “but we’re only three left after Alberto Losada pulled out: David De La Cruz and Juan Antonio Flecha who will arrive in his pueblo tomorrow. So it should be a bunch sprint today and a breakaway with Flecha tomorrow. On GC, nothing will happen until the Pyrenean stages this week-end.”

  20. 16:13:11 CEST

    In an unusual move, the feed zone was on the climb, only 4km from the summit. All has gone well, though.

  21. 16:14:00 CEST

    The three leaders have in fact gone over the top, and in this order: ZIngle, Ferrari and Pineau.

  22. 16:19:03 CEST

    Horner lost the jersey, but Nibali took it over. And complained about not being able to take any medication for a wasp sting.

  23. 16:19:57 CEST

    Lookslike a mechanical for Tiziano dell'Antonio of Cannondale. He has a drink while he waits.

  24. 16:23:53 CEST

    David De La Cruz (NetApp-Endura) is happy to race in Catalunya, even though he’s more than 200km away from home, but he’s also very cautious: “I have a lesion on my knee since Monday. Yesterday, it hurt pretty badly, so today, I’ll just stay in a bunch very quietly and wait for better days to come.”

  25. 62.7km remaining from 164.2km

    16:26:22 CEST

    With just under 63 km to go, the gap has dropped to the four minute mark --now at 3:59 even.

  26. 16:30:51 CEST

    There are a few bumps in the road from here in, but mostly it is flat. With the gap dropping nicely, we can anticipate a mass sprint.

  27. 16:33:46 CEST

    3:39 is the gap now, with the peloton getting serious about things.

  28. 16:38:04 CEST

    The big question now is. will Fabian Cancellara go for the Worlds road title, or the Worlds time trial title, or both? His win yesterday helped to muddy the situation.

    Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) en route to victory in the Vuelta's stage 11 time trial

  29. 50km remaining from 164.2km

    16:41:43 CEST

    The gap contnues to fall. With 50 km to go, it is at 3:07.

  30. 16:44:47 CEST

    Tony Martin will undergo an apparent bone graft after the season. The repairs will be to his left hand, which he broke in a crash on the first stage of last year's Tour de France.

  31. 16:46:06 CEST

    • Astana

    The peloton has entered a village, with narrow roads between the buildings. Maxim Iglinskiy of Astana has crashed, apparently hitting either the curb or the building,which is right there. He looks to be in great pain with his right arm.

  32. 16:46:28 CEST

    He is riding again, though.

  33. 16:48:43 CEST

    Still just over three minutes for Romain Zingle (Cofidis), Cedric Pineau (FdJ) and Fabrizio Ferrari (Caja Rural).

  34. 16:49:27 CEST

    David de la Cruz of NetApp-Endura is way back amongst the team cars, or behind them even. We don't know that kind of problem he is having.

  35. 16:51:32 CEST

    Several riders have to jump up onto a traffic island at a turning. Spectators were also on the traffic island, so it was a bit tricky.

  36. 41km remaining from 164.2km

    16:55:06 CEST

    The tide has definitely changed and the escapees can probably accept the fact that they will be caught. The gap is now at 2:44.

  37. 17:02:47 CEST

  38. 17:04:36 CEST

    Lampre at the head of the chasing peloton. We see lots of Cannondale green lurking not so far away, too.

  39. 33km remaining from 164.2km

    17:05:29 CEST

    Exactly two minutes between the two groups now.

  40. 17:08:14 CEST

    We have two birthday boys in the peloton today. Daniel Moreno (Katusha) is 31, and Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo-Tinkoff) is 29.

    Happy Birthday to both!

  41. 17:09:15 CEST

    The gap is really dropping now. With 30 km to go, it is down to 1:13.

  42. 17:10:43 CEST

    The coast is indeed approaching! Lots of blue there in the background.

  43. 17:11:35 CEST

    The gap is now under a minute and the cars are coming out from between the leaders and the peloton.

  44. 17:16:06 CEST

    Kiko Garcia may be the team manager for the new Alonso team. The former pro rider told Cyclingnews that he is very much involved in the planning.

  45. 17:17:04 CEST

    If the three leaders had time and interest, they could peek over to their right and see the beach and water. It really is right there!

  46. 17:18:02 CEST

    A Belkin rider now at the head of the field,only 29 seconds behind the leaders.

  47. 18.6km remaining from 164.2km

    17:23:22 CEST

    NetApp-Endura has moved into the lead work and they three leaders are -- caught!

  48. 17:26:35 CEST

    There are a lot of roundabouts here. In fact, we expect to see a whole lot of roundabouts and road furniture from here on in. That is why the 3km zone has been extended to being the 5km zone today.

    Let's hope everyone stays upright today!

  49. 15km remaining from 164.2km

    17:27:35 CEST

    Two riders are off the front of the field, at the intermediate sprint.

  50. 17:28:38 CEST

    One was a Cannondale rider and the second was Tony Martin (OPQS). He decides to keep on going -- no doubt figuring it is about time he wins a stage here, one way or another!

  51. 17:31:01 CEST

    World Champion Philippe Gilbert is very close to the peloton. Martin wants to win a stage here, but Gilbert is probably getting desperate to win something this year.

  52. 17:33:06 CEST

    Astana moving up to take charge of things.

  53. 17:34:06 CEST

    The Cannondale rider who broke out and won the second intermediate sprint was Ivan Basso, who thus picked up three bonus seconds.

  54. 17:36:43 CEST

    The peloton may have been moving slowly earlier in this stage, but they are jetting along at 55km/h.

  55. 17:37:06 CEST

    Tony Martin has long been caught, by the way.

  56. 17:37:41 CEST

    They are approaching the 5km marker.

  57. 17:38:56 CEST

    Mechanical for Pozzovivo.

  58. 17:39:47 CEST

    Indeed, lots of roundabouts, turns, tunnels, road furniture, narrow roads, wide roads, etc. here....

  59. 17:40:55 CEST

    A straight shot at the moment, almost literally on the beach.

  60. 17:41:24 CEST

    Two km to go.

  61. 17:42:04 CEST

    Garmin lookign to set things up for Tyler Farrar.

  62. 17:42:24 CEST

    And lots of curves and turns here at full speed....

  63. 17:42:40 CEST

    The last km!

  64. 17:42:56 CEST

    Up a hill and then a right hand turn at the top.

  65. 17:43:23 CEST

    Lotto at the head of things.

  66. 17:44:11 CEST

    Boasson Hagen charges out, and it looked like he would beat Gilbert who was chasing furiously. And at the last second, the World Champion moved out to take the win!

  67. 17:45:39 CEST

    Boasson Hagen had a huge gap on Gilbert, but the BMC rider really just ground it out to take the win.

  68. 17:47:00 CEST

    Hard to believe, but that is Gilbert's first win this season, and of course his first in the World Champion's jersey.

  69. 17:47:50 CEST

    Lampre's Maximiliano Richeze took third.

  70. 17:51:25 CEST

    Tony Martin had only a short stay in the lead, as he ws caught with 10km to go.

  71. 17:53:36 CEST

    Here is our top ten on the day:

    1    Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
    2    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
    3    Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida
    4    Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha
    5    Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
    6    Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural
    7    Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
    8    Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano
    9    Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
    10    Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura

  72. 17:54:51 CEST

    There may have been gaps at the 5km marker, and there were gaps at the finish, and there seems to be the usual amount of confusion about results, at least as far as the GC is concerned.

  73. 17:56:02 CEST

    44 riders were given the same time as the finisher, with a 50 second gap thereafter.

  74. 17:59:23 CEST

    Garmn-Sharp worked hard to get Tyler Farrar up to the front, but to no avail. BMC did a better job, with Gilbert up near the head of things for much of the last two km.

  75. 18:02:51 CEST

    We are still waiting for a definitive GC. There seems to be some debate as to whether Pozzovivo lost time or not.

    But we can at least give you the top five: 

    1    Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team    45:26:06
    2    Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    0:00:31
    3    Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team    0:00:46
    4    Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard    0:00:46
    5    Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha    0:02:33

  76. 18:06:15 CEST

    At last we have our official top ten in GC:

    1    Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team    1/1/00 21:26
    2    Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    0:00:31
    3    Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team    0:00:46
    4    Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard    0:00:46
    5    Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha    0:02:33
    6    Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    0:02:44
    7    Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    0:02:52
    8    Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ    0:03:35
    9    Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    0:03:46
    10    Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha    0:03:56

  77. 18:07:03 CEST

    That's it for today, thanks for joining us. Be sure to read along again tomorrow!