Vuelta a Espana 2017

August 19 - September 10, 2017, Nimes, Nîmes, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Patrick Fletcher

Live coverage of stage 12 of the Vuelta a España - flat for the first half, hilly for the second.

 

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Stage 11 report: Lopez wins at Calar Alto

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  1. 12:56:17 CEST

    Hello there and welcome to our live coverage of stage 12 of the 2017 Vuelta. After the first big-mountain summit finish yesterday, the race rolls on today with yet more hills. It remains to be seen whether the pair of climbs in the second half of the parcours will draw out the overall contenders, but what is certain is that this is fertile ground for a successful breakaway. 

  2. 12:57:49 CEST

    The riders are in Motril, going through the usual pre-race motions - dossards, sign-on, haircuts, etc. The roll-out is scheduled for 13.15 local time, so just over 15 minutes. 

  3. 13:02:08 CEST

    The big news at the Vuelta this morning is that in the middle of the night the Aqua Blue Sport team bus was destroyed by arsonists. Here are the details.

     

     

     

     

  4. 13:07:24 CEST

    It's a terrible situation for the Irish team, who are making their debut Grand Tour appearance here at the Vuelta in their first year of existence. The race organisers have given them a 52-seater passenger bus for the time being, while plenty of other teams have offered out support. The logistical headaches are numerous but the team is more defiant than ever - "We're not going anywhere."

     

    Aqua Blue Sport determined to fight on at Vuelta a Espana despite arson attack

     

  5. 13:17:07 CEST

    The riders are off, ahead of them a lengthy neutralised zone before they reach kilometre-zero and the race proper is waved underway.

  6. 13:20:18 CEST

    And I reckon we'll have a race on our hands here. In stark contrast to the Tour, this year the trend at the Vuelta has been long drawn-out struggles for breakaways to form, and there's no reason why today should be any different. Given the profile, the stage will have been marked in the roadbooks of many of the baroudeurs, and there should be no shortage of interest in getting up the road today - so we could be in for another fast start. 

     

  7. 13:22:15 CEST

    A couple of non-starters to report. LottoNL-Jumbo's George Bennett continues to struggle with illness after his Tour de France abandon, while Dimension Data's Serge Pauwels - who might have fancied a stage such as this - is also sick. There are just four riders left now for DiData. 

     

  8. 13:29:38 CEST

    Before we get going, how about a re-cap of yesterday's action?

     

    The race went up to 2000 metres for a summit finish at Calar Alto - the first big mountain test of this year's Vuelta. Miguel Angel Lopez claimed stage honours while Chris Froome extended his overall lead, with many GC riders losing big chunks of time. Report, results, photos, video highlights - all in the following link. 

     

    Vuelta a España: Lopez wins on Calar Alto

     

  9. 13:30:36 CEST

    Here's how the GC has been left

     

    1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 45:18:01
    2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:19
    3 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-Scott 0:02:33
    4 David de la Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:36
    5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:02:37
    6 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:02:38
    7 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:57
    8 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac 0:03:01
    9 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:03:55
    10 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:04:11

     

  10. 13:36:55 CEST

    After two days of heavy rain - a rarity in August in southern Spain - normal service has been resumed and we have clear skies and blazing sunshine. 

  11. 13:37:39 CEST

    We're off!

     

    The flag drops at KM0 and the race is underway, the peloton braced for the first attacks. 

  12. 13:43:56 CEST

    No attacks sticking yet, as the peloton flies along almost in single file.

     

  13. 13:52:58 CEST

    There are a few lumps and bumps coming up, which may be helpful in the formation of a break, but it's full gas so far and, if previous stages are anything to go by, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see this situation continue all the way to the first climb of the day at KM80.

  14. 14:00:48 CEST

    Former Spanish champion Fran Ventoso (BMC) predicted such a start to proceedings. 

     

    "I think there'll be two races today," he told the race organisers this morning. "A very hard one to get into the break, because it's a tough start with rolling roads on the coast. Then a GC race - there may not be a summit finish but the climbs will make for a selection. Let's hope no one pays for the exertions of yesterday."

     

  15. 14:02:19 CEST

    Mark Christian is the latest Aqua Blue rider to try for the break, but still nothing sticking with just under 20km on the clock. 

     

  16. 14:10:38 CEST

    The fast start to the day is taking it's toll as two riders have already abandoned. They are Jorge Arcas (Movistar Team) and Lennard Höfstede (Team Sunweb).

     

  17. 14:21:17 CEST

    Still one big peloton barrelling along the coast, with more than 30km gone. 

  18. 14:23:21 CEST

    No break but the peloton has split under this pressure. Two big groups out there.

     

  19. 14:25:53 CEST

    The peloton is back together again. 

     

  20. 14:40:43 CEST

    A group of 14 riders has just clipped off the front...

     

  21. 14:43:49 CEST

    Omar Fraile, JJ Rojas, and Jan Polanc are in there, and it looks like they're getting away.

     

  22. 110km remaining from 160.1km

    14:45:00 CEST

    The average speed in the first hour was 47.7km/h - quicker than the fastest predicted time schedule once again. 

  23. 14:50:05 CEST

    This group has around a minute on the peloton at the moment, and here's who's in it.

     

    Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo)

    Diego Rosa (Team Sky)

    Pawel Poljanski, Andreas Schillinger (Bora-Hansgrohe)

    Julien Duval (AG2R-La Mondiale)

    Brendan Canty (Cannondale-Drapac)

    Michael Morkov (Katusha-Alpecin)

    Stef Clement (LottoNL-Jumbo)

    Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)

    Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal)

    Omar Fraile (Dimension Data)

    Anthony Pérez (Cofidis)

    David Arroyo (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

    Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport)

     

  24. 14:51:50 CEST

    Two minutes now. Despite a brief rally from Manzana Postobon, who have missed out, the pace drops in the peloton, and this right here is our break of the day. 

     

  25. 14:57:06 CEST

    The 14-rider break:

     

    Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo)

    Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar)

    Pawel Poljanski, Andreas Schillinger (Bora-Hansgrohe)

    Julien Duval (AG2R-La Mondiale)

    Brendan Canty (Cannondale-Drapac)

    Michael Morkov (Katusha-Alpecin)

    Stef Clement (LottoNL-Jumbo)

    Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)

    Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal)

    Omar Fraile (Dimension Data)

    Anthony Pérez (Cofidis)

    David Arroyo (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

    Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport)

     

  26. 100km remaining from 160.1km

    14:58:16 CEST

    With 100km left to race, the advantage of the breakaway has grown out to four minutes.

  27. 15:03:37 CEST

    News just in that Mark Cavendish will return to racing - after crashing out of the Tour de France in July - at the Tour of Britain, which starts this weekend. Here's the story.

  28. 15:07:00 CEST

    Puncture for Canty but he's back in the mix, as the gap continues to grow - 6 minutes now. 

     

  29. 15:11:53 CEST

    Sky have set up shop in their familiar position at the head of the peloton. Rojas is the only rider within half an hour of Froome's lead, so there's no need to ride hard at this point. 

  30. 82km remaining from 160.1km

    15:16:40 CEST

    With the race only just settled down into a relaxed situation and familiar pattern, the riders will soon be taking on a first-category climb. 

     

    It's the Puerto del León, and it's a long one at 17.4km. The average gradient may be a modest 4.9%, but that's skewed by a couple of downhill sections. 

     

     

  31. 15:18:27 CEST

    The climb, by the way, officially begins with 84km on the clock at 76km remaining - so in 4km' time. 

     

  32. 15:23:32 CEST

    Seven minutes is the gap as the breakaway riders approach the climb. Much will depend on how the peloton and the GC contenders race the climbs, but there's a good chance our stage winner will come from this group. 

  33. 15:29:37 CEST

    It's all amicable in the break as they tackle the lower slopes of this climb. It could be that the hostilities are saved for the second climb later on, or at least for further up this climb. 

     

  34. 15:32:58 CEST

    The peloton are about to start climbing, but before that there's the small matter of the feedzone. The grabbing of musettes along with the consumption of their contents will make for a relaxed pace and the breakaway riders - who have team cars right behind at their immediate disposal - will see their lead grow further still. 

     

  35. 15:38:16 CEST

    Third time lucky for Rojas?

     

    The Spaniard has twice finished in a podium position in stages at this Vuelta. He was in the break on a similar parcours two days ago, where a late climb was followed by a descent to the finish, but was emphatically dispatched by Matteo Trentin in the two-up sprint. "I found myself with the worst possible person - the fastest sprinter at this Vuelta," Rojas said ruefully on Tuesday. No such problem today...

  36. 15:43:25 CEST

    Just moments after Egan Bernal wrapped up the Tour de l'Avenir title - one of the most dominant victories in the race's recent history - it was announced he will be joining Team Sky next year. Today on CN, Pierre Carrey has this feature on the Colombian prodigy. 

     

    Egan Bernal: I don't want to be one of those riders who disappears at 27

     

  37. 70km remaining from 160.1km

    15:44:25 CEST

    The breakaway riders have ticked off 6.5km of this climb, and their lead stands at 7:35. They're just riding at a steady tempo at this point. 

     

  38. 15:47:52 CEST

    Team Sky, with a full team in front of Froome, lead the way in the peloton up this climb. It's Diego Rosa on the front, but if Christian Knees and Ian Stannard are sitting comfortably in behind then you know the pace is fairly sedate. 

     

  39. 16:01:22 CEST

    7:25 is the gap as the situation stays stable on this long climb. The breakaway riders are still all together and it's still a large Sky-led peloton behind. 

     

  40. 61km remaining from 160.1km

    16:06:21 CEST

    The 14 breakaway riders are riding in two rotating lines, swapping turns nicely. 2.5km to the top. 

  41. 16:08:19 CEST

    The break reach speeds of almost 80km/h as they hit one of those downhill sections I was talking about. It's soon over, and they have a kilometre or so left to climb before they can tuck into a proper descent. 

     

  42. 16:10:42 CEST

    Here comes the battle for the KOM points. A maximum of 10 on offer atop this first-category climb. 

     

  43. 58km remaining from 160.1km

    16:13:42 CEST

    There's not much of a fight, in the end, but Brendan Canty is over the top first 

     

  44. 16:15:41 CEST

    The road now heads downhill for more than 30km. Just as that climb was punctuated by a couple of downhill sections, so this descent is punctuated by a couple of inclines. It'll be ticked off quickly, but the action in this stage is going to come down to that final category-2 climb. 

     

  45. 16:20:01 CEST

    Romain Bardet appears at the head of the peloton as they come to the top of the climb, but the Frenchman's not about to embark on another daring solo descent. Sky still lead the way and will take them down here. 

     

  46. 16:21:38 CEST

    This isn't really a descent that suits a solo act of aggression, with plenty of places where the road levels out and even tips up, and plenty of pedalling to be done. 

  47. 49km remaining from 160.1km

    16:23:19 CEST

    The gap, by the way, is 8 minutes. 

  48. 16:26:04 CEST

    Crash!

     

    Duval crashes in the break as the aggression is upped, with Morkov attempting to forge his way clear. 

     

  49. 16:28:32 CEST

    Morkov has a decent gap on his former companions. Koning is chasing but only just ahead of the rest of the group, with Duval chasing back on behind them.

     

  50. 16:33:45 CEST

    Duval is back with the break but he's currently off the back holding onto the medical car, receiving some running repairs to what looks like a grazed left arm. 

     

  51. 38.5km remaining from 160.1km

    16:34:14 CEST

    Morkov is making this work. He has 22 seconds now. 

     

  52. 16:37:31 CEST

    Koning is still off the nose of the breakaway group. 

     

  53. 16:39:45 CEST

    There's no panic in the breakaway group and they're certainly not in full chase mode. They know this is a highly ambitious attempt from Morkov. 

     

  54. 16:40:53 CEST

    Koning has made it over to Morkov, but that's mainly because the Dane has slowed up. The rest of the breakaway riders aren't far behind now. 

     

  55. 33km remaining from 160.1km

    16:43:05 CEST

    The 14 breakaway riders are all back together as the road kicks up.

     

  56. 16:46:22 CEST

    It's warm at the finish but without breaching 30C. The finishing straight is slightly uphill, which will need to be taken into account in the event of a reduced group sprint. 

     

  57. 28km remaining from 160.1km

    16:49:25 CEST

    28km to go and the breakaway riders are steadily working together. They know this one's going all the way to the finish, so it's just a case of waiting for the key moves to be made on the upcoming climb. 

     

  58. 16:52:59 CEST

    Rojas may well be the favourite here. He handled late climbs followed by descents to finish third on stage 7 and second on stage 12. The others will certainly fear his finishing kick and will be hoping to drop him before it comes down to the final kilometre. 

     

  59. 16:54:19 CEST

    • Climb

    Here we go then. The break hits the final climb. 

     

    Puerto del Torcal

    Category 2

    7.6km

    7%
     

     

  60. 24km remaining from 160.1km

    16:57:09 CEST

    No attacks just yet as they enjoy a 9-minute buffer

     

  61. 16:57:36 CEST

    Clement accelerates and that's putting a lot of them in difficulty. Duval is straight out the back

     

  62. 16:58:02 CEST

    Morkov, Schillinger, Theuns, Koning all in trouble.

     

  63. 16:58:51 CEST

    Canty, Clement, Fraile, Poljanski, Rojas, Marczynski, and Arroyo are the riders in the lead now.

     

  64. 16:59:03 CEST

    Big acceleration from Fraile

     

  65. 17:00:49 CEST

    Fraile might have been going for the intermediate sprint that was somewhat incongruously positioned on this climb. Canty is able to deal with the acceleration, as is Marczynski. Rojas and Poljanski are getting back in, with Arroyo and Clement further back.

     

  66. 17:04:41 CEST

    Canty has added motivation out there. The Cannondale-Drapac team are currently fighting to stay afloat next season, and they're riding for pride at this Vuelta - and what a message a stage win would send to prospective sponsors. Not only that, but if the team does fold, then riders obviously need to secure work elsewhere for next year, so will no doubt be keen to show what they can do. 

  67. 21.5km remaining from 160.1km

    17:05:52 CEST

    Marczynski attacks. The Pole has already won a stage at this Vuelta from the break, but he wants another one, and he's opened up a really encouraging gap here. 30 seconds.

     

  68. 17:07:05 CEST

    The Lotto Soudal rider may be from Poland but this is pretty much home turf for him. He's an Andalucian resident, living not far from Granada. 

     

  69. 17:07:43 CEST

    Contador attacks from the peloton!

     

  70. 20.6km remaining from 160.1km

    17:08:11 CEST

    Contador, ever keen to animate this Vuelta, is on the move with Nico Roche. 

     

  71. 17:09:20 CEST

    Sky, instead of simply grinding their way back to that duo, send a rider up to police the move. But then they change their minds and it's back to riding tempo in a line. 

     

  72. 20km remaining from 160.1km

    17:10:00 CEST

    Marczynski has a lead of 50 seconds over Fraile, Canty, Rojas, and Poljanski. Extraordinary. 

  73. 17:10:22 CEST

    Contador and Roche have around 10 seconds on the peloton. No panic from Sky. 

     

  74. 17:10:49 CEST

    Clement has ridden back up to the chasers so it's five in pursuit of Marczynski. 

     

  75. 17:12:43 CEST

    Roche tumbled out of the top 10 yesterday after an awful ride to the summit finish at Calar Alto. He said his legs felt like concrete, and they don't seem much better today as Contador rides away from him.

     

  76. 17:13:31 CEST

    Froome has three teammates in front of him as Sky chase down Contador. Nibali moves up alongside the race leader for a chat. 

     

  77. 17:14:35 CEST

    It's ambitious from Contador, but once again he has thrown the cat among the pigeons. It had been calm for so long but suddenly this group isn't so much a peloton as an elite GC group of not much more than 20 riders. 

     

  78. 17:14:49 CEST

    Roche is swallowed up. 

     

  79. 17:15:35 CEST

    Contador has opened up 35 seconds on the GC group

     

  80. 17:16:02 CEST

    Meanwhile Marczynski has a minute on the chasers.

     

  81. 17:17:43 CEST

    Contador has a teammate up the road in Theuns, whom he should be able to lean on before long.

     

  82. 17:18:16 CEST

    Crash for Canty

     

  83. 17:19:56 CEST

    Canty crashed into the roadside barrier and flipped over it, but he's back up and running. 

  84. 11km remaining from 160.1km

    17:21:11 CEST

    Just under 11km to go now for Marczynski, who is looking good here. 

     

  85. 17:22:05 CEST

    Contador's lead has been clipped to 20 seconds. 

     

  86. 8.5km remaining from 160.1km

    17:22:46 CEST

    After Canty's fall, Poljanski has also lost ground, leaving three in the chase of Marczynski: Fraile, Rojas, Clement. 

  87. 17:23:37 CEST

    Contador crests the climb and there is Theuns waiting for him. 

     

  88. 17:25:11 CEST

    Problem for Froome!

     

  89. 17:25:47 CEST

    The race leader has a mechanical and drops back and comes to a halt to receive a bike change. 

     

  90. 17:25:56 CEST

    Froome crashes!

     

  91. 17:26:36 CEST

    Wow. Froome is trying to get back on and comes a cropper on a bend, where he was competing for space with the team cars. 

     

  92. 17:27:26 CEST

    Sky riders are sent to drop back for Froome, and this is the first real cause for panic for him in this Vuelta. 

     

  93. 17:27:57 CEST

    Contador has 1:07 on Froome as it stands, as he sprints to follow the wheel of Theuns on this descent. 

     

  94. 4km remaining from 160.1km

    17:28:33 CEST

    Into the last 4km for Marczynski, and he still holds a sufficient advantage to be confident of sealing the victory. 

  95. 17:29:52 CEST

    In the absence of Sky, Astana are leading the GC group. They have two riders - Aru and Lopez - in the top 10, and Contador is clearly a threat. 

     

  96. 2.5km remaining from 160.1km

    17:30:23 CEST

    Marczkysnki is coming towards the finish but the real drama here is unfolding some 8 minutes down the road. 

     

  97. 17:32:04 CEST

    We still haven't got a time check between Froome and the GC group, where Nibali is up near the front talking to the other riders. 

  98. 17:32:33 CEST

    Contador is simply giving it 100 per cent, and stands to gain a decent chunk of time today to continue his resurgence at this Vuelta. 

     

  99. 17:33:13 CEST

    Into the home straight for Marczynski. What a Vuelta this has been for him. He only had a few unremarkable wins on his palmares before this - including Polish RR and TT titles to be fair - but now has two Grand Tour stage wins to his name. 

     

  100. 17:33:33 CEST

    Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) wins stage 12 of the Vuelta a España

     

  101. 17:33:55 CEST

    The Pole crosses the line, sits up and celebrates, but now the attention swings back to the GC riders. 

     

  102. 17:34:20 CEST

    Froome is now leading his two teammates. He's still some way behind the GC group. 

  103. 17:34:43 CEST

    Fraile takes second place, Rojas third.

     

  104. 17:35:20 CEST

    Contador, still nestled in Theuns' slipstream, comes into town and is increasing his lead. 

     

  105. 17:35:35 CEST

    Astana continue to push on in the GC group, and Nibali is right up there too. 

     

  106. 17:36:41 CEST

    Theuns shakes his head. He looks like he's cooked, but he offers up another acceleration. Just over 3km to go for them.

     

  107. 17:37:10 CEST

    And now he's done. Contador is on his own now. An individual TT of 3km. 

     

  108. 17:37:45 CEST

    We don't have any time gaps at the moment, so we'll have to wait for the finish to properly assess the damage. 

  109. 157.9km remaining from 160.1km

    17:38:30 CEST

    There we go. Contador has 42 seconds over the Nibali/GC group. Froome is a further 18 seconds in arrears. 

  110. 17:39:18 CEST

    The road has flattened out and boy could Contador do without these extra kilometres. This is a really sapping effort, and it may well sap his gains here. 

  111. 1km remaining from 160.1km

    17:39:33 CEST

    Flamme rouge for Contador

     

  112. 17:40:19 CEST

    Froome is tucked in behind Wout Poels. A decent job in damage limitation but the race leader is going to lose a bit of time today. 

     

  113. 17:40:47 CEST

    Here comes Contador, still with enough energy to bounce out of the saddle. He crosses the line, and so begins the countback. 

     

  114. 17:41:05 CEST

    21 seconds is the gap to the GC group.

     

  115. 17:42:17 CEST

    Froome crosses the line some 20 seconds down on that GC group. 

     

  116. 17:46:56 CEST

    Top 10

     

    1 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal 3:56:45
    2 Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Dimension Data 0:00:52
    3 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
    4 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
    5 Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
    6 Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac 0:01:42
    7 Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:50
    8 Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:50
    9 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:50
    10 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:03:00
    11 Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport 0:05:03

     

  117. 17:47:39 CEST

    General classification after stage 12


    1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 49:22:53
    2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:59
    3 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-Scott 0:02:13
    4 David de la Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:16
    5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:02:17
    6 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:02:18
    7 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:37
    8 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac 0:02:41
    9 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:03:13
    10 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:03:51

     

  118. 17:51:53 CEST

    The official timings show that Contador put 22 seconds into the group of GC contenders, and 42 seconds into Froome. By my maths that means Nibali and the rest of the GC men put 20 seconds into Froome. Small, but significant. 

     

  119. 17:57:12 CEST

    Well, it was calm for much of the day but what a frantic finale we had. There'll be plenty to digest this evening - not least Contador's aggression and Froome's wobble. It will also be interesting to hear from Nibali and those in the GC group about the collaboration there. 

     

     

     

     

  120. 18:02:05 CEST

    Marczynski speaks


    "It was an incredible stage. After my first victory I was keeping fresh to try again today. I was a bit afraid at the beginning - I spent a lot of energy and had to sprint like 100 times just to get in the breakaway.

     

    "Once I was there I said 'today can be again my day'. I felt good form the beginning, I was climbing easy. I kept calm until the last climb and there I wanted to see how the others were doing, and when I saw I had good legs I tried to go alone. It's incredible, it's been my dream since I was a kid to win a Grand Tour stage solo, and today the dream becomes real."

  121. 18:13:31 CEST

    Here's Alberto Contador

     

    "It was a scenario that was better than we could have expected. I attacked, I spoke with Nicolas Roche and went with him, but he was unable to follow. I knew I had a teammate up the road and we gave it everything together. The descent was a complicated one because it was a slippery surface, so we had to give it respect while turning the pedals as hard as possible.

     

    "As for Froome, he crashed but he got back up and didn't lose much time. Taking into account the finish to this stage, we practically weren't expecting anything, so we can be very happy with what we got."

  122. 18:15:32 CEST

  123. 18:22:27 CEST

    Here's Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez, 10th overall after his stage win yesterday, who finished in the main GC group. 

     

    "It was a really bad day for [Froome]. We were descending really fast. We were just behind Sky and behind him. I passed him and he was stopping for a bit to change the bike, and then I didn't see what happened behind. I think he crashed again. These things happen in cycling, in racing.

     

    "Today I was there with the favourites on the last climb again. We'll see day by day how the legs go, how they're responding, because it's becoming a really demanding Vuelta. When I watched the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia on TV, I dreamed of one day wearing the best young rider's jersey. This year they at least have a prize for the best young rider in the Vuelta, which didn't have one. We'll keep going forward little by little, and hopefully keep earning it."

  124. 18:25:52 CEST

    And now we can hear from Froome, who confirms he crashed twice. 

     

    "I'm doing OK, thankfully. I'm just grateful they weren't more serious. It's never nice to crash, but in the end I had two teammates with me, they were fantastic - Mikel Nieve and Wout Poels - they helped me all the way to the finish and helped me to limit the losses to the Vincenzo Nibali group. I just slipped, I lost my front wheel in a corner. Same for the second one. Really dry, slippery corners and I just lost my front wheel.

     

    "Of course I don't like to give away time, but I'm grateful it's 20 seconds and not one minute."

  125. 18:29:09 CEST

    The first finish line shots are in

     

     

  126. 18:38:44 CEST

    Plenty more photos, alongside a write-up and results, in our stage report. 

     

    Vuelta a España: Marczynski wins stage 12 as Froome crashes

     

     

  127. 18:43:23 CEST

    For all the snap post-stage reaction in one handy place, here's our stage 12 edition of finish line quotes.

     

    Vuelta a Espana: Stage 12 finish line quotes

  128. 20:36:42 CEST

    Alberto Contador made some solid time gains today. Hear what he has to say about the race situation:

    Vuelta a Espana: Contador claws back 42 seconds on Froome on stage 12

  129. 21:12:06 CEST

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