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Vuelta a España 2013

Date range:
August 24 - September 15, 2013
  • Vuelta a España, Spain, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Start location:
      Vilanova de Arousa
      End location:
      Sanxenxo (TTT)
    • Stage 2

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      Alto Do Monte Da Groba
    • Stage 3

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      Mirador de Lobeira
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      Lago de Sanabria
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      Mairena de Aljafare
    • Stage 8

      Start location:
      Jerez de la Frontera
      End location:
      Alto Peñas Blancas (Estepona)
    • Stage 9

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      Valdepeñas de Jaén
    • Stage 10

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      Alto Hazallanas
    • Rest day 1

    • Stage 11

      Tarazona (ITT)
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    • Stage 14

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      Collada de la Gallina
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    • Stage 16

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      Aramón Formigal
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    • Stage 18

      Start location:
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      Peña Cabarga
    • Stage 19

      Start location:
      San Vicente de la Barquera
      End location:
      Alto Naranco
    • Stage 20

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      Alto de L´Angliru
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  • Race history

September 07, Stage 14: Baga - Collada de la Gallina 155.7km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hola and welcome the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 14 of the Vuelta a Espana. The 155km stage takes the race into the Pyrenees, with a tough day in the mountains and a finish at Collada de la Gallina in Andorra.

  1. 13:59:28 CEST

    This is the first of a three tough stages in the Pyrenees which are expected to see some aggressive racing.

  2. 14:00:05 CEST

    The weather could also be a factor, with the riders racing in the rain and with a storm gathering.

  3. 14:02:11 CEST

    The stage includes four main climbs: The Port de Erivalira, the Coll de Ordino,  the Alto de la Comella and then the climb to the finish at Collada de la Gallina.

  4. 14:06:00 CEST

    After the long climb up from Baga, the riders are already in Andorra but face a long mountainous loop around the country.

  5. 14:11:16 CEST

    It is raining heavily and so the descent, as much as the climbs could be decisive today.

  6. 93.7km remaining from 155.7km

    14:13:22 CEST

    The riders have covered 62km, leaving 94km in the mountains still to race.

  7. 14:15:24 CEST

    As expected, we have an early break. This time five riders jumped away after just three kilometres.

  8. 14:16:20 CEST

    The five are: Steve Chainel (AG2R La Mondiale), Graeme Brown, Luis León Sánchez (Belkin), Philippe Gilbert (BMC) and
    Daniele Ratto (Cannondale).

  9. 14:17:52 CEST

    The break quickly build a significant lead and still has a margin of 11:25 on the peloton.  

  10. 14:18:32 CEST

    Graeme Brown has worked hard to help LL Sanchez and the Spainiard is no doubt looking to win the stage.

  11. 14:19:35 CEST

    It will be interesting to see if Gilbert can stay with him. If he can it will prove the Belgian world champion will be a real threat at the hilly world championships in Tuscany on September 29.  

  12. 14:20:48 CEST

    The break is now on the Port de Envalira climb.

  13. 14:21:24 CEST

    It is 26.7km long at an average of 5.2%. 

  14. 14:22:09 CEST

    As to be expected, Chainel and Brown are struggling and have already been dropped from the move.

  15. 14:29:44 CEST

    Behind the break, the overall contenders are staying on the wheels and wrapped up against the rain. We can expect some action very soon.

  16. 14:33:23 CEST

    As you may have seen, Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) didn't start today's stage and his season is over after a scan discovered he has a hip fracture. He had been fighting pain for several days after crashing on stage  of the Vuelta.

  17. 14:34:40 CEST

    It means Australia has lost a key rider for the world championships. Read more about it here, including comments from Gerrans. 

  18. 14:41:32 CEST

    Before start, race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) said he was expecting attacks: 

    “I expect that my rivals will attack me today but I’m not worried. I haven’t watched last year’s finish at La Gallina. I don’t want to add any stress. I’m also not afraid of the rain. I
    usually go well with these weather conditions.”


    “Our most dangerous rival remains Chris Horner”, added Astana’s DS Giuseppe

  19. 14:42:55 CEST

    Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) admitted that he needs to make up some time on Nibali today and so is likely to attack.

    “If my legs are good, I have to make up
    some time today. I’d prefer better weather. The finale is not as steep as the other day when I won but a small margin can be gained. I have no need to take the red jersey back today but I need to make some time,” he said at the start.

  20. 14:47:40 CEST

    Eros Capecchi predicted that Movistar would ride defensively but suggested that Alejandro Valverde will target the time bonuses on offer at the finish. He won the stage to La Gallina in 2012 but lost road captain and key domestique Pablo Lastras in a crash on Friday.

    “With Pablo Lastras, we’ve lost an important man yesterday. Benat Intxausti’s crash in the tunnel was spectacular but with no consequence, except that he missed the opportunity to win the stage," Capecchi said.

    "Today we’re going to follow because we have the rider (Alejandro Valverde) who can gain time bonus at the end. Even if it’s a different and harder  stage than last year, as he won at La Gallina, he’s confident to do it

  21. 14:49:16 CEST

    Of course, all eyes will be on Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez (Katusha). He lives in Andorra and knows he roads well. He is also looking for a stage victory and to revive his overall chances.

    “Yesterday, I was going well. I have
    found the sensations I like again. Today’s stage finishes close to my home. This is MY stage,” he said. 

    We can no doubt expect Purito to light it up on the climb to the finish.

  22. 62.7km remaining from 155.7km

    15:00:37 CEST

    The temperature is just 5 C atop the Port de Envalira. The breakaways are close to the summit now.

  23. 15:01:39 CEST

    The gap to the peloton is still a massive 12:30.

  24. 15:09:23 CEST

    The break is over the top of the Port de Envalira, the climb is the highest climb of the Vuelta, and is entitled to Alberto Fernandez, just as the highest climb, the Cima Coppi, is named after Fasuto Coppi.   

  25. 15:17:56 CEST

    The peloton has also crossed the summit, 8:30 behind the breakaway trio.

  26. 15:29:38 CEST

    The bad weather is taking its toll on the riders. Nick Nuyens (Garmin-Sharp) Lieuwe Westra and Wouter Poels (Vacansoleil-DCM) have retired during the stage.

  27. 15:30:07 CEST

    The descent is creating problems in the peloton and up front.

  28. 15:30:53 CEST

    Sanchez has crashed on the descent but is back riding, while Ivan Basso (Cannondale) is struggling in the wet and cold conditions.

  29. 15:31:50 CEST

    Upfront the break has split as it starts the Coll de Ordino. Ratto now leads alone, 25 clear of Gilbert.

  30. 15:32:32 CEST

    Six riders have formed a group off the front of the peloton.

  31. 44.7km remaining from 155.7km

    15:34:56 CEST

    Ratto has a gap of 7:40 on the peloton.

  32. 15:38:55 CEST

    Jose Herrada (Movistar), Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky), Vladimir Gusev (Katusdha), Imanol Erviti (Movistar) and Luca Paolini (Katusha) have a skight led on the peloton.

  33. 15:47:54 CEST

    Sadly there is no live television at the moment as the race is exploding. 

  34. 15:49:06 CEST

    The Belkin team has confirmed that Luis Leon Sanchez has now retired from the Vuelta after his crash and due to hypothermia.

  35. 15:50:58 CEST

    Sanchez seemed on course to go for the stage victory but now that fight is between Ratto and Gilbert. The Italian has a slight lead on the world champion.

  36. 15:52:57 CEST

    So far Vincenzo Nibali seems on control. He has several teammates with him, including Jakob Fuglsang and Paolo Tiralongo.

  37. 37km remaining from 155.7km

    15:56:49 CEST

    Ratto begins the long descent off the Col de Ordino. He has to tackle a small Cat 2 climb and then the much tougher Collada de la Gallina.

  38. 15:58:43 CEST

    It is still raining at the finish, but the clouds are breaking slightly. This will be an epic stage if the overall contenders begin to attack on the descent and final climb.

  39. 16:01:27 CEST

    The weather and climbs are creating a natural selection. There are just 30 or so riders in the front peloton. Alex Howes (Garmin-SHarp) is in there as he continues to impress.  

  40. 16:08:37 CEST

    Surprisingly Pinot has joined he front group on the descent, despite his descending problems.

  41. 16:11:18 CEST

    Pinot is with Anton, Urtasun, Egoi, Flecha, Arroyo, Herrada, Txurruka and Howes. They have a minute on the peloton.

  42. 16:11:46 CEST

    Ratto is close to two minutes clear of Gilbert now. He's in pursuit of victory.

  43. 16:12:25 CEST

    It is still pouring down with rain but the race is on.

  44. 16:12:52 CEST

    The cold and rain has combined to create huge problems, with even Valverde suffering.

  45. 16:13:44 CEST

    It seems he stopped for a natural break but had to chase hard to get back on.

  46. 16:17:15 CEST

    Ratto is just 16km from the finish but faces a long climb to the finish.

  47. 16:18:52 CEST

    He still leads by 9:00.

  48. 16:19:55 CEST

    It seems that Ivan Basso (Cannondale) has also retired due to the cold.

  49. 16:20:59 CEST

    Basso apparently suffered in the cold on the descent of the Envalira. He was seventh overall in the GC.

  50. 16:21:59 CEST

    The Cannondale team has confirmed that Basso has retired. It seems he was close to suffering with hypothermia.

  51. 16:22:09 CEST

    It is brutal out there.

  52. 16:23:17 CEST

    Valverde is suffering too and is at 45 seconds, as Katusha drive the pace.

  53. 16:25:10 CEST

    Valverde seems to be struggling. His legs look heavy and is trying to stay on is teammates wheel.

  54. 16:26:12 CEST

    Ratto is safely down the last descent of the Alto de la Comella. He has just 10km to go.

  55. 16:26:49 CEST

    He leads the chasers by over 8 minutes. Valverde is 40 seconds back. He won the stage here last year but is suffering today.

  56. 16:28:05 CEST

    It is going to be a day of mixed emotions for Cannondale. Ratto is on course to win the stage but team leader Ivan Basso has retired.

  57. 6.5km remaining from 155.7km

    16:31:52 CEST

    Ratto is trying to hold off the peloton behind. His gap is at 8:50.

  58. 16:32:51 CEST

    Gilbert is five minutes down on Ratto and so about four minutes ahead of the peloton.

  59. 16:34:02 CEST

    Nibali has taken off his cape and seems ready for the climb to the finish.

  60. 16:34:31 CEST

    Roche is in the Nibali group, which includes a dozen or so riders.

  61. 16:35:01 CEST

    Behind Valverde is slowly getting back on.

  62. 16:36:03 CEST

    It seems even more bad weather if forecast for Sunday's second stage in the Pyrenees.

  63. 16:37:22 CEST

    The Nibali group is at the 7km to go mark.

  64. 16:37:33 CEST

    Ratto is at 4km to go.

  65. 16:39:47 CEST

    Ratto is on the steep, 15% section now.

  66. 16:41:54 CEST

    Valverde is fighting to get back but the roads will kick up again now.

  67. 16:43:55 CEST

    Leo Konig (NetApp-Endura) has been dropped from the front group. Nibali looks ok but so does Rodriguez and Horner. 

  68. 16:45:04 CEST

    Horner is wearing the blue and white jersey today. Kiserlovski is setting the pace for Horner, while Nibali is alone. 

  69. 2km remaining from 155.7km

    16:45:35 CEST

    Ratto has just 2km to go. He has been away for 150km, 3km into the stage.

  70. 16:46:30 CEST

    Horner has leg warmers and arm warmers to fight the cold.  

  71. 16:46:47 CEST

    Horner has now hit the front and upped the pace. Nibali is on his wheel.

  72. 16:47:02 CEST

    This is the decisive moment of the race.

  73. 16:48:09 CEST

    In a touch of mind games, Nibali moves up alongside Horner or a hairpin.

  74. 16:49:02 CEST

    Rodriguez and Roche were unable to hold the pace on this steep part of the climb.

  75. 16:49:58 CEST

    Ratto is gonig to win the stage but Horner and Nibali have past Gilbert, the other breakaway of the day.  

  76. 16:50:43 CEST

    Horner will rise in the overall classification, making up some of the time he lost in the time trial. He could be second overall at the end of the stage.

  77. 1km remaining from 155.7km

    16:51:18 CEST

    Ratto is inside the final kilometre.

  78. 16:52:13 CEST

    Nibali and Horner will gain a big chunk of time on their overall rivals. Could the Vuelta become a two-horse race? 

  79. 16:52:55 CEST

    Up front Ratto is shaking his head as the pain hurts his legs. The 23 year-old will be able to enjoy victory very soon. 

  80. 16:53:21 CEST

    Ratto can see the finish.

  81. 16:53:53 CEST

    He starts to celebrate victory.

  82. 16:54:50 CEST

    He throws his arms up in the air and pulls on his Cannondale jersey, savouring the moment. This is the biggest win of his career.

  83. 16:55:12 CEST

    Ratto celebrates with the Cannondale team staff.

  84. 16:55:45 CEST

    Behind Horner is leading Nibali as the other GC contenders fight to limit their losses.

  85. 16:56:21 CEST

    They lead Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) and Rodriguez (Katusha) by 20 seconds.

  86. 16:56:42 CEST

    Valverde is 40 seconds behind.

  87. 16:57:17 CEST

    Nibali and Valerde will no doubt fight for the bonus seconds.

  88. 16:58:14 CEST

    Here they come.

  89. 16:58:42 CEST

    Nibali  kicks and takes second place 3:52 behind Ratto. Horner is just behind him.

  90. 16:59:32 CEST

    Rodriguez finished at 4:11 down on Ratto, Sanchez at 4:20 and Valerde stops the clock at 4:43, Pinot and Pozzovivo were just behind him.

  91. 17:00:09 CEST

    Nibali has extended his overall lead on all his rivals.

  92. 17:00:40 CEST

    Roche seems to have cracked and could lose a lot of time.

  93. 17:03:03 CEST

    Ratto gave Cannondale its 32nd win of the season. Team Sky has also won 20 races, with Omega Pharma-Quick Step leading the honours list with a massive 49 victories.

  94. 17:05:24 CEST

    Today's stage was terrible due to the weather but just 155km long. Sunday's stage to Peyragudes is 224km long and includes four major climbs and three long descents.

  95. 17:08:29 CEST

    Nibali gained to seconds plus a four second time bonus.

  96. 17:08:54 CEST

    Rcohe finished 7:22 down on the stage and has slipped to sixth overall.

  97. 17:09:55 CEST

    Horner is second overall at 50 seconds. Valverde is at 1:42, with Rodriguez at 2:57.

  98. 17:12:27 CEST

    Ratto sprays the crowd with the Cava. It's the best day of his young career.

  99. 17:12:49 CEST

    Nibali steps on the podium to collect another red jersey.

  100. 17:25:13 CEST

    That's it from over live coverage for today.

    We will have a full report, a huge photo gallery, news and interviews from the Vuelta very soon.

    Join is on Sunday' for stage 15 and more action in the Pyrenees.