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Vuelta a España 2013

Date range:
August 24 - September 15, 2013
  • Vuelta a España, Spain, WorldTour
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    • Stage 1

      Start location:
      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
      End location:
      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
    • Stage 19

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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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  • Race history

September 11, Stage 17: Calahorra - Burgos 189km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

A transition stage today -- and preparing the remaining riders for the upcoming mountains.....

  1. 14:30:16 CEST

    Today the Vuelta offers us a rolling stage with two ranked climbs. A day made for an escape group to be caught in time for a mass sprint finish.

  2. 139km remaining from 189km

    14:34:11 CEST

    We have two riders off the front: Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural) and the ever-popular Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol). The broke off quite early and with 139km to go, they have a gap of 8:10.

  3. 14:38:31 CEST

    The Cyclingnews stage preview can be found here.

  4. 14:43:40 CEST

    Neither Hansen nor Aramendia are any threat to the leaders. Hansen is 65th overall, at 1:49:57 down, while Aramendia is 141st, over three hours behind leader Vincenzo Nibali.

  5. 14:46:16 CEST

    We have already had the first intermediate sprint of the day, with Aramendia taking it ahead of Hansen. Luca Dodi of Lampre took third.

  6. 14:50:04 CEST

    The good news is that there were no reported DNS today, so we still have 150 riders here.

  7. 129km remaining from 189km

    14:52:14 CEST

    The gap is dropping slightly, and is now at 7:24.

  8. 14:56:01 CEST

    The wind may well play a role today. Photographer Graham Watson tweeted about “massive winds likely to cause chaos for cyclists”.

  9. 125km remaining from 189km

    14:57:16 CEST

    And the gap continues to fall, now at 6:27.

  10. 15:01:08 CEST

    One other thing that might trip up a few riders (metaphorically speaking, of course) and especially the sprinters, is the climb up to the Castle of Burgos, only 10km before the finish. It is not enough to be a ranked climb, but features cobblestones and a gradient up to 9%.

  11. 15:06:16 CEST

    On a personal note: this is my next-to-last live report for a Grand Tour for Cyclingnews.  After nine exciting and busy years, I will be retiring from the website after the Giro di Lombardia. Thanks to all involved who have made it such a wonderful job!

  12. 116km remaining from 189km

    15:09:58 CEST

    Lampre and Orica-GreenEdge are the ones leading the chase, and the gap is again down, at 6:04.

  13. 15:18:40 CEST

    Let's take a look at our two escapees. Hansen, 32, has only to arrive at the finish line Sunday and will then have completed seven Grand Tours in a row. Now that is an accomplishment! And top it all off, he won a stage at the Giro d'Italia this year.

    Adam Hansen holds up the Australian flag

  14. 15:22:51 CEST

    Javier Armendia (Euskaltel-Euskadi) makes adjustments to his bike.Aramendia, 26, has already been in too many escapes to count in this Vuelta. Maybe he will be lucky today and bring in his first pro win!

  15. 15:28:28 CEST

    Tyler Farrar has been waiting all Vuelta long for his best chance at a mass sprint. He had hoped tt to find it today. “But now I hear there’s a climb in the last ten kilometers”, he said. “I’m still hoping for a sprint. It could be an interesting stage with a lot of wind in an open area. It can be harder than
    on the book.”

  16. 102km remaining from 189km

    15:34:06 CEST

    The leaders are coming up on the feed zone, and the gap is now at exactly five minutes.

  17. 15:38:29 CEST

    “Aged 21, Warren Barguil has won just as many stages at the Vuelta as all Spaniards combined”, noted daily newspaper La Razon. Two for Barguil, and two for Spaniard Dani Moreno.

  18. 97km remaining from 189km

    15:43:53 CEST

    We admit to being a fan of "Iron Man" Hansen, so we had hoped this group would stay away to the end. It is starting to look less likely, though, as the gap is now only four minutes.

  19. 15:46:38 CEST

    Speaking of Hansen, seven Grand Tours in a row aren't enough, apparently. He wants to ride all three again next year as well.

  20. 15:50:55 CEST

    Here is some news: Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) has said he will leave the race after today's stage. He will go home to Switzerland and prepare for the upcoming World Championships.

  21. 86km remaining from 189km

    15:54:24 CEST

    Lampre is leading the chase alone now, and with success: 3.44.

  22. 15:59:35 CEST

    If you will recall, the race tightened up a bit on Monday. Chris Horner is creeping closer and closer to Nibali.

    1     Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team     64:06:01      
    2     Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard     0:00:28      
    3     Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team     0:01:14      
    4     Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha     0:02:29      
    5     Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale     0:03:38      
    6     Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff     0:03:43      
    7     Thibaut Pinot (Fra)     0:04:37      
    8     Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura     0:06:17      
    9     Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi     0:07:33      
    10     Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team     0:09:21    

  23. 16:06:32 CEST

    We expect a real showdown in the next few stages, between Nibali and Horner. The Italian is ready, and thinks he can retain his lead to win this race.

  24. 16:08:42 CEST

    The sun is shining again today. Let's hope we don't have any more nasty weather in this race.

  25. 16:12:27 CEST

    Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) said: “Yesterday, I did quite a lot of press. I went on the trainer for 45 minutes, easy and relax. Today I have the best team for the wind. Normally I prefer less wind and sunshine but I have a TGV train with Cancellara. He’s very interested in doing some damage before leaving the Vuelta!”

  26. 76km remaining from 189km

    16:14:34 CEST

    With 76km to go, Hansen and Aramendia have a gap of 3:29.

  27. 16:15:48 CEST

    The two are in fact approaching the summit of the first climb of the day, the Alto de Pradilla.

  28. 16:20:03 CEST

    The gap has gone back up to 4:30.

  29. 16:22:50 CEST

    Hansen took the Mountain ranking, with Aramendia of course second. It will be a while before the third rider is there.

    Nico Sijmons of Cofidis hopes to be that third rider. He has jumped from the peloton.

  30. 16:23:53 CEST

    Edet and Ratto are the next to jump on this climb.

  31. 16:26:13 CEST

    Sijmons has taken the third and last placing on the mountain ranking. That doesn't stop KOM (and Cofidis teammate) Edet from sprinting with Ratto at the line. Communication failure in Cofidis?

  32. 16:30:10 CEST

    • Climb

    Speaking of the King of the Mountains, here is how it looked coming into the stage:

    1     Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits     36      pts
    2     Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling     30      
    3     Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard     22      
    4     Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA     20      
    5     Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff     19      
    6     Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team     19      
    7     Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida     17      
    8     Alexandre Geniez (Fra)     17      
    9     Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano     14      
    10     Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida     13    

  33. 16:31:47 CEST

    Sijmons, Ratto and Edet are all now back in the peloton.

  34. 16:34:06 CEST

    The peloton is starting to fall apart. Hard to tell whether it is because a high pace is being set, or whether the wind is playing a role.

  35. 16:38:56 CEST

    Stage 16 winner Warren Barguil said: “It wasn’t really a rest day. I gave a lot of interviews on the phone. Finally, that made me realize what I’ve achieved at the Vuelta so far. I’m not disturbed by the wind. I know how to ride my bike in the wind.”

  36. 16:43:42 CEST

    Miguel Indurain says that Joaquim Rodriguez and Nicolas Roche still have a chance here.

  37. 54.6km remaining from 189km

    16:46:34 CEST

    Hansen and Aramendia are now nearing the next climb, with a gap of 3:15.

  38. 16:52:44 CEST

    The peloton weaves its way up the many turns and curves on this cat. 3 climb, the Alto de Valmala.

  39. 16:53:23 CEST

    The gap is under three minutes now.

  40. 16:55:17 CEST

    Once again, Hansen wins the mountain ranking ahead of Aramendia.

  41. 16:55:52 CEST

    And once more a Cofidis rider has jumped to grab the third point at the mountaintop. And once more it is Sijmons.

  42. 16:57:06 CEST

    Edet jumps and joins his teammate, and will no doubt take the third place point. Ratto stays put in the field, he decided not to play the game this time.

  43. 16:58:50 CEST

    Edet did of course take the last remaining point. The peloton crosses over 2:42 after the two leaders.

  44. 17:04:03 CEST

    It looks like our brave duo won't really have a chance today. With 42.6km to go, they have a gap of only 2:11.

  45. 17:05:29 CEST

    We continue to see Orica-GreenEdge and Lampre at the head of the field, with Saxo-Tinkoff not far back.

  46. 17:09:26 CEST

    Lampre has taken over the chase work now, with only one Orica GreenEdge jersey visibile in the pink-blue mass.

  47. 17:13:48 CEST

    Yohann Bagot (Cofidis) said: “I’d like to make the top 20 overall. It means I need to be part of a successful breakaway. I hope I’ll do it one of these days.”

  48. 17:16:26 CEST

    The peloton is on a flat, open part of the course and looks nervous. Everyone wants to be at the front in case the wind comes up and echelons form.

  49. 17:17:05 CEST

    28 km and 1:21.

  50. 17:17:55 CEST

    And it has happened. The wind has blown the field aparts. Riders and echelons all over the place.

  51. 17:19:25 CEST

    Nibali, Valverde, Horner are all near the front of the first group, as the gap drops to one minute.

  52. 17:20:33 CEST

    The group of favourites now has a fairly large gap over the next group. And even further back is a large third group.

  53. 17:22:22 CEST

    Only 33 seconds now for Hansen and Aramendia, with 24 km to go.

  54. 17:25:57 CEST

    The fifth-ranked Domenico Pozzovivo is in teh second chase group -- he may well drop down today.

    Meanwhile, the first group ha caught the two leaders with 20.9 km to go.

  55. 17:27:39 CEST

    Unfortunately we still don't have a list of who is in this group of favourites. Although we just saw Rigoberto Uran's very distinctive hair....

  56. 17:28:43 CEST

    There is 22 seconds between the first two groups, and then 14 seconds to the third group.

  57. 16km remaining from 189km

    17:30:30 CEST

    The third group has dropped back a few more seconds.

  58. 17:31:21 CEST

    Pozzovivo is in fact in the third group, as is Thibaut Pinot.

  59. 17:33:22 CEST

    The third group looks like it is aboaut to catch the second group. But the gap up to the favourites' group is still about 30 seconds.

  60. 14km remaining from 189km

    17:34:31 CEST

    The last two groups have joined up. The first group is now 40 seconds ahead.

    Roche is in that lead group, as well.

  61. 13km remaining from 189km

    17:35:30 CEST

    Soon the lead group will face that short and nasty cobbled climb up to the Castle of Burgos.

  62. 17:36:19 CEST

    48 seconds now for the Pozzovivo group.

  63. 17:38:13 CEST

    • Movistar

    Movistar is putting up a fierce pace here in teh city of Burgos.

  64. 17:39:25 CEST

    Roche was only five seconds behind Pozzovivo in the GC,so he will definitely move up one notch today.

  65. 9.3km remaining from 189km

    17:39:49 CEST

    And up they go!

  66. 17:40:09 CEST

    Astana leads the way, with Katusha right behind them.

  67. 17:41:13 CEST

    Riders are dropping off the back of this field, as a Lampre rider attacks.

  68. 17:41:53 CEST

    Diego Ulissi has built up a small gap on the field.

  69. 8km remaining from 189km

    17:42:28 CEST

    Now over a minute to the Pozzovivo group.

  70. 17:42:55 CEST

    Ulissi has crested at this unranked climb and is now descending.

  71. 5.5km remaining from 189km

    17:45:22 CEST

    An Euskaltel rider, Egoi Martinez, has now joined Ulissi, but the group is right behind them now.

  72. 17:46:25 CEST

    Small gaps are beginning to form in the favourites' group, with ULissi and Martinez now caught.

  73. 17:47:17 CEST

    • Astana

    An AStana rider is the next to go, Tanel Kangert. But he doesn't really get away.

  74. 17:47:47 CEST

    This is a very twisty, turny course through the city.

  75. 3km remaining from 189km

    17:48:43 CEST

    Kangert is caught.

    Edvald Boasson Hagen is in this group. We think he might have a very good chance today.

  76. 17:49:03 CEST

    1:10 back to the next group.

  77. 2km remaining from 189km

    17:49:58 CEST

    Two km to go, and the favourites are all still near the front.

  78. 17:50:30 CEST

    Another Astana rider has jumped. Behind him, Michele Scarponi is riding for his team's sprinter.

  79. 17:51:01 CEST

    All together again, with Boasson Hagen on fifth wheel, as they come under the 1 km marker.

  80. 17:51:24 CEST

    Much cat-and.mousing, as a Belkin rider take his chance.

  81. 17:51:51 CEST

    Bauke Mollema has a rather good gap here. Have the otehrs left it too late?

  82. 17:52:10 CEST

    Yes! Mollema soloes in aross the finish line!

  83. 17:52:54 CEST

    The next group has only now come under the flamme rouge.

  84. 17:53:32 CEST

    Pozzovivo has now lost 1:30 on the day.

  85. 17:55:11 CEST

    Boasson Hagen was second -- again -- and third place went to Tyler Farrar.

  86. 17:55:46 CEST

    Oops, no. Richeze of Lampre was third, with Farrar fourth.

    The whole group got the same time as the winner.

  87. 17:56:47 CEST

    Our top ten on the stage:

    1    Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
    2    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
    3    Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida
    4    Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
    5    Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard
    6    Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
    7    Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha
    8    Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura
    9    José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
    10    Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff

  88. 17:58:13 CEST

    Two years ago, Mollema finished fourth overall in the Vuelta. But this is his first Grand Tour stage win.

  89. 17:59:59 CEST

    Roche does indeed move up to fifth place in GC.

  90. 18:02:12 CEST

    The top ten in GC hasn't been officially announced yet, but we are pretty sure that the top  five are:

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

  91. 18:04:15 CEST

    We will have the results and our report up soon, here.

  92. 18:04:46 CEST

    That's it for today. Join us again tomorrow for more fun and games.