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Vuelta a España 2013

Date range:
August 24 - September 15, 2013
  • Vuelta a España, Spain, WorldTour
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      27.4km
      Start location:
      Vilanova de Arousa
      End location:
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      Start location:
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      Jerez de la Frontera
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      Tarazona (ITT)
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      Maella
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      Tarragona
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      Distance:
      169km
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      Valls
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      Castelldefels
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      Baga
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      Collada de la Gallina
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      Andorra
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      Peyragudes
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      Graus
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      Aramón Formigal
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      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Calahorra
      End location:
      Burgos
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      186.5km
      Start location:
      Burgos
      End location:
      Peña Cabarga
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      Distance:
      181km
      Start location:
      San Vicente de la Barquera
      End location:
      Alto Naranco
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      Distance:
      142.2km
      Start location:
      Aviles
      End location:
      Alto de L´Angliru
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      Distance:
      109.6km
      Start location:
      Leganés
      End location:
      Madrid
  • Race history

September 12, Stage 18: Burgos - Peña Cabarga 186.5km

Kiryienka wins Vuelta stage to Peña Cabarga

By:
Stephen Farrand
Published:
September 12, 2013, 14:28,
Updated:
September 13, 2013, 14:26

Nibali loses time to Horner on final climb

Vasil Kiryienka (Sky Procycling) wins stage 18 of the Vuelta a Espana

Vasil Kiryienka (Sky Procycling) wins stage 18 of the Vuelta a Espana

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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) hung onto the race leader's red jersey by just three seconds after being dropped by Chris Horner (Radioshack-Leopard) in the final kilometre of the steep climb to the finish on the Peña Cabarga.

Horner managed to distance the Italian on the steepest part of the climb, dancing on the pedals as he fight the 20% gradient and make Nibali suffer.

Horner finished sixth on the stage behind winner Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) and the remains of the break of the day. He gained 25 second gap on the Nibali, leaving him just three seconds behind the Italian on the general classification. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) both passed a struggling Nibali in sight of the line. They remain third and fourth overall at 1:09 and 2:24 respectively.

Kiryienka won the stage after being part of the break of the day and then attacking alone 40km out. He held off the chasers and the peloton, producing a huge effort to take a deserved victory. Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo-Tinkoff) finished second, at 28 seconds after trying to chase down Kiryienka, with Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol) third at 1:18.

Kiryienka movingly dedicated his win to Italy's Daniele Tortoli, his first directeur sportif, who died recently.

Nibali initially seemed strong enough to go with Horner when the American followed an attack by Rodriguez. However he went too deep and paid for his effort. With time bonuses of ten, six and four seconds award at stage finishes, and intermediate sprint time bonuses of six, four and two seconds available, the Vuelta is now finely balanced.

Horner could snatch the race lead on the finish to Alto Naranco at the end of Friday's stage or on the Angliru –the final climb of the 2013 Vuelta, on Saturday. The Vuelta ends in the centre of Madrid with a circuit stage on Sunday.

How it happened

Despite the steep finish to the stage overlooking the northern coastline, riders were keen to get in the break of the day, in the hope the overall contenders would let them stay away and they would have the legs to make it to the finish.

After some early attacks, the right move formed after 18km with 15 riders going away. In there were Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge), Caleb Fairly (Garmin-Sharp), Angel Vicioso (Katusha), Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol), Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural), Mickaël Chérel (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Argos Shimano), Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky), Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Cannondale), Martin Kohler (BMC), Ben Gastauer (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo-Tinkoff), Grega Bole (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Matteo Bono (Lampre-Merida).

Movistar and Cofidis missed the move and so initially took up the chase. However they quickly lost enthusiasm and sat up, allowing the gap to grow. Astana set the tempo for a while but the gap reached almost ten minutes after the first climb of Alto de Bocos and hit double digits before the Alto Estacas de Trueba after 100km of racing.

Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural) took the mountain points but the climb marked the point when the gap began to fall, with Movistar ready to do a lot of work to step up Valverde for the finale. However the hilly stage profile also offered an opportunity for attacks and the break split on the Alto del Caracol 40km from the finish.

Kiryienka attacks

Dall'Antonia, Bole, Bono, Gastauer and Fairly quickly lost contact but Kiryienka went on the attack, with Clark and Hansen. Kiryienka then went again, setting off on his lone adventure. He carved out a minute's lead and was on a mission to try and win the stage.

The other riders left in the break remained unorganised and unconvinced about chasing, often talking and even arguing about who should do the work. It all played into the hands of solo Kiryienka, with the quiet Belarus rider diving down the descents and perfectly pacing his effort on the climbs.

Movistar continued to set the pace all the way to the foot of the Peña Cabarga but as soon as the riders turned left and the gradient kicked in hard, Radioshack-Leopard took over. Nibali opened his red leader's jersey and glued himself to Horner's back wheel. He was on the defensive but seemed in control.

Nibali cracks

The pace remained hard but constant until the final two kilometres of the climb, when the gradient touched 20%. Suddenly Moreno and Rodriguez blew the race apart for Katusha but Horner had the strength to go with them. Nibali banged shoulders with Valverde on a corner as he fought to follow them. He got up to the trio at one point but had nothing left when Horner accelerated again in the final kilometre. His shoulders slumped as he fought for his breath but the Vuelta was escaping his grasp as Horner went out of sight.

The veteran American failed to snatch the lead by just three seconds but is perhaps now the favourite to win the Vuelta. We find out on Friday's finish to Alto Naranco and definitively on the Angliru finish on Saturday.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling 4:46:48  
2 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:28  
3 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 0:01:18  
4 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:34  
5 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:42  
6 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:53  
7 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural 0:02:02  
8 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:02:13  
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team    
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:18  
11 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
12 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:02:24  
13 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
14 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:02:31  
15 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:36  
16 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    
17 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team    
18 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:02:49  
19 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
20 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano 0:02:53  
21 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
22 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:59  
23 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:03:04  
24 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:06  
25 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura 0:03:38  
26 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:03:42  
27 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura    
28 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
29 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
30 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard    
31 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha 0:04:04  
32 Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:04:08  
33 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ 0:04:18  
34 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:04:37  
35 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural 0:04:44  
36 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural    
37 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team 0:04:57  
38 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:05:01  
39 Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:05:17  
40 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano    
41 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:05:26  
42 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 0:05:43  
43 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha 0:06:14  
44 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:06:17  
45 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:06:35  
46 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:06:41  
47 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural 0:06:55  
48 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:07:23  
49 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
50 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:28  
51 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling    
52 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura    
53 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:07:32  
54 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:07:39  
55 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:07:42  
56 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:07:54  
57 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:08:36  
58 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:08:40  
59 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 0:08:48  
60 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:08:49  
61 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling    
62 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling    
63 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
64 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
65 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural    
66 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
67 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
68 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
69 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
70 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
71 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:09:08  
72 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:09:24  
73 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:09:30  
74 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:10:26  
75 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
76 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ    
77 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Katusha 0:10:29  
78 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:11:09  
79 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
80 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
81 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling    
82 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling    
83 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale    
84 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
85 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Sharp    
86 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
87 David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
88 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
89 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
90 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard    
91 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling    
92 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard    
93 Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard    
94 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:11:42  
95 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team    
96 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 0:11:55  
97 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:12:13  
98 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:12:59  
99 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:13:36  
100 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:13:56  
101 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team 0:14:20  
102 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:14:22  
103 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team    
104 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team    
105 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:15:32  
106 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:22:16  
107 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team    
108 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
109 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Sharp    
110 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
111 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
112 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale    
113 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
114 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
115 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
116 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
117 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
118 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
119 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    
120 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
121 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
122 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
123 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
124 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura    
125 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
126 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
127 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ    
128 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling    
129 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
130 Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural    
131 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-Shimano    
132 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ    
133 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha    
134 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural    
135 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
136 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
137 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
138 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
139 Luca Dodi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:22:23  
140 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural 0:22:25  
141 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida 0:22:33  
142 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:22:44  
143 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:22:48  
144 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:23:28  
145 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 0:24:07  
146 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
147 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
148 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha 0:24:37  
DNS Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard    
DNF Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ    
Sprint 1 - Espinosa de los Monteros, km. 90
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4  pts
2 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling 2  
3 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1  
Sprint 2 - Solares, km. 175,8
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling 4  pts
2 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 2  
3 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano 1  
Points
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling 25  pts
2 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 20  
3 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 16  
4 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 14  
5 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 12  
6 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 10  
7 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural 9  
8 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 8  
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 7  
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 6  
11 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 5  
12 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 4  
13 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 3  
14 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 2  
Mountain 1 - Alto de Bocos (Cat. 3) km. 78
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural 3  pts
2 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
3 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1  
Mountain 2 - Alto Estacas de Trueba (Cat. 3) km. 108
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural 3  pts
2 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
3 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1  
Mountain 3 - Puerto de Braguía (Cat. 3) km. 128
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural 3  pts
2 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
3 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 1  
Mountain 4 - Alto del Caracol (Cat. 2) km. 147
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling 5  pts
2 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 3  
3 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1  
Mountain 5 - Peña Cabarga (Cat. 1) km. 186
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling 10  pts
2 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 6  
3 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 4  
4 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2  
5 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1  
Most combative
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Team Saxo - Tinkoff 14:26:52  
2 Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:39  
3 Katusha 0:02:20  
4 Team Netapp - Endura 0:03:28  
5 Movistar Team 0:03:48  
6 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:05:02  
7 Astana Pro Team 0:05:49  
8 FDJ 0:05:57  
9 Lampre-Merida 0:06:17  
10 AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:52  
11 Radioshack Leopard 0:07:01  
12 BMC Racing Team 0:07:37  
13 Sky Procycling 0:09:49  
14 Team Argos-Shimano 0:10:31  
15 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:11:37  
16 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:15:53  
17 Orica Greenedge 0:17:06  
18 Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:17:25  
19 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:19:04  
20 Lotto Belisol 0:22:07  
21 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:27:04  
22 Garmin Sharp 0:32:14  
General classification after stage 18
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 73:39:35  
2 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:03  
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:09  
4 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:02:24  
5 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:03:43  
6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:44  
7 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:06:14  
8 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 0:06:35  
9 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:07:51  
10 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:11:10  
11 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:11:15  
12 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:12:14  
13 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:12:30  
14 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural 0:13:48  
15 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:16:46  
16 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:18:28  
17 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard 0:19:37  
18 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:20:21  
19 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team 0:23:26  
20 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural 0:23:55  
21 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:27:34  
22 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:28:05  
23 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:33:01  
24 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura 0:37:28  
25 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:37:58  
26 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural 0:40:05  
27 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:45:06  
28 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:46:45  
29 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:52:54  
30 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:56:55  
31 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:05:11  
32 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1:06:52  
33 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano 1:07:48  
34 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 1:11:51  
35 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1:12:39  
36 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:14:30  
37 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura 1:15:35  
38 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha 1:19:46  
39 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 1:21:30  
40 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:21:33  
41 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team 1:21:40  
42 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 1:21:55  
43 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:24:17  
44 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:25:36  
45 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 1:25:45  
46 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ 1:26:12  
47 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:29:00  
48 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling 1:30:55  
49 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:35:41  
50 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:36:30  
51 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:37:06  
52 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha 1:38:08  
53 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:38:27  
54 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:38:55  
55 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 1:45:30  
56 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1:48:11  
57 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:49:48  
58 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 1:50:11  
59 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 1:50:20  
60 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:51:26  
61 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:51:37  
62 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:54:46  
63 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura 1:55:59  
64 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 2:00:49  
65 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 2:01:09  
66 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 2:01:31  
67 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2:03:43  
68 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 2:05:23  
69 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling 2:07:49  
70 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 2:08:45  
71 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2:08:47  
72 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha 2:09:19  
73 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura 2:09:35  
74 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 2:10:35  
75 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling 2:11:17  
76 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:11:57  
77 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:14:28  
78 Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard 2:14:47  
79 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard 2:18:59  
80 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:22:58  
81 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling 2:26:51  
82 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:26:53  
83 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Katusha 2:26:54  
84 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural 2:27:26  
85 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2:27:37  
86 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 2:28:16  
87 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 2:28:21  
88 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:28:48  
89 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2:29:00  
90 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 2:29:41  
91 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:29:44  
92 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Sharp 2:37:21  
93 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2:38:38  
94 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 2:39:55  
95 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano 2:40:47  
96 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp 2:42:05  
97 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2:42:24  
98 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ 2:43:35  
99 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 2:45:58  
100 Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2:45:59  
101 David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2:46:14  
102 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling 2:47:16  
103 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 2:49:19  
104 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 2:49:50  
105 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 2:53:42  
106 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 2:56:36  
107 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:59:14  
108 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 3:00:59  
109 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 3:04:33  
110 Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-Sharp 3:04:49  
111 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida 3:05:53  
112 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3:06:05  
113 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 3:06:06  
114 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team 3:06:25  
115 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural 3:12:36  
116 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3:14:01  
117 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 3:15:28  
118 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team 3:15:59  
119 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 3:16:29  
120 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team 3:21:55  
121 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 3:22:25  
122 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team 3:24:15  
123 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 3:25:59  
124 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-Shimano 3:26:29  
125 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3:29:05  
126 Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural 3:31:24  
127 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 3:31:42  
128 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp 3:32:20  
129 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3:32:21  
130 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol 3:33:31  
131 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 3:34:55  
132 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha 3:35:10  
133 Luca Dodi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 3:35:45  
134 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:36:27  
135 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Sharp 3:36:44  
136 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural 3:37:26  
137 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ 3:37:28  
138 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura 3:39:19  
139 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 3:39:31  
140 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 3:41:11  
141 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural 3:42:38  
142 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida 3:43:02  
143 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3:45:28  
144 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:47:11  
145 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 3:51:31  
146 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 3:59:35  
147 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:01:10  
148 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:05:46  
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 126  pts
2 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 116  
3 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 100  
4 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 94  
5 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 92  
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 90  
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 75  
8 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 72  
9 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida 72  
10 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 65  
11 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 59  
12 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 53  
13 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 53  
14 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 51  
15 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 48  
16 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 46  
17 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 45  
18 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 45  
19 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp 44  
20 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 38  
21 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 37  
22 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling 35  
23 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 34  
24 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 33  
25 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ 29  
26 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural 28  
27 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 26  
28 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 26  
29 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 24  
30 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 24  
31 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 23  
32 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 23  
33 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 23  
34 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 20  
35 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 20  
36 Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 19  
37 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 19  
38 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 18  
39 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 18  
40 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural 17  
41 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team 17  
42 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 16  
43 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura 16  
44 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 15  
45 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano 15  
46 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural 14  
47 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling 14  
48 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 14  
49 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural 14  
50 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 13  
51 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling 12  
52 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 12  
53 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 11  
54 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Sharp 10  
55 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 10  
56 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 10  
57 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural 9  
58 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 8  
59 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura 8  
60 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 7  
61 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 7  
62 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 7  
63 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 7  
64 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team 7  
65 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling 6  
66 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 6  
67 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural 6  
68 Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural 6  
69 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ 6  
70 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura 6  
71 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha 5  
72 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 5  
73 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol 4  
74 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 4  
75 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ 4  
76 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4  
77 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano 4  
78 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 4  
79 David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 4  
80 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 4  
81 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3  
82 Luca Dodi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 3  
83 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team 2  
84 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 2  
85 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2  
86 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 2  
87 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 2  
88 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2  
89 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2  
90 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team 1  
91 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 1  
92 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1  
93 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp 1  
94 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1  
95 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida 1  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 37  pts
2 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 30  
3 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 22  
4 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural 22  
5 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural 20  
6 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 19  
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 19  
8 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 17  
9 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ 17  
10 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 16  
11 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling 15  
12 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 14  
13 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 13  
14 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 13  
15 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 12  
16 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 12  
17 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 10  
18 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 9  
19 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 9  
20 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 7  
21 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural 7  
22 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 6  
23 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 6  
24 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 6  
25 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 5  
26 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida 5  
27 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 5  
28 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano 4  
29 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura 4  
30 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3  
31 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 2  
32 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 2  
33 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team 2  
34 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2  
35 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2  
36 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2  
37 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
38 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2  
39 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2  
40 Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural 2  
41 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1  
42 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ 1  
43 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural 1  
44 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Sharp 1  
Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Euskaltel-Euskadi 220:27:11  
2 Movistar Team 0:04:35  
3 Astana Pro Team 0:06:17  
4 Team Saxo - Tinkoff 0:07:57  
5 Katusha 0:22:19  
6 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:33:20  
7 Radioshack Leopard 0:37:25  
8 Team Netapp - Endura 0:50:21  
9 FDJ 0:57:06  
10 Sky Procycling 1:21:41  
11 BMC Racing Team 1:30:43  
12 AG2R La Mondiale 1:49:30  
13 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:51:35  
14 Lampre-Merida 2:31:41  
15 Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team 3:00:47  
16 Cannondale Pro Cycling 3:05:19  
17 Team Argos-Shimano 3:13:29  
18 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3:43:04  
19 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 3:43:24  
20 Lotto Belisol 3:45:37  
21 Orica Greenedge 5:52:09  
22 Garmin Sharp 6:19:09  

 

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kubla khan More than 1 year ago
Go Horner! what a terrific Vuelta so far.
bianchi1885 More than 1 year ago
Vuelta a Redneck!
reubenr More than 1 year ago
Obviously, Indurain, the Spaniard, totally fouled up this one. Being an American, but liking Spain, I feel bad for him, since people there will now look on him as having motivated Horner and indeed he probably did. Thanks Miguel.
Brandon Ingersoll More than 1 year ago
I think I have seen this movie before. It didn't end well the first time. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice... Man wins his first grand tour at 41. Really?!! Have we learned nothing in the last 6 years. And yes, I am an American and I didn't believe Lance and don't believe Horner (even though I will grant that he isn't a a$$hole like LA).
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
A man has a testicle removed, legions removed from his brain, and lumps removed from his lungs before being treated with chemotherapy to recover from cancer. He then regains his strength and wins the world's most difficult bicycle race 7 consecutive times. A man lives in relative obscurity, then in his upper twenties gains a fitness level which allows him to jump away from the world's best climbers and outpace the world time trial champion on a flat course until the last few kms on his way to winning the world's biggest race. A friendly, likable racer spends two decades racing at a national and international level, placing well but unable to win at the highest level of race. Then, just before his 42nd birthday, he finds the form after recovering from surgery and several months off the bike to challenge to win one of the 3 Grand Tours. Cycling is full of stories of amazing human achievement. I believe in miracles, don't you?
antmills More than 1 year ago
2 out of 3 isn't bad! ... your flaw is in the 2nd paragraph, where you know there is no evidence whatsoever to support your suspicion. In the other 2 cases there is and always been so much evidence around that they make cycling a laughing stock, and lose respect for the USA. Obviously still more needs to be done to expose the cheats.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Antmills, it's all good fun for me. I'm just an observer, fan, and love the spectacle...all of it. I don't think there's evidence on Froome or Horner, just an amazing story. Of course, for those who like one rider or another, it's hard to believe they could or did cheat. But from where I sit, those all three are incredible tales. After I wrote the post, I realized I left poor Wiggo out, but even he isn't such a wild story as the others; he displayed a world class motor and speed then just became rail thin to have a better aerobic power to weight ratio for climbing. Sorry...I don't believe in Wiggo's innocence either. My gut is that there is something available that is not widely known, expensive, available only to the few, and not banned yet. But I thoroughly enjoy the show! All of these riders have provided electric moments for us, including Horner as we speak! However, I will continue to hope for the day that we can trust that the winner is clean. But with multi-millions up for grabs, I'm not holding my breath.
Uncle John More than 1 year ago
....what does Sean Yates say now ?
Patrick Figueiredo More than 1 year ago
That Horner takes doping.
icvbram More than 1 year ago
Where does he take it? 18 years a pro, how many + controls?
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
he has not doped for 18 years (although he spent a lot of time around dopers).. hence his average results before.... but now at 42 he goes faster than ever. Nature freak.
bianchi1885 More than 1 year ago
No, not a nature freak. A REDNECK. Yeah baby!
kiwiandy71 More than 1 year ago
no, a unicorn
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
Amazing performance. 42 yrs old beating the 3 best riders around ....
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
3 of the best riders around in ever decreasing form*
Snitor More than 1 year ago
Yeah.. All 3 of them going better than Froome and Cobo in 2011.. Really poor form..
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
Decreasing form? Nibali has trained to be his best at the end of the Vuelta in preparation to The Worlds championship in Florence. Looks like Horner has stepped it up after the rest day too
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
wasnt referring to nibali. only Rodriguez and Valverde
sumbit More than 1 year ago
Nibali himself says he is producing 20 watts less than the Giro
Raskol More than 1 year ago
Just when you might have started getting hopeful about pro-cycling, along came old man Chris Horner, with one top ten Grand Tour in his hundred year career, & there he is smashing the field, breaking records for mountain ascents . . . total joke.
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
sssshh.... dont be too loud... many believe in fairytales here....
Raskol More than 1 year ago
Well if you believe in Horner you'll certainly believe in anything. I've this great money-making scheme by the way, guaranteed to quadruple your investment EVERY SINGLE WEEK!!! Just send me $1,000 and watch your money grow.
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
Horner could've made several top 10 (even top 5) GT results earlier in his career too, if only he had been given the support and avoided crashing out of the GT's. He's not emergin from nothing like other riders - he was already before this Vuelta a potential top 5 candidate, a very plausible top 10 candidate. Yet I cannot deny that Horner winning the Vuelta is somewhat strange, especially considering that he broke JRods 17min record on Pena Cabarga today...
Raskol More than 1 year ago
He also spoke out very strongly for Armstrong well after USADA had stripped him of his titles - that he should be considered clean, never failed a test, witchhunt, etc. Either he's had a lobotomy to come out with this stuff, or he thinks doping is fine. And here he is, turning 42, doing what he's doing . . .
bianchi1885 More than 1 year ago
Another explanation for speaking out very strongly for Armstrong is that -- rightly or wrongly -- Chris is loyal to the guy.
Raskol More than 1 year ago
Says a lot who he's loyal to.
Lance, remember Bassons? More than 1 year ago
bianchi, you call it "loyalty".......from my distanced, unproven and unqualified viewpoint, I'd call it shttng myself as only Lance and Johan knew "what I did". Loyalty is putting yourself in the spotlight because you truly believe in your colleague, team mate etc. Unfortunately CH is guilty, not by his super human performances and what he's said, but by what he hasn't said when he had the chance.
sumbit More than 1 year ago
Here's how it went down: Johan, "Redneck you go to the press and defend Lance or you are out of a job" Horner, "Yes sir" Horner is on record in the past as not believing Lance.
Raskol More than 1 year ago
So he made a very very dramatic turnaround, didn't he? Look it up, Cycling News interview Chirs Horner, late 2012. At that stage even Armstrong's lawyers wouldn't have spun the garbage Horner was coming out with. A clean rider who'd felt betrayed by the likes of Armstrong - No, the exact opposite.
sumbit More than 1 year ago
I agree it was garbage and I don't have to look it up, I read it when it came out. I remember thinking what a complete reversal it was from what he had said in the past. Like it or not still to this day if you speak up or don't fall in line and you are out of a job. Not saying its right just saying I'm sure there was some pressure on him to speak up. Riding on a team run by Bruyneel and owned by Becca doesn't sound like much fun to me.
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
he could have probably made a few top 10 but that 's about it. This is a man who has never won an important hill-top arrrive in 20 years of his career. But now, at 42 he is in the best shape of his career. That is somewhat strange given that no other rider has ever peaked in his 40. never . ever. ever. Today, he raced like a man possessed by a devil.
LemonFriend More than 1 year ago
Did you ever think that the reason he never won an important hill-top arrive in 20 years might be that he was racing clean against dopers?
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
Compare his last 5 years to Purito Rodriguez or Nibali... Look the difference in Palmares / results etc. Now consider he is also 42
objectif More than 1 year ago
Did you ever think how is possible for a clean 42 years old to beat possibly doped and much younger riders at the peak of their careers?
bianchi1885 More than 1 year ago
"[N]ever won an important hill-top arrive in 20 years of his career." Umm, check your facts. But Chris could very well have been "possessed by a devil," lol.
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
Tell me of an important top hill he has won then
sumbit More than 1 year ago
Question: How many Grand Tours has Horner ridden for his own results. Answer, Zero until this Grand Tour
everydayfatrider More than 1 year ago
Doesn't change your point, but wasn't he more or less the leader in the TDF where he crashed out? ("Did I finish?")
icvbram More than 1 year ago
Bingo!
sumbit More than 1 year ago
I don't get your point. I'm no expert on Radio Shack but I think that was the team that went to the tour with four leaders, Who does that. Four leaders mean everyone riding for themselves. I'm not sure but didn't all four crash out and not finish. Guess Bruyneel wasn't the genius he thought he was. Does anyone know where he was placed when he crashed out, I don't recall if it was that far back. Saying he was pretty much the team leader is at best a stretch.
sumbit More than 1 year ago
If your point was that he has a history of keeping the rubber side down then you may have a point. I do recall that crash taking out a few people
icvbram More than 1 year ago
Horner has been around a long time. He got to this tour in great form, and had a team supporting him (for once). This guy has a ton of talent and natural ability. Early on in his career he wasn't even in Europe, just in the States. He is now training correctly rather than"by the seat of his pants". He's for real.
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
Early on in his career he was in Europe but achieved zero results.!!! hence went back to the US. The chance are two : 1) he is cheating/doping 2) he is the most talented and phenomenal cyclist ever given that at 42 can go faster than any other rider, can win GC and stages like no other rider (including Merckz, Indurain, DopeArmstrong) ever did
Oxygen Vector More than 1 year ago
Oh god mspgrandi. As if 42 years old is ancient
Dope Fiend More than 1 year ago
Occam's Razor tells us which is the more likely of those two scenarios.,
Raskol More than 1 year ago
Since he's the oldest winner of a GT stage, then yes, in sporting & cycling terms, 41/42 obviously is ancient. "I won my first Grand Tour at the age of forty one." "Come again!?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actually early on in his career after dominating the US circuit he went to Europe and got sacked because he couldn't keep up on a second tier team. As much as I'd like to believe it's because he's been racing clean all along and everyone else has been doped and now it's a level playing field, I can see that the field hasn't really slowed down.
bianchi1885 More than 1 year ago
"[G]ot sacked because he couldn't keep up on a second tier team" in Europe is telling. And now in the post-2008 biological passport era, he is getting results (Catalunya, T-A, California, Vuelta). One can only wonder how long his palmares would have been if he did what many other riders in Europe were doing to "keep up" pre-2008.
Beech Mtn More than 1 year ago
Why would anyone have been getting hopeful about cycling? After the last two ridiculous Tours de France, it was obvious anything goes. Totally predictable that the sport was heading into another dark era.
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
It took the authorities and WADA at least 5 years to discover the EPO usage... now there is something available whether through blood, ingestion or genetic modification that can improve results.... it may not even be doping, as something so advanced that Wada hasnt even got it on their list... whatever it is Horner performance today isnt the result of just training or a more rested athlete
chrisdwyer More than 1 year ago
What was ridiculous about them? Or are you another bitter yank?
kiwiandy71 More than 1 year ago
unicorners shouldn't be allowed
vsaluki More than 1 year ago
I'm a yank, and I congratulate Wiggins and Froom on 2 beautiful wins. Beech is one of those people that are convinced that the devil is everywhere and will take over the world unless they spend all their time on a crusade against him. Life is nothing more than an us versus them proposition and every winner must be a doper or he couldn't have won. Ehh, well, unless their favorite wins that is.
go crazy More than 1 year ago
Right, cycling was TOTALLY believable this whole season, UNTIL Chris Horner. HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA! The Tour de France was super legit, right!? HAHAHAHAHAHA! No one can be true to themselves. Face it people, EVERYONE dopes, it's just an argument based on which dopers you like more than others.
skr213 More than 1 year ago
I agree with your post EXCEPT that "everyone dopes." There are more and more clean riders these days. call me crazy, but I really do believe that Garmin is a clean team, for instance. Unfortunately, in the last two years, the clean guys aren't the ones winning races. I actually think there was a year or two prior to that where we had some legitimately clean results (e.g. Cadel's 2011 Tour win).
Dope Fiend More than 1 year ago
Yes and I believe in miracles.
azureskies More than 1 year ago
Raskol, you never watched Horner in Nevada City or the San Francisco Grand Prix. The Vuelta is the type of race Horner thrives on. Steep, and double steep, only one TT. I think Horner won SF Grand Prix twice, brutal climbs, every lap. Top rriders dropping out right and left. In the Tour where he concussed, he was riding as a favorite. The dynamic is you only have so many fast miles, per career, and seasonally. Horner rested most of the season due to injury. At this point he has a strong team, better tactics, and a course which suits Horner, what is not to like. Oh yeah, he raced on Lances' team. Do you hate Boonen and Hysedal also, or is it because Chris is an American, and can do things on a bicycle you never could dream of, at 21?
sbroaddus More than 1 year ago
well said az, and not only that, he won the tour of the basque country - one of the toughest, hilliest stage races in the world in 2010, and came in 2nd in 2011. dude is a cagey veteran that just plain loves racing his bike, it's his job! he's a family man too with children on the west coast... that alone would pull most pros away eventually after such a long career, but dude's got some mouths to feed, and for now he is laser focused on his career and getting the most out of it that he can... unlike nibali, who basically took two months off after winning the giro and already told us today after the stage that he will NOT be racing racing his bike when he is horner's age.
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
Nevada city ? No top rider enter such race
Raskol More than 1 year ago
He's 41 for god sake, one GT top ten in his career. Rather than a clean rider who felt cheated by Armstrong & the gang, he stands up for Armstrong to a ridiculous level only a short while ago as being a clean rider. To accept Horner at face value is totally ridiculous.
cantpedal More than 1 year ago
I can't figure out why you dope fiends bother to watch a sport that you have no faith in. If everyone who wins is dirty (in your opinion) what is the point? if you believe the doping commenters everyone from Merckz to present day that has won any significant race is a doper (except their favorites). Tell me why are you watching???
Dope Fiend More than 1 year ago
We only watch/read for news of the positives and other tawdry goings on. It's like a soap opera populated by the lowest filth the human race has to offer.
kevinzamora More than 1 year ago
Cant see Nibali in red at Madrid now... Just hope he finds some of his Giro form to give a good fight at Angliru 'cause at this rate Horner's gonna kick 2mins on him in there...
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
I think Nibali is in a good form. on a par with Rodriguez and Valverde today....
vsaluki More than 1 year ago
Kevin, my thinking is that Valverde and Rodriquez are not great on the long climbs. I think Nibali can do long climbs well. And I don't think that it is a foregone conclusion that Horner can take Nibali on Angliru. If Nibali can manage to stay on Horner's wheel, then he can probably outkick him at the line. So, if Nibali has a decent day, he could keep the red. However, if today is an indication that something is wrong and that he is fading, then, yeah, he could lose 2 places. I also think that Nibali lost time to Valverde and Rodriquez today because he tried to stay on Horner's wheel and he blew up. If he had ridden within himself he likely would not have lost time to V & R, and he would have lost less time to Horner. All that said, I'm 65, I still ride pretty well, and I'm rooting like crazy for Horner.
DaveHaygarth More than 1 year ago
Stunning. Go, oldies.
JhonnyRingo More than 1 year ago
42 is the new 32. Saturday's stage to Angrilu will decide the Vuelta. Godspeed Horner!
Dope Fiend More than 1 year ago
Yes, but what's the new EPO? Time will tell.
Raskol More than 1 year ago
Can't believe the people cheering on Horner as if there's an ounce of plausibility in what he's doing.
objectif More than 1 year ago
Less money means less vigilence. That's why the Vuelta is the grand tour where the riders - with no pre-race hints that they might be in form - are born again, like Froome, Cobo and now Horner. People cheer just because they like to see different faces in different situations. Like Horner the Grand Tour contender.
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
Agree with you.... The Vuelta has seen some amazing one-off performances ....
vsaluki More than 1 year ago
There is always some jerk trying to ruin other people's enjoyment of the competition.
Raskol More than 1 year ago
Yeah & that jerk is Chris Horner. At least he's got his thumbs-up American posse who'll willingly believe literally anything. "You thought we looked stupid with our hero-worship of Armstrong. You ain't seen nothin' yet. Here's 41 year old Chris Horner!"
velogeek More than 1 year ago
Chris Horner has never gotten a lot of racing days in a season, compared to the top European pros. Very talented but under-utilized. Then he got a top-10 in the TdF and that opened some eyes to the fact that this wasn't just a charlatan from the US domestic scene. He's a climber with a kick, in the same mold as Alejandro Valverde.
Dope Fiend More than 1 year ago
Alejandro the doper! All hail, all hail,
vsaluki More than 1 year ago
You are the kind of jerk who will bad mouth any American who does well on the claim that they are dopers, and then you'll turn right around and tell everybody how great you think Vinokurov or some other foreign doper is. I've seen your kind of hypocrite again and again on these forums. And all that your sanctimonious and self rightous speeches are good for is ticking people off, creating a sour and hostile environment, and spoiling the sport for everybody.
Cristopher Lucas More than 1 year ago
Cristopher LucasLess than a minute ago Your comment is awaiting moderation Raskol- Man, don't you have something, ANYTHING, better to do than reply with the same crud, worded slightly differently, every 3 or so comments? YOU, are the BIGGEST loser here without a doubt and my commenting has NOTHING to do with being a fan, american, 42, white, skinny, happy, etc, etc... Let it go, bud,...let it go. We all know you're all worked up. ...maybe go ride your bike or something. Raskol=sad
Oxygen Vector More than 1 year ago
Oh get a life Raskol. You sour puss, lol
go crazy More than 1 year ago
At least the good people of France seemed to boo that bum DonkeyFroome, instead of cheer him on.
rickibobbi More than 1 year ago
come on people, do we worry about drugs in pro wrestling......NO we do not! so why should we worry about it here?
Raskol More than 1 year ago
Because it makes a joke of what we're watching. If a doped rider 'beats' a clean one, why the hell would anyone care. And as for watching pro-wrestling, what has the mind done to you to treat it so badly?
rickibobbi More than 1 year ago
I like pro wrestling and I like pro cycling, I hope I did not seem disparaging towards either, but it's impossible to know, because of the vast corruption in both, who is clean and who is not, so why even worry about it?
70kmph More than 1 year ago
No different than Chris Froome performance
Patrick Figueiredo More than 1 year ago
He did a faster than Froome in 2011.
Raskol More than 1 year ago
Except he's in his 40s. Yes, in his 40s and in the form of his life, finally challenging for a GT.
lxpatterson More than 1 year ago
He may have VO2 max and aerobic capacity of his life, but being able to outkick a steep-grade specialist like rodriguez who is almost 10 years younger is not credible. People start losing that anaerobic capacity at age 30-35. That's why you don't see any top sprinters and tennis players peaking beyond their late-20s.
vsaluki More than 1 year ago
He didn't outkick Rodriquez. All of his gains were due to the other guys not being able to hold the pace. On the earlier stages where there was a short sharp rise at the end, he lost time.
Cristopher Lucas More than 1 year ago
Raskol=sad
go crazy More than 1 year ago
At least Horner isn't dumb enough to come within an eyelash of beating Fabian in a ITT, unlike DonkeyFroome.
ianfra More than 1 year ago
"donkey" froome is one of the strongest riders around and to use this derogatory term just highlights the mentality we have seen in these comments for some time. Rude people, brainless comments, libel and on and on it goes. I think this 'forum' provides a bit of release for many idiots who have nothing better to do than to go around insulting people.
DeeCeeee More than 1 year ago
It was Tony Martin....