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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

      Start location:
      End location:
      Alto Do Monte Da Groba
    • Stage 3

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      End location:
      Mirador de Lobeira
    • Stage 4

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    • Stage 5

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      Lago de Sanabria
    • Stage 6

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    • Stage 7

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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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      End location:
      Valdepeñas de Jaén
    • Stage 10

      Start location:
      End location:
      Alto Hazallanas
    • Rest day 1

    • Stage 11

      Tarazona (ITT)
    • Stage 12

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    • Stage 13

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    • Stage 14

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      Collada de la Gallina
    • Stage 15

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    • Stage 16

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      Aramón Formigal
    • Rest day 2

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    • Stage 17

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    • Stage 18

      Start location:
      End location:
      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
    • Stage 21

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  • Race history

August 26, Stage 3: Vigo - Mirador de Lobeira 184.8km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to our live coverage from stage 3 of the Vuelta a Espana, a 172.5km jump from Vigo to Mirador de Lobeira.

  1. 15:01:00 CEST

    To bring you right up to speed with events,  we have a group of six riders up the road and just over 120km of racing to go. We'll bring you the names in the break as soon as we can.

  2. 15:03:18 CEST

    The six leaders, Luca Dodi (Lampre Merida), Vicente Reynes (Lotto), Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural), Cyril Bessy (Cofidis), Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel) have 4'55 over the peloton with 122km to go.

  3. 15:03:51 CEST

    Can a stage with a summit finish be described as flat? The route of this stage suggests it can. Although the riders face a vicious climb at the finish, the final ascent is short and there's barely a bump of note before they reach it. The Lobeira 'lookout' provides a stunning 360-degree view of the coastline and region around Vilagarcía de Arousa – not that the riders will be interested in that. The final climb isn't as tough as last year's ascent of the Mirador de Ezaro, where Joaquim Rodríguez gained valuable seconds on his rivals. Yet its average grade of 10 per cent over more than 2km will line out the peloton significantly. The gaps between the GC contenders will be a matter of seconds.

  4. 15:04:26 CEST

    1998 Vuelta winner Abraham Olano:

    "This a complicated stage with lots of ups and downs, and with an uphill finish, which should be contested by a good-sized group. This final climb is not hard like the Mirador de Ézaro but it will favour a puncheur, a rider such as Peter Sagan or Philippe Gilbert perhaps."


  5. 15:10:13 CEST

    • Red Jersey

    In terms of the overall picture, Vincenzo Nibali finds himself in the early driving seat. The Italian rider used his Astana team to good effect on stage 1 and stayed near the front during yesterday's tricky stage:


    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 5:07:22
    2 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:08
    3 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:10
    4 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard
    5 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard
    6 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:22
    7 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:27
    8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
    9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:32
    10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff

  6. 15:11:34 CEST

    • Saxo Bank Tinkoff

    Of course Roche was the victor on stage 2, the Irishman showing that he does indeed have a clinical side. You can read yesterday's race report right here.

  7. 15:13:36 CEST

    • Euskaltel

    The big loser from yesterday's stage was Samuel Sanchez who cracked on the final climb to the finish. The Spaniard lost nearly ten minutes and his overall ambitions are over. The best he can hope for is a recovery and then a challenge for stage win.

  8. 112km remaining from 184.8km

    15:15:37 CEST

    • Team BMC

    112km to go and BMC and Omega are setting the pace on the front of the peloton. Is this a finish for Gilbert perhaps? A Gilbert at 100 per cent would certainly look at the profile of the final climb and lick his lips but the Belgian still hasn't hit top form yet this season. In fact he's still not won a race. Can he turn things around today?

  9. 15:16:51 CEST

    The five leaders are holding their five minute advantage over the peloton, while the terrain has a few bumps in it, it's flat for the most part.

  10. 15:25:06 CEST

    • Team Sky

    Samuel Sanchez wasn't the only rider with GC ambitions to struggle yesterday. Team Sky's Sergio Henao also lost time. Find out why, by clicking here.

  11. 15:28:18 CEST

    In non-Vuelta related news: Van Garderen sealed the overall at the USA Pro Challenge to take the second US stage race of his year, and career, in fact, while Peter Sagan bagged the final stage.

    Cycling Australia appear to have put another nail in the coffin of Pat McQuaid's time at the UCI, coming out and backing Brian Cookson.


    And Linda Villumsen has talked about returning to the top of the women's peloton, with a little thanks to Marco Pinotti.

  12. 15:29:30 CEST

    And we still have this gallery of images from the Vuelta archives.

  13. 15:30:56 CEST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    Henao, who we mentioned a few minutes ago, has suffered a puncture but he's coming back to the peloton now. The gap to the five leaders is now at 4'40, so the work from BMC and Omega seems to be doing the trick.

  14. 15:44:44 CEST

    Just under 100 km to go and the gap is down to 4;25.

  15. 15:56:56 CEST

    The leaders pass through the first intermediate sprint of the day with Ferrari taking first, Reynes second and Bessy  third.

  16. 16:03:10 CEST

    The break had a tailwind earlier in the stage but right now the peloton are hot on their heels, with the gap down to 3'30. There's still over 90km to race so  the bunch might allow the five leaders to extend the gap once more.

  17. 16:05:16 CEST

    Astana's plan today? Probably just to take care of Nibali and then the Italian will look to follow rather than set the pace. He has the lead in GC and he's already stated that he'd prefer not to have that responsibility so early on.

  18. 16:05:17 CEST

    Astana's plan today? Probably just to take care of Nibali and then the Italian will look to follow rather than set the pace. He has the lead in GC and he's already stated that he'd prefer not to have that responsibility so early on.

  19. 16:06:45 CEST

    And the peloton now have the leaders pegged at 2'10.

  20. 75km remaining from 184.8km

    16:08:06 CEST

    • RadioShack Leopard

    As Cancellara comes back through the cars. Not sure if he had a puncture or if he just dropped back to the team car to talk to the team DS.

  21. 16:14:24 CEST

    The lead moves back up to around 2:30 as Gilbert drifts around the back of the main field. Omega and Astana are setting the pace at the moment on the front.

  22. 16:16:22 CEST

    • Astana

    The bunch are already starting to string out with Nibali safely tucked in at the end of the Astana train.

  23. 16:18:21 CEST

    Omega are on the front in the hope of setting up Gianni Meersman for the stage. Valverde, Rodriguez, Gilbert, and Gerrans are all here though.

  24. 69km remaining from 184.8km

    16:19:28 CEST

    69km to go and the break are only 1'30 ahead.

  25. 16:22:15 CEST

    Confirmation finally out that Belkin will ride on Bianchi's for 2014. You can read the story, here.

  26. 16:23:56 CEST

    With the gap at one minute the bunch look like they're going to ease up and allow the group to extend their advantage.

  27. 16:24:15 CEST

    A number of the bunch take the slowing in pace as a chance for a final comfort break.

  28. 16:31:30 CEST

    The peloton ease up and there's a crash. Henao is there, Puccio too.

  29. 16:31:43 CEST

    Two Caja Rural riders are involved too

  30. 16:32:21 CEST

    The peloton eased up, they took a gentle left hand bend and a lack of concentration at the back seems to have been the cause.

  31. 16:33:00 CEST

    All the riders involved are back up and chasing back to the peloton.  The gap to the five leaders is now back up to 2:18.

  32. 16:35:34 CEST

    Henao has a brief chat with the Sky mechanic. He has two teammates with him as he rejoins the main field with 59km to go.

  33. 16:43:37 CEST

    The pace has increased  once again in the bunch with Omega moving back to the front. The gap to the leaders is at 2;15.

  34. 16:54:38 CEST

    Heading towards the northern coastline and Omega still with one rider on the front. Astana have sat back a little and Lotto, RadioShack and Lampre have moved up. They're about to turn left and the wind direction will change.

  35. 46km remaining from 184.8km

    16:55:01 CEST

    46km to go and the gap to the leaders is now at 1'35.

  36. 16:58:12 CEST

    The five leaders, Luca Dodi (Lampre Merida), Vicente Reynes (Lotto), Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural), Cyril Bessy (Cofidis), Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel) hit the coastal roads. They'll know they have little to no chance of surviving but they'll continue to work together.

    Back in the bunch and it's Katusha who are setting the pace.

  37. 16:59:35 CEST

    Crash. A huge pile up now in the field, on another left hand bend.

  38. 16:59:48 CEST

    Gerrans is involved

  39. 17:00:33 CEST

    There are a number of riders picking themselves up off the tarmac. It was a 90 degree bend and there was a touching of wheels on the left hand side.

  40. 17:01:24 CEST

    Edet is standing on the side of the road and awaiting a new bike as Katusha push on at the front of the peloton.

  41. 17:02:45 CEST

    It's almost all over for the break, and with 40km to go the gap is down to 38 seconds.

  42. 17:03:20 CEST

    The crash has split the peloton and the cross winds are going to make things even worse. Mollema is currently off the back of the main field.

  43. 17:04:01 CEST

    With the Belkin rider off the back Katusha will continue to the set a furious pace. Will Movistar join in after what happened to Valverde at the Tour de France?

  44. 17:07:09 CEST

    And there you go Movistar hit the front with RadioShack with them.

  45. 17:07:30 CEST

    RadioShack will be looking to keep Horner out of trouble.

  46. 17:08:28 CEST

    The break have been caught and these tight corners are going to be very tricky for the peloton take at such high speeds.

  47. 17:09:11 CEST

    It looks like the bunch have knocked the pace off just slightly and that might be because a rider has crashed just as the break was caught.

  48. 17:10:40 CEST

    Cancellara is on the front a la Spa 2010 as he calls for some calm, or so it seems. This will really help Belkin as they try and get Mollema back to the bunch. At the moment Mollema is at 35 seconds.

  49. 17:16:38 CEST

    It looks as though the easing in pace has allowed Mollema to come back. The Dutchman still needs to regroup and get himself to the front of the peloton. Easier said than done as now Astana light up the front with an injection of pace.

  50. 17:17:57 CEST

    There's still a group trying to make contact with the peloton and they're at 33 seconds.

  51. 17:20:04 CEST

    A clutch of Ag2R riders are leading the chase group so it looks like Pozzovivo is still of the back.

  52. 17:20:31 CEST

    Over bridge along the coast line and it gives a dramatic scene of how fragmented and strung out the field is.

  53. 17:20:47 CEST

    Nieve is also off the back,

  54. 17:21:57 CEST

    • Euskaltel

    The wind is causing havoc and Euskaltel's final grand tour is going from bad to worse out there.

  55. 17:22:50 CEST

    Nieve group is at 40 seconds now and Movistar continue to turn the screw on the front of the peloton.

  56. 17:23:30 CEST

    • Red Jersey

    Movistar are joined by Astana, and Cannondale and Roche is also near the front with his Saxo Bank teammates.

  57. 26km remaining from 184.8km

    17:24:25 CEST

    It's carnage already and we've not even hit the final climb yet.  There are roughly four groups on the road and Movistar are leading the first one.

  58. 17:24:46 CEST

    It looks like Nieve is trying to bridge on his own.

  59. 17:26:18 CEST

    Lampre move up with Scarponi, Cannondale have Basso well placed too but it's still Movistar who set the majority of the pace.

  60. 17:27:51 CEST

    And a motor bike almost takes out Luis Leon Sanchez.

  61. 17:28:05 CEST

    One chase group is coming back to the peloton.

  62. 17:28:46 CEST

    • Cannondale

    Basso signals for his team to set the pace, the first time they've showed themselves in the race .

  63. 17:29:30 CEST

    The pace finally eases and the peloton are drifting back together.

  64. 17:31:32 CEST

    Trouble for Paolini who loses his saddle.

  65. 17km remaining from 184.8km

    17:33:46 CEST

    Under 17 km to go.

  66. 17:36:22 CEST

    Basso still wants his men on the front. It will be another testing day for the veteran Italian. He was strong yesterday but he doesnt have the punch of some of the pure climbers so he may need to limit his loses today.

  67. 17:37:22 CEST

    Mollema is on the side of the road with problems with his bike. He's now back in with the cars but this is using up a huge amount of energy.

  68. 17:38:31 CEST

    Mollema is 22 seconds of the back and he's got one teammate with him.

  69. 17:38:56 CEST

    Now he has four men with him but there's still a lot of work to do.

  70. 17:39:48 CEST

    And Mollema makes contact with 12.5km to go.

  71. 17:40:15 CEST

    Arroyo is back with the medical car. He's been there several times in the last few kms.

  72. 17:42:30 CEST

    Movistar, Astana and Cannondale fighting for position into the foot of the last climb.

  73. 10km remaining from 184.8km

    17:43:29 CEST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    Just 10km to go and Omega show their faces for the first time in nearly an hour.

  74. 17:45:44 CEST

    • Katusha

    Paolini has a new saddle. In case you were worried about him. 

  75. 17:46:14 CEST

    But the real action is at the front.The road is flat and wide as they head for the final climb to the finish. The road will  narrow soon enough.

  76. 17:47:04 CEST

    The road is gradually climbing already but the climb hasn't begun. There is a quick descent before the final surge uphill.

  77. 17:47:52 CEST

    The last climb, with a pitch of around 8 per cent for 1km, levels off in the final 150 meters.

  78. 17:49:02 CEST

    GreenEdge move and set the pace, perhaps for Gerrans.

  79. 17:49:25 CEST

    Just 5km to go. Roche is well positioned near the front. Nibali too.

  80. 17:50:03 CEST

    And now Katusha sprint to the front of the bunch with 4.6km to go.

  81. 17:51:06 CEST

    It's going to be full on into the foot of the final climb. Who will strike out first? The road will kick up with around 2.5km to go.

  82. 17:51:31 CEST

    Orica are back to the front but Saxo Bank and Lampre are close too.

  83. 17:51:50 CEST

    Roche is in 5th wheel.

  84. 17:52:02 CEST

    Nibali is right near the front too.

  85. 17:52:04 CEST

    Nibali is right near the front too.

  86. 17:52:26 CEST

    Gilbert looks too far down to challenge at the moment.

  87. 17:52:34 CEST

    And Flecha attacks.

  88. 17:52:48 CEST

    The bunch give him a gap.

  89. 17:52:57 CEST

    And there's an attack from BMC.

  90. 17:53:09 CEST

    Gilbert is near the front now.

  91. 17:53:20 CEST

    Cofidis, Lampre both fire off riders.

  92. 17:53:53 CEST

    Flecha has been passed by Ivan Santaromita

  93. 17:54:07 CEST

    2km to go

  94. 17:54:29 CEST

    Ivan Santaromita is pushing on though and he has 1.8km to go .

  95. 17:54:39 CEST

    He has 7 seconds

  96. 17:54:46 CEST

    Gilbert is waiting in the bunch.

  97. 17:55:05 CEST

    And more attacks are firing out from the peloton.

  98. 17:55:39 CEST

    Herrada is setting the pace at he moment.

  99. 17:55:59 CEST

    Ivan Santaromita is still clear though with 1.1km to and a seven second lead

  100. 17:56:13 CEST

    Is that Horner who attacks?

  101. 17:56:23 CEST

    A RadioShack rider goes clear

  102. 17:56:56 CEST

    And now Horner is in the lead. He's heading for the win.

  103. 17:57:09 CEST

    Out of the saddle the American is closing in on the win.

  104. 17:57:24 CEST

    Just a few hundred meters to go.

  105. 17:57:34 CEST

    300 to go and he's getting closer.

  106. 17:57:47 CEST

    The road will flatten out now.

  107. 17:58:02 CEST

    And Chris Horner takes the Vuelta stage win.

  108. 17:58:16 CEST

    It looks like Valverde takes second on the line.

  109. 17:59:01 CEST

    A thrilling end to the stage. No real fireworks from the main GC guys but Horner timed his attack to perfection. He should now be in the race lead too.

  110. 18:00:12 CEST

    Rodriguez was third on the stage and Daniel Martin fifth.

  111. 18:02:18 CEST

    1 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard
    2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
    3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha
    4 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling
    5 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp

  112. 18:08:29 CEST

    Some confusion on top ten. Some are saying Valverde is leading and that Nibali is out of the top ten.  Hold on as we look for some clarity.

  113. 18:18:35 CEST

    1 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 9:37:40
    2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:08
    3 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:14
    4 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:16
    5 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:23
    6 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:24
    7 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:25
    8 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:38
    9 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:45
    10 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura


    1 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 4:30:18
    2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:03
    3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha
    4 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling
    5 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp
    6 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
    7 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
    8 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:06
    9 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
    10 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling

  114. 18:23:44 CEST

    Thanks for joining us today. We have our report,  images and results all right here.


    Tune in tomorrow for more coverage from Spain.