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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

      Distance:
      27.4km
      Start location:
      Vilanova de Arousa
      End location:
      Sanxenxo (TTT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      177.7km
      Start location:
      Pontevedra
      End location:
      Alto Do Monte Da Groba
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      184.8km
      Start location:
      Vigo
      End location:
      Mirador de Lobeira
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Lain
      End location:
      Fisterra
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      174.3km
      Start location:
      Sober
      End location:
      Lago de Sanabria
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      175km
      Start location:
      Guijuelo
      End location:
      Caceres
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      205.9km
      Start location:
      Almendralejo
      End location:
      Mairena de Aljafare
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      166.6km
      Start location:
      Jerez de la Frontera
      End location:
      Alto Peñas Blancas (Estepona)
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      163.7km
      Start location:
      Antequera
      End location:
      Valdepeñas de Jaén
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      186.8km
      Start location:
      Torredelcampo
      End location:
      Alto Hazallanas
    • Rest day 1

      Location
      Torredelcampo
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      38.8km
      Location
      Tarazona (ITT)
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      164.2km
      Start location:
      Maella
      End location:
      Tarragona
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      169km
      Start location:
      Valls
      End location:
      Castelldefels
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      155.7km
      Start location:
      Baga
      End location:
      Collada de la Gallina
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      224.9km
      Start location:
      Andorra
      End location:
      Peyragudes
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      146.8km
      Start location:
      Graus
      End location:
      Aramón Formigal
    • Rest day 2

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Calahorra
      End location:
      Burgos
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      186.5km
      Start location:
      Burgos
      End location:
      Peña Cabarga
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      181km
      Start location:
      San Vicente de la Barquera
      End location:
      Alto Naranco
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      142.2km
      Start location:
      Aviles
      End location:
      Alto de L´Angliru
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      109.6km
      Start location:
      Leganés
      End location:
      Madrid
  • Race history

August 31, Stage 8: Jerez de la Frontera - Alto Peñas Blancas (Estepona) 166.6km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to our live coverage from stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espana.

  1. 14:03:06 CEST

    • Climb

    Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage from the Vuelta. Today is stage 8 and another uphill finish with a 166km stage from Jerez de la Frontera to Alto Peñas Blancas (Estepona).

  2. 14:05:07 CEST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    We'll start with the big news, and that Daniel Martin is out of the race. The Garmin-Sharp rider suffered a heavy crash in yesterday's stage and despite trying to start this morning, he was pulled by the team doctors owing to a head injury. You can read the story and comments from the team, right here.

  3. 14:07:47 CEST

    • Red Jersey

    Martin is the first genuine GC rider to leave the race -  and we wish him a speedy recovery - but we still have a number of strong GC riders in the race.

     

    Here's where we stand with the top ten:

     

    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 27:29:35
    2 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:03
    3 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:08
    4 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:16
    5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:21
    6 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:26
    7 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:28
    8 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:00:31
    9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:38
    10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:42

  4. 14:08:49 CEST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    For Garmin though, it's back to the drawing board and they'll be switching the emphasis onto winning stages now. More pressure for Tyler Farrar, who is still without a major European win in the last few seasons.

  5. 14:09:28 CEST

    As for today's stage, the peloton has covered 34km but they're still all together as they head towards the first climbing section of the day.

  6. 14:11:11 CEST

    • Astana

    Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team have set the pace so far and they've shut down a number of key moves already. They'll be looking to allow a break to go clear but it will have to be the right mix for them. No GC rivals, and no key super domestiques either. They can't chase every single move down so they'll have to let one attack go sooner or later.

  7. 14:12:48 CEST

    • Astana

    Right now eight riders are dangling off the front of the peloton and Nibali and his team have an important decision to make. Will he let this move go clear or not? The racing has been hard and fast so far, so a number of teams and riders will want the peloton's pace to ease up.

  8. 14:15:09 CEST

    • Climb

    While Nibali ponders his next move we'll have a short preview of today's key and final climb, the 14.5 kilometre ascent of the Peñas Blancas.

     

    The ascent, which overlooks the Mediterranean coastline at Estepona, is the first of three tough stages in the southern region of Andalusia prior to a rest-day next Tuesday, and individual time trial on Wednesday.

     

    Averaging 6.6 per cent the climb’s hardest segment is at its foot, a 12.5 per cent ramp after just two kilometres. After that, although the climb has some sections of up to nine per cent and one segment at eight per cent with three kilometres to go looks like an ideal ‘blastoff point, its hardest feature is arguably its length: 14.5 kilometres and 980 metres of vertical climbing.

     

    And to read Alasdair Fotheringham's full preview of the climb and the stage, you can click here.

  9. 131.6km remaining from 166.6km

    14:17:09 CEST

    • Attack

    Nibali and Astana have made the call and they're sitting up. The pace in the peloton eases almost immediately and you can sense a general sigh of relief.

     

    The attacking move has 14 riders in it now and we'll bring you the names as soon as we can. Cataldo is there for Sky and Howes is there for Garmin-Sharp.

  10. 14:20:24 CEST

    And here are the 14 riders in the break:

    Dario Cataldo (Team Sky), Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Ben Gastauer (AG2R), Rafael Valls Ferri (Vacansoleil), Francis De Greef (Lotto), Jorge Azanza (Euskaltel), Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp), Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp-Endura), Thierry Hupond (Argos-Shimano), Christian Meier (Orica GreenEGDE), Matthew Busche (RadioShack Leopard), Dominik Nerz (Cannondale), Antonio Piedra (Caja Rural) and Beñat Intxausti (Movistar).

  11. 123km remaining from 166.6km

    14:27:11 CEST

    • Team Sky

    The 14 man escape group have 2 minutes over the peloton now. There are some interesting names in the break. Cataldo won a stage in the Vuelta last year and is a capable climber. He's struggled for individual results so far this season but he's looking pretty decent so far in the Vuelta.

  12. 14:29:13 CEST

    • RadioShack Leopard

    Katusha, Belkin and Astana don't have men in the move and with serious GC ambitions they'll be expected to do the work later in the stage. RadioShack, despite having three men in the top ten on GC have put a man up the road too. We'll no by the end of today's stage as to who their real leader is for the overall though.

  13. 14:36:59 CEST

    • RadioShack Leopard

    RadioShack's man in the break is former US road champion Busche. The American was agonisingly close to a stage win at the Dauphine this June but was caught by the main GC contenders just before the line. Like Cataldo, he's there to help his team for later but he'll also have one eye on the stage itself and he'll fancy himself against most of the riders in this group.

  14. 14:39:21 CEST

    • Movistar

    Intxausti, well he finished 8th in the Giro earlier this year. He climbed and time trialled well but he's not on the same level this time around. He's more than 30 minutes down in GC at the moment but the Movistar rider will be looking for a strong showing today. The climb suits him, and like Busche and Cataldo, he's a proven talent for when the road points upwards.

  15. 14:42:46 CEST

    • Cannondale

    It's easy to overlook Nerz. He's a former German U23 national champion though. It seems like he's been around for a long time but he's still only 24. He's had a couple of descent runs this year too, with 20th in the Dauphine and 13th at the Tour of Poland.

  16. 14:46:53 CEST

    • Caja Rural

    Piedra, he of course won a stage in last year's Vuelta too. The Spaniard took  the win to Lagos de Covadonga on a day that saw Contador, Valverde and Rodriguez drop Chris Froome.

  17. 116km remaining from 166.6km

    14:48:18 CEST

    The 14 leaders now have a gap in excess of 2 minutes over the peloton.

  18. 15:04:58 CEST

    Bartosz Huzarski is the highest placed rider on GC. He's 11th just 45 seconds off Nibali's lead. The Netapp rider leads the race as it currently stands too. Nibali may well be happy with that situation, should Huzarski stay clear until the end of the stage and take the red jersey off his shoulders...

  19. 15:10:46 CEST

    • Netapp

    But it seems Bartosz Huzarski's presence in the break has caused a few problems and he's now dropped back to the main field. It seems Astana weren't keen on letting the Netapp rider have too much of advantage. Since he's dropped back the lead for the break has pushed out to around 3 minutes.

  20. 15:13:06 CEST

    Both the break and the peloton are currently on an uncategorised climb at the moment, and there's just under 100 km of racing left. That includes the final 14.5km, which are all up hill.

  21. 15:14:35 CEST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    If you're  just joining us, the major news is that Daniel Martin is out of the race. The Garmin rider crashed yesterday and his team doctors have decided to withdraw him from the race. You can read about his fall, and the team's reaction, right here.

  22. 15:16:35 CEST

    • blank

    In other news, we've this round up of top road shoes from Eurobike, and Pieter Weeening has extended his contract with Orica-GreenEDGE. He'll be with the Australian WorldTour team for another two years.

  23. 15:26:33 CEST

    That's most of the early climbing out of the way, with the break still leading by around 3 minutes with 88km to go.

  24. 15:34:25 CEST

    • Cannondale

    The leaders now have 4:30 on the peloton, which means that Nerz in the provisional leader on the road. The German rider started the stage at 2:57 down on Nibali.

     

    Busche is the next man on GC but he's 9:51 down in the overall.

  25. 15:39:23 CEST

    Breaking news: Julie Bresset (France) defended her world championship title in the elite women's cross country race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on Saturday afternoon. You can find the results, photos and report, right here.

  26. 15:48:06 CEST

    Local rider, Mate (Cofidis):

    “I want to do a good stage for my fans and for Andalucian people. Alto de Penas Blancas is kind of an unknown but it’s a difficult finish. It can create differences between the favorites.”

     

  27. 15:49:24 CEST

    • Cofidis

    Mate, who trains on the climb used for today's finish has missed the break away, but there's a chance he'll try something at the foot of the climb if he has the legs. He should be fresh, as there's not been much climbing so far today. The problem is, everyone else will be just as fresh.

  28. 15:50:26 CEST

    Edet, who is second in the KOM:

    David Moncoutié has done it for Cofidis many times. I believe a breakaway will be successful in one of these three days with uphill finishes but it’ll be a question of finding the right one.

    There aren’t climbs before the uphill finishes, so it’s not easy for
    breakaway riders to score KOM points

     

  29. 15:54:37 CEST

    • Katusha

    Chris Horner has been talking to the press this morning and he's stated that he'll try and take red back from Nibali today. The American still without a contract for next season of course. Meanwhile rival Joaqium Rodriguez has played down the significance of today's final climb, saying that "Today it’s not a very hard climb. We’re not talking about a stage with 3000 metres of difference in
    altitude. Time gaps will be those of the time bonus, which will be the most important to target in this stage.”

  30. 15:55:40 CEST

    Dario Cataldo:

    “Yesterday, Henao was at the
    front of the bunch, it’s an obvious sign that he’s going well. He has found himself again. I can see that he wants his revenge. Today we expect the big teams, Movistar, Katusha and Astana, to make the difference at the front.”

     

  31. 67km remaining from 166.6km

    15:56:45 CEST

    67km of racing left and the peloton are at 4 minutes, so Nerz is holding the provisional lead by around a minute at this stage.

  32. 15:59:34 CEST

    The majority of the course is flat from here until the final climb. There are two intermediate sprints and a couple of little bumps in the road, but that's about it.

  33. 16:07:40 CEST

    The lead is now back up to 4:16 over the peloton but the bunch are moving at a decent pace right now.

  34. 16:09:57 CEST

    At the moment Graeme Brown is at the back  of the bunch and waiting for the Belkin team car. The experienced Australian will be looking to help Mollema arrive at the foot of the climb in the best possible condition, so it's likely that he's dropping back to pick up bottles for his team leader.

  35. 39km remaining from 166.6km

    16:13:52 CEST

    Howes takes a turn on the front of the break and then Meier comes through to do his share of the work.

  36. 16:14:50 CEST

    The peloton are lining out, an indication that the pace has increased, but the break are still  holding an advantage of around four minutes.

  37. 16:15:33 CEST

    It's Netapp who are riding on the front of the peloton at the moment. They had a rider in the break but he was forced to sit up earlier.

  38. 16:21:47 CEST

    Howes takes a bottle of water and pours it straight over his head, the young American trying to keep as cool as possible. This is his first grand tour of course. Back in the bunch Pinot is at the back. He had a mechanical a few kms ago. He's an outsider for today's stage win.

  39. 16:23:28 CEST

    • Netapp

    Netapp are still leading the peloton with 38km to go. The leaders have 3'34. A reminder of the riders in the break:

     

    Dario Cataldo (Team Sky), Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Ben Gastauer (AG2R), Rafael Valls Ferri (Vacansoleil), Francis De Greef (Lotto), Jorge Azanza (Euskaltel), Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp), Thierry Hupond (Argos-Shimano), Christian Meier (Orica GreenEGDE), Matthew Busche (RadioShack Leopard), Dominik Nerz (BMC), Antonio Piedra (Caja Rural) and Beñat Intxausti (Movistar).

  40. 16:28:09 CEST

    The peloton roll along the coastline, which provides dramatic scenery on the right hand side. No chance for the riders up ahead to enjoy the view though. They've lost around 30 seconds of their lead in the last few kilometres and they'll be hard pressed to stay clear all the way until the finish. One would suspect that they'd need at least three minutes at the foot of the climb in order to have any chance.

  41. 16:30:00 CEST

    • Euskaltel

    Samuel  Sanchez, he's down in the GC at the moment, around four minutes adrift of Nibali. Today's stage probably isn't as hard or as long as he would normally like, but he'll be looking to stay in contention. He's currently in the middle of the pack, waiting for the climb.

  42. 16:31:06 CEST

    Despite the scenery the tension is certainly mounting in the peloton. The stage is short, and there's just one climb, but the race is going to surely explode as soon as the bunch reach the foot of the climb. There will also be a sprint into that section too, so positioning is going to be vital.

  43. 16:31:56 CEST

    A few GC riders have been saving themselves over the opening week. Can they keep their emotions in check  or will they look to take any advantage they can today with a do-or-die attack?

  44. 31km remaining from 166.6km

    16:32:37 CEST

    Piedra is back  with his team car. He'll know that the leaders now have just 3 minutes with 31km to go.

  45. 16:36:46 CEST

    • RadioShack Leopard

    Powerhouse, Fabian Cancellara is back with the team car asking for help. I think he has a mechanical.

  46. 16:41:48 CEST

    The break continue their collaboration as they head towards the foot of the climb. Nerz reaches into his back pocket for what's probably a gel but on these long flat roads it's advantage peloton with the lead now down to 2'41.

  47. 16:42:26 CEST

    • Astana

    That time gap means that Nerz is no longer the leader on the road,  that swings back in Nibali's favour.

  48. 16:43:37 CEST

    Valverde:

    “I expected such a heat in Andalucia. I also hope to have the strength I need in the climb.”

     

  49. 16:47:48 CEST

    A small crash at the back of the peloton but it looks like everyone is okay. Matthews was involved but he's fine it seems.

  50. 20km remaining from 166.6km

    16:48:49 CEST

    20km to go and the break have 2'12 on the peloton. Who will be the first to buckle and attack from the 13 man move?

  51. 16:50:33 CEST

    The fight looks to have gone out of the break and although they're still working together the pace has dropped off. The peloton are closing, and quickly.

  52. 16:52:23 CEST

    17k to go and Piedra is spending quite a bit of time at the back of the break. He could be the first man to make a move.

     

    But right now it's Cannondale who are setting the pace for Ivan Basso.

  53. 16:52:25 CEST

    17k to go and Piedra is spending quite a bit of time at the back of the break. He could be the first man to make a move.

     

    But right now it's Cannondale who are setting the pace for Ivan Basso.

  54. 16km remaining from 166.6km

    16:53:49 CEST

    Just over 16km to go and Basso has pushed his men to the front. He loves this tactic but it's a big ask because once the small pint-sized climbers attack Basso is going to have to respond. Although he's right near the front of the peloton at the moment, which is where he should be.

  55. 16:54:37 CEST

    Katusha, they're moving up too, with Moreno and Rodriguez looking to gain time back on Nibali.

  56. 16:55:44 CEST

    Valverde, Mollema, Roche, Scarponi, Horner, Basso, Pozzovivo, Uran, Sanchez, Henao, they're all in the mix at the moment. This climb could decide so much.

  57. 14km remaining from 166.6km

    16:56:13 CEST

    Just under 15km to go and the break have less than a minute on the Basso led bunch.

  58. 16:56:51 CEST

    And now it's RadioShack who have moved to the the front. They have three riders in the top ten overall at the moment and plenty of cards to play.

  59. 16:57:21 CEST

    Onto the lower slopes of the climb at 13 per cent and Cancellara is leading the peloton.

  60. 16:58:05 CEST

    Rodriguez throws a bottle to the side of the road, he knows it's time to pay attention now as already riders start to slip out the back of the peloton.

  61. 16:58:14 CEST

    The leaders still have 56 seconds

  62. 16:58:46 CEST

    The bunch are on the climb with Cancellara still on the front for Radioshack. How long can the classics specialist last?

  63. 16:59:07 CEST

    There are less then 50 riders in the peloton left. Gilbert has just been dropped.

  64. 16:59:45 CEST

    Up ahead Cataldo leads the break, or rather what's left of it. A few riders have been dropped from the former 13-man move.

  65. 17:00:05 CEST

    Nibali has a couple of teammates still with him, and he's near the front at the moment.

  66. 17:00:56 CEST

    Cataldo is still doing the turn on the front of the break, as he goes head to head with RadioShack. Sky are trying to use up all of RadioShack's energy.

  67. 17:01:17 CEST

    Cataldo, Nerz and Ferri are clear now.

  68. 17:01:32 CEST

    They have 1;04 with 12km to go in the stage.

  69. 17:02:05 CEST

    Cataldo isn't asking for any help, he's just trying to keep the pace high and Radioshack on the front in the main group behind.

  70. 17:02:20 CEST

    And now it's just Nerz and Cataldo left on the front.

  71. 17:03:57 CEST

    Piedra has just been caught  by the Cancellara train. The road has flattened out a bit at the moment but the incline will kick up again shortly.

  72. 17:04:53 CEST

    Ferri has made it back to the leaders, so we have three riders on the front again.

  73. 17:05:33 CEST

    All three of them are starting to work together as well and the gap remains around the one minute mark.

  74. 17:06:16 CEST

    Cataldo looks the strongest though and he pushes to the front and takes another turn. Nerz has his jersey unzipped as he gets out of the saddle to try and respond.

  75. 17:07:11 CEST

    RadioShack, they still lead the bunch, Horner clearly wants that red jersey off Nibali's shoulders. The leaders have 10km to go now.

  76. 17:07:34 CEST

    It looks like that time gap has dropped again, it's at 49 seconds.

  77. 17:08:01 CEST

    Horner sits in second wheel, just behind Cancellara.

  78. 17:08:24 CEST

    The main field is down to around 40 riders.

  79. 9km remaining from 166.6km

    17:09:10 CEST

    9km to go now for the three leaders as Nerz, again out of the saddle takes another turn.

  80. 17:09:38 CEST

    The leaders lost around 10 seconds in that last km.

  81. 17:10:12 CEST

    Busche has been caught and Cancellara peels off and now the American can try and set the pace. Fine tactics from the RadioShack team.

  82. 17:10:36 CEST

    The trio up ahead have reached another tough section and the gap drops down to 29 seconds.

  83. 17:11:42 CEST

    Nerz and co,  they looked cooked as Kreuziger is slipping back. That's a bit of a shock but he's been dropped by the peloton.

  84. 17:12:24 CEST

    That's a big scalp for the RadioShack team, to get rid of Saxo's one major players for the overall. Roche will need to make sure he's with the leaders come the end of the stage now.

  85. 8km remaining from 166.6km

    17:13:02 CEST

    Now 8km to go for the three leaders. They have 15 seconds on the bunch. It's almost all over.

  86. 17:13:13 CEST

    And Mollema attacks from the bunch

  87. 17:13:29 CEST

    7.7km to go and that's a big move from the Belkin rider.

  88. 17:13:56 CEST

    It looks like Mollema has been caught but the field is down to less than 25 riders.

  89. 17:14:11 CEST

    Busche sets the pace for Horner.

  90. 17:14:37 CEST

    The leaders are about to be caught with 7.3km to go.

  91. 17:15:18 CEST

    It's Mollema who was off the back , not off the front it seems. He was catching the field rather than attacking. He's back  with the leaders now.

  92. 17:15:51 CEST

    RadioShack still on the front and Busche is doing a huge job for Horner.

  93. 17:16:13 CEST

    Nerz and Cataldo are the only riders left off the front and they have 8 seconds.

  94. 17:16:36 CEST

    Nibali, Basso, Horner, Rodriguez are all in the mix at the moment.

  95. 17:17:31 CEST

    Cataldo looks to be struggling but he's still on Nerz' wheel

  96. 5km remaining from 166.6km

    17:19:37 CEST

    Just over 5km to go and the two leaders shake hands and then pull up. It's all over for them.

  97. 17:20:06 CEST

    Busche is still on the front of the peloton it seems and he's thinned the group out to less than 20 riders.

  98. 17:20:34 CEST

    Riders are waiting to hit Horner though as soon as his teammate pulls over.

  99. 17:20:47 CEST

    Valverde looks very comfortable.

  100. 17:21:07 CEST

    Henao and Uran look a bit too far back

  101. 17:21:25 CEST

    Igor Anton has jumped clear and there's a  netapp rider after him.

  102. 17:21:27 CEST

    Igor Anton has jumped clear and there's a  netapp rider after him.

  103. 17:21:50 CEST

    Anton has lost over five minutes in the race so far so  they may not chase him just yet.

  104. 17:22:12 CEST

    The Euskaltel rider has around 40 meters on the riders behind him.

  105. 17:22:36 CEST

    Warren Barguil is the rider chasing Anton.

  106. 17:23:03 CEST

    Anton looks good at the moment and Horner and Nibali both take a drink

  107. 17:23:16 CEST

    Anton has 21 seconds.

  108. 17:23:32 CEST

    It's up to  24 seconds and he's 3.6km from the finish.

  109. 17:23:49 CEST

    Capecchi has attacked too.

  110. 17:24:02 CEST

    And now more attacks and it's from Katusha.

  111. 17:24:13 CEST

    Horner has to react and he does.

  112. 17:24:34 CEST

    Anton is still alone but Horner attacks again.

  113. 17:24:49 CEST

    Horner has a gap already.

  114. 17:25:03 CEST

    Anton, meanwhile, has 3km to go.

  115. 17:25:26 CEST

    A few riders look to have chased Horner down. Nibali, and Basso.

  116. 17:25:37 CEST

    Basso tries to attack but only games a meter

  117. 17:25:51 CEST

    Basso wants a steady pace but it's not going to happen.

  118. 17:25:59 CEST

    Sanchez has been dropped.

  119. 17:26:23 CEST

    Horner leads, Nibali, Basso, Uran, and then around 7 more riders.

  120. 17:26:34 CEST

    Anton has just 9 seconds.

  121. 17:26:47 CEST

    Nibali looks back to see who is with him.

  122. 17:27:08 CEST

    And Basso moves to the front to set the pace. They're all doing Nibali's job for him.

  123. 17:27:31 CEST

    Just over 2km to go for Anton. He needs the pace to slow in the bunch. Roche is there too with Nibali.

  124. 17:28:00 CEST

    Anton has roughly 12 seconds and Konig attacks and Pinot is trying to go with him.

  125. 17:28:25 CEST

    Can Anton hang on? It's going to be so close.

  126. 17:28:45 CEST

    Nibali has a teammate with him, that will help him a lot.

  127. 17:29:23 CEST

    A slight truce for the red jersey group but Basso has attacked and he's with Moreno, Pinot and Konig.

  128. 17:29:35 CEST

    Anton has just 1100 metres to go.

  129. 17:29:53 CEST

    Roche has made it to the Basso group too.

  130. 17:30:16 CEST

    Nibali has put his teammate on the front but Anton keeps pressing on the front.

  131. 17:30:29 CEST

    Konig attacks and is closing on Anton

  132. 17:30:54 CEST

    Anton, then Konig, then Basso group and then the Nibali Horner group.

  133. 17:31:06 CEST

    Konig goes right passed Anton.

  134. 17:31:14 CEST

    And Basso leads the chase.

  135. 17:31:27 CEST

    Basso and co catch Anton

  136. 17:31:43 CEST

    Moreno attacks

  137. 17:31:55 CEST

    But Konig is going to hang on

  138. 17:32:21 CEST

    Konig takes a dramatic stage, Moreno is second and Roche takes third.

  139. 17:33:02 CEST

    Nibali comes over the line and loses time to some of his rivals. He didn't have the legs in the end when Basso and Roche attacked.

  140. 17:33:28 CEST

    We could have a new leader in the race. I think Valverde gained time too.

  141. 17:34:27 CEST

    Roche may well be the overall leader after today's stage.

  142. 17:37:15 CEST

    A strong ride from Konig. who finished off some fine work from his team today. Netapp have their stage win after some brave attacking from the Netapp rider on the final climb.

  143. 17:38:02 CEST

    Kreuziger crosses the line, having lost over 5 minutes. Roche is now the Saxo Bank leader. He may well be the race leader too, we'll have to wait and see.

  144. 17:42:58 CEST

    Confirmed, Roche now leads the race, and Nibali is at 18 seconds in the overall.

  145. 17:44:53 CEST

    1 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 4:09:46
    2 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:00:01
    3 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:05
    4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr
    5 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
    6 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:08
    7 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:13
    8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:19
    9 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha
    10 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:23

  146. 17:45:20 CEST

    And here's the GC after the stage:

     

    1 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 31:39:30
    2 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:17
    3 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha
    4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:18
    5 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:29
    6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:30
    7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:31
    8 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:42
    9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:52
    10 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:01:03

  147. 17:46:43 CEST

    So a huge day in Roche's career. We're hearing some talk of Nibali slipping his chain in the final km but there's no confirmation yet. Horner tried hard today but keeps second, although he loses some time on the leader.

     

    And Konig is now into the top five too.

  148. 17:56:23 CEST

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