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As it happened: Kuss defends Vuelta a España lead as Evenepoel gains time

25.8km TT shakes up the GC, as Roglic and Almeida impress but Vingegaard and Ayuso lose time

Profile of stage 10 of la Vuelta a España 2023

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 10 of the 2023 Vuelta a España!

Everything is set in Valladolid for the very important TT. 

This is the only individual time trial of the 2023 edition of the race and unfolds over 25.8km around Valladolid.

Evenepoel is fourth on GC, two minutes and 22 seconds behind race leader Sepp Kuss, with his Jumbo-Visma teammates Roglič and Vingegaard just a little behind Evenepoel in sixth and seventh place on the overall. 

Stage 10 offers Evenepoel a chance to close the gap on Kuss significantly and open it even a little further to others threats. He'll be looking to bring home his advantage in this individual battle, the one place where rivals like Jumbo-Visma and UAE Team Emirates can't play to their strength in numbers near the top of the leaderboard.

Cyclingnews will have full live coverage of the time trial, with a stage report and rider reaction from Valladolid.

This morning riders went out for a quick recon ride of the course. This is what Geraint Thomas thought of it.

This the map of the Valladolid time trial. 

We're getting close the moment Jayco-AlUla's Callum Scotson, sets off at 14:01 (CEST). 

Lots of riders are already warming-up for their effort.

161 riders are expected to start today, with Astana announcing that Javier Oliver won’t continue the race due to a fracture in L3 vertebra after his crash in Stage 9. 

There he goes! Jayco-AlUla's Callum Scotson is off. 

Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) kept the race leader's La Roja jersey on Sunday and the time trial is key for his potential GC ambitions. 

Among the main GC favourites, Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) trails by 2:22, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) by :’29, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) and Enric Mas (Movistar) by 2:33’, Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) by 2:43 and Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) by 2:55.

This was the moment Scotson rolled down the start ramp.

Fortunately the sun is out in Spain after days of days of rain and a tough transfer for some of the peloton.

Part of the peloton only arrived at their hotel at 3am after a long plane and then bus transfer north to Valladolid, and many riders forced to train indoors on the first rest day rather than endure another soaking in the rain.  

Stefan Bissegger starts his ride. The EF rider and European champion is one of the favourites to win the stage today. 

Remco Evenepoel will race in the time trial world champion’s jersey for the first time on Tuesday at the Vuelta a España, confident that he is still on track to fight for overall victory.  

Click below to read everything that Evenepoel said during the rest day, including his thoughts on the TT and his fear of Kuss. 

The first riders have finished the 25.8km TT. 

As expected, Stefan Bissigger is super fast out on the course. 

The sun is out and there is some wind today in Valladolid. 

Interestingly, the wind is expected to ba tail wind on the ride back to Valladolid. 

Boom! Bissigger finishes in a time of 28:58.

Bissegger was 1:18 faster than Hugo Page.  

Perhaps the only riders who can beat Bissegger are Ganna and Evenepoel.

Nico Denz is closest to Bissegger at intermediate 1, but he's 22 seconds slower and so probably not a threat.   

Filippo Ganna is off next.  

Ganna is racing in the Italian national champion's tricolore jersey.

Ganna is cutting the corners at speed, taking a few risks.

Whoosh! Ganna catches his minute-man on a corner and blasts past him.

Nico Denz does a good ride to finish just 16 seconds down on Bissegger. 

Meanwhile Kuss and Vingegaard arrive at the Jumbo-Visma bus to do their warm-up. 

Ganna is near the first time check.

Wow! Ganna is 32 seconds faster than Bissegger at time check 1. 

5km to go for Ganna. He's battling into the headwind on the way back to Valladolid.

He's now caught his 4-minute man, cutting under him on sa faster corner and roundabout.

Ganna is chasing a police motorbike, so much so that it's almost an aerodynamic help.  

Ganna is putting down huge watts as he enters the final kilometre. 

Filippo Ganna sets a new fastest time of 27:39! 

He is 1:19 faster than Bissegger and raced at 56km/h.   

Filippo Ganna in action in the Vuelta time trial.

Ganna is warming down on the rollers before heading to the hot seat.

The other riders are still racing and finishing, though for many in the Vuelta peloton, today offers a chances to ride steady and rest up even more before the hard racing of week 2 into the Pyrenees. 

Tadej Pogacar opted against riding the Vuelta and has revealed his end of season plans. He will target Il Lombardia. 

It's almost time for the GC riders to race. Joao Almeida is the first to start his warm-up in the team bus area in central Valladolid.

Juan Ayuso has also chosen his warm-up playlist and has an ice-vest to limit his core temperature. 

Matteo Sobrero (Jayco-AlUla) sets 29:23, that's fast and puts him in fourth place but is 1:43 slower than his often training partner Ganna. 

Every rider who finishes, takes a drink and recoveries after their effort. They all have to go hard to ensure they finish inside the time limit. 

Sadly Jefferson Cepeda is another non-starter today. That means there are 160 riders left in the race.

Geraint Thomas is fighting to keep his Vuelta GC hopes alive today. He is off now after slipping to 22nd in GC.

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) is in the hot seat, watching his rivals race.

Thomas fights over the early climb and heads to the long out and back section. He seems to be fighting his gear.

Evenepoel is warming up wearing an ice-vest and also wiping down the sweat as he gets ready for an intense 28-minute effort.

Cian Uijtdebroeks is off next. The young Belgian and Bora rider has impressed so far in this Vuelta.

Mattia Cattaneo stops the clock in 28:48 to finish second behind Ganna. He will perhaps provide some final advice to Evenepoel before he starts in 10 minutes.

Juan Ayuso is the next big-name to start. He gets lots of cheers from the Spanish crowd. 

Roglic is on the start ramp. 

Jonas Vingegaard started 2 minutes ahead of Roglic.

Vlasov is fast and second at the intermediate split, 23 seconds slower than Ganna. 

3-2-1. Evenepoel is off! 

Evenepoel has a new white TT bike to go with his world champion's jersey.

Kuss is still on the rollers but will soon head to the start ramp. He is last rider off as race leader.

Lenny Martinez (Groupama-FDJ) is off, confirming his good first week in the Vuelta.

Kuss is off!  

Vingegaard is third fastest at the time check, 25 seconds slower than Ganna.

Roglic is faster, only 10 seconds slower than Ganna.

Vlasov finishes fast and sets 28:31 to finish second.   

Evenepoel is 11 seconds slower than Ganna after 12km.   

Every GC rider is fighting for every second.  

Joao Almeida sets 28:29. 

Roglic is chasing Vingegaard to the second time check. 

Ayuso sets 28:50. 

Ayuso didn't come close to Ganna some 1:11 slower. The Spaniard was slower than his teammate Almeida.

Enric Mas sets 29:25. 

Sepp Kuss is 12th fastest at time check 1 but in touch with his GC rivals. 

At time check 2, Evenepoel is only 18 seconds slower than Ganna and he is faster than Roglic by 9 seconds. 

Roglic stops the clock in 28:15.  

Roglic was 35 seconds slower than Ganna.

Here comes Evenepoel. He won't beat Ganna but should be fastest of the GC riders.

Evenepoel blasts past Landa as if the Basque rider is stuck to the road.

Remco Evenepoel sets 27:55!

Evenepoel appears to gulp down a bottle of ketones as he focuses on his recovery immediately after his ride.  

Evenepoel beat Roglic by 19 seconds. That was worth his big effort. 

Marc Soler is fighting with Kuss for the leader's jersey but the American seems able to defend his lead in the TT. 

Sepp Kuss sets 29:08, that's enough to keep the red jersey for another day.  

Ganna gives a wave and a smile to celebrate his stage win. 

Kuss now leads Soler by 26 seconds in the GC. 

That was Ganna's 27th career win. He was second to Evenepoel in the world TT championships but also impressed on the track where he won the world individual pursuit title and took silver in the team pursuit.

Well, that was an intense final hour, with the GC battle out on the road as the riders competed at two-minute intervals.  

This shot shows how aero Ganna is now and how that helped him win the Vuelta TT. 

Well, a new Vuelta starts on Wednesday with stage 11 from Lerma to La Laguna Negra.

Evenepoel was happy with his performance but perhaps hoped to gain more time on Roglic.

Evenepoel was trying to work out Jumbo-Visma's tactics and build his own race strategy. 

Filippo Ganna wants more than just a time trial win at the Vuelta.

VALLADOLID SPAIN SEPTEMBER 05 Filippo Ganna of Italy and Team INEOS Grenadiers celebrates at podium as stage winner during the 78th Tour of Spain 2023 Stage 10 a 258km individual time trial stage from Valladolid to Valladolid UCIWT on September 05 2023 in Valladolid Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Sepp Kuss is becoming popular in Spain as he defends the leader's jersey.

Here is Kuss on the podium for another day.

Here he is during the time trial.

This is superb shot of Evenepoel in time trial mode.

To see more of our photographers great images and read our full stage report, click below. 

We'll have more news, interviews and a preview of stage 11 and the second week of racing from Alasdair Fotheringham in Spain very soon.

Thanks for joining us for our full live coverage, we'll be back on Wednesday for full coverage of stage 11.