Vuelta diary watch: A hard day in the mountains

His new and unaccustomed role as captain lay heavy on Bernhard Kohl's slight shoulders, but the 24-year-old T-Mobile rider seems to bear the burden well. "It's been a long time since I was so nervous and tense before a start," he writes. "I think I fulfilled my assignment well. Tenth in the stage and ninth in GC after the first difficult stage are good results for me."

"I stayed with Sastre as long as possible, but 4 km before the finish, it was just a tick too fast for me and I had to find my own rhythm. I was able to hold the time loss within limit." (

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