Vuelta a España: Rodriguez beats Contador in Ancares

Vuelta a España leader Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) showed that he can cope with longer climbs just as well as short and steep ones when he won the first of three consecutive summit finishes with a blistering final kick that carried him clear of Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) on the Puerto de Ancares.

This had seemed an unlikely scenario when Contador attacked 2km from the finish and opened up what appeared to be an unassailable advantage. The Saxo Bank leader distanced a group containing Rodríguez, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Dani Moreno (Katusha), with Sky's Chris Froome struggling to get on terms just behind these three.

Froome, though, has shown several times this year that he should never be counted out in the high mountains. With little more than a kilometre to go, he accelerated up to and then past Rodríguez and Valverde. However, he quickly began to lose momentum, having seemingly given all he had left.

Rodríguez countered the Briton's attack, then accelerated away in pursuit of Contador, who was also having problems maintaining his pace on the 13% ramps leading up to the line. The Katusha leader got back up to his rival with 500m remaining, only to see Contador jump past him again. But this was the final throw of the dice by the 2008 Vuelta champion. Rodríguez quickly got back on to his wheel, then produced a devastating final surge that sealed the stage win and the 12-second time bonus that went with it.

Rodríguez's victory pushed his overall lead out to 22 seconds over Contador, with Froome and Valverde now tied at 1:41 and looking less likely to challenge for the two top places overall. Just as important for Rodríguez was the psychological blow he delivered to Contador, who is not used to being chased down in the mountains and looked distinctly rattled when approached by the press at the finish.

Despite holding the lead and having three stage wins to his credit, Rodríguez continues to portray himself as the underdog to Contador. "I'm not the big favourite. I'm just taking each stage as it comes, but there are still lots of stages and passes before we reach Madrid," he said at the finish. "The standings are still very tight, so I don't feel like I've won anything yet."

Rodríguez admitted that the pace Saxo Bank had set during the day had taken its toll, saying he expects there to be "a massacre" if that pace continues in the days ahead. "The Polish guy [Majka] set a very hard rhythm and I said to myself, ‘If we continue at this pace I'm not going to reach the top.' What happened was that everyone else thought the same and we had to slow down a bit. If we hadn't, I wouldn't have got there."

Clarke takes mountains jersey

There had already been a flurry of attacks when the break of the day formed after 19km. There were 16 riders in it, including four-time Vuelta mountains winner David Moncoutié (Cofidis) and Orica-GreenEdge's Simon Clarke, who is having the race of his career with a stage win already to his credit. Crucially for Rodríguez and Valverde, they had teammates in there as well in the shape of
Alberto Losada (Katusha) and Javi Moreno (Movistar).

That meant the onus was on Saxo Bank and Sky to police the break and prevent it from getting too much of an advantage on what was a relatively short stage. Contador's team were happy to do this, never letting the 16 escapees get much more than three minutes ahead as they rollercoastered through the verdant Asturian countryside.

Moncoutié took the points on the first of the day's five categorised climbs, but finished third on the next three, which were all won by Clarke, with Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) taking second on each occasion. On the last of those four climbs, the first-category Alto Folgueiras de Aigas, the break began to split apart, as the Saxo Bank-led peloton closed in behind.

Saxo's Bruno Pires did a long stint of pace-making on this pass, which lined out the peloton behind. Or at least it did until Contador punctured towards the summit and had to stop to get a front wheel from Jesús Hernández. This allowed everyone to regroup and gave the remaining breakaways a bit more of a cushion as they chased over the summit and down towards the foot of the final ascent.

Losada goes alone

On the drop down towards the Ancares, Alberto Losada eased clear of his breakaway companions and started up the final climb with a lead of almost two minutes on the peloton, which was still being driven along by Contador's teammates. Contador, who had sat third wheel on the previous climb, dropped back to sit behind Rodríguez and Valverde as Saxo's Rafal Majka, Sergio Paulinho and Dani Navarro raised the pace significantly.

What had been a group more than 40-strong lined out and then split, with fifth-placed Robert Gesink (Rabobank) one of the first to be dropped. Majka produced a series of astounding efforts, the last of which saw him accelerate away off the front of the red jersey group with his team leader Contador right on his wheel. Launched perfectly by Majka, Contador got a decent gap, but Valverde closed it down, with Katusha duo Rodríguez and Dani Moreno joining them. All four riders then came up to and past the fading Losada.

Valverde pressed on, with Contador joining him. Rodríguez also closed the gap, but took longer to do so. Was he struggling or pacing himself? Contador attacked again with 2.7km remaining as if looking for an answer to this question. Once again, though, Valverde and Rodríguez came up to him, and for a few moments none of them seemed to know what to do until Moreno came up to them and began to set the pace. Garmin-Sharp's Andrew Talansky also tagged on to this elite group, which steadily edged away from Froome.

Two kilometres from home, Contador unleashed his biggest attack so far, scorching clear as, finally, no one was able to follow. On so many occasions in the past, "El Pistolero" would have gone on to celebrate in traditional fashion after such an attack. But once again he was unable to hold off the turbo-charged Rodríguez, who showed in finishing second at the Giro d'Italia that he's now less likely to struggle on the longer climbs.

The scene is set for another epic duel between the pair at the historic Lagos de Covadonga summit finish on Sunday.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team4:10:28
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:00:05
3Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:13
4Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team0:00:35
5Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:38
6Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp0:00:44
7Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:56
8Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:04
9Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:01:13
10Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:17
11Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 10 - Cell 2
12Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD0:01:26
13Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:01:51
14Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:56
15Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:02:19
17Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 16 - Cell 2
18Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-NissanRow 18 - Cell 2
20Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 19 - Cell 2
21Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja RuralRow 20 - Cell 2
22Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Sharp0:02:57
23Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:03:10
24Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 23 - Cell 2
25Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:19
26Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:23
27Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:25
28Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:03:31
29Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:03:38
30Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:45
31Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISD0:03:47
32Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team0:04:08
33Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:04:23
34Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:04:28
35Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:04:52
36Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:05:34
37Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:05:39
38Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 37 - Cell 2
39Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:46
40Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 39 - Cell 2
41Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural0:06:00
42Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:06:37
43Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:07:11
44Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:07:38
45Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:41
46Hernani Broco (Por) Caja Rural0:08:59
47Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling0:09:49
48Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-NissanRow 48 - Cell 2
50Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 49 - Cell 2
51Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica - GreenEdge0:10:48
52David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:11:04
53Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:11:58
54Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) AndaluciaRow 54 - Cell 2
56Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 55 - Cell 2
57Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 56 - Cell 2
58Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 57 - Cell 2
59Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 58 - Cell 2
60Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 60 - Cell 2
62Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 62 - Cell 2
64Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 63 - Cell 2
65Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 64 - Cell 2
66Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos-ShimanoRow 65 - Cell 2
67Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp0:12:18
68Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:12:34
69Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:12:44
70Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) Andalucia0:13:18
71Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team0:14:08
72Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:14:58
74Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 73 - Cell 2
75Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 74 - Cell 2
76Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:15:11
77Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan0:17:32
78Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 78 - Cell 2
80Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 79 - Cell 2
81Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Radioshack-NissanRow 81 - Cell 2
83Daniel Teklehaymanot (Eri) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 82 - Cell 2
84Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 88 - Cell 2
90Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 89 - Cell 2
91Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 90 - Cell 2
92Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:17:39
93Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan0:18:37
94Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:19:32
95Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 94 - Cell 2
96Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Simon Geschke (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 96 - Cell 2
98Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 97 - Cell 2
99Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 98 - Cell 2
100Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team0:19:57
101Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia0:22:07
102Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:23:14
103Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Sharp0:24:18
104Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 105 - Cell 2
107Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 106 - Cell 2
108Bruno Pires (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:24:39
109Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team0:25:31
110Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Allan Davis (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 110 - Cell 2
112Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 111 - Cell 2
113Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 112 - Cell 2
114Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 113 - Cell 2
115Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big MatRow 114 - Cell 2
116Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) AndaluciaRow 115 - Cell 2
117Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 116 - Cell 2
118Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 117 - Cell 2
119Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 118 - Cell 2
120Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 119 - Cell 2
121Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 121 - Cell 2
123David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Caja RuralRow 122 - Cell 2
124Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja RuralRow 123 - Cell 2
125Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big MatRow 124 - Cell 2
126Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 126 - Cell 2
128Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 127 - Cell 2
129Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 128 - Cell 2
130Grégory Rast (Swi) Radioshack-NissanRow 129 - Cell 2
131Ben Swift (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 130 - Cell 2
132Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
133Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) AndaluciaRow 132 - Cell 2
134Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
135Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 134 - Cell 2
136Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 135 - Cell 2
137Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 136 - Cell 2
138Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 137 - Cell 2
139Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) AndaluciaRow 138 - Cell 2
140Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 139 - Cell 2
141Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 140 - Cell 2
142Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 141 - Cell 2
143Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 142 - Cell 2
144Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 143 - Cell 2
145Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 144 - Cell 2
146Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 145 - Cell 2
147Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 146 - Cell 2
148Javier Chacon (Spa) AndaluciaRow 147 - Cell 2
149Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 148 - Cell 2
150Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) AndaluciaRow 149 - Cell 2
151Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 150 - Cell 2
152Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 151 - Cell 2
153Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 152 - Cell 2
154Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja RuralRow 153 - Cell 2
155Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
156Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 155 - Cell 2
157Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 156 - Cell 2
158Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 157 - Cell 2
159Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 158 - Cell 2
160Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 159 - Cell 2
161Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 160 - Cell 2
162Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 161 - Cell 2
163Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja RuralRow 162 - Cell 2
164Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 163 - Cell 2
165Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos-ShimanoRow 164 - Cell 2
166John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 165 - Cell 2
167Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 166 - Cell 2
168Danny Pate (USA) Sky ProcyclingRow 167 - Cell 2
169Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 168 - Cell 2
170Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 169 - Cell 2
171Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 170 - Cell 2
172William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 171 - Cell 2
173Cheng Ji (Chn) Argos-Shimano0:25:57
174Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro Team0:25:59
175Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:26:21
176Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:26:27
177Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural0:26:35
178Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-NissanRow 177 - Cell 2
179Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team0:26:40
180Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 179 - Cell 2
181Julian Dean (NZl) Orica - GreenEdge0:26:47
182Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Caja Rural0:27:41
183Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia0:27:43
DNSJose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 183 - Cell 2
DNSJurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 184 - Cell 2
DNSJens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 185 - Cell 2
DNFOlivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 186 - Cell 2
DNFRafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 187 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team25pts
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team2Row 13 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Sarria, km 51,7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team4pts
2Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Murias, km. 137
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team4pts
2Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain - Alto de Castro (Cat. 3) km. 34
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3pts
2Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain - Alto de Vilaesteva (Cat. 2) km. 71
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge5pts
2Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep3Row 1 - Cell 3
3David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain - Alto de O Lago (Cat. 3) km. 90
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge3pts
2Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep2Row 1 - Cell 3
3David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain - Alto Folgueiras de Aigas (Cat. 1) km. 126
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge10pts
2Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep6Row 1 - Cell 3
3David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain - Puerto de Ancares (Cat. 3) km. 149
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team3pts
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Most aggressive rider
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katusha Team12:36:07
2Sky Procycling0:00:33
3Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:53
4Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:36
5Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:02:52
6Movistar Team0:03:18
7AG2R La Mondiale0:08:06
8Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team0:08:09
9Radioshack - Nissan0:10:35
10Garmin - Sharp0:11:16
11Lampre - ISD0:12:28
12Caja Rural0:12:35
13BMC Racing Team0:14:24
14Liquigas - Cannondale0:15:08
15Astana Pro Team0:17:48
16Omega Pharma - Quickstep0:22:42
17Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:30:17
18Lotto Belisol Team0:32:33
19FDJ - Big Mat0:35:56
20Orica Greenedge0:38:35
22Team Argos - Shimano0:52:18
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General classification after stage 14
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team53:06:33
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:00:22
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:01:41
4Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team0:04:16
6Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:05:07
7Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:51
8Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp0:06:13
9Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:06:34
10Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:07:16
11Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:08:26
12Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD0:08:48
13Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:09:18
14Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:09:26
15Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:09:32
16Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) E