Vuelta a Espana: Marczynski wins stage 12

Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) claimed his second win of the Vuelta a Espana on stage 12, attacking from the early break to solo into Antequera.

The 33-year-old, who also won stage 6 from the break, attacked on the final climb of Thursday’s stage and held off the remnants of the early break on the descent and run-in to the line. 

Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) rounded out the top three but the stage burst into life when Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo) attacked on the final ascent alongside Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing).

The Spaniard’s move sparked panic in the chase group but Team Sky appeared to have regained control of the situation until race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) crashed twice in quick succession on the descent. 

Although Froome’s teammates came to his aid they could not regain contact with the main group of favourites, including second-placed overall Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida). By the time Froome crossed the line he had conceded 20 seconds to Nibali and 42 to Contador.

Froome remains in the red jersey but his lead to Nibali has been cut to 59 seconds. Contador, meanwhile, remains in ninth but has cut the deficit to Froome to 3:13.

Contador goes on the attack

Until the ascent of the second-category Puerto del Torcal the stage looked destined to be a stalemate between the GC contenders. Team Sky had tapped out a relatively steady tempo for most of the stage, allowing the break to establish a gap of eight minutes as the race gathered pace towards the two categorised climbs.

The first-category Puerto del León was raced without incident but as soon as the break, and the bunch, hit the foot of the Torcal all hell broke loose. The break instantly fragmented with Marczynski delivering the most telling attack with around 6km left of the 7.6km climb. The next time his breakaway companions would see him would be on the podium.

When the peloton reached the Torcal several minutes later Contador made his move. He was instantly joined by a plucky Nicolas Roche but the Irishman’s only assistance was to offer shade as he glued himself to the back of the Trek-Segafredo rider’s rear wheel before falling away.

Soon before, Contador had bridged up to his teammate, Edward Theuns, who had been in the early break, and the pair set a line blistering pace towards the finish. A stranded Froome was plucked to safety by Mikel Nieve and Wout Poels but despite a frantic chase they were unable to regain contact with the bulk of the GC group. In the end it could have been far worse for Froome but the climactic end to stage 12 was a fine illustration that this year’s Vuelta a Espana is far from a done deal.

How it unfolded

The break, consisting of Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Pawel Poljanski, Andreas Schillinger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Julien Duval (AG2R-La Mondiale), Brendan Canty (Cannondale-Drapac), Michael Morkov (Katusha-Alpecin), Stef Clement (LottoNL-Jumbo), Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal), Omar Fraile (Dimension Data), Anthony Pérez (Cofidis), David Arroyo (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport), took close to 45km of racing to form but once they generated clear daylight between themselves and the peloton there was little impetus to mount a chase.

With no threat from the GC fringes Team Sky were content to ride at a comfortable pace. The leaders built up an eight-minute advantage as they pushed along the flat roads through Torre del Mar and the race settled into a predictable pattern. The Puerto del León may have stretched out beyond 17 kilometres but its gradual pitches of less than five per cent were of little trouble to both the break and their pursuers.

Further down the climb Contador was making his move and, like the Spaniard, Marczynski would hold out until the finish.

"It was an incredible stage," Marczynski said. "After my first victory I was keeping fresh to try again today. I was a bit afraid at the beginning - I spent a lot of energy and had to sprint like 100 times just to get in the breakaway.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal3:56:45
2Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Dimension Data0:00:52
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 3 - Cell 2
5Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 4 - Cell 2
6Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:42
7Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:50
8Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 7 - Cell 2
9Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 8 - Cell 2
10David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:03:00
11Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport0:05:03
12Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:49
13Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:07:25
14Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:07:47
15Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16David de la Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 15 - Cell 2
17Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-ScottRow 17 - Cell 2
19Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 19 - Cell 2
21Michael Mørkøv (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 20 - Cell 2
22Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 21 - Cell 2
23Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team EmiratesRow 23 - Cell 2
25Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 24 - Cell 2
26Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 25 - Cell 2
27Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-DrapacRow 26 - Cell 2
28Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Jaime Roson Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 29 - Cell 2
31Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:07:54
32Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:08:07
33Wout Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 32 - Cell 2
34Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:08:14
35Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team SkyRow 34 - Cell 2
36Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:09:20
37Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data0:10:48
38Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 37 - Cell 2
39Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJRow 38 - Cell 2
40Bernardo Suaza (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 39 - Cell 2
41Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Luis Angel Maté Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 41 - Cell 2
43Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team SkyRow 43 - Cell 2
45Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:10:54
47Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:12:36
48Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 47 - Cell 2
49Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 48 - Cell 2
50Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 49 - Cell 2
51Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 50 - Cell 2
52Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 51 - Cell 2
53Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 52 - Cell 2
54Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 53 - Cell 2
55Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 54 - Cell 2
56Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 55 - Cell 2
57Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 56 - Cell 2
58Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:13:17
59Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:13:19
60Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 59 - Cell 2
61Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 60 - Cell 2
62Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 61 - Cell 2
63Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJRow 62 - Cell 2
64Aldemar Reyes (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 63 - Cell 2
65Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:14:43
67Juan Felipe Osorio (Col) Manzana Postobon0:15:23
68Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) UAE Team EmiratesRow 67 - Cell 2
69Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJRow 68 - Cell 2
70Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 69 - Cell 2
71Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 70 - Cell 2
72Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue SportRow 71 - Cell 2
73Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 72 - Cell 2
74Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 74 - Cell 2
76Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 76 - Cell 2
78Diego Rosa (Ita) Team SkyRow 77 - Cell 2
79Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step FloorsRow 78 - Cell 2
80Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 79 - Cell 2
81Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 81 - Cell 2
83Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team SkyRow 82 - Cell 2
84Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension DataRow 84 - Cell 2
86Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 85 - Cell 2
87Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-DrapacRow 86 - Cell 2
88Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue SportRow 87 - Cell 2
89Ricardo Vilela (Por) Manzana PostobonRow 88 - Cell 2
90Hernán Aguirre (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 89 - Cell 2
91Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 90 - Cell 2
92Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJRow 91 - Cell 2
93Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 92 - Cell 2
94Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 93 - Cell 2
95Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 94 - Cell 2
96Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:17:49
97Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:17:52
98Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 97 - Cell 2
99Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-DrapacRow 98 - Cell 2
100Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team SunwebRow 99 - Cell 2
101Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 100 - Cell 2
102Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 101 - Cell 2
103Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 105 - Cell 2
107Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 106 - Cell 2
108Fernando Orjuela (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 107 - Cell 2
109Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 109 - Cell 2
111Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 110 - Cell 2
112Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 111 - Cell 2
113Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La MondialeRow 112 - Cell 2
114Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJRow 113 - Cell 2
115Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 114 - Cell 2
116Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale-DrapacRow 115 - Cell 2
117Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:20:00
118Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step FloorsRow 117 - Cell 2
119Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 118 - Cell 2
120Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-AlpecinRow 119 - Cell 2
121Rafael Reis (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 120 - Cell 2
122Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:20:48
123Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 122 - Cell 2
124Lluís Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:21:49
125Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 124 - Cell 2
126Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 126 - Cell 2
128Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJRow 127 - Cell 2
129Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 128 - Cell 2
130Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
132Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 131 - Cell 2
133Hector Sáez Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 132 - Cell 2
134Juan José Lobato (Spa) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 133 - Cell 2
135Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 134 - Cell 2
136Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-ScottRow 135 - Cell 2
137Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJRow 136 - Cell 2
138Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 137 - Cell 2
139Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-ScottRow 138 - Cell 2
140Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-ScottRow 139 - Cell 2
141Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 140 - Cell 2
142Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 141 - Cell 2
143Thomas Scully (NZl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 142 - Cell 2
144Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-AlpecinRow 143 - Cell 2
145Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:21:55
146Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 145 - Cell 2
147Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 146 - Cell 2
148Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 147 - Cell 2
149William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-DrapacRow 148 - Cell 2
150Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 149 - Cell 2
151Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 150 - Cell 2
152Magnus Cort (Den) Orica-ScottRow 151 - Cell 2
153Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:21:59
154Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 153 - Cell 2
155Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 154 - Cell 2
156Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 155 - Cell 2
157Sebastián Molano (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 156 - Cell 2
158Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-ScottRow 157 - Cell 2
159Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 158 - Cell 2
160Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue SportRow 159 - Cell 2
161Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-ScottRow 160 - Cell 2
162Hernando Bohórquez (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 161 - Cell 2
163Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue SportRow 162 - Cell 2
164Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 163 - Cell 2
165Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 164 - Cell 2
166Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 165 - Cell 2
167Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar TeamRow 166 - Cell 2
168Aaron Gate (NZl) Aqua Blue SportRow 167 - Cell 2
169Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue SportRow 168 - Cell 2
170Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana PostobonRow 169 - Cell 2
171Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue SportRow 170 - Cell 2
172Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:22:04
173Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 172 - Cell 2
174Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 173 - Cell 2
DNFLennard Kämna (Ger) Team SunwebRow 174 - Cell 2
DNFJorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 175 - Cell 2
DNSGeorge Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 176 - Cell 2
DNSSerge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension DataRow 177 - Cell 2
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Intermediate sprint - Villanueva de la Concepción, km. 137
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Dimension Data4pts
2Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal25pts
2Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Dimension Data20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe7Row 8 - Cell 3
10David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 1) Puerto del León, km. 101.4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team10pts
2Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Dimension Data1Row 4 - Cell 3