Vuelta a Espana: Viviani wins stage 10

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) described it as his ‘most perfect’ lead-out of the season, and it was hard to argue with that assessment after the Italian champion scored an emphatic victory in the bunch sprint on stage 10 of the Vuelta a España in Bermillo de Sayago.

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finished safely in the main peloton to retain the red jersey, though the Briton was one of a number of overall contenders to suffer a late scare when there was a spate of punctures in the closing kilometres.

The day belonged to Viviani, however, who was expertly piloted by Michael Mørkøv and Fabio Sabatini in the final kilometre. The Olympic omnium champion then completed their well-coordinated efforts with a smart sprint in the finishing straight to claim the honours ahead of world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), while Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) came through for third.

It was Viviani’s second win on this Vuelta and his 17th victory of a sparkling debut season in the colours of Quick-Step Floors. With Julian Alaphilippe winning at the Tour of Britain earlier on Tuesday afternoon, Viviani’s Quick-Step team has now clocked up a remarkable 60 wins this season, and there are still over six weeks of the campaign left to run.

“It was the most perfect lead-out we’ve done this year. The guys did really proper, good job,” Viviani said afterwards.

After winning in Alhaurin de la Torre on stage 3, Vivinai endured disappointment when his lead-out train came undone on a roundabout in the finale at San Javier on stage 6, where he had to settle for third behind Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis). With bunch sprints at a premium on this Vuelta, he was loath to let another opportunity slip through his fingers.

“Today we were a little bit with more pressure because we want to be the strongest and the fastest. If we are the fastest we don't want to lose the race,” Viviani said. “It's my 17th win this year, and that win is for all these guys doing the lead-out. You saw the lead-out they did for me today. It was amazing.”

A bunch sprint seemed likely from the start of the stage and became a certainty once Quick-Step took command at the head of the peloton on the run-in. Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) made a game attempt to replicate his surprise win on the opening day of the 2017 Giro d’Italia by clipping off the front in the final kilometre, but Mørkøv helped to peg him back and the anticipated mass finish ensued.

Viviani’s victory was never in doubt, while Sagan and Nizzolo were the best of the rest behind him. Nelson Soto (Caja Rural-RGA Seguros) took fourth ahead of Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ) and Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo).

How it unfolded

The Vuelta resumed after its first rest day with a 177km leg that brought the race to within touching distance of the Portuguese border, and it was perhaps no surprise to find Minho native Tiago Machado (Katusha-Alpecin) among the riders chasing earlier escapee Jesus Ezquerra (Burgos-BH).

Richie Porte (BMC Racing) briefly joined Machado in his effort before relenting and allowing the Portuguese rider to bridge up alone. Machado and Ezquerra established a maximum lead of four minutes, but the sprinters’ teams – namely Quick-Step, Bora, Trek-Segafredo and Cofidis – combined to keep tabs on their advantage.

The two escapees were swept up by the bunch on the day’s lone category 3 climb, the Alto de Fermoselle, with 30km to go. By that point, the race had already been through the day’s intermediate sprint, where Alejandro Valverde – second overall, just one second behind Simon Yates – opted not to contest the bonus seconds. The race had also lost Simon Petilli (UAE Team Emirates) by that juncture, after the Italian abandoned following a heavy crash.

Diego Rubio (Burgos-BH) briefly drifted off the front of the bunch in the final 20km, but with Bora and Quick-Step to the fore, the Spaniard’s effort was never likely to be an enduring one. Instead, much of the interest in the closing kilometres was centred on the rear of the peloton, as Simon Yates, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) all suffered punctures in quick succession, though all four managed to latch back on without undue difficulty.

Kelderman suffered further mechanical mishap on the run-in and came in 1:10 down, though the time did not count towards the general classification as the incident took place inside the final 3 kilometres. The Dutchman remains 1:50 behind Yates in 14th overall.

At the top of the general classification, Yates keeps his one-second buffer over Valverde, while Quintana lies third at 14 seconds, with Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) a further 2 seconds back in fourth.

“It could have been much worse. We were expecting a bit more of a crosswind, but it was more of a headwind so it was OK. I've had some bad experience before having a puncture and waiting and changing for my own bike or changing the wheel. Today we changed for Albasini's bike and it was a little too big. Obviously I had to change again. It was OK though,” Yates said of his late puncture.

That was the lone hiccup in an otherwise serene day for the Briton, who did not seem overly concerned about the prospect of losing his jersey to Valverde at a bonus sprint in the coming days. “It depends on how you look at it,” Yates said. I'm looking at the overall picture, I want the red jersey in Madrid, and maybe now is not a good time to have the jersey.”

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Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors4:08:08
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 1 - Cell 2
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 2 - Cell 2
4Nelson Andres Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 3 - Cell 2
5Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 4 - Cell 2
6Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 5 - Cell 2
7Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 7 - Cell 2
9Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 8 - Cell 2
10Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-ScottRow 9 - Cell 2
11Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 10 - Cell 2
12Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 11 - Cell 2
13Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 12 - Cell 2
14Luis Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 13 - Cell 2
15Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 14 - Cell 2
16Max Walscheid (Ger) Team SunwebRow 15 - Cell 2
17Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 16 - Cell 2
18Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 17 - Cell 2
19Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Burgos BHRow 19 - Cell 2
21Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 20 - Cell 2
22Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos BHRow 21 - Cell 2
23Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 24 - Cell 2
26Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 26 - Cell 2
28Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos BHRow 27 - Cell 2
29Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 29 - Cell 2
31Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 30 - Cell 2
32Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step FloorsRow 31 - Cell 2
33Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-AlpecinRow 33 - Cell 2
35Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 34 - Cell 2
36Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 35 - Cell 2
37Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 36 - Cell 2
38Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 39 - Cell 2
41Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 40 - Cell 2
42Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 43 - Cell 2
45Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 44 - Cell 2
46David De La Cruz (Spa) Team SkyRow 45 - Cell 2
47Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 46 - Cell 2
48Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 47 - Cell 2
49José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 48 - Cell 2
50Lars Boom (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 49 - Cell 2
51Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 50 - Cell 2
52Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJRow 51 - Cell 2
53Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 52 - Cell 2
54Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 53 - Cell 2
55Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team SkyRow 54 - Cell 2
56Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 55 - Cell 2
57George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-JumboRow 56 - Cell 2
58Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 57 - Cell 2
59Sergio Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 58 - Cell 2
60Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 59 - Cell 2
61Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 62 - Cell 2
64Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 63 - Cell 2
65Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Antonio Molina Canet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 65 - Cell 2
67Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension DataRow 66 - Cell 2
68Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 67 - Cell 2
69Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 68 - Cell 2
70Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 69 - Cell 2
71Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 70 - Cell 2
72Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 71 - Cell 2
73Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 72 - Cell 2
74Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension DataRow 73 - Cell 2
75Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 74 - Cell 2
76Mickael Delage (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 75 - Cell 2
77Sepp Kuss (USA) LottoNL-JumboRow 76 - Cell 2
78Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension DataRow 77 - Cell 2
79Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 79 - Cell 2
81Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 80 - Cell 2
82Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 81 - Cell 2
83Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 82 - Cell 2
84José Mendes (Por) Burgos BHRow 83 - Cell 2
85Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 84 - Cell 2
86Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-MeridaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Benjamin King (USA) Dimension DataRow 88 - Cell 2
90Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 89 - Cell 2
91Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension DataRow 90 - Cell 2
92Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 91 - Cell 2
93Simon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 92 - Cell 2
94Léo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 93 - Cell 2
95Jorge Cubero Galvez (Spa) Burgos BHRow 94 - Cell 2
96Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 96 - Cell 2
98Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 97 - Cell 2
99Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team SunwebRow 98 - Cell 2
100Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 99 - Cell 2
101Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 100 - Cell 2
102Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 101 - Cell 2
103Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 102 - Cell 2
104Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension DataRow 103 - Cell 2
105Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 104 - Cell 2
106Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 105 - Cell 2
107Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 106 - Cell 2
108Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 107 - Cell 2
109Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 108 - Cell 2
110Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 109 - Cell 2
111Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 110 - Cell 2
112Pablo Torres Muiño (Spa) Burgos BHRow 111 - Cell 2
113Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 112 - Cell 2
114Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 113 - Cell 2
115Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 114 - Cell 2
116Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 115 - Cell 2
117Thomas Leezer (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 116 - Cell 2
118Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:22
119Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 118 - Cell 2
120Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 119 - Cell 2
121Daniel Moreno (Spa) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 120 - Cell 2
122Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
124Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 124 - Cell 2
126Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 125 - Cell 2
127Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 126 - Cell 2
128Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 127 - Cell 2
129Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 128 - Cell 2
130Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team SkyRow 130 - Cell 2
132Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team SkyRow 131 - Cell 2
133Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 132 - Cell 2
134Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
135Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 134 - Cell 2
136Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Floris De Tier (Bel) LottoNL-JumboRow 136 - Cell 2
138Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 137 - Cell 2
139Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-MeridaRow 138 - Cell 2
140Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 139 - Cell 2
141Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
142Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 141 - Cell 2
143Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 142 - Cell 2
144Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 143 - Cell 2
145Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 144 - Cell 2
146Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 145 - Cell 2
147Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 146 - Cell 2
148Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 147 - Cell 2
149Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team SkyRow 148 - Cell 2
150Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 149 - Cell 2
151Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 150 - Cell 2
152Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-ScottRow 151 - Cell 2
153Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:32
154Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos BH0:00:52
155Diego Rubio Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BHRow 154 - Cell 2
156Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJRow 155 - Cell 2
157Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 156 - Cell 2
158Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:55
159Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:01:01
160Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 159 - Cell 2
161Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:10
162Ian Boswell (USA) Katusha-AlpecinRow 161 - Cell 2
163Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 162 - Cell 2
164Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates0:01:40
165Kasper Asgreen (Den) Quick-Step Floors0:01:42
166Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:45
167Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb0:01:51
168Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:02:22
169Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates0:02:57
170Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:08:47
171Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 170 - Cell 2
172Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:13:18
173Michael Storer (Aus) Team SunwebRow 172 - Cell 2
DNSDaniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team EmiratesRow 173 - Cell 2
DNFSimone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 174 - Cell 2
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Intermediate Sprint - Trabanca, km. 135.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos BH4pts
2Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin2Row 1 - Cell 3
3George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors25pts
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Nelson Andres Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Luis Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 3) Alto de Fermoselle, km. 147.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team3pts
2Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Combativity
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos BH
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caja Rural-Seguros RGA12:24:24
2Quick-Step FloorsRow 1 - Cell 2
3Euskadi Basque CountryRow 2 - Cell 2
4Bora-HansgroheRow 3 - Cell 2
5Burgos-BHRow 4 - Cell 2
6Movistar TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Bahrain-MeridaRow 6 - Cell 2
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