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Vuelta a España stage 15 – Live coverage


Hola and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espana. 

As the CN blimp takes height, the riders have left the start area and are on the road west. 

Today's stage includes lots of climbing and so is ideal for a breakaway attempt. The GC riders have little to gain by trying to control the attacks and so a group of  adventurers is likely to get away and fight for the stage victory.

As soon as the flag drops to start the racing at Km 0, there is an attack.

Some interesting data from our friends at Fuoriclasse:

Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott), Micahel Valgren (NTT) and Pim Ligthart (Total Direct Energie) joined Stan Dewulf (Lotto Soudal) and Victor Lafay (Cofidis) but the peloton hs chased them down. 

A few more fast kilometres and more attacks. 

Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott) and Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek-Segafredo) are chasing the trio. but we expect more riders to try to join them. 

Our man in Spain Alasdair Fotheringham has reminded us of some key details of today's stage. 

The finish in Puebla de Sanabria is the same as in 2016, where Contador fell off and threw his bidon on the ground in anger. 

Alasdair also has a warning for the GC rider: Be ready for the finish.

Edmondson has joined Oliveira, Sicard and Bol but Lopez missed it and has been caught. 

The peloton is chasing hard and so Ivo Oliveira (UAE Team Emirates) has attacked alone.

After 39km of fast and furious racing we have gruppo compatto. 

Uff... The peloton covered 42.4km in the first hour of racing. That was on rolling roads. 

On the 3rd category San Amaro climb, 25 riders attacked but have been pulled back as KOM leader Guillaume Martin chases more points. 

Guillaume Martin is joined by around 20 other riders but the peloton closes them down. 

The Alto de San Amaro climb is the first of five third-category climbs today. 

Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) is first to summit and so scores 3 more points.

We have a bigger attack and from the CN blimp we can see the peloton has finally eased up. 

Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural) is chasing and has been caught by Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and Julien Simon (Total Direct Energie). 

Michelton-Scott seem happy to have their 2 key riders in the attack.

Martin and the chasers are 1:10 down as the Alto de Carcedo kicks in. 

Bravo Martin.

There are now 13 riders up front, with the peloton at 4:20.

145km to go

Yep, Tim Wellens is in the break. 

Wellens claimed his second win of this year’s Vuelta a Espana after taking victory on stage 14 of the race from Lugo to Ourense. 

Click this link to read our full stage report on Wellens win and check out our full photo gallery and full results. 

Three months after a bad training crash put paid to his chances of riding the Tour de France, Belgium’s Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) continued to set his season straight in Spain with a second transition stage win in the Vuelta a España.

To understand how Wellens won his second stage, click on link below to read what he said post stage. 

Stage 14 was a day for the breakaway specialists, with Wellens triumphing ahead of EF Pro Cycling's Michael Woods on the undulating 204.7km route from Lugo to Ourense.

To check out the top ten on the stage and the GC, click this link below.

Martin strikes again on the Alto do Furriolo climb, taking three points. 

120km to go

The fast racing has forced Harry Tanfield (AG2R La Mondiale) and Pim Ligthart (Total Direct Energie) to abandon the Vuetla. 

The riders are currently on the Limia river plateau. 

This is the second stage into Puebla de Sanabria and the Vuelta has visited the very close by Lago (Lake) de Sanabria, in 2013, with a win for Michael Matthews. 

Several teams are riding for the futures at the Vuelta a Espana. These include NTT. 

Other teams have faced sponsorship problems and have pushed riders and staff to make salary sacrifices to keep teams afloat. 

Interestingly Bora-Hansgrohe have started to lead the peloton and so the gap to the break has reduced to 4:30. 

Felix Grossschartner revealed Bora's hopes at the start on the Vuelta race site.

Bora has reduced the break's lead to just 3:00 on the valley roads but the climbs will soon return, making it harder for them to ride together. 

The gap is down to 3:00 but the Alto de Fumaces climb is about to start. It is 108% long and climbs gradually at 4.5%. 

As we predicted, the gap is back up as the Alto de Fumaces hurts. It is 3:30 now.

The weather is cold and very autumnal today at the Vuelta.

The leaves are falling on the 2020 Vuelta

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This is a shot of the 13 riders in the break. 

The riders are back on wider valley roads and battling into the headwind. There are also some drops on rain in the air.

The views at the 2020 Vuelta a España are stunning

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The 13 riders are going through and off smoothly as they fight to stay away. 

Mitchelton-Scott was again in the break at the Vuelta a España

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Trek  have placed four riders on the head of the peloton to lead the chase.v 

The speed of the chase has lined out the peloton. 

The autumnal colours offer a stunning background to the peloton. But the peloton and especially the leader jersey and their teams colours stand out. 

Vuelta a España leadership rivals Richard Carapaz and Primoz Roglic

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56km to go

The wind is blowing strong on this exposed section, with the speed up, some riders are being spat out of the back. 

Martin drives it forward at the head of the breakaway.

Wellens is off the back of the breakaway.

50km to go

No change in the peloton or the break as they ride through the winds.

41km to go

It's only 13C out there now and it's going to get colder.

After Wellens eased up, there are 12 riders in the break. They lead by 50 seconds now. 

30km to go

Cattaneo is out front solo but leads the remains of the break by 25 seconds with the peloton at 1:30.

Meanwhile Cattaneo's teammate Sam Bennett is suffering at the back of the peloton.

Cattaneo is time trailing to a 1:00 lead.

25km to go

As the rain pours down, the peloton is at 1:45. 

Cattaneo is digging deep on the Alto de Padornelo climb. 

Cattaneo leads by 1:30 as the peloton stays at 2:00.  

Gino Mäder of NTT is trying to go across to Cattaneo over the top of the climb.

15km to go

Behind the peloton finally sweep up the remains of the break and they are closing in on Mader.   

We're hearing from our man in Spain Alasdair Fotheringham that a big oil slick in the last kilometres means times for the stage are going to taken with 3kms to go.

With 8km to go, Cattaneo is fighting to hold his 50-second gap. 

7km to go and Cattaneo is fighting a strong headwind. 

4km to go. 

Lotto, NTT, and UAE are also at the front to prepare for the uphill finish.

2km to go. 

Willie Smit of Burgos makes a dig but 30 or so riders are fighting for the victory. 

Mitchelton lead it out.

Here we go! 

Jasper Philipsen of UAE goes early and holds it to win. 

Philipsen is hugged by team staff and teammates. He's emotional. They all are. 

Philipsen made sure he was up front on the twisting climb to the finish and hit out early. 

Ackermann was behind Philipsen but couldn't find a way through and finished second.

This is the top ten: 

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) remains in the race leader's red jersey. 

This is the new general classification after stage 15:

Jasper Philipsen is leaving the UAE squad to join Alpecin-Fenix at the end of the year but everyone at UAE seems happy with the win. 

Philipsen is often competitive in sprints and the Classics but has so far won little for his talents. 

The GC riders stayed protected in the peloton to avoid the fatigue of the 230km stage into the headwind. 

He knew that times were taken with 3km to go and finished with several Jumbo teammates.

Philipsen was happy to win his first Grand Tour stage. 

"There was a really strong breakaway but with the headwind all day it made it really hard for the front group," he added. 

Philipsen enjoys his moment on the Vuelta podium.

To enjoy our growing photo gallery, full results and our full stage report, click below.

Today is a day for team and transfer news. 

Click below to read the full story.

This is a great photo. 

This morning, just days after team manager Bjarne Riis said it was "unrealistic" that the NTT Pro Cycling team can be saved, team principal Doug Ryder has revealed they are "very close to being on the road next year".

Click here to read the full story. 

These are the four jersey wearers. 

in other news, Ian Stannard announced his retirement today. 

Click here to read the full story on 'Yogi' and his retirement.  

The Vuelta continues on Friday with stage 16 from Salamanca to Ciudad Rodrigo and is now set to finish in Madrid on Sunday. 

We'll be back on Friday for full live coverage of stage 16. Please join us as the final GC battle begins. 

The 2020 WorldTour racing season will end on Sunday. We're going to miss the emotions of this video.   

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