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Profile stage 11 of 2021 Vuelta a España

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 11 of the Vuelta a España.

Today's stage is the shortest road stage of the race at 133.6 kilometres, taking the riders from Antequera to Valdepeñas de Jaén as the race heads inland from the south of Spain.

The riders are currently signing on ahead of the start of the stage, which is in just over 15 minutes.

Today's stage is up and down all day, though there's only one categorised climb on the route – the Puerto de Locubín (8.8km at 5 per cent) at eight kilometres from the finish.

The finish was a regular fixture of the race in the early 2010s, featuring in 2010, 2011 and 2013 as Igor Antón, Joaquin Rodríguez and Daniel Moreno took stage victories.

A look at the map of today's stage...

There's no doubt that Primož Roglič will be looking to put more time between him and his main rivals, though it's extremely unlikely that he will be taking back the red jersey today given that he's 2:17 down on race leader Odd Christian Eiking and 1:19 down on second-placed man Guillaume Martin. 

The riders have set off from the start and are rolling through the neutral zone.

Two non-starters today. Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) and Alex Aranburu (Astana-Premier Tech) have left the race. The Belgian has a fever and the Spaniard was injured in a crash yesterday.

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A look at the riders rolling out but now the flag has dropped and they are racing for real.

Attacks fly right from the start of the stage.

Seven men go clear at the start of the stage.

125km to go / 8km done

BikeExchange are working at the head of the peloton at the moment. The gap isn't going up.

118km to go / 15km done

Joan Bou (Euskaltel-Euskadi) tries an attack.

He's quickly caught though.

Jasper Philipsen abandons Vuelta a España due to illness

109m to go / 24km done

Stage 9 winner Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) is among those on the move currently.

102km to go / 31km done

That group has a minute on the peloton now. Burgos-BH have tried to counter with Angel Madrazo.

92km to go / 41km done

Jumbo-Visma and BikeExchange are working at the head of the peloton.

Crash in the middle of the peloton as the riders tackle an uphill corner. Most are back up and running quickly but Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) has a problem with his rear wheel and has to wait.

It was a very fast first hour with a 47kph average speed.

82km to go / 51km done

Here's what race leader Odd Christian Eiking had to say before the stage...

The gap is coming down already. 1:20 at the moment after the peloton upped the pace.

70km to go / 63km done

The five men out front are still working well together.

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The riders have passed the midpoint of the stage. It's all up and down here but still no classified climbs until the finale.

A look at Joaquim Rodríguez's victory back in 2011.

Simon Carr (EF Education-Nippo) has abandoned the race.

42km to go / 91km done

It's still the same squads at work at the head of the peloton – BikeExchange, Jumbo-Visma and Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. 

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BikeExchange are really keen today – they have several riders working on the front.

Here's what Primož Roglič had to say before today's stage, where he's among the favourites for the win.

1:20 for the break now as the riders head into the final 30 kilometres.

The riders already passed the intermediate sprint with Planckaert leading the breakaway across for 20 points. No sprint in the peloton with the same teams in control.

25km to go / 108km done

The downhill run now and the peloton are still taking back time.

Movistar are on the front of the peloton now, along with riders from Astana-Premier Tech and Ineos Grenadiers.

20km to go / 113km done

Another look at the final climb.

The break hits the bottom of the climb and Magnus Cort pushes on at the front as the group fractures.

Cort is alone in front ahead of Vanhoucke,  then Planckaert and Lastra and Bou.

16km to go

Still 45 seconds to Cort at the front.

Those dropped in the break are caught by the peloton. Vanhoucke and Cort remain out front.

BikeExchange move to the front now after Jumbo-Visma made little headway into Cort's advantage.

12km to go

10km to go

Cort is 2km from the top now.

David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates) has attacked from the peloton. He's in 13th overall at the moment.

23 seconds from Cort to De la Cruz and 30 seconds to the peloton.

8km to go

De la Cruz is caught by the peloton just after the summit. Damiano Caruso pushes on in his polka dot jersey.

Red jersey Eiking was towards the back of the peloton but was still hanging in there.

6km to go

Caruso took three points at the top to extend his KOM lead. He has 31 points to Romain Bardet's 22.

Cort has pulled out a few more seconds on the way down. It's up to 28 now. Ineos lead the way in the peloton.

4km to go

3km to go

1.5km to go

Cort reaches the final kilometre and is about to hit the wall to the finish.

Cort has 15 seconds as he starts climbing.

Movistar and Jumbo-Visma lead the peloton onto the climb.

700m to go

Roglič and Mas push on the front!

500m to go

Still a few seconds for Cort.

Mas goes again!

Roglič is right with him. They pass Cort.

Mas vs Roglič in the final 100 metres!

Roglič passes Mas in the closing 50 metres.

Primož Roglič wins stage 11 of the Vuelta a España!

More time bonuses for him and he may even have taken a second or two from Mas, too.

Odd Christian Eiking will still be in red – he wasn't far behind the leaders.

Roglič first, Mas three seconds back, López took third at five seconds.

Roglič has now picked up 22 bonus seconds in this Vuelta. Mas has 10.

Cort ended up in 25th place, 49 seconds down. He was weaving across the road on the final run to the line.

Here's what Roglič had to say after his win.

A shot of today's winner with Mas in the background.

Our short report for stage 11 is up now. Check it out here.

Primož Roglič celebrates his seventh Vuelta stage win in three years.

Meanwhile, Odd Christian Eiking is still in the red jersey.

We'll have news from Bernal, Roglič, Movistar, Magnus Cort and Mikel Landa coming later this afternoon/evening.

Tomorrow, the riders will be tackling another hilly stage which could suit another breakaway victory. Stage 12 takes in a 175km run from Jaén to Córdoba.

That's all from our live coverage for today, though. Look out for more news from the Vuelta throughout the evening and be sure to come back tomorrow for our live reporting of stage 12.

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