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Hello and welcome to our live race coverage from stage 14 of the Vuelta a Espana. 

Today is going to be a massive day in the Vuelta as we dip into the mountains for another key stage that includes three categorized climbs, including the new summit finish at Pico Villuercas.

The first half of the stage is relatively flat but it's all change with the Puerto Berzocama and Puerto Collado de Ballesteros coming in quick succession. 

Right now the riders are on the start line and we'll begin the neutralized zone in about five minutes from now. Here's how things stand on GC coming into the stage.

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General classification after stage 13
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 50:31:52
2Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis 0:00:58
3Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:56
4Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:31
5Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:28
6Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious 0:03:55
7Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 0:04:41
8Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:04:57
9Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma 0:05:03
10Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:05:38

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On stage 13 we saw little fight for the break but that should be totally different today. The stage is up for grabs but so is the KOM jersey, and the GC. It's likely that there will be a huge battle just to get into the break. 

And we're rolling on stage 14 of the Vuelta a Espana.

Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) leads the KOM competition with 31 points. He has a four point lead on Romain Bardet and that could be one of the most interesting sub plots during the stage. Neither rider are threats on GC and while Caruso already has a stage to his name in this year's race both him and Bardet will no doubt try and get in the break.

The first climb of the stage - the Puerto Berzocama - comes almost 100km into the action but we do have a few unclassified bumps before then. Most of the first half of the race is flat though. 

Obviously it's all eyes on Roglic, who is the favourite for both the stage and the race lead but there's pressure on Movitar and Ineos too. The Spanish team have Mas and Lopez in contention, while Ineos are further back with Egan Bernal struggling to find his best form in this year's race. It's a significant day for the Giro d'Italia winner.

We're still in the neutralized zone and weaving through a few corners but the mood seems relatively relaxed given what's to come later on in the stage. Odd Christian Eiking is right near the front and in his leader's jersey. It's going to be a struggle to hold that position at the end of the stage but he  won't just throw in the towel.

28° at the start according to reports but the weather has been a real issue in the race so far. Check out Alasdair Fotheringham's story on the conditions riders and teams have had to face in the race. 

And we are racing on stage 14 of the Vuelta, as we exit the neutralized zone. And we have attacks from the gun just as we see Guillaume Martin come back through the cars. Not sure what happened there but he hasn't fallen. He's second on GC and could be a dark horse for the top-five overall. Class rider. 

We've got a clutch of riders off the front already but the gap is relatively small, maybe just 5 seconds. There are nine riders in the move. 

There's a lot of looking around at the front of the bunch as riders attack and then mark moves. Another couple of riders try and kick clear but that  early move is just about hanging on.

The accelerations keep coming and this  has been relentless so far. We've covered almost 10km and now there's a group of just under 20 riders clear of the peloton.

It's 18 riders and they have a 19 second gap at this point. Bardet is there, so too is Pidcock and Vine. No Caruso as far as I can see. 

155km to go

No GC threats in the break  though. Champoussin is the top placed rider but he's over 45 minutes down in the overall standings.

151km to go and the gap has stretched out to 1:10. 

147km to go

ASO have confirmed the full extent of the riders in the break. There's some real quality in the move too:

Big day for Tratnik who will need to mark Bardet on the climbs and try and sustain Caruso's lead in the KOM. The first climb is a third cat but the next one is a first category ascent.

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux have moved up and started to  set the pace with the gap to the break at just over three minutes. 

There's a bit of a cross-headwind out there at the moment it's nothing to trouble the riders out there as the gap moves out to over four minutes. We could get to double figures if this continues. 

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux are doing the work to at least limit the losses at the moment as the gap holds at 4'08 with 136km to go.

The gap continues to rise but it's still at a manageable five minutes. 

129km to go

The 18 leaders push their gap out to 6:14 and we could see Jumbo Visma move up if this creeps towards eight or nine minutes, just to keep a lid on things. 

A reminder of the riders in the break. There are 18 of them. 

118km to go

The road does gently start to climb from this point onwards as we head closer towards the final 100km of the stage. The gap just creeps over eight minutes for the first time.

No one from Movistar in the break today so the Spanish team are holding back their riders for the climbs today. Perhaps they'll take up the pace duties on the first two climbs but there is a long way between the Puerto Collado de Ballesteros and the finishing climb of Pico Villuercas. 

103km to go and the gap is at 8'43. 

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We're into the final 100km of the stage and the gap is just about holding at under nine minutes as the road continues to climb. There's rather long and twisting descent to come before the road points upwards again and we reach the first of three climbs in the stage.

Bardet the best climber on paper in the break but there are a few very strong riders in the break, including Tratnik and Pidcock. 

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