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Vuelta a Espana stage 10 Live - Evenepoel dominates 30km time trial

The profile of the stage 10 time trial

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 10 TT of the 2022 Vuelta a España.

Today's 30.9km TT is from Elche Alicante not far from the Mediterranean coast. 

This is the stage profile. It's a flat and fast time trial. 

These are the TT start times. 

The momentum was already with Remco Evenepoel at this Vuelta a España and today he gets something like a home-field advantage and chance to gain more time. 

Floris De Tier (Alpecin-Fenix) is the first rider off but we're expecting Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo) to set the early fastest time. 

This is an interesting stat from our friends at Fuoriclasse.

10 riders have started in Elche but we're waiting for the first to pass the intermediate  time check after 10.4km. 

It's another warm and sunny day at the Vuelta. 

Boy van Poppel was the first to the time check in 12:32 but as expected, Mullen is faster and sets 12:10. 

This is the expected wind direction today, adding speed to the already fast course.

Well, this is interesting.

As you may have seen, there have been a number of riders hit by COVID-19 during the rest day tests and afterwards.

A warm-up is vital before a time trial.

Kelland O'Brien (BikeExchange - Jayco) is the first to go below 12:00 at the time check. 

Julius Johansen (Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert) is also pretty fast. He set 24:34 at the second time check. 

He does, setting 23:59. 

Sam Bennett is the eighth rider to withdraw from the Vuelta between the end of Sunday's ninth stage and the start of the time trial. 

As expected, Mullen set a fast time of 37:43. But he's been beaten already.

Johansen finishes and sets 37:22.

New fast time! 

That's a significant 1:08 faster than Johansen.

The 30.9km TT course is now packed with riders. 

Well, Kelland O'Brien is in the hot seat but riders are beating his split times.

Rémi Cavagna set a new fastest time after 10.4km with 11:26. 

Mads Pedersen is also fast with 11:32 

Michael Hepburn (BikeExchange - Jayco) is also fast. 

Cavagna will finish very soon and should set the fastest time. 

Hepburn sets 35:11.

Froome sets a time of 38:12. He clearly wasn't going full gas. 

We've updated our story about Sam Bennett being hit by COVID-19. 

Here is Cavagna. He sets 34:18. Wow!

Cavagna stops and asks for team staff to pour cold water over his head. 

Cavagna raced at an average speed of 54.031 km/h. That shows how fast the flat 30.9km course is.

Pedersen was fast in the opening 10km but has faded, setting 23:41 after 21km of the TT. 

Next off is Rohan Dennis. 

Pedersen finished in a time of 36:31. Fast but only sixth fastest. 

It's hot and humid at the finish in Alicante, with temperatures close to 30C and high humidity. 

Dennis sets 11:30 at the 10.5km time split. 

The USA national TT champion Lawson Craddock is next off. 

Here's Rohan Dennis at speed. 

Bob Jungels is fast at time check 2 but not fast enough. He is over a minute down on Cavagna.  

Rohan Dennis is also down on Cavagna after the wind time split. 

He reached 20km some 39 seconds down on the Frenchman. That surely ends his chances of the stage win.

Craddock is faster after 10.4km. He is only 8 seconds slower than Cavagna. 

The Vuelta is the centre of attention at the moment but transfer news for 2023 is also making waves. 

Rohan Dennis sets a time of 35:59. 

Craddock sets a time of 23:07 at split 2. 

Fred Wright was again aggressive and well placed. He sets a time of 35:11 to go third fastest.

We're entering the final hour of rider starts now, with the final 30 riders, the GC contenders about to race.

Vincenzo Nibali finishes in a time of 38:35 in his final Grand Tour time trial of his career. 

Enric Mas is warming up for his ride.

Hugh Carthy of EF starts his TT. He looks determined but will likely lose a chunk of time today.  

We can also see Remco Evenepoel warm up on the rollers.

Alejandro Valverde also starts his final Grand Tour TT. 

Next off is Ben O'Connor of AG2R. He is 13th overall at 5:53 but in a group fighting for a place in the top ten.  

Tao Geoghegan Hart is next off. The Giro winner can do a decent time trial but will probable pace his ride today to be strong in the final 120 days for best-placed Carlos Rodriguez.

Primoz Roglic is also warming up, with an impressive set-up.  

Roglic starts in 10 minutes, with Mas 2:00 later and then Evenepoel 2 minutes after the Spaniard.

Click below for the start times. 

Joao Almeida is off and likely to be one of the GC contenders to limit his losses to Evenepoel. Indeed, he is likely to move up overall, passing several poorer TT riders. 

Carlos Rodriguez starts his TT. It will be fascinating to see what the young Spaniard can do today and in this Vuelta.

Here we go! Roglic starts his TT. 

3-2-1 and Mas rolls down the start ramp in Elche.

Here we go! 

Sweat is dripping off him as the clock counts down. 

He's off, wearing the new Specialized aero helmet that includes an aero head sock.

Meanwhile, Remi Cavagni remains in the hot seat with the fastest time of 34:11 for the 30.9km course.

It's mano-a-mano out on the road from Elche to Alicante.

Sivakov is only 15 seconds down on Cavagna at split 2. 

Roglic sets 11:26 at time split 1.  

Mas and Yates are close to Roglic. 

Ben O'connor finishes fast, in 35:11. That should lift him in the GC.

Evenepoel smashes the time split 1 time, setting 11:05! 

Evenepole is ticked super low over his bars as he fights to gain more and more seconds.

With 16km to go, virtually the half-way point, Evenepoel is 25 seconds faster.

Sivakov finishes in a time of 34:45. 

Rodriguez reaches split 2 in 23:07. That's also a good ride. 

Roglic is at split 2. He sets 22:48, just 1 second slower than Cavagna.

Mas has 10km to go and gets some help from a tail wind as drops of rain fall on the road.  

Meanwhile Miguel-Angel Lopez catches Jai Hindley. 

Evenepoel blasts to time split 2 and is 36 seconds faster than Cavagna. 

Here is Almeida but he goes the wrong way down the deviation! 

He managed to hit the brakes quickly and turn around but lost about 30 seconds there.

Almeida set a time of 35:31, 1:13 down on Cavagna.

Yates is faster and sets 35:00. 

Next in young super talent Juan Ayuso. 

Ayuso sets 35:35. 

Next up are Rodriguez, Roglic and Mas.  

Rodriguez is better than Ayuso, setting 34:40.

Roglic is fast and fastest so far. 

Enric Mas will finish soon but Evenepoel can see him!  

Mas stops the clock in 35:09. 

Evenepoel finishes and sets 33:18!

Wow! Evenepoel is a superb time trialist and used his skills to gain 48 seconds on Roglic. 

How fast was Evenepoel? 

Evenepoel set an average speed of 55.658km/h.  

Evenepoel beat Roglic by 48 seconds, Cavagna was third in the TT at 1:00, with Carlos Rodriguez (Ineos) at 1:22 and Pavel Sivakov (Ineos) at 1:27. 

Roglic couldn't continue his amazing run of Spanish time trial supremacy. 

Here's a shot of Evenepoel in action. 

In the GC, Evenepoel now leads  Roglic by 2:41, with mas third overall at 3:03.

"Now we're going to fight to try to win this Vuelta," says Evenepoel.   

Evenepoel didn't know the time gaps as he warmed down. He was happy to hear his winning advantage. 

Evenepoel's TT tactics were simple. 

Evenepoel was rightly bullish about his GC hopes now.

Evenepoel was congratulated by his parents in the podium area.

Evenepoel rightly wears the Belgian national time trial jersey on the podium. 

This is how Evenepoel celebrated on the podium.

To read our full stage report and see our 45-photo photo gallery and full results, click below. 

Here's Evenepoel on the podium.

And here he is in the red leader's jersey. 

These are the classifications from our friends at First Cycling. 

It was hot out there but Remco Evenepoel knew how to keep his cool and extend his race lead.

Thanks for joining us for our full live coverage of the time trial, we'll be back on Wednesday for full live coverage of stage 11 from the El Pozo Alimentación factory in Alhama de Murcia to Cabo de Gata down the coast. 

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