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The profile of stage 12 of the 2022 Vuelta a Espana

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Stage 12 is from Salobreña to the the Peñas Blancas summit finish above Estepona in the south of spain.

Bahrain Victorious announced that Santiago Buitrago had tested positive for COVID-19 and Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert said that Boy van Poppel was also positive and out of the Vuelta.

Remco Evenepoel leads  Primož Roglič by 2:41, with Enric Mas third overall at 3:03. 

32 riders formed the early breakaway, including Jay Vine and Richard Carapaz. 

Carapaz emerged from the attack to win the stage. Evenepoel brought home the GC group at 7:39 to keep the red leader's jersey.

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 12th stage of the Vuelta a España.

The riders have just rolled out of Salobreña and face a rolling 192km in the saddle with the 19km climb up to the finish.

After yesterday's sprint finish, today's 12th stage will be very different.

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The race director has waved the flag and the stage is officially underway. 

The road to Estepona and the final climb follows the coast to Malaga and then onto Marbella.  We're expecting more stunning coastlines and an early breakaway of stage hunters.

CABO DE GATA SPAIN AUGUST 31 A general view of the peloton passing across a bridge in a landscape during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 11 a 1912km stage from ElPozo Alimentacin Alhama de Murcia to Cabo de Gata LaVuelta22 WorldTour on August 31 2022 in Cabo de Gata Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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Xabier Mikel Azparren (Euskaltel-Euskadi) is the first to attack. 

Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Yevgeniy Fedorov (Astana Qazaqstan), Mark Padun (EF Education-Easy Post) and Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck) go in a new attack but they are quickly closed down.

Potential stage winners need to be excellent climbers and out of the GC battle but it would be dangerous to let those four get back into the battle for overall victory.

The pace is up to 50km/h at the moment as the attacks fly off the front.

The pace is still high but we have gruppo compatto for now. 

Who will dear to attack next? 

It's another day at the Vuelta a España and so there are more COVID-19 positives and more riders leaving the race.

On Thursday morning, Bahrain Victorious announced that their Colombian climber Santiago Buitrago had tested positive for the virus after showing mild symptoms.

Shortly after Bahrain's statement, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert announced that their Dutch sprinter Boy van Poppel would also be leaving the race after testing positive. He had finished 10th on Wednesday's flat sprint stage. 

The Vuelta a España has now seen 23 riders leave the race after testing positive for COVID-19, more than the totals from the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France put together.

Before stage 11 Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) were forced to abandon from top 10 GC positions, while Equipo Kern Pharma lost three riders to positive tests – Roger Adrià, Héctor Carretero, and Pau Miquel.

Click below for our latest COVID-19 update. 

More COVID-19 cases strike Vuelta a España ahead of stage 12

LAVARONE ITALY MAY 25 Santiago Buitrago Sanchez of Colombia and Team Bahrain Victorious celebrates winning during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 17 a 168 km stage from Ponte di Legno to Lavarone 1161m Giro WorldTour on May 25 2022 in Lavarone Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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A new attack! 

Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Alessandro De Marchi (Israel Premier Tech) have opened a gap. Vamos!

Could we see Thibaut Pinot on the attack? That would be rather nice.  

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Higuita and De Marchi have extended their lead to 30 seconds. Other riders are chasing them. 

A break is perhaps forming.

We spoke to soon, Higuita and De Marchi have been swept up as the race nears the holiday destination of Nerja. 

The speed remains high but on the wide highways it is difficult for the peloton to control things. 

Race leader Remco Evenepoel will also be cautious about using his riders after losing  Alaphilippe in a crash yesterday.

We have a new attack of 30 riders. That's a big one. 

For Primož Roglič, Remco Evenepoel is “on a different level” at this Vuelta a España. For his Jumbo-Visma directeur sportif Addy Engels, he is “in a different league.” 

However both have no intention if giving up the fight for a fourth Vuelta victory.

'Primoz is a 'no risk, no glory' guy'" Engels told Cyclingnews. 

“At the moment, we’re in the situation that we have to hope that Primoz can still improve a bit,” Engels said. 

“We have to wait and see at the moment. If the opportunities come then we have to be up there to take them, but as it looks now, in these few days – for the third week we have to see – but for now it’s about trying to keep the situation as it is. And hope for the best.”

Click below to read Barry Ryan's full story from the Vuelta a Espana. 

Primoz Roglic hoping to outlast Evenepoel and take back time in Vuelta a España final week

MALLABIA SPAIN APRIL 08 Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Yellow Leader Jersey prior to the 61st Itzulia Basque Country 2022 Stage 5 a 1638km stage from Zamudio to Mallabia 305m itzulia WorldTour on April 08 2022 in Mallabia Spain Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo MorenoGetty Images

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A group of 32 (!) riders save a gap of 15 seconds. That's a fifth of the peloton.

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Behind the attack, QuickStep-AlphaVinyl and Groupama-FDJ are driving the chase for Evenepoel and for the Pinot who missed the move. 

The gap is up to 20 seconds as the riders blast along the flat coastal road with a view across the beach.

Amongst the attackers are: Wilco Kelderman, Jan Polanc, Richard Carapaz, Jay Vine, Jan Bakelants, Nelson Oliveira, Marc Soler, Edoardo Zambanini, Carl Fredrik Hagen, Matteo Fabbro, Samuele Battistella, Louis Vervaeke, Aleksej Loetsenko, Gianni Vermeersch, Mike Teunissen, Lionel Taminiaux. 

Virtually every team has at least one rider in the attack apart from Groupama. 

Jumbo-Visma: Teunissen
AG2R Citroën: Champoussin
Astana-Qazaqstan: Battistella, Lutsenko
Bahrain Victorious: Zambanini
Bora-Hansgrohe: Fabbro, Kelderman
EF Education-EasyPost: Caicedo, Shaw
Ineos Grenadiers: Carapaz
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert: Bakelants
Israel Premier Tech: Bevin, Goldstein, Hagen
Movistar: Oliveira, Rojas
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl: Vervaeke
BikeExchange-Jayco: Craddock
Team DSM: Brenner, Hvideberg
Trek-Segafredo: Tiberi
UAE Team Emirates: Soler, Oliveira, Polanc
Alpecin-Deceuninck: Taminiaux, Vermeersch, Vine
Burgos-BH: Diaz Gallego
Euskaltel-Euskadi: Canal, Iturria
Arkea-Samsic: Gesbert, Owsian 

140km to go

The gap is up to 1:00. The break could have gone.

The peloton has eased up and the gap is at 3:00. 

There's a massive 32-rider attack up ahead.

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After a lightning-fast opening hour at 47.3 km/h, we're in the next phase of the stage. 

If the breakaway group makes it to the finish, then it is logical that best climbers such as Richard Carapaz and Wilco Kelderman are the ones to watch.

But if the logic of the previous mountain stages is respected, then Jay Vine is undeniably the favourite. 

COLLU FANCUAYA SPAIN AUGUST 27 Jay Vine of Australia and Team AlpecinDeceuninck celebrates at finish line as stage winner during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 8 a 1534km stage from Pola de Laviana to Collu Fancuaya 1084m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on August 27 2022 in Collu Fancuaya Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Lotto Soudal also missed the break but will probably not help the chase today and hope for better days ahead.

Three breakaway riders are less than 20 minutes down in the GC:

Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe), 21st, +14:04
-Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), 23rd, +15:13
Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), 24th, +19:26.

They could all jump up the GC today if the peloton opts or is unable to chase them.

Now the stage has become a pursuit match between the 32 riders in the break and the 104-rider peloton. 

It could last all the way to the climb to the finish.

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110km to go

The riders are on the outskirts of Malaga now and will soon turn inland.

QuickStep appear to be setting a steady pace in the peloton and holding the break at around 3:00.

CABO DE GATA SPAIN AUGUST 31 LR Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Red Leader Jersey competes during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 11 a 1912km stage from ElPozo Alimentacin Alhama de Murcia to Cabo de Gata LaVuelta22 WorldTour on August 31 2022 in Cabo de Gata Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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100km to go

The gap has grown to 3:45 as the riders cruise through Malaga. 

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Quickstep seem to have eased up. The gap has grown to 5:10. 

This could get very interesting. 

The average after two hours? 

A painful 47.4 km/h.

The break rides through the feed zone. 

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Race leader is sat behind 4 QuickStep teammates as they lead the peloton. 

QuickStep lead the chase with four riders

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Cavagna is on the front for long spells, using his TT skills to chase the attack. 

Remco Evenepoel sits behind his teammates

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Remco Evenepoel took the red jersey a week ago.

Yesterday he received the leader's red jersey for a sixth day in a row, the longest Belgian Vuelta run since Ferdi Van den Haute in 1978. 

Vuelta a Espana race leader Remco Evenepoel

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75km to go

The 32-rider break leads by 6:45 now. 

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It is interesting to see that a number of teams have more than one rider in the attack. 

Some are real contenders to win the stage, while others are there to drive the attack along.

68km to go

The break is splitting slightly as they tackle some short hills. 

It is not a categorised climb but rises up to 500m. 

The gap is up to 7:25 as the peloton starts the climb.

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65km to go

Some riders have been hiding in the attack and so the attacks are designed to smoke them out.

QuickStep have Louis Vervaeke in the attack to be there for later in the stage if Evenepoel needs him. 

That's a clever tactical move but he could also be moved to lead the chase in the peloton. 

Samuele Battistella is the rider on the attack. 

He's trying to go away to shake-out the attack and make a smaller selection.

However Astana also have Lutsenko in the attack, who could win the stage.

Samuele Battistella is committed to his attack.

His lead is up to 1:00, while the peloton is at 9:25.  QuickStep seem in control and not  going to chase riders who are at 14 minutes back. 

55km to go

The riders are 30km from the start of the final climb.

Alpecin are rightly riding on the front to chase Battistella to protect Jay Vine. 

Today's stage passed through the home town of Carlos Rodríguez, one of two rising stars of Spanish cycling.  

Alasdair Fotheringham is at the Vuelta for Cyclingnews and wrote this excellent profile of Rodríguez and fellow young Juan Ayuso. It is well worth a read as the stage rolls along.  

Rodríguez and Ayuso lead Spain's next generation of Vuelta a España contenders

Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) and Carlos Rodriguez (Ineos Grenadiers)

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45km to go

Crash for Evenepoel!

He has ripped his right shorts and has road rash on his right thigh.  

He seems to have just slid out on the smooth road. 

Evenepoel was not happy to crash but never panicked. He was helped by his team mechanic and then began to chase. 

The peloton slowed to wait for him. 

This is the replay of the Evenepoel crash. 

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38km to go

The crash has slowed the peloton and so they are 11:30 down on the break. 

Samuele Battistella has been caught and so the 32-break is all together again.

ESTEPONA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 01 Wilco Kelderman of Netherlands and Team Bora Hansgrohe competes in the breakaway during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 12 a 1927km stage from Salobrea Peas Blancas Estepona 1260m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 01 2022 in Estepona Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Evenepoel also shook his right hand and wrist after his crash. He was not wearing track mitts and so could have suffered road rash on his hand too.

Evenepoel's crash appeared very similar to teammate Julian Alaphilippe's crash yesterday. That forced him out of the race due to a dislocated shoulder. 

As a reminder, these are the riders in the 32-rider attack:

Jumbo-Visma: Teunissen
AG2R Citroën: Champoussin
Astana-Qazaqstan: Battistella, Lutsenko
Bahrain Victorious: Zambanini
Bora-Hansgrohe: Fabbro, Kelderman
EF Education-EasyPost: Caicedo, Shaw
Ineos Grenadiers: Carapaz
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert: Bakelants
Israel Premier Tech: Bevin, Goldstein, Hagen
Movistar: Oliveira, Rojas
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl: Vervaeke
BikeExchange-Jayco: Craddock
Team DSM: Brenner, Hvideberg
Trek-Segafredo: Tiberi
UAE Team Emirates: Soler, Oliveira, Polanc
Alpecin-Deceuninck: Taminiaux, Vermeersch, Vine
Burgos-BH: Diaz Gallego
Euskaltel-Euskadi: Canal, Iturria
Arkea-Samsic: Gesbert, Owsian

Right now, Wilco Kelderman is second overall in the virtual standings with his presence in the breakaway.

The Bora rider can climb too but is surely unlikely to hold that lead on the 19km climb up to the finish.

BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Wilco Kelderman of Netherlands and Team Bora Hansgrohe during the team presentation prior to the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

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30km to go

Who do you think will emerge from the 32-rider attack on the climb?

Jay Vine is the natural favourite after his recent wins but Richard Carapaz cannot be ignored.

Alexey Lutsenko is also a threat, as is Marc Soler and Antonio Tiberi of Trek.  

Here's a shot of Evenepoel's road rash. 

ESTEPONA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 01 during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 12 a 1927km stage from Salobrea Peas Blancas Estepona 1260m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 01 2022 in Estepona Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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This is our story on his crash. We'll have reaction from the Belgian rider and his team after the stage. 

Remco Evenepoel caught out in mid-stage crash at Vuelta a España

ESTEPONA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 01 Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Red Leader Jersey competes injured after being involved in a crash during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 12 a 1927km stage from Salobrea Peas Blancas Estepona 1260m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 01 2022 in Estepona Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Here we go. 

The climb to Penas Blancas is 19km long and begins to bite. 

According to local riders, one thing is guaranteed to strike you when you climb Penas Blancas is the view.

Alasdair Fotheringham spoke to local rider Luis Ángel Maté, the professional with Euskaltel-Euskadi from nearby Marbella who has ascended Penas Blancas "loads of times".

“It’s simply amazing,” he told Cyclingnews. “You can see Africa, Sierra Nevada, the Sierras de Ronda: loads of different places, all from the one lookout point." 

Click below to read the full story on the climb. 

Vuelta a España 2022 stage 12 preview - View of road ahead to unfold on Penas Blancas

ESTEPONA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 01 Samuele Battistella of Italy and Team Astana Qazaqstan Edoardo Zambanini of Italy and Team Bahrain Victorious Mike Teunissen of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma Clment Champoussin of France and AG2R Citren Team Alexey Lutsenko of Kazahkstan and Team Astana Qazaqstan Matteo Fabbro of Italy and Team Bora Hansgrohe Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda of Ecuador and Team EF Education Easypost Wilco Kelderman of Netherlands and Team Bora Hansgrohe James Callum Shaw of United Kingdom and Team EF Education Easypost Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers Patrick Bevin of New Zealand and Team Israel Premier Tech Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil of Spain and Movistar Team Rmi Cavagna of France and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Lawson Craddock of United States and Team BikeExchange Jayco Marco Brenner of Germany and Team DSM Antonio Tiberi of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo Marc Soler Gimenez of Spain and UAE Team Emirates Jay Vine of Australia and Team AlpecinDeceuninck Polka Dot Mountain Jersey Jos Manuel Daz Gallego of Spain and Team Burgos BH Carlos Canal Blanco of Spain and Team Euskaltel Euskadi Lukasz Owsian of Poland and Team Arka Samsic and a general view of the breakaway during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 12 a 1927km stage from Salobrea Peas Blancas Estepona 1260m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 01 2022 in Estepona Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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18km to go

The peloton is blasting to the foot of the climb and fighting for position up front. 

Ahead, the break is falling apart, with riders going out of the back. 

Alpecin are setting the pace in the attack to shake out Jay Vines' rivals. 

Wilco Kelderman is riding upfront to gain as much time on GC as possible. 

He could jump back into the top five today with a good ride.

This is a close-up of Evenepoel's road rash. 

We'll soon find out if it will affect his ride today.

ESTEPONA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 01 Detail view of Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Red Leader Jersey competing injured after being involved in a crash during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 12 a 1927km stage from Salobrea Peas Blancas Estepona 1260m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 01 2022 in Estepona Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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The peloton starts the climb to the finish, 9:55 down on the attackers.

14km to go

The gradient starts to hurt in the peloton.

Fabbro continues to set the pace for Kelderman and spits out Lawson Craddock and others from the break.

The break has turned into a mountain elimination race. 

The peloton is also splitting as Rohan Dennis puts down the hurt.

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18 of the 32 riders in the break have been distanced.

The stage has been a long slow burner but is about to come alive.

10km to go

We should see a battle for the stage and a GC battle. 

Can Roglic and Jumbo-Visma crack Evenepoel? 

Movistar move to the front and ups the pace. Verona is riding for Mas. 

Race on! 

LES PRAERESNAVA SPAIN AUGUST 28 Enric Mas Nicolau of Spain and Movistar Team competes while fans cheer during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 9 a 1714km stage from Villaviciosa to Les Praeres Nava 743m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on August 28 2022 in Les Praeres Nava Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Upfront only 9 riders are left in the attack.

Fabbro's pacing has smashed the 32-rider group.

Movistar have eased by Jumbo have taken up the pace setting with Chris Harper. 

Evenepoel is there and looks in control. He has Louis Vervaeke and Ilan Van Wilder to help him.  

7km to go

Upfront Jay Vine is there, in the blue KOM polka-dot jersey.

ESTEPONA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 01 Jay Vine of Australia and Team AlpecinDeceuninck Polka Dot Mountain Jersey competes during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 12 a 1927km stage from Salobrea Peas Blancas Estepona 1260m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 01 2022 in Estepona Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Chris Turner is done and so now Roglic is isolated but perhaps ready to attack.

We will soon find out. 

5km to go

Fabbro is still going at it on the front of the break for Kelderman. 

Suddenly Élie Gesbert attacks and makes the selection in the break.

Soler is dropped as they turn right and start the final part of the climb.

Jay Vine is there and following the surges. 

3.5km to go

Élie Gesbert surges again!

Behind Movistar hit the front gain to set-up Mas. 

We're also expecting attacks behind. Can Remco respond? 

ESTEPONA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 01 Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Red Leader Jersey competes during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 12 a 1927km stage from Salobrea Peas Blancas Estepona 1260m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 01 2022 in Estepona Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Shock up front! 

Jay Vine has been dropped from the attack. He was the big favourite for the win but is suffering and off the back.   

Now we have Élie Gesbert up front with Kelderman, Carapaz and Marco Brenner of DSM.

It's shredding behind in the GC group too. 

Movistar have accelerated. Evenepoel is there, Lopez too.  

Roglic struggled to get on.

2km to go

Four riders will fight for the stage win: 

Gesbert, Kelderman, Carapaz and Brenner

Now Carapaz attacks and is alone. He's distanced the other three.

BREDA NETHERLANDS AUGUST 21 Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers prior to the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 3 a 1932km stage from Breda to Breda LaVuelta22 WorldTour on August 21 2022 in Breda Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

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Behind Evenepoel seems able to control his GC rivals. 

Tao Geoghegan Hart is protecting Carlos Rodriguez for Ineos.

Carapaz is suffering up front but going clear to win the stage. 

He's in the final kilometre.

Carapaz will leave Ineos for EF in 2023 but this is a show of pride after he lost any chance of overall victory. 

Richard Carapaz wins the stage at Peñas Blancas! 

He bangs his bars in celebration and crosses the line. 

Kelderman was only a few seconds behind Carapaz.

Carapaz has won the Giro but this is his first Vuelta stage win.

Now we switch to the GC battle. Will anyone attack? 

They are 2km from the finish.

Tao Geoghegan Hart's work is done and so Evenepoel takes over and defends from the front. 

He's switch things and showing his rivals he is still strong and still the race leader.

They're into the last kilometre.

Evenepoel looks back at his rivals and seems in control.

Nobody seems to have the physical and mental strength to attack him.

Evenepoel brings home his rivals some 7:30 down on stage winner Carapaz.

Evenepoel's pace cracks Rodriguez in the final 200 metres. 

Here's the first shot of Carapaz's stage win.

ESTEPONA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 01 Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers celebrates at finish line as stage winner during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 12 a 1927km stage from Salobrea Peas Blancas Estepona 1260m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 01 2022 in Estepona Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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Evenepoel takes to the team radio to apologise for crashing but thanking his teammates for their hard work.

He also checks his hands and the road rash he suffered. 

After his solid defence, Evenepoel keeps his 2:41 lead on Roglic and 3:03 on Mas.

Kelderman, after going in the attack, has leaped back up to sixth at 6:28. 

The climb rose from sea level up to 1270m. 

ESTEPONA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 01 Matteo Fabbro of Italy and Team Bora Hansgrohe Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers Carl Fredrik Hagen of Norway and Team Israel Premier Tech Wilco Kelderman of Netherlands and Team Bora Hansgrohe Marco Brenner of Germany and Team DSM Marc Soler Gimenez of Spain and UAE Team Emirates Jay Vine of Australia and Team AlpecinDeceuninck Polka Dot Mountain Jersey Jan Polanc of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates and Elie Gesbert of France and Team Arka Samsic compete in the breakaway climbing to the Peas Blancas 1260m during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 12 a 1927km stage from Salobrea Peas Blancas Estepona 1260m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 01 2022 in Estepona Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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These are the stage results from our friends at First Cycling.

This was the moment that Carapaz made his winning attack.

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Here's another shot of Carapaz winning the stage. 

ESTEPONA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 01 Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers celebrates at finish line as stage winner during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 12 a 1927km stage from Salobrea Peas Blancas Estepona 1260m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 01 2022 in Estepona Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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Remco Evenepoel has warmed down and pulled on a new leader's red jersey. He confirmed he does not have any injuries after his crash, just road rash.

CABO DE GATA SPAIN AUGUST 31 Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl celebrates winning the Red Leader Jersey on the podium ceremony after the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 11 a 1912km stage from ElPozo Alimentacin Alhama de Murcia to Cabo de Gata LaVuelta22 WorldTour on August 31 2022 in Cabo de Gata Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Evenepoel spoke about his crash: 

“It’s just my leg but it’s fine I think. My bike is much worse than myself," he said. 

"It was as super slippy corner. I think the motorbikes were slipping there too and slowing down, that’s why I wanted to cut the corner, but it was a bit too much. Sorry for my words but: Shit happens." 

ESTEPONA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 01 during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 12 a 1927km stage from Salobrea Peas Blancas Estepona 1260m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 01 2022 in Estepona Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Evenepoel explained he felt good on the final climb to the finish despite his tumble. 

"I felt good, there was nothing bad. The plan was just to follow. In the last 200 metres I wanted to sprint because I felt I had something left, so I felt good. That’s the most important feeling," he said. 

"I didn’t want the crash but everyone in the team did a really good job. Now I’m going to heal the wounds and try to recover as it will be a sprint stage."

Richard Carapaz seemed pretty happy to win the stage, his Ineos soigneur even more so.    

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It was Carapaz's 15th career win but surprisingly his first Vuelta stage win despite his second place overall in 2020.

To read our full stage report and see our growing photo gallery of all the action plus full results, click below.

We'll soon have reaction from key riders and analysis from Alasdair Fotheringham and Barry Ryan who are at the Vuelta a Espana. 

Richard Carapaz attacks from breakaway to win stage 12 at Vuelta a España atop Estepona summit

ESTEPONA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 01 Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers attacks to win the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 12 a 1927km stage from Salobrea Peas Blancas Estepona 1260m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 01 2022 in Estepona Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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