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Trek Factory Racing won the Tour of Alberta stage 1 team time trial. Photo: Casey Gibson

WorldTour squads sweep podium places in Tour of Alberta stage 1 and Bauke Mollema assumes race lead.

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Trek Factory Racing won the Tour of Alberta stage 1 team time trial. Photo: Casey Gibson

Trek Factory Racing won the Tour of Alberta’s stage 1 team time trial by a fraction of a second over Orica-GreenEdge, putting Bauke Mollema into the race’s first leader’s jersey late on Wednesday.

The first stage was a 19.6km test around the City of Grande Prairie, which the Trek outfit completed in 22:56.88. Orica was .74 in arrears, and another WorldTour team, Katusha, rounded out the podium, 8.18 seconds back. Riders were faced with windy conditions but fair weather on the flat course.

Mollema, 28, of the Netherlands, is racing his first Tour of Alberta and should be able to defend his lead on Thursday, as stage 2 is a mostly flat affair around the County of Grande Prairie. The 172km day will, however, include three trips up a 1.5km climb in the finishing circuits.

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Zwift will offer riders a chance to ride the Richmond worlds course in a virtual-reality environment.

Zwift, a virtual reality web application for indoor cycling is offering riders a chance to test their mettle on the Richmond 2015 course.

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Zwift will offer riders a chance to ride the Richmond worlds course in a virtual-reality environment.

Zwift announced Wednesday that it will host a virtual-reality, three-dimensional simulation of the Richmond, Virginia UCI World Road Championships race course.

“What’s not to like about this? For the first time ever, anyone, anywhere, with some pretty basic equipment and an internet connection will be able to test themselves on a 3D version of the course that will be used for the UCI Road World Championships,” said Zwift Co-Founder and CEO Eric Min.

The online multiplayer system, released less than one year ago, can be used by anyone with a stationary trainer, ANT+ speed and cadence sensors, and internet access. Registered riders can test out the 16.2-kilometer Richmond course, which has 339 feet of climbing per lap. The course will be live on Zwift on the following dates: September 1 to 8, September 13 to 15, and September 20 to 27.

Although it is a very close simulation of the track, Zwift riders will be spared the jarring cobblestones of the race’s infamous Libby Hill.

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Ian Boswell set free in Vuelta’s queen stage http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/news/ian-boswell-set-free-in-vueltas-queen-stage_383591 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/news/ian-boswell-set-free-in-vueltas-queen-stage_383591#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:20:02 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383591

Ian Boswell (Sky) had the ride of his life in the Vuelta's stage 11, riding with Fabio Aru (Astana) until the end of the brutal queen stage. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

With Sky leader Froome struggling, Boswell is free to fly in the Vuelta's queen stage and earns a podium finish after riding in the break.

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Ian Boswell (Sky) had the ride of his life in the Vuelta's stage 11, riding with Fabio Aru (Astana) until the end of the brutal queen stage. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Vuelta’s 11th stage: Five passes, 16,400 feet of climbing in 138 kilometers. An early breakaway formed, 19 riders up the road on the first category 1. Ian Boswell, Team Sky’s young American climber, found himself in the mix, among the 19, expectations rising with each successive climb.

On the first climb, Collada de Beixalis, where the breakaway was established, Boswell did his job. Protect Chris Froome, cover moves that look dangerous. Listen to the earpiece, jump when needed. “It was pretty full-on,” Boswell said. Still a worker, pushing pedals for his leader, the 24-year-old jumped across to a dangerous group. “I just happened to be up there and was able to follow it. From there the gap just went.”

On each successive climb — Coll d’Ordino, Coll de la Rabassa, Collada de la Gallina, Alto de la Comella — Boswell stayed near the front, but not on it, tapping away, his head tilting just a bit to the left as the pressure mounted near each peak. He still rode with an ear up, waiting for a call from the director to return to Froome’s aid. That call never came.

As Froome struggled behind, crashing and losing time to other GC favorites, Boswell was given the green light to forge on ahead. At the base of the final climb, a category 1 ascent to the 7,000-foot Alto Els Cortals d’Encamp, the prospect of a stage win slowly edged up over the horizon. With two minutes in hand and the breakaway whittled to half its original size, Boswell got the call.

“I got to the bottom and [Sport Director] Dario [Cioni] came up to me and said ‘two minutes — race for the stage,’” Boswell said. He was free to run, off the front with just a few kilometers remaining in the Vuelta’s toughest stage.

The presence of Astana’s melancholy Giro d’Italia henchman, Mikel Landa, in the breakaway made a stage win a tough ask. But Boswell gave it a crack, hauling himself behind the Spaniard until the final kilometers. Only one rider from the main field would catch him, Astana’s leader, Fabio Aru.

“I didn’t really expect us to actually stay away, probably until Aru came up to me, and then I thought if I could stay with him for a bit I could hang on for a top three,” Boswell said.

That’s precisely what he did, head tilted left, elbows out. Boswell fought on Aru’s wheel for a kilometer before losing contact. But the ride, Boswell’s finest ever at this level, netted him third place in the Vuelta’s toughest stage, behind two podium finishers at the Giro, riding a pace that very nearly equaled that of the GC favorites charging in behind him.

The young man from Oregon played down the result as a sort of happy accident, a way to gain experience. “I’m still learning a lot with every breakaway I get into,” he said. “It’s all experience.” But it was more than experience, this time: It was a hell of a ride.

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Ride along with the peloton as it faces one of the toughest grand tour stages in recent history, stage 11 of the Vuelta.

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Peloton licks its wounds after brutal Vuelta stage across Andorra http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/news/peloton-licks-its-wounds-after-brutal-vuelta-stage-across-andorra_383573 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/news/peloton-licks-its-wounds-after-brutal-vuelta-stage-across-andorra_383573#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:06:21 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383573

The Vuelta's brutal stage 11 took its toll on the peloton. Race leader Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) lost the overall lead, but others fared far worse. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The brutal stage across Andorra that saw many riders and teams lose all hope of winning the Vuelta overall.

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The Vuelta's brutal stage 11 took its toll on the peloton. Race leader Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) lost the overall lead, but others fared far worse. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

There were a lot of people cursing Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) before the start of Wednesday’s monstrous stage across Andorra, and perhaps even more at the finish line of the brutal day that took its toll on an already weary Vuelta a España peloton.

Rodríguez lives and trains in the Pyrénéan enclave, and helped design the vertiginous, six-climb stage that climbed more than 16,400 vertical feet in just 138km. It’s hard to know if that “home road” advantage helped Rodríguez. Astana blew the wheels off the peloton, winning the stage, and taking control of the red leader’s jersey. It was a day of suffering for everyone, including Rodríguez.

“Uff! What a day!” Rodríguez said. “When Aru attacked, I had no answer, and tried to keep my own rhythm. I lost some time to one guy, but gained on many others. It will be important to see how we recover. Everyone suffered today.”

The stage all but ended GC aspirations for Chris Froome (Sky), who lost 8:41 after crashing early in the stage, and tumbling to 15th overall at 7:30 back. Froome landed heavily on his knee and elbow, and could barely walk due to pain at the finish line. He was later taken to a hospital for x-rays of his foot.

“Froomey obviously had a heavy crash, and he said his foot was quite bad,” Sky teammate Geraint Thomas told Eurosport. “He said his legs were okay, but on the especial category climb [Gallina], he started to suffer when Astana really lit it up.

“Froomey always keeps fighting and that’s what we did,” Thomas continued. “It’s unfortunate because obviously Nico [Nicolas Roche] was suffering from his crashes as well. Not the ideal day, but it was nice to see Boz [Ian Boswell, third] get up there and get a result for himself.”

There was more gloom and doom at Movistar. The Spanish team started with optimism that they could take control of the Vuelta, and instead, Nairo Quintana lost 4:19, and Alejandro Valverde ceded 3:04. Quintana revealed he’s been suffering with fever, and admitted he almost abandoned during the stage.

“I had a really bad night, with fever, but luckily I made it through the day and can stay in the Vuelta,” said Quintana, now ninth at 3:07 back. “I almost stopped two times during the stage, but I rode on, and I didn’t want to abandon my teammates.”

Valverde remained sixth overall, now 1:59 back, and tried to take a more philosophical view on the day’s losses, adding that “everyone was suffering today.”

“It’s true we lost a lot of time to Aru, whom from the beginning I saw was going well, and also ‘Purito,’ [Rodríguez] but as we said, we’re not at the same level we had at the Tour,” Valverde said. “We’re still alive in this Vuelta, and there’s still a lot of racing. We can lose time, or maybe gain some back, but we’ll keep pushing.”

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) keeps surprising throughout this Vuelta, and put up a good fight to defend the red jersey, keeping his podium hopes alive with a strong ride, slipping to third, now 30 seconds back.

“I really suffered a lot, but I can be happy with how I rode today. I’ve shown I’ve progressed in climbs like these,” Dumoulin said. “I was at my limit when Astana accelerated on Gallina, but later on the descent, I had trouble putting on my jacket, and that cost me a lot because the group split. I’m still third, and I am not going to give up easy.”

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Froome at hospital for x-ray following Vuelta crash http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/news/froome-at-hospital-for-x-ray-following-vuelta-crash_383577 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/news/froome-at-hospital-for-x-ray-following-vuelta-crash_383577#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:47:41 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383577

Chris Froome's day was ruined by an early crash in the Vuelta's stage 11. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Concerned about the state of Chris Froome's foot, Sky takes the Tour champ to hospital for x-rays after Vuelta stage 11.

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Chris Froome's day was ruined by an early crash in the Vuelta's stage 11. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Vuelta a España’s queen stage proved to be a day to forget for Tour de France champion Chris Froome. It was bad enough that the Sky leader lost 8:41 to winner Mikel Landa (Astana), but matters got worse as Froome began to realize the extent of the injury he suffered from a crash early in the race.

After Froome was unable to put weight on his foot post-stage, Team Sky decided to take him to a hospital for an x-ray.

“Froomey obviously had a heavy crash, and he said his foot was quite bad,” Sky’s Geraint Thomas told Eurosport. “He said his legs were okay, but on the especial category climb he started to suffer when Astana really lit it up. He got dropped then, and I was about to get dropped myself anyway so I sat up and waited for him.

“He seemed to come round on the last climb but we just had to keep going. Froomey always keeps fighting, and that’s what we did. It’s unfortunate because obviously Nico [Nicolas Roche] was suffering from his crashes as well. Not the ideal day but it was nice to see Boz [Ian Boswell] get up there and get a result for himself.”

Check back for updates on Froome’s condition.

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Astana wreaks its revenge on Vuelta with Landa-Aru one-two http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/news/astana-wreaks-its-revenge-on-vuelta-with-landa-aru-one-two_383565 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/news/astana-wreaks-its-revenge-on-vuelta-with-landa-aru-one-two_383565#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:12:50 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383565

Mikel Landa (Astana) shone in stage 11's mountains, and now his teammate, Fabio Aru holds the red jersey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

In the Vuelta's stage 11, Astana stamps its authority on the race, winning the day, taking red, and eliminating many GC rivals,.

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Mikel Landa (Astana) shone in stage 11's mountains, and now his teammate, Fabio Aru holds the red jersey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

It’s been a rough year for the Astana outfit. Locked all winter in a bitter battle to secure its WorldTour license, the team fell flat in its Tour de France defense in July. To add insult to injury, team captain Vincenzo Nibali was ejected from the Vuelta a España after being caught red-handed taking an illegal tow in stage 2.

On Wednesday, the team took its revenge, with Mikel Landa and Fabio Aru — the same pair that nearly derailed Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) at the Giro d’Italia — saving the day. Landa took an emotional breakaway victory in the Vuelta’s hardest stage while Aru confirmed his arrival to the elite by attacking out of the GC group to snag the red leader’s jersey.

Aru claimed a promising 27-second lead over Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), and 30 seconds ahead of overnight leader Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) in one of the most dramatic days of racing all season long.

“We’ve got a great team here at the Vuelta,” Aru gushed after receiving kisses from the podium girls. “We executed our plan perfectly, and our tactics were flawless.”

Flawless indeed. Astana slotted Landa into the day’s winning breakaway that took shape over the first of six spirit-breaking climbs across Andorra. If you listen to Landa, it was his call to ride for the victory, but Aru said it was part of the team’s plan to place the Basque climber, third overall in the Giro, in an early move.

With Landa up the road, luck turned Astana’s way when Tour winner Chris Froome (Sky) crashed heavily into a wooden traffic barrier in the opening 5km. The clearly hobbled Froome eventually chased back to the front, but Astana had power in numbers, with Luis León Sánchez, Alessandro Vanotti, and Diego Rosa drilling the front up the day’s hardest climb at the Gallina climb topping out at 99km. That popped Froome for good. Dario Cataldo then took huge pulls to splinter the main GC group, spitting out the Movistar duo of Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana.

Landa had a two-minute head-start at the base of the final climb, and soloed across the line to claim what could be his final victory in an Astana jersey. He is rumored to be headed to Team Sky next season.

“The last three kilometers were the hardest of my career,” said Landa, who won two stages at the Giro in May. “With 5km to go, I could see that it was not easy for them to reduce the differences, and I realized I could have a chance to win.”

Behind Landa, Astana had shredded the GC group, with Valverde and Quintana both losing minutes, and Froome all but eliminated, confirming that the Tour de France GC riders were suffering in this Vuelta. Only Rodríguez, who lives in Andorra and even helped design the stage, and Dumoulin, the ever-surprising Dutch rider, remained close.

Aru jumped with 8km to go, immediately putting Valverde into the red. Quintana gave chase with 7km to go, but he eventually faded. Rodríguez, with the help of Katusha teammate Dani Moreno, was the only GC contender to keep Aru within sight.

“All the domestiques were incredible today,” Aru said. “We are a very united team, and we’re very happy with the red jersey.”

The extraordinary performance puts Astana in the driver’s seat going into the Vuelta’s mountainous second half. The team’s collective strength all but reduced the Vuelta to a three-man race.

Fourth place through eighth are still within two minutes of Aru, but the challenges will come from the wily and experienced Rodríguez, who is desperate to win a grand tour before his career is over, and Dumoulin, who could take time against the climbers in the 39km time trial at Burgos in stage 17.

“Today showed that when we work together we are very strong,” Aru said. “With still 10 stages to go, the goal now is to defend the red jersey.”

The Vuelta now has two transition stages before riding into Asturias next weekend for three decisive climbing stages. Aru will be able to mark Rodríguez, and try to take more gains on Dumoulin. The others might start the fight for the remaining podium spots, or in the case of riders like Froome or Quintana, take aim for a stage victory to salvage something from the knockout blow that Astana delivered in Andorra.

“Hopefully Aru can make it to Madrid,” Landa said. “Aru made a big move in the GC today, and we hope there is more to come, and he can win this Vuelta.”

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Gallery: 2015 Vuelta a Espana, stage 11 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/gallery/gallery-2015-vuelta-a-espana-stage-11_383544 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/gallery/gallery-2015-vuelta-a-espana-stage-11_383544#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:16:19 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383544

The Vuelta's queen stage serves up a heaping plate of hard climbs, blowing apart the GC standings with a hard summit finish.

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UCI to address motorcycle crashes, review vehicle regulations http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/news/uci-to-address-motorcycle-crashes-review-vehicle-regulations_383542 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/news/uci-to-address-motorcycle-crashes-review-vehicle-regulations_383542#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:01:35 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383542

Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

Another rider is out of the Vuelta after an avoidable crash caused by a race moto, and now the UCI says it will investigate.

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Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

The laceration in Sergio Paulinho’s leg spat blood on his bike, on his shoes, dripping along an Andorran road like some gruesome crumb trail. The Vuelta a España’s mobile doctor tried to stem the bleeding while hanging out the back of a convertible, but couldn’t. That laceration, caused by a collision with a TV motorbike — a collision that was no fault of Paulinho’s — required 17 stitches and a trip to the hospital. It sent the Portuguese rider out of the race, making him the second Tinkoff-Saxo rider to exit the Vuelta after Peter Sagan was hit by a motorcycle.

Riders have long complained about dangerous motorcycle drivers, but a rash of recent incidents may have set real change in motion. Following two open letters demanding improved safety measures relating to race vehicles, one from Tinkoff-Saxo and another from BMC Racing, the UCI’s Road Commission met on Wednesday and vowed to perform a “full review of the current regulations,” including those relating to the driver conduct and licensing, prior to the 2016 season.

The Commission discussed, at length, “the security issues that have been raised during the 2015 season,” including issues related to the circulation of vehicles within a race.

No immediate action will be taken, however, though the security and safety issues are myriad.

Paulinho is the last in a long line of avoidable incidents and injuries spanning the 2015 season. Shimano’s neutral service cars hit two riders at the Ronde van Vlaanderen; a pole left standing in the middle of the road smashed Peter Stetina’s (BMC) kneecap like an egg at Tour of the Basque Country; another motorcycle hit Greg van Avermaet (BMC) at Clásica San Sebastián, knocking him into a ditch; Peter Sagan was forced to abandon the Vuelta last week after bring hit by a neutral service motorcycle. They were all avoidable incidents, all somehow not avoided.

Teams and riders are demanding change. On Wednesday, prior to Paulinho’s collision, Tinkoff–Saxo released an open letter to the UCI demanding an apology for Sagan’s incident, a donation to charity equal to the prize money Sagan could have won had he secured the green jersey competition, and a review of the regulations surrounding race vehicles.

After Paulinho was hit, Oleg Tinkoff took to Twitter, threatening to pull his team out of the Vuelta. The ASO doesn’t pay the team to enter, he said, and its motorcycles have now put two of his riders out of commission.

The Tinkoff letter came within 24 hours of a similar set of requests posted in an open letter by BMC’s general manager, Jim Ochowitz. In that letter, BMC advocates for a smaller peloton, more thorough course inspection, careful licensing of drivers, and a reduction of motor vehicles within the race convoy.

“Race personnel who drive along the race course or in the caravan have become a growing concern,” the letter says, before positing that the UCI should require proof that the drivers of race vehicles are licensed and qualified to do so.

BMC also calls for grand tours to feature only 20 teams of 9 riders each, 17 WorldTour squads plus three wildcards. Other races should be limited to 22 teams of eight riders, it says. Ochowitz has made this argument before.

The letter concludes, “The harsh reality is that until the UCI takes action, this is a problem in professional cycling that will continue to loom large.”

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Results: 2015 Vuelta a Espana, stage 11 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/vuelta-a-espana/results-2015-vuelta-a-espana-stage-11_383539 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/vuelta-a-espana/results-2015-vuelta-a-espana-stage-11_383539#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:20:11 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383539 Fabio Aru attacks into overall lead, finishing right behind his teammate, climbing ace Mikel Landa.

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  • 1. Mikel LANDA MEANA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, in 4:34:54
  • 2. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:22
  • 3. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 1:40
  • 4. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:57
  • 5. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:59
  • 6. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 2:10
  • 7. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at 2:10
  • 8. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA, at 2:59
  • 9. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:59
  • 10. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:02
  • 11. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:04
  • 12. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:04
  • 13. Rodolfo Andres TORRES AGUDELO, COLOMBIA, at 4:19
  • 14. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:19
  • 15. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 4:19
  • 16. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:19
  • 17. Louis MEINTJES, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 4:19
  • 18. Romain SICARD, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 4:25
  • 19. Fabrice JEANDESBOZ, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 4:32
  • 20. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 5:25
  • 21. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 5:56
  • 22. Frank SCHLECK, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 6:40
  • 23. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 7:18
  • 24. Stéphane ROSSETTO, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 7:18
  • 25. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at 7:18
  • 26. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:51
  • 27. David ARROYO DURAN, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 7:58
  • 28. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at 7:58
  • 29. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 8:03
  • 30. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 8:05
  • 31. Angel MADRAZO RUIZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 8:27
  • 32. Christopher FROOME, TEAM SKY, at 8:41
  • 33. Yohan BAGOT, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 9:18
  • 34. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 9:23
  • 35. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 9:26
  • 36. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 9:26
  • 37. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at 9:32
  • 38. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 10:24
  • 39. Ricardo VILELA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 11:29
  • 40. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 11:55
  • 41. Jerome COPPEL, IAM CYCLING, at 11:55
  • 42. Alex CANO ARDILA, COLOMBIA, at 12:07
  • 43. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 12:09
  • 44. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 12:09
  • 45. Pierre ROLLAND, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 13:11
  • 46. Benjamin KING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 13:22
  • 47. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 13:22
  • 48. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA, at 13:41
  • 49. Jelle VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 13:57
  • 50. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 14:17
  • 51. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at 14:17
  • 52. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at 14:25
  • 53. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 14:51
  • 54. Omar FRAILE MATARRANZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 15:13
  • 55. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 15:34
  • 56. Lawson CRADDOCK, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 17:19
  • 57. Andrew TALANSKY, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 17:19
  • 58. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 17:19
  • 59. Javier MORENO BAZAN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 17:19
  • 60. Yukiya ARASHIRO, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 18:00
  • 61. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 18:38
  • 62. José GONÇALVES, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 18:52
  • 63. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 21:13
  • 64. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 21:13
  • 65. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 21:13
  • 66. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA, at 21:13
  • 67. Andrey AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 21:13
  • 68. Natnael BERHANE, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 21:13
  • 69. Ramirez chacon BRAYAN STIVEN, COLOMBIA, at 21:13
  • 70. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 21:13
  • 71. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 21:52
  • 72. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 22:51
  • 73. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 22:51
  • 74. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 22:51
  • 75. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 22:51
  • 76. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 22:51
  • 77. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 22:51
  • 78. Jasper DE BUYST, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 22:51
  • 79. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 22:56
  • 80. Sylvain CHAVANEL, IAM CYCLING, at 24:34
  • 81. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 24:34
  • 82. Stephen CUMMINGS, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 24:34
  • 83. Kristijan DURASEK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 24:34
  • 84. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at 24:34
  • 85. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at 24:34
  • 86. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 24:34
  • 87. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 24:34
  • 88. Jerome COUSIN, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 24:49
  • 89. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 25:18
  • 90. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 25:18
  • 91. Damien HOWSON, ORICA, at 25:18
  • 92. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 26:40
  • 93. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 27:10
  • 94. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at 29:16
  • 95. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at 29:16
  • 96. Sébastien MINARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 29:16
  • 97. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 29:16
  • 98. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA, at 29:16
  • 99. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 29:16
  • 100. Antoine DUCHESNE, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 29:16
  • 101. Carlos Julian QUINTERO, COLOMBIA, at 29:16
  • 102. Simon PELLAUD, IAM CYCLING, at 29:16
  • 103. Danny VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 29:16
  • 104. Simon GERRANS, ORICA, at 29:16
  • 105. Thierry HUPOND, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 29:16
  • 106. Fabio Andres DUARTE AREVALO, COLOMBIA, at 29:16
  • 107. Jens KEUKELEIRE, ORICA, at 29:16
  • 108. Nikolas MAES, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 29:16
  • 109. Juan Pablo VALENCIA, COLOMBIA, at 29:16
  • 110. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 29:16
  • 111. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 29:16
  • 112. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 29:16
  • 113. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 29:16
  • 114. Walter Fernando PEDRAZA MORALES, COLOMBIA, at 29:16
  • 115. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 29:16
  • 116. Leonardo Fabio DUQUE, COLOMBIA, at 29:16
  • 117. Alessandro VANOTTI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 29:16
  • 118. Miguel Angel RUBIANO CHAVEZ, COLOMBIA, at 29:16
  • 119. Laurent PICHON, FDJ, at 29:16
  • 120. Johann VAN ZYL, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 29:16
  • 121. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 29:16
  • 122. Jaco VENTER, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 29:16
  • 123. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 29:16
  • 124. Koen DE KORT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 29:16
  • 125. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 29:16
  • 126. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 29:16
  • 127. Cameron MEYER, ORICA, at 29:16
  • 128. Kévin REZA, FDJ, at 29:16
  • 129. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 29:16
  • 130. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 29:16
  • 131. Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 29:16
  • 132. Youcef REGUIGUI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 29:16
  • 133. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 29:16
  • 134. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 29:16
  • 135. Alex HOWES, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 29:16
  • 136. Angel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 29:16
  • 137. Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 29:16
  • 138. Songezo JIM, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 29:16
  • 139. John DEGENKOLB, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 29:16
  • 140. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA, at 29:16
  • 141. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 29:16
  • 142. Daniele BENNATI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 29:16
  • 143. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 29:16
  • 144. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 29:54
  • 145. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 31:57
  • 146. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 31:57
  • 147. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 31:57
  • 148. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 31:57
  • 149. Marcel AREGGER, IAM CYCLING, at 31:57
  • 150. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 31:57
  • 151. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at 31:57
  • 152. Dominique ROLLIN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 31:57
  • 153. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 31:57
  • 154. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, at 31:57
  • 155. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 31:57
  • 156. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 31:57
  • 157. Luis MAS BONET, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 31:57
  • 158. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 31:57
  • 159. Biel KADRI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 31:57
  • 160. Cyril GAUTIER, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 31:57
  • 161. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA, at 31:57
  • 162. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 31:57
  • 163. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 31:57
  • 164. Jimmy ENGOULVENT, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 31:57
  • 165. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at 31:57
  • 166. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 31:57
  • 167. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 32:10
  • 168. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 32:16
  • 169. Johan VAN SUMMEREN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 32:17
  • 170. Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 32:51
  • 171. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 33:39
  • 172. Tony HUREL, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 33:51
  • 173. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 33:59
  • 174. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 34:22
  • 175. Martin VELITS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 35:07
  • DNF Amets TXURRUKA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA
  • DNF Romain HARDY, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ
  • DNF Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, TINKOFF – SAXO
  • DNS Vladimir ISAYCHEV, TEAM KATUSHA

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Fabio Aru's (Astana) late-race attack earned him the red leader's jersey in stage 11 of the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Mikel Landa attacks out of early break to win the brutal queen stage, and Fabio Aru claims red leader's jersey with second place.

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Fabio Aru's (Astana) late-race attack earned him the red leader's jersey in stage 11 of the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

It was an impressive show of force. Astana’s light blue kit was all over the front of the Vuelta a España’s queen stage. Mike Landa launched out of the break to win on the final climb to Cortals d’Encamp. Fabio Aru also went on the attack, finishing second after 17,000 feet of climbing, distancing his GC rivals and claiming the red leader’s jersey. Stage 11 was filled with drama — Chris Froome (Sky) crashed and was dropped, another Tinkoff-Saxo rider was forced to abandon after he was hit by a race moto, and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) fought valiantly.

“I took the chance myself today,” said Landa. “Three days ago, I lost my chances in the GC, and I needed this. I made the breakaway, and we made the differences enough to have a chance to win the stage. Now we have the leader’s jersey, and Aru is getting stronger by the day, and maybe he will be able to win this Vuelta.”

Top 10, stage 11

  • 1. Mikel LANDA MEANA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, in 4:34:54
  • 2. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:22
  • 3. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 1:40
  • 4. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:57
  • 5. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:59
  • 6. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 2:10
  • 7. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at 2:10
  • 8. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – AIS, at 2:59
  • 9. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:59
  • 10. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:02

 

Top-10 overall

  • 1. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, in 43:12:19
  • 2. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA, at :27
  • 3. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :30
  • 4. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 1:28
  • 5. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – AIS, at 1:29
  • 6. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:52
  • 7. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:54
  • 8. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at 1:58
  • 9. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:07
  • 10. Louis MEINTJES, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 4:15

The brutal 138-kilometer day included six categorized climbs, and not surprisingly, an intrepid early break got away early.

Imanol Erviti (Movistar) climbed away from the 19-rider breakaway group on the base of the third climb with about 80 kilometers to go. Over the top of the Col de la Rabassa, the lone leader was 45 seconds ahead of the break. The peloton was 4:30 back. With the day’s above-category ascent of the Collada de la Gallina looming, Erviti was caught.

The break was soon whittled down to four riders: Ian Boswell (Sky), Pawel Poljanski (Tinkoff-Saxo), Jérome Coppel (IAM Cycling), and Romain Sicard (Europcar). But as the 11.7-kilometer climb dragged on, the front group grew in size as riders bridged up. Over the top, the seven lead riders held a 4:30 lead on the peloton.

On the descent off the Gallina, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Joaquim Rodriguez got away from the group of GC leaders, catching some of the remnants of the breakaway. Coming into the penultimate categorized climb, the Valverde group’s lead was nearly one minute.

However, with 20 kilometers to go, red jersey Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) and his group caught the main chase group.

With 10 kilometers left, the breakaway was about two minutes ahead of the GC group.

At the base of the final climb, Landa attacked and got away alone. Behind, his teammate Fabio Aru followed suit, attacking from the GC group. He provoked a quick response from Rodriguez and his Katusha teammate, Daniel Moreno.

About 30 seconds behind the chasing trio, Dumoulin rode a steady pace with a small group, including Valverde.

Inside of the final six kilometers, Aru got away from the Katusha duo. Dumoulin kept grinding out his own pace, and soon, only Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) and Diego Rosa (Astana) remained.

At the front, it was all Astana, as Landa rode alone to victory ahead of team leader Aru.

Thursday’s 173km race from Escaldes-Engordany to Lleida features an early categorized climb but a long run-in to the flat finish, which should allow Aru to keep his new red jersey.

Stage 11 results

  • 1. Mikel LANDA MEANA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, in 4:34:54
  • 2. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:22
  • 3. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 1:40
  • 4. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:57
  • 5. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:59
  • 6. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 2:10
  • 7. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at 2:10
  • 8. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA, at 2:59
  • 9. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:59
  • 10. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:02
  • 11. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:04
  • 12. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:04
  • 13. Rodolfo Andres TORRES AGUDELO, COLOMBIA, at 4:19
  • 14. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:19
  • 15. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 4:19
  • 16. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:19
  • 17. Louis MEINTJES, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 4:19
  • 18. Romain SICARD, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 4:25
  • 19. Fabrice JEANDESBOZ, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 4:32
  • 20. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 5:25
  • 21. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 5:56
  • 22. Frank SCHLECK, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 6:40
  • 23. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 7:18
  • 24. Stéphane ROSSETTO, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 7:18
  • 25. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at 7:18
  • 26. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:51
  • 27. David ARROYO DURAN, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 7:58
  • 28. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at 7:58
  • 29. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 8:03
  • 30. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 8:05
  • 31. Angel MADRAZO RUIZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 8:27
  • 32. Christopher FROOME, TEAM SKY, at 8:41
  • 33. Yohan BAGOT, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 9:18
  • 34. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 9:23
  • 35. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 9:26
  • 36. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 9:26
  • 37. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at 9:32
  • 38. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 10:24
  • 39. Ricardo VILELA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 11:29
  • 40. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 11:55
  • 41. Jerome COPPEL, IAM CYCLING, at 11:55
  • 42. Alex CANO ARDILA, COLOMBIA, at 12:07
  • 43. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 12:09
  • 44. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 12:09
  • 45. Pierre ROLLAND, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 13:11
  • 46. Benjamin KING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 13:22
  • 47. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 13:22
  • 48. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA, at 13:41
  • 49. Jelle VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 13:57
  • 50. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 14:17
  • 51. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at 14:17
  • 52. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at 14:25
  • 53. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 14:51
  • 54. Omar FRAILE MATARRANZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 15:13
  • 55. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 15:34
  • 56. Lawson CRADDOCK, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 17:19
  • 57. Andrew TALANSKY, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 17:19
  • 58. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 17:19
  • 59. Javier MORENO BAZAN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 17:19
  • 60. Yukiya ARASHIRO, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 18:00
  • 61. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 18:38
  • 62. José GONÇALVES, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 18:52
  • 63. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 21:13
  • 64. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 21:13
  • 65. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 21:13
  • 66. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA, at 21:13
  • 67. Andrey AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 21:13
  • 68. Natnael BERHANE, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 21:13
  • 69. Ramirez chacon BRAYAN STIVEN, COLOMBIA, at 21:13
  • 70. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 21:13
  • 71. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 21:52
  • 72. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 22:51
  • 73. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 22:51
  • 74. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 22:51
  • 75. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 22:51
  • 76. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 22:51
  • 77. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 22:51
  • 78. Jasper DE BUYST, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 22:51
  • 79. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 22:56
  • 80. Sylvain CHAVANEL, IAM CYCLING, at 24:34
  • 81. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 24:34
  • 82. Stephen CUMMINGS, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 24:34
  • 83. Kristijan DURASEK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 24:34
  • 84. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at 24:34
  • 85. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at 24:34
  • 86. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 24:34
  • 87. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 24:34
  • 88. Jerome COUSIN, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 24:49
  • 89. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 25:18
  • 90. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 25:18
  • 91. Damien HOWSON, ORICA, at 25:18
  • 92. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 26:40
  • 93. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 27:10
  • 94. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at 29:16
  • 95. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at 29:16
  • 96. Sébastien MINARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 29:16
  • 97. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 29:16
  • 98. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA, at 29:16
  • 99. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 29:16
  • 100. Antoine DUCHESNE, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 29:16
  • 101. Carlos Julian QUINTERO, COLOMBIA, at 29:16
  • 102. Simon PELLAUD, IAM CYCLING, at 29:16
  • 103. Danny VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 29:16
  • 104. Simon GERRANS, ORICA, at 29:16
  • 105. Thierry HUPOND, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 29:16
  • 106. Fabio Andres DUARTE AREVALO, COLOMBIA, at 29:16
  • 107. Jens KEUKELEIRE, ORICA, at 29:16
  • 108. Nikolas MAES, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 29:16
  • 109. Juan Pablo VALENCIA, COLOMBIA, at 29:16
  • 110. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 29:16
  • 111. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 29:16
  • 112. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 29:16
  • 113. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 29:16
  • 114. Walter Fernando PEDRAZA MORALES, COLOMBIA, at 29:16
  • 115. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 29:16
  • 116. Leonardo Fabio DUQUE, COLOMBIA, at 29:16
  • 117. Alessandro VANOTTI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 29:16
  • 118. Miguel Angel RUBIANO CHAVEZ, COLOMBIA, at 29:16
  • 119. Laurent PICHON, FDJ, at 29:16
  • 120. Johann VAN ZYL, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 29:16
  • 121. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 29:16
  • 122. Jaco VENTER, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 29:16
  • 123. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 29:16
  • 124. Koen DE KORT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 29:16
  • 125. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 29:16
  • 126. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 29:16
  • 127. Cameron MEYER, ORICA, at 29:16
  • 128. Kévin REZA, FDJ, at 29:16
  • 129. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 29:16
  • 130. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 29:16
  • 131. Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 29:16
  • 132. Youcef REGUIGUI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 29:16
  • 133. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 29:16
  • 134. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 29:16
  • 135. Alex HOWES, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 29:16
  • 136. Angel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 29:16
  • 137. Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 29:16
  • 138. Songezo JIM, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 29:16
  • 139. John DEGENKOLB, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 29:16
  • 140. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA, at 29:16
  • 141. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 29:16
  • 142. Daniele BENNATI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 29:16
  • 143. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 29:16
  • 144. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 29:54
  • 145. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 31:57
  • 146. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 31:57
  • 147. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 31:57
  • 148. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 31:57
  • 149. Marcel AREGGER, IAM CYCLING, at 31:57
  • 150. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 31:57
  • 151. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at 31:57
  • 152. Dominique ROLLIN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 31:57
  • 153. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 31:57
  • 154. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, at 31:57
  • 155. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 31:57
  • 156. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 31:57
  • 157. Luis MAS BONET, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 31:57
  • 158. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 31:57
  • 159. Biel KADRI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 31:57
  • 160. Cyril GAUTIER, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 31:57
  • 161. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA, at 31:57
  • 162. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 31:57
  • 163. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 31:57
  • 164. Jimmy ENGOULVENT, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 31:57
  • 165. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at 31:57
  • 166. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 31:57
  • 167. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 32:10
  • 168. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 32:16
  • 169. Johan VAN SUMMEREN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 32:17
  • 170. Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 32:51
  • 171. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 33:39
  • 172. Tony HUREL, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 33:51
  • 173. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 33:59
  • 174. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 34:22
  • 175. Martin VELITS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 35:07
  • DNF Amets TXURRUKA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA
  • DNF Romain HARDY, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ
  • DNF Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, TINKOFF – SAXO
  • DNS Vladimir ISAYCHEV, TEAM KATUSHA

 

General classification

  • 1. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, in 43:12:19
  • 2. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA, at :27
  • 3. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :30
  • 4. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 1:28
  • 5. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA, at 1:29
  • 6. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:52
  • 7. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:54
  • 8. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at 1:58
  • 9. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:07
  • 10. Louis MEINTJES, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 4:15
  • 11. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 5:19
  • 12. Romain SICARD, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 6:41
  • 13. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 6:42
  • 14. Fabrice JEANDESBOZ, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 7:29
  • 15. Christopher FROOME, TEAM SKY, at 7:30
  • 16. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 9:50
  • 17. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 10:19
  • 18. Stéphane ROSSETTO, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 10:49
  • 19. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at 11:07
  • 20. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at 11:34
  • 21. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 12:04
  • 22. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at 13:03
  • 23. David ARROYO DURAN, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 15:56
  • 24. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 20:44
  • 25. Frank SCHLECK, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 22:07
  • 26. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 22:08
  • 27. Mikel LANDA MEANA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 23:47
  • 28. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 25:05
  • 29. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at 25:51
  • 30. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 26:10
  • 31. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 27:28
  • 32. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA, at 28:28
  • 33. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 28:58
  • 34. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 29:37
  • 35. Rodolfo Andres TORRES AGUDELO, COLOMBIA, at 32:55
  • 36. José GONÇALVES, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 33:21
  • 37. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 33:24
  • 38. Jerome COPPEL, IAM CYCLING, at 36:30
  • 39. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 39:06
  • 40. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 46:22
  • 41. Lawson CRADDOCK, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 49:27
  • 42. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 49:40
  • 43. Andrey AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 51:28
  • 44. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 51:48
  • 45. Ricardo VILELA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 52:26
  • 46. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 54:36
  • 47. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 55:04
  • 48. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA, at 56:48
  • 49. Sylvain CHAVANEL, IAM CYCLING, at 57:20
  • 50. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 58:17
  • 51. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 58:19
  • 52. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:00:07
  • 53. Pierre ROLLAND, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:01:20
  • 54. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at 1:01:50
  • 55. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:03:26
  • 56. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:03:52
  • 57. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:04:03
  • 58. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:04:30
  • 59. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:04:48
  • 60. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 1:05:50
  • 61. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 1:07:41
  • 62. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 1:09:15
  • 63. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:10:58
  • 64. Leonardo Fabio DUQUE, COLOMBIA, at 1:11:05
  • 65. Jerome COUSIN, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:11:40
  • 66. Alex CANO ARDILA, COLOMBIA, at 1:12:00
  • 67. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:12:29
  • 68. Angel MADRAZO RUIZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 1:12:30
  • 69. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:13:14
  • 70. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:15:55
  • 71. Koen DE KORT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:16:32
  • 72. Cyril GAUTIER, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:16:55
  • 73. Benjamin KING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 1:18:04
  • 74. Miguel Angel RUBIANO CHAVEZ, COLOMBIA, at 1:18:07
  • 75. Yukiya ARASHIRO, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:18:49
  • 76. Jelle VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:20:12
  • 77. Andrew TALANSKY, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 1:22:06
  • 78. Kristijan DURASEK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:22:44
  • 79. Fabio Andres DUARTE AREVALO, COLOMBIA, at 1:23:08
  • 80. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 1:23:35
  • 81. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at 1:25:03
  • 82. Javier MORENO BAZAN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:26:45
  • 83. Juan Pablo VALENCIA, COLOMBIA, at 1:27:01
  • 84. Cameron MEYER, ORICA, at 1:28:38
  • 85. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at 1:29:07
  • 86. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:29:45
  • 87. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:30:13
  • 88. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:30:16
  • 89. Omar FRAILE MATARRANZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 1:30:18
  • 90. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 1:30:47
  • 91. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA, at 1:32:13
  • 92. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 1:32:30
  • 93. Jens KEUKELEIRE, ORICA, at 1:32:34
  • 94. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 1:32:35
  • 95. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 1:32:46
  • 96. Natnael BERHANE, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 1:32:52
  • 97. Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:33:06
  • 98. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:34:48
  • 99. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:35:17
  • 100. Marcel AREGGER, IAM CYCLING, at 1:35:19
  • 101. John DEGENKOLB, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:35:21
  • 102. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:35:29
  • 103. Stephen CUMMINGS, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 1:35:29
  • 104. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:35:34
  • 105. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 1:35:55
  • 106. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:36:24
  • 107. Carlos Julian QUINTERO, COLOMBIA, at 1:36:25
  • 108. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:36:39
  • 109. Luis MAS BONET, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 1:38:36
  • 110. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:39:04
  • 111. Nikolas MAES, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:41:03
  • 112. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:41:18
  • 113. Laurent PICHON, FDJ, at 1:41:30
  • 114. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at 1:42:15
  • 115. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:42:58
  • 116. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:43:55
  • 117. Alex HOWES, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 1:44:37
  • 118. Angel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:44:58
  • 119. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:45:00
  • 120. Sébastien MINARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:47:07
  • 121. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:47:12
  • 122. Yohan BAGOT, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:47:25
  • 123. Kévin REZA, FDJ, at 1:48:25
  • 124. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:48:26
  • 125. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:48:43
  • 126. Simon GERRANS, ORICA, at 1:49:34
  • 127. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:49:36
  • 128. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at 1:51:13
  • 129. Jasper DE BUYST, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:51:21
  • 130. Johann VAN ZYL, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 1:52:09
  • 131. Alessandro VANOTTI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:52:46
  • 132. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:53:15
  • 133. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 1:54:36
  • 134. Jaco VENTER, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 1:55:23
  • 135. Martin VELITS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:56:22
  • 136. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 1:56:53
  • 137. Ramirez chacon BRAYAN STIVEN, COLOMBIA, at 1:58:05
  • 138. Simon PELLAUD, IAM CYCLING, at 1:58:17
  • 139. Songezo JIM, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 1:59:09
  • 140. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:59:10
  • 141. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 1:59:34
  • 142. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA, at 1:59:57
  • 143. Tony HUREL, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 2:00:00
  • 144. Johan VAN SUMMEREN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:00:09
  • 145. Youcef REGUIGUI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 2:00:29
  • 146. Walter Fernando PEDRAZA MORALES, COLOMBIA, at 2:01:58
  • 147. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, at 2:02:02
  • 148. Danny VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 2:03:10
  • 149. Dominique ROLLIN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 2:03:59
  • 150. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:04:36
  • 151. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 2:05:15
  • 152. Daniele BENNATI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 2:06:37
  • 153. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:06:52
  • 154. Thierry HUPOND, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:07:59
  • 155. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 2:08:11
  • 156. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 2:08:15
  • 157. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA, at 2:09:38
  • 158. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 2:10:15
  • 159. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:10:36
  • 160. Biel KADRI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:11:45
  • 161. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:12:03
  • 162. Antoine DUCHESNE, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 2:13:27
  • 163. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 2:14:26
  • 164. Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 2:14:40
  • 165. Damien HOWSON, ORICA, at 2:16:56
  • 166. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 2:20:26
  • 167. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:21:22
  • 168. Jimmy ENGOULVENT, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 2:25:44
  • 169. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:25:57
  • 170. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at 2:29:51
  • 171. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 2:31:26
  • 172. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 2:31:52
  • 173. Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:37:08
  • 174. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 2:38:50
  • 175. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:39:04

 

Points classification

  • 1. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA, 79 points
  • 2. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, 74 points
  • 3. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, 74 points
  • 4. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA, 65 points
  • 5. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 61 points
  • 6. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN – QHUBEKA, 57 points
  • 7. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, 56 points
  • 8. John DEGENKOLB, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, 56 points
  • 9. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF – SAXO, 50 points
  • 10. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, TEAM KATUSHA, 45 points
  • 11. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, 44 points
  • 12. Christopher FROOME, TEAM SKY, 43 points
  • 13. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, 35 points
  • 14. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, 35 points
  • 15. Mikel LANDA MEANA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 33 points
  • 16. José GONÇALVES, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, 33 points
  • 17. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 29 points
  • 18. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, 29 points
  • 19. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 23 points
  • 20. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, 23 points
  • 21. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, 20 points
  • 22. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 20 points
  • 23. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, 18 points
  • 24. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 17 points
  • 25. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, 17 points
  • 26. Jerome COUSIN, TEAM EUROPCAR, 16 points
  • 27. Kévin REZA, FDJ, 16 points
  • 28. Louis MEINTJES, MTN – QHUBEKA, 15 points
  • 29. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, 14 points
  • 30. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 14 points
  • 31. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 13 points
  • 32. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, 12 points
  • 33. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 12 points
  • 34. Nikolas MAES, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 11 points
  • 35. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 10 points
  • 36. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 10 points
  • 37. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 9 points
  • 38. Jens KEUKELEIRE, ORICA, 9 points
  • 39. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA, 9 points
  • 40. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 8 points
  • 41. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA, 8 points
  • 42. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, 7 points
  • 43. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 6 points
  • 44. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 6 points
  • 45. Miguel Angel RUBIANO CHAVEZ, COLOMBIA, 5 points
  • 46. Romain SICARD, TEAM EUROPCAR, 5 points
  • 47. Sylvain CHAVANEL, IAM CYCLING, 4 points
  • 48. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, 4 points
  • 49. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, 4 points
  • 50. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 4 points
  • 51. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 3 points
  • 52. Rodolfo Andres TORRES AGUDELO, COLOMBIA, 3 points
  • 53. Kristijan DURASEK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 3 points
  • 54. Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, 3 points
  • 55. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 3 points
  • 56. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, 2 points
  • 57. Leonardo Fabio DUQUE, COLOMBIA, 2 points
  • 58. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 2 points
  • 59. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, 2 points
  • 60. Antoine DUCHESNE, TEAM EUROPCAR, 2 points
  • 61. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, 2 points
  • 62. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, 1 point
  • 63. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, 1 point
  • 64. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK FACTORY RACING, 1 point
  • 65. Alex HOWES, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, 1 point
  • 66. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, 1 point
  • 67. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 1 point
  • 68. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, -4 points
  • 69. Pierre ROLLAND, TEAM EUROPCAR, -5 points
  • 70. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, -5 points
  • 71. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN – QHUBEKA, -5 points
  • 72. Tony HUREL, TEAM EUROPCAR, -5 points
  • 73. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, -5 points
  • 74. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF – SAXO, -5 points
  • 75. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, -7 points

 

Mountains classification

  • 1. Omar FRAILE MATARRANZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, 55 points
  • 2. Mikel LANDA MEANA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 25 points
  • 3. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 14 points
  • 4. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, 13 points
  • 5. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 13 points
  • 6. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 12 points
  • 7. Romain SICARD, TEAM EUROPCAR, 11 points
  • 8. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, 10 points
  • 9. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, 9 points
  • 10. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, 8 points
  • 11. Walter Fernando PEDRAZA MORALES, COLOMBIA, 7 points
  • 12. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 7 points
  • 13. Natnael BERHANE, MTN – QHUBEKA, 7 points
  • 14. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 7 points
  • 15. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA, 6 points
  • 16. Christopher FROOME, TEAM SKY, 6 points
  • 17. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 6 points
  • 18. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, 5 points
  • 19. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA, 5 points
  • 20. Sylvain CHAVANEL, IAM CYCLING, 4 points
  • 21. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, 3 points
  • 22. Cyril GAUTIER, TEAM EUROPCAR, 3 points
  • 23. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, 3 points
  • 24. Alex HOWES, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, 3 points
  • 25. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 3 points
  • 26. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, 3 points
  • 27. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF – SAXO, 2 points
  • 28. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, TEAM KATUSHA, 2 points
  • 29. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA, 2 points
  • 30. José GONÇALVES, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, 2 points
  • 31. Jerome COPPEL, IAM CYCLING, 2 points
  • 32. Jerome COUSIN, TEAM EUROPCAR, 2 points
  • 33. Angel MADRAZO RUIZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, 2 points
  • 34. Miguel Angel RUBIANO CHAVEZ, COLOMBIA, 2 points
  • 35. Kristijan DURASEK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 2 points
  • 36. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, 2 point
  • 37. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, 1 point
  • 38. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, 1 point
  • 39. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 1 point
  • 40. Yohan BAGOT, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, 1 point
  • 41. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 1 point

 

Teams classification

  • 1. Team Sky, in 129:56:07
  • 2. Astana Pro Team, at 3:45
  • 3. Movistar Team, at 8:20
  • 4. Team Katusha, at 20:52
  • 5. Caja Rural-Seguros Rga, at 36:03
  • 6. Cofidis, Solutions Credits, at 36:06
  • 7. Team Europcar, at :00
  • 8. Lotto Soudal, at :00
  • 9. Tinkoff – Saxo, at :00
  • 10. Etixx – Quick Step, at :00
  • 11. Trek Factory Racing
  • 12. Bmc Racing Team, at :00
  • 13. Team Cannondale – Garmin, at :00
  • 14. Colombia, at :00
  • 15. Lampre – Merida, at :00
  • 16. Team Giant – Alpecin, at :00
  • 17. Ag2R La Mondiale, at :00
  • 18. Iam Cycling, at :00
  • 19. Mtn – Qhubeka, at :00
  • 20. Orica Greenedge, at :00
  • 21. Fdj, at :00
  • 22. Team Lotto Nl – Jumbo, at :00

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Sergio Paulinho (Tinkoff-Saxo) suffered a major cut to his leg in stage 11 of the Vuelta. Photo: Luca Bettini | BettiniPhoto©2015

Tinkoff-Saxo's Vuelta woes continue as a second rider abandons the race due to a crash caused by a race motorcycle.

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Sergio Paulinho (Tinkoff-Saxo) suffered a major cut to his leg in stage 11 of the Vuelta. Photo: Luca Bettini | BettiniPhoto©2015

Sergio Paulinho (Tinkoff-Saxo) was forced to abandon the Vuelta a España on Wednesday after a motorcycle clipped him early in stage 11.

Tinkoff-Saxo sport director Patxi Vila told Spanish television that the Portuguese veteran was struck by a television motorcycle on the ascent of the first of six climbs across Andorra. Paulinho’s left leg was bleeding, and unable to continue in the race, he was transported to a local hospital, where he was given 17 stitches.

The incident comes on the heels of a pair of high-profile crashes involving riders and vehicles in the race caravan.

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Peter Sagan was also struck by a neutral support motorcycle over the weekend, forcing his departure from the race. On Wednesday, the team released an open letter demanding action.

Earlier this season, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) was knocked off his bike on the final decisive climb within 10km of the finish line of the Clásica San Sebastián. Riders were also knocked off their bikes by a car during the Tour of Flanders in April.

Later in the day, Tinkoff-Saxo announced more details of the Paulinho incident:

“According to team doctor Peter Lagrou, Sergio Paulinho suffered from a serious cut on his left leg under the knee. Following the accident with the motorcycle, he was brought to the hospital Nostra Senyora de Meritxell at ER. The cut was so deep that the tibia was visible, with a hematoma and several bleeding veins and an arteriole (small artery). X-rays were made and revealed no fractures or cortical alterations. After cleaning and disinfection, stitches were applied on the bleeding veins and arteriole, in addition to subcutaneous and cutaneous to stop the bleeding and close the cut. Healing will take at least 10 days, if there are no complications, before Paulinho can continue revalidation.”

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Chris Froome was forced to chase after crashing early in stage 11 of the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

An early crash took the wind out of the sails of Chris Froome, and the Sky captain lost all hope of winning the 2015 Vuelta a España

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Chris Froome was forced to chase after crashing early in stage 11 of the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Chris Froome’s hopes of winning the Vuelta a España crumbled early in the brutal, six-climb stage across Andorra on Wednesday.

The Sky captain crashed early, rejoined the leaders, but lost contact for good on the day’s hardest climb at the “especial” rated summit at the Collada de la Gallina, about 4km from the summit.

The 2015 Tour de France winner couldn’t match the pace set by Astana at the front of the already reduced GC group. Several Sky teammates drifted back to help him, but Froome struggled to keep up. He was nearly three minutes behind over the top of the climb at 99km.

The Sky captain crashed just 3km into the 138km stage, smashing hard into a wooden guardrail as the main pack powered toward the first major climb. With his left elbow banged up, Froome did not panic, and rode at his own pace to eventually link up with the GC group by the day’s third climb at the category 1 Puerto de la Rabassa.

Under pressure from Astana, Froome began to struggle, and quickly lost minutes to the favorites. He chatted briefly with the medical car as well as the team car.

It appeared he would try to finish the stage. He took a feedbag, and was more than three minutes behind as the top GC favorites neared the final two climbs of the stage.

Froome was trying to become the first rider to win the Tour and Vuelta in succession. Only Jacques Anquetil and Bernhard Hinault have won the Vuelta and Tour in the same season, but that was when the Vuelta was held in April.

Froome’s GC hopes were revived Sunday when he was second at the Cumbre del Sol summit, climbing into the top-10 coming into Wednesday’s decisive mountain stage.

Check back after the stage for more information.

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DEA officials announced Tuesday a nationwide series of enforcement actions targeting every level of the global underground trade of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, the vast majority of which are manufactured and trafficked from underground labs in China.

DEA-led “Operation Cyber Juice” comprised of over 30 different U.S. investigations in 20 states and resulted in the arrest of over 90 individuals, the seizure of 16 underground steroid labs, approximately 134,000 steroid dosage units, 636 kilograms of raw steroid powder, 8,200 liters of raw steroid injectable liquid, and over $2 million in U.S. currency and assets. In addition, DEA and its partners assisted in foreign steroid investigations in four countries coordinated by Europol. Domestic law enforcement partners include the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

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In stage 8 of the Vuelta, a motorcycle caused Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) to crash, and he subsequently abandoned the race. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

Tinkoff-Saxo team pens an open letter to the UCI and CPA to address concerns about the crash that took Sagan out of the Vuelta.

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In stage 8 of the Vuelta, a motorcycle caused Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) to crash, and he subsequently abandoned the race. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

Editor’s note: This is the complete, unedited text of Tinkoff-Saxo’s letter to the UCI and the Professional Cyclists Association (CPA) regarding the crash that forced Peter Sagan to abandon the Vuelta a España.

to Unipublic S.A.U.
as “La Vuelta a España” Organizer
attention of Javier Guillèn

and

to Union Cycliste Internationale
attention of Brian Cookson

and

Cc Cyclistes Professionnels Associes
attention of Gianni Bugno

Date 1 September 2016

Re: Open letter related to the accident involving Peter Sagan at La Vuelta

Dear Mr. Guillen and Mr. Cookson,

Tinkoff Sport A/S as managing company of the Tinkoff Saxo professional team feels obliged to address the accident involving its rider, Peter Sagan, during the final kilometres of the 8th stage of La Vuelta a España when a neutral assistance motorcycle hit him from behind at very high speed causing his fall and consequent retirement from the race due to the severe injuries Peter Sagan sustained from the incident.

I believe the facts are clear and beyond discussion: the driver of the motorcycle carelessly and improperly tried to overtake the reduced peloton at very high speed about 8 km from the finish line apparently in an attempt to reach the leading three riders a few seconds in front.

It is clear that the driver should not have performed the overtaking of the peloton and – at a minimum –he failed to use adequate care in his attempt.

The crash at high speed could have had much more severe consequences for the rider who was defenceless against such an action by the motorcycle’s driver.

Tinkoff – Saxo team and Peter Sagan, one of the highest profile riders in the peloton and a rider on which the team’s success in the Vuelta depended in large part, suffered direct and indirect damages because of the accident for which it would be only reasonable to seek proper indemnification from the responsible party/ies.

In the first instance, however, our team’s priority is that race organisers and other stakeholders learn from this incident and come up with concrete measures to promote the safety of the riders and create a better racing environment. At this stage, therefore, instead of starting an adverse process of litigation, Tinkoff Sport A/S requests the following actions to be implemented:

1. Unipublic as La Vuelta’s race organiser issue a public apology for the incident, something not done to date;

2. Whilst not seeing this as in any way as compensating for our loss, we propose that Unipublic offer a donation to a charity organization – to be named by Tinkoff Sport A/S in agreement with Peter Sagan – equal to the value of the prize for the Green Jersey victory, or suggest an alternative which acknowledges that as race organiser it has accountability for the safety of its event;

3. Unipublic take appropriate and concrete measures to prevent similar incidents in the remaining stages of the race and its future events;

4. Tinkoff Sport A/S requests that the Union Cycliste Internationale (Uci) revoke the fine to our rider for “behavior that damages the image of cycling”. The team and Peter Sagan accept the other fine for the reaction Peter Sagan had after the crash but it is simply inappropriate to fine him for damaging the image of cycling under these circumstances;

5. We also request that the Uci initiate – in consultation with our and other teams’ representatives and other relevant stakeholders – a review of the rules regulating the admission to vehicles’ drivers inside the race and the way vehicles are obliged to act while driving in the convoy and peloton, with the intent of implementing appropriate rules changes no later than the start of the 2016 race season.

Tinkoff Sport A/S hopes that all stakeholders can learn from the incident and that some of the requested measures can help to prevent similar unfortunate situations from happening again and to offer better protection of the safety of riders and ensure the fairness of a race.

We hope to hear from both Unipublic and Uci about the above requests during the course of La Vuelta and in any case by no later than the last day of La Vuelta on Sunday 13 September 2015. Tinkoff Sport A/S reserves its rights to initiate proceedings.

Kindest regards

Tinkoff Sport A/S

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Canadian Ryder Hesjedal will tackle the Tour of Alberta's 12.2-mile TTT Wednesday night. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

The stage race will have a team time trial for the first time in its three-year history, which organizers are calling a worlds preview.

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Canadian Ryder Hesjedal will tackle the Tour of Alberta's 12.2-mile TTT Wednesday night. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

GRAND PRAIRIE, Alberta (VN) — The Tour of Alberta begins Wednesday with many firsts bundled into the third-year event’s six days of racing. A short, evening team time trial will initiate the newness in a city where the oil and gas industry rules.

Canada’s fastest-growing area is accustomed to the constant groan of heavy equipment. But it’s involved in the Tour of Alberta for the first time and is thus unfamiliar with pro bike racing, particularly cyclists riding in tight packs at high speeds.

The Tour of Alberta has also never featured a team time trial. The race’s 15 teams will pedal 12.2 miles beginning at 6:15 p.m. on a course established as a preamble to the TTT at the UCI Road World Championships on Sept. 20 in Richmond, Virginia.

“It’s took us a few minutes to convince the city, but they soon embraced it,” Jeff Corbett, the race’s technical director, said with a smile Tuesday at the press-race press conference. “It’s a final tune-up for the world championships, and basically it’s half the distance. It’s a flat, fast 20k and a bit technical.”

The opening day of the 538-mile race will also include a few other differences then the pending TTT in Richmond. The riders in Alberta will race on road bikes, not specialty time trial bikes. And for most of the 120-rider field who will compete in Richmond, the configuration of their squads will be different.

Correspondingly, while some of the cyclists, including Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin), have ridden TTTs several times this season, the infrequently contested discipline will present its challenges to other riders.

“It’s really hard to train in the situation where you all line up on the start ramp together,” said Hesjedal, who competed in TTTs this year at the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France. “There’s nothing like it in sport. The more times you can practice, the better you are.

“Definitely, in the last two years, you’ve really seen the teams that really perform well in the team time trial are the teams that practice a lot. I think you’ll see the difference in the race from those teams that practice and are really able to ride well together.”

Cannondale hasn’t fared well in recent TTTs. The squad was 19th of 22 teams on the opening-day route of the Giro and was 12th in the discipline on stage 9 of the Tour de France. BMC Racing, which is not competing in the Tour of Alberta, is the reigning Tour de France TTT champion and the current world champion.

Orica-GreenEdge, which won the TTT at the Giro, is among the favorites in Alberta, with nine-time national time trial winner Svein Tuft, a home country favorite, as its catalyst. Tuft powered the squad to runner-up finishes in the world championship team time trial in 2014 and 2013, and third in the 2012 event.

“When you do a team time trial it’s about how the team gels together,” said Fred Rodriguez (Jelly Belly), who early in his long career finished 86th in the Tour de France with his Mapei squad placing eighth in the team time trial. “There will be a big difference in bikes; we’ll run a lot slower (in Alberta). The higher speed time trials, of course, would actually be more dangerous.

“There’s a big difference when you’re going 65km per hour than 55km per hour. The bikes make a big difference and the teams will have to take that into account when they get to worlds.”

In the opening Tour of Alberta stage, the teams will negotiate city streets in downtown and pedal in the southern edge of the Peace River region on the highway. The winning team, of course, will place its first finisher in the race leader’s jersey for stage 2. That is a 106.6-mile road race starting and ending in Evergreen Park in the county of Grand Prairie.

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Fred Rodriguez will retire from professional cycling after this season. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

American Fred Rodriguez talks to VeloNews about the Tour of Alberta and retiring from pro cycling.

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Fred Rodriguez will retire from professional cycling after this season. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

GRAND PRAIRIE, Alberta (VN) — Fred Rodriguez begins his final stage race Wednesday, the day before his 42nd birthday and 21 years after a win at the Lancaster Classic in Pennsylvania launched his racing persona as Fast Freddie.

The Colombian-born rider’s career includes participating in all three grand tours, abruptly folding teams, and far-flung sprinting victories from China to Greece to Malaysia. He’s on the eight-rider Jelly Belly squad competing this week in the third Tour of Alberta, and it’s ironic.

A four-time national road race champion, Rodriguez will end his career in his third season season with the longest-sponsored American team, his ninth professional team. Two squads folded while he was on their respective rosters. Among the rider’s other employers, only Lotto-Soudal (formerly Davitamon-Lotto) still exists.

“When Rock Racing folded, I didn’t feel good about the way I was going out,” said Rodriguez, who rode for the controversial short-tenured team in 2008 and 2009. “It felt unnatural in the way I was being forced out.

“But once I got my clothing line up [in 2011] and got some partners to keep it up and going while I was racing, I decided I wanted to go out on my own terms. Of course, Exergy [2011-2012] folded, too. So when Jelly Belly picked me up, everything worked out perfectly. I won nationals and decided after two more years this would be my last race. I can go out on my terms and feel good about it.”

As it turned out, Rodriguez’s fourth national title in 2013 was his last win. He’s ridden an abbreviated schedule since, and he hasn’t raced this season since the Cascade Cycling Classic at the end of July.

“Basically, like I told [general manager Danny van Haute] when I came on board, I am excited to finish off my career with the team and help the young riders,” Rodriguez said. “I really believe that’s what Jelly Belly is about. It’s a stepping stone for these young guys. It’s about showing up at a race like Alberta, showing the Garmins and Treks what they’ve made of and hopefully getting that chance to race in the Tour de France.”

After a diverse collection of wins in five years, Rodriguez rode in the first of his nine grand tours at the Tour de France with Mapei in 2000. He rode in the event seven times, finishing twice. He also completed the Giro d’Italia, where he claimed a stage in 2004, and the 2006 Vuelta a Espana. He withdrew from his last grand tour, the 2007 Tour de France.

“I’ve been thinking about [retirement] and friends bring it up,” said Rodriguez, who moved with his wife and three children from his long-time residence in Emeryville, California, to nearby Berkeley a few years ago. “I’ve kept bikes from Mapei and from the Olympics and Tour de France.

“I’ve kept my Eddy Merckx bikes from winning nationals. I’ve kept my Milan-San Remo bike. I’ve kept all my jerseys and race numbers, so I have a lot of great memories. I can look back and say those are great moments. And now these are great moments.”

Rodriguez claimed four Tour of Georgia stages (2003, 2006, 2007) and his four national road titles span 13 years (2000, 2001, 2004, 2013). In 2003, he finished second to Mario Cipollini in both Milano-Sanremo and Gent-Wevelgem.

Rodriguez will also retire with his last win a source of skepticism. Critics questioned his national road title in Tennessee as an improbable result from a 39-year-old rider who hadn’t won a race in several years.

Rodriguez adamantly defended himself a few days later during a media conference call and moved on.

“I think the sport is doing a better job with its education of young riders,” he said. “Long term, I’d love to see a strong union. We all want a fair game.”

Well aware his retirement begins in less than a week, Rodriguez is targeting the final Tour of Alberta stage, a circuit race in Edmonton.

“When I look at this race, and if I had a dream finish, it would be winning on the last day of my final race,” he said. “It wouldn’t be on my birthday, but those are the kinds of things you think about at the end of a career.”

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Q&A: Inside Movistar with Rory Sutherland http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/news/road/qa-inside-movistar-with-rory-sutherland_383499 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/09/news/road/qa-inside-movistar-with-rory-sutherland_383499#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:03:15 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383499

Rory Sutherland, seen here at Liège–Bastogne–Liège, is a crucial worker bee on Movistar. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The veteran Australian rider talks to VeloNews about Wednesday's brutal stage 11, racing in the Vuelta on a Spanish team, and more.

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Rory Sutherland, seen here at Liège–Bastogne–Liège, is a crucial worker bee on Movistar. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

For Movistar, the Vuelta a España is a special race. As the top Spanish team, the season’s third grand tour is more than just another bike race. The team races with pride on home roads in front of their fans, intent on bringing home the red jersey with Nairo Quintana or Alejandro Valverde.

In the mix of Spanish and Latin American riders is Aussie Rory Sutherland, who joined the team in 2015. The veteran is an important piece of the Movistar arsenal, doing a lot of the hard work on the flats long before the TV broadcast comes on.

VeloNews caught up with Sutherland on the first rest day to talk about how the Vuelta is changing, his expectations for Wednesday’s brutal stage across Andorra, and why so many Colombian fans are always hanging around the Movistar bus. Here’s what he had to say:

VeloNews: This Vuelta just looks wild from the outside; is it just as crazy from inside the peloton?
Rory Sutherland: Yes and no. Some people even say it looks boring, but I can guarantee you it’s not easy. It’s been a very hard-fought race so far. And from what we’ve seen, it’s been an unusual Vuelta, with so many guys crashing out with big crashes and massive pileups. Like in stage 2, when Nibali went down just because someone in front of you clips a wheel. The problem was that everyone was going 70kph. The Vuelta seems to be changing over the past four or five years. There are no more “tranquilo” stages anymore. When I went to my first Giro back in 2005, the break would go away, and we would just roll along easy for three hours. That is certainly not the case at the Vuelta.

VN.com: Have you been involved in a crash yet?
RS: Knock on wood, no, I’ve been pretty good. That is one of the benefits of working and protecting your leader. You’re almost always at the front, or very near the front, of the pack. So you keep yourself out of trouble. I am in the wind for most of the stage, so when we hit the harder finales, I drop back, and take it easy, and recover for the next day.

VN.com: It’s been hard to read the first half of the Vuelta, who do you see from inside the peloton looking strong enough to win?
RS: To tell the truth, I don’t know! I don’t think anyone knows. It’s incredibly open. We’ve seen the Tour guys have some struggles. It’s clear that none of the guys who rode the Tour are jumping away.

What these guys do have is the experience and depth in the second and third week. Guys like Nairo, [Chris] Froome, and Alejandro, they’re always there, but we’ve seen younger guys like [Esteban] Chaves fade off a bit, which is normal. But who’s going to win? That’s a real guessing game. I think we’ll know a lot more after Wednesday’s stage. There are going to be some guys who you might have thought could win will lose minutes.

VN.com: What’s it like inside the Movistar bus? The Vuelta is their Super Bowl; is there an extra buzz within the team racing on home roads?
RS: It’s really good. The mood is fantastic, and the atmosphere within the team is always positive. Just stand outside our bus, especially around Murcia, where Alejandro is from, it was a sea of people. And the Colombians are everywhere! I asked Nairo why we see so many Colombian fans everywhere, and he said that Colombians are very passionate and patriotic, and travel to see their sport heroes when they’re doing well. I’ve seen an amazing amount of Colombian flags on the road. It’s unbelievable. They’re everywhere!

VN.com: How is Quintana feeling? He seems a little off his best so far in this Vuelta …
RS: With the type of first week we’ve had in this Vuelta, we haven’t seen the climbs that Nairo can really go well. We haven’t seen the long climbs in the Pyrénées or Alps so far. We’ve had these shorter, 11 to 15-minute power efforts. With a bigger weight, you can power up those climbs, so that’s why we’ve guys like Dumoulin and Roche going well. Maybe Dumoulin can hold power for 10 to 12 minutes, but it will be a different story when you have to hold power for 20 to 30 minutes per climb, and do that two or three times in a stage. No one knows how they’re going to do after the Tour. The goal to win is there. Within the team, the tension is growing, but in a good way. Everyone is confident. It’s an unknown, but that’s the case of every team.

VN.com: Everyone is hyping that Wednesday’s stage is an epic in the making; do you think it’s going to live up to expectations?
RS: Yes and no. Look at Monday’s stage. On paper, it was supposed to be easy, but it was one of the hardest, fastest, and most exciting stages of the race. There is no question that it’s going to be hard on everyone. The big question is do you go flat out from the first climb? Is that sustainable? Then you’ve got five more to go. I think we have two first-category climbs in the first 20km. That’s crazy. There is fear out there. People are scared about Wednesday. It’s going to be a very fast selection right from the gun.

VN.com: Will everyone race hard with so many climbs in the stage?
RS: It’s going to be a race of attrition, and I don’t think it will be a brawl until the very end. It will be an interesting start. It goes straight up from kilometer zero. We rode that climb, and it’s one of the hardest climbs I’ve seen. It’s brutal. It goes straight up, six or seven kilometers, straight up the mountain. The mechanic asked me if I wanted to race with a 34 or a 36? I said, what?! Maybe I am just too old school. I always race with 39×29.

VN.com: When you speak of fear, that must be about making the time cut?
RS: If you’re not a GC rider, what are you supposed to do tomorrow? And the sprinters? And it also depends on how your legs go a day after a rest day. For a lot of teams, riders will be out of the race right from the first kilometer. If you get dropped on the first mountain, you cannot help your team for the rest of the stage. There is a lot of concern about how that last group will be. A bit will depend on how hard people race the stage. Who’s going to chase?

VN.com: You’ve come to this team after racing with U.S. and largely Anglo teams, how your Spanish coming along?
RS: Pretty good. I can understand everything, except what’s being said on race radio, but you can’t even hear that in English. When you gain experience, you don’t need to be told what to do. I know what I am doing. I am not a 21-year-old kid. Everyone on the team has a very good understanding of our roles, and we work well together. It’s a lot of fun on the team.

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The first 10 days of the Vuelta a España offer up thrilling finishes, hot weather, and several surprise winners.

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MTN-Qhubeka and Cavendish have been talking, but a deal would be contingent on the British sprinter bringing a major co-sponsor on board.

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The rumors have been flying for weeks: Mark Cavendish is heading to MTN-Qhubeka.

Could it be true? MTN-Qhubeka general manager Brian Smith confirmed there has been contact between the Africa-registered team and the Etixx-Quick-Step sprinter, but said a deal would hinge on Cavendish bringing his own sponsor to the team.

“The rumor is true. We have had conversations with Cavendish’s agent,” Smith said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “Cavendish would help the team, in PR and with his success, but at this moment, we cannot afford Mark Cavendish.”

Cavendish is at the end of his three-year deal with the Belgian outfit, and has been testing the market. There were other rumors that Marcel Kittel would break the final year of his contract with Giant-Alpecin to join Etixx, but Kittel’s agent said last week the German sprinter will finish out his 2016 contract with Giant.

It’s possible that Cavendish will stay with Etixx, but general manager Patrick Lefevere told journalists that a decision won’t be made until possibly as late as the end of September.

One option is that Cavendish finds an important co-sponsor to bring with him to another team, covering his salary as well as those of a few key teammates and staffers in the Cavendish entourage. Such a move would also lay the groundwork for a possible Cavendish-owned team a few years down the road.

Even if Cavendish isn’t fetching the same price he had when he signed with Etixx in 2013, Smith said there is no room in MTN’s current budget of about 7.5 million euros to sign a rider with Cavendish’s required paycheck.

“If Mark Cavendish comes with a large sponsor to pay his salary, we’re open to talking. Who wouldn’t be?” Smith said. “I’m happy that Mark would consider racing with us. It means we’re doing something right.”

For now, Smith said the team is sticking with its core group of riders that earned cycling’s first Tour de France appearance for an African team and a stage win to boot.

MTN-Qhubeka was very active on the rider market last year, signing more than a half-dozen established pros to help solidify the team’s base coming into 2015. Riders such as Tyler Farrar, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Steve Cummings, Matthew Brammeier, and Theo Bos are all on two-year deals. Smith did suggest that Matt Goss’s one-year contract will not be extended.

Smith also confirmed that a title sponsor is in place to take over for the exiting MTN, and it might be a few more weeks before it will be revealed to the public, but assured the team’s budget is solid for the next three years.

For 2016, the team is looking to sign two or three young African prospects, and perhaps one or two more seasoned European pros, but added that the deciding factor isn’t so much a rider’s production, but rather how they fit into the team’s vision of developing an African grand tour contender over the next few years.

In that sense, a major star like Cavendish or a confirmed GC contender might not work even if Smith could afford to sign the paycheck right now.

“This team is about giving riders opportunities, and letting them race for themselves. That’s how we won stages in both the Tour and Vuelta,” he said. “So bringing in a big GC rider or a big sprinter, we would have to consider how it would fit in. It would change the dynamics of the team a lot. Do we need a rider like Mark Cavendish? I don’t think we do.”

Not unless he brings a few million dollars with a new sponsor.

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