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Contador's late run for the line animated the finish of the ninth stage. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Photos from stage 9 of the Vuelta a España

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Nairo Quintana takes over the red jersey from teammate Alejandro Valverde at the Vuelta a España. Photo: AFP

Results from stage 9 of the 2014 Vuelta a España

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Nairo Quintana takes over the red jersey from teammate Alejandro Valverde at the Vuelta a España. Photo: AFP

  • 1. Winner ANACONA GOMEZ, Lampre-Merida, in 4:34:14
  • 2. Alexey LUTSENKO, Astana, at :45
  • 3. Damiano CUNEGO, Lampre-Merida, at :50
  • 4. Javier MORENO BAZAN, Movistar, at 1:04
  • 5. Peio BILBAO, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 1:12
  • 6. Jerome COPPEL, Cofidis, at 1:21
  • 7. Ryder HESJEDAL, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:33
  • 8. Adam HANSEN, Lotto-Belisol, at 1:45
  • 9. Bob JUNGELS, Trek Factory Racing, at 1:49
  • 10. Fabio FELLINE, Trek Factory Racing, at 2:08
  • 11. Jerome COUSIN, Europcar, at 2:13
  • 12. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 2:16
  • 13. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Katusha, at 2:16
  • 14. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, Movistar, at 2:16
  • 15. Eduard VORGANOV, Katusha, at 2:22
  • 16. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, Movistar, at 2:39
  • 17. Fabio ARU, Astana, at 2:39
  • 18. Christopher FROOME, Sky, at 2:39
  • 19. Rigoberto URAN URAN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 2:39
  • 20. Daniel MARTIN, Garmin-Sharp, at 2:39
  • 21. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, Cofidis, at 2:49
  • 22. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, Katusha, at 2:49
  • 23. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2:51
  • 24. Robert GESINK, Belkin, at 2:55
  • 25. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, Sky, at 2:55
  • 26. Damiano CARUSO, Cannondale, at 2:55
  • 27. Dominik NERZ, BMC Racing, at 2:55
  • 28. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC Racing, at 2:55
  • 29. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 2:55
  • 30. Warren BARGUIL, Giant-Shimano, at 2:55
  • 31. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, MTN-Qhubeka, at 2:58
  • 32. Wilco KELDERMAN, Belkin, at 3:14
  • 33. Yannick MARTINEZ, Europcar, at 3:16
  • 34. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, Orica-GreenEdge, at 3:24
  • 35. Romain SICARD, Europcar, at 3:31
  • 36. Pieter SERRY, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 3:36
  • 37. Giampaolo CARUSO, Katusha, at 3:44
  • 38. Maxime MONFORT, Lotto-Belisol, at 4:01
  • 39. Maxime BOUET, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 4:37
  • 40. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, Lampre-Merida, at 4:47
  • 41. David ARROYO DURAN, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 4:47
  • 42. Luis Angel MATE MARDONES, Cofidis, at 4:47
  • 43. Sergio PARDILLA BELLON, MTN-Qhubeka, at 4:52
  • 44. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, Garmin-Sharp, at 5:50
  • 45. Amets TXURRUKA, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 5:50
  • 46. Wouter POELS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 5:50
  • 47. Oliver ZAUGG, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 5:50
  • 48. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 5:50
  • 49. Mikel LANDA MEANA, Astana, at 5:57
  • 50. Steve MORABITO, BMC Racing, at 6:03
  • 51. Guillaume LEVARLET, Cofidis, at 6:12
  • 52. Laurens TEN DAM, Belkin, at 6:12
  • 53. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 6:18
  • 54. Dario CATALDO, Sky, at 6:23
  • 55. Philippe GILBERT, BMC Racing, at 6:55
  • 56. Hubert DUPONT, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 6:55
  • 57. Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 6:55
  • 58. Christophe LE MEVEL, Cofidis, at 6:55
  • 59. Thibaut PINOT, FDJ.fr, at 7:18
  • 60. Stef CLEMENT, Belkin, at 7:26
  • 61. Nikias ARNDT, Giant-Shimano, at 7:43
  • 62. Louis MEINTJES, MTN-Qhubeka, at 7:44
  • 63. Romain ZINGLE, Cofidis, at 7:53
  • 64. Philip DEIGNAN, Sky, at 7:55
  • 65. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, Lotto-Belisol, at 8:22
  • 66. Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG, MTN-Qhubeka, at 9:31
  • 67. Tony MARTIN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 9:48
  • 68. Chad HAGA, Giant-Shimano, at 9:48
  • 69. Peter KENNAUGH, Sky, at 10:46
  • 70. Adam YATES, Orica-GreenEdge, at 10:46
  • 71. Tom BOONEN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 11:03
  • 72. Sam BEWLEY, Orica-GreenEdge, at 11:03
  • 73. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS, Movistar, at 11:07
  • 74. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, Katusha, at 11:07
  • 75. Danilo WYSS, BMC Racing, at 11:07
  • 76. Simon CLARKE, Orica-GreenEdge, at 11:07
  • 77. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, Giant-Shimano, at 11:07
  • 78. Johan LE BON, FDJ.fr, at 11:07
  • 79. Andrey AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, Movistar, at 11:07
  • 80. Natnael BERHANE, Europcar, at 11:07
  • 81. Fabian CANCELLARA, Trek Factory Racing, at 11:20
  • 82. Alexandr KOLOBNEV, Katusha, at 11:30
  • 83. José HERRADA LOPEZ, Movistar, at 11:35
  • 84. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 11:35
  • 85. Andrew TALANSKY, Garmin-Sharp, at 12:02
  • 86. Vasil KIRYIENKA, Sky, at 12:35
  • 87. Pirmin LANG, IAM Cycling, at 14:01
  • 88. Paul MARTENS, Belkin, at 14:01
  • 89. Cédric PINEAU, FDJ.fr, at 14:01
  • 90. Koldo FERNANDEZ, Garmin-Sharp, at 15:05
  • 91. Martin VELITS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 15:05
  • 92. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, Trek Factory Racing, at 15:05
  • 93. Lawrence WARBASSE, BMC Racing, at 15:05
  • 94. Bart DE CLERCQ, Lotto-Belisol, at 15:05
  • 95. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, Sky, at 15:05
  • 96. Martijn KEIZER, Belkin, at 15:05
  • 97. Sander ARMEE, Lotto-Belisol, at 15:05
  • 98. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, Giant-Shimano, at 15:05
  • 99. Vincent JEROME, Europcar, at 15:26
  • 100. Nathan BROWN, Garmin-Sharp, at 15:40
  • 101. George BENNETT, Cannondale, at 15:40
  • 102. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN-Qhubeka, at 16:21
  • 103. Maxime MEDEREL, Europcar, at 16:21
  • 104. Cadel EVANS, BMC Racing, at 16:30
  • 105. Alessandro DE MARCHI, Cannondale, at 16:35
  • 106. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, Trek Factory Racing, at 18:47
  • 107. Jesse SERGENT, Trek Factory Racing, at 18:47
  • 108. Luis MAS BONET, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 18:47
  • 109. Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO, Trek Factory Racing, at 18:47
  • 110. Tanel KANGERT, Astana, at 19:01
  • 111. Andrey ZEITS, Astana, at 19:01
  • 112. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM Cycling, at 19:01
  • 113. Marcel AREGGER, IAM Cycling, at 19:01
  • 114. Sébastien HINAULT, IAM Cycling, at 19:01
  • 115. Lloyd MONDORY, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 19:01
  • 116. Michael Valgren ANDERSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 19:01
  • 117. Romain HARDY, Cofidis, at 19:01
  • 118. Patrick GRETSCH, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 19:01
  • 119. Vegard BREEN, Lotto-Belisol, at 19:01
  • 120. Filippo POZZATO, Lampre-Merida, at 19:01
  • 121. Brett LANCASTER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 19:01
  • 122. Jens DEBUSSCHERE, Lotto-Belisol, at 19:01
  • 123. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC Racing, at 19:01
  • 124. Nikolas MAES, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 19:01
  • 125. Jasper STUYVEN, Trek Factory Racing, at 19:01
  • 126. Dmitry KOZONTCHUK, Katusha, at 19:01
  • 127. Ivan ROVNY, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 19:01
  • 128. Lawson CRADDOCK, Giant-Shimano, at 19:01
  • 129. Sergei CHERNETSKI, Katusha, at 19:01
  • 130. Kristof VANDEWALLE, Trek Factory Racing, at 19:01
  • 131. Koen DE KORT, Giant-Shimano, at 19:01
  • 132. Paolo LONGO BORGHINI, Cannondale, at 19:01
  • 133. Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 19:01
  • 134. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN-Qhubeka, at 19:01
  • 135. Johann TSCHOPP, IAM Cycling, at 19:01
  • 136. Nathan HAAS, Garmin-Sharp, at 19:01
  • 137. Daniele BENNATI, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 19:01
  • 138. Matteo TOSATTO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 19:01
  • 139. Imanol ERVITI, Movistar, at 19:01
  • 140. Gerald CIOLEK, MTN-Qhubeka, at 19:01
  • 141. Jaco VENTER, MTN-Qhubeka, at 19:01
  • 142. Johan VAN SUMMEREN, Garmin-Sharp, at 19:01
  • 143. Yury TROFIMOV, Katusha, at 19:01
  • 144. Maciej BODNAR, Cannondale, at 19:01
  • 145. Paolo TIRALONGO, Astana, at 22:42
  • 146. Gorka IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, Movistar, at 23:28
  • 147. Christian KNEES, Sky, at 26:42
  • 148. Jimmy ENGOULVENT, Europcar, at 26:42
  • 149. Ramon SINKELDAM, Giant-Shimano, at 26:42
  • 150. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, MTN-Qhubeka, at 26:42
  • 151. Rohan DENNIS, BMC Racing, at 26:42
  • 152. Francesco LASCA, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 26:42
  • 153. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 26:42
  • 154. Jacopo GUARNIERI, Astana, at 26:42
  • 155. Adriano MALORI, Movistar, at 26:42
  • 156. Matteo PELUCCHI, IAM Cycling, at 26:42
  • 157. Yauheni HUTAROVICH, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 26:42
  • 158. John DEGENKOLB, Giant-Shimano, at 26:42
  • 159. David MILLAR, Garmin-Sharp, at 26:42
  • 160. Damien GAUDIN, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 26:42
  • 161. Guillaume BOIVIN, Cannondale, at 26:42
  • 162. Valerio CONTI, Lampre-Merida, at 26:42
  • 163. Nacer BOUHANNI, FDJ.fr, at 26:42
  • 164. Yohan BAGOT, Cofidis, at 26:42
  • 165. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ.fr, at 26:42
  • 166. Robert WAGNER, Belkin, at 26:42
  • 167. Greg HENDERSON, Lotto-Belisol, at 26:42
  • 168. Michael MATTHEWS, Orica-GreenEdge, at 26:42
  • 169. Peter SAGAN, Cannondale, at 26:42
  • 170. Oscar GATTO, Cannondale, at 26:42
  • 171. Matthias KRIZEK, Cannondale, at 26:42
  • 172. Geoffrey SOUPE, FDJ.fr, at 26:42
  • 173. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM Cycling, at 26:42
  • 174. Javier Francisco ARAMENDIA LORENTE, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 26:42
  • 175. Daniil FOMINYKH, Astana, at 26:42
  • 176. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, Lampre-Merida, at 26:42
  • 177. Dan CRAVEN, Europcar, at 26:42
  • 178. Karol DOMAGALSKI, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 26:42
  • 179. Antonio PIEDRA PEREZ, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 26:42
  • 180. Luke ROWE, Sky, at 26:42
  • 181. Mitchell DOCKER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 26:42
  • 182. Laurent MANGEL, FDJ.fr, at 26:42
  • 183. Sébastien TURGOT, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 26:42
  • 184. Gert JOEAAR, Cofidis, at 26:42
  • 185. Roberto FERRARI, Lampre-Merida, at 26:42
  • 186. Maarten TJALLINGII, Belkin, at 26:42
  • 187. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ.fr, at 26:42
  • 188. Cameron MEYER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 26:42
  • 189. Elia FAVILLI, Lampre-Merida, at 26:42
  • 190. Jose Rodolfo SERPA PEREZ, Lampre-Merida, at 26:42
  • 191. Pim LIGTHART, Lotto-Belisol, at 26:42
  • 192. Anthony ROUX, FDJ.fr, at 26:42
  • 193. Dominic KLEMME, IAM Cycling, at 29:37
  • 194. Andrea GUARDINI, Astana, at 32:28
  • DNF Moreno HOFLAND, Belkin

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Winner Anacona takes stage 9 at the Vuelta and just misses the overall lead. Photo: AFP

Winner Anacona takes stage 9 and very nearly steals the overall lead at the Vuelta, but Nairo Quintana saves the red jersey for Movistar

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Winner Anacona takes stage 9 at the Vuelta and just misses the overall lead. Photo: AFP

Winner Anacona (Lampre-Merida) soloed to victory in a contentious, rain-soaked stage 9 of the Vuelta a España on Sunday as Nairo Quintana (Movistar) replaced teammate Alejandro Valverde in the overall lead and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) slipped into second.

Anacona, Bob Jungels (Trek Factory Racing) and Javier Moreno (Movistar) had broken free of a much larger escape in the final 20km of the 185km leg from Carboneras de Guadazaón to the mountaintop finish at Aramón Valdelinares.

Jungels was first to fade, and then a quick kick from Anacona dispatched Moreno, and he set off alone after the stage win and the leader’s red jersey.

But when Contador lit it up out of the much-reduced GC group, followed by Quintana and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), all bets were off. And while Anacona hung on for the stage win, it was Quintana who rescued the leader’s jersey for Movistar.

“I’ve had some great wins, but this one is special. I’ve never won a grand-tour stage before, and I had some tears in my eyes when I was crossing the line,” said Anacona.

Valverde praised Quintana for keeping the jersey in Movistar’s grip.

“The most important is that the leader’s jersey remains on the team,” he said. “Nairo had good legs, and he was able to go. I was on the wheel of Froome, but I couldn’t follow either, in the end, I sprinted to see if I could get a few seconds. The weather wasn’t great for me, so all things considered, I am content.

“We were never hiding anything, Nairo has always been the leader, and I am there. We are there, first and third, and the hardest part of the Vuelta is still to come.”

Stage 9 gallery

The stage packed a lot of climbing into the tail end of the stage: the category-3 Puerto de Cabigordo, 61km from the finish; the Cat. 2 Alto de San Rafael, 13km out; and the finishing ascent of the Cat. 1 Aramón Valdelinares, an 8km climb that averaged 6.6 percent with stretches of 8.5 percent.

A huge break went early, containing 31 riders, among them Anacona, who was siting 21st overall, just 2:50 down on red jersey Valverde, and quickly became the race leader on the road.

With 20km remaining and the rain falling once again, the break came apart, leaving Anacona, Jungels and Moreno off the front. The trio quickly built a half-minute on a chase of a dozen or so, while Sky was on point in the bunch with 15km remaining and the gap just under six minutes.

Ten kilometers out the rain began bucketing down, but the leaders held a five-minute edge over the GC group, which had Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) on the front, trying to give Rigoberto Uran a head start on the final climb.

Ahead, Anacona and Moreno shed Jungels and soldiered on. And then the Lampre rider dropped Moreno, chasing the stage win and leader’s jersey. Behind, the peloton had closed to within four minutes and counting.

Five kilometers from the line Anacona was toughing it out in the rain as Sky drove the shrinking GC group ever closer. On the final steep ramp, 2.5km from the finish, he held 3:40 over the chase.

Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) tried a move, but Katusha quickly shut it down. Then Contador shot away, quickly prying open a huge gap over the other contenders. Quintana then followed with Rodriguez.

They would not catch Anacona, who hung on to take the win — but his overlong celebration may have cost him in the end as the GC contenders fought their way forward.

Rodriguez and Quintana closed in on Contador in their final dash to the line, slicing through the remnants of the break and the crowds lining the final ascent.

Contador rode to 12th on the stage, nearly caught at the line by Quintana and Rodriguez. Valverde finished 16th, taking a second or two on Chris Froome (Sky).

And when the overall was calculated, the Vuelta had a new leader. Quintana donned the red jersey with three seconds over Contador, while Valverde slipped to third at eight seconds. Anacona now sits fourth overall, a second behind Valverde.

“I also knew I had a chance to gain the leader’s jersey, but I regained some time, and that’s most important for me,” said Anacona. “Maybe I can stay in the top 10, but I would prefer to win stages that focus on everything on the GC.”

The new race leader, meanwhile, said he hopes the team has the jersey when it counts — at the finish.

“We’ll try to keep the jersey, but if we don’t have until the last day in Santiago, that doesn’t matter, either,” said Quintana. “I am not a [time trial] specialist. I was suffering a bit in the heat of the first days. If it’s me or Alejandro who wins, it doesn’t matter. What’s important is that the team wins. The objective is to try to reach the podium, to have a podium in all three grand tours, and next year, return to the Tour.”

Stage 9 results

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  • 1. Sylvain CHAVANEL, IAM Cycling, in 5:38:26
  • 2. Andrea FEDI, NRI, at :00
  • 3. Arthur VICHOT, FDJ.fr, at :00
  • 4. Cyril GAUTIER, Europcar, at :00
  • 5. Julian ALAPHILIPPE, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :00
  • 6. Tim WELLENS, Lotto-Belisol, at :00
  • 7. Ben HERMANS, BMC Racing, at :00
  • 8. Alexander KRISTOFF, Katusha, at :02
  • 9. Giacomo NIZZOLO, Trek Factory Racing, at :02
  • 10. Jurgen ROELANDTS, Lotto-Belisol, at :02
  • 11. Gianni MEERSMAN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :02
  • 12. Borut BOZIC, Astana, at :02
  • 13. Francesco GAVAZZI, Astana, at :02
  • 14. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ.fr, at :02
  • 15. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, Giant-Shimano, at :02
  • 16. Silvan DILLIER, BMC Racing, at :02
  • 17. Enrique SANZ, Movistar, at :02
  • 18. Anthony DELAPLACE, Bretagne-Seche Environnement, at :02
  • 19. Luka MEZGEC, Giant-Shimano, at :02
  • 20. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, Astana, at :02
  • 21. Yohann GENE, Europcar, at :02
  • 22. Jérôme BAUGNIES, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, at :02
  • 23. Jetse BOL, Belkin, at :02
  • 24. Armindo FONSECA, Bretagne-Seche Environnement, at :02
  • 25. Enrico BATTAGLIN, Bardiani-CSF, at :02
  • 26. Stig BROECKX, Lotto-Belisol, at :02
  • 27. Sebastian LANGEVELD, Garmin-Sharp, at :02
  • 28. Julien SIMON, Cofidis, at :02
  • 29. Heinrich HAUSSLER, IAM Cycling, at :02
  • 30. Marco HALLER, Katusha, at :02
  • 31. Elia VIVIANI, Cannondale, at :02
  • 32. Ben SWIFT, Sky, at :02
  • 33. Kévin REZA, Europcar, at :02
  • 34. Tony GALLOPIN, Lotto-Belisol, at :02
  • 35. Manuele MORI, Lampre-Merida, at :02
  • 36. Yoann OFFREDO, FDJ.fr, at :02
  • 37. Mirko SELVAGGI, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, at :02
  • 38. Romain FEILLU, Bretagne-Seche Environnement, at :02
  • 39. Dennis VANENDERT, Lotto-Belisol, at :02
  • 40. Samuel DUMOULIN, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :02
  • 41. Matti BRESCHEL, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :02
  • 42. Matthias BRANDLE, IAM Cycling, at :02
  • 43. Enrico GASPAROTTO, Astana, at :02
  • 44. Brice FEILLU, Bretagne-Seche Environnement, at :02
  • 45. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, at :02
  • 46. Bryan COQUARD, Europcar, at :02
  • 47. Yukiya ARASHIRO, Europcar, at :02
  • 48. Marco MARCATO, Cannondale, at :02
  • 49. Florian SENECHAL, Cofidis, at :02
  • 50. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, Movistar, at :02
  • 51. Simon GERRANS, Orica-GreenEdge, at :02
  • 52. Matteo TRENTIN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :02
  • 53. Jens KEUKELEIRE, Orica-GreenEdge, at :02
  • 54. Nicola BOEM, Bardiani-CSF, at :02
  • 55. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, Movistar, at :02
  • 56. Florian VACHON, Bretagne-Seche Environnement, at :02
  • 57. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, Lampre-Merida, at :02
  • 58. Jérôme PINEAU, IAM Cycling, at :02
  • 59. Kristijan KOREN, Cannondale, at :02
  • 60. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, Sky, at :02
  • 61. Jay MCCARTHY, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :02
  • 62. Julien BERARD, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :02
  • 63. Arnaud GERARD, Bretagne-Seche Environnement, at :02
  • 64. Michal GOLAS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :02
  • 65. Pablo LASTRAS GARCIA, Movistar, at :02
  • 66. Mauro FINETTO, NRI, at :02
  • 67. Danilo HONDO, Trek Factory Racing, at :02
  • 68. Jan BAKELANTS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :02
  • 69. Alexandre PICHOT, Europcar, at :02
  • 70. Cyril LEMOINE, Cofidis, at :02
  • 71. Jelle VANENDERT, Lotto-Belisol, at :02
  • 72. Sonny COLBRELLI, Bardiani-CSF, at :02
  • 73. Manuele BOARO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :02
  • 74. Pavel KOCHETKOV, Katusha, at :02
  • 75. Aleksei TCATEVICH, Katusha, at :02
  • 76. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC Racing, at :02
  • 77. Björn LEUKEMANS, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, at :02
  • 78. Lars Petter NORDHAUG, Belkin, at :02
  • 79. Rudy MOLARD, Cofidis, at :02
  • 80. Nicki SÖRENSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :02
  • 81. Rein TAARAMAE, Cofidis, at :02
  • 82. Martin KOHLER, BMC Racing, at :02
  • 83. Lars Ytting BAK, Lotto-Belisol, at :02
  • 84. Kevin DE WEERT, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :02
  • 85. Romain BARDET, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :02
  • 86. Pierrick FEDRIGO, FDJ.fr, at :11
  • 87. Salvatore PUCCIO, Sky, at :11
  • 88. Andriy GRIVKO, Astana, at :11
  • 89. Nicolas ROCHE, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :11
  • 90. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, Movistar, at :11
  • 91. Sébastien MINARD, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :11
  • 92. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, Lampre-Merida, at :11
  • 93. Dylan VAN BAARLE, Garmin-Sharp, at :11
  • 94. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :11
  • 95. Tom Jelte SLAGTER, Garmin-Sharp, at :39
  • 96. Tyler FARRAR, Garmin-Sharp, at :39
  • 97. Christopher SUTTON, Sky, at 1:10
  • 98. Laurens DE VREESE, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, at 1:13
  • 99. Perrig QUEMENEUR, Europcar, at 1:13
  • 100. Fumiyuki BEPPU, Trek Factory Racing, at 1:13
  • 101. Laurent PICHON, FDJ.fr, at 1:13
  • 102. Eduardo SEPULVEDA, Bretagne-Seche Environnement, at 1:13
  • 103. Thomas DAMUSEAU, Giant-Shimano, at 1:13
  • 104. Jos VAN EMDEN, Belkin, at 1:13
  • 105. Guillaume BONNAFOND, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1:13
  • 106. Nick NUYENS, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:13
  • 107. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, Movistar, at 1:13
  • 108. Biel KADRI, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1:13
  • 109. Rafael VALLS FERRI, Lampre-Merida, at 1:13
  • 110. Amaël MOINARD, BMC Racing, at 1:13
  • 111. Anthony GESLIN, FDJ.fr, at 1:13
  • 112. Bradley WIGGINS, Sky, at 1:13
  • 113. Egor SILIN, Katusha, at 1:13
  • 114. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC Racing, at 1:24
  • 115. Angelo TULIK, Europcar, at 1:31
  • 116. Calvin WATSON, Trek Factory Racing, at 1:51
  • 117. Davide APPOLLONIO, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2:12
  • 118. Valerio AGNOLI, Astana, at 2:22
  • 119. Francesco FAILLI, NRI, at 2:22
  • 120. Maarten WYNANTS, Belkin, at 2:22
  • 121. Evgeny PETROV, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 2:22
  • 122. Kristijan DURASEK, Lampre-Merida, at 2:50
  • 123. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 2:50
  • 124. John GADRET, Movistar, at 2:50
  • 125. Alan MARANGONI, Cannondale, at 2:50
  • 126. Luca PAOLINI, Katusha, at 2:50
  • 127. Jack BAUER, Garmin-Sharp, at 2:50
  • 128. Arnold JEANNESSON, FDJ.fr, at 3:32
  • 129. Andrea PIECHELE, Bardiani-CSF, at 4:03
  • 130. Edoardo ZARDINI, Bardiani-CSF, at 4:03
  • 131. Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO, Bardiani-CSF, at 4:03
  • 132. Michael ALBASINI, Orica-GreenEdge, at 5:01
  • 133. Albert TIMMER, Giant-Shimano, at 5:01
  • 134. Michael SCHÄR, BMC Racing, at 5:44
  • 135. Fabio SABATINI, Cannondale, at 5:44
  • 136. Mattia CATTANEO, Lampre-Merida, at 5:44
  • 137. Davide CIMOLAI, Lampre-Merida, at 5:44
  • 138. Nikolay TRUSOV, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 5:44
  • 139. Roy CURVERS, Giant-Shimano, at 5:44
  • 140. Kris BOECKMANS, Lotto-Belisol, at 6:37
  • 141. Danny VAN POPPEL, Trek Factory Racing, at 6:37
  • 142. Jean Marc MARINO, Cannondale, at 6:37
  • 143. Nicola RUFFONI, Bardiani-CSF, at 7:46
  • 144. Christophe RIBLON, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 8:07
  • 145. Rick FLENS, Belkin, at 8:49
  • 146. Svein TUFT, Orica-GreenEdge, at 8:49
  • 147. Aliaksandr KUCHYNSKI, Katusha, at 8:49
  • 148. Samuele CONTI, NRI, at 8:49
  • 149. Tom VEELERS, Giant-Shimano, at 8:49
  • 150. Lasse Norman HANSEN, Garmin-Sharp, at 9:23
  • DNF Luca WACKERMANN, Lampre-Merida
  • DNF Fabio SILVESTRE, Trek Factory Racing
  • DNF Stijn DEVOLDER, Trek Factory Racing
  • DNF Grégory RAST, Trek Factory Racing
  • DNF Maxim IGLINSKY, Astana
  • DNF Alessandro VANOTTI, Astana
  • DNF Lars BOOM, Belkin
  • DNF Barry MARKUS, Belkin
  • DNF Bram TANKINK, Belkin
  • DNF Stephen CUMMINGS, BMC Racing
  • DNF Michel KOCH, Cannondale
  • DNF Moreno MOSER, Cannondale
  • DNF Pierre-Henri LECUISINIER, FDJ.fr
  • DNF Raymond KREDER, Garmin-Sharp
  • DNF Dayer Uberney QUINTANA ROJAS, Movistar
  • DNF Thomas DE GENDT, Omega Pharma-Quick Step
  • DNF Luke DURBRIDGE, Orica-GreenEdge
  • DNF Michael HEPBURN, Orica-GreenEdge
  • DNF Damien HOWSON, Orica-GreenEdge
  • DNF Jens MOURIS, Orica-GreenEdge
  • DNF Cheng JI, Giant-Shimano
  • DNF Petr IGNATENKO, Katusha
  • DNF Ian BOSWELL, Sky
  • DNF Nathan EARLE, Sky
  • DNF Richie PORTE, Sky
  • DNF Jean-Marc BIDEAU, Bretagne-Seche Environnement
  • DNF Jérémy BESCOND, Cofidis
  • DNF Adrien PETIT, Cofidis
  • DNF Clément VENTURINI, Cofidis
  • DNF Martin ELMIGER, IAM Cycling
  • DNF Kevin ISTA, IAM Cycling
  • DNF Thomas LÖVKVIST, IAM Cycling
  • DNF Francesco CHICCHI, NRI
  • DNF Andrea DAL COL, NRI
  • DNF Simone PONZI, NRI
  • DNF Stefano PIRAZZI, Bardiani-CSF
  • DNF Thomas DEGAND, Wanty-Groupe Gobert
  • DNF Kevin VAN MELSEN, Wanty-Groupe Gobert
  • DNF Jan GHYSELINCK, Wanty-Groupe Gobert

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Sylvain Chavanel wins 2014 GP Ouest France-Plouay http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/sylvain-chavanel-wins-2014-gp-ouest-france-plouay_343390 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/sylvain-chavanel-wins-2014-gp-ouest-france-plouay_343390#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:05:12 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343390

Sylvain Chavanel wins the 48th GP Ouest France-Plouay in a seven-up sprint. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Sylvain Chavanel leads out a seven-man sprint and holds his advantage to the line to win the GP Ouest France-Plouay just inches ahead of

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Sylvain Chavanel wins the 48th GP Ouest France-Plouay in a seven-up sprint. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) won the GP Ouest France-Plouay on Sunday, taking a seven-man sprint just seconds ahead of a closing peloton.

Andrea Fedi (Neri Sottoli) finished second with Arthur Vichot (FDJ.fr) third.

The bunch had just reeled in one seven-man escape short of the finish only to see another seven-man group go.

Tim Wellens (Lotto Belisol) launched attack after attack, but couldn’t gain any advantage. Cyril Gautier (Europcar) also tried and failed to get away.

And in the end, Chavanel led out the sprint and held his edge to the line.

“I was looking at the other riders in the final kilometer and I managed to do what it took to win,” he said. “I was a little bit worried but I said to myself, ‘Let’s do it.’ It’s a wonderful sprint for me, a wonderful day.”

Results

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Gallery: 2014 Vuelta a Espana, stage 8 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/gallery-2014-vuelta-espana-stage-8_343308 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/gallery-2014-vuelta-espana-stage-8_343308#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:32:17 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343308

Racing against the sky (plus the heat, and the wind). Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Photos from stage 8 of the 2014 Vuelta a España

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Racing against the sky (plus the heat, and the wind). Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Results: 2014 GP de Plouay-Bretagne http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/results-2014-gp-de-plouay-bretagne_343378 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/results-2014-gp-de-plouay-bretagne_343378#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:30:17 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343378 Results from the 2014 GP de Plouay-Bretagne, the conclusion to the UCI women's World Cup

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  • 1. Lucinda BRAND, Rabo-liv, in 3:08:26
  • 2. Marianne VOS, Rabo-liv, at :56
  • 3. Pauline FERRAND PREVOT, Rabo-liv, at :56
  • 4. Rossella RATTO, Estado de Mexico Faren, at :56
  • 5. Anna VAN DER BREGGEN, Rabo-liv, at :56
  • 6. Emma JOHANSSON, Orica-AIS, at :56
  • 7. Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, HiTec Products, at :56
  • 8. Elizabeth ARMITSTEAD, Boels Dolmans, at :56
  • 9. Alena AMIALIUSIK, Astana-BePink, at :56
  • 10. Tiffany CROMWELL, Specialized-lululemon, at :56
  • 11. Audrey CORDON, HiTec Products, at 2:57
  • 12. Roxane KNETEMANN, Rabo-liv, at 2:57
  • 13. Megan GUARNIER, Boels Dolmans, at 2:57
  • 14. Valentina SCANDOLARA, Orica-AIS, at 2:57
  • 15. Ashleigh MOOLMAN-PASIO, HiTec Products, at 2:57
  • 16. Claudia HÄUSLER, Giant-Shimano, at 2:57
  • 17. Jessie DAAMS, Boels Dolmans, at 2:57
  • 18. Evelyn STEVENS, Specialized-lululemon, at 2:57
  • 19. Tatiana GUDERZO, Ale Cipollini, at 2:57
  • 20. Iris SLAPPENDEL, Rabo-liv, at 2:57
  • 21. Malgorzta JASINSKA, Ale Cipollini, at 4:57
  • 22. Leah KIRCHMANN, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 4:57
  • 23. Marta TAGLIAFERRO, Ale Cipollini, at 4:57
  • 24. Elise DELZENNE, Specialized-lululemon, at 4:57
  • 25. Sheyla GUTIERREZ RUIZ, LKT Team Brandenburg, at 4:57
  • 26. Irene SAN SEBASTIAN LASA, Bizkaia-Durango, at 4:57
  • 27. Lauren HALL, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 4:57
  • 28. Joanne KIESANOWSKI, Tibco-To the Top, at 4:57
  • 29. Elena VALENTINI, BTC City Ljubljana, at 4:57
  • 30. Barbara GUARISCHI, Ale Cipollini, at 4:57
  • 31. Tayler WILES, Specialized-lululemon, at 4:57
  • 32. Eugénie DUVAL, FRA, at 4:57
  • 33. Lara VIECELI, S.C. Michela Fanini Rox, at 4:57
  • 34. Edwige PITEL, S.C. Michela Fanini Rox, at 4:57
  • 35. Amy PIETERS, Giant-Shimano, at 4:57
  • 36. Belen LOPEZ MORALES, LKT Team Brandenburg, at 4:57
  • 37. Lieselot DECROIX, Belkin, at 4:57
  • 38. Annelies VAN DOORSLAER, Belkin, at 4:57
  • 39. Ane SANTESTEBAN GONZALEZ, Ale Cipollini, at 4:57
  • 40. Melodie LESUEUR, LKT Team Brandenburg, at 4:57
  • 41. Janel HOLCOMB, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 4:57
  • 42. Oxana KOZONCHUK, RusVelo, at 4:57
  • 43. Lucie PADER, Vienne Futuroscope, at 4:57
  • 44. Polona BATAGELJ, BTC City Ljubljana, at 4:57
  • 45. Yevgeniya VYSOTSKA, S.C. Michela Fanini Rox, at 4:57
  • 46. Shara GILLOW, Orica-AIS, at 4:57
  • 47. Carlee TAYLOR, Orica-AIS, at 4:57
  • 48. Alexandra BURCHENKOVA, RusVelo, at 4:57
  • 49. Sara OLSSON, HiTec Products, at 4:57
  • 50. Dalia MUCCIOLI, Astana-BePink, at 4:57
  • 51. Lourdes OYARBIDE JIMENEZ, Bizkaia-Durango, at 4:57
  • 52. Ursa PINTAR, BTC City Ljubljana, at 4:57
  • 53. Tetiana RIABCHENKO, S.C. Michela Fanini Rox, at 4:57
  • 54. Jade WILCOXSON, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 4:57
  • 55. Uenia FERNANDES DA SOUZA, Estado de Mexico Faren, at 4:57
  • 56. Andrea DVORAK, Tibco-To the Top, at 4:57
  • 57. Julie BRESSET, FRA, at 4:57
  • 58. Eugenia BUJAK, BTC City Ljubljana, at 4:57
  • 59. Amélie RIVAT, Vienne Futuroscope, at 4:57
  • 60. Anna POTOKINA, Servetto Footon, at 4:57
  • 61. Sarah ROY, Vienne Futuroscope, at 4:57
  • 62. Anna TREVISI, Estado de Mexico Faren, at 4:57
  • 63. Maaike POLSPOEL, Giant-Shimano, at 4:57
  • 64. Elena CECCHINI, Estado de Mexico Faren, at 4:57
  • 65. Doris SCHWEIZER, Astana-BePink, at 4:57
  • 66. Elena BERLATO, Ale Cipollini, at 4:57
  • 67. Karol-Ann CANUEL, Specialized-lululemon, at 4:57
  • 68. Jasmin GLAESSER, Tibco-To the Top, at 4:57
  • 69. Natalia BOYARSKAYA, Servetto Footon, at 4:57
  • 70. Elena KUCHINSKAYA, RusVelo, at 4:57
  • 71. Fabiana LUPERINI, Estado de Mexico Faren, at 5:01
  • 72. Fanny LELEU, FRA, at 5:17
  • 73. Brianna WALLE, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 5:17
  • 74. Christine MAJERUS, Boels Dolmans, at 5:17
  • 75. Anastasiya CHULKOVA, RusVelo, at 5:27
  • 76. Kseniya TUHAI, Astana-BePink, at 12:08
  • 77. Kelly VAN DEN STEEN, Belkin, at 12:08
  • 78. Yulia BLINDYUK, RusVelo, at 12:08
  • 79. Lierni LEKUONA ETXEBESTE, Bizkaia-Durango, at 12:08
  • 80. Silvia VALSECCHI, Astana-BePink, at 12:08
  • 81. Špela KERN, BTC City Ljubljana, at 12:08
  • 82. Anisha VEKEMANS, Belkin, at 12:08
  • 83. Lucia GONZALEZ BLANCO, LKT Team Brandenburg, at 12:08
  • 84. Patricia SCHWAGER, Tibco-To the Top, at 12:08
  • 85. Martina RITTER, BTC City Ljubljana, at 12:08
  • 86. Marijn DE VRIES, Giant-Shimano, at 12:08
  • DNF Gracie ELVIN, Orica-AIS
  • DNF Amanda SPRATT, Orica-AIS
  • DNF Chloe HOSKING, HiTec Products
  • DNF Lauren KITCHEN, HiTec Products
  • DNF Eyerusalem KELIL, S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
  • DNF Azzurra D’INTINO, S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
  • DNF Amanda MILLER, Tibco-To the Top
  • DNF Lauren STEPHENS, Tibco-To the Top
  • DNF Katarzyna PAWLOWSKA, Boels Dolmans
  • DNF Annie EWART, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies
  • DNF Oriane CHAUMET, Vienne Futuroscope
  • DNF Charlotte BRAVARD, Vienne Futuroscope
  • DNF Gabrielle PILOTE-FORTIN, Vienne Futuroscope
  • DNF Aizhan ZHAPAROVA, RusVelo
  • DNF Alice Maria ARZUFFI, Astana-BePink
  • DNF Elisabet BRU, Servetto Footon
  • DNF Marina LIKHANOVA, Servetto Footon
  • DNF Ana Teresa CASAS BONILLA, Estado de Mexico Faren
  • DNF Dorleta ESKAMENDI GIL, Bizkaia-Durango
  • DNF Clemilda FERNANDES SILVA, Bizkaia-Durango
  • DNF Yulia ILINYKH, Bizkaia-Durango
  • DNF Mélanie BRAVARD
  • DNF Anabelle DREVILLE
  • DNF Séverine ERAUD
  • DNF Sofie DE VUYST, Futurumshop.nl-Zannata
  • DNF Valerie DEMEY
  • DNF Alicia GONZALEZ BLANCO, LKT Team Brandenburg
  • DNF Eider MERINO KORTAZAR, LKT Team Brandenburg
  • DNF Floortje MACKAIJ, Giant-Shimano

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Lizzie Armitstead claims World Cup title as Lucinda Brand wins finale http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/lizzie-armitstead-claims-world-cup-title-lucinda-brand-wins-finale_343302 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/lizzie-armitstead-claims-world-cup-title-lucinda-brand-wins-finale_343302#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:24:29 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343302

Lucinda Brand solos to victory in the final round of the UCI World Cup. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Rabo-Liv squad sweeps the podium in the final race, but Lizzie Armitstead collects the overall World Cup title

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Lucinda Brand solos to victory in the final round of the UCI World Cup. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Rabo-Liv squad swept the podium at the GP de Plouay on Saturday, putting Lucinda Brand on the top step, as Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) claimed the overall title in the 2014 UCI Women’s Road World Cup.

The 121km race north of Plouay in Brittany was the final event in the series.

Brand soloed to the win by nearly a minute ahead of teammates Marianne Vos and Pauline Ferrand Prevot, who crossed second and third, respectively.

“I never believed I was actually going to win this,” said the 25-year-old Dutchwoman. “This year I have been very close to wins and just missed out by meters or even centimeters. That has left me with a bit of a trauma.

“But I heard what my gap was in the final and knew that I was not going to lose 50 seconds in the final two kilometers.”

The decisive move came 50km from the line. Vos launched a breakaway that soon included teammates Brand, Ferrand Prevot and Anna van der Breggen; Armitstead; Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS); Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products); Tiffany Cromwell (Specialized-lululemon); Rosella Ratto (Estado de Mexico); and Alena Amialiusik (Astana-Be Pink).

The break was down to eight with less than 14km remaining when Brand made her move.

“I knew I wasn’t the strongest on the climb, so I had to let the group go there, but I saved energy and there still was something left in the legs. The others maybe expected something from the stronger riders and then I had a chance,” she said.

She built up a lead of almost a minute but saw that dwindle to 30 seconds on the Côte de Ty Marec, with gradients exceeding 10 percent. But the chase group included Vos, Van der Breggen and Ferrand-Prevot, and they weren’t doing any work.

Brand held on to take the victory, her first in a World Cup event. And 56 seconds later, Vos sprinted to second with Ferrand-Prevot right behind.

“It was a hard race and we attacked several times,” the world champion said. “Lucinda is always there for the team and today she wins this race. We all had our chances but in the end the one who makes the break takes it. I am very happy for her.”

As for Armitstead, who finished eighth on the day, crossing with the first chase, she was delighted to claim the World Cup crown.

“I showed I was one of the strongest on the road today,” Armitstead said. “There were just so many riders for Rabo-Liv and in the end I didn’t have the legs anymore for the sprint. But I won the overall World Cup and that was one of my career goals so I am happy.”

Results

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Garmin-Sharp puts its Vuelta eggs in Daniel Martin’s basket http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/garmin-sharp-puts-vuelta-eggs-daniel-martins-basket_343295 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/garmin-sharp-puts-vuelta-eggs-daniel-martins-basket_343295#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:54:52 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343295

Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp), shown crossing the line with the lead group on stage 4, is the team's best-placed man after eight stages. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

With Andrew Talansky and Ryder Hesjedal out of the running, Daniel Martin is Garmin-Sharp's best hope

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Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp), shown crossing the line with the lead group on stage 4, is the team's best-placed man after eight stages. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

BAEZA, Spain (VN) — Garmin-Sharp is now putting all of its GC eggs in one basket in the form of Daniel Martin. The Irishman is the team’s sole survivor going into the second week of the Vuelta a España.

Andrew Talansky started the Vuelta admittedly not in fighting form in his comeback from his emotional Tour de France exit, while Ryder Hesjedal, who had hoped for a strong GC performance, lost his options in a pair of tough days in the first week.

That leaves the 28-year-old Martin to carry the team’s GC weight into the Vuelta’s second half. Speaking to VeloNews before the start of Saturday’s stage, Martin said he’s ready.

“The main thing is to try to keep the options for the GC. It would have been nice to have more cards to play, but that’s not the case. Now it’s me,” Martin said. “This position is a bit new to me, and I haven’t really led at a grand tour before. I am looking forward to it, and we’ll see how it goes in the mountains.”

Martin has had a solid opening week, punching to second in stage 3, and riding close to the top favorites to keep his GC options intact. Martin ended Saturday’s chaotic sprint stage 15th overall at 1:34 back.

Martin admitted he buckled on the short but steep climb up La Zubia in stage 5. Garmin-Sharp was driving the pace, but Martin suddenly was pedaling squares when the main players pushed forward. The searing heat in the first week of the Vuelta certainly wasn’t helping.

“It’s been a pretty good start, but we lost a bit of time when they tried to split up the bunch. It wasn’t really in the crosswinds, but in the downhill,” he said.

“Ryder losing his GC shot was a bit of a blow, but personally, it’s been a good start. I felt good on the uphill finish [La Zubia], but suddenly I just didn’t have the legs. I think it was the heat. The body stopped working with 2km to go. I was looking really good, then suddenly I wasn’t. It wasn’t like it was a slow decline. Hopefully the cooler temperatures will treat me well. I’ve felt good otherwise.”

This Vuelta is Martin’s seventh grand-tour start. A confirmed stage-hunter and one-day racer — he won the 2013 Liège-Bastogne-Liège but crashed on the final corner this year when he had another win in his sights — Martin admits he’s not sure if he’s cut out to be a contender in the three-week tours.

He struggles on longer, power-based time trial courses, and so far, his best grand tour was 13th overall in the 2011 Vuelta.

Martin crashed out in the opening team time trial at the 2014 Giro d’Italia, so this Vuelta could be a turning point in his career. If he does well, he could continue to work to develop his GC credentials. If not, he might look at focusing on winning stages, and on the prestigious one-day races, such as Liège or Giro di Lombardia, that fit him like a glove.

“I am still discovering myself as a rider,” Martin said. “Sometimes I don’t even think I like this stage-racing business. So far, it seems people are content with not losing the race, rather than winning the race.

“You saw the other day when we took control of the race, to try to win. We seemed like the only team who wanted to try to win the stage, and the other teams seemed more worried about saving energy for the next days. It’s not the style of racing I enjoy so much. I prefer the one-day races. Maybe I will change during this Vuelta. I am definitely maturing mentally as well.”

The next 72 hours could well decide much of Martin’s immediate future during this Vuelta. Sunday’s mountaintop finale is perfect for Martin’s punchy, attacking style. He can stay with the top contenders, and boasts a strong finishing kick to win stages like the Valdelinares summit finale.

And then there is the long, individual time trial at Borja on Tuesday, hardly Martin’s favored ground. If he loses too much time, he could revert into his role as a stage-hunter. Yet if he can manage to stay close, he will keep fighting into the final week.

“The Vuelta is long, and the hardest climbs are still to come,” Martin said. “I will try every day, like we’ve been doing so far. Whether that’s a stage win or a strong placing in GC, we’ll see.”

 

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Results from stage 8 of the 2014 Vuelta a España

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  • 1. Nacer BOUHANNI, FDJ.fr, in 4:29:00
  • 2. Michael MATTHEWS, Orica-GreenEdge, at :00
  • 3. Peter SAGAN, Cannondale, at :00
  • 4. John DEGENKOLB, Giant-Shimano, at :00
  • 5. Greg HENDERSON, Lotto-Belisol, at :00
  • 6. Robert WAGNER, Belkin, at :00
  • 7. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN-Qhubeka, at :00
  • 8. Roberto FERRARI, Lampre-Merida, at :00
  • 9. Tom BOONEN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :00
  • 10. Jasper STUYVEN, Trek Factory Racing, at :00
  • 11. Danilo WYSS, BMC Racing, at :00
  • 12. Sébastien HINAULT, IAM Cycling, at :00
  • 13. Damiano CARUSO, Cannondale, at :00
  • 14. Michael Valgren ANDERSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :00
  • 15. Geoffrey SOUPE, FDJ.fr, at :00
  • 16. Gerald CIOLEK, MTN-Qhubeka, at :00
  • 17. Christopher FROOME, Sky, at :00
  • 18. Alexandr KOLOBNEV, Katusha, at :00
  • 19. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC Racing, at :00
  • 20. Wilco KELDERMAN, Belkin, at :00
  • 21. Robert GESINK, Belkin, at :00
  • 22. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, Movistar, at :00
  • 23. Rigoberto URAN URAN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :00
  • 24. Ivan ROVNY, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :00
  • 25. Fabio ARU, Astana, at :00
  • 26. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :00
  • 27. Nikolas MAES, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :00
  • 28. Maxime MONFORT, Lotto-Belisol, at :00
  • 29. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, Movistar, at :00
  • 30. Eduard VORGANOV, Katusha, at :00
  • 31. Koen DE KORT, Giant-Shimano, at :00
  • 32. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, Orica-GreenEdge, at :00
  • 33. Simon CLARKE, Orica-GreenEdge, at :00
  • 34. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Katusha, at :00
  • 35. Giampaolo CARUSO, Katusha, at :00
  • 36. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, Sky, at :00
  • 37. Daniel MARTIN, Garmin-Sharp, at :00
  • 38. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, Garmin-Sharp, at :00
  • 39. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, Sky, at :00
  • 40. Wouter POELS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :00
  • 41. Fabio FELLINE, Trek Factory Racing, at :00
  • 42. Dominik NERZ, BMC Racing, at :00
  • 43. Guillaume BOIVIN, Cannondale, at :00
  • 44. Warren BARGUIL, Giant-Shimano, at :00
  • 45. Laurens TEN DAM, Belkin, at :00
  • 46. Pieter SERRY, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :00
  • 47. Philip DEIGNAN, Sky, at :00
  • 48. Cadel EVANS, BMC Racing, at :00
  • 49. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at :00
  • 50. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC Racing, at :00
  • 51. Dario CATALDO, Sky, at :00
  • 52. Andrey AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, Movistar, at :00
  • 53. Jerome COPPEL, Cofidis, at :00
  • 54. Steve MORABITO, BMC Racing, at :00
  • 55. Daniele BENNATI, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :10
  • 56. Jose Rodolfo SERPA PEREZ, Lampre-Merida, at :13
  • 57. Vasil KIRYIENKA, Sky, at :13
  • 58. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, Giant-Shimano, at :16
  • 59. Mitchell DOCKER, Orica-GreenEdge, at :18
  • 60. Christian KNEES, Sky, at :20
  • 61. Vegard BREEN, Lotto-Belisol, at :20
  • 62. Christophe LE MEVEL, Cofidis, at :53
  • 63. Patrick GRETSCH, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :53
  • 64. Andrea GUARDINI, Astana, at :53
  • 65. Romain SICARD, Europcar, at :53
  • 66. Romain HARDY, Cofidis, at :53
  • 67. Luis Angel MATE MARDONES, Cofidis, at :53
  • 68. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, Cofidis, at :53
  • 69. Sergio PARDILLA BELLON, MTN-Qhubeka, at :53
  • 70. David ARROYO DURAN, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at :53
  • 71. Yauheni HUTAROVICH, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :53
  • 72. Nathan HAAS, Garmin-Sharp, at :53
  • 73. Maarten TJALLINGII, Belkin, at :53
  • 74. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, Katusha, at :53
  • 75. Lloyd MONDORY, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :53
  • 76. Oliver ZAUGG, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :53
  • 77. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, Trek Factory Racing, at :53
  • 78. Filippo POZZATO, Lampre-Merida, at :53
  • 79. Paul MARTENS, Belkin, at :53
  • 80. Matthias KRIZEK, Cannondale, at :53
  • 81. Philippe GILBERT, BMC Racing, at :53
  • 82. Jesse SERGENT, Trek Factory Racing, at :53
  • 83. Paolo TIRALONGO, Astana, at :53
  • 84. Adriano MALORI, Movistar, at :53
  • 85. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM Cycling, at :53
  • 86. Matteo PELUCCHI, IAM Cycling, at :53
  • 87. Marcel AREGGER, IAM Cycling, at :53
  • 88. Gert JOEAAR, Cofidis, at :53
  • 89. Koldo FERNANDEZ, Garmin-Sharp, at :53
  • 90. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, MTN-Qhubeka, at :53
  • 91. Imanol ERVITI, Movistar, at :53
  • 92. Johan LE BON, FDJ.fr, at :53
  • 93. Tanel KANGERT, Astana, at :53
  • 94. Adam HANSEN, Lotto-Belisol, at :53
  • 95. Oscar GATTO, Cannondale, at :53
  • 96. Jimmy ENGOULVENT, Europcar, at :53
  • 97. Winner ANACONA GOMEZ, Lampre-Merida, at :53
  • 98. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, Katusha, at :53
  • 99. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :53
  • 100. Sébastien TURGOT, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :53
  • 101. Martin VELITS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :53
  • 102. Johan VAN SUMMEREN, Garmin-Sharp, at :53
  • 103. Maciej BODNAR, Cannondale, at :53
  • 104. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, Lampre-Merida, at :53
  • 105. Valerio CONTI, Lampre-Merida, at :53
  • 106. Chad HAGA, Giant-Shimano, at :53
  • 107. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, Lotto-Belisol, at :53
  • 108. José HERRADA LOPEZ, Movistar, at 1:08
  • 109. Jens DEBUSSCHERE, Lotto-Belisol, at 1:08
  • 110. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ.fr, at 1:08
  • 111. Ramon SINKELDAM, Giant-Shimano, at 1:08
  • 112. Romain ZINGLE, Cofidis, at 1:08
  • 113. Dmitry KOZONTCHUK, Katusha, at 1:08
  • 114. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, Trek Factory Racing, at 1:08
  • 115. Luke ROWE, Sky, at 1:08
  • 116. Jacopo GUARNIERI, Astana, at 1:13
  • 117. Jerome COUSIN, Europcar, at 1:13
  • 118. Rohan DENNIS, BMC Racing, at 1:13
  • 119. Matteo TOSATTO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 1:16
  • 120. Vincent JEROME, Europcar, at 1:26
  • 121. Jaco VENTER, MTN-Qhubeka, at 1:52
  • 122. Tony MARTIN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 1:52
  • 123. Fabian CANCELLARA, Trek Factory Racing, at 1:55
  • 124. Karol DOMAGALSKI, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 1:55
  • 125. Stef CLEMENT, Belkin, at 2:23
  • 126. Moreno HOFLAND, Belkin, at 2:23
  • 127. Martijn KEIZER, Belkin, at 2:23
  • 128. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, Giant-Shimano, at 2:23
  • 129. Nikias ARNDT, Giant-Shimano, at 2:23
  • 130. Lawrence WARBASSE, BMC Racing, at 2:23
  • 131. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ.fr, at 2:23
  • 132. Damiano CUNEGO, Lampre-Merida, at 2:23
  • 133. Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 2:23
  • 134. Kristof VANDEWALLE, Trek Factory Racing, at 2:23
  • 135. Mikel LANDA MEANA, Astana, at 2:23
  • 136. Javier Francisco ARAMENDIA LORENTE, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 2:23
  • 137. Maxime BOUET, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2:23
  • 138. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 2:23
  • 139. Adam YATES, Orica-GreenEdge, at 2:23
  • 140. Nathan BROWN, Garmin-Sharp, at 2:23
  • 141. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, Lampre-Merida, at 2:23
  • 142. Bart DE CLERCQ, Lotto-Belisol, at 2:23
  • 143. Amets TXURRUKA, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 2:23
  • 144. Francesco LASCA, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 2:23
  • 145. Guillaume LEVARLET, Cofidis, at 2:23
  • 146. Hubert DUPONT, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2:23
  • 147. Gorka IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, Movistar, at 2:23
  • 148. Yury TROFIMOV, Katusha, at 2:23
  • 149. Paolo LONGO BORGHINI, Cannondale, at 2:23
  • 150. Sergei CHERNETSKI, Katusha, at 2:23
  • 151. Natnael BERHANE, Europcar, at 2:23
  • 152. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, MTN-Qhubeka, at 2:23
  • 153. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2:23
  • 154. Peio BILBAO, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 2:23
  • 155. Brett LANCASTER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 2:23
  • 156. Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG, MTN-Qhubeka, at 2:23
  • 157. Cédric PINEAU, FDJ.fr, at 2:23
  • 158. Luis MAS BONET, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 2:23
  • 159. Damien GAUDIN, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2:23
  • 160. Maxime MEDEREL, Europcar, at 2:23
  • 161. Yannick MARTINEZ, Europcar, at 2:23
  • 162. Pirmin LANG, IAM Cycling, at 2:23
  • 163. Louis MEINTJES, MTN-Qhubeka, at 2:23
  • 164. Yohan BAGOT, Cofidis, at 2:23
  • 165. Sam BEWLEY, Orica-GreenEdge, at 2:30
  • 166. Dan CRAVEN, Europcar, at 2:30
  • 167. Ryder HESJEDAL, Garmin-Sharp, at 3:00
  • 168. David MILLAR, Garmin-Sharp, at 3:00
  • 169. Peter KENNAUGH, Sky, at 3:00
  • 170. Andrew TALANSKY, Garmin-Sharp, at 3:00
  • 171. Alexey LUTSENKO, Astana, at 3:51
  • 172. Sander ARMEE, Lotto-Belisol, at 5:52
  • 173. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN-Qhubeka, at 6:47
  • 174. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 6:47
  • 175. Johann TSCHOPP, IAM Cycling, at 6:47
  • 176. Andrey ZEITS, Astana, at 6:47
  • 177. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM Cycling, at 6:47
  • 178. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 6:47
  • 179. Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 6:47
  • 180. Javier MORENO BAZAN, Movistar, at 6:47
  • 181. Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO, Trek Factory Racing, at 6:47
  • 182. Daniil FOMINYKH, Astana, at 6:47
  • 183. Cameron MEYER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 6:47
  • 184. Lawson CRADDOCK, Giant-Shimano, at 6:47
  • 185. Elia FAVILLI, Lampre-Merida, at 6:47
  • 186. George BENNETT, Cannondale, at 6:47
  • 187. Alessandro DE MARCHI, Cannondale, at 6:47
  • 188. Pim LIGTHART, Lotto-Belisol, at 8:59
  • 189. Bob JUNGELS, Trek Factory Racing, at 8:59
  • 190. Laurent MANGEL, FDJ.fr, at 8:59
  • 191. Dominic KLEMME, IAM Cycling, at 8:59
  • 192. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS, Movistar, at 8:59

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Nacer Bouhanni wins stage 8; Alejandro Valverde leads Vuelta http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/nacer-bouhanni-wins-stage-8-alejandro-valverde-leads-vuelta_343278 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/nacer-bouhanni-wins-stage-8-alejandro-valverde-leads-vuelta_343278#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:36:15 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343278

Nacer Bouhanni takes stage 8 from Michael Matthews and Peter Sagan. Photo: AFP

Nacer Bouhanni edges Michael Matthews to win stage 8 as a battle in the wind leaves Alejandro Valverde in red and the GC largely intact

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Nacer Bouhanni takes stage 8 from Michael Matthews and Peter Sagan. Photo: AFP

Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) out-kicked Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) and a resurgent Peter Sagan (Cannondale)on Saturday, winning stage 8 of the Vuelta a España in a bunch dash to the line.

Bouhanni, who had protested Giant-Shimano sprinter John Degenkolb’s tactics in stage 5, didn’t mind changing his own line considerably to take victory on Saturday.

“I had good legs today. I was a bit surprised I could win. I went early, because I did not want to get boxed in,” he said.

“It was a hard stage, very nervous when the bunch started to split up. My team did a great job to help me stay in good position.”

The 207km stage from Baeza to Albacete saw a two-man break go clear: Elia Favilli (Lampre-Merida) and Francisco Javier Aramendia Llorente (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA).

The escapees took six minutes at one point before being retrieved with less than 40km remaining.

Gallery: stage 8

Then, with 25km to go, the bunch split into echelons. The front two groups came back together, and up front were Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Cadel Evans and Samuel Sanchez (BMC Racing), Sagan, and Chris Froome (Sky), among others.

Another group was chasing a half-minute down, with Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) and Degenkolb.

“It was a crazy end. The wind was causing problems, but in the end we managed to save the day,” said Valverde, who added that he knew Quintana had been caught out.

“I was aware of it. I didn’t know exactly if Quintana was closing or not, but I couldn’t look back. I just had to keep going at the front.”

BMC was driving the pace in the lead group, with Manuel Quinziato and Steve Morabito. But inch by inch, more riders fought their way up to the leaders and it was a sizable group that formed up to contest the finale.

Giant took up the pace going into the final left-hander and through a roundabout with 2.5km to go. Then Orica-GreenEdge and Cannondale moved forward for Matthews and Sagan, with Orica on the point coming out of the final turn.

Degenkolb, Matthews, Sagan and Bouhanni battled for the win at the end, with the FDJ rider edging his Orica rival at the line. Sagan crossed third.

“I’ve won twice in a week, so I am happy,” said Bouhanni. “I was close to abandoning a few days ago, and I am happy that I made it to this stage.”

Despite all the action in the wind, when the overall was tallied, Valverde retained the red leader’s jersey by 15 seconds over teammate Quintana, with Contador third at 18 seconds.

Stage 8 results

 

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Junior world ITT champ Igor Decraene dies at 18 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/junior-world-itt-champ-igor-decraene-dies-18_343272 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/junior-world-itt-champ-igor-decraene-dies-18_343272#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:09:42 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343272

Belgian Igor Decraene, winner of the 2013 world junior time-trial championship in Florence, Italy, has died at age 18 after a training accident. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Junior world time-trial champion Igor Decraene dies at age 18

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Belgian Igor Decraene, winner of the 2013 world junior time-trial championship in Florence, Italy, has died at age 18 after a training accident. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

BRUSSELS (AFP) — Belgium cycling lost one of its budding stars on Saturday as the local media reported the death of junior world time-trial champion Igor Decraene.

He was 18.

The RTBF Sport website originally reported that he had been involved in an accident. But the Belga news agency reported later that Decraene had committed suicide. The agency gave no further details.

Decraens won the time-trial title in Florence last year, having also collected the national crown. He was in line to ride for Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s development squad.

“Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Igor Decraene,” the team said via Twitter.

His cycling club, De Tieltse Rennersclub, said via Facebook: “Our thoughts are with his parents, his brothers and his family, to whom we wish a lot of strength and courage in this terrible ordeal.”

The club’s sports director, Koen Dutroit, who told Het Laatste Nieus that Decraene “couldn’t wait to defend his title at the world championships,” said he was stunned by the news.

UCI president Brian Cookson issued a statement, which reads, “This is a terribly sad news. Igor was a very promising rider. Our thoughts are with his parents, brothers, family and friends.”

The Belgian cycling federation said Decraene had been training with the national team in preparation for the UCI world road championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

“It’s difficult to comment on this terrible news, it will take time,” said Belgian federation president Tom Van Damme.

Editor’s note: The story is developing and will be updated.

 

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Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) was the best of the rest, finishing second in stage 7. One can't help but wonder how the finale would have played out if the group of four had made it to the end together to contest the stage. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Days after losing hopes for a strong overall standing, Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) went on the attack Friday after changing his attitude

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Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) was the best of the rest, finishing second in stage 7. One can't help but wonder how the finale would have played out if the group of four had made it to the end together to contest the stage. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

ALCAUDETE, Spain (VN) — Two days after getting caught in an ambush in crosswinds that all but ended his GC hopes in the Vuelta a España, Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) was on the march in Friday’s stage across treacherous roads.

Hesjedal punched into the day’s winning breakaway, the first successful break of this year’s Vuelta, but a late crash dashed his hopes for the stage win. The Canadian rode across the line second at 1:34 behind winner Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), frustrated but content with his efforts.

“I was on De Marchi’s wheel, and my bike just went out from underneath me. It’s pretty frustrating,” Hesjedal told VeloNews. “De Marchi and I were doing the lion’s share of the work. Who knows what would have happened. Hat’s off to De Marchi, he was super strong all day. I was in for a shot for the win, so it’s pretty frustrating.”

Hesjedal’s crash was similar to one involving grand tour rookie Lawson Craddock (Giant-Shimano) earlier this week. Roads in southern Spain are covered in dust, grime, and oil, baking under an intense sun without rain for weeks if not months.

“The roads were pretty treacherous out there,” he said. “We were managing it pretty well, but my bike just slipped out from underneath me.”

Hesjedal’s presence in Friday’s breakaway revealed just how much this Vuelta has changed for the 2012 Giro d’Italia champion.

After skipping the Tour de France, he came into the Vuelta with quiet optimism of fighting for a top spot overall.

Those hopes evaporated Wednesday in an otherwise routine stage when Tinkoff-Saxo accelerated in crosswinds to try to split up the bunch. Unfortunately for Hesjedal, he was one of the biggest names caught in their trap, but he questioned Tinkoff-Saxo’s style of the attack.

“I am not a big fan of moves like that. We had just gone through a small village, with cobbles, and then a big descent, so the entire peloton is single-file, and then they drill it,” Hesjedal said. “Someone loses the wheel, and you’re caught out.

“I had Nathan [Brown] with me, but he punctured. Dan [Martin] was in the second group, and most of the team was having to deal with that. It was real hectic, and I didn’t have time to come back,” he said. “There were not a lot of guys in my group working. Basically, it was a 45km time trial. You cannot compete alone against the majority of the peloton.”

Hesjedal lost more than three minutes, and admitted he didn’t have great legs in Thursday’s explosive finale up La Zubia, losing even more time.

“The legs just weren’t there, so I rode up at my own pace,” Hesjedal said. “I have a different mindset now. The GC is over for me. We still have Dan [Martin], and we’ll ride to protect him. We’ll also be looking for other opportunities.”

Hesjedal was rewarded with the day’s most combative rider’s prize for his efforts. Garmin-Sharp’s second second-place stage finish — Martin was second in stage 3 — will only fuel their drive to win a stage before this Vuelta is over.

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Froome dodges bullet, confidence building day by day at Sky http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/froome-dodges-bullet-confidence-building-day-sky_343244 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/froome-dodges-bullet-confidence-building-day-sky_343244#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:58:54 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343244

Chris Froome (Sky) may have finished the Vuelta's stage 7 a bit battered and bloodied, but he also finished a couple seconds ahead of his rivals, showing his determination and GC ambitions. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Froome dodged a bullet Friday, and confidence is growing within Team Sky that their man could have a real shot at Vuelta victory

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Chris Froome (Sky) may have finished the Vuelta's stage 7 a bit battered and bloodied, but he also finished a couple seconds ahead of his rivals, showing his determination and GC ambitions. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

ALHENDÍN, Spain (VN) — Chris Froome (Sky) dodged a bullet Friday, avoiding serious injury in an early-stage crash. He later sprinted, with his right knee and elbow covered in bandages, to take a couple seconds on his GC rivals.

Temperatures and tempers were on the rise during Friday’s transition stage over rough, bumpy roads across Andalucía’s barren olive grove country. Froome couldn’t avoid other riders crashing in front of him, and went skittering to the ground, giving everyone inside the Team Sky bus a scare.

“I’m OK, but you definitely get the feeling that when bad luck comes, it comes more than once,” said Froome, who also crashed in a pre-race warm-up last week in Jerez de la Frontera. “All things considered, I’m feeling alright, and I think I got off relatively unscathed. It’s good to have another day behind us.”

When Froome went down, there was confusion in the bunch because the day’s main breakaway was just forming prior to the third-category Alto de Illora. Some teams kept pulling, trying to control the break or place a rider into the group, while others were urging the pack to slow down.

“I narrowly avoided the crash,” said Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo). “Froome lost a minute because he had a mechanical, but no one was pulling at the front. Everyone was expecting it to regroup, and to get through the rest of the day ‘tranquilo.’”

Froome initially struggled to regain contact, but Team Sky pulled back into formation and paced him back into the front pack after a quick visit to the medical car.

“When the crash happened, a Giant-Shimano rider went down in front of me. I swerved to try to avoid that, and went down,” Froome explained on the team’s website. “The guys paced me back. It took us a good 15km before we got back into the peloton.”

Froome then had a parting shot in the finish, darting clear out of the GC group, enough to take two seconds on Contador and the others.

Despite the scare, Froome is now in fourth place overall, just 20 seconds behind race leader Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Friday’s transition stage across the olive groves of Andalucía was hardly a walk in the park. The demanding parcours and rough, dust-and-oil-covered roads made for a tension-packed day of racing.

“Easy? Just ask Froome, he crashed,” Contador said after Friday’s stage. “The roads were super-slippery, and you had to be very careful. It took more than 40km before the break got away, so we were really going fast behind.”

The first week of the Vuelta closed out Friday with Froome looking a lot more credible than he did when the season’s third grand tour started in Jerez de la Frontera.

Though he may be one of the best contemporary grand tour riders, Froome came to the Vuelta with more question marks than confidence. Froome missed weeks of training to recover from his injuries that provoked his early exit from the Tour de France, preventing him from defending his yellow jersey.

Even Sky’s team boss Dave Brailsford said Froome wouldn’t know how he was going until the race hit the mountains. Froome answered those doubts Thursday in the short but steep climb up La Zubia.

Froome’s determination and aggressive racing in the first week have served as a spark within the Team Sky bus. When Froome was confirmed for the Vuelta, the team left home such riders as Ian Boswell to bring a stronger core group of experienced riders to protect Froome for a podium campaign.

One of those riders is Peter Kennaugh, who will be one of the key men for Froome in the mountains in the final week.

“The vibe has been pretty good from the start. Everyone is having a laugh. Everyone is working together, the spirit is really good,” Kennaugh told VeloNews. “Everyone knows their job. We’re all motivated to see Chris racing well.”

Kennaugh said he cannot understand speculation about Froome’s condition coming into the Vuelta.

“Maybe he wasn’t as good for the Tour de France, but Froomey in January is still better than 95 percent of the peloton,” Kennaugh continued. “I was always confident that he could do what he did [Thursday]. He’ll just keep getting stronger as the race goes on.”

Froome gave a hint that he was taking the Vuelta very serious when he sprinted to win a two-second time bonus at an intermediate sprint midway through stage 5.

“Why not take those bonus seconds when you can? Chris doesn’t forget that he lost the Vuelta [in 2011] by 13 seconds,” Sky sport director Dario Cioni told VeloNews. “It’s not easy to take two seconds in the race. It shows Chris is serious about this Vuelta.”

And if there was any doubt about Sky’s leader, he erased them in Thursday’s summit finale, riding to second in the stage, and erasing uncertainty about his form.

Without overlooking the potential dangers of crosswinds in Saturday’s sprinter’s stage to Albacete, the next major test comes in Sunday’s climbing stage to Valdelinares. The finale will be much better suited to Froome’s climbing style, with a second-category climb quickly followed by the 8km, first-category summit finish.

And following Monday’s rest day, Froome’s ace in the hole is waiting with the 36.5km individual time trial at Borja in stage 10. If Froome is anywhere near the same level the peloton’s seen over the past few years, he should be able to take important, if not decisive, gains on the Spanish mountain goats.

“The time trial will be very important for Chris,” Sky’s Dario Cataldo told VeloNews. “We have to keep Chris out of trouble, and protect him leading to the climbs. We are confident after what we are seeing so far.”

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VeloNews presents Athletic Achievement awards at Interbike gala http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/velonews-presents-awards-interbike_343144 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/velonews-presents-awards-interbike_343144#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:25:20 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343144

World champion Marianne Vos, winner of the 2014 Sparkassen Giro. Photo: AFP.

Nominees and winners in the Athletic Achievement category have been selected by the editors of VeloNews

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World champion Marianne Vos, winner of the 2014 Sparkassen Giro. Photo: AFP.

Interbike’s first annual industry awards gala, the IB Awards, celebrates the bike industry’s success and innovation. The 2014 awards honor achievements from the 2014 product year, beginning in July 2013 and concluding in June 2014. Nominees and winners will be selected from categories across the bike community, including Product Innovation, Athletic Achievement, Dealer Excellence, Supplier Performance and Advocacy Efforts.

Interbike has also partnered with multiple media organizations and other key industry colleagues to curate the different award categories, select nominees and ultimately honor the winners.

Tickets for the IB Awards can be purchased during the Interbike registration process. Special advanced ticket pricing for the event is $75 per person, and includes drinks, a sit-down dinner, and awards show entertainment. After September 6th, advance ticket pricing will end and tickets will only be available at onsite registration for $100.

Below is the list of nominees in the Athletic Achievement category; nominees and winners in the Athletic Achievement category have been selected by the editors of VeloNews. Click here for complete award category details.

North American Road Cyclist of the Year (Male/Female) – This award recognizes excellence in road cycling for the 2014 race season amongst North American Pro-level racers and includes both men and women. Performance is considered for all races that transpired between January 1st 2014 through July 22nd, 2014 for both domestic and international races.
• Nominees:
➢ Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp)
➢ Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare)
➢ Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing)
➢ Eric Marcotte (Team SmartStop)
➢ Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing)

North American MTB Cyclist of the Year (Male/Female) – This award recognizes excellence in mountain bike racing for the 2014 race season amongst North American Pro-level racers and includes both men and women. This category will include performances across all disciplines of mountain bike racing, including XC, DH, Dual Slalom, Enduro, etc. Performance is considered for all races that transpired between January 1st 2014 through July 22nd, 2014 for both domestic and international races.
• Nominees:
➢ Todd Wells (Specialized)
➢ Lea Davison (Specialized)
➢ Stephen Ettinger (BMC Mountainbike Racing)
➢ Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)

International Cyclocross Rider of the Year (Male/Female) – This award recognizes excellence in Cyclocross Racing for the 2013 race season amongst International Pro-level racers and includes both men and women. Performance is considered for all races that transpired between July 1st, 2013 through June 30th, 2014 for both domestic and international races.
• Nominees:
➢ Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)
➢ Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv)
➢ Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
➢ Sven Nys (Crelan AA Drink)

International Cyclist of the Year Male – This award will be given to the individual male professional cyclist that dominates their respective category of racing that year. This award will include all racers in multiple disciplines of cycling (Mountain, Road, and Cross) and across all parts of the world. Performance is considered for all races that transpired between January 1st 2014 and July 22nd, 2014 for road and mountain and from July 1st 2013 through December 31st, 2013 for cyclocross.
• Nominees:
➢ Julien Absalon (BMC Mountainbike Racing)
➢ Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
➢ Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
➢ Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)
➢ Sven Nys (Crelan AA Drink)

International Cyclist of the Year Female – This award will be given to the individual female professional cyclist that dominates their respective category of racing that year. This award will include all racers in multiple disciplines of cycling (Mountain, Road, and Cross) and across all parts of the world. Performance is considered for all races that transpired between January 1st 2014 and July 22nd, 2014 for road and mountain and from July 1st 2013 through December 31st, 2013 for cross.
• Nominees:
➢ Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS)
➢ Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv)
➢ Kirsten Wild (Giant-Shimano)
➢ Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)

North American Revelation Rider of the Year– This award is recognizes the professional cycling athlete (male or female) that has a breakout race year. This athlete could come from the best young rider ranks or could be a racer that finally has a year for the ages and has become a force to be reckoned with. Performance is considered for all races that transpired between January 1st 2014 and July 22nd, 2014 for road and mountain and from July 1st 2013 through December 31st, 2013 for cross.
• Nominees:
➢ Eric Marcotte (Team SmartStop)
➢ Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries)
➢ Katie Clouse (Cole Sport)

International Ride of the Year – This final award recognizes the athlete that performs at an amazing level on one-day event. These epic performances will be one for the ages and could come from one of the classics, or a single stage in one of the big Tours, or an amazing DH run, or even an epic CX event in incredibly difficult conditions. This ride will include male and female and will cover multiple disciplines of cycling. Performance is considered for all races that transpired between January 1st 2014 and July 22nd, 2014 for road and mountain and from July 1st 2013 through December 31st, 2013 for cross.
• Nominees:
➢ Vincenzo Nibali (Stage 5, Tour de France)
➢ Zdenek Stybar (World Cyclocross Championship)
➢ Andrew Talansky (Stage 8, Critérium du Dauphiné)
➢ Nairo Quintana (Stage 16, Giro d’Italia)

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Gallery: 2014 Vuelta a Espana, stage 7 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/gallery/gallery-vuelta-espana-stage-7_343225 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/gallery/gallery-vuelta-espana-stage-7_343225#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:22:00 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343225

The peloton suffers through a hot day of aggressive, crash-filled racing. De Marchi prevails, and Froome battles back from fall to gain time

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USA Cycling announces changes to Pro CX calendar http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/usa-cycling-announces-changes-pro-cx-calendar_343219 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/usa-cycling-announces-changes-pro-cx-calendar_343219#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:00:48 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343219

Ryan Trebon edged out Jeremy Powers on day 1 of the 2013 Derby City Cup. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com

USA Cycling announced the 2014-15 edition of its Pro CX calendar, beginning on September 6 and run through January 4, with 44 total events

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Ryan Trebon edged out Jeremy Powers on day 1 of the 2013 Derby City Cup. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com

USA Cycling announced today that the 2014-15 edition of their Professional Cyclocross Calendar (Pro CX) will begin on September 6 and run through January 4, and will again feature a $40,000 prize purse to be split between the top riders in each of the men’s and women’s final standings.

The 2014-15 Pro CX calendar will feature 44 dates on the domestic schedule, including the addition of two C1 events, bringing the total of top-tier UCI races to eight.

Two new initiatives are in place for the 2014-15 campaign, including permanent race numbers for top pros for the entire year, and a new qualification process for national championships.

All riders who finished in the top 20 in last year’s Pro CX have been given the option to have a permanent number. Numbers range from 2 through 99, with the number 1 bib being reserved for race directors to assign as they wish.

Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) has chosen #29; Elle Anderson (KDL Cycling Team) has chosen #22; along with Austin Vincent, they topped the men’s, women’s, and junior men’s standings on the 2013-14 Pro CX calendar.

Riders will be able to keep their numbers as long as they remain in the top 20 of the Pro CX following each season.

There will also be new qualifications to enter the elite categories at the national cyclocross championships. Invites for the elite divisions will only be offered to any rider ranked in the top 90 in the Pro CX standings following the Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend, Oregon, on December 6-7; or any rider with UCI points.

Another noteworthy addition to the rulebook will see riders having to pick their poison. Racers will no longer be able to compete in both elite and masters categories at the national championships. They can only race in one of those two divisions, but may also enter a singlespeed and/or a non-championship division.

This year’s calendar features at least one event in 18 states across the U.S., beginning on September 6 with the first of two consecutive days of Nittany Lion Cross in Breiningsville, Pennsylvania. It continues under the stars in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 10 with Clif Bar CrossVegas, the first of the calendar’s C1 races.

The series quickly moves to Colorado as riders vie for points in the U.S. Open of Cyclocross (formerly the Colorado Cross Classic) and Boulder Cup in Boulder, Colorado, on September 13-14.

The Trek Cyclocross Collective Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin, and Charm City Cross in Baltimore, Maryland, will each be held September 20-21. The action remains in the northeastern United States the following weekend as riders will compete in the Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, powered by Great Brewers, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, September 27-28 — the first leg of the Verge NECXS series — before the focus shifts to Providence, Rhode Island, October 4-5, when riders will compete in the Providence Cyclocross Festival.

The following weekend, Rochester, New York, will be the site of the Ellison Park Cyclocross Festival on October 11-12. The Pro CX circuit continues in the east with the HPCX in Jamesburg, New Jersey, Oct. 18-19, before heading west to St. Louis, Missouri, for the Oct. 25-26 Gateway Cross Cup.

On October 31, the focus will be in Fairfield, Ohio, where riders will compete in Cincy3 @ Harbin Park before traveling to Mason, Ohio, to contest the Cincy3 @ Kings CX After Dark on November 1. The action that weekend concludes in Covington, Kentucky, where riders will compete in the Cincy3 @ Devou Park on November 2.

Covington will also be the site of the Pan Am Continental Cyclocross Championships that day, a non-Pro CX event that features races for elite women, U23 men, and juniors men. Also on that weekend, riders can compete on the east coast at the Cycle-Smart International, the second leg of the Verge NECXS series, on November 1-2 in Northampton, Massachusetts.

From there, the riders return to the site of the 2013 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, Louisville, Kentucky, to contest the Derby City Cup on November 8-9.

In the middle of November, Pro CX action will take place in Iowa City, Iowa, as the 3 Day Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross is slated for November 14-16. Riders will then travel to Stony Point, New York, to compete in Supercross Cup 1 and 2, on November 22-23. The following weekend, riders can burn off those Thanksgiving calories on either coast with the CXLA weekend in Los Angeles or the Baystate Cyclocross in Sterling, Massachusetts. Both races are scheduled for November 29-30.

The week after Thanksgiving, December 6-7, will feature more bi-coastal action as riders can score points in Warwick, Rhode Island, at the NBX Gran Prix of Cross or Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend, Oregon. The calendar includes a pair of races in Hendersonville, North Carolina, on December 13-14, the North Carolina Grand Prix, before concluding in the New Year with the Kingsport Cyclocross Cup in Kingsport, Tennessee, on January 3, and the Resolution Cross Cup on January 3-4 in Dallas (Garland), Texas.

Both of those races will serve as final tune-ups for the 2015 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Austin, Texas, January 7-11. The national championships are a non-Pro CX event.

In 2014-15, there are eight Pro CX races ranked as C1 by the UCI; in those races, Pro CX points are tripled. Those eight races are listed below:

September 10, Clif Bar CrossVegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

September 14, Boulder Cup, Boulder, Colorado

September 20, Trek CXC Cup, Waterloo, Wisconsin

October 4, Providence Cyclocross Festival, Providence, Rhode Island

October 11, Ellison Park Cyclocross Festival, Rochester, New York

November 1, Cincy3 Lionhearts International, Mason, Ohio

November 8, Derby City Cup, Louisville, Kentucky

November 15, 3 Day Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross-2, Iowa City, Iowa

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Results: 2014 Vuelta a Espana, stage 7 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/vuelta-a-espana/results-2014-vuelta-espana-stage-7_343212 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/vuelta-a-espana/results-2014-vuelta-espana-stage-7_343212#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:15:09 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343212

Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale) rode alone to victory in stage 7 of the Vuelta a España. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Alessandro de Marchi rides alone to win the stage, while Chris Froome chips away at GC with a sneaky sprint

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Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale) rode alone to victory in stage 7 of the Vuelta a España. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

  • 1. Alessandro DE MARCHI, Cannondale, in 4:01:52
  • 2. Ryder HESJEDAL, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:34
  • 3. Hubert DUPONT, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1:35
  • 4. Johann TSCHOPP, IAM Cycling, at 1:35
  • 5. Philippe GILBERT, BMC Racing, at 2:17
  • 6. Daniel MARTIN, Garmin-Sharp, at 2:17
  • 7. Christopher FROOME, Sky, at 2:18
  • 8. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 2:20
  • 9. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, Movistar, at 2:20
  • 10. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 2:20
  • 11. Robert GESINK, Belkin, at 2:20
  • 12. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, Movistar, at 2:20
  • 13. Damiano CARUSO, Cannondale, at 2:20
  • 14. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Katusha, at 2:20
  • 15. Michael MATTHEWS, Orica-GreenEdge, at 2:20
  • 16. Fabio ARU, Astana, at 2:20
  • 17. Sergio PARDILLA BELLON, MTN-Qhubeka, at 2:20
  • 18. Pieter SERRY, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 2:20
  • 19. David ARROYO DURAN, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 2:20
  • 20. Lloyd MONDORY, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2:20
  • 21. Oliver ZAUGG, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 2:20
  • 22. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, Lampre-Merida, at 2:20
  • 23. Alexandr KOLOBNEV, Katusha, at 2:20
  • 24. Rigoberto URAN URAN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 2:20
  • 25. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, Orica-GreenEdge, at 2:20
  • 26. Wilco KELDERMAN, Belkin, at 2:20
  • 27. Christophe LE MEVEL, Cofidis, at 2:20
  • 28. Maxime MONFORT, Lotto-Belisol, at 2:20
  • 29. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, Trek Factory Racing, at 2:20
  • 30. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, Garmin-Sharp, at 2:20
  • 31. Mikel LANDA MEANA, Astana, at 2:20
  • 32. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, Cofidis, at 2:20
  • 33. Romain SICARD, Europcar, at 2:20
  • 34. Luis Angel MATE MARDONES, Cofidis, at 2:20
  • 35. Winner ANACONA GOMEZ, Lampre-Merida, at 2:20
  • 36. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, Lotto-Belisol, at 2:20
  • 37. Laurens TEN DAM, Belkin, at 2:20
  • 38. Wouter POELS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 2:20
  • 39. Dominik NERZ, BMC Racing, at 2:20
  • 40. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ.fr, at 2:20
  • 41. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, Katusha, at 2:20
  • 42. Maxime BOUET, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2:20
  • 43. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 2:20
  • 44. Andrey AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, Movistar, at 2:20
  • 45. Giampaolo CARUSO, Katusha, at 2:20
  • 46. Steve MORABITO, BMC Racing, at 2:20
  • 47. Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 2:20
  • 48. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, Sky, at 2:20
  • 49. Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 2:20
  • 50. Guillaume LEVARLET, Cofidis, at 2:20
  • 51. Jerome COUSIN, Europcar, at 2:20
  • 52. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC Racing, at 2:20
  • 53. Karol DOMAGALSKI, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 3:00
  • 54. Amets TXURRUKA, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 3:04
  • 55. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, Giant-Shimano, at 3:05
  • 56. Stef CLEMENT, Belkin, at 3:10
  • 57. Andrey ZEITS, Astana, at 3:10
  • 58. Romain ZINGLE, Cofidis, at 3:10
  • 59. Sander ARMEE, Lotto-Belisol, at 3:10
  • 60. Philip DEIGNAN, Sky, at 3:12
  • 61. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, Katusha, at 3:15
  • 62. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, Sky, at 3:15
  • 63. Tanel KANGERT, Astana, at 3:18
  • 64. Thibaut PINOT, FDJ.fr, at 3:18
  • 65. Lawrence WARBASSE, BMC Racing, at 3:23
  • 66. Jasper STUYVEN, Trek Factory Racing, at 3:25
  • 67. Paolo TIRALONGO, Astana, at 3:32
  • 68. Bart DE CLERCQ, Lotto-Belisol, at 3:32
  • 69. Maxime MEDEREL, Europcar, at 3:32
  • 70. Yannick MARTINEZ, Europcar, at 3:49
  • 71. Filippo POZZATO, Lampre-Merida, at 4:06
  • 72. Paul MARTENS, Belkin, at 4:06
  • 73. Danilo WYSS, BMC Racing, at 4:06
  • 74. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 4:06
  • 75. Vasil KIRYIENKA, Sky, at 4:33
  • 76. Eduard VORGANOV, Katusha, at 4:33
  • 77. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC Racing, at 4:33
  • 78. Chad HAGA, Giant-Shimano, at 4:33
  • 79. Johan LE BON, FDJ.fr, at 4:33
  • 80. Romain HARDY, Cofidis, at 4:33
  • 81. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, MTN-Qhubeka, at 4:33
  • 82. Warren BARGUIL, Giant-Shimano, at 2:20
  • 83. Gorka IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, Movistar, at 5:04
  • 84. Jerome COPPEL, Cofidis, at 5:05
  • 85. Tony MARTIN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 5:07
  • 86. Adam HANSEN, Lotto-Belisol, at 5:07
  • 87. Adriano MALORI, Movistar, at 5:07
  • 88. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS, Movistar, at 5:10
  • 89. Martijn KEIZER, Belkin, at 6:12
  • 90. Dmitry KOZONTCHUK, Katusha, at 6:12
  • 91. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, Giant-Shimano, at 6:26
  • 92. Yury TROFIMOV, Katusha, at 6:26
  • 93. Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG, MTN-Qhubeka, at 7:10
  • 94. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN-Qhubeka, at 7:10
  • 95. Peter KENNAUGH, Sky, at 7:19
  • 96. Daniele BENNATI, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 7:19
  • 97. Cédric PINEAU, FDJ.fr, at 7:30
  • 98. David MILLAR, Garmin-Sharp, at 7:44
  • 99. Tom BOONEN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 7:44
  • 100. Simon CLARKE, Orica-GreenEdge, at 7:44
  • 101. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM Cycling, at 7:44
  • 102. Koldo FERNANDEZ, Garmin-Sharp, at 7:44
  • 103. Sébastien HINAULT, IAM Cycling, at 7:44
  • 104. Imanol ERVITI, Movistar, at 7:44
  • 105. Nikolas MAES, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 7:44
  • 106. Ivan ROVNY, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 7:44
  • 107. Oscar GATTO, Cannondale, at 8:18
  • 108. Matteo TOSATTO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 8:18
  • 109. Jose Rodolfo SERPA PEREZ, Lampre-Merida, at 8:18
  • 110. Cameron MEYER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 8:18
  • 111. Adam YATES, Orica-GreenEdge, at 8:18
  • 112. Valerio CONTI, Lampre-Merida, at 8:18
  • 113. Cadel EVANS, BMC Racing, at 8:18
  • 114. Antonio PIEDRA PEREZ, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 8:18
  • 115. Koen DE KORT, Giant-Shimano, at 10:12
  • 116. Marcel AREGGER, IAM Cycling, at 10:12
  • 117. Michael Valgren ANDERSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 10:48
  • 118. Sam BEWLEY, Orica-GreenEdge, at 14:16
  • 119. Christian KNEES, Sky, at 14:16
  • 120. José HERRADA LOPEZ, Movistar, at 14:16
  • 121. Javier MORENO BAZAN, Movistar, at 14:16
  • 122. Peio BILBAO, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 14:16
  • 123. Louis MEINTJES, MTN-Qhubeka, at 14:16
  • 124. Lawson CRADDOCK, Giant-Shimano, at 14:16
  • 125. Rohan DENNIS, BMC Racing, at 14:16
  • 126. Nathan BROWN, Garmin-Sharp, at 14:16
  • 127. Andrew TALANSKY, Garmin-Sharp, at 14:16
  • 128. Jens DEBUSSCHERE, Lotto-Belisol, at 14:16
  • 129. Ramon SINKELDAM, Giant-Shimano, at 14:16
  • 130. Peter SAGAN, Cannondale, at 14:16
  • 131. Maciej BODNAR, Cannondale, at 14:16
  • 132. Damien GAUDIN, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 14:16
  • 133. Patrick GRETSCH, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 14:16
  • 134. Damiano CUNEGO, Lampre-Merida, at 14:16
  • 135. Gerald CIOLEK, MTN-Qhubeka, at 14:21
  • 136. Jaco VENTER, MTN-Qhubeka, at 14:21
  • 137. Maarten TJALLINGII, Belkin, at 15:24
  • 138. Bob JUNGELS, Trek Factory Racing, at 15:24
  • 139. Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO, Trek Factory Racing, at 15:24
  • 140. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, Trek Factory Racing, at 15:48
  • 141. Fabio FELLINE, Trek Factory Racing, at 16:00
  • 142. George BENNETT, Cannondale, at 16:01
  • 143. Sergei CHERNETSKI, Katusha, at 16:01
  • 144. Fabian CANCELLARA, Trek Factory Racing, at 16:33
  • 145. Kristof VANDEWALLE, Trek Factory Racing, at 16:33
  • 146. Pim LIGTHART, Lotto-Belisol, at 16:33
  • 147. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, MTN-Qhubeka, at 16:33
  • 148. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM Cycling, at 16:33
  • 149. Nacer BOUHANNI, FDJ.fr, at 16:33
  • 150. Elia FAVILLI, Lampre-Merida, at 16:33
  • 151. Paolo LONGO BORGHINI, Cannondale, at 19:54
  • 152. Brett LANCASTER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 20:42
  • 153. Jacopo GUARNIERI, Astana, at 20:42
  • 154. Dominic KLEMME, IAM Cycling, at 20:42
  • 155. Jesse SERGENT, Trek Factory Racing, at 20:42
  • 156. Robert WAGNER, Belkin, at 20:42
  • 157. Vincent JEROME, Europcar, at 20:42
  • 158. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 20:42
  • 159. Sébastien TURGOT, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 20:42
  • 160. Yauheni HUTAROVICH, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 20:42
  • 161. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 20:42
  • 162. Andrea GUARDINI, Astana, at 20:42
  • 163. Natnael BERHANE, Europcar, at 20:42
  • 164. Jimmy ENGOULVENT, Europcar, at 20:42
  • 165. Nathan HAAS, Garmin-Sharp, at 20:42
  • 166. Laurent MANGEL, FDJ.fr, at 20:42
  • 167. Dan CRAVEN, Europcar, at 20:42
  • 168. Matteo PELUCCHI, IAM Cycling, at 20:42
  • 169. Nikias ARNDT, Giant-Shimano, at 20:42
  • 170. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN-Qhubeka, at 20:42
  • 171. Moreno HOFLAND, Belkin, at 20:42
  • 172. Martin VELITS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 20:42
  • 173. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 20:42
  • 174. Francesco LASCA, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 20:42
  • 175. Anthony ROUX, FDJ.fr, at 20:42
  • 176. Guillaume BOIVIN, Cannondale, at 20:42
  • 177. Dario CATALDO, Sky, at 20:42
  • 178. Matthias KRIZEK, Cannondale, at 20:42
  • 179. Gert JOEAAR, Cofidis, at 20:42
  • 180. Luke ROWE, Sky, at 20:42
  • 181. Luis MAS BONET, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 20:42
  • 182. Daniil FOMINYKH, Astana, at 20:42
  • 183. Alexey LUTSENKO, Astana, at 20:42
  • 184. Javier Francisco ARAMENDIA LORENTE, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 20:42
  • 185. Yohan BAGOT, Cofidis, at 20:42
  • 186. Pirmin LANG, IAM Cycling, at 20:42
  • 187. Geoffrey SOUPE, FDJ.fr, at 20:42
  • 188. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, Lampre-Merida, at 20:42
  • 189. Greg HENDERSON, Lotto-Belisol, at 20:42
  • 190. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ.fr, at 20:42
  • 191. Mitchell DOCKER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 20:42
  • 192. Roberto FERRARI, Lampre-Merida, at 20:42
  • 193. Vegard BREEN, Lotto-Belisol, at 20:42
  • 194. Johan VAN SUMMEREN, Garmin-Sharp, at 20:42
  • 195. John DEGENKOLB, Giant-Shimano, at 20:42
  • DNF Bryan NAULLEAU, Europcar
  • DNF Aleksejs SARAMOTINS, IAM Cycling
  • DNF Ivan SANTAROMITA, Orica-GreenEdge

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Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale) soloed to win stage 7 of the Vuelta a España, his first grand tour stage victory. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

De Marchi rides alone to win in Alcaudete, while a cagey Chris Froome gains a little more time on GC rivals

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Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale) soloed to win stage 7 of the Vuelta a España, his first grand tour stage victory. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale) rode alone to Alcaudete to win stage 7 of the Vuelta a España.

Though the Italian had company for most of the 169-kilometer day, riding with Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp), Johann Tschopp (IAM Cycling), and Hubert Dupont (Ag2r La Mondiale) in the break, he seized the opportunity when Hesjedal crashed with 14 kilometers left.

Initially, there was some hesitation between de Marchi and Tschopp, but the Italian quickly made his move and never looked back.

Tschopp chased to no avail. Eventually he regrouped with Hesjedal and Dupont, but by that point, it was too late.

The Italian claimed his first career grand tour stage victory.

“It’s great to have been in a break with such strong riders,” said de Marchi. “After my top-fives, this is clearly the best result. A near perfect day today. … Obviously today I felt like I had good legs, and I was allowed [by the Cannondale team] to go for it.”

Behind, Chris Froome (Sky), again revealed his canny instinct and form. He remained attentive in the finale, sprinting out of the peloton and causing a slight split that gained him a two-second advantage over other GC favorites.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) still leads the overall by 15 seconds over teammate Quintana, with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) in third, 18 seconds behind. However, with his effort in the finish, Froome is now only 20 seconds behind the leader in fourth.

Stage 7 photo gallery.

Four riders off the front

A very large group attacked early, but the peloton wasn’t about to let it go.

After the early escapees were brought back, another group went away, including Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol), Niklas Arndt (Giant-Shimano), Bob Jungels (Trek Factory Racing), and Dominik Nerz (BMC).

However, many other riders in the peloton wanted to participate, and as others bridged to the leaders, the breakaway’s size swelled to 15 riders.

Again, the field was unhappy with the situation, and brought it all back together.

“The course was tough and the riders made ​​it extra hard,” said Belkin sports director Erik Dekker. “The start was fast and not long after, all hell broke loose. In the first hour, about 100 riders were dropped. If that happens in a pro peloton, the pace must be really, really high.”

Hesjedal and Tschopp then got off the front.

A few kilometers later, the leading duo were joined by Dupont and de Marchi.

In the peloton behind, Chris Froome (Sky) suffered a crash, but returned safely to the field.

With 69 kilometers left, the break’s advantage hit its zenith at 7:18.

The gap was gradually brought down to 4:07 by the time the leaders saw 20km to go.

Crash disrupts breakaway

With 14 kilometers left, Hesjedal crashed on a gradual bend, possibly hitting a patch of gravel, losing contact with the leaders. De Marchi took advantage of the situation and rode away from Tschopp.

Dupont was dropped by the two leaders, while Hesjedal waited for a new bike. When he crashed, his bike was run over by a camera motorcycle.

Back in the peloton, Lampre-Merida tried to chase, but it appeared that Movistar moved to the front and told the Italian team’s riders to ease off the pace. Perhaps they believed the break was too far away to be easily brought back.

With 12 kilometers remaining, de Marchi had a 3:05 lead over the field, and Tschopp was still chasing, 20 seconds behind the Cannondale rider.

At 5km to go, de Marchi’s advantage over Tschopp was 45 seconds.

The Italian leader’s advantage stretched to 1:35 with 3.2km to go. Behind, Hesjedal had joined Tschopp and Dupont in the chase. The peloton remained 3:22 behind.

But de Marchi was long gone, riding solo to win. “It’s never easy to win, but you just have to keep trying,” he said. “The close results give you motivation to try again. This is an important win for Cannondale as well. The team is closing, and we wanted to leave this Vuelta with a stage victory. We will try to win another one.”

Behind, Hesjedal led the chasing trio in, followed by Dupont and Tschopp.

“I am really happy with the day and my fourth place,” Tschopp said. “I already eyed this stage even though it was difficult to know beforehand how I would feel since the heat is so intense from the start. We broke away from the group on the first climb, and with riders like Hesjedal and de Marchi as company, I really had to hang on during the false-flats. I gave my maximum and I managed to score some points for the king of the mountains. This will maybe help me if I recover well and find some opportunities in the second and third weeks of racing. Certainly it has given me a lot of confidence for the rest of the race.”

As the peloton arrived, Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp), Philippe Gilbert (BMC), and Froome attacked out of the group, hoping to cause a split on the final rise to the finish. The Sky leader succeeded in taking two seconds out of other GC favorites, including the race’s current leader, Valverde.

Giant Shimano’s Warren Barguil suffered a crash in the finale. The Frenchman was slow to get off the tarmac, and eventually walked his bike across the finish.

“It was a hard stage, [with] dangerous roads, [and it was] very hot again,” said Valverde. “When Froome crashed, we waited. It’s a matter of respect. Tomorrow should be a bit easier, we hope. Every day has been hard so far in this Vuelta. We hope the heat diminishes in the coming days.”

“I decided to take the wheel of Alejandro [Valverde] because I thought Valverde was going to close the gap,” Contador said of the finish. “Froome started, but I saw that Alejandro didn’t go. That surprised me, and I [didn't] know if at the end we [had] lost any [time].”

The peloton faces a flat 207km stage from Baeza to Albacete Saturday.

Full stage 7 results.

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Global Cycling Network tours the Omega Pharma-Quick Step bus.

Global Cycling Network takes a look at the bus that transports Martin, Boonen, and other OPQS stars during the Vuelta

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Global Cycling Network tours the Omega Pharma-Quick Step bus.

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