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2014 Vuelta a España

69th Edition: August 23 - September 14, 2014

Stage 15 Results

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Stage 15, Sunday, Sept 7: Oviedo - Lagos de Covadonga, 152.2 km

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Premyslaw Niemiec

Przemyslaw Niemiec wins Vuelta stage 15. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: The second of three hard days in the mountains brought no more clarity to this year's Vuelta. The standings have tightened up, if anything.

Five riders escaped when the stage was about 50 kilometers old: John Degenkolb, Przemyslaw Niemiec, Francisco Aramendia, Cameron Meyer and Kristoff Vandewalle. The quintet had no GC contenders and the peloton was obviously unworried about them, allowing them to get as much as a 10-minute lead.

On the final climb to Cavadonga Niemiec went solo, while behind, the pace got quite hot.

With 5 kilometers to go Contador did a big-gear out-of-the-saddle attack and drew Alejandro Valverde and Joaquin Rodriguez. Fabio Aru made it up to the trio but when Contador dealt out more pain, Aru was shelled. Further back, Chris Froome was unable to get up to the leaders and was joined by Aru.

Niemiec was losing ground to the Red Jersey group, but was able to cross the line alone and win the stage. On the final uphill section Valverde dropped Contador and gained a few seconds.

Contador remains the overall leader, ahead of Valverde by 31 seconds.

Complete Stage 15 results:

Winner's average speed: 36.361 km/hr

1 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida 4hr 11min 9sec
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team @ 5 seconds
3 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha
4 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo + 10''
5 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 17''
6 Christopher Froome Team SKY
7 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp + 28''
8 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano + 44''
9 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1' 00''
10 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha
11 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1' 07''
12 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha
13 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 1' 46''
14 Mikel Nieve Team SKY
15 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing + 1' 58''
16 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge + 2' 01''
17 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 2' 14''
18 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits
19 Romain Sicard Team Europcar + 2' 45''
20 Luis Angel Mate  Cofidis Solutions Crédits
21 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 3' 00''
22 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 3' 15''
23 Maxime Monfort Lotto Belisol + 3' 43''
24 José Herrada Movistar Team + 3' 50''
25 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff - Saxo
26 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 4' 56''
27 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka + 5' 01''
28 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo + 5' 03''
29 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team
30 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 6' 07''
31 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA
32 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 6' 36''
33 Yohan Bagot Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 6' 39''
34 Paolo Tiralongo Astana Pro Team + 8' 32''
35 Philip Deignan Team SKY + 10' 48''
36 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp + 11' 14''
37 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge + 11' 15''
38 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team
39 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY
40 Dominik Nerz BMC Racing Team + 12' 50''
41 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 12' 56''
42 Andrey Zeits Astana Pro Team
43 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo + 13' 26''
44 Simon Clarke Orica GreenEdge
45 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team + 15' 31''
46 Guillaume Levarlet Cofidis Solutions Crédits
47 Chris Anker Sörensen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 15' 34''
48 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team
49 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale
50 Maxime Mederel Team Europcar
51 Dario Cataldo Team SKY
52 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 16' 47''
53 Mikel Landa Astana Pro Team
54 Cédric Pineau FDJ.fr
55 Andrey Amador Movistar Team + 19' 28''
56 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA
57 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team
58 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing + 21' 47''
59 Andre Fernando Cardoso  Garmin Sharp
60 Andrew Talansky Garmin Sharp
61 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol
62 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team + 23' 11''
63 Johannes Fröhlinger Team Giant - Shimano
64 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling
65 Chad Haga Team Giant - Shimano
66 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling
67 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha
68 Tobias Ludvigsson Team Giant - Shimano
69 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha
70 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff - Saxo
71 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team + 23' 59''
72 Rinaldo Nocentini AG2R La Mondiale + 24' 25''
73 Manuel Quinziato BMC Racing Team
74 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida
75 Alberto Losada Team Katusha
76 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 24' 32''
77 Sander Armee Lotto Belisol + 24' 34''
78 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling + 24' 44''
79 George Bennett Cannondale Pro Cycling
80 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo
81 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano + 27' 46''
82 Nathan Brown Garmin Sharp
83 Dmitry Kozontchuk Team Katusha + 28' 02''
84 Yury Trofimov Team Katusha
85 Yaroslav Popovych Trek Factory Racing + 29' 58''
86 Filippo Pozzato Lampre Merida
87 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
88 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling
89 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling
90 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team
91 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team
92 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing
93 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team
94 Maarten Tjallingii Belkin Pro Cycling Team
95 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka
96 Adriano Malori Movistar Team
97 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale
98 Luke Rowe Team SKY
99 Koen De Kort Team Giant - Shimano
100 Carlos Alberto Betancur  AG2R La Mondiale
101 Vincent Jerome Team Europcar
102 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano
103 Johan Van Summeren Garmin Sharp
104 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling
105 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team
106 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano
107 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling
108 Vegard Breen Lotto Belisol
109 Javier Moreno Movistar Team
110 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing
111 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits
112 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
113 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida
114 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA
115 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits
116 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge
117 Mitchell Docker Orica GreenEdge
118 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol
119 Sergei Chernetski Team Katusha
120 Luis León Sánchez  Caja Rural Seguros RGA
121 Matteo Tosatto Tinkoff - Saxo
122 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka
122 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol
123 Antonio Piedra Caja Rural Seguros RGA
124 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
125 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team
126 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr
127 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing
128 Martin Velits Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
129 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling
130 Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team
131 Lawrence Warbasse BMC Racing Team
132 Sam Bewley Orica GreenEdge
133 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin MTN - Qhubeka
134 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale
135 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol
136 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
137 Andrea Guardini Astana Pro Team
138 Patrick Gretsch AG2R La Mondiale
139 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY
140 Dan Craven Team Europcar
141 Koldo Fernández  Garmin Sharp
142 Christian Knees Team SKY
143 Maciej Bodnar Cannondale Pro Cycling
144 Daniil Fominykh Astana Pro Team
145 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling
146 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge
147 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team
148 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing
149 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA
150 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida
151 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing
152 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp
153 Natnael Berhane Team Europcar
154 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr
155 Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN - Qhubeka
156 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol
157 Jose Rodolfo Serpa  Lampre Merida
158 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr
159 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka
160 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar
161 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka
162 Jaco Venter MTN - Qhubeka
163 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida
164 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale
165 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka
166 Karol Domagalski Caja Rural Seguros RGA
167 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida
168 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team
169 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling
170 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits
171 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar
172 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo
173 David Millar Garmin Sharp
174 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar
175 Peter Kennaugh Team SKY + 30' 38''

GC after Stage 15:

1 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 58hr 31min 35sec
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team @ 31 seconds
3 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 1' 20''
4 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 1' 20''
5 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 2' 22''
6 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 2' 57''
7 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp + 4' 55''
8 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 5' 02''
9 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 5' 11''
10 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano + 6' 36''
11 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 6' 49''
12 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 7' 14''
13 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 7' 41''
14 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha + 8' 15''
15 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 9' 08''
16 Mikel Nieve Team SKY + 10' 34''
17 Romain Sicard Team Europcar + 13' 15''
18 Maxime Monfort Lotto Belisol + 15' 04''
19 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka + 15' 11''
20 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha + 15' 33''
21 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida + 15' 54''
22 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo + 19' 02''
23 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 20' 05''
24 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge + 21' 48''
25 Angel Mate Luis Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 25' 37''
26 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 26' 25''
27 Dominik Nerz BMC Racing Team + 27' 31''
28 Mikel Landa Astana Pro Team + 33' 16''
29 Andre Fernando Cardoso  Garmin Sharp + 37' 23''
30 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp + 38' 24''
31 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 40' 05''
32 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff - Saxo + 42' 26''
33 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team + 43' 13''
34 José Herrada Movistar Team + 47' 42''
35 Chris Anker Sörensen Tinkoff - Saxo + 48' 22''
36 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 48' 51''
37 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha + 50' 18''
38 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 50' 19''
39 Paolo Tiralongo Astana Pro Team + 53' 32''
40 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 56' 39''
41 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing + 58' 19''
42 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 58' 30''
43 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team + 59' 05''
44 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 1h 00' 23''
45 Andrey Amador Movistar Team + 1h 01' 32''
46 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team + 1h 03' 34''
47 Alberto Losada Team Katusha + 1h 04' 23''
48 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol + 1h 05' 55''
49 Philip Deignan Team SKY + 1h 05' 57''
50 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY + 1h 06' 17''
51 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team + 1h 06' 55''
52 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha + 1h 08' 38''
53 Maxime Mederel Team Europcar + 1h 13' 16''
54 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol + 1h 15' 24''
55 Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN - Qhubeka + 1h 17' 07''
56 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team + 1h 17' 34''
57 Luis León Sánchez  Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 1h 17' 45''
58 Guillaume Levarlet Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1h 19' 41''
59 Chad Haga Team Giant - Shimano + 1h 20' 39''
60 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo + 1h 21' 26''
61 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1h 22' 18''
62 Manuel Quinziato BMC Racing Team + 1h 22' 53''
63 Tobias Ludvigsson Team Giant - Shimano + 1h 23' 45''
64 Andrey Zeits Astana Pro Team + 1h 26' 09''
65 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling + 1h 26' 34''
66 Andrew Talansky Garmin Sharp + 1h 28' 04''
67 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale + 1h 31' 03''
68 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing + 1h 34' 20''
69 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team + 1h 34' 37''
70 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1h 35' 26''
71 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka + 1h 35' 58''
72 Lawrence Warbasse BMC Racing Team + 1h 37' 32''
73 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka + 1h 37' 33''
74 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 1h 38' 17''
75 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team + 1h 38' 40''
76 Cédric Pineau FDJ.fr + 1h 39' 53''
77 Simon Clarke Orica GreenEdge + 1h 40' 39''
78 Koen De Kort Team Giant - Shimano + 1h 41' 38''
79 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing + 1h 42' 33''
80 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge + 1h 43' 29''
81 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar + 1h 44' 11''
82 Dario Cataldo Team SKY + 1h 44' 30''
83 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1h 44' 41''
84 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1h 45' 06''
85 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1h 45' 39''
86 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff - Saxo + 1h 45' 48''
87 Javier Moreno Movistar Team + 1h 48' 02''
88 George Bennett Cannondale Pro Cycling + 1h 53' 11''
89 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1h 53' 44''
90 Koldo Fernández  Garmin Sharp + 1h 54' 06''
91 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team + 1h 54' 13''
92 Peter Kennaugh Team SKY + 1h 55' 02''
93 Filippo Pozzato Lampre Merida + 1h 56' 25''
94 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling + 1h 57' 10''
95 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr + 2h 00' 21''
96 Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 2h 00' 32''
97 Yury Trofimov Team Katusha + 2h 00' 59''
98 Johannes Fröhlinger Team Giant - Shimano + 2h 01' 28''
99 Nathan Brown Garmin Sharp + 2h 02' 01''
100 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge + 2h 02' 24''
101 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 2h 04' 58''
102 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka + 2h 05' 55''
103 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing + 2h 08' 59''
104 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol + 2h 09' 17''
105 Jose Rodolfo Serpa  Lampre Merida + 2h 09' 42''
106 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing + 2h 10' 51''
107 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida + 2h 10' 59''
108 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar + 2h 11' 06''
109 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo + 2h 11' 29''
110 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida + 2h 11' 36''
111 Antonio Piedra Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 2h 11' 39''
112 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY + 2h 13' 37''
113 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing + 2h 14' 26''
114 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin MTN - Qhubeka + 2h 14' 37''
115 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano + 2h 14' 38''
116 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team + 2h 14' 55''
117 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 2h 14' 57''
118 Dmitry Kozontchuk Team Katusha + 2h 15' 12''
119 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida + 2h 15' 24''
120 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling + 2h 16' 09''
121 Vincent Jerome Team Europcar + 2h 16' 43''
122 Sander Armee Lotto Belisol + 2h 17' 07''
123 Rinaldo Nocentini AG2R La Mondiale + 2h 17' 46''
124 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling + 2h 18' 17''
125 Yohan Bagot Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 2h 18' 46''
126 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 2h 19' 15''
127 Matteo Tosatto Tinkoff - Saxo + 2h 19' 20''
128 Christian Knees Team SKY + 2h 20' 45''
129 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling + 2h 21' 20''
130 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge + 2h 21' 26''
131 Karol Domagalski Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 2h 23' 53''
132 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr + 2h 24' 07''
133 Maciej Bodnar Cannondale Pro Cycling + 2h 24' 29''
134 Adriano Malori Movistar Team + 2h 24' 53''
135 Yaroslav Popovych Trek Factory Racing + 2h 25' 21''
136 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano + 2h 25' 38''
137 Jaco Venter MTN - Qhubeka + 2h 27' 55''
138 Sergei Chernetski Team Katusha + 2h 30' 08''
139 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 2h 30' 41''
140 Vegard Breen Lotto Belisol + 2h 33' 04''
141 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol + 2h 34' 57''
142 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale + 2h 35' 29''
143 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing + 2h 36' 50''
144 Martin Velits Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 2h 37' 13''
145 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling + 2h 37' 14''
146 Sam Bewley Orica GreenEdge + 2h 39' 06''
147 Johan Van Summeren Garmin Sharp + 2h 40' 00''
148 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol + 2h 41' 52''
149 Patrick Gretsch AG2R La Mondiale + 2h 41' 58''
150 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano + 2h 42' 20''
151 David Millar Garmin Sharp + 2h 44' 44''
152 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale + 2h 45' 43''
153 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling + 2h 46' 05''
154 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka + 2h 48' 21''
155 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling + 2h 49' 35''
156 Mitchell Docker Orica GreenEdge + 2h 51' 47''
157 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida + 2h 52' 56''
158 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling + 2h 53' 05''
159 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida + 2h 53' 07''
160 Dan Craven Team Europcar + 2h 53' 53''
161 Maarten Tjallingii Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 2h 54' 11''
162 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling + 2h 54' 49''
163 Daniil Fominykh Astana Pro Team + 3h 01' 40''
164 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp + 3h 01' 44''
165 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 3h 01' 58''
166 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 3h 05' 16''
167 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 3h 05' 48''
168 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale + 3h 05' 54''
169 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka + 3h 05' 59''
170 Natnael Berhane Team Europcar + 3h 06' 06''
171 Luke Rowe Team SKY + 3h 06' 28''
172 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team + 3h 10' 10''
173 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr + 3h 13' 59''
174 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar + 3h 28' 05''
175 Andrea Guardini Astana Pro Team + 3h 34' 48''
176 Carlos Alberto Betancur  AG2R La Mondiale + 3h 36' 40''

Points Classification:

1 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano 124 points
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 100
3 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 83
4 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 77
5 Christopher Froome Team SKY 75
6 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 73
7 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp 67
8 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team 56
9 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp 49
10 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 46
11 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing 42
12 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits 40
13 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha 36
14 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 35
15 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling 33
16 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team 32
17 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team 32
18 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida 32
19 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team 31
20 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida 29
21 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida 28
22 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha 28
23 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling 28
24 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling 27
25 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team 25
26 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing 25
27 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team 24
28 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team 21
29 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol 20
30 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo 20
31 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team 20
32 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar 19
33 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale 18
34 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano 17
35 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale 17
36 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing 17
37 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida 17
38 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team 16
39 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 16
40 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol 16
41 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team 16
42 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 14
43 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 14
44 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 14
45 Javier Moreno Movistar Team 14
46 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 13
47 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA 13
48 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida 12
49 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka 12
50 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA 12
51 Romain Sicard Team Europcar 11
52 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA 11
53 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol 11
54 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY 11
55 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 10
56 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling 10
57 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team 10
58 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka 9
59 Mikel Nieve Team SKY 9
60 Esteban Chaves Rubio Orica GreenEdge 9
61 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling 8
62 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol 8
63 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 7
64 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 7
65 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 7
66 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing 7
67 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling 7
68 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha 6
69 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 6
70 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing 6
71 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano 6
72 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar 5
73 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka 5
74 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 4
75 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team 4
76 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano 4
77 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale 4
78 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits 4
79 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol 4
80 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling 4
81 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 3
82 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3
83 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo 3
84 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo 3
85 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida 3
86 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 3
87 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits 2
88 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling 2
89 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr 2
90 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale 2
91 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits 2
92 Robert Thomson Jay MTN - Qhubeka 2
93 José Herrada Movistar Team 1
94 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha 1
95 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo 1
96 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing 1
97 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff - Saxo 1
98 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr 1
99 Christian Knees Team SKY 1
100 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge 1

Mountains Classification:

1 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 28 points
2 Luis León Sánchez  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 26
3 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida 20
4 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 20
5 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida 18
6 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp 16
7 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar 13
8 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 13
9 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team 12
10 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 12
11 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida 10
12 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo 8
13 Javier Moreno Movistar Team 7
14 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 7
15 Christopher Froome Team SKY 7
16 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 7
17 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar 6
18 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team 6
19 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol 5
20 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol 4
21 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team 4
22 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY 3
23 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp 3
24 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka 3
25 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing 3
26 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge 3
27 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 2
28 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha 2
29 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale 2
30 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA 2
31 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 2
32 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida 2
33 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka 2
34 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 2
35 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team 1
36 Romain Sicard Team Europcar 1
37 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol 1
38 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing 1
39 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka 1
40 Dario Cataldo Team SKY 1
41 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1
42 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1
43 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 1
44 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge 1

Team Classification:

1 Team Katusha 175hr 21min 40sec
2 Movistar Team @ 11min 50sec
3 Tinkoff - Saxo + 22' 32''
4 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits + 22' 55''
5 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 24' 34''
6 Astana Pro Team + 27' 45''
7 Team SKY + 38' 21''
8 BMC Racing Team + 48' 02''
9 Garmin Sharp + 50' 12''
10 Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 51' 14''
11 Lampre - Merida + 1h 01' 49''
12 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA + 1h 18' 54''
13 Lotto Belisol + 1h 27' 58''
14 Team Giant - Shimano + 1h 53' 47''
15 MTN - Qhubeka + 2h 01' 43''
16 Orica GreenEdge + 2h 12' 33''
17 Team Europcar + 2h 13' 16''
18 Trek Factory Racing + 2h 27' 37''
19 Cannondale Pro Cycling + 2h 46' 31''
20 AG2R La Mondiale + 3h 10' 32''
21 FDJ.fr + 3h 45' 30''
22 IAM Cycling + 5h 06' 49''

Stage 15 photos:

Alejandro Valverde lead up the climb

Alejandro Valverde leads Alberto Contador and Joaquin Rodriguez. Photo ©Sirotti

Alberto Contador and Joaquin Rodriguez

Contador and Rodriguez. Photo ©Sirotti

Race leaders

The big GC boys head up the hill. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 15 finish

He was down to just a 5-second gap, but that was just fine with Przemyslaw Niemiec, who wins the prestigious fifteenth stage. Photo ©Sirotti

Prenyslaw Niemiec

Another shot of Niemiec's winning stage 15. Photo ©Sirotti

Premyslaw Niemiec

Stage winner Przemyslaw Niemiec. Photo ©Sirotti. I guess when you win a race in Spain they like to make you wear a funny hat.

Stage 15 live updates:

Weather at Covadonga at 11AM, local time: 20C (68F), wind from the southeast at 3 km/hr (2 mph), mostly cloudy. Humidity is high, 86%. The forecast is 90% chance of rain, thunderstorms likely, even possible localized flooding. Temperature should remain steady.

The start: All 181 riders who finished yesterday signed in to ride today's stage with its above-category hilltop finish. The judges randomly selected several riders' bikes, including that of world time trial champion Tony Martin, to make sure thay meet the UCI minimum weight of 6.8 kg (14.99 lbs).

There were two notable abandons yesterday, Peter Sagan and Nacer Bouhanni. The assumption is that they wish to recover and prepare for the world championships.

The peloton is currently cruising through the 8.5 km neutralized zone before the racing proper begins.

Km 12, 140 km to go: This is the second of three hard days in the mountains. Tuesday will be a rest day. The peloton is currently together after several Mtn-Qhubeka riders tried to escape.

Km 23, 129 km to go: Alexey Lutsenko and Yury Trofimov attempted a breakaway but Orica-GreenEdge brought the pair back to the pack. There was a crash and Anthony Roux (FDJ) has abandoned.

Km 48, 104 km to go: It has started to rain. Five riders are just 22 seconds ahead of the field: John Degenkolb, Przemyslaw Niemiec, Francisco Aramendia, Cameron Meyer and Kristoff Vandewalle.

The Vuelta's Lanterne Rouge, the last man in the GC standings, was Matteo Pelucchi. Pelucchi has abandoned.

Km 55, 97 km to go: Looks like we have the day's break. The five riders have built a 3 minute lead.

Results of the Intermediate sprint at Villaviciosa: 1st John Degenkolb, 2nd Przemyslaw Niemiec, 3rd Francisco Aramendia.

Km 61, 91 km to go: The break of five (John Degenkolb, Przemyslaw Niemiec, Francisco Aramendia, Cameron Meyer and Kristoff Vandewalle) have pushed their lead out to 9min 41sec. Of that five, only Niemiec is a real climber. Degenkolb is probably out snagging intermediate sprint points to grow his points classification lead.

Km 73, 79 km to go: The peloton certainly isn't worried about this break. Their gap has grown to 10min 40sec. The best placed rider in the break is Niemiec, down more than 16 minutes.

Km 85, 67 km to go: Tinkoff-Saxo is pulling the peloton and their efforts have brought the break's lead down to 10min 20sec.

Km 95, 57 km to go: Results of the intermediate sprint at Ribadesella: 1st John Degenkolb, 2nd Przemyslaw Niemiec, 3rd Cameron Meyer. The break's lead is 10min 2sec.

Km 111, 41 km to go: The break has begun ascending the first of the day's two categorized climbs, the second-category Puerto del Torno. Tinkoff-Saxo is letting the five breakaways ride 9min 18sec ahead of the field.

Km 119, 33 km to go: Dan Martin has crashed and the Garmin-Sharp team has gone back to return him to the peloton. Martin is currently a minute behind the peloton, which is down to about 30 riders. Katusha and Movistart have moved to the front of the pack.

The break's lead has come down to 5min 20sec

27 km to go: Niemiec has attacked the break, and John Degenkolb has been dropped. Dan Martin has joined the peloton. Niemiec is 4min 39sec ahead of the field.

24 km to go: We have a break of four: Przemyslaw Niemiec, Francisco Aramendia, Cameron Meyer and Kristoff Vandewalle, 4min 17sec ahead of the peloton as they head to the final climb, descending on wet streets. And I was wrong. Dan Martin is still 30 seconds behind the peloton.

18 km to go: The peloton is lined out as it descends the wet streets with care. Still, Jonathan Castroviejo has fallen. Break's lead is 4min 17sec. They may make it to the finish.

15 km to go: We're about to start the above-category climb to Covadonga. Movistar is leading the peloton. The Vuelta is reporting that Dan Martin has regained the peloton and that Lloyd Mondory has abandoned.

12 km to go: The four breakaways on doing some serious climbing now, 3min 57sec ahead of the Movistar-led (mostly Andrey Amador) pack. The air is thick with mist.

8 km to go: In the break, Niemiec and Meyer have dropped Aramendia and Vandewalle. Back in the peloton Warren Barguil, Winner Anacona and Giampaolo Caruso have a small gap. Chris Froome is at the back of the peloton. The break's lead is down to three minutes.

7 km to go: Now it's Moreno, Barguil and Caruso slightly off the front of the peloton. The break's gap is falling fast, now it 2min 33sec

6 km to go: The peloton has caught Aramendia. The three riders (Moreno, Barguil and Caruso) are just dangling off the front of a now very reduced peloton. Contador is staying near the front, currently in second postion.

The trio is caught.

Gap to the Meyer/Niemiec break is two minutes.

5 km to go: Barguil goes again.

Bam! Contador attacks with Valverde and Rodriguez on his wheel. Froome is dropped. Contador keeps hammering out of the saddle. He can't drop Valverde and Rodriguez.

4 km to go: Niemiec and Meyer are 1 minute up the road. Fabio Aru has clawed his way up to Contador, Valverde and Rodriguez. Froome is 15 seconds behind the Contador group.

3 km to go: Contador delivers more punishment and Aru is dropped. Froome is now 20 seconds behind.

Bam! Rodriguez attacks, but Contador and Valverde are on his wheel. Niemiec is now alone off the front, just 30 seconds ahead of the Contador group. Froome continues to lose ground.

2 km to go: Contador is out of the saddle, driving hard, but Valverde and Rodriguez can take what he is dishing out. The gap up to Niemiec remians at 30 seconds. Froome and Aru are riding together, about 25 seconds behind.

The finish: The road has flattened out and Niemiec is driving for home.

Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre) has held on to win stage 15. Valverde was the first of the chasers with a small space between himself and Contador.

Stage 15 map and profile:

Stage 15 map

Stage 15 map

Stage 15 profile

Stage 15 profile

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