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2014 Vuelta a España

69th Edition: August 23 - September 14, 2014

Stage 16 results

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Alberto Contador wins stage 16

Alberto Contador wins stage 16. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: Alberto Contador and Chris Froome rode away from the rest of the field today in what was billed as the Vuelta's Queen Stage, allowing Contador to extend his overall lead and put Froome within three seconds of second place.

Early in the race thirteen riders went clear: Rohan Dennis, Laurens Ten Dam, Gianluca Brambilla, Luis León Sánchez, Johan Le Bon, Romain Sicard, Ivan Rovný, Peter Kennaugh, Adriano Malori, Peio Bilbao, Alessandro De Marchi, Wouter Poels and Damiano Cunego. Katusha kept the break from much more than a five minute-lead.

Omega Pharma's GC man, Rigoberto Uran, is suffering from bronchial troubles and was dropped when the climbing got tough. He has dropped from fifth place in the GC to 18th, almost 19 minutes down. What a shame.

The break fractured on the penultimate climb, the first category San Lorenzo. There a fight broke out between Tinkoff-Saxo rider Ivan Rovny and Omega Pharma's Gianluca Brambilla. The judges always take a dim view of riders' throwing punches and threw both both pugilists out of the Vuelta.

For a while Alessandro de March, Wout Poels and Gianluca Brambilla were in front of the break. Brambilla was helping power the trio when he was very publicly told he was disqualified. De Marchi continued on his own for a while but under pressure from the Sky-led pack the other members of the break were absorbed.

With four kilometers to go Chris Froome attacked. He was immediately marked by a very attentive Alberto Contador. Neither Alejandro Valverde nor Joaquin Rodriguez could go with the pair.

For three kilometers Froome led Contador while Valverde and Rodriguez worked to limit their losses.

Under the Red Kite Contador attacked Froome and opened a good sized gap. He pressed on to win the stage. A surprising Froome came in fifteen seconds later. Then, to make Valverde's misery complete, De Marchi crossed the line third, taking the small time bonus. Contador's excellent ride has given him a 1min 36sec lead over Valverde. Froome is third, just three seconds behind Valverde.

Luis Leon Sanchez is the new leader of the mountains classification.

Complete Stage 16 results:

Winner's average speed: 32.8 km/hr

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

GC after Stage 16:

1 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 63hr 25min 0sec
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team @ 1min 36sec
3 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 1' 39''
4 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 2' 29''
5 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 3' 38''
6 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp + 6' 17''
7 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 6' 43''
8 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 6' 55''
9 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano + 8' 37''
10 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 9' 10''
11 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 9' 24''
12 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha + 11' 52''
13 Mikel Nieve Team SKY + 13' 16''
14 Romain Sicard Team Europcar + 17' 16''
15 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 17' 54''
16 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 18' 53''
17 Maxime Monfort Lotto Belisol + 19' 59''
18 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha + 20' 34''
19 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka + 21' 58''
20 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 22' 48''
21 Angel Mate Luis Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 28' 53''
22 Dominik Nerz BMC Racing Team + 30' 52''
23 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 35' 44''
24 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp + 40' 22''
25 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 41' 32''
26 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo + 41' 41''
27 Mikel Landa Astana Pro Team + 45' 09''
28 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff - Saxo + 45' 32''
29 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida + 50' 48''
30 Esteban Chaves Orica GreenEdge + 52' 22''
31 Andre Fernando Cardoso  Garmin Sharp + 52' 30''
32 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 52' 37''
33 José Herrada Movistar Team + 53' 14''
34 Chris Anker Sörensen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 1h 03' 29''
35 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team + 1h 04' 59''
36 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team + 1h 10' 33''
37 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1h 12' 15''
38 Andrey Amador Movistar Team + 1h 12' 39''
39 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1h 15' 33''
40 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1h 15' 43''
41 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha + 1h 17' 18''
42 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team + 1h 18' 41''
43 Paolo Tiralongo Astana Pro Team + 1h 18' 44''
44 Philip Deignan Team SKY + 1h 20' 41''
45 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol + 1h 21' 31''
46 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team + 1h 22' 02''
47 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 1h 23' 02''
48 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing + 1h 25' 19''
49 Maxime Mederel Team Europcar + 1h 28' 23''
50 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol + 1h 28' 34''
51 Alberto Losada Team Katusha + 1h 31' 23''
52 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY + 1h 32' 07''
53 Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN - Qhubeka + 1h 32' 14''
54 Guillaume Levarlet Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1h 34' 48''
55 Andrew Talansky Garmin Sharp + 1h 37' 30''
56 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka + 1h 39' 04''
57 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha + 1h 39' 12''
58 Luis León Sánchez  Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 1h 40' 24''
59 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team + 1h 41' 39''
60 Andrey Zeits Astana Pro Team + 1h 43' 58''
61 Tobias Ludvigsson Team Giant - Shimano + 1h 44' 01''
62 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale + 1h 46' 10''
63 Manuel Quinziato BMC Racing Team + 1h 48' 43''
64 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1h 49' 18''
65 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo + 1h 52' 00''
66 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling + 1h 53' 34''
67 Chad Haga Team Giant - Shimano + 1h 55' 33''
68 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team + 1h 57' 16''
69 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling + 1h 58' 06''
70 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 2h 00' 54''
71 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka + 2h 01' 50''
72 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 2h 02' 26''
73 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team + 2h 02' 52''
74 Lawrence Warbasse BMC Racing Team + 2h 04' 32''
75 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing + 2h 04' 54''
76 Dario Cataldo Team SKY + 2h 07' 09''
77 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 2h 08' 32''
78 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr + 2h 09' 07''
79 Peter Kennaugh Team SKY + 2h 09' 46''
80 Simon Clarke Orica GreenEdge + 2h 11' 13''
81 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team + 2h 11' 24''
82 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 2h 12' 13''
83 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge + 2h 13' 07''
84 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge + 2h 14' 03''
85 Cédric Pineau FDJ.fr + 2h 14' 47''
86 Koen De Kort Team Giant - Shimano + 2h 16' 32''
87 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing + 2h 17' 27''
88 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar + 2h 17' 53''
89 Nathan Brown Garmin Sharp + 2h 18' 50''
90 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar + 2h 19' 05''
91 Javier Moreno Movistar Team + 2h 19' 10''
92 Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 2h 19' 52''
93 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 2h 20' 00''
94 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 2h 20' 33''
95 Koldo Fernández  Garmin Sharp + 2h 21' 06''
96 George Bennett Cannondale Pro Cycling + 2h 23' 45''
97 Rodolfo Serpa Perez Jose Lampre Merida + 2h 24' 49''
98 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida + 2h 24' 59''
99 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing + 2h 25' 48''
100 Yury Trofimov Team Katusha + 2h 28' 13''
101 Johannes Fröhlinger Team Giant - Shimano + 2h 28' 28''
102 Filippo Pozzato Lampre Merida + 2h 31' 19''
103 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin MTN - Qhubeka + 2h 38' 54''
104 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 2h 39' 52''
105 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team + 2h 40' 07''
106 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka + 2h 40' 49''
107 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling + 2h 41' 21''
108 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing + 2h 41' 25''
109 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing + 2h 41' 57''
110 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida + 2h 42' 10''
111 Dmitry Kozontchuk Team Katusha + 2h 42' 12''
112 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano + 2h 42' 27''
113 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo + 2h 42' 37''
114 Antonio Piedra Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 2h 42' 47''
115 Vincent Jerome Team Europcar + 2h 43' 43''
116 Sander Armee Lotto Belisol + 2h 44' 07''
117 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol + 2h 44' 11''
118 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY + 2h 44' 45''
119 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida + 2h 45' 53''
120 Adriano Malori Movistar Team + 2h 47' 31''
121 Yohan Bagot Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 2h 47' 42''
122 Christian Knees Team SKY + 2h 47' 59''
123 Rinaldo Nocentini AG2R La Mondiale + 2h 48' 20''
124 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling + 2h 48' 51''
125 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr + 2h 49' 19''
126 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 2h 49' 51''
127 Matteo Tosatto Tinkoff - Saxo + 2h 50' 28''
128 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 2h 54' 09''
129 Maciej Bodnar Cannondale Pro Cycling + 2h 55' 28''
130 Yaroslav Popovych Trek Factory Racing + 2h 55' 55''
131 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling + 2h 56' 14''
132 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge + 2h 56' 20''
133 Johan Van Summeren Garmin Sharp + 2h 58' 39''
134 Karol Domagalski Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 2h 58' 47''
135 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano + 3h 00' 32''
136 Sergei Chernetski Team Katusha + 3h 01' 16''
137 Jaco Venter MTN - Qhubeka + 3h 02' 49''
138 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling + 3h 04' 14''
139 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 3h 05' 35''
140 Vegard Breen Lotto Belisol + 3h 07' 58''
141 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol + 3h 09' 51''
142 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale + 3h 10' 23''
143 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing + 3h 11' 44''
144 Martin Velits Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 3h 12' 07''
145 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol + 3h 12' 26''
146 Patrick Gretsch AG2R La Mondiale + 3h 12' 32''
147 Sam Bewley Orica GreenEdge + 3h 14' 00''
148 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano + 3h 17' 14''
149 David Millar Garmin Sharp + 3h 19' 38''
150 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale + 3h 20' 37''
151 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka + 3h 23' 15''
152 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling + 3h 24' 29''
153 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp + 3h 24' 43''
154 Maarten Tjallingii Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 3h 24' 45''
155 Mitchell Docker Orica GreenEdge + 3h 26' 41''
156 Luke Rowe Team SKY + 3h 26' 44''
157 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida + 3h 27' 50''
158 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling + 3h 27' 59''
159 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida + 3h 28' 01''
160 Dan Craven Team Europcar + 3h 28' 47''
161 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling + 3h 29' 43''
162 Daniil Fominykh Astana Pro Team + 3h 36' 34''
163 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 3h 36' 52''
164 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 3h 40' 10''
165 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 3h 40' 42''
166 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale + 3h 40' 48''
167 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka + 3h 40' 53''
168 Natnael Berhane Team Europcar + 3h 41' 00''
169 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team + 3h 45' 04''
170 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr + 3h 48' 53''
171 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar + 3h 55' 05''
172 Andrea Guardini Astana Pro Team + 4h 09' 42''
173 Carlos Alberto Betancur  AG2R La Mondiale + 4h 11' 34''

Points Classification:

1 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano 124 points
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 114
3 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 108
4 Christopher Froome Team SKY 95
5 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 89
6 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp 76
7 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 73
8 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team 66
9 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp 55
10 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 46
11 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits 44
12 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling 43
13 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing 42
14 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team 40
15 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team 38
16 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha 36
17 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling 35
18 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 35
19 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team 32
20 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida 32
21 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida 29
22 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida 28
23 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha 28
24 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling 28
25 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team 25
26 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing 25
27 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team 24
28 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano 22
29 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida 21
30 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team 21
31 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol 20
32 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo 20
33 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team 20
34 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar 19
35 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale 18
36 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale 17
37 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing 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 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA 15
43 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 14
44 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 14
45 Javier Moreno Movistar Team 14
46 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 13
47 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida 12
48 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka 12
49 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA 12
50 Romain Sicard Team Europcar 11
51 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA 11
52 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol 11
53 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY 11
54 Mikel Nieve Team SKY 10
55 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 10
56 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team 10
57 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka 9
58 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge 9
59 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling 8
60 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol 8
61 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 7
62 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 7
63 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 7
64 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 7
65 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing 7
66 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling 7
67 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha 6
68 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 6
69 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing 6
70 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano 6
71 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar 5
72 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka 5
73 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 4
74 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team 4
75 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano 4
76 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale 4
77 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits 4
78 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol 4
79 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling 4
80 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 3
81 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3
82 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo 3
83 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo 3
84 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida 3
85 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 3
86 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team 2
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 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka 2
93 José Herrada Movistar Team 1
94 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha 1
95 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo 1
96 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr 1
97 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing 1
98 Adriano Malori Movistar Team 1
99 Christian Knees Team SKY 1
100 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge 1

Mountains Classification:

1 Luis León Sánchez  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 53 points
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 30
3 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 23
4 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida 20
5 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 20
6 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida 18
7 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling 18
8 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp 16
9 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar 13
10 Christopher Froome Team SKY 13
11 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 13
12 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team 12
13 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA 11
14 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida 11
15 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo 8
16 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team 8
17 Javier Moreno Movistar Team 7
18 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 7
19 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 7
20 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar 6
21 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team 6
22 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol 5
23 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 4
24 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol 4
25 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team 4
26 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr 4
27 Adriano Malori Movistar Team 4
28 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY 3
29 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp 3
30 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka 3
31 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge 3
32 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing 3
33 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 2
34 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha 2
35 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale 2
36 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 2
37 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida 2
38 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka 2
39 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 2
40 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team 1
41 Romain Sicard Team Europcar 1
42 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol 1
43 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka 1
44 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing 1
45 Dario Cataldo Team SKY 1
46 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1
47 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1
48 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 1
49 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge 1

Team Classification:

1 Team Katusha 190hr 11min 42sec
2 Movistar Team @ 14min 34sec
3 Tinkoff - Saxo + 31' 08''
4 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits + 33' 41''
5 Team SKY + 46' 25''
6 Astana Pro Team + 48' 56''
7 Garmin Sharp + 53' 11''
8 BMC Racing Team + 58' 36''
9 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1h 00' 04''
10 Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1h 08' 58''
11 Lampre - Merida + 1h 31' 54''
12 Lotto Belisol + 1h 51' 52''
13 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA + 2h 10' 04''
14 MTN - Qhubeka + 2h 16' 56''
15 Team Europcar + 2h 29' 24''
16 Team Giant - Shimano + 2h 33' 17''
17 Cannondale Pro Cycling + 3h 05' 17''
18 Orica GreenEdge + 3h 14' 37''
19 Trek Factory Racing + 3h 29' 10''
20 AG2R La Mondiale + 4h 17' 00''
21 FDJ.fr + 4h 44' 35''
22 IAM Cycling + 6h 29' 30''

Stage 16 photos:

Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador's attack has opened up a serious gap. Photo ©Sirotti

Chris Froome

Chris Froome chases. Photo ©Sirotti

Alessandro De Marchi

Only Contador and Froome passed breakaway rider Alessandro de Marchi. Here he climbs to finish third. Photo ©Sirotti

Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde works to limit the damage. Behind him are Fabio Aru and Joaquin Rodriguez. Photo ©Sirotti

Joaquin Rodrguez

Joaquin Rodriguez. Photo ©Sirotti

Fabio Aru

Fabio Aru. Photo ©Sirotti

Robert Gesink

Robert Gesink. Photo ©Sirotti

Samuel Sanchez

Samuel Sanchez. Photo ©Sirotti

Warren Barguil

Warren Barguil. Photo ©Sirotti

Ryder Hesjedal

Ryder Hesjedal. Photo ©Sirotti

Daniel Moreno

Daniel Moreno. Photo ©Sirotti

Wouter Poels

Wouter Poels. Photo ©Sirotti

Damiano Caruso

Damiano Caruso. Photo ©Sirotti

Louis Meintjes and Jesus Hernandez

Louis Meintjes and Jesus Hernandez. Photo ©Sirotti

Andrew Talansky

Andrew Talansky. Photo ©Sirotti

Peter Kennaugh and Philip Deignan

Peter Kennaugh and Philip Deignan. Photo ©Sirotti

Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador rode a perfect race to win the stage and increase his overall lead. Photo ©Sirotti

Alberto Contador

Contador takes the red jersey into the second rest day. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 16 live updates:

Weather at Las Morteras (near the day's penultimate ascent) at 2PM local time: 21C (70F), wind from the southwest at 10 km/hr (6 mph) and partly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

Km 53, 107 km to go: Currently there is a break of thirteen riders 7min 52 sec ahead of the field. The first category Calledona is in the rear-view mirror and the break is approaching the next climb, the category two Alto del Cordal. Next post will have the names of the riders in the break.

Tony Martin did not start the stage.

Km 58, 102 km to go: The riders in the break: Rohan Dennis, Laurens Ten Dam, Gianluca Brambilla, Luis León Sánchez, Johan Le Bon, Romain Sicard, Ivan Rovný, Peter Kennaugh, Adriano Malori, Peio Bilbao, Alessandro De Marchi, Wouter Poels and Damiano Cunego.

They are 6min 58sec ahead of the field.

Km 50, 100 to go: The break is on the climb with smaller gap, now 6min 25sec.

A little catching up: The order over the first climb of the day, the Calledona: 1st Luis Leon Sanchez, 2nd Rohan Dennis, 3rd Alessandro De Marchi, 4th Johan Le Bon, 5th Gianluca Brambilla.

While ascending the Calledona, the break of thirteen was well up the road, but Alberto Contador, Chris Froome and Alejandro Valverde also became separated from the field with a gap of about 14 seconds. Joaquin Rodriguez missed the move. Rodriguez's Katusha team went to the front and on the descent the Contador trio was caught.

Km 66, 94 km to go: Rigoberto Uran has been dropped by the peloton on the Cordal ascent. He's 30 seconds back. The break continues to lose ground, now it has a lead of 5min 20sec.

Km 72, 88 km to go: The Cordal climb is finished and the riders are on the descent. The peloton is being led by Katusha. The gap to the break of thirteen is 5min 7sec. Rigoberto Uran, the GC man for Omega Pharma, is still having a bad day and remains off the back. Two teammates are with him, Martin Velits and Carlos Verona.

On the Alto de la Corbertoria, no distance reading at this point: Omega Pharma used the descent to get Uran back into the pack. Katusha leads the peloton, followed by a line of Tinkoff-Saxo riders and then Movistar.

Uran is again dropped and again Velits and Verona have gone back to help him. His director, Davide Bramati, told Spanish TV that Uran slept badly the last few evenings and has bronchial problems.

The order over the Cordal: 1st Luis Leon Sanchez, 2nd Peio Bilbao, 3rd Rohan Dennis.

Km 84, 76 km to go: Looks like the Vuelta has solved its transponder problems and we have distance readings again. The thirteen riders up front are 3min 45sec ahead of the peloton. There are about 80 riders left in the Katusha-led peloton, the rest have been dropped as the race approaches the top of the Corbertoria.

Uran is about 30 seconds behind the Red Jersey group.

Km 85, 75 km to go: Luis Leon Sanchez was first over the Corbertoria. He should be the new KOM at the end of the day. Fabian Cancellara is trying to bridge up to the break of thirteen. He has a gap of 3min 50sec to close. The peloton is 4min 15sec behind the break.

Rigoberto Uran has made it up to the peloton.

58 km to go: Cancellara continues his pursuit of the break. He's 3min 28sec behind. Belkin rider Robert Gesink punctured but with help from teammates he regained the peloton. The riders are still descending the Corbertoria.

49 km to go: The break has started to ascend the first category Puerto de San Lorenzo. Fabian Cancellara is 3 minutes behind the thirteen riders and the peloton is 4min 44sec back.

Here are the riders in the break: Rohan Dennis, Laurens Ten Dam, Gianluca Brambilla, Luis León Sánchez, Johan Le Bon, Romain Sicard, Ivan Rovný, Peter Kennaugh, Adriano Malori, Peio Bilbao, Alessandro De Marchi, Wouter Poels and Damiano Cunego.

Katusha is still leading the peloton. Their efforts are intense enough to have the pack lined out.

44 km to go: Here was the order over the Corbertoria: 1st Luis Leon Sanchez, 2nd Peio Bilbao, 3rd Adriano Malori, 4th Johan Le Bon and 5th Damiano Cunego.

While we're at it, there was an intermediate sprint at Pola de Lena: 1st Damiano Cunego, 2nd Peio Bilbao, 3rd Gianluca Brambilla.

Cancellara has closed to within 2min 53sec of the break, the pack is 4min 35sec behind.

41 km to go: Fabian Cancellara has been caught by the peloton, which is 2min 52sec behind the break. Sky leads the pack.

39 km to go: There has been some bickering in the break regarding who would share the pacemaking. It broke out into a fight with real punching between Ivan Rovny (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Gianluca Brambilla (Omega Pharma). Rovny surely was being told by his team to just sit in and perhaps slow the break. It was Rovny who struck first.

38 km to go: Brambilla, filled with adrenaline, has left the break with Alessandro De Marchi. Sky has massed at the front of the peloton. The gap is 2min 35sec

32 km to go: De Marchi and Brambilla are descending the San Lorenzo, three minutes ahead of the pack, which is down to 22 riders. The big GC guys are there but one. Rigoberto Uran is again dropped.

The ten riders remaining in the break are two minutes behind De Marchi and Brambilla.

23 km to go: Sky leads the pack. Contador is sitting about fifth man back. Up front Wout Poels has joined Brambilla and De Marchi. They are about three minutes ahead of the peloton. The break sitting between the lead trio and the peloton is down to 8 riders and are 2 minutes behind the leaders.

Order over the San Lorenzo: 1st Alessandro De Marchi, 2nd Gianluca Brambilla, 3rd Wout Poels, 4th Luis Leon Sanchez, 5th Rohan Dennis.

19 km to go: Alberto Contador got a bike change and as he worked his way back to the peloton a press motorbike almost took him out. Contador was quickly back in the pack.

Gap up to the break of three is 2min 39sec. Rohan Dennis, who was part of the orginal break has been caught by the pack.

18 km to go: The lead trio have started the final climb to La Farrapona, with an average gradient 6.2%. They seemed to have had hard words about who was going to work. They are 2min 30sec ahead of the pack. There are only two riders in between, 75 seconds behind the lead trio.

I count five Sky riders at the front of the peloton.

15 km to go: Holy Mackerel! The race commissar drove up next to Gianluca Brambilla in the break and told him he was out of the race because of his fight with Ivan Rovny. Brambilla sits up, furious.

13 km to go: De Marchi and Poels continue with their break without Brambilla. Their lead is down to 1min 20sec ahead of the peloton, still led by Sky.

It looks like Ivan Rovny is still racing. Now Rovny is talking to his team car and now eases up and drifts back. Looks like he's out of the race as well.

11 km to go: De Marchi has dropped Poels. He's only got a minute's lead. All the riders who were racing between the lead break and the peloton have been absorbed. Only De Marchi is off the front.

8 km to go: De Marchi is doing well. He's grown his lead to 90 seocnds. Sky is still at the front of the peloton. Contador is riding fifth man back, right behind Froome, followed by several Tinkoff-Saxo teammates.

6 km to go: Sky motor Philip Deignan flatted and won't be helping Froome any more. De Marchi still has a minute and a half.

In the much smaller peloton, Valverde and Rodriguez are up near the front with Froome and Contador.

5 km to go: The climb has started to bite and De Marchi's lead is shrinking, now 76 seconds. The gradient is 8%.

4 km to go: Mikel Nieve of Sky is pounding at the front, dropping riders. Aru, Contador, Froome, Martin, Valverde are still there. I don't see Robert Gesink.

Bam! Froome Attacks! He is marked by Contador. Valverde and Rodriguez can't go with the move.

3.5 km to go: Aru chases Rodriguez and Valverde. Froome leads Contador. The gap to De Marchi is just 35 seconds. Aru has made contact with Valverde and Rodriguez.

3 km to go: Froome and Contador are catching De Marchi. Valverde and Rodriguez have dropped Aru.

Froome and Contador have a half-minute. So far De Marchi has been able to stay with Froome and Contador.

2.5 km to go: Froome is doing all the work while Contador sits on. Froome attacks again, De Marchi is dropped. The pair are 34 seconds ahead of Valverde, Aru (he's back) and Rodriguez.

2 km to go: Froome continues to lead Contador, now 40 seconds ahead of the Valverde trio.

Under the Red Kite: Froome still leads Contador, 43 seconds ahead of the Valverde trio.

Bam! Contador attacks and opens a big gap. He's headed to the stage win and the time bonus as well.

The finish: Contador hammers to the finish to win the stage. Froome chased as well as he could, but his second at about 14 seconds is a terrific performance. De Marchi takes third, taking the time bonus from fourth-place Valverde. This should move Froome up to second place. Nope! Valverde has held on to second place by a few seocnds.

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