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2014 Vuelta a España

69th Edition: August 23 - September 14, 2014

Stage 18 Results

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Stage 18, Thursday, Sept 11: A Estrada - Monte Castrove. Meis, 157 km

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Stage 18 finish

Fabio Aru wins stage 18. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: It took a while before a breakaway that the peloton could accept was allowed to ride up the road. Johan Le Bon (FDJ), Hubert Dupont (Ag2r) and Luis Leon Sanchez (Caja Rural) got clear about 82 km into the stage. Movistar kept their lead under three minutes, making it unlikely they would make it to the end. For Luis Leon Sanchez, the current KOM, getting in the break did allow him to win the points for being the first over Monte Castrove, solidifying his hold on the mountains classification.

With 18 kilometers remaining and a hilltop finish waiting at the end of a second ascent of the Castrove, all the breakaway riders had been absorbed by the Sky-led peloton. Then, Chris Froome jumped ahead of the pack to take the San Xoan de Poio intermediate sprint and gain a couple of bonus seconds. Surprisingly, Alejandro Valverde wasn't there to contest the sprint.

On the final climb, the first big move came with three km to go. Fabio Aru attacked and drew Joaquin Rodriguez, Daniel Martin, Alejandro Valverde, Alberto Contador and Chris Froome. They did not catch Aru.

But then Froome jumped and bridged up to Aru while Valverde, Contador and Rodriguez chased. Froome hammered away and built a serious gap while Aru looked to be hanging on to Froome's wheel for dear life. The road flattened and near the end, Aru jumped to take the stage win with Froome just a second behind.

Valverde led in the chasing trio thirteen seconds after Aru had crossed the line, too late to save his second place. Contador remains the overall leader with Froome now in second, 1min 19sec down. Valverde is third, 1min 32sec behind Contador.

Complete Stage 18 results:

Winner's average speed: 41.4 km/hr

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

GC after Stage 18:

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

Points Classification:

1 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano 149 points
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 130
3 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 120
4 Christopher Froome Team SKY 117
5 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 103
6 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 93
7 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team 91
8 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp 80
9 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing 56
10 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp 55
11 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits 53
12 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling 49
13 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team 48
14 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha 44
15 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida 44
16 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling 43
17 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team 35
18 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling 34
19 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida 29
20 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida 28
21 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha 28
22 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano 28
23 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team 26
24 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team 25
25 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team 24
26 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida 21
27 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol 20
28 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar 20
29 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo 20
30 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team 20
31 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing 20
32 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team 20
33 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale 18
34 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale 18
35 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 16
36 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA 16
37 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team 16
38 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 16
39 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol 16
40 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 15
41 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida 14
42 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 14
43 Javier Moreno Movistar Team 14
44 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 13
45 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 12
46 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka 12
47 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA 12
48 Romain Sicard Team Europcar 11
49 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA 11
50 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol 11
51 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr 11
52 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY 11
53 Mikel Nieve Team SKY 10
54 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 10
55 Koldo Fernández  Garmin Sharp 10
56 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team 10
57 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka 9
58 Esteban Chaves Rubio 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 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team 7
63 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 7
64 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing 7
65 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling 7
66 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha 6
67 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 6
68 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing 6
69 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano 6
70 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr 5
71 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar 5
72 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka 5
73 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team 4
74 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 4
75 Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN - Qhubeka 4
76 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team 4
77 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano 4
78 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale 4
79 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits 4
80 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol 4
81 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling 4
82 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 3
83 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3
84 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo 3
85 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo 3
86 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida 3
87 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 3
88 Angel Mate Luis Cofidis Solutions Crédits 2
89 León Sánchez Luis Caja Rural Seguros RGA 2
90 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits 2
91 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling 2
92 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale 2
93 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits 2
94 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka 2
95 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team 1
96 José Herrada Movistar Team 1
97 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha 1
98 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo 1
99 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing 1
100 Adriano Malori Movistar Team 1

Mountains Classification:

1 Luis León Sánchez  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 58 points
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 30
3 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 24
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 Christopher Froome Team SKY 18
9 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp 16
10 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team 15
11 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar 13
12 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 13
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 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale 5
23 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol 5
24 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 4
25 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol 4
26 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team 4
27 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr 4
28 Adriano Malori Movistar Team 4
29 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY 3
30 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp 3
31 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka 3
32 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing 3
33 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge 3
34 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 2
35 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha 2
36 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida 2
37 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 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 Alberto Losada Team Katusha 1
43 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol 1
44 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka 1
45 Dario Cataldo Team SKY 1
46 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing 1
47 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1
48 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1
49 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 1

Team Classification:

1 Team Katusha 214hr 54min 51sec
2 Movistar Team @ 26min 32sec
3 Tinkoff - Saxo + 32' 55''
4 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits + 34' 05''
5 Team SKY + 53' 45''
6 Astana Pro Team + 54' 08''
7 BMC Racing Team + 1h 01' 25''
8 Garmin Sharp + 1h 03' 27''
9 Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1h 29' 32''
10 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1h 52' 59''
11 Lampre - Merida + 2h 00' 16''
12 Lotto Belisol + 2h 17' 23''
13 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA + 2h 24' 30''
14 MTN - Qhubeka + 2h 31' 03''
15 Team Europcar + 2h 42' 51''
16 Team Giant - Shimano + 3h 02' 49''
17 Cannondale Pro Cycling + 3h 22' 13''
18 Orica GreenEdge + 4h 15' 02''
19 Trek Factory Racing + 4h 29' 02''
20 AG2R La Mondiale + 5h 00' 11''
21 FDJ.fr + 5h 28' 17''
22 IAM Cycling + 7h 25' 07''

Stage 18 photos:

Luis Leon Sanchez

Luis Leon Sanchez on the first time up Monte Castrove. Photo ©Sirotti

Team Sky

Sky leads the charge up Monte Castrove. Alberto Contador in his red jersey follows closely. Photo ©Sirotti

Ryder Hesjedal

Ryder Hesjedal. Photo ©Sirotti

Monte Castrove

Panorama shot of Monte Castrove. Photo ©Sirotti

Hubert Dupont

Hubert Dupont. Photo ©Sirotti

Chris Froome and Fabio Aru

Chris Froome and Fabio Aru on the attack. Photo ©Sirotti

Alejandro VAlverde, Alberto Contador and Joaquin Rodriguez

Alejandro Valverde leads Alberto Contador and Joaquin Rodriguez as they chase Froome and Aru. Photo ©Sirotti

Samuel Sanchez

Samuel Sanchez finished 6th today. Photo ©Sirotti

Daniel Navarro

Daniel Navarro. Photo ©Sirotti

Warren Barguil and Dan Martin

Warren Barguil leads Dan Martin and Damiano Caruso. Photo ©Sirotti

Fabio Aru and Chris Froome

Fabio Aru puts some distance between himself and Chris Froome. Photo ©Sirotti

Fabio Aru wins stage 18

Fabio Aru wins stage 18. Chris Froome can be seen behind him. Photo ©Sirotti

Alejandro Vavlerde gets third place

Alejandro Valverde gets third place in front of Joaquin Rodriguez and a trailing Contador. Photo ©Sirotti

Fabio Aru

Stage winner Fabio Aru. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 18 live updates:

Weather at Pontevedra at 2PM local time: 27C (80F), wind from the south at 10 km/hr (6 mph), partly cloudy. No rain forecast.

The Start: The riders have finished signing in and there are three non-starters. Robert Gesink, though sitting seventh in the GC, has abandoned to be with his ailing wife. Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara have also quit the Vuelta to optimize their preparations for the world championships later this month.

Late note, Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge) did not start today. That leaves 165 riders in the Vuelta peloton.

The judges weighed several bikes to make sure they meet the UCI minimum of 6.7 kg (14.99 lbs).

Km 14: We already have a break of nine riders 12 seconds off the front

Km 21: Movistar and Lotto-Belisol went to the front of the peloton and chased down the break. The pack is unified at this point.

Giant-Shimano rider Koen de Kort has abandoned.

Km 39: Johan Le Bon tried to get away, but Movistar dragged the peloton up to the FDJ rider. Le Bon has tried again, this time with Jacques van Rensburg and Amets Txurruka. Average speed of the stage so far is a blistering 55.2 km/hr.

Km 51, 106 km to go: Johan Le Bon has been joined by others and we've now got ten riders 12 seconds ahead of the fast-moving peloton.

Km 55: The Lampre/Orica-led peloton has caught the twelve escapes.

Km 62: Johan Le Bon is a determined racer. He has jumped clear again, this time with Hubert Dupont and Luis Leon Sanchez. The trio have a small, though untimed, gap.

Km 83: It looks like we have a break the peloton can live with. Le Bon (FDJ), Dupont (Ag2r) and Sanchez (Caja Rural) had built a gap of 1min 50sec, though it had been 2min 47sec a few kilometers ago.

Km 95: The trio have a 2min 15sec lead. They will probably not survive to the finish. But Sanchez, the current KOM, has a good chance of getting the points for at least the first ascent of Monte Castrove.

Km 106: The results of the intermediate sprint at Sanxenxo: 1st Johan Le Bon, 2nd Luis Leon Sanchez, 3rd Hubert Dupont. The trio has passed through the feed zone and is currently riding 1min 40sec ahead of the Movistar-led peloton.

46 km to go: Movistar has lots of muscle at the front of the pack, riding 2min 11sec behind the break of three riders.

36 km to go: Movistar has the peloton lined out. The gap to the break is down to 1min 14sec

29 km to go: We're at the first ascent of Monte Castrove. Sky leads the pack with Tinkoff-Saxo right behind. The lead trio has just 27 seconds.

Guillaume Levarlet and Alberto Losada are trying to bridge up to the Le Bon break.

26 km to go: Luis Leon Sanchez has has dropped the others in search of the KOM points at the top of Monte Castrove. Johan Le Bon has been caught by the pack. Sanchez is 31 seconds ahead of the peloton.

18 km to go: Sanchez did snag the first-place KOM points. After cresting Monte Castrove he sat up and let himself get caught by the Sky-led pack. Sky also caught Dupont, Levarlet and Losada. It's all together.

Order over Monte Castrove: 1st Luis Leon Sanchez, 2nd Hubert Dupont, 3rd Alberto Losada

9 km to go: Chris Froome and Alejandro Valverde went for the two intermediate sprint bonus seconds. Couldn't tell who got it.

7 km to go: Valverde wasn't in that sprint. Froome got the time bonus. The Vuelta reports that Froome has moved into second place.

6 km to go: We're on the final climb, the second ascent of Monte Castrove. The big GC men are moving to the front.

Bam! Warren Barguil attacks. After some hesitation, the GC men close up to him. Katusha has a three men up front of the now very reduced pack.

4 km to go: Jerome Coppel (Cofidis) has jumped away and has a good gap, 9 seconds.

3 km to go: Fabio Aru attacks and quickly catches and drops Coppel.

Here comes Rodriguez, Martin, Valverde, Contador and Froome, closing in on Aru.

2 km to go: Froome has dropped the others and catches Aru. Contador and Rodriguez sit in on Valverde, 15 seconds behind Froome.

1 km to go: Froome is pounding and Aru hangs on to his wheel. Rodriguez attacks Contador and Valverde, but can't drop them.

Aru and Froome are on a downhill section. It looks like they have the stage.

The finish: Aru outsprints Froome for the stage win and Valverde gets third place.

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