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2014 Vuelta a España

69th edition: August 23- September 14

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21st and Final stage, Sunday, Sept 14: Santiago de Compostela - Santiago de Compostela 9.7 km individual time trial

Stage 21 Map and profile | Stage 21 photos |

Adriano Malori

Adriano Malori was the day's fastest rider. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: For the big GC guys who started late in the day, today was a day to avoid disaster. With rain coming down as the stage progressed the later starters had to ride the flat, technical course on wet, slippery streets. For that reason, riders who are well known to be superb time trialists, like Chris Froome and Alberto Contador, rode cautiously and finished well down in time from stage winner Adriano Malori.

Contador was 101st, but that was quite good enough to preserve his overall lead. He is the 2014 Vuelta a España champion. Christopher Froome's 63rd place kept him in second place overall, 70 seconds behind Contador.

Though Contador crashed out of the Tour de France with a broken Tibia, his recovery was remarkable and every day in the Vuelta exhibited ever-improving form. Froome also had to leave the Tour with broken bones, but he never found the ability to master Contador consistently in the high mountains.

Complete Stage 21 results:

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

Final GC after Stage 21: 3,239.9 km raced at an average speed of 39.79 km/hr

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

Final Points Classification:

1 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano 169 points
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 146
3 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 145
4 Christopher Froome Team SKY 139
5 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 117
6 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 105
7 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team 103
8 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp 85
9 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing 71
10 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling 61
11 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits 60
12 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team 56
13 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp 55
14 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha 48
15 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida 44
16 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling 43
17 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano 38
18 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team 36
19 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida 34
20 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar 34
21 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling 34
22 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol 33
23 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team 33
24 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team 33
25 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team 31
26 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida 28
27 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha 28
28 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing 27
29 Adriano Malori Movistar Team 26
30 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol 26
31 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY 25
32 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team 23
33 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida 21
34 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr 21
35 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 20
36 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo 20
37 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team 20
38 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team 20
39 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA 19
40 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale 18
41 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale 18
42 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team 16
43 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 16
44 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol 16
45 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha 15
46 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 15
47 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 15
48 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida 14
49 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 14
50 Javier Moreno Movistar Team 14
51 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 13
52 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 12
53 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 12
54 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka 12
55 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA 12
56 Romain Sicard Team Europcar 11
57 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA 11
58 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol 11
59 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits 11
60 Mikel Nieve Team SKY 10
61 Koldo Fernández Garmin Sharp 10
62 Sergei Chernetski Team Katusha 10
63 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team 10
64 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka 9
65 Esteban Chaves Orica GreenEdge 9
66 Maciej Bodnar Cannondale Pro Cycling 9
67 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling 8
68 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale 8
69 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 7
70 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo 7
71 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling 7
72 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano 6
73 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing 6
74 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 6
75 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing 6
76 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano 6
77 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr 5
78 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr 5
79 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar 5
80 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka 5
81 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team 4
82 Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN - Qhubeka 4
83 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 4
84 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team 4
85 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale 4
86 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling 4
87 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol 4
88 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff - Saxo 3
89 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 3
90 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3
91 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha 3
92 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo 3
93 Sam Bewley Orica GreenEdge 3
94 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida 3
95 Angel Mate Luis Cofidis Solutions Crédits 2
96 León Sánchez Luis Caja Rural Seguros RGA 2
97 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits 2
98 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling 2
99 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits 2
100 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka 2
101 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team 1
102 José Herrada Movistar Team 1
103 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY 1
104 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo 1
105 Rinaldo Nocentini AG2R La Mondiale 1
106 Patrick Gretsch AG2R La Mondiale 1

Final Mountains Classification:

1 Luis León Sánchez  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 58 points
2 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 45
3 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 40
4 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida 33
5 Christopher Froome Team SKY 33
6 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 20
7 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team 19
8 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 19
9 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida 18
10 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling 18
11 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp 16
12 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 15
13 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar 13
14 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team 11
15 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA 11
16 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida 11
17 Maxime Mederel Team Europcar 9
18 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo 8
19 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team 8
20 Javier Moreno Movistar Team 7
21 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 7
22 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 7
23 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 7
24 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar 6
25 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol 6
26 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale 5
27 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol 4
28 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team 4
29 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr 4
30 Adriano Malori Movistar Team 4
31 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY 3
32 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp 3
33 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka 3
34 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge 3
35 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing 3
36 Luke Rowe Team SKY 3
37 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr 3
38 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano 2
39 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 2
40 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha 2
41 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY 2
42 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 2
43 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida 2
44 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka 2
45 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 2
46 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team 1
47 Romain Sicard Team Europcar 1
48 Philip Deignan Team SKY 1
49 Alberto Losada Team Katusha 1
50 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol 1
51 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka 1
52 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1
53 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1
54 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 1

Final Combination Classification:

1 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 6 points
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 8
3 Christopher Froome Team SKY 11
4 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 17
5 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team 19
6 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp 48
7 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida 49
8 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida 62
9 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano 63
10 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team 64
11 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo 77
12 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 88
13 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling 93
14 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 102
15 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 105
16 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha 107
17 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 109
18 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA 114
19 Romain Sicard Team Europcar 116
20 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol 119
21 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale 120
22 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol 125
23 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida 125
24 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar 125
25 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team 133
26 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team 135
27 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team 137
28 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 152
29 Luis León Sánchez  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 153
30 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka 156
31 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka 160
32 Javier Moreno Movistar Team 160
33 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar 170
34 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY 172
35 Adriano Malori Movistar Team 173
36 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 178
37 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol 182
38 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr 185
39 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY 187
40 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 189
41 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing 195
42 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida 200
43 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team 205
44 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 215
45 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 225
46 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 249
47 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr 268
48 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka 299

Final Team Classification:

1 Team Katusha 244hr 19min 36sec
2 Movistar Team @ 38min 54sec
3 Tinkoff - Saxo + 40' 16''
4 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits + 52' 33''
5 Team SKY + 1h 06' 31''
6 Astana Pro Team + 1h 08' 09''
7 Garmin Sharp + 1h 17' 06''
8 BMC Racing Team + 1h 17' 32''
9 Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 2h 13' 06''
10 Lotto Belisol + 2h 54' 48''
11 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 2h 56' 11''
12 MTN - Qhubeka + 2h 56' 27''
13 Lampre - Merida + 2h 57' 17''
14 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA + 3h 06' 42''
15 Team Europcar + 3h 12' 29''
16 Team Giant - Shimano + 3h 56' 33''
17 Cannondale Pro Cycling + 4h 29' 08''
18 Orica GreenEdge + 5h 21' 19''
19 Trek Factory Racing + 5h 58' 46''
20 AG2R La Mondiale + 6h 15' 30''
21 FDJ.fr + 7h 02' 19''
22 IAM Cycling + 8h 51' 27''

Stage 21 photos:

Adriano Malori

Adriano Malori won today's stage. Photo ©Sirotti

Rohan Dennis

Rohan Dennis shows how dangerous the slippery streets were. Photo ©Sirotti

Samuel Sanchez

His teammate Samuel Sanchez fared better. Photo ©Sirotti

Hubert Dupont

Hubert Dupont rides in front of the cathedral of Santiago de Campostela. Photo ©Sirotti

Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador rode not lose, riding carefully on the wet streets. Here he finishes, knowing he has won the 2014 Vuelta a España. Photo ©Sirotti

Adriano Malori

Stage winner Adriano Malori. Photo ©Sirotti

Alberto Contador

2014 Vuelta a España champion Alberto Contador. Photo ©Sirotti

Alberto Contador and Chris Froome

Alberto Contador and second place Chris Froome. Photo ©Sirotti

Alejandro Valverde

Third place Alejandro Valverde. Photo ©Sirotti

2014 Vuelta final podium

The final podium, from left: Alejandro Valverde, Alberto Contador and Chris Froome. Photo ©Sirotti

Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador visited the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 21 map and profile:

Stage 21 map

Stage 21 map

Stage 21 profile

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Stage 20, Saturday, Sept 13: Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil - Puerto de Ancares, 185.7 km

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Alberto Contador wins stage 20

Alberto Contador wins stage 20. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: Today was the Vuelta's last stage in the high mountains. Only the final stage with its 9.7 km individual time trial remains. It was the last real chance to make a big difference in the standings and Alberto Contador showed he is the Vuelta's best climber by winning the stage alone.

Four riders went clear at the 42nd kilometer: Jerome Coppel (Cofidis), Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre), Wouter Poels (Omega Pharma) and Maxime Mederel (Europcar). None presented a GC threat. Over the several difficult climbs the riders in break were absorbed by the pack. Niemiec was the last to be caught, staying away until the final climb, the special category ascent of the Ancares.

On the Ancares, with 8 kilometers to go, Joaquin Rodriguez was the first of the big GC men to attack. His effort looked good and he soon had a half-minute lead.

Alejandro Valverde gave chase, drawing Contador, Chris Froome and Fabio Aru.

Froome unleashed a series of vicious attacks that allowed him to catch, pass and drop everyone but Contador. Contador rode on Froome's wheel, letting the Sky rider to the work.

After the the pair had gone under the Red Kite, in an impressive display of power, Contador got out of the saddle and simply left Froome behind. Contador crossed the line 16 seconds ahead of Froome for his second summit win this Vuelta. He now leads Froome by 1min 37sec, probably enough to withstand whatever assault Froome mounts in tomorrow's 9.7 km time trial.

Valverde came in 57 seconds later, cementing his third place in the GC.

Stage 20 results:

Winner's average speed: 35.744 km/hr

1 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 5hr 11min 43sec
2 Christopher Froome Team SKY @ 16 seconds
3 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team + 57''
4 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 1' 18''
5 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 1' 21''
6 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano + 2' 51''
7 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha + 2' 55''
8 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 2' 58''
9 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 3' 15''
10 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 3' 20''
Stage 20 complete results, GC, photos, live updates, map and profile

GC after Stage 20:

1 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 81hr 12min 13sec
2 Christopher Froome Team SKY @ 1min 37sec
3 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team + 2' 35''
4 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 3' 57''
5 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 4' 46''
6 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 10' 07''
7 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp + 10' 24''
8 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano + 12' 13''
9 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 13' 09''
10 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 13' 15''
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Stage 19, Friday, Sept 12: Salvaterra do Miño - Cangas do Morrazo, 180.5 km

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Adam Hansen wins stage 19

Adam Hansen just beats the peloton to the line in stage 19. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: The day's break didn't emerge from the peloton until the 26th kilometer, but it was a trio of good, strong riders: Wouter Poels (Omega Pharma), Pim Ligthart (Lotto-Belisol) and Laurent Mangel (FDJ).

Giant-Shimano never let them get too much of a lead, but they were able to survive until just 20 kilometers to go. This was just as the last climb of the day began, Monte Alto Faro.

On the ascent Sky set a fierce pace that sent two-thirds of the peloton out the back, but it did not deter Alexey Lutsenko, who blasted off the front. Importantly, two riders survived Sky's blistering pace up the mountain, sprinters John Degenkolb and Michael Matthews.

Lutsenko was caught just five kilometers from the finish, setting up what would surely be a drag race between Degenkolb and Matthews.

But Lotto-Belisol rider Adam Hansen had other plans. As Lutsenko was caught Hansen took off, was caught and went again. This time he opened a 14-second gap while the peloton seemed to chase without firm purpose.

Hansen rode strongly all the way to the finish, crossing the line with five seconds to spare. Degenkolb won the field sprint in front of Filippo Pozzato.

The big GC men were in the front group, so there was no change to the top of the GC rankings. Alberto Contador remains the overall leader, 1min 19sec ahead of Chris Froome.

Complete Stage 19 results:

Winner's average speed: 41.3 km/hr

1 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol 4hr 21sec 58sec
2 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano @ 5 seconds
3 Filippo Pozzato Lampre Merida
4 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar
5 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge
6 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr
7 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team
8 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing
9 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits
10 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling
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GC after Stage 19:

1 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 76hr 0min 40sec
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''
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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.

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
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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''
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Stage 17, Wednesday, Sept 10: Ortigueira - A Coruña, 190.7 km

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Stage 17 finish

The Race: Four riders did not start today. The most notable was Rigoberto Uran, Omega Pharma's protected GC man. Suffering from bronchitis, he lost a lot of time in the three mountain stages. Also, Christian Knees (Sky) is sick and Haimar Zubeldia (Trek) has an infected boil. Tanel Kangert (Astana) as well is out of the Vuelta. That leaves us with a peloton of 169 riders.

As a stage with no categorized climbs, Giant-Shimano spent most of the day keeping the day's break on a short leash. The break - Rohan Dennis (BMC), Bob Jungels (Trek), Luis Mas Bonet (Caja Rural), Elia Favilli (Lampre) and Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka) - was never allowed to gain a gap of more than four minutes.

But two of the riders were especially tenacious. Bob Jungels and Elia Favilli were not caught until the race had passed the Red Kite. The peloton's efforts to contain the fast-moving break left the big sprinters without their leadout trains. Also, with some pavé before the sprint, riders who might otherwise not be tempted decided to try the sprint, most notably Fabian Cancellara.

John Degenkolb won a close sprint against Michael Matthews and Cancellara (see photo above), the German's fourth stage win of this Vuelta. Will his 149 points against Valverde's 114 be good enough for him to take the Green Jersey home? Degenkolb is very reserved about his chances since there are stages coming that suit Valverde very well.

The big GC men finished in the front group, so Alberto Contador remains the overall leader, 1min 36sec ahead of Valverde.

Stage 17 results:

Winner's average speed: 42.996 km/hr

1 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano 4hr 26min 7sec
2 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge
3 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing
4 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing
5 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida
6 Koldo Fernández  Garmin Sharp
7 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr
8 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team
9 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling
10 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling
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GC after Stage 17:

1 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 67hr 51min 7sec
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''
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Rest Day 2: Tuesday, Sept 9


Stage 16, Monday, Sept 8: San Martín del Rey Aurelio - La Farrapona, 160.5 km

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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.

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''
Stage 16 complete results, GC, photos, live updates, map and profile

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''
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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.

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
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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''
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Stage 14, Saturday, Sept 6: Santander - La Camperona. Valle de Sábero, 200.8 km

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Ryder Hejedal wins stage 14

Ryder Hesjedal wins stage 14. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: Well, today was a terrific day of racing with a couple of surprises at the end. It took a while for the day's break to get established, but when it did, it had some real horsepower: Jose Rodolfo Serpa, Carlos Verona, Tom Boonen, Romain Sicard, Ryder Hesjedal, Imanol Erviti, Bart de Clercq, Przemyslaw Niemiec, Jaco Vener, Oliver Zaugg, Adam Hansen, Robert Wagner, Luke Rowe, David Arroyo, Fabio Felline, Louis Meintjes, Yannick Martinez, Jacques van Rensburg, Johannes Frohlinger, Guillaume Levarlet, Sergio Miguel Paulinho, Luis León Sanchez and Alexandr Kolobnev.

On the first-category San Glorio, David Arroyo and Luis Leon Sanchez attacked the break. By the time the break had caught the pair, the escape was down to twelve riders.

The peloton never chased the break with vigor and by the time the twelve reached the base of the final climb, the fiendishly difficult La Camperona, they still had a gap of more than six minutes. The stage winner would come from the break. This took the time bonifications out of the day's GC fight.

Signalling Chris Froome's ambitions, Sky assembled at the front of the peloton, taking over from Omega Pharma.

Up front, Tinkoff-Saxo rider Oliver Zaugg took off on the steep part of the climb, with just a couple of kilometers to go. For a long time it looked like he had a lock on the stage victory. But from well back, Ryder Hesjedal surged, flying past Zaugg with unbelievable momentum. Hesjedal won the stage after spending much of the long day in a break.

In the Red Jersey group, with about 1,500 meters to go, the first rider to attack was Valverde. Alberto Contador marked him and then Joaquin Rodriguez and Fabio Aru closed the gap. Chris Froome was distanced.

Then Contador gave it all he had, but it wasn't enough. Rodriguez and Aru closed the gap. And then, improbably, Chris Froome arrived. Valverde couldn't take the high heat the other GC men were throwing and was dropped.

Then came the day's next big surprise. Froome attacked with overwhelming force, dropping Contador, Aru and Rodriguez. Rodriguez dug deep and slowly closed the gap, but was still short of catching the Sky rider at the finish.

The net results for the day: Contador remains the leader, now with a lead of 42 seconds over second place Valverde. Froome has climbed up on to the podium, in third, 73 seconds behind Contador. Rigoberto Uran has dropped to fifth place.

Luis Leon Leon Sanchez is the new KOM. And among the days' abandons were Peter Sagan, Lawson Craddock and Johan Tschopp.

There is no way to predict how this race is going to turn out.

Stage 14 results:

Winner's average speed: 37.9 km/hr

1 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp 5hr 18min 10sec
2 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo @ 10 seconds
3 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team + 30''
4 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha + 39''
5 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka + 42''
6 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol + 52''
7 Romain Sicard Team Europcar + 1' 44''
8 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 2' 02''
9 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 2' 15''
10 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 2' 36''
Stage 14 complete results, GC, photos, live updates, map and profile

GC after Stage 14:

1 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 54hr 20min 16sec
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team @ 42 seconds
3 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 1' 13''
4 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 1' 29''
5 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 2' 07''
6 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 2' 15''
7 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 3' 26''
8 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 4' 14''
9 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 4' 36''
10 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp + 4' 37''
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Stage 13, Friday, Sept 5: Belorado - Obregón. Parque de Cabárceno, 188.7 km

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Daniel Navarro

Daniel Navarro wins stage 13. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: Stage 13 started on fire and stayed that way until the end. By km 65 there were eleven riders off the front with a two and a half minute gap. They had been away since the fourteenth kilometer. None of the breakaways were GC threats, but there were some fine riders in the group: Alexey Lutsenko , Jay Robert Thomson, Peter Sagan, Paolo Longo Borghini, Jasper Stuyven, Damiano Cunego, Stef Clement, Luis León Sánchez, Danilo Wyss, Damien Gaudin and Vegard Breen.

Orica-GreenEdge spent much of the stage keeping the break from running away with the race, never letting the escapees have more than a three-minute gap.

On the day's second categorized climb, the Alto de Caracol, the break fractured with five riders in a front group: Luis Leon Sanchez, Alexey Lutsenko, Damiano Cunego, Danilo Wyss and Damien Gaudin.

It appeared that with the day's stiff uphill finish, Alberto Contador's team wanted the break to succeed rather than risk Alejandro Valverde's explosive form allowing him to capture the stage win and the 10 bonus seconds.

With fourteen kilometers to go Lutsenko attacked the break. That spelled the end for the escape. The other four gave up and Lutsenko was caught with seven kilometers remaining.

On the final ascent the first to go was Gianluca Brambilla, but then Cofidis rider Daniel Navarro unleashed an attack that had real force. Navarro blew by the faltering Brambilla and continued up the hill. In the now drastically reduced peloton, the big GC men mostly marked each other.

Navarro had the suds to make it to the line and win the stage, followed in by Daniel Moreno, Wilco Kelderman and Alejandro Valverde. By coming in fourth, Valverde wasn't able to collect any bonus time and remains 20 seconds behind Alberto Contador.

Contador's seventh-place finish in the group with Valverde, Rodriguez, Froome, Uran, and Sanchez allows him to remain the Vuelta's GC leader.

Stage 13 results:

Winner's average speed: 43.4 km/hr

1 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits 4hr 21min 4'sec
2 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha @ 2 seconds
3 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team
4 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team + 5''
5 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr
6 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling
7 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo
8 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team
9 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp
10 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
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GC after Stage 13:

1 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 48hr 59min 23sec
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team @ 20 seconds
3 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1' 08''
4 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 1' 20''
5 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 1' 35''
6 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 1' 52''
7 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 2' 13''
8 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 2' 37''
9 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 2' 55''
10 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 3' 51''
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Stage 12, Thursday, Sept 4: Logroño - Logroño, 166.4 km

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John Degenkolb

John Degenkolb wins stage 12. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: Given that this was a completely flat stage, eight circuits of 20.8 km, a sprint finish had to be assumed. In fact, in 2012 when a similar course was used here, John Degenkolb was the winner.

Almost as soon at the two-kilometer neutralized section was completed, Cannondale rider Matthias Krizek took off alone. The peloton was in no mood to race hard today and Krizek was given and took a lot of rope, eventually gaining a gap of nearly nine minutes.

With about 75 kilometers to go, both FDJ and Giant-Shimano put a rider at the front of the peloton to start bringing Krizek back. But no one got too excited about the task. By the start of the final lap Krizek still had 83 seconds.

But by then the the fight for the front had become serious and the speed was really ramping up. Krizek was caught with twelve kilometers to go.

As the race sped to the finish, Tinkoff-Saxo stayed at the front, keeping race leader Alberto Contador out of trouble. And trouble came, big time, in the form of a a crash at the final corner. A lot of the the big-name sprinters went down, including Nacer Bouhanni and Andrea Guardini.

Lampre sprinter Roberto Ferrari went early, but John Degenkolb fighting off a determined Tom Boonen flew by him. Boonen kept coming, but Degenkiolb was not to be denied today as he won his third stage of this year's Vuelta.

The top GC men finished in the front group and Alberto Contador remains the overall leader with Alejandro Valverde second At 20 seconds.

Stage 12 results:

Crashed riders were given the same time as John Degenkolb (+ 0"), though they finished later than riders given slower times.

Winner's average speed: 39.7 km/hr

1 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano 4hr 11min 18sec
2 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
3 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team
4 Peter Sagan Cannondale Pro Cycling
5 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida
6 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar
7 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale
8 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing
9 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing
10 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling
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GC after Stage 12:

1 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 44hr 38min 14sec
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team @ 20 seconds
3 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1' 08''
4 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 1' 20''
5 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 1' 35''
6 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 1' 52''
7 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 2' 13''
8 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 2' 22''
9 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 2' 55''
10 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 3' 51''
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Stage 11, Wednesday, Sept 3: Pamplona - Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar, 153.4 km

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Fabio Aru

Fabio Aru's perfectly timed attack gives him the stage win. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: In the day's early kilometers, former race leader Nairo Quintana crashed for the second time in as many days. That signaled the end of his Vuelta as he was taken to a hospital for examination.

A break didn't go clear until the stage was 65 kilometers old. Vasil Kiryienka, Pim Ligthart, Johan Le Bon and Elia Favilli soon were more than a a minute ahead of the field with Caja Rural rider Peio Bilbao trying join the quartet. Bilbao did bridge the gap, but the five riders were never allowed more than a four-minute gap. Katusha was intent upon keeping a lid on the action, planning on setting Joaquin Rodriguez loose on the final ascent. Today featured a hilltop finish at Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar, a tough climb, well-suited to Rodriguez' talents.

By the time the final ascent started to bite, all the breakaways had been absorbed by the now very reduced peloton. Sky set a furious pace at the front while Chris Froome dangled off the back.

A few kilometers from the summit, Robert Gesink launched what looked like a stage winning attack, but he was caught with a kilometer to go. And then Astana's Fabio Aru blasted off the front. He still had lots of gas in the tank and drove to the finish. Near the top he wavered a bit, but he was still able to cross the line six seconds ahead of the Alejandro Valverde-led chasers. Valverde's bonification for second place cut Alberto Contador's lead to 20 seconds.

Despite his difficulty at some points during the stage, Froome finished with the front group of Valverde, Contador and Rodriguez.

Contador remains the GC leader. He looked quite comfortable during the entire ascent, but was isolated, without teammates sooner than the other contenders.

Complete Stage 11 results:

Winner's average speed: 41.6 km/hr

1 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team 3hr 41min 3sec
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team @ 6 seconds
3 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha
4 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo
5 Christopher Froome Team SKY
6 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 13''
7 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 15''
8 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp
9 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 16''
10 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 21''
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GC after Stage 11:

1 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 40hr 26min 56sec
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team @ 20 seconds
3 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1' 08''
4 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 1' 20''
5 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 1' 35''
6 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 1' 52''
7 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 2' 13''
8 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 2' 22''
9 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 2' 55''
10 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 3' 51''
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Stage 10, Tuesday, Sept 2: Real Lunasterio de Santa María de Veruela - Borja 36.7 km individual time trial

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Tony Martin

World time trial champion Tony Martin riding to victory in stage 10. Photo ©Sirotti

Weather at Borja, Spain at 2:30 PM local time: Hot! 30C (86F), partially cloudy, forecast to climb to 34C (94F) with full sun. Wind from the north-northwest at 23 km/hr (14 mph). 0% chance of rain.

The Race: The riders departed every minute in reverse GC order (Matteo Pelucchi went first) until the final thirty riders, who left the start gate every two minutes. Race leader Nairo Quintana was the last rider off.

Tony Martin proved again that he is currently the finest practitioner of the art of the individual time trial, beating Fabian Cancellara by 11 seconds. Rigoberto Uran again proved that he is a complete rider, finishing first among the contenders and elevating himself to third place.

Quintana crashed pretty hard on a descent, tumbling head over heels. He was able to mount what was probably a replacement bike and finish the stage, but clearly lost serious time, maybe a couple of minutes. There are several hilltop finishes to come, but Quintana has to dig himself out of a deep hole.

Chris Froome has not regained his form, having turned in a ride that wasn't far off from Joaquin Rodriguez', who is a poor time trialist.

Alberto Contador looked good from the start and rode powerfully over the entire course, losing only a little gas towards the end. His ride was more than good enough to make him the new overall leader.

Stage 10 results:

Winner's average speed: 46.818 km/hr

1 Tony Martin Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 47min 2sec
2 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step @ 15 seconds
3 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing + 18''
4 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo + 39''
5 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 48''
6 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team + 49''
7 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY + 57''
8 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team + 1' 00''
9 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing + 1' 13''
10 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 1' 32''
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GC after stage 10:

1 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 36hr 45min 49sec
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team @ 27 seconds
3 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 59''
4 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 1' 12''
5 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 1' 18''
6 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 1' 37''
7 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 1' 41''
8 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 2' 27''
9 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 2' 38''
10 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 2' 59''
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Rest Day 1: Monday, Sept 1


Stage 9, Sunday, Aug 31: Carboneras de Guadazaón - Aramón Valdelinares, 185 km

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Winner Anacona

Winner Anacona wins stage nine. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: A big group of riders went clear early in the stage. Of the 31 who had escaped, the best-placed was Lampre-Merida rider Winner Anacona, who was down 2min 50sec. The big break rode with good cohesion and didn't start to fracture until the climbs late in the stage. At one point they had a gap of more than eight minutes.

Anacona went clear from the break with Bob Jungels and Javier Moreno for company with about 22 kilometers to go. Meanwhile, the peloton was still more than six minutes back, making Anacona the virtual red jersey. Then it began to rain hard.

This stage had a hilltop finish at Aramón Valdelinares, and 6 kilometers from the summit Anacona left the other two behind and headed for the barn. He rode well on the hill and looked to be riding into the GC lead at the end of the stage.

But, the contenders in the peloton finally started getting itchy and started attacking each other. The attack that mattered was from Alberto Contador which came about 2 kilometers from the top. He took off in a huge gear and started eating up the distance between himself and Anacona. Katusha reacted and as Contador crossed the line, Joaquin Rodriguez and Nairo Quintana closed the gap.

The result, Quintana is the new GC leader, three seconds ahead of Contador. Anacona is in fourth place, nine seconds shy of the lead. This was another terrific day of racing at the Vuelta.

Stage 9 results:

Winner's average speed: 40.5 km/hr

1 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida 4hr 34min 14sec
2 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team @ 45 seconds
3 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida + 50''
4 Javier Moreno Movistar Team + 1' 04''
5 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 1' 12''
6 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1' 21''
7 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp + 1' 33''
8 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol + 1' 45''
9 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing + 1' 49''
10 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing + 2' 08''
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GC after Stage 9:

1 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team 35hr 58min 5sec
2 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo @ 3 seconds
3 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team + 8''
4 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 9''
5 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 28''
6 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 30''
7 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 1' 06''
8 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1' 19''
9 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1' 26''
10 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano + 1' 26''
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Stage 8, Saturday, Aug 30: Baeza - Albacete, 207 km

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Nacer Bouhanni wins stage 8

Nacer Bouhanni wins stage 8. Peter Sagan, who was third, can be seen behind him. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: The roasting heat the Vuelta has suffered so far eased a bit today.

The peloton let a break of Elia Favilli (Lampre-Merida) and Francisco Aramendia (Caja Rural) ride away during the day's first kilometers. They were allowed a maximum gap of a bit more than seven minutes. But since this was a stage with no categorized climbs, the sprinters' teams had no intention of letting a break run away.

First Giant-Shimano and then FDJ, looking to protect John Degenkolb and Nacer Bouhanni's chances moved to the front and began closing the gap. With 35 kilometers to go, the pair had been absorbed. It looked like we were going to have a normal, dull day of controlled racing with a furious final kilometer.

But...The wind started blowing from the right and several teams, Tinkoff-Saxo, Trek BMC and Sky, started mercilessly flogging the peloton and it quickly fractured into several echelons. Almost all the big GC riders and important sprinters were in the front group.

But near the end John Degenkolb and Nairo Quintana were dropped from the front group had to chase with furious intensity. This was hard, quality bike racing and no one was giving any gifts. Degenkolb and Quintana clawed their way back to the front group, but surely Degenkolb's legs were ruined by the chase for the coming sprint.

About 50 riders contested the sprint, led under the Red Kite by Omega Pharma. First of the big guns to fire was FDJ's Nacer Bouhanni who blasted like a bullet to the front. It looked like he had gone too soon, but he kept driving and no one could get by him. Bouhanni won the stage with Michael Matthews second. Degenkolb was not even close, the chase had taken its toll.

Race leader Alejandro finished 22nd, in the front group to retain his red jersey.

Stage 8 results:

Winner's average speed: 46.2 km/hr

1 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr 4hr 29min 00sec
2 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge
3 Peter Sagan Cannondale Pro Cycling
4 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano
5 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol
6 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team
7 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka
8 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida
9 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
10 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing
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GC after Stage 8:

1 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 31hr 21min 20sec
2 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team @ 15 seconds
3 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo + 18''
4 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 20''
5 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge + 41''
6 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 45''
7 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 55''
8 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 58''
9 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano + 1' 02''
10 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1' 06''
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Stage 7, Friday, Aug 29: Alhendín - Alcaudete, 169 km

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Alessandro DeMarchi wins stage 7

Alessandro De Marchi wins stage 7. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: During the first hour of stage seven, there were several breakaway attempts, all snuffed out by teams without representatives in the escapes.

About 35 kilometers into the stage, several riders went down, including Chris Froome. Froome was back up and eventually rejoined the peloton, but Ivan Santaromita (Orica-GreenEdge), Bryan Nauleau (Europcar) and Aleksejs Saramontins (IAM Cycling) had injuries severe enough to force them to abandon, the first riders to quit this year's Vuelta.

About as that was happening, four strong riders formed a smooth-working break that quickly established a good gap: Ryder Hesjedal, Johan Tschopp, Hubert Dupont and Alessandro De Marchi. At one point, about 100 kilometers into the stage, they were riding 7min 23sec ahead of the field, just 20 seconds short of making Hesjedal the Vuelta's virtual leader.

For much of the day, the pack's chase was indifferent. With about 40 kilometers to go, Trek and then Lampre started chasing in earnest. But with 18 km to go the quartet still had nearly four minutes, a big enough gap to succeed. It looked like Movistar asked Trek and Lampre to relent in their chasing efforts, since catching the breakaways was such a hopeless task.

Then things started to go wrong for some of the riders in the break. First Hubert Dupont (Ag2r) was dropped on climb. Then, while descending, Hesjedal's wheels just slipped out from under him. It looked like a photographer's motorcycle might have hit his bike.

De Marchi (Cannondale) and Tschopp (IAM Cycling) waited for a moment, then pressed on. As the road became steep, De Marchi dropped Tschopp and headed for the barn. Behind him the other three breakaways eventually joined up, but they could not make a dent in their gap to De Marchi.

De Marchi soloed in for the first Grand Tour stage win of his career. Hesjedal led the chasing trio in a minute and a half later. Philippe Gilbert won the field sprint as the peloton rumbled in 2 minutes 17 seconds after De Marchi had finished.

Chris Froome is riding a heads-up Vuelta. He jumped near the line and put two seconds between himself and the rest of the field with Valverde and Contador. He is now just two seconds behind third-placed Contador.

With his ninth-place finish Alejandro Valverde easily retained his GC lead.

Stage 7 results:

Winner's average speed: 41.9 km/hr

1 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling 4hr 1min 52sec
2 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp @ 1min 34sec
3 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale + 1' 35''
4 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling
5 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team + 2' 17''
6 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp
7 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 2' 18''
8 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 2' 20''
9 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team
10 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo
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GC after Stage 7:

1 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 26hr 52min 20sec
2 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team @ 15 seconds
3 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo + 18''
4 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 20''
5 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge + 41''
6 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 45''
7 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 55''
8 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 58''
9 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano + 1' 02''
10 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1' 06''
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Stage 6, Thursday, Aug 28: Benalmádena - La Zubia, 167.1 km

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Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde wins stage 6. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: Yet another hot, brutal day in Spain. Today had this year's first hill top finish and it smoked out the GC men.

For much of the day Pim Ligthart and Luis Mas Bonet rode off the front, at one time having a lead of more than twelve minutes. Even towards the end of the stage it looked as if the pair would succeed. But today was too important to the teams with GC ambitions and one squad after another sent men to the front to help pull the pack.

The pair weren't captured until partway up the final ascent, the first category climb to La Zubia.

When the climb began to really bite Alejandro Valverde set a fiery pace as he led teammate Nairo Quintana. As expected, near the top Joaquin Rodriguez attacked, but he doesn't have the form to put the others to the sword. Then Chris Froome attacked and several others scrambled up to him, including a surprising Alberto Contador. Valverde swept by and drove hard up the hill. No one could come by. Valverde accomplished the double coup. He won the stage and takes over the GC lead.

Stage 6 results:

Winner's average speed: 36.4 km/hr

1 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 4h 35' 27''
2 Christopher Froome Team SKY
3 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo
4 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha @ 8 seconds
5 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team + 12''
6 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 18''
7 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge + 25''
8 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits
9 Mikel Nieve Team SKY + 32''
10 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 33''
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GC after Stage 6:

1 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 22hr 48min 8sec
2 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team @ 15 seconds
3 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo + 18''
4 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 22''
5 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge + 41''
6 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 45''
7 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 55''
8 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 58''
9 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano + 1' 02''
10 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1' 06''
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Stage 5, Wednesday, Aug 27: Priego de Córdoba - Ronda 180 km

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John Degenkolb win stage 5

John Degenkolb (left, in green jersey) will hit the line first. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: As soon as the flag dropped Tony Martin (Omega Pharma) and Pim Ligthart (Lotto-Belisol) broke away. But given Martin's credentials as a multiple world time trial champion, the pair were given little freedom. Martin sat up and Ligthart tried to go it alone.

Late in the stage as the road began to rise, Tinkoff-Saxo massed at the front and sharply increased the speed. That was it, not only for Ligthart's escape but also for a lot of riders who weren't paying attention. The peloton broke up into at least three groups. The most serious casualty was Ryder Hesjedal, who never got back on and lost more than three minutes.

It was an uphill sprint and BMC ramped up the speed in the closing kilometers, planning to unleash Philppe Gilbert. Gilbert did go, but he didn't have the suds to make his attack stick.

The sprinters who had survived Tinkoff-Saxo's mugging went surging by. Yesterday's stage winner John Degenkolb headed to the right, riding next to the barrier, but leaving just enough room to tempt the reckless. Indeed, Nacer Bouhanni tried to go through a hole between Degenkolb and the barrier that really wasn't there with the spectators leaning over with their long clappers. Degenkolb prevailed and took his second consecutive stage. Bouhanni protested that Degenkolb had not held his line, but it was clear from the video that he had and the protest went nowhere.

Michael Matthews finished 11th, in the front group, to remain the GC leader. Tomorrow is a category one hilltop finish. Expect fireworks and some big changes to the standings.

Stage 5 results:

Winner's average speed: 38.3 km/hr

1 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano 4hr 41min 47sec
2 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr
3 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team
4 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing
5 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team
6 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale
7 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team
8 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling
9 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka
10 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida
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GC after Stage 5:

1 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 18hr 12min 31sec
2 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team @ 13 seconds
3 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team + 20''
4 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 24''
5 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 26''
6 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge
7 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing + 29''
8 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 32''
9 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo
10 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team
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Stage 4, Tuesday, Aug 26: Mairena del Alcor - Córdoba, 164.7 km

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Michael Matthews

Race leader Michael Matthews at the start of today's stage. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: Another hot, dry day in southern Spain. Temperatures hit 40C (+100F).

A soon as the riders had finished the neutralized section and the flag had dropped, a four-man break jumped away from the pack: Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural), Gert Joeaar (Cofidis), Sébastien Turgot (Ag2r) and Jimmy Engoulvent (Europcar).

Protecting their race leader Michael Matthews, Orica-GreenEdge put several riders at the front of the pack. Over the first of the day's two categorized climbs Jimmy Engoulvent (joined by Amets Txurruka who had bridged from the peloton) led by a few seconds. Back in the pack the heat and the climb was starting to wreak havoc with many of the riders.

The second climb, the Alto del Catorce por Ciento, a second-category ascent, sent about two-thirds of the peloton out the back door, including several big-time sprinters like Peter Sagan and Nacer Bouhanni. But, John Degenkolb and Michael Matthews did survive. All of the breakaway riders were caught.

Alejandro Valverde was part of of a four-man move that went clear on the descent, but the pack was well aware of the danger and chased with vigor, catching the last of the break with nine kilometers to go.

That left abut sixty riders to contest the sprint. John Degenkolb timed his move perfectly, coming from several riders back to win the stage by a couple of bike lengths.

Race leader Michael Matthews was third today, preserving his overall lead.

Stage 4 Results:

Winner's average speed: 40.681 km/hr

1 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano 4hr 2min 55sec
2 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling
3 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge
4 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling
5 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp
6 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha
7 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale
8 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida
9 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing
10 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team
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GC after Stage 4:

1 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 13hr 30min 44sec
2 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team @ 8 seconds
3 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team + 15''
4 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 19''
5 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 21''
6 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge
7 George Bennett Cannondale Pro Cycling + 24''
8 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing
9 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo + 27''
10 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team
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Stage 3, Monday, Aug 25: Cadiz - Arcos de la Frontera, 197.8 km

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Michael Matthews wins stage 3

Michael Matthews wins stage three while Dan Martin pounds his bars in frustration. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: Early on a break of six riders went clear: Jerome Cousin, Luis Mas Bonet, Jonathan Fumeaux, Danilo Wyss and Jacques van Rensburg. They were given a lot of freedom, at one point the escapees had a gap of more than eight minutes.

But it was a very hot day with four categorized climbs. First Fumeaux dropped back and then Luis Mas Bonet attacked the break. Mas Bonet stayed away long enough to be the first over the last two climbs and gain the KOM lead (though he is tied at nine points with Jerome Cousin).

With Orica-GreenEdge relentlessly pulling the peloton, eventually all the breakaway riders were caught.

Everyone knew the finish with a narrow bridge before a 6% grade to the finish. There was a mad scramble to the front to be well-positioned for the final kilometer. Orica-GreenEdge played it perfectly, though for a moment it looked like Katusha's Giampaolo Caruso was going to run away with all the glory. He attacked on the final grade to the finish, but didn't have enough suds to make it to the line. Dan Martin, Michael Matthews and Joaquin Rodriguez went flying by him.

It came down to a drag race between Martin and Matthews with Matthews the victor. With the time bonus for winning the stage, Matthews made it a double-coup, taking also the GC lead.

Stage 3 results:

Winner's average speed: 33.5 km/hr

1 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 5hr 12min 14sec
2 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp
3 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha
4 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team
5 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team
6 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team
7 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale
8 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr
9 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha
10 Christopher Froome Team SKY
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GC after stage 3:

1 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 9hr 27min 53sec
2 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team @ 4 seconds
3 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team + 11''
4 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 15''
5 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 17''
6 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge
7 George Bennett Cannondale Pro Cycling + 20''
8 Julian David Arredondo  Trek Factory Racing
9 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing
10 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 22''
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Stage 2, Sunday, Aug 24: Algeciras - San Fernando, 174.4 km

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Stage 2 finish

Nacer Bouhanni wins stage two. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: A six-man break (Francisco Aramendia, Jacques van Rensburg, Kristian Sbaragli, Nathan Haas, Valerio Conti and Romain Hardy) went very early. Nathan Haas was first over the day's only categorized climb, the Alto del Cabrito, thereby securing the blue and white polk-dot climber's jersey for tomorrow's stage.

Soon thereafter Haas and Sbaragli went back to the peloton while the other four continued. At one point they had a lead of five minutes, but the sprinters' teams were not going to let this one get away.

With fifteen kilometers remaining, the field was together with FDJ and Giant Shimano doing a lot of the work at the front.

Near the finish there were some tricky corners but the peloton negotiated them safely. FDJ gave its ace sprinter Nacer Bouhanni a perfect leadout. Bouhanni did not waste the opportunity and won the stage.

Alejandro Valverde is now the GC leader, taking over from teammate Jonathan Castroviejo.

Stage 2 results:

Winner's average speed: 43.3 km/hr

1 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr 4hr 1min 30sec
2 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano
3 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida
4 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing
5 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA
6 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling
7 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale
8 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
9 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team
10 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling
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GC after Stage 2:

1 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 4hr 15min 43sec
2 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team
3 Andrey Amador Movistar Team
4 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team
5 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team
6 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team
7 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling @ 6 seconds
8 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge
9 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling
10 Maciej Bodnar Cannondale Pro Cycling
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Stage 1, Saturday, Aug 23: Jerez de la Frontera 12.6 km team time trial

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Team Movistar

Movistar rides a perfect team time trial to win the stage. Photo ©Sirotti

Weather: At 7 PM, local time, 26C (77F), some clouds. Wind from the west at 24 km/hr (15 mph). 57% humidity.

The Race: For a long time it looked as if Cannondale was going to win the stage with Orica-GreenEdge just .01 seconds slower. But the last team to start, Movistar, blistered the short, technical course to take the stage and the first red jersey. Jonathan Castroviejo was the first Movistar rider across the line so he'll start tomorrow's stage in red.

Trek Factory Racing had a big crash while training, but clearly they came out fine since Trek finished just nine seconds slower than Movistar.

Chris Froome's Sky team couldn't deliver the goods, putting Froome 27 seconds in the hole.

Stage 1 Results:

Winner's average speed: 53.1 km/hr

1 Movistar 14min 13sec
2 Cannondale @ 6 seconds
3 Orica-GreenEdge  
4 Trek Factory Racing + 9''
5 Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 11''
6 Giant-Shimano + 16''
7 Tinkoff-Saxo + 19''
8 Belkin
9 BMC + 21''
10 Lampre-Merida + 25''
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GC after Stage 1:

1 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team 14min 13sec
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team
3 Andrey Amador Movistar Team
4 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team
5 Javier Moreno Movistar Team
6 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team
7 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team
8 Adriano Malori Movistar Team @ 4 seconds
9 José Herrada Movistar Team + 6''
10 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling
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2014 Vuelta a España by the numbers:


Startlist, August 22, 2014

Lampre-Merida
1 Valerio Conti
2 Winner Anacona
3 Damiano Cunego
4 Elia Favilli
5 Roberto Ferrari
6 Przemyslaw Niemiec
7 Filippo Pozzato
8 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze 
9 José Rodolfo Serpa 
 
Ag2r-La Mondiale
11 Hubert Dupont
12 Carlos Betancur
13 Maxime Bouet
14 Damien Gaudin
15 Patrick Gretsch
16 Yauheni Hutarovich
17 Lloyd Mondory
18 Rinaldo Nocentini
19 Sébastien Turgot
 
Astana Pro Team
21 Fabio Aru
22 Daniil Fominykh
23 Andrea Guardini
24 Jacopo Guarnieri
25 Tanel Kangert
26 Mikel Landa
27 Alexey Lutsenko
28 Paolo Tiralongo
29 Andrey Zeits
 
Belkin
31 Wilco Kelderman
32 Stef Clement
33 Laurens Ten Dam
34 Robert Gesink
35 Moreno Hofland
36 Paul Martens
37 Martijn Keizer
38 Maarten Tjallingii
39 Robert Wagner
 
BMC Racing Team
41 Samuel Sánchez
42 Rohan Dennis
43 Cadel Evans
44 Philippe Gilbert
45 Steve Morabito
46 Dominik Nerz
47 Manuel Quinziato
48 Lawrence Warbasse
49 Danilo Wyss
 
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
51 Luis Leon Sanchez 
52 Javier Aramendia
53 David Arroyo
54 Peio Bilbao
55 Karol Domagalski
56 Francesco Lasca
57 Luís Mas Bonet 
58 Antonio Piedra
59 Amets Txurruka
 
Cannondale
61 Peter Sagan
62 George Bennett
63 Maciej Bodnar
64 Guillaume Boivin
65 Damiano Caruso
66 Alessandro De Marchi
67 Oscar Gatto
68 Matthias Krizek
69 Paolo Longo
 
Cofidis
71 Daniel Navarro
72 Jérome Coppel
73 Romain Hardy
74 Gert Joeaar
75 Christophe Le Mével
76 Guillaume Levarlet
77 Luis Angel Mate 
78 Yoann Bagot
79 Romain Zingle
 
Team Europcar
81 Romain Sicard
82 Netnael Berhane
83 Jerome Cousin
84 Dan Craven
85 Jimmy Engoulvent
86 Vincent Jerome
87 Yannick Martinez
88 Maxime Mederel
89 Bryan Nauleau
 
FDJ
91 Nacer Bouhanni
92 Kenny Elissonde
93 Antonio Murilo Fischer 
94 Johan Le Bon
95 Laurent Mangel
96 Cédric Pineau
97 Thibaut Pinot
98 Anthony Roux
99 Geoffrey Soupe
 
Garmin-Sharp
101 Ryder Hesjedal
102 Daniel Martin
103 Koldo Fernández
104 Nathan Haas
105 Nathan Brown
106 Andrre Cardoso
107 David Millar
108 Andrew Talansky
109 Johan Vansummeren
 
Team Giant-Shimano
111 Warren Barguil
112 Nikias Ardnt
113 Lawson Craddock
114 Koen De Kort
115 John Degenkolb
116 Johannes Frohlinger
117 Chad Haga
118 Tobias Ludvigsson
119 Ramon Sinkeldam
 
IAM Cycling
121 Marcel Aregger
122 Jonathan Fumeaux
123 Sébastien Hinault
124 Dominic Klemme
125 Pirmin Lang
126 Matteo Pelucchi
127 Vicente Reynes
128 Aleksejs Saramotins
129 Johann Tschopp
 
Team Katusha
131 Joaquim Rodríguez
132 Giampaolo Caruso
133 Sergei Chernetckii
134 Alexandr Kolobnev
135 Dmitry Kozontchuk
136 Alberto Losada
137 Daniel Moreno
138 Yuri Trofimov
139 Eduard Vorganov
 
Lotto-Belisol
141 Jurgen Van Den Broeck
142 Sander Armée
143 Vegard Breen
144 Bart De Clercq
145 Jens Debusschere
146 Adam Hansen
147 Gregory Henderson
148 Pim Ligthart
149 Maxime Monfort
 
Movistar Team
151 Alejandro Valverde
152 Andrey Amador
153 Jonathan Castroviejo
154 Imanol Erviti
155 José Herrada
156 Gorka Izagirre
157 Adriano Malori
158 Javier Moreno
159 Nairo Quintana
 
MTN - Qhubeka
161 Sergio Pardilla
162 Gerald Ciolek
163 Merhawi Kudus
164 Louis Meintjes
165 Kristian Sbaragli
166 Daniel Teklehaimanot
167 Jay Robert Thomson 
168 Jaco Venter
169 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg
 
Omega Pharma - Quick Step
171 Tom Boonen
172 Gianluca Brambilla
173 Nikolas Maes
174 Tony Martin
175 Wout Poels
176 Pieter Serry
177 Rigoberto Uran
178 Martin Velits
179 Carlos Verona
 
Orica GreenEdge
181 Sam Bewley
182 Johan Esteban Chaves 
183 Simon Clarke
184 Mitchell Docker
185 Brett Lancaster
186 Michael Matthews
187 Cameron Meyer
188 Ivan Santaromita
189 Adam Yates
 
Team Sky
191 Christopher Froome
192 Dario Cataldo
193 Philip Deignan
194 Peter Kennaugh
195 Vasil Kiryienka
196 Christian Knees
197 Mikel Nieve
198 Luke Rowe
199 Kanstantsin Siutsou
 
Tinkoff-Saxo
201 Alberto Contador
202 Michael Valgren
203 Daniele Bennati
204 Jesus Hernandes
205 Sérgio Paulinho
206 Ivan Rovny
207 Chris Anker Sørensen 
208 Matteo Tosatto
209 Oliver Zaugg
 
Trek Factory Racing
211 Fabian Cancellara
212 Julián David Arredondo 
213 Fabio Felline
214 Bob Jungels
215 Yaroslav Popovych
216 Jesse Sergent
217 Jasper Stuyven
218 Kristof Vandewalle
219 Haimar Zubeldia