There are no changes to the General Classification, Igor Anton keeps the red jersey.
Andorra la Vella - Lleida
Vuelta a España - 9 September 2010
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Farrar comes in second and Matthew Goss comes in third.
Mark Cavendish has won the 12th stage of the Vuelta.
Mark Cavendish takes over infront.
Gilbert slips into lead.
The last five km of this stage and its very tight. Igor Anton, holder of the red jersey, is right in the middle of the peloton.
It looks set to be a tight finish. Mark Cavendish is near the front, and is being protected by his team mates.
Luis Leon Sanchez has suffered a flat tyre just 13km from the end.
The wind is strong against the riders, and it is very compact out front with a few teams trying to attack, but Garmin-Transitions team hold on upfront.
The Garmin-Transitions team stretch the peloton as they head out in front.
The pack has caught the leaders, and it's even going into the last 20km.
Perrig Quemeneur comes first in the second intermediate sprint of the day, followed by David Garcia da Pena and then Gustavo rodriguez.
Perig Quemeneur tries to get infront of the leaders, but is soon caught by the breakaway. Only a gap of 10 seconds now.
The escapees maintain an uncomfortable advantage of just over half a minute.
The breakaway of nine men lead by under a minute now as we head into the final 30km of the sprint and towards the second intermediate sprint.
The lead slowly decreases to 1:14 as the cyclists travel over Rio Serge.
The medics car pulls up alongside Koldo Fernandez as he cycles along, but he seems fine and is able to continue.
1:37 is the advantage that the leaders have, but it seems to be ever decreasing.
The nine leaders still holding strong out front at the moment, but the differance has been reduced to 1:49.
50km left and the majority of the remainder of this stage will be a downhill sprint.
The peloton has slipped behind slightly and is now 2:07 back from the leaders, and Markus Eichler has managed to get back to the break.
Markus Eichler has to stop temporarily as he has problems with his chain, but he's back on is trying to regain the breakaway.
Three cyclists from the Xacobeo-Galicia team in the breakaway as the gap is cut down to 1:50.
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Quick Step and Garmin help each other as they try to reach the leaders, who hold an advantage at 2:30
The front runners make it to the refeulling point and have a gap of 2:50.
The results of the first intermediate sprint shows Gustavo Rodriguez comes third, Antonio Piedra Perez comes in front of him and David Garcia da Pena comes out on top.
The gap rises to 3 minutes for the cyclists leading the race, a little gap considering there is still just under 100km to go on a mainly flat surface.
The front guys then are now: Perrig Quemeneur (Bbox), Lars Bak (HTC Columbia), Blel Kadri (AG2R La Mondiale), Markus Eichler (Milram), Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Xacobeo), Antonio Perez (Andalucia), Gustavo Rodriguez (Xacobeo), David Garcia da Pena (Xacobeo) and Marco Marzano (Lampre).
The three have caught the top six and there is a 2:40 gap back to the pack.
The front men pass the summit of Col de Boixols: 1.David Garcia (Xacobeo) 2.Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Xacobeo) 3. errig Quemeneur (Bbox)
Three riders break away from the peloton: Gustavo Rodriguez (Xacobeo), David Garcia da Pena (Xacobeo) and Marco Marzano (Lampre) are 58 seconds clear of the main pack and less than a minute from the leaders.
The average speed in the first hour of racing was 44km/h.
Puncture for Veloso, who quickly resumes his place in the breakaway after dealing with it.
Gustavo Rodriguez makes a break to try and reach the escapees, who are in front by 2:30.
Gustavo Cesar Veloso has suffered a flat tyre. The leaders advantage has dropped to 2:34.
The front runners are approaching Boixols for the only hill climb of the stage.
The escapees are slowly being caught by the peloton as the gap is reduced to 3:06. Here is a report of what happened in yesterdays stage.
3:14 is now the advantage for the break away leaders,as they head past Les Valls d'Auilar.
The gap increases dramatically to 3:20. Here is the
The six at the front have broken away from the pack. They are now 1:24 infront.
Kaisen has been caught and there are now six cyclists leading the race. They are Markus Eichler, Perrig Quemeneur, Gustavo Cesar Veloso, Lars Ytting Bak, Antonio Piedra Perez and Biel Kadrie have opened a 14 second advantage.
Kaisen still has this early advantage on the pack as they set off from a cloudy Andorra.
The race has begun, and Olivier Kaisen has taken an early 10 second advantage.
Roy Sentjens has withdrew from the race.
Welcome to stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana as the peloton travel 173km from Andorra la Vella to the western Catalunian city of Lleida.