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Vuelta a España - 9 September 2010

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There are no changes to the General Classification, Igor Anton keeps the red jersey.

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Farrar comes in second and Matthew Goss comes in third.

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Mark Cavendish has won the 12th stage of the Vuelta.

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Mark Cavendish takes over infront.

1km 

Gilbert slips into lead.

5km 

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.

8km 

It looks set to be a tight finish. Mark Cavendish is near the front, and is being protected by his team mates.

13km

Luis Leon Sanchez has suffered a flat tyre just 13km from the end.

13km 

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.

17km 

The Garmin-Transitions team stretch the peloton as they head out in front.

21km 

The pack has caught the leaders, and it's even going into the last 20km.

23km

Perrig Quemeneur comes first in the second intermediate sprint of the day, followed by David Garcia da Pena and then Gustavo rodriguez.

24km 

Perig Quemeneur tries to get infront of the leaders, but is soon caught by the breakaway. Only a gap of 10 seconds now.

29km 

The escapees maintain an uncomfortable advantage of just over half a minute.

32km 

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.

35km 

The lead slowly decreases to 1:14 as the cyclists travel over Rio Serge.

40km 

The medics car pulls up alongside Koldo Fernandez as he cycles along, but he seems fine and is able to continue.

42km 

1:37 is the advantage that the leaders have, but it seems to be ever decreasing.

45km 

The nine leaders still holding strong out front at the moment, but the differance has been reduced to 1:49.

50km 

50km left and the majority of the remainder of this stage will be a downhill sprint.

55km 

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.

58km 

Markus Eichler has to stop temporarily as he has problems with his chain, but he's back on is trying to regain the breakaway.

61km 

Three cyclists from the Xacobeo-Galicia team in the breakaway as the gap is cut down to 1:50.

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77km 

Quick Step and Garmin help each other as they try to reach the leaders, who hold an advantage at 2:30

87km 

The front runners make it to the refeulling point and have a gap of 2:50.

89km

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.

97km 

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.

106km 

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).

112km 

The three have caught the top six and there is a 2:40 gap back to the pack.

116km

The front men pass the summit of Col de Boixols: 1.David Garcia (Xacobeo) 2.Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Xacobeo) 3. errig Quemeneur (Bbox)

118km 

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.

120km 

The average speed in the first hour of racing was 44km/h.

125km 

Puncture for Veloso, who quickly resumes his place in the breakaway after dealing with it.

128km 

Gustavo Rodriguez makes a break to try and reach the escapees, who are in front by 2:30.

132km

Gustavo Cesar Veloso has suffered a flat tyre. The leaders advantage has dropped to 2:34.

135km 

The front runners are approaching Boixols for the only hill climb of the stage.

140km 

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.

144km 

3:14 is now the advantage for the break away leaders,as they head past Les Valls d'Auilar.

157km 

The six at the front have broken away from the pack. They are now 1:24 infront.

160km 

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.

167km 

Kaisen still has this early advantage on the pack as they set off from a cloudy Andorra.

173km 

The race has begun, and Olivier Kaisen has taken an early 10 second advantage.

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Roy Sentjens has withdrew from the race.

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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.