Vuelta a España • Stage14
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Vuelta a España - 11 September 2010

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17:00 

Thanks for joining us for what was a dramatic day at the Vuelta. Terrible luck for Anton, who crashed out while wearing the red jersey, but it's thrown this race wide open.

16:50

General classification: 1. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) 2. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) 3. Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo) at 0:50 4. Xavier Tondo (Cervelo) at 0:50 5. Nicolas Roche (AG2R) at 2:11

16:45

Stage 14 result: Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) 2. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) at 0:20 3. Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo) at 0:22 4. David Moncoutie (Cofidis) at 0:33 5. Nicolas Roche (AG2R) at 0:34

16:40 

Vincenzo Nibali leads the overall standings by just four seconds ahead of Joaquin Rodriguez. Mozquera and Tondo are tied for third, 50 seconds down.

0km 

Moncoutie took fourth and Roche a fabulous fifth ahead of Schleck.

0km 

Nibali is the new red jersey following that second place and the withdrawal of Igor Anton.

0km 

Nibali takes second place and 12 seconds bonus, finishing 20 seconds back, just ahead of Mosquera.

0km

Rodriquez wins and takes a 20 second time bonus.

0.5km 

Mosquera is closing down Nibali. Rodriguez is certain to win the stage now.

0.5km

Rodriguez attacks! Nibali cannot respond! The Spaniard will win today's stage with a massive sucker punch of an attack.

1km 

Mosquera, Schleck and Tondo are in pursuit. Roche is slipping a bit. Nibali leads Rodriguez amongst a vast sea of supporters.

1km 

Rodriguez goes off in pursuit but Tondo and Mosquera haven't done a thing. Nibali is caught by Rodriguez as they pass the one-to-go banner.

2km 

Terpstra is caught as Nibali launches an attack! Nobody can respond...

2.5km 

Tondo and Roche are in this group too, as is Rodriguez. There's a slight flatter section here before the final ramp to the finish. Millar has been caught and dropped. Terpstra is stillholding on but he only has 10 seconds. Sastre has been distanced.

3km 

Kreuziger's pace has blown the peloton apart. Peter Velits of HTC is still there, as is Schleck and Mosquiera. Terpstra is still trying his best up front alone, but it doesn't look good for the Dutchman.

3.5km 

Terpstra drops Millar on the front. We haven't been given any time checks for ages so no idea what the advantage is.

4km

It's official - Anton has abandoned the race. He's in the team car, with cuts everywhere - on his race, hands, arms, legs, backside, back, shoulders... a terrible way to end the race that he was leading.

4km 

Attack by a Xacabio-Galicia rider. Caisse d'Epargne's Marzio Bruseghin also came down in that crash.

5km 

Nibali and Kreuziger lead the peloton as Martinez is loaded on to an ambulance. Anton still in the team car.

5km 

Back on the front of the peloton, it's Liquigas setting the pace. The Vuelta has been blown wide open by that crash.

5km 

Anton has got in the Euskaltel race car. It looks like he may retire from the race. This is sad.

6km 

Complete disaster for Euskatel and Anton. The Spaniard is yet to get back on his bike. He's covered in blood and cuts. Egoi Martinez is still down. Looks like he has done his collarbone.

6km

BIG CRASH IN THE PELOTON! It's Igor Anton, the race leader. His shirt and shorts are ripped to shreds. About 10 riders are down, with others off the road. This is the day Anton has lost the Vuelta.

8km 

The lead is 2:22 as riders begin to drop off the back of the peloton.

10km 

Liquigas moving closer forward now, alongside Euskaltel. But it'sstill Katusha setting the pace, with a bit of help, strangely enough, from Lampre.

12km 

The lead drops to under three minutes for the first time. Still it's Millar on the front.

13km 

Millar's doing all the work on the front. They surely won't be able to hold on once the GC contenders dig deep on the final climb. That said, stranger things have happened. Right at the back of the peloton is Denis Menchov, surprisingly.

15km 

Luis Leon Sanchez suffers a flat tyre. The gap is down to 3:30.

20km

Zabriskie has hit the wall! The American is dropped by Millar and Terpstra on a brief uphill section ahead of the final climb of the day. The bunch, now led by the Katusha team of Joaquin Rodriguez, are riding at 4:10.

25km 

Millar and Zabriskie - sounds a bit like a TV detective series.

26km 

Cows and horses share fields in this part of the world. It's a nice sight. Kolobnev is caught. Euskaltel continue to manage the situation. The three leaders - Garmin pair Millar and Zabriskie, and Milram's combattive Terpstra, the Dutch road race champion - maintain a 5:22 lead.

28km 

Sanchez sits up and drops back to the peloton. Kolobnev rides on alone for a bit before deciding that he too would be best off preserving his energy. Their attack really was not going anywhere.

30km 

Both Millar and Zabriskie are current world championships time trial medallists - just the kind of riders you want to be involved with in a long, flat stretch like this. But it may be hard for them to hold onto their lead once the road hits the today's brutal last climb. They have 4:32 while the chasing duo of Kolobnev and Sanchez still only have around 30 secodns on the peloton.

33km 

Zabriskie's moustache is really quite something.

35km 

Euskaltel are riding on the front of the peloton, managing the situation for red jersey Igor Anton. The Spaniard has already won the two previous mountain top finishes on this Vuelta, taking a 20-second bonus on each occasion.

38km

Sanchez has a word with Kolobnev, the Russian clearly not doing enough work. The pair have 42 seconds on the peloton, with the leaders four minutes further up the road.

40km 

It's an extremely long descent - and ridiculously scenic, a real treat for the viewers. Zabriskie fills up with water from the Garmin team car, discarding his empty bidons on the side of the road. Terrible waste - even if the bidons in this Vuelta are all biodegradable.

45km 

The two riders in the chasing group have 26 seconds over the peloton. It's hard seeing them stay out, what with the long flat section coming up.

47km 

Sanchez and Kolobnev has managed to build up a bit of a gap as they reach the summit. Meanwhile, the three leaders are rocketing down to the valley on the other side of the Alto de Caracol. The lead is down to 5:46.

49km

Arroyo's attack is going nowhere and so team-mate Luis Leon Sanchez takes the initiative and breaks clear of the peloton. He's joined by Katusha's Alexsandr Kolobnev.

50km 

Lampre's Andrey Kashechkin is one of the riders to have been dropped, as is Jose Angel Gomez Marchante.

51km

Millar goes into the dancing position as he approaches the summit, followed by Terpstra and Zabriskie. They cross the line in those positions. Back in the peloton, it's Caisse d'Epargne's Ruben Plaza setting the pace, followed by a cluster of Euskaltel riders. And there's an attack by David Arroyo! Game on.

55km 

The leaders are onto the penultimate climb of the day, the second category Alto de Caracol. The lead is 8:10 with both Cervelo and Caisse d'Epargne upping the tempo and creating a split in the peloton.

60km 

Spectacular scenary here in the Cantabria mountains: these green rolling hills make a big difference from the arid landscapes we saw last week.

65km

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68km

Bbox's Alexandre Pichot is receiving some medical attention. The peloton crosses the summit 9:25 down on the three leaders.

70km

Order of the three leaders over the summit of the second category Portillo de Lunada: 1. Zabriskie (Garmin), 2. Terpstra (Milram), 3. Millar (Garmin). The advantage is down a little to 11:10.

73km 

Despite losing Denifl, it's Cervelo doing the work on the front of the peloton now. The lead is 12:55.

75km

The three leaders are onto the second category Portillo de Lunada as news comes in of the withdrawal of Cervelo's Stefan Denifl.

80km

Lunch time: 12:12 is the gap. This live reporter has already had his lunch: couscous with roasted vegetables, mixed bean salad and a cheese n ham sandwich. Not a bad musette.

82km

Millar takes the sprint ahead of Zabriskie and Terpstra.

85km 

The lead keeps rising: 11:15 at the last check, with the first intermediate sprint coming right up.

95km

David Millar takes maximum points atop the Alto de Bocos ahead of his Garmin team-mate Dave Zabriskie and Milram's Niki Terpstra, the architect of this breakaway. The lead back to the peloton has increased to 9:47 as Oscar Pujol of Cervelo gets some medical attention.

98km

Yesterday, HTC-Columbia's Mark Cavendish complained that Quick Step'sWouter Weylandt and Garmin's Tyler Farrar had formed a cross-team alliance to try and thwart him.

100km 

The three leaders reach the foot of the third category Alto de Bocos with a lead of 7:34. Back in the bunch, Bbox Bouygyes Telecom's Jerome Vincent is receiving some medical attention.

105km

The peloton rides through Villacayo, the hometown of Cervelo veteran Inigo Cuesta. At 41 years of age, Cuesta is the oldest man on the road, racing a record 17 Vuelta. Currently 23rd in the GC, 7:05 off the pace, Cuesta still has not decided whether or not to hang up his cycling boots at the end of the season.

110km 

Both Millar and Zabriskie have won stages on both the Vuelta and the Tour. In fact, Zabriskie has victories in all three major tours. Millar's last win came last year at Toledo. Their companion, Terpstra, has yet to savour a stage scalp in a major race. It's looking good for the trio: their lead is up to 7:52.

115km

Zabriski and Millar have caught Terpstra. The trio have five minutes on the peloton with the first climb of the day looming on the horizon.

125km

The Garmin pair are making serious in-roads: they're just 1:07 behind Terpstra now, who himself has a lead of 4:35 over the peloton. Current King of the Mountains, David Moncoutie, will be annoyed he's not with his namesakes: there are quite a few climbing points up for grabs today.

130km 

Our lone Dutchman has 2:10 on the Garmin pair of Zabriskie and Millar, with the peloton a further 1:30 back. In theory, Terpstra will benefit with the help of his pursuers, both of whom have world championship medals for time trialling.

132km

Terpstra's lead has ballooned to 3:40 as Garmin pair David Millar and Dave Zabriskie both jump out of the peloton in pursuit. Both Davids have been pretty quiet so far in this Vuelta so it's good to see they still have a pulse. Not sure about Zabriskie's moustache, mind.

138km

We have a lone leader out there: Milram's Niki Terpstra has a 1:08 gap after taking advantage of some cross winds and breaking clear. A handful of riders - including the likes of Philippe Gilbert, Christian Vandevelde, Serafin Martinez and David Moncoutie - tried to follow but couldn't latch on.

140km 

While the riders jostle for breakaway status why not check out what's been happening in the race

145km

It's a tough stage today. After an initial plateau we have the third category climb to Bocos, followed by the second category climbs of Lunada and Caracol before a flat stretch and the final ascent to Pena Cabarga, which has an average gradient of 10% and some ramps as steep as 18%. In short: prepare for an explosive finale.

150km 

Bjorn Schroder, Dario Cataldo and Dmitry Fofonov fail in an attempt to get away, despite holding an 11-second advantage for a moment.

155km

Spain's David Arroyo of Caisse d'Epargne is the latest rider to try his luck but the Euskaltel-led pack brings it back together. It's a very fast pace out there: 50km/h for the first 30 minutes of the stage.

160km

Katusha's Joaquin Rodriguez, who wore the red jersey for one day last week, is receiving medical attention from the race doctor. Let's hope it's nothing serious.

165km 

It's been a very fiesty start to the stage with multiple breakaway attempts. A group of around seven, spearheaded by QuickStep's Carlos Barredo, made a bit of headway but were swept up. Now it's back as one - but it won't be for long.

175km

Italy's Filippo Pozzato is amongst a cluster of riders to try an early break today. The Katusha man announced this week that he has not had sex in five months in a bid to keep his concentration for the World Championships in Melbourne next month.

178km

The only withdrawal from the race today is Katusha sprinter Denis Galimzyanov.

178km

The riders make their way through the neutralised zone under a blue sky and a hot sun. Temperatures at Burgos are 23 degrees centigrade this morning.

12:00 

After two days of flat - both of which won by Britain's Mark Cavendish - the hills return, culminating in a summit finish which should see the main contenders battle it out.

12:00 

Welcome to live coverage of stage 14 of the Vuelta, a 178 kilometre medium mountains trek from Burgos to Pena Cabarga.