Vuelta a España • Stage19

Piedrahita - Toledo
Vuelta a España - 17 September 2010

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Provisional overall classification: 1. NIBALI, Vincenzo (Liquigas - Doimo) 80h 30' 48"; 2. MOSQUERA MIGUEZ, Ezequiel (Xacobeo - Galicia)+ 50"; 3. VELITS, Peter (HTC - Columbia) + 1' 59"; 4. RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin (Katusha) + 3' 54"; 5. SCHLECK, Fränk (Saxo Bank) + 3' 57"; 6. TONDO VOLPINI, Xavier (Cervélo Test Team)+ 4' 02"; 7. ROCHE, Nicolas (Ag2r - La Mondiale)+ 4' 10"; 8 DANIELSON, Tom (Garmin - Transitions) + 4' 12"


Stage 19 result: 1. Philippe Gilbert; 2. Tyler Farrar; 3. Filippo Pozzato; 4. Sebastien Hinault; 5. Peter Velits


Inside the final km as the bunch comes together. Gilbert goes for the line!! With Tyler Farrar following but the American can't get near him and Philippe Gilbert takes the sprint win!!


The bunch ride over cobble stones and the pack begins to fracture. FDJ hit the front.


Matt Goss of HTC also jumps off the front in pursuit. The pack look confused.


Cataldo and Luis Sanchez with - who's this - Nicolas Roche?? attack. This could be interesting. More riders try to bridge the gap.


Everyone's out of the saddle now. And now the attacks begin to come. Gilbert is close by.


More pace up front from Lampre. The pack comes back into a bunch as the speed slows slightly. But Lampre aren't happy and go again. Now, here comes that nasty hill.


We are now hurtling towards the finish at Toledo. The field is becoming very strung out. Lampre at the front now. And it looks like the main pack may split before the end.


The riders appreciate a good run-in to the final slight climb is vital to any thoughts of a stage win.


My Eurosport TV colleagues fancy Philippe Gilbert for an attack before the finish. He tried the same trick yesterday without success. Footon hit the front once more.


Saxo Bank now come to the front. Maybe JJ Haedo fancies going one better than yesterday's second place. Lots of teams coming to the front. The break is caught. Fresh attacks may start instantly.


The lead has almost vanished in the blink of an eye. Dominik Roels, Josep Jufre, Manuel Ortega and Xavier Florencio are now a paltry 25s ahead.


The breakaway will have to decide whether to stick or twist. The gap is just over a minute with 20km to go. But with the finish anything but straight forward keeping out front may yet prove fruitful.


Liquigas have Nibali safe and tucked up near the front. Mark Cavendish pokes his head out from time to time. Frank Schleck takes up position beside the Manx Missile. The gap to Dominik Roels, Josep Jufre, Manuel Ortega and Xavier Florencio is 1m 24s.


The riders have been in the saddle now for more than 5hrs which is not bad going. Footon, Liquigas, Katusha and Omega Pharma lead the chase. The gap is 2m.


A slight uphill section for the peloton to navigate. It's mainly downhill until the final 6km or so. The time-check to the leaders is 2m 19s.


The wind starts to blow from the left. Not much but enough to send the peloton scampering for cover across the road. The lead to the breakaway is just 2m 47s.


All the main players have positioned themselves near the front of the peloton. With the tricky uphill section to come about 5km from the end, that isn't a bad idea.


The pace does indeed increase. HTC at the front with the gap failing to 3m 20s.


The peloton are not hanging about now. The chase is well and truly on. The field is strung out and the pace will only increase from here.


The break have just over 4m on the field. Katusha head the peloton. Could they be thinking of Kolobnev and Possato at the finish?


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The race enters Toledo. The breakaway still hangs in front of the peloton. Who will take charge at the front?


The lead is hovering around 5m still. The first four in this break are Dominik Roels, Josep Jufre, Manuel Ortega and Xavier Florencio.


Yes Becky, the peloton is safely back together and working to reel in the breakaway. Should be a good chase.


The breakaway put some time on the main field. The lead increases slightly to 5m 4s.


Dominik Roels, Josep Jufre, Manuel Ortega and Xavier Florencio are living on borrowed time now. Their gap to the peloton is below 5m and continues to dwindle.


The lead continues to tumble. The gap is now just 5m 50s.


The gap continues to fall. It is now wobbling at 6m 40s. Still a long way to go.


The second sprint is done. No drama. Results: Josep Jufre 2. Xavier Florencio 3. Manuel Ortega. The lead to the front four is now 7m 15s.


Still no news on Roche's flat tyre. But the peloton now have some purpose. Footon, HTC, Katusha and Omega Pharma keep the gap at 8m. The sprinters are already sizing this one up.


CANCELLARA QUITS. News reaching us is time-trial world champion Fabian Cancellara of Saxo Bank has withdrawn from the Vuelta. Back to today's stage and the breakaway is down to 8m.


The main field reach the feeding station and, not usually, the pack splits in two. Time will tell whether the first group wait for the second.


"Did Roche get back on. What type of finish is it today.­ He got 4 seconds on Tondo, danielson and Rodriguez­ yesterday any chance he might try the same today" says Alan Dunphy - Great question. My colleagues on the ground can't confirm either way so no news is good news. He may try an attack towards the end of the stage as it is uphill into Toledo today.


The breakaway of Dominik Roels, Josep Jufre, Manuel Ortega and Xavier Florencio are through the feeding station and straight into a head wind. The gap closes further to 8m 40s.


The main field begin to get their act together and the breakaway's lead is down to 9m 55s. There's a slight uphill towards the feeding station before a descent into the second intermediate sprint.


Finally a reaction from the peloton. Omega Pharma, HTC and Liquigas lead the chase towards the seemingly uncatchable breakaway.


The four escapees of Dominik Roels, Josep Jufre, Manuel Ortega and Xavier Florencio trundle through El Tiemblo at a fair rate of knots. The gap stands at 10m 47s.


Whoops! Nicolas Roche has a flat tyre. News of when he gets back and running when I get it.


After the sprint the breakaway have put down the hammer again on a slight descent. The advantage stretches to 9m 12s.


The first intermediate sprint is reached by the breakaway. Results: 1. Xavier Florencio 2. Manuel Ortega 3. Josep Jufre


The lead for the breakaway touches 8m 10s. Josep Jufre is the best-placed of the group but still lies 30m 34s behind Nibali so no drama for Liquigas just yet.


It's a pretty easy day in red for Nibali so far. Mosquera, Peter Velits and Frank Schleck are enjoying the run out and hopefully planning an explosive day on Puerto de Navacerrada and the mighty Bola del Mundo tomorrow.


The lead for the breakaway now stretches to more than 7m. A mighty effort in any book.


The lead increases to an impressive 5m 54s. But in the peloton's defence there is an awfully long way to go to today's finish.


I'm beginning to wonder whether the pack realise the rate at which the four escapees of Dominik Roels, Josep Jufre, Manuel Ortega and Xavier Florencio are travelling. The gap is now 4m 54s and shows no signs of slowing.


The breakaway continues apace. The gap grows to 4m 30s.


Yesterday's stage win for Mark Cavendish could be repeated today if the likes of HTC have their way. See how the Manx Missile


"ér have u fallen asleep mr commentator ??????" says Me - Er, not that I'm aware. Did you miss me?


This quartet are really starting to motor. The gap is 2m 39 but Liquigas sense that something must be done and have taken control of the peloton for red jersey wearer Vincenzo Nibali.


The four escapees are now together and head the field by 50s.


No sooner has the pack gone over the climb then the attacks begin. Dominik 'Bacon' Roels has a go first and slips away with JUFRE Josep. These two are 11s clear of ORTEGA Manuel and FLORENCIO Xavier. They are ahead of the main field by 27s.


Martinez does attack!! He goes for the line and pips Moncoutie over the summit of Puerto de Chia with Imanol Erviti picking up third.


Still no packs. Disappointing. Martinez Serafin and David Moncoutie may have a dash to claim the points. They are vying for the King of the Mountains jersey.


Could be trouble for Xaiver Tondo. The Cervelo Test Team rider drops back to have a chat with his team director. He's sixth overall and currently 3m 48s back.


It's a uphill struggle alright as the peloton makes its way up this climb.


We're 3km in. The climb begins in another 3km. Should be good.


And stage 19 is underway. The first climb isn't too far from the start. Any breakaway would do well to get clear of the ascent of Puerto de Chia.


The ride through the neutral zone begins. At a lengthy 11km it'll certainly get the circulation pumping.


The last of the riders are in signing control. The weather could a touch chilly to start this morning but should improve as the race reaches Toledo.


There's a category two climb just 14 kilometres into today's stage which could see any number of breakaways. Remember Ezequiel Mosquera is just 39 seconds behind current leader Vincenzo Nibali. Today could be the day rather than wait until tomorrow.


Welcome to live coverage of stage 19 of the Vuelta a Espana. Yesterday it was a day for the sprinters with the Isle of Man's Mark Cavendish coming out on top.