General Classification: 1. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain / Katusha) 42hrs 11mins 49secs; 2. Igor Anton (Spain / Euskaltel) +2"; 3. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Liquigas) +4"; 4. Xavier Tondo (Spain / Cervelo) +44"; 5. Jean Christophe Peraud (France / Omega Pharma - Lotto) +54"
Tarragona - Vilanova i la Geltrú
Vuelta a España - 7 September 2010
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Stage results: 1. Imanol Erviti (Spain / Caisse d'Epargne) 4hrs 13mins 31secs; 2. Romain Zingle (Belgium / Cofidis) +37"; 3. Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium / Omega Pharma - Lotto); 4. Mauro Finetto (Italy / Liquigas); 5. Javier Moreno (Spain / Andalucia); 6. Anders Lund (Denmark / Saxo Bank); 7. Christophe Le Mevel (France / FDJ); 8. Gianpaolo Cheula (Italy / Footon); 9. Laurens ten Dam (Netherlands / Rabobank) +42"; 10. Dmitriy Fofonov (Kazakhstan / Astana) +1:36"
Romain Zingl comes in second, ahead of his Belgian compatriat Greg Van Avermaet.
Imanol Erviti has claimed the race with a time of 4:13:32.
Erviti has opened a 35 second gap and has all-but claimed his second victory of the Vuelta.
Le Mervel tries a late revival from the pack, but the group is failing to reach the front man.
Erviti's advantage increases to 35 seconds and he looks set to win this stage.
Erviti is still leading the pack, but has seven riders working hard to catch him up.
Katusha have six riders in the leading pack.
Imanol Evriti is leading the pack.
Josep Jufre Pou and David Garcia Da Pena are now just a few metres behind the pack. Daniele Bennati has managed to catch it up.
Oscar Freire Gomez and Daniele Bennati are behind the pack, desperatly trying to catch up.
The pack re-organizes at the down hill road.
There are now nine men at the front of the race: Erviti, Van Avermaet, Zingl, Cheula, Le Mevel, Moreno, Ten Dam and Finetto Mauri.
Le Mevel is the first to reach the top on the 4.4km slope.
Two men have broken away from the pack now. Javier Moreno and Christophe Le Movel are competing for pole position.
Here is a reminder of the 11 leading men: Biel Kadri (AG2R), Javier Moreno (Andalucia), Imanol Erviti (Caisse d'Epargne), Romain Zingle (Cofidis), Giampaolo Cheula (Footon), Christophe Le Mével (FDJ), Manuele Mori (Lampre), Mauro Finetto (Liquigas), Greg Van Avermaet (Omega Pharma), Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) and Anders Lund (Saxo Bank).
11 leading men are at the foot of the Rat Penat. the start of the hill will be the toughest as the gradient can be up to 20%.
Offredo Yann has left the Vuelta a Espana. There has been no inury reported, and he may be choosing to preserve his energy and physical condition for the World Championships in Melbourne.
The escapees now have an advantage of 4:08.
Just a short hill to conquer, before a descent to the foot of the hill, then they will embark on the Rat Penat.
The gap falls under 5:00, but still no real movement in the group which is led by Joaquin Rodriguez of team Katusha.
The riders are on a slight decline towards the foot of the Rat Penat, before they have to start the harsh incline.
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The advantageat the front is now five minutes and 10 seconds.
Anders Lund can start to think about possible stage victory, but will also be looking to help Frank Schleck, his team mate in Saxo Bank, as they will need a good result to compensate for the loss of Stuart O'Grady and Andy Schleck.
The riders are arriving at the supply control. The advantage is 3:10 minutes and the average speed has been 42 km/h.
The advantage at the front is now 3:25. this gap has risen by nearly 40 seconds for the leaders in the last eight kilometres.
Andy Schleck has had this to say after being withdrawn by the Saxo Bank team for breaking team rules by drinking after dinner: "I recognize that we went out for a drink after dinner. I am responsible for my actions and although I find this a harsh decision, I respect the fact that Bjarne is the boss. He must do what he thinks is best."
Here is a composition of the group head: Biel Kadri (AG2R), Javier Moreno (Andalucia), Imanol Erviti (Caisse d'Epargne), Romain Zingle (Cofidis), Giampaolo Cheula (Footon), Christophe Le Mével (FDJ), Manuele Mori (Lampre), Mauro Finetto (Liquigas), Greg Van Avermaet (Omega Pharma), Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) and Anders Lund (Saxo Bank).
Rodriguez's Katusha team are working hard to reduce the gap to try and reclaim the red jersey.
The red jersey continues to change from rider to rider, as Gilbert takes it from Rodriguez.
Phillipe Gilbert comes in first in the sprint at Pont d'Armentra, with Greg Van Avermaet second, and Giampolo Cheula in third.
After taking 3rd place in the sprint, and picking up two bonus seconds, Rodriguez is now the virtual leader. Cavendish takes another point in the battle for the green jersey.
The sprint in Valls shows Cavendish coming out on top, followed by Farrar and then Rodriguez.
As we head into the intermediate sprint in Valls, the judges have awarded Joaquin Oliver Rodriguez bonuses, who has the same time as overall leader Igor Anton.
There are now 20 riders fighting for the lead. Here is a report of all of yesterday's action in stage nine of the Vuelta a Espana.
Guillaume Bonnafond, Dmitriy Fofonov, Remi Pauriol, Pierre Cazaux, David Zabriskie and Grischa Niermann are in the lead, having opened up a gap of 10 seconds.
The pack forms back into a tight group. After that fall affected Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta and Carlos Barredo LLamazales, they have both made their way back into the race, with Garcia Acosta having been given the all clear by medics.
Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta has taken a fall while he was riding at the front of a pack of 12, quickly followed by another 11.
There are now seven riders competing for the lead as they leave Reus and head back towards Tarragona.
A fast pace at the start of this stage, but no real breakaway yet.
Carlos Barredo Llamazales catches Isaichev quickly, with the rest of the pack following soon after.
The riders have crossed the starting line in Tarragona, with Vladmir Isaichev making an early attack.
Saxo Bank has reported that riders Stuart O'Grady and Andy Schleck have been withdrawn from the race.
Spain's Igor Anton Hernandez heads into this stage as the leader, while winner of stage 9, David Lopez Garcia, is currently in 21st place.
The main focus of today's race will be the steep slope leading up to the Rat Penat, the summit is just 31 km from the finishing point.
The forecast in Tarragona today is set to be highs of 28 degrees celcius, with some cloud.
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Welcome to stage 10 of the Vuelta a Espana, which starts at Tarragona, and finishes at Vilanova i la Geltru.