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07/09/19 - 11:46
San Vicente de la Barquera - Oviedo
Vuelta a España • Stage14

San Vicente de la Barquera - Oviedo
Vuelta a España - 7 September 2019

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Here's the unlikely top 10 in today's stage with Bennett doubling up ahead of quite a few unexpected names following that pile-up inside the final kilometre.


So, it looks like Valverde, Pogacar and Roglic went down in that crash... Luka Mezgec, one of the favourites, was one of the first to hit the deck. The Slovenian from Mitchelton-Scott looks to be in some worry. He's still on the ground being attended by doctors.


Max Richeze (Deceuninck-QuickStep) took a distant second with Tosh van der Sande (Lotto Soudal) in third.


Victory for Sam Bennett of Bora-Hansgrohe - and that's about as subdued as you can get. He hardly celebrated that as he coasted home alone after that huge crash took everyone else out.


Tosh van der Sande has gone clear for Lotto Soudal...


So many went down there but I think Jakobsen and Bennett and Gaviria avoided it...


One click to go - and there's been an enormous crash!


Now Trek have come to the front among the Bora and UAE riders. Can Fernando Gaviria get back to winning ways today? And there's always Marc Sarreau of Groupama-FDJ.


Wide road now but soon there will be a chicane and then that uphill ramp where the road narrows before flattening out.


Typically fast and furious as the jostling for positions begins in earnest. Bora-Hansgrohe have muscled in on the front for Sam Bennett, with Jumbo-Visma present and keeping Roglic out of trouble.


The road starts to edge uphill on that gradual climb into Oviedo. Just a few seconds for the four leaders now.


Fifteen seconds now. The carrots are almost cooked.


Remi Cavagna is on the front now - he zipped clear in the final 5km when Jakobsen won his first stage in the opening week. It will be interesting to see if QuickStep use similar tactics today. 20 seconds for the break.


Diego Rubio has popped so the break is down to four, with 28 seconds on the pack.


Six QuickSteppers on the front including the Dutch champion Jakobsen, who is one of the favourites for the win.


Another split in the peloton because of these speeds. It will probably come back together but if you're not near the front now, you're going to struggle. Just 35 seconds now for the five leaders.


Deceuninck-QuickStep still lead the chase with 20km remaining. There was a slight dig on the climb from Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Jempy Drucker (Bora-Hansgrohe) but Tony Martin (Jumbo-VIsma) reeled them in.


It's Vanhoucke who takes the 3pts over the top ahead of Puccio and Dillier. Tim Declercq leads the peloton over 40" down.


Just one minute now for the five leaders as they approach the summit. The average pace today has been 40.1km/h.


Third yesterday and 20th on GC, Pierre Latour is one of the riders caught out by that split and it looks like the Frenchman will concede some time today and perhaps drop out of the top 20.


Mitchelton-Scott setting a fast pace on this climb in a bid to whittle things down a little, perhaps get rid of some of the sprinters for their man Luka Mezgec. Meanwhile, Madrazo still struggles...


We're onto the Cat.3 Alto La Madera (8km at 3.5%). The pace is still high and the polka dot jersey Angel Madrazo is one of the many riders to have been caught out in the split at the back of the pack - he's about 45 seconds down.


Some good stats and info about the remainder of today's stage here, including that rise in the final kilometre.


The gap continues to come down with the climb around a couple of kilometres away. Nic Dlamini of Dimension Data having a pull on the front.


Rubio 'won' the sprint ahead of Dillier and Puccio but it was uncontested in the break as the five leaders battle to keep their lead intact. It's down to 1'45" as the pace increases in the peloton, causing a momentary split in the pack.


The sprint is coming up in 6km with the gap a healthy 2'15" for the five escapees.


Meanwhile, in the Brussels Cycling Classic, it was quite a near-thing in the finish with Australia's Caleb Ewan winning and the next five riders all within a wheel in his wake.


Two minutes for the break now as they tackle a long, sweeping, gradual descent towards Gijon, where we will have the intermediate sprint ahead of the only categorised climb of the day.


Dimension Data have now committed a man to the chase so perhaps they feel Edvald Boasson Hagen can upset the big favourites today?


With Rossetto ditched, the break's lead creeps back up to 1'50". The Frenchman was almost caught by the pack, but they then deliberately slowed up, forcing him to fake a mechanical so as to avoid riding along alone in front.


And yes, Rossetto is now about to be reabsorbed by the peloton. He knew it was coming to nothing. Team Ineos, meanwhile, have six riders on the back of the peloton. They have had an embarrassingly - almost offensively - bad Vuelta, in all fairness. Ditto their Giro. For a team with such apparent strength in depth, there really have been some major question marks.


Well, that could be the end of Stephane Rossetto's participation in the break: the Frenchman pulls off to the side of the road to answer a call of nature, and it looks like he's thrown in the towel and will not sit up for the peloton.


The gap is down to 1'10" as the race runs along the beautiful estuary of the river Villaviciosa. It's a very lush, green and rolling neck of the Spanish woods - achingly pretty and a far cry from the cliched arid planes of Spain where the rain rarely falls.


After Pogacar's second stage win and Roglic's supremacy in red, can another Slovenian get on the scoresheet today? Luka Mezgec is looking forward to today's sprint which suits him well what with that uphill kick before the finish.


The peloton is all strung out with four Ag2R-La Mondiale riders right on the back. The French team are still looking to pick up their first win in this year's Vuelta and came close yesterday with Pierre Latour's third place behind the Pog-Rog Slovenian one-two. The gap is still 1'40". The road has left the coast now as it heads towards the Ria de Villaviciosa nature reserve.


Trek, UAE Bora, QuickStep and Mitchelton-Scott each have a rider on the front, with QuickStep committing another four or five just behind. They're clearly motivated to add a second stage win with Fabio Jakobsen following Philippe Gilbert's win in Bilbao a couple of days ago. The gap is back up to 1'42".


The climbs have burned largely off now but the temperature is still a clement 20 degrees. One hundred clicks to go.


CRASH: Gorka Izagirre (Astana) goes down, perhaps in a musette-related incident, but the Spaniard gets back on his bike and on his way without too much ado.


The gap is down to 1'15" as the break approaches the feedzone.



Harn Vanhoucke, who is in our break, is the fourth youngest rider in this Vuelta at 22 years and 82 days. Those younger than him are Sergio Higuita, Szymon Sajnok and double stage winner Tadej Pogacar who, at 20 years and 351 days, is the youngest rider in the race and on course for a podium finish in his Grand Tour debut. Thanks ProCyclingStats.


Still around 1'55" for out six escapees, who are on a hiding to nothing out there today. Still, there are worse ways to spend your Saturdays than leading the riders of a Grand Tour in northern Spain; you could be writing about said exploits while in a near-empty office, for instance.


DADDY COOL: Some upbeat news to bring you: Mitchelton-Scott's Tsgabu Grmay, who we've seen in numerous breaks in this race, became the proud father to a new baby girl last night. He told the Vuelta's official site this morning: "Her name is Mary. She was born last night in Ethiopia, at home. I’ll see her straight after La Vuelta. That’s the life of a rider, a bit like a soldier."


We sent Adam Blythe up today's finish on a Brompton and he thinks the little climb will "throw a spanner in the works".


Before today's stage, 94 of the 176 starters in this Vuelta had been involved in at least one breakaway. Today is the first time we have seen Grand Tour debutant Vanhoucke, Pibernik and Puccio in breaks so that tally has risen to 97. We saw Rubio in Stage 3, Rossetto in Stage 7 and Dillier off the front in Stage 8.


It's not just QuickStep and Bora who are working hard and contributing to the control of the break, UAE Team Emirates, Mitchelton-Scott, Trek-Segafredo and Jumbo-Visma have all lent a hand - for Fernando Gaviria, Luka Mezgec, Edward Theuns/John Degenkolb and the red jersey Primoz Roglic respectively.


The peloton covered 42.1km over the first hour of the stage. The gap is down to 1'45" and so they're really getting no leeway. It's hardly surprising: there have only been two bunch sprints in this race so far and they were back in Stages 3 and 4. With two days of mountains coming up ahead of the second rest day, there's no way the fast men are going to let this opportunity go.


None of these six are therefore a threat to Roglic's red jersey, the best placed being Salvatore Puccio who is 1hr 38min 57sec down on GC.


In terms of performances so far in this Vuelta, this six-man break is not exactly comprised of hitters: indeed, the best placed finish in any stage so far across the board is 21st from Silvan 'Second to Sagan in Roubaix' Diller. Diego Rubio, meanwhile, has yet to finish a stage higher than 80th.


The gap is up to 2'08" for the six escapees after a series of small hills. Things flatten out now for a while as the riders rejoin the coastal road and head westwards.


Highlights from yesterday's superb stage...

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Talking of Madrazo, the Sparrow of Cazona hails from, well, Cazona, which is a suburb of Santander, the port city 50km east of today's start. "To be home with this jersey is a dream," the 31-year-old said at the start. "Today will be a hot day. On paper, it might look like nothing but there are actually quite some hills and the legs will feel it."


The gap is now growing any more because Fabio Jakobsen's Deceuninck-Quick Step and Sam Bennett's Bora-Hansgrohe teams are keeping a lid on things. Both sprinters will be eyeing a second win today in a race where only Pogacar has two stage wins to his name. The gap is 1'45".


A reminder of the jersey classifications: Roglic is in red but also leads the points classification; because he's in red, and second-place Pogacar is in white, it's Quintana who today wears the green jersey again; the polka dot jersey is being worn by Angel Madrazo, the Spanish Stage 5 winner, who has led the KoM standings since Stage 2 but whose lead now is down to just 2pts on Geoffrey Bouchard.


The six leaders have over a minute on the pack.


The final 2km today are far from simple today as the road rises into Oviedo, passes through a tight chicane and then hits 5% gradients before a short ramp of 9% around 450m from the finish. Get over that and you'll have a chance because it flattens out to the line. In short - it could suit both the sprinters and opportunists.


It's sunny with a few clouds and a temperature in the early 20s so quite nice riding conditions. But things could get blustery once they return to the coast after a small inland loop coming up soon.


Some early attacks don't cut the mustard until six men go clear to open a small gap. They are: Silvan Dillier (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Luka Pibernik (Bahrain-Merida), Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto Soudal), Salvatore Puccio (Team Ineos), Diego Rubio (Burgos-BH) and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis).


They're off!


Here's what's in store as the riders tackle numerous bumps along the coast but just one categorised climb 25km from the finish. It's a slightly uphill sprint finish - either for a breakaway or perhaps a reduced peloton. But, who knows, perhaps everyone will arrive as one following days of successes for the escapees and GC men - and no scraps for the sprinters.

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The remaining 163 riders have just rolled out of San Vicente de la Barquera and are in the neutral zone before the official start. Domingo Gonçalves (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) had called it quits with a stomach bug.


Here's the moment Pogacar won his second stage and compatriot Roglic just maybe won his first Grand Tour.

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Here's the new-look GC with Roglic now 2'25" clear of Ajelandro Valverde, Pogacar up to third above Miguel Angel Lopez, and Nairo Quintana now 3'33" adrift in fifth place.


Yesterday, Tadej Pogacar took a dramatic stage win in a Slovenian one-two as Primoz Roglic strengthened his grip on the La Vuelta general classification. Pierre Latour, part of the break that went after 39km, was denied a second Vuelta stage win following his Stage 20 success back in 2016, when Roglic (Team Jumbo–Visma) and Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) reeled the AG2R La Mondial leader in on the 25% ramp towards the finish on Los Machucos.


Hola and welcome to live coverage of Stage 14 of La Vuelta a Espana - a challenging 188km schlep along the Atlantic coast from San Vicente de la Barquera to Oviedo.