2013 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 15 live updates, blog

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    Stage 15 of the 2013 Vuelta a Espana is the second and longest in the Pyrenees at a punishing 230km from Andorra to Peyragudes. We’ll have live updates from midnight.

    The riders will be hoping for better conditions than yesterday, with several having to abandon Stage 14 with hypothermia due to the cold and wet, including Ivan Basso (Cannondale) and Luis Sanchez (Belkin).

    There is not much respite in Stage 15, however, with the peloton crossing four peaks before finishing at the summit of a fifth.

    The highest is the second Puerto de la Bonaigua at 2090m, a 12.5 percent maximum gradient, but the steepest is the climb to this finish, maximum gradient 13.3 percent.

    The Vuelta may not be won by those who have a good day today, but it will be lost by those who have a bad one.

    Look for race leader to control the race as he did yesterday and attack his closest rivals in Chris Horner (Leopard) and Allessandro Valverde (Movistar) should the opportunity allow.

    Vallverde will be looking to put in a good performance on a stage in which he has had previous success, and will hope to gain back some of the 1:40 that Nibali has on him in this year’s general classification.

    One thing is for sure – by the time the leaders start the final climb the peloton will have been well and truly broken apart by this punishing route.

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    • 1:34am
      chrismason said | 1:34am | ! Report

      That’s it from me, another fascinating day’s racing in this year’s Vuelta a Espana. Looking to forward to more tomorrow night!

    • 1:33am
      chrismason said | 1:33am | ! Report

      General Classification:

      1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 60:20:21
      2 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:50
      3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:42
      4 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:02:57
      5 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:43
      6 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:03:49
      7 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:04:59
      8 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 0:06:18
      9 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:07:46
      10 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:11:17

    • 1:33am
      chrismason said | 1:33am | ! Report

      Here’s the results from the Stage 15:

      1 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 6:20:12
      2 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:03:03
      3 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:03:07
      4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:20
      5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:20
      6 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:03:20
      7 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:03:20
      8 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:20
      9 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:23
      10 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:03:23

    • 1:32am
      chrismason said | 1:32am | ! Report

      A marathon stage today and we saw over six hours of great mountain racing. Attacks and tactics, a breakaway and a bold solo move to take the win A Frenchman takes the win in the Pyrenees and an Italian holds onto the race lead. Another stage with lots of withdrawals, the race now three-quarters the size of when it started.

    • 1:26am
      chrismason said | 1:26am | ! Report

      Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) had no trouble defending his red jersey today and with six stages left looks fresh and ready to keep it. Chris Horner (RadioShack) remains 0:50 back in second with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in third at 1:42.Roche’s performance today helped him move into sixth position after gaining 0:17.

    • 1:21am
      chrismason said | 1:21am | ! Report

      So Alexandre Geniez (FDJ) has taken a famous stage win at the 2013 Vuelta a Espana, 3:02 ahead of Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) with Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) in third.

      The group containing the top three riders in the GC finishes just behind Roche.

    • 1:18am
      chrismason said | 1:18am | ! Report

      The group crosses the line and Roche just misses out on fifth overall, but has made up some time

    • 1:17am
      chrismason said | 1:17am | ! Report

      Scarpone crosses the line, one of the original breakaway group. Roche finishes just behind him and needs 25 seconds to grab fifth in the GC.

      • 1:35am
        Kathleen said | 1:35am | ! Report

        Thanks for reporting really enjoyed the race!

    • 1:16am
      chrismason said | 1:16am | ! Report

      Roche will finish ahead of Nibali, Valverde and Horner and pick up precious time

    • 1:15am
      chrismason said | 1:15am | ! Report

      Roche is still hovering off the front of the group

    • 1:14am
      chrismason said | 1:14am | ! Report

      Alexandre Geniez crosses the line and that is a great win from the Frenchman of FDJ on the second stage in the Pyrenees in this years race.

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