2013 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 17 live updates, blog

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    The 2013 Vuelta a Espana resumes after the second rest day with a stage nominally for the sprinters, but with the opportunists poised to ruin the day as the peloton journeys 189km from Calahorra to Burgos. Join us for live updates from 12.00am AEST.

    An uncategorised climb, the Calle Eras de San Francisco, happens to lie within ten kilometres of the finishing line. If the climb does not stretch out the peloton and eliminate several riders, the narrow and technical descent will.

    The climb is a perfect launchpad for cyclists like Fabian Cancellara, of Radioshack-Leopard, to chance their arm at the stage victory.

    The weather could play a deciding role during the day, with strong headwinds and crosswinds likely to occur throughout the stage and a favourable tailwind forecast to usher the peloton home after the ascent of the third category Alto de Valmala, whose summit lies roughly 50km from the finishing line.

    With the teams of the sprinters weakened we could see the breakaway claim yet another stage victory. Its success, however, will depend on the severity of the wind and the breakaway’s ultimate composition.

    However, should there be no reason for the General Classification teams to become involved in chasing, it may be difficult for the sprinters’ teams to both chase the breakaway and successfully lead-out their sprinters during the stage’s finale.

    We should be set for yet another exciting battle between the sprinters, the breakaway, and those plucky opportunists. So prepare the caffeine and steady yourself for yet another exciting stage of la Vuelta a Espana.

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    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 2:25am | ! Report

      2013 Vuelta a Espana – General Classification Top 10:

      1st. Nibali
      2nd. Horner +28
      3rd. Valverde +1:14
      4th. Rodriguez +2:29
      5th. Roche +3:43
      6th. Pozzovivo +5:09
      7th. Pinot +6:08
      8th. Konig +6:17
      9th. Sammuel Sanchez +7’33”
      10th. Tanel Kangert +10’52”

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 2:19am | ! Report

      One final comment. I am hearing reports that the new provisional General Classification Top 10 is:

      1st Nibal
      2nd Horner +0.28
      3rd Valverde 1.14
      4th Rodriguez +2.29
      5th Roche +3.43
      6th Pozovivo
      7th Pinot
      8th Konig
      9th Sanchez
      10th Kangert

      No firm idea on the time gaps from 6th downwards yet.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 2:15am | ! Report

      Thank you for joining me for another enthralling stage in the 2013 Vuelta a Espana. Be sure to tune in to The Roar over the remainder of la Vuelta a Espana for more live race updates, stage recaps, stage previews, and race analysis.

      Tomorrow’s Stage 18 should be fiercely contested by the General Classification. With a 186.5km stage from Burgos to Peña Cabarga that should suit punchy explosive pure climbers.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 2:08am | ! Report

      Unfortunately Eurosport’s coverage has ended before viewers get an opportunity to examine the provisional General Classification standings. So I am currently unaware of any other changes to the General Classification.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 2:05am | ! Report

      So far the biggest winner from today’s stage is Nicolas Roche and Team Saxo-Tinkoff. With the Irishman moving up a position in the General Classification to fifth, from his previous sixth position.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 2:02am | ! Report

      No other notable losers confirmed just yet.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 2:01am | ! Report

      So far the greatest losers in the General Classification after Stage 17 will be Thibaut Pinot of FDJ.fr and Domenico Pozzovivo of AG2R Le Mondiale.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:59am | ! Report

      Bauke Mollema outfoxed the other riders to gain a gap within the final 1000 metres and hold on to claim the stage victory. As he said in his post-stage interview, the plan worked.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:57am | ! Report

      All the major favourites were in the lead group; so Horner, Valverde and Rodriguez should remain on the same time in the General Classification.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:56am | ! Report

      Edvald Boasson Hagen finishes second, Riecheze of Lampre-Merida nabs third, with Tyler Farrar fourth, and Fabian Cancellara fifth in the end.

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