La Vuelta 2020 Stage 11 – Because it occurred

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Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) in the main pack on a descent during Stage 11 of La Vuelta 2020


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La Vuelta | Stage 11

Uninterrupted Protection, Villaviciosa – Alto de la Farrapona (170.2km)

05:27:20

No ready for Gaudu

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This is the second David Gaudu outfoxed Marc Soler for less than the third win of his profession…

At the moment’s Stage 11 consequence

Dan Martin main that choose quartet over the road simply over a minute again on the stage winner.

No change for the rivals for purple

Storer came visiting the road for third place forward of teammate Donovan, with Martin a bit behind and virtually caught by Vlasov. Then it is the race favourites who dash away from the principle pack with Dan Martin main dwelling Enric Mas (white), Richard Carapaz (inexperienced) and Primoz Roglic (purple). Hugh Carthy will need to have been a bit additional again there however should not lose an excessive amount of time.

Victory for David Gaudu!

Ultimately it was simple for Gaudu, who launches from the grimacing Soler’s wheel and opens up an honest hole earlier than crossing the road and roaring in celebration of the largest win of his profession.

750m to go: Gaudu forces Soler by

The Frenchman had had sufficient and slams on the breaks to power Soler by. The Spaniard would not like that and tensions are clearly rising between the leaders. The solar has come again out – or, extra to the purpose, the riders have emerged from the shade to satisfy the setting solar casting its rays on this peak.

Behind, Aleksandr Vlasov of Astana has ridden away from the principle pack as a result of, effectively, I am not fairly positive why…

Remaining kilometre

It appeared like Soler was beginning the thoughts video games – he refused to return by and pull on quite a few events after Gaudu flicked the elbow – however the Spaniard is now again on the entrance (albeit briefly) as they go beneath the flamme rouge banner. The hole is all the way down to 35 seconds as these two leaders begin to play cat and mouse…

2km to go: Martin drops again once more

Simply as he was about to make the connection, the elastic snaps and he falls again once more. Soler and Gaudu are collaborating effectively on these steep hairpins – it must be sufficient to make sure that considered one of them will win right this moment. In the meantime, Mitchelton-Scott’s Mikel Nieve now takes it up on the entrance of the pack – the Spaniard seeking to rise into the highest 10. He is whittled down this group to round 12 riders now.

3km to go: Sunweb duo chasing

Martin seems to be to have referred to as it a day however the two Sunweb riders – Storer and Donovan – have joined pressured in pursuit of the 2 leaders, Soler and Gaudu. They’ve 40 seconds over the chasing duo – ah, make {that a} trio, as a result of the Frenchman in polka dots has managed to battle again. The pack is 2’20” down.

3.5km to go: Jumbo in management

Whole management from Jumbo who nonetheless have 4 riders, plus the person in purple, on the entrance of this major pack. That mentioned, they had been this dominant within the Tour however ended up lacking out on the yellow jersey… Carapaz, nevertheless, has no Ineos teammates with him; Ecuadorian isolation.

Pretty views from the highest of right this moment’s climb – the Someida lakes from the Alto de la Farrapona.

5km to go: Soler assaults!

Marc Soler is the primary of those escapees to make his transfer. He is joined by David Gaudu as they open a niche on the others. One of many Sunweb riders is making an attempt to bridge over, however Martin and the second Sunweb rider appear to have popped.

7km to go: So, fireworks tomorrow?

This weekend was at all times going to be a double-header with a lot of the harm accomplished in tomorrow’s shorter, however extra brutal stage. Because it stands, it seems to be like right this moment’s going to be a little bit of a stalemate – though it might change on the ultimate 6km when the gradient ramps up. The 5 leaders nonetheless have 2’05” and so considered one of them might effectively win this stage. Armirail and Oliveira have been caught and handed by the pack now.

10km to go: Chaves dropped

Seventh this morning, Esteban Chaves has been dropped by this major pack, which has been whittled all the way down to round 25 seconds. We’re about to hit a slight downhill part of this climb earlier than the ultimate slog to the end, which is the place all of the steep stuff comes. 2’20” for the break.

11km to go: Break down to 5

Bruno Armirail and Nelson Oliveira have been dropped from this main group so we’ve got two Sunweb riders (Scotland’s Mark Donovan and the Australian Michael Storer) with Frenchman David Gaudu and Guillaume Martin, and the Spaniard Marc Soler. Their hole is 2’35”.

14km to go: Froome dropped

His work for the day accomplished, Chris Froome has peeled off and dropped again. The peloton is about 50-strong nonetheless with Jumbo setting the tempo. Carapaz, in inexperienced, nonetheless has two Ineos teammates with him, whereas Roglic, in purple, has 4.

16.5km to go: Alto de la Farrapona

It is time for the ultimate climb – the Cat.1 Alto de la Farrapona, which is 16.5km at 6.2%. It is the final 5 kilometres the place the harm will likely be accomplished – it actually ramps up in direction of the summit. Davide Formolo has come to the entrance of the pack to pave the best way, maybe, for his UAE Group Emirates chief David de la Cruz. It is a tactic which is not to everybody’s liking…

Mihai is a font with regards to biking information – and he is additionally offered a very good profile for this ultimate climb. Can Roglic break the climbing report right here right this moment?

18km to go: Calm earlier than the storm

The break are combining relaly effectively on this false flat of a valley street to the foot of the climb. They’ve prolonged their lead again as much as the three-minute mark. Will we’ve got two races – for the stage and for the purple jersey – or will they each merge as one?

20km to go: No modifications after protest

It seems to be like that protest this morning fell on deaf ears and that the organisers had been inside their rights to vary the timing system of yesterday’s stage.

25km to go: Soler pushing on descent

Along with his teammate on the entrance, Movistar’s Oliveira has gone off the again on this descent. Martin, too, is struggling to maintain up with the Spaniard, who opens up a small hole on his fellow escapees. Behind, Jumbo-Visma have three riders on the entrance forward of the purple jersey of Primoz Roglic, and two behind.

34km to go: Martin takes KOM factors

Guillaume Martin leads the break excessive of the Puerto de San Lorenzo to pocket one other 10 factors and prolong his lead within the polka dot jersey standings. It is Marc Soler who crosses simply behind earlier than coming to the fore to steer the break down this descent. Their hole is 2’25” on the pack so it stays to be seen if it is sufficient for the stage. If that’s the case, Gaudu might be the hazard man, with Martin paying for his earlier efforts and the Movistar pair there to assist Valverde and Mas on the ultimate climb. Let’s examine.

37km to go: Puncture for Chaves

Esteban Chaves wants a rear wheel change after an premature mechanical. He has a Michelton-Scott teammate to assist tempo him again. Jumbo Visma are setting the tempo on the entrance of the pack, which trails the break by 2’45”. They’re all serving to out within the break besides Niklas Eg, who’s yo-yoing off the again and grimacing in ache.

39km to go: Soler drives the tempo

It is the Movistar man who joined the break final who’s doing all of the work on the entrance, driving with somebody with intent. These eight leaders are beginning to hit the robust a part of this climb, which might be the toughest of right this moment’s checks. The hole is all the way down to 2’50”.

44km to go: Puerto de San Lorenzo

We’re onto the fourth climb of the day, the Cat.1 Puerto de San Lorenzo. Particulars differ however the Vuelta website lists this as a 10km climb at 8.6%. The gradient is hardest close to the highest the place this climb hits a 14%.

45km to go: Soler ‘wins’ dash

It is probably not contested but it surely seems to be like Marc Soler has simply gone by the intermediate dash at Teverga forward of one of many Sunweb riders, Storer. The following climb begins virtually instantly. Their break is 3’10”.

50km to go: Break again collectively

We now have eight males collectively once more after that trio had been dropped at heel. This transfer has two Groupama rides, two Sunwebs and two Movistars, plus a Trek and a Cofidis (the person in polka dots). They’re onto an uphill rise in direction of the intermediate dash on the foot of the penultimate climb, with their hole as much as 3’15”.

As issues stand, Marc Soler has moved into the digital high 5 on the expense of… his teammate Enric Mas. The Movistar trident is the reward that retains on giving.

55km to go: Martin, Soler and Oliveira go clear

The polka dot jersey has ridden clear with the Movistar duo forward of this subsequent climb. They open up a 10-second hole on the opposite 5 escapees with the pack now three minutes again.

60km to go: Wellens caught

Belgian powerhouse and bike-packing aficionado Tim Wellens has been caught by the peloton. The stage 5 winner was the unique attacker right this moment, zipping clear on the primary climb earlier than being reeled in by the pack, then attacking once more with Martin and Gaudu on the second climb to affix the 5 leaders to make it 9.

65km to go: Hole grows on descent

We’re over half manner by this stage and have simply the 2 remaining climbs. This eight-man break extends its result in 2’40” on the descent regardless of these two riders coming a cropper on that early nook.

72km to go: Two overcook nook from break

Niklas Eg and, I believe, Nelson Oliveira have overcooked a bend on the descent – however they selected the correct one to do it: there is a huge grassy verge and so they’re capable of keep up on their bikes within the run-off earlier than get going once more. A slight scare for them each, however no Eg was damaged so an in depth shave.

74km to go: Martin takes KOM factors

Guillaume Martin leads the break excessive to pocket 10 extra KOM factors so as to add to the 2pts on the primary climb. That places him as much as 39pts within the polka dot jersey standings. His nearest challengers are Kuss and Carapaz on 24pts with that man Wellens, who took 3pts on the primary climb however was dropped on the third, in fourth on 22pts.

76km to go: Wellens dropped

The massive Belgian is distanced on this climb whereas Eg is placing in a shift on the entrance. Excellent news for Martin in his polka dot jersey bid. The summit is available in two kilometres. The autumn colors make the Asturias appear like Scotland or the Peak District.

79km to go: Soler joins the leaders

Marc Soler has managed to bridge over to the break, the place he joins teammate Oliveira on the entrance. The hole is just one’45” for these 9 riders because the Aussie veteran Cameron Wurf continued setting a tempo for Ineos Grenadiers on the entrance of the pack.

Earlier I noticed that Martin was the most effective positioned rider within the transfer – however that is not the case, it is his compatriot Gaudu, who’s 6’15” down on GC and in 14th place. My apologies.

81km to go: Soler energy!

Swords have been drawn! Movistar draw first blood with an assault from one of many prongs of their trident as Marc Soler rides away from the pack. He is 3’52” down in tenth place and already has a stage win to his identify – so both this can be a bid to return up the standings, or to pave the best way for his teammates Valverde and Mas whereas conserving the strain on Movistar’s rivals.

Nobody responds to Soler’s early assault and he opens up a 30-second hole earlier than too lengthy. At this price he ought to have the ability to be part of teammate Oliveira in that breakaway earlier than the summit.

83km to go: Alto de la Cobertoria

We’re onto the third climb of the day, the Cat.1 Alto de la Cobertoria (9.8km at 9%). It has a number of sections with a double-digit gradient and so it is by far the toughest climb they’ve confronted to this point. The hole for the break is 2’15” for now.

85km to go: Feed zone

The hole has grown to 2’30” because the riders within the pack choose up musettes for a feed forward of this subsequent climb, which is coming proper up. Ineos and Jumbo nonetheless combining on the entrance to assist regulate the tempo and maintain a lid on this break. One of the best positioned rider within the transfer is Martin, who’s 8’22” down on GC. consequence right this moment wouldn’t solely strengthen his grip on the polka dot jersey however might additionally see the Frenchman return to the highest 10. That mentioned, with the hole minimal, it’s more likely to comedown to a race between the favourites on the ultimate climb.

88km to go: Dlamini withdraws

We’re listening to that Nicolas Dlamini of NTT Professional Biking has deserted the race. That can put us all the way down to 156 riders, I believe. So we have misplaced 20 for the reason that begin of this race.

95km to go: Order restored

In spite of everything that early exercise, we appear to have settled into the stage now with that eight-man transfer now holding a niche of 1’55” over a reformed peloton, which has Jumbo-Visma and Ineos Grenadiers on the entrance – the 2 groups of the 2 riders who’re tied on the high of the standings (Messrs Roglic and Carapaz, the lads in purple and inexperienced) – with Movistar tucked in behind. Movistar have three males within the high 10 – Enric Mas, Alejandro Valverde and Marc Soler – and one man within the break forward, Nelson Oliveira.

105km to go: Eight clear

Martin has joined the leaders, as has his polka-dot jersey Tim Wellens and the Frenchman David Gaudu of Groupama-FDJ. They’ve shortly opened up a niche of over a minute on this descent. Might this lastly be the day’s break? With each KOM rivals in it, that appears probably.

Woods and Bennett on that peloton protest

Right here was our interview with Michael Woods about that peloton protest firstly of right this moment’s stage…

Michael Woods – ‘The UCI made a mistake, you possibly can’t change time hole guidelines on a whim’

And, for the curiosity of impartiality, we’ll additionally right here from George Bennett, the Jumbo-Visma teammate of Primoz Roglic, who moved into the purple jersey due to that call by the race jury to award him (and the highest seven) a three-second hole yesterday.

George Bennett – ‘Jumbo-Visma assist the GC protest even when it means we lose the purple jersey’

113km to go: Too late for Martin

Wellens places in an assault from the pack, which is countered by Martin. He then bounds clear in pursuit of the 5 leaders – however runs out of street earlier than the summit, so all these KOM factors are taken away earlier than the Frenchman will get the possibility so as to add to his tally. So, it is a neutralised crossing of the summit within the polka-dot battle.

The 5 leaders are: Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ), Michael Storer and Mark Donovan (each Sunweb), and Niklas Eg (Trek-Segafredo). It was the Portuguese, Oliveira, who took the 10pts over the summit of the Alto de la Colladona. It is all downhill from right here… till the following climb, that’s.

114km to go: 5 clear

Two Sunweb riders, one from Movistar, one from Trek and one from Groupama. Martin has not taken the bait and a niche has opened. In the meantime, Carapaz – in inexperienced right this moment – is completely remoted. It seems that all his Ineos teammates have been dropped from this major pack. That does not bode effectively. Really, Andrey Amador is there – so the Ecuadorian has one teammate.

We’re listening to that Marc Soler of Movistar has additionally been distanced, which is not very best for the Spanish stage two winner, who’s presently tenth on GC.

115km to go: Throughout for Wellens

All that work for nothing. Nicely, he did take 3pts on that first climb, I suppose. Now, can Cofidis end it off with Martin? There’s nonetheless a little bit of this climb to go and extra assaults are coming in. By the identical token, rafts of riders have been distanced – together with Ineos duo Chris Froome and Ivan Sosa, the latter celebrating his twenty third birthday.

117km to go: Martin mops up breakaway

Solely Wellens and Perichon are unnoticed forward due to the tempo being set by Cofidis and Martin, the person in polka dots, who’s doing his finest to reel within the Belgian earlier than the summit. With one other 4km to go to the highest, he is timed it fairly completely. He has lower than 10 seconds to shut now – and this pacing has additionally stretched the pack out and created many gaps. Martin might even have the ability to put himself within the subsequent break off the entrance of the race accordingly.

120km to go: Alto de la Colladona

We’re onto the primary of these 4 Cat. climbs – the Alto de la Colladona, which is 7km lengthy at 6.5%. Tim Wellens pushes on just about from the outset and takes Pierre-Luc Perichon with him. The Frenchman will do his finest to beat the Belgian to the summit to guard teammate Guillaume Martin’s lead within the KOM standings. The hole again to the pack now, although, is barely 35 seconds now.

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Nothing separates the highest two rivals for purple because the race embarks on a decisive weekend within the Asturias mountains that pays homage to 2 of Alberto Contador’s most treasured wins on the Vuelta. Can both Primoz Roglic or Richard Carapaz channel their internal Pistolero and pull the set off on the Alto de la Farrapona and the legendary Angliru?

128km to go: 12 clear however hole stays small

These two teams have merged however Cofidis have but to surrender the ghost and lead the pack which continues to be solely 48 seconds down. The primary of 4 Cat.1 climbs is arising.

135km to go: 4 chasers

These 4 chasers are Ivo Oliveira (UAE Group Emirates), Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek-Segafredo), Tsgabu Grmay (Mitchelton-Scott) and Gino Mader (NTT Professional Biking). They’ve virtually made the connection whereas, behind, it is the Cofidis staff of Guillaume Martin who’re pulling onerous. They do not desire a sturdy break going clear and taking all of the KOM factors from their man Martin. However the hole is now 45 seconds.

140km to go: Bennett in bother

Irishman Sam Bennett struggled yesterday and it should be one other lengthy day. He is already been distanced and is combating again on with Deceuninck Fast-Step teammate Michael Morkov. In the meantime, we’ve got 4 riders who’re making an attempt to bridge over…

144km to go: 25 seconds now

The hole is rising, however slowly. Group Sunweb, specifically, had been making an attempt to ship males (or puppies, in keeping with Carlton Kirby within the commentary field) up the street to affix the enjoyable as a result of they missed it. We then had a rider from UAE Group Emirates going away from the Jumbo-led peloton. For now, the eight leaders have a niche of 25 seconds. With no Guillaume Martin right here, if this lastly will get some daylight it might be excellent news for Tim Wellens in his bid to take again the polka dot jersey.

148km to go: Eight out forward

Wellens has now been joined by seven riders: the aforementioned duo, plus Wellens’ Lotto Soudal teammate Tosh van der Sande, Ion Izagirre (Astana), Magnus Cort (EF Professional Biking), Pierre-Luc Perichon (Cofidis) and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar). However the hole may be very, very small – and lots of riders try to power themselves off the entrance to bridge over.

155km to go: Two in pursuit

Wellens continues to be digging deep to get away however his benefit may be very slim. He now has Frenchman Clement Champoussin (Ag2R-La Mondiale) and Spain’s Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural) in pursuit. They’re about 10 seconds again with the pack one other 10 seconds adrift.

160km to go: Wellens takes KOM factors

It is the Belgian, the previous polka dot jersey, who takes most three factors excessive of this primary climb to shut the hole slightly on the pursuing Martin, who now fronts the strung-out peloton. The hole is fairly small.

162km to go: Wellens goes clear

Three riders went clear together with Michael Storer of Sunweb however that has come to nothing. Now it is Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) who’s on the assault with the polka dot jersey Guillaume Martin of Cofidis in pursuit.

168km to go: Alto de la Campa

We’re onto the Alto de la Campa (8.3km at a delicate 4%). Seven riders have gone clear with a small hole.

Extra details about that protest is filtering by. Apparently many groups protested – together with the Jumbo-Visma staff of Primoz Roglic, who maybe did not financial institution on being again in purple for this key stage.

You’d suppose that Ineos could be joyful to not have the additional stress of defending the purple jersey right this moment – and we’re solely speaking just a few seconds in a race that clearly will not be received by just a few seconds. I respect that it is extra the principal, however there are extra worthy hills to die on. Simply now we had an interview with Michael Woods who mentioned that EF Professional Biking would have ridden the end in a different way had they recognized their man Carthy might have misplaced time as he did – which appears a bit wealthy.

170km to go: They’re off!

When Guillen lastly waves the purple flag to get issues beneath manner, it seems to be just like the protest goes to proceed. There is not any response from the peloton, who roll alongside at a snail’s tempo. However this go-slow would not final lengthy. There is a rider from Lotto Soudal who’s pushing – and that has coaxed a response from a handful of others. It is just about uphill from the outset with that first Cat.3 climb beginning immediately.

Riders lastly on the transfer

After that small protest firstly, the peloton has lastly received going. Chris Frooms is especially animated – the Ineos teammate of Carapaz making his ideas recognized to Javier Guillen, the race director. “You possibly can’t begin the stage with one rule after which finish with one other,” Froome says, or phrases to that have an effect on. It seems that the jury appeared to tweak the principles – or interpret them in a different way – and that caught out the GC favourites.

At the moment’s Stage 11 profile

After an preliminary Cat.3 climb there are 4 Cat.1 climbs of accelerating severity and peak. It is by far the toughest stage of this race to this point – and it might be a key day within the battle for purple, to not point out polka dots too.

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Protest earlier than the beginning!

There’s been a slight delay firstly due to a rider protest relating to yesterday’s ruling that gave Primoz Roglic the purple jersey. Initially, the pack was given the identical time because the Slovenian stage winner, however then the race jury awarded him and the primary raft of eight riders a niche of three seconds over the following group, which included Richard Carapaz, after which 10 seconds over the following group, which contained Hugh Carthy. That, in brief, have the Jumbo-Visma rider the race lead once more after he and Carapaz had been tied for time on the high.

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