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Locutus, from his preview of Stage 10: Stage 10 will see the first individual time-trial stage of the Vuelta. The course is a relatively flat 36.5 km loop that runs counter-clockwise around the city of Cordoba. On the first half of the course there are a number of technical corners, but the back half of the course is a straight shot that will favor the power riders. There are a few tight corners heading into the finish, but this course should favor the specialists who push big gears like David Millar (Cofidis), Santiago Botero (Kelme-Costa Blanca), Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Once-Eroski), and Jan Hruska (Once-Eroski).
Others to look out for include the dangerous Dane Claus Moller (Milaneza-MSS), who recently won the final time trial and overall at the Volta a Portugal. Most of the climbers like Heras, Simoni, Sevilla, and "Scarecrow" Casagrande will just be looking to limit their losses and gain a few seconds on one another.
This morning blood tests were carried out on the following teams: Alessio, Cofidis, Euskaltel, Banesto, Phonak, Ag2r, BigMat, Fassa Bortolo and Mapei. All of the riders have been declared fit.
The riders participating in today's time trial in Cordoba will have to face the additional difficulty of the tremendous downpour which is affecting the Andalusian city, in contrast to the suffocating heat which has accompanied the Vuelta so far this year.
Today's 36.5-km route starts from Parque El Arenal and finishes in the city's Vial Norte, the location of yesterday's stage finish. The organisation has installed three intermediate points along the route (km. 9, km. 19 and km. 29) at which split times will be taken before the riders reach the finish. The presence of various curves along the route will further increase the influence of the rain in the final outcome of the stage.
Alexandre Vinokourov is the eighth rider so far to celebrate a birthday during this edition of the Vuelta. Vinokourov is 29 today.
Results so far:
42 (AUGER Guillaume): 51:02
64 (HOSTE Leif): 49:40
175 (GRABSCH Bert: 48:46
174 (DOMINGUEZ DOMINGUEZ Juan Carlos): 47:28
Oscar Sevilla will start last.
It is pouring rain now.
128 (TAULER Antonio) has gotten the best time at the second reference point: 25:44.
And here's Chuck Coyle!
Boulderian Christian VDV just started. Tauler from Kelme just posted a new best time of 46:56.
Plaza from team Coast just left the gate.
Dominguez has the best time 'on course.'
Plaza is getting poured on! He was 6th GC last year but
he has to come to a complete stop just to corner!
128 (TAULER Antonio) best time at the finish line: 46:56.
Of course Chuck is fielding questions in the Chatroom about teammate Dionne's stellar win in San Francisco yesterday, so we will give you some of these. Chuck says: "It was a great day for us and confirms that USPRO Crit wasn't a fluke."
It it still raining and doesn't look like it is going
to let up. There are some big time gaps already...
4 (ESCARTIN COTI Fernando) has started. David Millar is in the start house.
162 (GONZALEZ DE GALDEANO ARANZABAL Igor) loses 22 seconds at the first reference point.
Millar starts. 228 (VANDEVELDE Christian) has the best time at the 9 kilometre checkpoint.
Casero is on the course.
Millar still has yet to hit the first time check.
VDV is in 1st at the 19k mark with a 2 second
Chuck: "I got my first "result" while I was in a 3 man break with VDV. I got third. He is truly a great guy, I love it when good guys can get it done. He was very complimentary after the race and he only got 2nd. It was a crit in Denver, CO, called 'Bannock St. Crit.' (It didn't quite make the cover of VeloNews...)."
191 (SIMONI Gilberto) starts riding. The Italian rider is one of the favourite ones in this Spanish tour.
Millar just posted the same time as VDV at the check
point. "Big House" aka "Scarecrow" just started (Casagrande).
Beloki is enroute.
Mayo just started; he will win a grand tour one of
Galdeano just finished 4th. VDV just posted 2nd best time behind Tauler at the 19k check point. Millar has the exact same time as VDV did at the 19k check. VDV is 2nd, Tauler in 1st.
Casero is in 7th at the 19k check, 25 seconds slower
then VDV... Millar is in 3rd, just slower than VDV on course.
Moller is in 4th, just slower than VDV & Millar's time
at the 19k check.
162 (GONZALEZ DE GALDEANO ARANZABAL Igor) loses 47 seconds at the finish line. 221 (HERAS HERNANDEZ Roberto) has started the time trial.
VDV just finished in 2nd at 47:15 Tauler is still
winning 19 seconds ahead of VDV.
Vinokourov just started, he could get the golden
Beloki just posted the best time at the 19k check. Sevilla is starting.
It is a slippery course, I think Beloki is taking some
It is still raining steadily. Heras is taking some risks as well.
Beloki was 10 seconds ahead at the check. Millar just posted the best time on course!!
Jeker just finished 6th at 47:45.
Jaksche (ONCE) was just 10th at the 19k check.
Millar just finished in 1st at 46:32, 24 seconds faster
At 19k Beloki is in 1st at 25:21.
Heras was 10th, 22 seconds back at the check.
Vinkourov (Telokom) at the 9k check is not going that
well, no time yet...
Sevilla at the 9k was in 3rd only 10 seconds back.
Moller just finished in 3rd at 47:14.
It is still raining but it seems to be letting up. The late starters seem to have a big weather advantage.
There are still big pockets of standing water on the route.
(CASERO MORENO Angel Luis) has got a time of 48:05 at the finish line.
Vino was 29th, 47 seconds back at the 9k check. Not a gold jersey worthy ride.
Beltran (Coast) just finished 7th, 67 seconds back. Heras is flying, at 19k he is in 4th 25:43, 22 seconds
That is only 1 second slower than Millar's time.
Gonzalez now has the best time at the 19k check. By 24
At the 19k check Sevilla is in 3rd at 25:23, 26 seconds
back. Sevilla is going to catch Vino who is his 2 minute man!
Beloki almost caught Casagrande at the finish. Beloki just finished 2nd, only one second behind Millar!
Beloki's time is 46:33. Mayo just finished in 4th at 47:02. He is 30 seconds behind Millar's time.
The big time gaps seem to be opening up on the latter
part of the TT.
Aitor Gonzalez at the 29k has the best time by almost a
minute! He looks like he has the stage in the bag.
He is less then 5k from the finish, we should have a
time for him soon.
Only 5 riders left on the course.
At the 29k check Sevilla had the 2nd best time - 37 seconds down!
Heras finished 5th at 47:06.
Gonzalez is 45:32, one minute ahead of Millar!!
He is certain to win the stage and possibly the golden
jersey...Venga, venga, venga!
Sevilla is just about to catch Vino with 2k to go.
He just caught him!
1k to go for Sevilla.
Sevilla has kept the jersey by one second!! He finished 2nd on the stage!
He was 40 seconds off of Gonzalez's winning time. VDV ended up 9th, not too shabby.
1. Gonzalez 2. Sevilla 3. Millar 4. Beloki 5. Tauler
I love it when everyone runs for cover when the
GC: Sevilla, Gonzalez, Heras..
Official ITT Results:
1º 125 GONZALEZ, Aitor ESP KEL 45:32
2º 121 SEVILLA, Oscar ESP KEL a 40
3º 51 MILLAR, David GBR COF a 1:00
4º 161 BELOKI, Joseba ESP ONE a 1:01
5º 128 TAULER, Antonio ESP KEL a 1:24
6º 78 MAYO, Iban ESP EUS a 1:30
7º 221 HERAS, Roberto ESP USP a 1:34
8º 151 MÖLLER, Klaus DEN MIL a 1:42
9º 228 VANDEVELDE, Christian USA USP a 1:43
10º 176 PEREIRO, Oscar ESP PHO a 1:50
11º 174 DOMINGUEZ, Juan Carlos ESP PHO a 1:56
12º 59 TRENTIN, Guido ITA COF a 2:01
13º 3 BELTRAN, Manuel ESP COA a 2:07
14º 162 GLEZ. GALDEANO, Igor ESP ONE a 2:11
15º 155 JEKER, Fabian SUI MIL a 2:13
16º 166 JAKSCHE, Jörg GER ONE a 2:16
17º 56 LELLI, Massimiliano ITA COF a 2:18
18º 79 ZUBELDIA, Haimar ESP EUS a 2:27
19º 1 CASERO, Angel ESP COA a 2:33
20º 169 ZARRABEITIA, Mikel ESP ONE a 2:39
21º 41 GARCIA CASAS, Félix ESP BIG a 2:44
22º 17 MARTIN PERDIGUERO, M.A. ESP ACQ a 2:44
23º 218 VINOKOUROV, Alexandre KAZ TEL a 2:45
24º 11 GONZALEZ, Santos ESP ACQ a 2:46
25º 117 PECHARROMAN, J.Antonio ESP JAZ a 2:48
26º 81 CASAGRANDE, Francesco ITA FAS a 2:52
27º 213 BARTKO, Robert GER TEL a 2:55
28º 127 MANZANO, Jesus Maria ESP KEL a 3:01
29º 52 ATIENZA, Daniel ESP COF a 3:05
30º 93 FLECHA, J.Antonio ESP BAN a 3:06
31º 8 PEREZ, Luis ESP COA a 3:10
32º 126 GUTIERREZ, José ESP KEL a 3:10
33º 96 LASTRAS, Pablo ESP BAN a 3:11
34º 191 SIMONI, Gilberto ITA SAE a 3:12
35º 175 GRABSCH, Bert GER PHO a 3:14
36º 144 CAÑADA, David ESP MAP a 3:16
37º 188 REBOLLO, Jose Luis ESP REL a 3:23
38º 227 PEÑA, Victor Hugo COL USP a 3:34
39º 9 PLAZA, David ESP COA a 3:36
40º 132 BERTOLETTI, Simone ITA LAM a 3:38
Official GC After Stage 10:
1º 121 SEVILLA, Oscar ESP KEL 33:19:05
2º 125 GONZALEZ, Aitor ESP KEL a 1
3º 221 HERAS, Roberto ESP USP a 1:42
4º 78 MAYO, Iban ESP EUS a 2:04
5º 161 BELOKI, Joseba ESP ONE a 2:04
6º 218 VINOKOUROV, Alexandre KAZ TEL a 2:19
7º 79 ZUBELDIA, Haimar ESP EUS a 2:56
8º 41 GARCIA CASAS, Félix ESP BIG a 3:05
9º 166 JAKSCHE, Jörg GER ONE a 3:20
10º 169 ZARRABEITIA, Mikel ESP ONE a 3:33
11º 59 TRENTIN, Guido ITA COF a 3:34
12º 51 MILLAR, David GBR COF a 3:36
13º 81 CASAGRANDE, Francesco ITA FAS a 3:57
14º 151 MÖLLER, Klaus DEN MIL a 3:59
15º 3 BELTRAN, Manuel ESP COA a 4:12
16º 191 SIMONI, Gilberto ITA SAE a 4:21
17º 96 LASTRAS, Pablo ESP BAN a 4:39
18º 1 CASERO, Angel ESP COA a 4:51
19º 171 CAMENZIND, Oscar SUI PHO a 5:43
20º 155 JEKER, Fabian SUI MIL a 5:51
21º 4 ESCARTIN, Fernando ESP COA a 6:28
22º 87 VALJAVEC, Tadej SLO FAS a 8:34
23º 124 GARCIA, Carlos ESP KEL a 11:18
24º 159 SOUSA, Rui Miguel POR MIL a 13:08
25º 62 BRUYLANDTS, Dave BEL DFF a 13:18
26º 228 VANDEVELDE, Christian USA USP a 13:19
27º 8 PEREZ, Luis ESP COA a 13:53
28º 9 PLAZA, David ESP COA a 14:02
29º 197 GLOMSER, Gerrit AUT SAE a 17:22
30º 162 GLEZ. GALDEANO, Igor ESP ONE a 17:24
31º 117 PECHARROMAN, J.Antonio ESP JAZ a 22:02
32º 31 CAUCCHIOLI, Pietro ITA ALS a 22:37
33º 194 DI LUCA, Danilo ITA SAE a 22:46
34º 176 PEREIRO, Oscar ESP PHO a 24:24
35º 72 ETXEBARRIA, David ESP EUS a 26:45
36º 35 MIHOLJEVIC, Vladimir CRO ALS a 27:06
37º 93 FLECHA, J.Antonio ESP BAN a 27:40
38º 188 REBOLLO, Jose Luis ESP REL a 27:45
39º 56 LELLI, Massimiliano ITA COF a 28:21
40º 52 ATIENZA, Daniel ESP COF a 30:22
Thanks very much to Chuck Coyle of Team 7UP for joining us today (today is his birthday too - Happy Birthday!)! Thank you for reading, and be sure to join us Wednesday for live coverage of Stage 11 (Tuesday is a transfer day). Analysis and further stage information on today's time trial will be available later in the day.