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La Vuelta - State of Play after 10 Stages
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 9/2/2013
La Vuelta - State of Play after 10 Stages
 
2013 Daily Peloton


3 September April 2013: Chris Horner claims back the lead after ten stages


Chris Horner (Radios=Shack Leopard) has pulled back on the race leader's red jersey at la Vuelta. After a weeeknd of racing that saw the lead revert back to Nicholas Roche on stage 8 before moving to Daniel Moreno for a day after stage 9 Horner's patience paid off. The 'Peter Pan' of professional cycling soloed to a 48" win over Vicenzo Nibali with Alejandro Valverde afuther 14 seconds adrift. After nearly half the race with the time gaps at the top measured on the fingers of both hands marginshave started to show some significance.

Stage 10 result - top 10
Guijuelo / Cáceres, 175km

1 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 4:30:22
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:48
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:02
4 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
5 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha  
6 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ  
7 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:10
8 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:25
9 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
10 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:52

Chris Horner

Chris Horner in red again © La Vuelta

The HC climb of Alto Hazallanas became the proving ground for the 41-year old American who took advantage of his strong legs and the super steep pitch to launch an attack at 4.6km to go. His effort resulted in a solo win and the regaining of the race lead in the 2013 Vuelta a España.

Chris Horner: “Movistar did a good job of making an initial selection and then when Nibali attacked hard he made the selection down to four riders. I saw that Valverde was suffering so I said to myself it was time to go as hard as I could. I thought if I could get a little gap that the others would play with some tactics behind me with none of them really wanting to work too hard. I don’t have quick acceleration, but once I get up to speed I can maintain it. So I knew if I could get a small gap I would be able to keep that speed all the way to the finish.”

With sections rearing up to 18%, Horner was in his comfort zone on the Alto Hazallanas. Riding in a select GC group, Horner saw his chance at under 5km to go and jumped away from the others to immediately open up a gap. A solid response finally came from Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) but by then it was too late and Chris Horner won solo with 48-seconds in hand. Behind Nibali for third place was Alejandro Valverde of Movistar at 1:02 on the 186.8km/116mi stage that began in Torredelcampo. Horner leads on the general classification by 43-seconds to Nibali.

Horner continued, referring to the next stage on Wednesday: “I don’t expect to hold the jersey after the time trial – that isn’t my specialty and Nibali is a very good time trialist. I have a little bit of a time cushion now but I’m sure Nibali knew he could give me some time before the time trial and not worry about it. I can stay very close after that until we go to another mountain stage and that will decide this Vuelta. As you can see, every top rider is alone on the last climb, so it’s going to get down to tactics every time.”

Horner, who will celebrate his 42nd birthday next month and turned professional in the mid-1990’s, became the oldest rider in cycling history to win a stage and lead a grand tour with his victory in Monday’s stage 3. Today he doubled up on that statistic, now leading the Vuelta a España by 48-seconds.

Horner: “This was a very difficult climb. It was steep and hard, but so steep that there was no draft at all. So it didn’t matter if you were in a group or solo, the effort required was the same. For me it was better to attack while the others played some tactics behind me. I watched my power meter and stayed at 98% all the way to the line, never at 100%,” he said with a laugh. “Today in the team meeting we talked about the climb. I didn’t think I’d seen it before, but once on it I remembered it from 2006 or 2007. So when we move the race north to the next climbs, it’s possible that I know none of those climbs, but perhaps I’ll know all of them.”


Top Results from Stages 8 and 9

Stage 8 Result- top 10
Jerez de la Frontera - Alto Peñas Blancas/Estepona, 166.6km

1 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 4:09:46  
2 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:00:01  
3 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:05  
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr    
5 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
6 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:08  
7 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:13  
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:19  
9 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha    
10 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:23  

General Classification after stage 8 - top 10

1 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 31:39:30  
2 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:17  
3 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha    
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:18  
5 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:29  
6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:30  
7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:31  
8 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:42  
9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:52  
10 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:01:03  

Stage 9 Result- top 10

Antequera to Valdepeñas de Jaén, 163.7km

1 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 4:18:57
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:04
3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha  
4 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:08
5 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:09
6 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
8 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:13
9 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
10 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:15

Chris Horner

Daniel Moreno wins stage9 © La Vuelta

 

General Classification after Stage 9

1 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 35:58:34
2 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:01
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:20
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:22
5 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:28
6 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:00:56
7 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 0:01:09
8 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:10
9 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:01:24
10 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:01:25

Official Video Highlights of stage 9 courtesy of La Vuelta (in Spanish):


OVERALL STANDINGS after 10 stages - Top 75

1 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 40:29:14  
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:43  
3 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:53  
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:02  
5 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:01:40  
6 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:02:04  
7 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:02:20  
8 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:03:11  
9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:03:16  
10 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:28  
11 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 0:03:58  
12 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team 0:04:09  
13 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:04:35  
14 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:04:42  
15 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:05:12  
16 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:06:05  
17 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:06:33  
18 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural    
19 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:06:36  
20 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:06:39  
21 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:07:01  
22 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:07:04  
23 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:07:08  
24 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:07:29  
25 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura 0:07:45  
26 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:08:13  
27 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 0:08:22  
28 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:09:29  
29 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard 0:10:20  
30 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural 0:11:06  
31 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:11:09  
32 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:12:26  
33 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:12:36  
34 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura 0:13:11  
35 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:21:19  
36 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:23:57  
37 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:25:19  
38 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha 0:25:29  
39 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 0:26:32  
40 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 0:27:37  
41 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural 0:29:51  
42 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:30:04  
43 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:30:40  
44 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:31:33  
45 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:31:50  
46 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team 0:32:14  
47 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 0:34:53  
48 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano 0:35:42  
49 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:35:52  
50 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:35:58  
51 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:36:15  
52 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha 0:36:37  
53 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:39:20  
54 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura 0:40:02  
55 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:40:52  
56 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:41:02  
57 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:42:34  
58 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling 0:43:08  
59 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:43:16  
60 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ 0:43:43  
61 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:43:48  
62 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:45:05  
63 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:45:44  
64 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:46:06  
65 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:46:11  
66 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:46:16  
67 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:47:59  
68 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:48:50  
69 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:49:10  
70 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:49:13  
71 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:50:09  
72 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:51:10  
73 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 0:51:18  
74 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:53:11  
75 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura 0:53:17  




Race Route for 2013

La Vuelta 2013

Race Route © La Vuelta

 

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