Welcome to live coverage of the Vuelta Espana!
Today is the 53.3km time trial, a flat drag that will favor the ONCE men like Nozal and Gonzalez de Galdeano, as well as Britain's David Millar (Cofidis). As we begin coverage, Millar has the best time at the finish in 1h 02' 16", but Claus Moller is beating Millar's marks out on the course.
Commentary by Locutus and Jaime Nichols.
Moller was 7" up on Millar at the 14km check, but is now only 4" up at the 27km check. Millar's time could still hold up.
Hincapie (US Postal) crosses the line in 8th at 1h 05' 38". Not bad for the big flatlander.
6:42 am PDT Moller has fallen 11" behind Millar's time at the 41km point. Millar went through in 47' 43", and Moller was in 47' 54". Millar seems to have held steady on the last half of the windy course, while Moller is fading a bit.
Today will be a big day for the mountain smurfs of US Postal...Heras and Beltran will have to dig deep to limit their losses to their rivals. Of course, Beltran scorched the last ITT, so he may fare the better of the two today.
Santos Gonzalez (Domina Vacanze-Elitron) rolls out on the course. He is currently in 14th on GC at 8' 56". The wild zebra-man has ridden well over the last few stages, and he made the split in yesterday's big shake-up to take 1' 08" out of many of his rivals.
His teammate Michele Scarponi is now getting ready to hit the course. 13th and 14th on GC... not bad for a team that is supposedly all about Cipollini.
6:48am PDT. Scarponi's long time trial helmet has zebra stripes as well! Wonder what Crazy Jane will make of that...
Felix Cardenas (Labarca 2-Cafes Baque), the young Colombian who wears the Orange Jersey for best climber, now wanders off into the time trial...not exactly his favorite terrain.
Moller has faded bigtime... at the finish, his time is only fourth best at 1h 2' 48", 32" slower than Miller. Still, not a bad ride for the leader of the steel pasta-men of Milaneza-MSS.
Unai Osa (iBanesto.com) now heads out on the course. We're down to the last ten riders.
The resurgent Aitor Gonzalez (Fassa Bortolo) hits the course, having finally found his form. He could win this stage.
Alejandro Valverde is off! He has just renewed his contract with Kelme. NICE OUTFIT! Valverde is wearing the Blue Jersey for the best all-around rider, but he trails Gold Jersey wearer Nozal in that competition and is only wearing it by default.
6:59am PDT. Dario "Muy" Frio is off. He is another favorite to win, though the huge chase he and Gonzalez had to put in yesterday will surely have a negative effect on them today.
Jurgen Van Goolen (Quickstep) crosses in ninth for now, at 1h 5' 23".
We're now in the top five, and Mancebo (iBanesto.com) hits the course.
7:04am PDT. "Ant"-Aitor Gonzalez is down in his tuck, shoulders rocking slightly as he pushes a huge gear.
Ah, Roberto "Spanish Fly" Heras (US Postal - p. b. Berry Floor) now heads out onto the flat windy course, poor man.
His little shoulders are all over the place, as he tries to find the power to challenge his rivals. Meanwhile, his teammate "Handy" Manual Beltran hits the road.
Beltran had one hell of a time trial last time... we'll see if he can repeat that today.
Beltran looks much smoother on the course than Heras. His tuck is solid, and his shoulders don't rock nearly as much. Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano is on his way now too.
Only wonderman Isidro Nozal, he of the Gold Jersey, is left to start now.
Heras' position is not bad. The wind is just pushing him around a bit because he weighs about as much as my cat.
7:11 am PDT. Nozal is off! It's all on the road now.
We're still waiting for some of the time checks from the favorites.
Gonzalez de Galdeano is out of the saddle hammering. Santos Gonzalez hits the 27km mark in 5th so far, at 31' 56". That's a great ride.
Venga man Saiz is following Gonzalez de Galdeano... it's clear who the leader of the ONCE team is.
Moller has the best time at 27km still at 30' 55", and Miller has 2nd best at 30' 59".
If Nozal repeats his performance from last time, Saiz is going to have to eat that microphone in his car.
Gonzalez is 55" behind Moller at the first check, and Frigo is 45" behind Moller. That big chase yesterday really has taken the juice out of the legs of the Fassa men today.
Heras is going through better than LOTS of big TT studs ahead of him. Heras is only 31" behind Moller at the first check!! He has beaten Frigo and Aitor Gonzalez!
Heras was sixth best at that 14km check, with only three men behind him to reach that check. Amazing for the little climbing smurf. Nozal is faster than Gonzalez de Galdeano so far as well!
Nozal is 20" faster than his teammate. Saiz is worried...he might have to get out the salt to choke down that mic if Nozal keeps this up.
Gonzalez de Galdeano is only 6" faster than Heras at the 14km check!
7:27am PDT. Nozal is through the first check 5" slower than Moller, and 2" faster than Millar! Nozal is smoking this course.
So Nozal is 20" up on his teammate de Galdeano and 26" up on Heras at that first check. No word on Beltran yet, though he has made it through that first check. His time must not have been good.
Frigo is only 21st best at the 2nd check! He is losing big time today, paying for that huge effort yesterday.
Rasmussen (Rabobank) rolls through the 27km check in 43rd at 33' 11", losing more than 2' on the best time.
Nozal is stretching his lead on his teammate de Galdeano... he is now 29" ahead.
Heras is flying! He is getting close to Mancebo, the man who started ahead of him!
7:36 am PDT. Heras is 5th best so far at 27km, crossing in 31' 47"! He has taken 59" out of Mancebo so far.
It will be hard for the little climber to hold that pace for the whole course, but he is giving it everything today.
Gonzalez de Galdeano is only 15" faster than Heras at 27km, putting in a time of 31' 32". Beltran had a time of 32' 21", which is better than Mancebo, Frigo, and Rasmussen, but worse than Heras.
Nozal sets the best time at 27km! He is fractions of a second faster than Moller. He is now 37" ahead of Gonzalez de Galdeano, and 52" ahead of Heras. He is also 1' 50" ahead of Aitor Gonzalez at this point.
In regards to the stage win, Nozal is only 4" faster than Millar, who set the best time at the finish. Moller faded over the last half, remember.
7:45am PDT. So the best time at 41km was set by David Millar at 47' 43". We'll see how the big guns stack up when they hit that check.
Serrano (ONCE) finishes in 1h 05' 12". That's ninth best so far.
Santos Gonzalez finishes in 1h 04' 06", 5th best.
7:52am PDT. Aitor Gonzalez is 3' 17" behind Millar's time at 41km. Horrible for the defending champ.
Nozal is looking very strong out on the course. At the 41km check, here are the gaps to Millar's best time: Gonzalez de Galdeano 38", Heras 1' 01", Beltran 1' 42".
Geez, Saiz is still dogging Gonzalez de Galdeano yelling "Vengavengavenga" in that mic bullhorn thing in the team car. He'll need a Ricola after this with all the yelling.
Valverde (Kelme) comes across in 1h 4' 47", 9th best so far. He passed Aitor Gonzalez on the road!
Aitor crosses in 1h 7' 51", 58th so far. Terrible. By the way, "Pretty Boy" Floyd Landis (US Postal) is currently 8th at the finish with a time of 1h 4' 40". Great ride for him.
8:04am PDT. Nozal is closing on his "team leader" Gonzalez de Galdeano. Nozal is going 55" faster at this point.
That Postal attack yesterday really put the whack on the legs of the Fassa leaders. Frigo is crawling across in 1h 06' 39", well down on the leaders.
Mancebo is coming up now, and Heras is not far behind! Mancebo isn't doing badly... 1h 5' 35" for the iBanesto man. Heras comes in at 1h 3' 48", an absolutely brilliant ride by the climber for a 5th place so far. He'll finish in the top ten on the day. Amazing.
Heras is only 1' 32" down on Millar's time. Nozal will probably take about 1' 45" from Heras by the finish.
Beltran didn't have a bad ride either... he comes across in 1h 4' 39". Gonzalez de Galdeano comes in 1h 03' 18", only 30" better than Heras.
Nozal comes flying up now! He has won the stage! 1h 02' 03"! Spectacular win.
So the Postal hierarchy is reasserted today, as Heras shows himself to be the strongest Postie by taking 7th on the stage. Meanwhile, Nozal has dumped all over the ONCE hierarchy again, spanking the field to increase his GC lead.
Nozal takes 1' 15" out of Gonzalez de Galdeano, and is now 3' 03" up in GC. That is looking like a winning performance to me. Saiz had better start backing the right horse.
Thanks for reading today. Tomorrow is another flattish stage - it has no categorized climbs but a few rises. But Sunday is the Sierra de la Pandera uphill finish...
Stage 13 ITT Full Results
1º Nozal, Isidro Esp One 1:02:03
2º Millar, David Gbr Cof a 13
3º Ivanov, Serguei Rus Fas a 40
4º Grabsch, Bert Ger Pho a 44
5º Möller, Klaus Den Mil a 45
6º Glez. Galdeano, Igor Esp One a 1:15
7º Heras, Roberto Esp Usp a 1:45
8º Gonzalez, Santos Esp Dve a 2:03
9º Leipheimer, Levy Usa Rab a 2:14
10º Tauler, Antonio Esp Kel a 2:23
11º Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp a 2:36
12º Landis, Floyd Usa Usp a 2:37
13º Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel a 2:44
14º Martinez, Alberto Esp Eus a 2:58
15º Serrano, Marcos Esp One a 3:09
16º Gutierrez , José Esp Kel a 3:13
17º Jeker, Fabian Sui Mil a 3:15
18º Van Goolen, Jurgen Bel Qsd a 3:20
19º Perez, Luis Esp Cof a 3:22
20º Pereiro, Oscar Esp Pho a 3:23
21º Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ban a 3:32
22º Hincapie, George Usa Usp a 3:33
23º Garcia Acosta, José Esp Ban a 3:33
24º Torrent, Carlos Esp Alm a 3:34
25º Cuesta, Iñigo Esp Cof a 3:42
26º Scarponi, Michele Ita Dve a 3:45
27º Zberg, Beat Sui Rab a 3:47
28º Garcia Casas, Félix Esp Tbi a 3:51
29º Hiekmann, Torsten Ger Tel a 3:57
30º Julich, Bobby Usa Tel a 4:03
31º Sevilla, Oscar Esp Kel a 4:08
32º Barry ,Michael Can Usp a 4:14
33º Fofonov, Dmitri Kaz Cof a 4:19
34º Noval, Benjamín Esp Crf a 4:26
35º Joachim, Benoit Lux Usp a 4:29
36º Cañada, David Esp Qsd a 4:31
37º Frigo, Dario Ita Fas a 4:36
38º Rasmussen, Michael Den Rab a 4:40
39º Gustov, Volodymir Ukr Fas a 4:41
40º Bertogliati, Rubens Sui Lam a 4:45
41º Osa, Unai Esp Ban a 4:47
42º Calcagni, Patrick Sui Vin a 4:57
43º Flores, Iker Esp Eus a 4:58
44º Boonen, Tom Bel Qsd a 5:00
45º Sandstod, Michael Den Csc a 5:04
46º Lunghi, Denis Ita Als a 5:06
47º Cardenas, Felix Col L2c a 5:06
48º Nieto, Germán Esp Crf a 5:10
49º Latasa, David Esp Kel a 5:13
50º Van Heeswijk, Max Ned Usp a 5:13
51º Sorensen, Nicki Den Csc a 5:17
52º Martinez, José Luis Esp Alm a 5:20
53º Etxebarria, Unai Ven Eus a 5:21
54º Trentin, Guido Ita Cof a 5:22
55º Silva, Renato Por Mil a 5:30
56º Mutsaars, Ronald Ned Rab a 5:32
57º Van De Wouwer, Kurt Bel Qsd a 5:37
58º Sanchez, Domingo Esp Alm a 5:39
59º Wesemann, Steffan Ger Tel a 5:40
60º Navas, David Esp Crf a 5:41
61º Martin Perdiguero, Miguel Esp Dve a 5:42
62º Zaballa, Constantino Esp Kel a 5:45
63º Bertolini, Alessandro Ita Als a 5:46
64º Fuentes, Juan Esp Sae a 5:48
65º Gonzalez, Aitor Esp Fas a 5:48
66º Schreck, Stephan Ger Tel a 5:49
67º Rebollo, Jose Luis Esp Crf a 5:52
68º Werner, Christian Ger Tel a 5:53
69º Arrizabalaga, Gorka Esp Eus a 5:59
70º Pradera, Mikel Esp One a 6:04
71º Cardoso, Pedro Por Mil a 6:04
72º Gonzalez, Gorka Esp Eus a 6:05
73º Del Olmo, Txema Esp Mil a 6:05
74º Mercado, Juan Miguel Esp Ban a 6:15
75º Pospyeyev, Kyryl Ukr Dve a 6:19
76º Garcia Calvo, Cesar Esp L2c a 6:20
77º Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam a 6:21
78º Zabel, Erik Ger Tel a 6:23
79º Manzano, Jesus Maria Esp Kel a 6:28
80º Cabello, Francisco Esp Kel a 6:29
81º Usov, Alexandre Blr Pho a 6:30
82º Moreni, Cristian Ita Als a 6:30
83º Bertoletti, Simone Ita Lam a 6:33
84º Rubiera, José Luis Esp Usp a 6:33
85º Arrieta, José Luis Esp Ban a 6:34
86º Jaksche, Jörg Ger One a 6:35
87º Sinkewitz, Patrick Ger Qsd a 6:37
88º Boven, Jan Ned Rab a 6:39
89º Laiseka, Roberto Esp Eus a 6:39
90º Atienza, Daniel Esp Cof a 6:42
91º Maestre, José Esp Crf a 6:44
92º Petacchi, Alessandro Ita Fas a 6:54
93º Horrach, Joan Esp Mil a 6:54
94º Luttenberger, Peter Aut Csc a 6:56
95º Herrero, Ivan Esp L2c a 7:00
96º Sironi, Gianluca Ita Vin a 7:02
97º Furlan, Angelo Ita Als a 7:02
98º Vila, Francisco Esp Lam a 7:02
99º Guidi, Fabrizio Ita Tbi a 7:03
100º Piccoli, Mariano Ita Lam a 7:05
101º Jufre, José Esp Crf a 7:05
102º Hruska, Jan Cze One a 7:07
103º Vicioso, Angel Esp One a 7:07
104º Perez, Santiago Esp Pho a 7:11
105º Simeoni, Filippo Ita Dve a 7:12
106º De Jongh, Steven Ned Rab a 7:14
107º Aerts, Mario Bel Tel a 7:15
108º Tankink, Bram Ned Qsd a 7:18
109º Laguna, Oscar Esp Crf a 7:18
110º Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc a 7:25
111º Christensen, Bekim Den Csc a 7:28
112º Cerezo, Francisco Esp L2c a 7:32
113º Casagranda, Stefano Ita Als a 7:32
114º De Los Angeles, Juan José Esp Fas a 7:33
115º Montgomery, Sven Sui Fas a 7:39
116º Cheula, Giampaolo Ita Vin a 7:41
117º Osa, Aitor Esp Ban a 7:43
118º Lombardi, Giovanni Ita Dve a 7:43
119º Rodriguez, Fred Usa Vin a 7:44
120º Barroso, Paulo Por Mil a 7:44
121º Mondini, Gianpaolo Ita Dve a 7:48
122º Amorim, Gonçalo Por Mil a 7:53
123º Rund, Thorsten Ger Tbi a 7:57
124º Etxebarria, David Esp Eus a 7:58
125º Lastras, Pablo Esp Ban a 8:01
126º Edo, Angel Esp Mil a 8:06
127º Casero, Rafael Esp Alm a 8:07
128º Horrillo, Pedro Esp Qsd a 8:08
129º Trenti, Guido Usa Fas a 8:10
130º Jimenez, Eladio Esp Ban a 8:13
131º Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm a 8:15
132º Schweda, Raphael Ger Tbi a 8:17
133º Garmendia, Aitor Esp Tbi a 8:18
134º Engels, Addy Ned Rab a 8:18
135º Isasi, Iñaki Esp Eus a 8:19
136º De La Fuente, David Esp Vin a 8:19
137º Tosatto, Matteo Ita Fas a 8:22
138º Hayman, Mathew Aus Rab a 8:23
139º Vinale, Alberto Ita Als a 8:24
140º Bruun, Thomas Den Csc a 8:28
141º Burgos, Nacor Esp Crf a 8:29
142º Lopeboselli, Angelo Ita Cof a 8:34
143º Gerrikagoitia, Gorka Esp Eus a 8:37
144º Kroon, Karsten Ned Rab a 8:43
145º Fernandez, Bingen Esp Cof a 8:46
146º Pugaci, Igor Mda Sae a 8:48
147º Righi, Daniele Ita Lam a 8:50
148º Aebersold, Niki Sui Pho a 8:57
149º Masciarelli, Simone Ita Vin a 9:04
150º Lara, Francisco José Esp Tbi a 9:07
151º Calvente, Manuel Esp Csc a 9:09
152º Farazjin, Peter Bel Cof a 9:16
153º Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp One a 9:16
154º Otero, Gustavo Esp L2c a 9:20
155º White, Matthew Aus Usp a 9:24
156º Pepoli, Christian Ita Sae a 9:24
157º Lopez, David Esp L2c a 9:24
158º Golbano, Carlos Esp Alm a 9:38
159º Blanco, Santiago Esp Crf a 9:58
160º Gutierrez, Francisco Esp L2c a 10:01
161º Bayarri, Gonzalo Esp Pho a 10:07
162º Zucconi, Pietro Sui Vin a 10:17
163º Lopez, Joaquin Esp Alm a 10:18
164º Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel a 10:22
165º Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Ban a 10:24
166º Diaz Lobato, Pedro Esp Alm a 10:32
167º Belli, Wladimir Ita Lam a 10:44
General Classification after Stage 13
1º Nozal, Isidro Esp One 41:56:32
2º Glez. Galdeano, Igor Esp One a 3:03
3º Heras, Roberto Esp Usp a 5:13
4º Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp a 5:39
5º Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ban a 7:12
6º Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel a 7:50
7º Rasmussen, Michael Den Rab a 8:44
8º Perez, Luis Esp Cof a 8:49
9º Frigo, Dario Ita Fas a 8:50
10º Osa, Unai Esp Ban a 10:10
11º Gonzalez, Aitor Esp Fas a 10:57
12º Gonzalez, Santos Esp Dve a 10:59
13º Scarponi, Michele Ita Dve a 11:48
14º Cardenas, Felix Col L2c a 12:36
15º Serrano, Marcos Esp One a 13:28
16º Sevilla, Oscar Esp Kel a 14:48
17º Garcia Casas, Félix Esp Tbi a 15:20
18º Flores, Iker Esp Eus a 16:09
19º Del Olmo, Txema Esp Mil a 16:32
20º Pereiro, Oscar Esp Pho a 17:32
21º Trentin, Guido Ita Cof a 20:53
22º Jufre, José Esp Crf a 28:24
23º Cuesta, Iñigo Esp Cof a 40:40
24º Amorim, Gonçalo Por Mil a 45:46
25º Calvente, Manuel Esp Csc a 45:57
Teams Classification after Stage 13
1º Once - Eroski ONE 125:57:55
2º IBanesto.com BAN a 10:29
3º Kelme - Costa Blanca KEL a 22:28
4º Cofidis, le credit par telephone COF a 30:34
5º Euskaltel - Euskadi EUS a 31:50
6º Milaneza - MSS MIL a 42:51
7º Fassa Bortolo FAS a 51:29
8º Domina Vacanze-Elitron-RDZ DVE a 59:21
9º US Postal Service Berry Floor USP a 1:04:31
10º Quick Step - Davitamon QSD a 2:04:02
11º Paternina - Costa de Almeria ALM a 2:18:52
12º Labarca-2 Cafe Baque L2C a 2:20:46
13º Team CSC CSC a 2:21:10
14º Colchon Relax - Fuenlabrada CRF a 2:28:30
15º Team Bianchi TBI a 2:30:37
16º Rabobank RAB a 2:36:38
17º Lampre LAM a 3:07:58
18º Phonak Hearing Systems PHO a 3:11:09
19º Team Telekom TEL a 3:15:31
20º Alessio ALS a 4:15:53
21º Saunier Duval - Vini Caldirola VIN a 5:16:01
22º Saeco - Longoni Sport SAE a 5:48:49