Live Coverage of Vuelta a España - Stage 10

Race overview:

Distance: 146.6km

Start Location: Valencia

End Location: Castellón

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 10 of the Vuelta a Espana. 

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  1. 18:12:35 CEST

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  2. 17:51:58 CEST

    Sbaragli was a little emotional as he spoke to Eurosport post-stage.  

    "It is a dream come true for me because it's been four times in this Vuelta that I've tried to do my sprint and today when I crossed the finish line, I still cannot believe it," Sbaragli said.

    "It is a dream for me and a dream for MTN-Qhubeka."

     

  3. 17:50:38 CEST

    Sbaragli has confirmed that this is in fact his second career win. He also won the opening stage at the 2013 Tour of Korea in his debut season with MTN. 

     

  4. 17:47:15 CEST

    For more info and the nasty race profile, check out the stage preview by clicking here. 

     

  5. 17:46:29 CEST

    Race director Javier Guillén has suggested it is the toughest ever stage in the history of the Vuelta.  

     

  6. 17:45:47 CEST

    The stage includes six climbs, four of which are first category, and then a mountain finish. It is all in 138km. 

     

  7. 17:43:26 CEST

    The riders get to enjoy the first rest day of this year's Vuelta on Tuesday. But they will need it because they face the terrible mountain stage in Andorra on Wednesday.  

     

  8. 17:42:08 CEST

    He reveals he had extra motivation because his girlfriend and family was at the finish. 

     

  9. 17:41:13 CEST

    Sbaragli celebrated on the podium, punching the air and with a big smile on his face. 

  10. 17:38:03 CEST

    The overall classification remains unchanged with Rodriguez (Katusha) second at 57 seconds and Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) third at 59 seconds.  

     

  11. 17:34:22 CEST

    The stage was Sbaragli's first ever professional win after a long run  of placing this season. 

     

  12. 17:30:46 CEST

    It's another Grand Tour stage win for the MTN-Qhubeka team after Steve Cummings took a stage at the Tour de France. 

     

  13. 17:29:18 CEST

    Results show that Sbaragli beat Degenkolb, Rojas (Movistar) and van der Sande (Lotto Soudal). 

     

  14. 17:28:21 CEST

    Giant-Alpecin can take heart from the fact that Dumoulin kept the race lead.

     

  15. 17:27:38 CEST

    Provisional results confirm that the Italian from MTN-Qhubeka won it.  

     

  16. 17:27:06 CEST

    Sbaragli is celebrating. 

     

  17. 17:26:47 CEST

    Degenkolb was far to back when the sprint started. He came up fast but not fast enough it seems. 

     

  18. 17:25:27 CEST

    Kristian Sbaragli (MTN - Qhubeka) hit out first and put his arms up but Degenkolb could have got him on the line. 

     

  19. 17:24:45 CEST

    That was close!

     

  20. 17:24:30 CEST

    Riders bump for position. 

     

  21. 17:23:31 CEST

    Last Km! Sprint time!

     

  22. 17:23:05 CEST

    With Ewan, Sagan and Bouhanni out of the race, Degenkolb is the big favourite to win.

     

  23. 17:22:21 CEST

    The race leader is also riding for Degenkolb today. 

     

  24. 17:22:06 CEST

    Hansen makes an attack but Dumoulin chases him down. 

     

  25. 17:21:29 CEST

    Can anyone beat Degenkolb in a sprint finish? It is his stage to lose. Unless an attack gets away in the finale. 

     

  26. 17:19:47 CEST

    The trio sit up. It's going to be a sprint finish.

     

  27. 17:19:08 CEST

    Movistar is also riding at the front of the peloton. Perhaps Valverde will try his hand in the sprint. 

     

  28. 17:18:24 CEST

    5km remaining from 146.6km

    The road to the finish is long and straight, with only roundabouts to split the routine.   

     

  29. 17:17:32 CEST

    Elissonde, De Marchi and Sicard lead by just 10 seconds. 

     

  30. 17:17:06 CEST

    Other riders are also chasing to get back up to the front group.  

     

  31. 17:16:25 CEST

    He has two teammates riding for him.  

     

  32. 17:16:07 CEST

    8km remaining from 146.6km

    It will be fascinating to see which sprinters have survived the climb. Degenkolb is there, in a chase group of 30 riders. 

     

  33. 17:14:15 CEST

    The trio have 25 seconds as the descent ends but the peloton is chasing them. 

     

  34. 17:12:45 CEST

    10km remaining from 146.6km

    Henao will lose time overall after his spill. 

     

  35. 17:12:15 CEST

    Crash! Two Team Sky riders seem to have slid out on a fast corner.

     

  36. 17:09:58 CEST

    Dumoulin leads the peloton and is catching Brambilla.

     

  37. 17:07:47 CEST

    We're on the descent now. And is fast!

     

  38. 17:06:23 CEST

    Dumoulin steps in and goes to the front, trying to control the peloton. But Brambilla (Etixx) goes clear alone. 

     

  39. 17:05:12 CEST

    Lawson Craddock is on the front doing the hard work for Giant.

    Click here to read about his Vuelta. 

     

  40. 17:03:48 CEST

    Giant-Alpecin are riding tempo on the front, for both Dumoulin and perhaps even for Degenkolb for the sprint. Both are in the front group.

     

  41. 17:02:48 CEST

    The peloton is at 30 seconds with them lined out at speed. This is a fast climb.

     

  42. 17:02:08 CEST

    Elissonde makes it across to the duo and attacks them. 

     

  43. 16:58:37 CEST

    The duo have 40 seconds.

     

  44. 16:58:01 CEST

    They have a gap on the twisting roads but will need a big gap to stay until the finish.

     

  45. 16:57:31 CEST

    Sicard (Europcar) is going across to De Marchi. 

     

  46. 16:56:28 CEST

    Kenny Elissonde (FDJ) tries too. 

     

  47. 16:55:48 CEST

    We have some adventurers: Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) tries his hand.  

     

  48. 16:52:23 CEST

    The climb starts to kick up but it is constant at 5.6%. 

     

  49. 16:51:59 CEST

    The peloton surged through the sprit without contesting the prizes or bonus seconds. 

     

  50. 16:49:39 CEST

    The big teams are lined out in formation as the climb approaches.

     

  51. 16:47:50 CEST

    The average speed for the first two hours was a leg burning 44.5km/h.

     

  52. 16:47:06 CEST

    28km remaining from 146.6km

    The pace is steady at 54km/h before the climb. 

     

  53. 16:45:05 CEST

    The riders will pass through the sprint with 25km yo go and then reach the top of the 7km climb with 17km to go.  

     

  54. 16:42:13 CEST

    32km remaining from 146.6km

    The races passes through Benicasim and sweep up Terpstra.

     

  55. 16:41:15 CEST

    Movistar and Tinkoff are riding to bring back Terpstra. They have already caught the six riders who tried a second attack. 

     

  56. 16:39:24 CEST

    The riders are passing near the beach but will start the climb in 10km.

     

  57. 16:37:16 CEST

    36km remaining from 146.6km

    Tersptra is riding at 44km/h but the chasers are closing the gap. 

     

  58. 16:34:02 CEST

    Movistar and Tinkoff-Saxo are trying to control the peloton.

     

  59. 16:32:49 CEST

    Etixx are blocking any attacks from the peloton, defending Tersptra's attack.

     

  60. 16:31:04 CEST

    A group of riders are trying to get across to Terpstra.

     

  61. 16:29:18 CEST

    A series of roundabouts is making it hard for the peloton to chase.

     

  62. 16:27:57 CEST

    Roche also stops for a service from his team car. He seems to have changed bikes and so needs to change chase again.

     

  63. 16:26:27 CEST

    Niki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep) fired off the attack. 

     

  64. 16:26:05 CEST

    Roche is coming back up through the team cars as riders go on the attack up front. 

     

  65. 16:25:25 CEST

    Roche visits the race doctor for some treatment on his elbow. It seems that Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Garmin) also went down in the spill.    

     

  66. 16:21:05 CEST

    50km remaining from 146.6km

    The Movistar team has hit the front and lined out the peloton.

     

  67. 16:18:40 CEST

    Roche gets some help from Puccio, who was in the front split until recently. 

     

  68. 16:18:11 CEST

    Nico Roche (Team Sky) goes down in a crash but seems okay and is up chasing.

     

  69. 16:13:19 CEST

    Gruppo compatto as they say in Italian. The peloton has caught the attackers after a fast, aggressive opening 80km. 

     

  70. 16:10:11 CEST

    The pack is chasing down the move, with the gap down to 35 seconds now. 

     

  71. 16:07:16 CEST

    Giant and Trek are leading the peloton.

     

  72. 16:05:58 CEST

    The situation is still very fluid with six riders now of the front, with 24 chasers. The peloton is only 50 seconds behind. 

     

  73. 16:01:49 CEST

    76.6km remaining from 146.6km

    The peloton is still chasing but the gap is up to 1:20.

     

  74. 15:59:01 CEST

    Race radio says that Cameron Meyer, George Bennett, Riccardo Zoidl, Amael Moinard, Kenny Elissonde, Jerome Cousin, Luis León Sánchez, Ian Boswell, Rodolfo Torres and Pello Bilbao have all lost contact with the split.   

     

  75. 15:57:24 CEST

    68.6km remaining from 146.6km

    As expected the 40-rider group has split after a series of attacks. 

     

  76. 15:46:27 CEST

    The riders in the split are riding hard but so is the peloton and is at 1:10.  

     

  77. 15:45:03 CEST

     At last, its official. Rigoberto Uran will ride with Cannondale-Garmin in 2016.

    Click here to read about the Colombian's move to the US-registered team.  

  78. 15:38:39 CEST

    Two riders have opened a slight gap on the front group now. Carlos Verona (Etixx - Quick Step) and Riccardo Zoidl (Trek Factory) have 45 seconds near the top of the climb.

     

  79. 15:37:47 CEST

    86.6km remaining from 146.6km

    With 60km covered the riders are about to reach the top of the last climb of this opening section.They can then enjoy a long descent and so may open their lead.

     

  80. 15:33:06 CEST

    89.6km remaining from 146.6km

    The peloton is chasing but is 1:10 behind.  

     

  81. 15:31:50 CEST

    It has been confirmed that all the teams have rider in the 40-rider split. This move could stay away and gain a lot of time.   

     

  82. 15:24:33 CEST

    Race radio has announced that Caleb Ewan (Orica - GreenEdge) has abandoned the Veulta. He was suffering earlier in the stage. 

     

  83. 15:18:42 CEST

     With Lawson Craddock and Johannes Frohlinger in the split, the race leader Tom Dumoulin may have decided to give up his race lead. 

  84. 15:13:30 CEST

    According to race radio, the 40 riders include: Dario Cataldo, Matteo Montaguti, Sergio Henao, Carlos Verona, Riccardo Zoidl, Tiago Machado, Daniel Navarro, Peter Velits, Lawson Craddock, Rubén Plaza, Martijn Keizer, Luis León Sánchez, Larry Warbasse, Imanol Erviti, David Arroyo, Natnael Berhane, Jurgen Van den Broeck, Romain Hardy, Tsgabu Grmay, Andrey Amador, Pello Bilbao, Eduard Vorganov, Carlos Quintero, Maxime Monfort, Ian Boswell, Salvatore Puccio, Benjamin King, Kenny Elissonde, Stephen Cummings, Cameron Meyer, Amael Moinard, George Bennett, Darwin Atapuma, Ángel Madrazo, Mickael Cherel, Davide Villella and Rodolfo Torres.

    Johannes Frohlinger, Jérôme Cousin and Jay McCarthy where the three to get across and get the last 3 tickets to freedom. 

     

  85. 15:11:58 CEST

    Almost every team has at least one rider in the break, making it difficult to see who will lead the chase.  

     

  86. 15:06:08 CEST

    The three chasers have caught the 37, making for a 40-rider front group. There are only 182 riders in the race. 

     

  87. 14:59:55 CEST

    The opening 70km are in the hills, making the racing even harder. There are reports that Caleb Ewan (Orica - GreenEdge) has been suffering at the back of the peloton.

     

  88. 14:57:59 CEST

    The Alto del Desierto de la Palmas is 7km long and comes just 16km from the finish. 

     

  89. 14:57:18 CEST

    Three other riders are chasing at 50 seconds with the peloton at 1:50. 

     

  90. 14:56:47 CEST

    There are currently 37 riders in a front group, which should arguably described as a split in the peloton.   

     

  91. 14:56:03 CEST

    Riders are also trying to get in the break of the day in case the right moves foes clear and the peloton lets them go.  

     

  92. 14:55:14 CEST

    Today's stage is expected to end in a sprint finish but the riders face a late climb that could hurt some riders.  

     

  93. 14:54:10 CEST

     As we join the race, the riders have covered 30km of the 146km stage between Valencia and Castellón.