Live Coverage of Vuelta a España - Stage 9

Race overview:

Distance: 168.3km

Start Location: Torrevieja

End Location: Cumbre del Sol

 Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 9 of the 2015 Vuelta a España from Torrevieja to Cumbre del Sol

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  1. 18:43:18 CEST

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  2. 18:41:18 CEST

    Rafal Majka took fifth place atop Cumbre del Sol and moved into ninth in the GC.

    "Today I didn’t feel so good and I tried to attack in the finale to gain some meters before the finish. But when the climb is this steep, every hundred meters feels very long but still it’s not bad at the end and I finished fifth and move into the top ten in the general classification", he said.

    "We wait for Andorra and the last week, we still have many mountains with longer climbs, which are more different. I’m satisfied with this first week and my teammates have worked for me perfectly." 

    "But we have to wait, we also have the long time trial and we have some big favourites here but I’m still there and today I tried."

    "I had an advantage with 700 meters to go but I didn’t believe that I would take the win. I told my teammates that I was suffering a bit today and they worked to position me at the front before the final climb. Everybody has bad days and I think I had mine today. It wasn’t the same legs as two-three days ago but we have many days to go".

     

  3. 18:38:42 CEST

    Froome added: "The guys did a fantastic job for me today, keeping myself, Nico Roche, Nieve and Sergio Henao -the four climbers, at the front of the race."

    "I don't think my attack was too far out. I gave it everything. I did try and ride more conservatively at the bottom to save something for an effort at the top if I had the legs. i'm just happy I was up there and didn't lose too much time today." 

     

  4. 18:36:24 CEST

    Chris Froome was disappointed not to win today. 

    "I thought I had it there for a second but Dumoulin is showing incredible form in this race and hats off to him. He's a young rider with a bright future ahead of him."

     

     

     

     

  5. 18:29:05 CEST

    Dumoulin was stunned to have won. “Unbelievable,” he said after fighting to catch his breath.

    “I could have never imagined this. Yesterday, I had a really bad day. The team told me, just to keep going, and see how it goes, and today it ended pretty well.”

     

  6. 18:19:26 CEST

    It was Dumoulin's seventh career win but has confirmed he is an overall contender at this year's Vuelta despite, or perhaps because, he crashed out of the Tour de France.

     

  7. 18:17:46 CEST

    Today's stage was expected to produce some fireworks but nobody thought the gaps would be so big and the GC would be shaken up so much. 

     

  8. 18:07:55 CEST

    Chaves fought to defend his race lead but lost close to a minute and slipped to third place overall at 59 seconds. Rodriguez is second at 57 seconds.  

     

  9. 18:04:35 CEST

    Majka was fifth at 18 seconds. 

     

  10. 18:04:16 CEST

    Fabio Aru (Astana) was fourth on the stage at five seconds. 

     

  11. 18:02:05 CEST

    Stay with us for further live coverage post-stage. We will have the last classifications and reactions from the finish.  

     

  12. 18:00:28 CEST

    Dumoulin started sprinting out of the saddle with 100m to go and surged past Froome. 

     

  13. 17:59:43 CEST

    Froome was second with Rodriguez third.

     

  14. 17:58:57 CEST

    Big Tom timed that perfectly to win the stage and take the race lead. Chaves finishes now but loses his red jersey to the big Dutchman. 

     

  15. 17:58:01 CEST

    He times it right and wins the stage, punching the air as he beats Froome. 

     

  16. 17:57:35 CEST

    Froome gets a gap but Dumoulin comes after him.

     

  17. 17:57:07 CEST

    Froome and Purito sprint for the stage victory. 

     

  18. 17:56:49 CEST

    Froome drags Purito and Majka across the gap. 

     

  19. 17:56:22 CEST

    Chaves is suffering and cold lose his race lead. 

     

  20. 17:55:57 CEST

    Froome is motoring up to Dumoulin. 

     

  21. 17:55:43 CEST

    Thy turn left and onto the climb to the finish.

     

  22. 17:55:27 CEST

    Majka is now chasing as Froome surges again.

     

  23. 17:54:59 CEST

    Last km for Dumoulin. but its time for the steep section.

     

  24. 17:54:34 CEST

    Froome is spinning his gear but seems to be riding for Roche. 

     

  25. 17:53:49 CEST

    He has a gap after using a slight descent to catch his breath. Chaves is leading the chase with Team Sky. 

     

  26. 17:52:47 CEST

    2km remaining from 168.3km

    There is still 2km to climb. But Dumoulin attacks again.

     

  27. 17:52:19 CEST

    As the road steepens, Aru kicks away. 

     

  28. 17:52:04 CEST

    Valverde is suffering behind. 

     

  29. 17:51:44 CEST

    Dumoulin goes again but Chaves is with him. Quintana too. 

     

  30. 17:50:57 CEST

    He's wearing the white jersey and is setting a strong steady pace as he tries to distance Chaves.

     

  31. 17:50:21 CEST

    Dumoulin attacks in pursuit of the race lead.

     

  32. 17:49:54 CEST

    The pace eases as Valverde is caught. Froome is out of the back, trying to spin his legs and get back on.

     

  33. 17:49:12 CEST

    The peloton is splitting under his efforts. 

     

  34. 17:48:48 CEST

    As the road eases slightly, Valverde attacks alone. 

     

  35. 17:48:31 CEST

    Rodriguez gets his wheel, but Aru and the others are close. 

     

  36. 17:47:58 CEST

    Quintana is there too and attacks first. 

     

  37. 17:47:43 CEST

    Valverde, Chaves, Rodriguez are all up front.

     

  38. 17:46:54 CEST

    The peloton is about to swallow the last attackers. 

     

  39. 17:46:37 CEST

    Here we go. Climb time!

     

  40. 17:44:54 CEST

    5km remaining from 168.3km

    But the peloton is only 20 seconds back now. 

     

  41. 17:44:37 CEST

    Maxime Bouet (Etixx - Quick-Step) kicks again at the head of the break, with Pavel Brutt and Thomas also going with him.

     

  42. 17:43:07 CEST

    Orica is also on the front, riding to protect Chaves' lead and perhaps target the stage victory. 

     

  43. 17:40:25 CEST

    Nobody has helped Katusha do the chase today but now they've realised that they will have to do some work if they want a chance to win the stage. Movistar and Astana are helping the chase.

     

  44. 17:38:18 CEST

    Thomas makes his move in the break but does he have the legs to stay away on the climb?

     

  45. 17:36:51 CEST

    10km remaining from 168.3km

    They have close to a minute but little hope of holding off the big names in the finale. 

     

  46. 17:36:29 CEST

    The breakaway riders have started to attack each other.  

     

  47. 17:32:56 CEST

    Check out full stage preview of the final climb by clicking here.

    The climb is only 4km long but has several steep corners at 15%. It is going to hurt.

     

     

  48. 17:31:18 CEST

    15km remaining from 168.3km

    The gap is don to 45 seconds. The peloton is hunting down the break in time for the climb to the finish. 

     

  49. 17:28:13 CEST

    17km remaining from 168.3km

    The petoton is lined out as the tension rises as the climb nears. 

     

  50. 17:24:37 CEST

    Katusha has two riders left to lead the chase.

     

  51. 17:22:08 CEST

    However the nine riders refuse to give and are working smoothly together, 

     

  52. 17:21:14 CEST

    The gap is melting fast an is close to a minute.

     

  53. 17:16:02 CEST

    26km remaining from 168.3km

    The gap is down to 1:30 now. 

     

  54. 17:13:01 CEST

    Songezo Jim (MTN - Qhubeka) was one the last to join the break after diving down the descent. 

     

  55. 17:08:33 CEST

    Other riders are getting back up to the break. We have nine riders up front now.

     

  56. 17:05:56 CEST

    34km remaining from 168.3km

    After the steep parts of the descent, Katusha has returned to the front of the peloton in pursuit of the break. 

     

  57. 17:01:46 CEST

    There only six or so riders left up front after the climb as the peloton descends at over 70km/h. 

     

  58. 16:58:17 CEST

    The descent is wide but includes several nasty corners.

     

  59. 16:57:54 CEST

    The peloton goes over the top but on the final climb they turn sharp left and climb for another 500 metres.

     

  60. 16:56:58 CEST

    There is a headwind on the climb and so the big names are ready steady this time up the climb. It will be very different for the last time up the climb.

     

  61. 16:55:27 CEST

    Omar Fraile (Caja Rural-Seguros) saved his effort for the final metres and managed to edge past Cattaneo to take the maximum points.

     

  62. 16:53:22 CEST

    There are huge crowds at the summit of the climb.

     

  63. 16:52:47 CEST

    The GC contenders are at the front of the peloton but are saving their legs for the final climb.

     

  64. 16:51:41 CEST

    Mattia Cattaneo (Lampre-Merida) is leading the break on the climb but he's suffering on the gradient. 

     

  65. 16:47:07 CEST

    The 14 in the break are suffering on the steep gradient, with 2.5km to go on the climb.

     

  66. 16:44:48 CEST

    Here we go. We're close to the climb. 

     

  67. 16:37:51 CEST

    As the gaps falls, the Movistar team also hit the front. 

     

  68. 16:36:28 CEST

    The Katusha riders have been leading the chase for more than two hours. Rodriguez really wants this one. 

     

  69. 16:32:08 CEST

    Katusha is still leading the peloton but the other teams are positioning themselves for the climb.

     

  70. 16:29:14 CEST

    55km remaining from 168.3km

    The gap remains steady at 4:00

     

  71. 16:28:56 CEST

    The riders are passing through Calpe, where so many of the riders come to train in the winter. As a result many know the roads and the climbs of today's stage. 

     

  72. 16:26:53 CEST

    The race is 15 kilometers from the Alto de Puig Llorença. The race is about to be shaken up. 

     

  73. 16:21:39 CEST

    Following the abandon of Peter Sagan, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is wearing the green points jersey.

    Watch out for him on the steep stage finish. 

     

  74. 16:15:08 CEST

    65km remaining from 168.3km

    The  peloton is rolling at 50km/h.  

     

  75. 16:12:13 CEST

    However the break is working pretty well as they follow the coast road.  

     

  76. 16:11:38 CEST

    The gap to the break has fallen but only to 4:00.

     

  77. 16:08:03 CEST

    The whole Katusha team is lined out on the front of the peloton. They know it is important to reduce the gap before the first climb of the Alto de Puig Llorença after 126km. 

     

  78. 15:59:55 CEST

    The average speed for the race is 41.3 km/h after two hours of racing.  

     

  79. 15:55:45 CEST

    The 14 riders in the break are: Alexis Gougeard (AG2R - La Mondiale) joined Nikolas Maes, Pieter Serry and Maxime Bouet (Etixx-Quick Step), Geraint Thomas (Sky), Lorrenzo Manzin (FDJ), Mattia Cattaneo (Lampre-Merida), Yohan Bagot ( Cofidis), Maarten Tjallingii (LottoNL-Jumbo), Omar Fraile (Caja Rural), Tony Hurel (Europcar), Danny Van Poppel (Trek), Pavel Brutt (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Jim Songezo (MTN-Qhubeka).

     

  80. 15:47:59 CEST

    Purito Rodriguez is keen to win the mountain finish after his father spent time painting his name on the road during the night. 

     

  81. 15:41:27 CEST

    92km remaining from 168.3km

    The break has extended its lead to 5:20 after the feed zone. This will be a pursuit match all the way to the finish. 

     

  82. 15:15:10 CEST

    The Alto de Puig Llorença is only 3.3km long climbs at at 8.9% with some steep sections at 15% or even more. If should offer another thrilling finale. 

     

  83. 15:13:49 CEST

    123.3km remaining from 168.3km

    The stage is largely flat until the first asssault of the Alto de Puig Llorença  after 126km. The riders then drop down to he coast and then climb Alto de Puig Llorença agin, with an extra 500m of climbing up to the finish. 

     

  84. 15:09:56 CEST

    Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Tom Dumoulin (Giant - Alpecin), Fabio Aru, Mikel Landa (Astana), Samuel Sánchez (BMC), Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R - La Mondiale) and John Degenkolb (Giant - Alpecin) are among the riders involved in the crash.

    They all got going again but Valverde went to the doctor's car for some treatment.   

  85. 15:06:06 CEST

    Sadly another big crash in the peloton left several riders hurt but none of them seriously injured. 

     

  86. 15:05:27 CEST

    None of the riders in the break are a threat to the overall lead of Esteban Chaves and so the Orica-GreenEdge team is not doing a lot of the chasing.

     

  87. 15:04:28 CEST

    The break is a serious threat to Purito, who wants to win on the steep climb to the finish. 

     

  88. 15:02:03 CEST

    As we join the action from the Cyclingnews blimp, we now have 14 riders in the break of the day, with the Katusha team leading the chase for leader and local hero of the day Joaqium Rodriguez.