Live Coverage of Vuelta a Espana - Stage 4

Race overview:

Distance: 163.5km

Start Location: Betanzos

End Location: San Andre de Teixido

  1. 18:29:56 CEST

    That is it from us today, remember to check out our report here with full results and photos. We'll have race highlights too.

     

  2. 18:23:28 CEST

    Looking to tomorrow's stage, it's lumpy but much flatter compared to today's offering and could be a chance for the likes of Philippe Gilbert or perhaps Simon Gerrans. This is what the profile looks like. 

     

     

  3. 18:17:37 CEST

    Today's victory is the culmination of a very strong debut season as a professional for Lilian Calmejane. The 23-year-old finished second in the youth classification at the Tour de Wallonie, won the youth classification at La Méditerranéenne and came close to a stage win at La Provence. We can certainly expect more from him in the future. 

     

  4. 18:03:35 CEST

    Thumbs up from Atapuma as he heads to the podium to collect his red jersey. 

     

     

  5. 17:58:59 CEST

    This is how the GC looks after that little shake up. 

     

    1 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team 13:23:10
    2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar 00:00:29
    3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 00:00:33
    4 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-BikeExchange 00:00:39
    5 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar 00:00:39
    6 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 00:01:09
    7 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Movistar 00:01:11
    8 Leopold König (Cze) Team Sky 00:01:13
    9 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky 00:01:15
    10 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx-Quick-Step 00:01:23

     

  6. 17:54:56 CEST

    Stage winner Calmajane had this to say after the stage. 

     

    "It’s a very great feeling. I started the Vuelta with a lot of ideas in my head but to win a stage so soon in the Vuelta is just awesome.

     

    "Yesterday I was feeling good and I tried to get into the breakaway but just seven guys got into it. I didn’t think that the breakaway would go to the finish but it did and Geniez won and today in my head it was all the breakaway and to have no regrets. At the beginning, I saw that we had a lot of guys with Atapuma just 1:53 down in the general classification so I only thought about winning the stage when we got halfway and we had four minutes. I saw that Thomas de Gendt was very strong in the group when I attacked. I gave everything to the finish line and it is great.

     

    "I’m not really a good go climber but this type of climb I’m good but on the big climbs like Aubisque then it is a little bit difficult for me. It’s my first year as a pro, it’s my first Vuelta and the goal was to win a stage. So now the future in the Vuelta is positive so I’m feeling good."

     

  7. 17:48:16 CEST

    Confirmation of the top 10 in the stage

     

    1 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 04:05:19
    2 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team 00:00:15
    3 Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team 00:00:15
    4 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 00:00:19
    5 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 00:00:23
    6 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNL - Jumbo 00:00:24
    7 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team 00:00:33
    8 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant - Alpecin 00:00:37
    9 Jaime Roson (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 00:00:40
    10 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18 00:00:42

     

  8. 17:44:57 CEST

    Calmejane's win is the first for Direct Energie since Pierre Rolland and Thomas Voeckler netted three stages of the 2012 Tour de France. It is also Calmejane's first professional victory. 

     

  9. 17:41:24 CEST

    It looked like there might be an attack from the group of favourites but in the end they come over the line together led by Valverde. 

     

  10. 17:40:36 CEST

    The clock ticks up and Atapuma should be in red now. 

     

  11. 17:40:07 CEST

    De La Cruz leads the favourites up the final climb with Brambilla, Contador, Chaves and Chaves all behind him. Froome is there too. 

     

  12. 17:39:18 CEST

    Atapuma sprints past Rolland on the line to take second. He gets some bonus seconds but now he has to wait and see what the gap to the peloton is. 

     

  13. 17:38:41 CEST

    Calmejane finally manages to zip up his jersey and he punches the air as he crosses the line for victory. 

     

  14. 17:37:49 CEST

    Calmejane out of the saddle and sprinting for the line

     

  15. 17:37:34 CEST

    Fernandez has waved goodbye to the red jersey as he is dropped from a very small peloton. Moreno takes up the pace with Valverde in his wheel. Valverde is the only rider that can snap the red jersey from Atapuma. 

     

  16. 17:36:55 CEST

    Atapuma has Rolland and Zeits for company now as they chase down Calmejane.

     

  17. 17:35:54 CEST

    1km remaining from 163.5km

    Calmejane passes under the flamme rouge. He is closing in on victory but the chasers aren't too far behind. 

     

  18. 17:34:21 CEST

    Word coming in that De Gendt has been given the most aggressive rider award. He's been dropped from the breakaway group at the moment. 

     

  19. 17:33:32 CEST

    Back in the peloton, Kennaugh has gone off the front. Interesting tactic by Sky, perhaps they are trying to draw out some of their rivals. 

     

  20. 17:31:40 CEST

    2.5km remaining from 163.5km

    The gap has stabalised briefly and our leader has 26 seconds. Atapuma has attacked again further down the road. 

     

  21. 17:30:12 CEST

    Meanwhile, Nacer Bourhanni has but the disappointment of the weekend behind him to win at Poitou Charentes. Read the report here

     

  22. 17:29:03 CEST

    At this point, Calmejane is still extending his lead over Rolland. He has 21 seconds over his compatriot and 41 seconds on the chasers. 

     

  23. 17:27:37 CEST

    The Direct Energie rider tries to do up his jersey on the descent but he quickly gives up on what is a futile exercise. He can't waste any time here. 

     

  24. 17:26:48 CEST

    4.6km remaining from 163.5km

    Calmejane is now on that little descent that we mentioned earlier. The road will kick up again with about 4km to go. 

     

  25. 17:25:47 CEST

    Calmejane still pushing on alone. He's got 15 seconds over Rolland at the moment and 30 seconds over the main breakaway group. 

     

  26. 17:23:30 CEST

    6km remaining from 163.5km

    More attacks coming from the breakaway group as Calmejane remains out front with Rolland not too far behind. Atapuma has a go as he thinks about wearing the leader's jersey as well as the win. He takes Madrazo with him but they are both caught.

     

  27. 17:21:13 CEST

    Rojas has done his job for the day and immediately drops off the back of the peloton. 

     

  28. 17:20:21 CEST

    Rolland is trying to chase down Calmejane. It's been an unlucky year for Rolland and a stage win would be a big boost for him.

     

  29. 17:19:08 CEST

    Tejay van Garderen has been shelled from the peloton, he was dropped yesterday too. 

     

  30. 17:18:32 CEST

    8km remaining from 163.5km

    Calmejane now tries an attack as the peloton keep pulling them back with Rojas setting the pace. 

     

  31. 17:17:42 CEST

    Domont has been reeled back by a diminished looking breakaway group. We've certainly lost a few riders. 

     

  32. 17:15:40 CEST

    9km remaining from 163.5km

    Domont's lead is slowly growing out. He now has 31 seconds on the group behind. 

     

  33. 17:14:58 CEST

    Nairo Quintana is keeping himself right near the front of the bunch. He doesn't want to get caught out. 

     

  34. 17:14:25 CEST

    A mix of teams chasing in the peloton now. Tinkoff still has one man at the head of proceedings with Sky, Orica-BikeExchange and Movistar doing some work. 

     

  35. 17:12:58 CEST

    Domont has 23 seconds on the group chasing behind him. Still 10km to go for him. 

     

  36. 17:11:27 CEST

    11km remaining from 163.5km

    The final climb of the day begins in just a few hundred metres and the peloton has finally sprung into action a little further down the road. The gap has dropped to 4:42.

     

  37. 17:09:25 CEST

    The leaders passed through the intermediate sprint a few moments ago with Stybar taking the full points, King going through in second and De Gendt in third. 

     

  38. 17:07:13 CEST

    Orica-BikeExchange is now setting the pace at the front of the bunch with Tinkoff as Domont attacks from the breakaway. The gap between the leaders and the peloton is still up at 5:15.

     

  39. 17:05:42 CEST

    15km remaining from 163.5km

    It's all back together again and it looks like there is a full compliment up front despite the attacks. Ben King leads the charge with 15km to go. 

     

  40. 17:03:44 CEST

    Grmay attacks from the break too. 

     

  41. 17:02:08 CEST

    No surprise in who is trying to track Madrazo down. It is the indomitable De Gendt, who is hell bent on claiming the stage win today. Will he burn his matches too early?

     

  42. 17:00:52 CEST

    And Madrazo has a punt. The Spaniard has one stage win from Etoile de Besseges earlier this season. He's got a decent gap at the moment. 

     

  43. 16:59:31 CEST

    Domont back in the group and there is a brief ceasefire. But probably not for long. 

     

  44. 16:58:58 CEST

    De Gendt is once again the rider that will try and drag back the move. He's pulling back Domont pretty much on his own. 

     

  45. 16:57:52 CEST

    21km remaining from 163.5km

    Domont is the next to have a go as Stybar and King are brought back. 

     

  46. 16:56:53 CEST

    There's a small descent and Stybar is really going for it. He knows that he doesn't have the climbing ability of many in this group. He's got Ben King for company but they haven't got much of a gap yet. 

     

  47. 16:54:49 CEST

    Thomas de Gendt looks particularly keen to put himself forward for this stage victory though so he can complete his collection of Grand Tour stage wins. He's made another couple of attacks and has forced some fractures within the group. 

     

  48. 16:53:19 CEST

    The peloton is still taking it relatively easy and they really do look like they're giving the glory of the stage win to the breakaway. If the do allow this to keep creeping out, Atapuma could well find himself in red at the end of the day, the leader's red that is. 

     

  49. 16:49:46 CEST

    27km remaining from 163.5km

    With the gap at just below five minutes, it's not out of the question for the peloton to catch the breakaway but it is looking increasingly unlikely. Perhaps they are cutting their losses and focusing on the GC contenders within the bunch. Let's wait and see. 

     

  50. 16:48:11 CEST

    Attacks coming from the lead group and the breakaway briefly splits. The pace is really chugging along in the break as they close in on this final climb. 

     

  51. 16:42:58 CEST

    As the pace f the break goes up, the peloton looks like it's slowed a little. Orica, AG2R, Dimension Data have all moved up to help them but there doesn't seem to be any impetus to chase the leaders down. The gap came down to around 4:20 but it's growing out again. 

     

  52. 16:40:04 CEST

    35km remaining from 163.5km

    Meanwhile, there has been a short-lived attack from Axel Domont but the lead group has come back together. We can expect some more of this as they try to shed the weaker riders. They'll need to do this if they want to hold off the peloton. 

     

  53. 16:38:22 CEST

    Information on the final climb from our reporter on the ground Alasdair Fotheringham.

     

    "The final climb is very much one of two halves. The first chunk is steady, not too hard and mid-way up, with about nine kilometres to go there's a long downhill of about two kilometers, fairly technical. then after sharp right hand bend with about six kilometres to go it kicks up again.

     

    "In the last two kilometers comes through a wood and it's very exposed, long, steady drag up to the finish. It's also quite narrow. It's a bit breezy, not as hot as it was yesterday but certainly warm."

     

  54. 16:33:36 CEST

    • Team BMC Racing 2016

    As we said before, it is Sanchez that BMC is pinning their hopes on. Team DS, Valerio Piva had this to say on the Spaniard ahead of the stage. 

     

    "Things are going pretty well for us. Samu is our leader on this Vuelta an he's where he should be. He had a great season already at the Pays Basque and in Liege and he prepared very well for this Vuelta. He has the experience and the consistency. Of course, you have Valverde, Quintana, Froome, Chaves but Samu is capable of a top 5 finish. As for Tejay, he rested after the Tour and is not in the kind of shape you need for a stage like yesterday's. Seven minutes is a lot but you can take back some time by going in the right break and he's looking for a stage win anyway."

     

  55. 16:31:06 CEST

    Darwin Atapuma came close to winning his first Grand Tour stage at the Giro d'Italia earlier this year. He finished fourth, third and second in stages of the Giro. He was caught late on the penultimate stage and burst into tears upon crossing the line. 

     

  56. 16:29:04 CEST

    There are four Grand Tour stage winners in today's breakaway. They are Enrico Battaglin - who has won two stages of the Giro d'Italia, Thomas de Gendt - who has one stage at the Giro and the Tour de France, Pierre Rolland - who has won two stages of the Tour, and Zdenek Stybar - who won a stage of the Vuelta in 2013 and a stage at last year's Tour. 

     

  57. 16:23:49 CEST

    The leaders are onto a short descent, which is narrow and twisting and could cause some problems when the peloton go through. Let's hope not though. 

     

  58. 16:19:43 CEST

    • Team BMC Racing 2016

    If the gap were to stay as it is right now, Darwin Atapuma would be the new race leader. Atapuma is only 1:35 down in the overall classification, although BMC is looking to Samuel Sanchez for their GC ambitions. 

     

  59. 16:16:30 CEST

    50km remaining from 163.5km

    50km to go for the leaders and their gap is still up at 4:40 for now. Rory Sutherland is doing the chasing for Movistar in the peloton. 

     

  60. 16:11:39 CEST

    • Etxx QuickStep

    We mentioned earlier that Eros Capecchi had signed for Etixx-QuickStep. He has come on board to help bolster their Grand Tour line-up. You can read the full story here

     

  61. 16:08:45 CEST

    • Movistat 2016

    Ruben Fernandez is at the back of the Movistar train at the head of the peloton. He tried to get away in the break earlier today, perhaps forgetting that he was in fact in the red jersey. Sitting in front of Fernandez is Nairo Quintana with Alejandro Valverde in front of him. All three riders are in the top 10 as the moment, as is Daniel Moreno. If they play this right, they should still have the red jersey at the end of the day. 

     

  62. 16:06:45 CEST

    56km remaining from 163.5km

    The peloton is fairly strung out at the moment as they make their way up an unclassified climb. The pace still isn't too high though, it just appears that many are taking it a little easier for now. 

     

  63. 16:01:59 CEST

    Esteban Chaves is having a good race so far and sits up in forth place overall. His DS Neil Stephens is happy with the Colombian's performance until now.

     

    "I expected Esteban to be around the other GC contenders and that's where he was, and even a little bit better than I expected with Valverde and Froome. I'm not surprised to see these riders up there early in the Vuelta, you don't lose the form you had in the Tour or the Olympics. Today is a hill finish again, it's not as grueling as yesterday but it's a climb and we must respect it. I'm sure we are going to see the same guys as yesterday in the finale, not only today but for the rest of the Vuelta."

     

  64. 15:54:27 CEST

    The advantage over the peloton is now almost up to five minutes. It's normal for this to happen around the feed zone as riders inspect the contents of their musettes and try and take on as much sustenance as they can. The gap is likely to stay how it is for another 10km or so before the peloton begin picking up the pace again. 

     

  65. 15:50:10 CEST

    The riders are almost at the 100km mark in today's stage with 67km still to run. They've got that one final classified up to the finish to contend with. The 4km ascent isn't too steep but it is very narrow and exposed meaning that we could have a bit of wind at the finish. 

     

  66. 15:46:40 CEST

    Cannondale-Drapac has two riders in the break today. They've posted this photo of the inside of their musettes. Ice in tights very common at the Vuelta. 

     

     

  67. 15:42:46 CEST

    70km remaining from 163.5km

    As a teenager, my boss used to tell me never to go anywhere empty handed and Castroviejo has taken that piece of advice today. He's been forced to change his bike but also took the opportunity to collect a few bidons for his teammates. 

  68. 15:41:08 CEST

    As the riders head towards the feed zone, the pace knocks off a little bit and the gap is growing out past four minutes. Movistar with most of their team up front and Sky sitting right behind them. 

     

  69. 15:38:24 CEST

    The lead group is now just 20 riders with Arndt now back in the peloton. As a sprinter, it was always going to be tough for Arndt to stay up there.

     

  70. 15:32:58 CEST

    79km remaining from 163.5km

    The gap is holding station at around 3:30 as the leaders finish that descent.

  71. 15:28:42 CEST

    83km remaining from 163.5km

    With such a spread of teams represented in the break, Movistar have no allies of circumstance to help with the chase in the main peloton. The gap is holding steady at around the 2:45 mark.

     

  72. 15:23:59 CEST

    The escapees have reached the base of the descent of Monte Caxado and are now on a short, uncategorised climb. Cannondale duo Ben King and Pierre Rolland set a steady tempo on the front.

     

  73. 15:17:37 CEST

    91km remaining from 163.5km

    A break of this size can sometimes be a rather unwieldy entity, but the 21 leaders appear to be working smoothly together for the time being, and they nudge their lead out a little further, to 3:35.

     

  74. 15:11:40 CEST

    97km remaining from 163.5km

    There is no particular intensity to Movistar's chase for the time being, and the break's advantage stretches out to 3:25.

     

  75. 15:07:29 CEST

    De Gendt led over the summit of Monte Caxado, incidentally, and he picks up another three points towards the king of the mountains classification. Alex Domont was second to the top, ahead of Angel Madrazo.

     

  76. 15:05:23 CEST

    101km remaining from 163.5km

    The break crests the summit of the climb with a lead of 2:35 over the peloton, which is being led by the Movistar team of red jersey Ruben Fernandez.

     

  77. 15:00:13 CEST

    104km remaining from 163.5km

    The 21 escapees continue to nudge their advantage as they approach the upper reaches of Monte Caxado. The gap now stands at 2:30, which means that Darwin Atapuma (BMC) - who was 1:35 down on Fernandez on GC after yesterday's stage - is the virtual race leader.

     

  78. 14:54:10 CEST

    • Lampre Merida jersey 2016

    Federico Zurlo (Lampre-Merida), meanwhile, has abandoned the Vuelta a Espana. The 22-year-old Italian was riding the first Grand Tour of his career.

     

  79. 14:52:36 CEST

    The break hits the lower slopes of the Alto Monte Caxado (7.3 km of climbing at an average gradient of 4.5%) and the buffer over the peloton has edged out beyond the two-minute mark.

     

  80. 14:48:35 CEST

    111km remaining from 163.5km

    The 21 have established a lead of 1:48 over the peloton as they ride towards the base of the second of the day's classified climbs, the category 3 Alto Monte Caxado.

  81. 14:39:47 CEST

    We can now add Chad Haga (Giant-Alpecin), Axel D0mont (AG2R La Mondiale) and Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) to that group out front, making it 21 riders. 

     

  82. 14:38:04 CEST

    Finally it looks like we've got our move of the day with 19 men jumping off the front. No Fernandez in it this time. These are the riders in the breakaway: Darwin Atapuma (BMC), Andrey Zeits. (Astana), Nikias Arndt (Giant Alpecin), Thomas Se Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep), Ben King (Cannondale-Drapac), Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), Nathan Haas (Dimension Data), Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data), Larry Warbasse (IAM Cycling), Marcel Wyss (IAM Cycling), Tsgabu Grmay. (Lampre Merida), Stéphane Rossetto. (Cofidis), Cesare Benedetti (Bora Argon 18), Scott Thwaites (Bora Argon 18), Angel Madrazo (Caja Rural), Jaime Roson (Caja Rural), 213 Lilian Celmejane. (Direct Energie).

     

  83. 14:30:38 CEST

    • Movistat 2016

    Movistar DS Jose Luis Arrieta spoke to the race website. He said that the team has to balance defending the jersey and thinking about the long game. 

     

    "Ruben (Fernandez) is not an unknown rider. He's been a classy rider since the junior ranks and did quite well with Caja Rural before joining us. He did a lot of good work to help our leaders but this season he already showed his worth by finishing 6th in the Tour Down Under and in Poland. Yesterday in the finale, he was simply the stronger. Of course, we have to defend the red jersey but in the same time we must not forget that there's a long way to go to Madrid. We cannot afford to wear out the team. Today's finale is more difficult than it looks on paper."

     

  84. 14:23:59 CEST

    129km remaining from 163.5km

    Another big group goes clear with Ruben Fernandez among their number. That is too dangerous for anyone to let that go and it is quickly brought back. Still plenty of action as the breakaway tries to go clear. 

     

  85. 14:19:50 CEST

    Here is one of the large groups that tried to break free in the opening kilometres of this stage. 

     

     

  86. 14:15:19 CEST

    The effort of Astana has brought it all back together and we're back to square one. The group is about to crest the Alto da Serra Capela after almost an hour of racing.

     

  87. 14:12:46 CEST

    A group of five has bridged over to that group out front, one of them is Dani Moreno. Movistar might be happy with this but Astana aren't and it's now the team in light blue that is setting the pace at the front of the bunch. 

     

  88. 14:09:29 CEST

    We now have a group of 12 riders attempting to snap the elastic. Will Movistar be happy with this one?

     

  89. 14:05:52 CEST

    Good news for the riders today is that it is a little cooler than it has been in the past couple of days. The temperature is in the mid-20s for the moment.

     

  90. 14:04:10 CEST

    139km remaining from 163.5km

    It has been a very fast start to the day and it is taking its toll on some of the riders who are being dropped on the Alto da Serra Capela.

     

  91. 14:02:35 CEST

    The answer to that appears to be no as the peloton keeps the 18-man group at close quarters. Movistar is not happy to let just any old move get up the road. 

     

  92. 13:59:45 CEST

    As the riders begin the first climb of the day the Alto Da Serra Capela, we have 18 riders trying their luck off the front. They've got a growing gap now, could this be the one?

     

  93. 13:57:16 CEST

    Making the break in the opening week of a Grand Tour is always a game of luck.There are always jersey's on the line and plenty of teams interested in trying to get them for at least a day. riders are also feeling a little more sprightly and therefore more willing to work a bit harder at the start to control things. As the race progresses, we'll see the breakaways going much quicker on many of the stages. 

     

  94. 13:54:48 CEST

    Never mind, the peloton was clearly not happy with that collection of riders and they've brought them back almost immediately. 

     

  95. 13:53:26 CEST

    148km remaining from 163.5km

    Back in the race and we've got a group of 9 trying to go clear, we'll get those names as soon as we can. 

     

  96. 13:52:21 CEST

    In other news, Etixx-QuickStep has announced that they have signed Eros Capecchi who currently rides for Astana. He's also a former Movistar rider. 

     

  97. 13:45:11 CEST

    Eurosport journalist Laura Meseguer reporting that Alberto Contador was caught out by dehydration yesterday. He said that this morning that he 'cannot let it happen again.'

     

  98. 13:43:30 CEST

    Almost 10km ridden and still no successful breakaway. 

     

  99. 13:39:22 CEST

    The attack wasn't successful and it's all back together. The pace is extremely high as lots of teams look to get into a move, perhaps spurred on by the success of Geniez yesterday. 

     

  100. 13:36:29 CEST

    The attacks are already flying and there's a rider from BMC trying to g up the road. He'll want some company if he wants to make it stick. 

     

  101. 13:35:27 CEST

    We have racing proper now with 197 riders signing on today. Warren Barguil is still the only rider to leave the race thus far. 

     

  102. 13:30:27 CEST

    • Caja Rural 2016

    Carthy has had a rocky start to his debut Vuelta a Espana, losing 14 minutes yesterday, but the longer climb to the finish should be much better for his skill set. Riders such as Contador will be hoping to fair better on this finish as well. 

     

  103. 13:23:47 CEST

    Ruben Fernandez with teammate Alejandro Valverde at the start of today's stage. 

     

     

  104. 13:18:23 CEST

    And the riders are on their way. They've got a 7.7km neutral section before the racing proper gets going. 

     

  105. 13:12:40 CEST

    Before the riders set of, this is what they're going to face today, two third cat climbs and a second cat summit finish. 

     

     

  106. 13:04:16 CEST

    There are 11 points available in the mountains classification today. Current classification leader Geniez is on 10 points, so we can expect to see him try and wrap up some points early on to secure that jersey for another day. This is how things stand right now. 

     

    1 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ 10 pts
    2 Simon Pellaud (Swi) IAM Cycling 4
    3 Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 4
    4 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ 3
    5 Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 2
    6 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18 2
    7 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 1
    8 Brian Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie 1

     

  107. 12:59:20 CEST

    A battered and bruised Lopez talks to the press ahead of today's stage. 

     

     

  108. 12:53:18 CEST

    Yesterday saw our first abandon of the race with Warren Barguil dropping out due to sinusitis. It looked like Miguel Angel Lopez might be about to follow him when he suffered a spectacular crash in the final kilometres. Despite breaking three of his teeth, the Colombian will start today. Read the full story here

     

  109. 12:48:33 CEST

    While we saw the big GC names go up against each other yesterday it was Alexandre Geniez that stole the show with his breakaway victory. Geniez was part of the early break and just held on for his second career stage win at the Vuelta a Espana. Want to re-live yesterday's stage? Watch it here

     

  110. 12:41:19 CEST

    We're only a few days into the 2016 Vuelta a Espana but yesterday saw a big shake-up of the overall classification with Alberto Contador and Steven Kruijswijk losing time while Ruben Fernandez moved into the overall lead. This is how the top 10 looks ahead of the start.

     

    1 Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 9:16:07
    2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:07
    3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:11
    4 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange 0:00:17
    5 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
    6 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:00:46
    7 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:47
    8 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:00:51
    9 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:58
    10 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:01

     

  111. 12:37:13 CEST

    Good afternoon, it's racing time again and the teams and riders have descended on the medieval city of Betanzos as the race continues its way along the north western coast of Spain. 

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