Tuesday August 29th, 2017

Stage 10Caravaca Año Jubilar 2017 / ElPozo Alimentación

Start 13h20 (Local time)

Key moments

Stage summary29.08.2017

Trentin, all-terrain winner

Already winner on the flat last week, Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) snatched his second stage victory at La Vuelta 2017 on Tuesday. With the climb up the Collado Bermejo set to decide the winner, the Italian went in the breakaway, followed every move and eventually dominated Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) to bring his Belgian team a 20th stage victory on the Spanish event. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) attacked in the downhill but it's Nicolas Roche (BMC) who eventually managed to...

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Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), leader of the KOM classification: “It's been a very fast stage at the beginning but personally I didn't want to take any risk today considering what we have ahead of us. I'm already focused on the next two stages. They'll be important for the KOM competition.”

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Adam Yates (Orica-Scott), best young rider: “It was pretty tricky. It rained so much at the beginning, the road was still quite wet. It was pretty slippery out there, quite dangerous especially when guys tried to push and create the gaps. But we were in good positions at the top of the climbs. In general we had a good day. Nicolas Roche took some big risks. We didn't want to crash. We got a lot of stages coming up and I'm sure we can try something in the coming days.”

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Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana): “The first challenge was to get into the break. With the hard pace in the first two hours, it was very hard to be up there. The whole team had to be on alert, and we can't do it so much with a leader like (Fabio) Aru. I've had to follow every move to make sur I'd be in the right one. I wanted to break away because I knew the stage suited me well and I knew the route, it ended up next to my home. I managed to be there but they (Trentin and Rojas) were much better...

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Rojas: “Next time I win”

José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar): “I ended up with the worst rival (Matteo Trentin), the best sprinter of La Vuelta. I would have loved to win at Murcia, I'd said that I would try. First I got a third place, now second… Next time I win. I had a plan, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to get rid of him in the downhill because he climbed very well and I knew I couldn't beat him in the sprint. The truth is I didn't think about him at first in the break. I told Pablo (Lastras, DS...

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Nicolas Roche (BMC), 3rd on GC: “That was a good day. It was fully improvised. It wasn't really planned to go on the descent until I saw Vincenzo (Nibali) opening a gap. I tried to get around the other GC riders and came back to Vincenzo. It took me some kilometres to come back to him. Then I opened up a little bit of a gap and said: ‘let's go and see what happens'. I wanted to go as fast as possible. I saw there were a few gaps so I thought I'd just give it everything to try and take...

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader: “(Nibali) did push a little bit on the downhill. That's fine, that was his tactic today: make the pace in the climb and to try and make the race on the descent. For me, I wasn't willing to take any risks. I am in a good position in the GC and there was a lot of roads from the bottom of the climb to the finish. We took it easy with my teammates and kept everything together. Nico (Roche) wasn't a big worry for me. As I said, I was happy to stay safe,...

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Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors): “I really wanted that victory. I had been thinking about this stage for a while. The climb was hard but it was even so I know that's something I can handle really well. I knew the downhill was super technical. It was good for me having (Jose Joaquin) Rojas with me because he was really good in the downhill. I just followed him and to be honest, when he was really pushing, I was a bit in trouble to follow him even though I'm good descender. We could...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:08Roche gains 30" and gets closer to Froome

Nicolas Roche (BMC) made it to the finish 29" ahead of the rest of the GC contenders. He remains 3rd on GC, now with the same delay over Chris Froome (Team Sky) as Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott): 36".

17:03Top 5

Results at ElPozo Alimentacion:

1. Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors)

2. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar)

3. Jaime Roson (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

4. Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data)

5. Alexandre Geniez (AG2R-La Mondiale)

17:00Trentin wins again!

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) outsprints Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) to win his second stage at La Vuelta 2017!

16:58Last kilometre!

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) are ready to battle it out in the streets of Alhama de Murcia!

16:54Rojas vs Trentin

The two fastmen from the breakaway have dropped everyone in the downhill.

16:49Froome, Chaves and Contador get back to Nibali

A group of five riders catch Nibali.

With 10km to go, Janse Van Rensburg is just behind the three leaders.

16:45Nibali goes alone

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) opens a gap in the downhill. Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) tries to chase him.

16:45Trentin, Rojas and Roson

Trentin, Rojas and Roson lead the way with 15km to go. Janse Van Rensburg has lost contact.

16:42Rojas summited first

Results atop the Collado Bermejo:

1. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), 10 pts

2. Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), 6 pts

3. Jaime Roson (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), 4 pts

4. Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data), 2 pts

5. Alexandre Geniez (AG2R-La Mondiale), 1 pt

16:39Nibali attacks downhill

Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) immediately jumps in Vincenzo Nibali's (Bahrain-Merida) wheel. The bunch stretches.

16:3820km to go

Alexandre Geniez (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Marc Soler (Movistar) are chasing in the downhill. The gap with the front group: 20".

16:33Bahrain set the pace for Vincenzo Nibali

Antonio Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) is leading the bunch for his brother Vincenzo. He spoke to lavuelta.com this morning: “This stage is an unknown for my brother. There's a downhill that suits him at the end but being wet, it might not be a good idea to risk too much there.”

16:24Trentin gets back to the front group

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) joins the front group led by Jaime Roson (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) with 27km to go. Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data) is suffering.

Bahrain-Merida are now setting the pace in the peloton with a gap still up to 5'20".

16:193 leaders up the Collado Bermejo

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) and Jaime Roson (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) have joined Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data) in the first slopes of the Collado Bermejo. Terpstra quickly got dropped as Roson upped the tempo.

16:12Janse Van Rensburg summits first, three chasers

Results atop the alto del Morron de Totana:

1. Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data) 3pts

2. Bert-Jan Lindeman (LottoNL-Jumbo) 2pts

3. Rafael Reis (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) 1pts

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) is with Lindeman and Reis to try and get back to Janse Van Rensburg.

16:06Suaza on the move

Bernardo Suaza (Manzana Postobon) attacks in the peloton.

At the front of the race, Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data) has opened a 30" gap with the chasers.

16:02Janse Van Rensburg goes alone

Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data) accelerates in the climb.

15:59De La Cruz: “The last climb is pretty long and quite hard”

David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors), 6th on GC: “It's a complicated stage, because the last climb is pretty long and quite hard. And then the descent is complicated, and it will be even more with the rain. But, with the team I have here, I hope to be well protected and that we can save the day. It's a good opportunity for a teammate to go for the stage victory. We've started off very well. It will be a very hard second week but I like it better than the first one, with a different kind of...

15:53First climb of the day

The attackers tackle the cat-3 alto del Morron de Totana with a gap stabilised just above 5 minutes. After this 5.7km climb (avg: 5.7%), they will immediately face the cat-2 Collado Bermejo (7.7km, 6.5%) without a downhill section in between.

15:44Luisle Sanchez: “A hard fought stage”

Riding at home, Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) has made it into the breakaway. He anticipated a hard battle: “It usually doesn't rain here, but we'll try to make the most of the conditions. We know the final can be tricky if watered and, above all, we hope nothing bad will happen. It will be the same risks for everyone, there might be more to lose than win in that downhill. It's a hard descent when it's dried, just imagine what it can be with the rain. We're not going to overthink it either....

15:3950km to go, 5 minutes

The gap stabilises between 5' and 5'30" as the attackers head to today's climbs.

15:32Trentin takes the points

Results of the intermediate sprint at ElPozo Alimentacion:

1. Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) 3pts

2. Rafael Reis (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) 2pts

3. Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo) 1pt

15:2852km/h after two hours!

The leaders have averaged 52.3km/h in the first two hours of racing.

15:17The break finally gets away

Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Tim Declercq, Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Daniel Moreno, Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Nico Denz, Alexandre Geniez (AG2R-La Mondiale), Michael Morkov (Katusha-Alpecin), Bert-Jan Lindeman, Juanjo Lobato (LottoNL-Jumbo), Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), Valerio Agnoli, Domen Novak (Bahrain-Merida), Arnaud Courteille (FDJ), Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data), Rafael Reis, Diego Rubio (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) open a 3'...

15:0820 attackers

A group of 20 riders, including the Green Jersey wearer Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), open a gap after 90km.

15:03Froome: “La Vuelta is more aggressive than Le Tour”

Stage winner on Sunday and overall leader of La Vuelta with an extended lead, Chris Froome (Team Sky) spoke to Spanish newspaper AS during the rest day. “After nine stages, we are in a perfect situation”, he said. “There have been lots of explosive hard finishes, and I'm happy to have started like that.” Still, Froome and his team discard any idea of “relaxing”, with tight differences on GC and a rider like Alberto Contador ready to put on a fight. “It's true that he's lost...

14:5680km, all together

The bunch has almost covered half of the stage and every breakaway attempt has been neutralized.

14:51Oss and Hansen attack

Daniel Oss (BMC) and Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport) have opened a 14" gap with the peloton at km 73.

14:447 riders at the front... The peloton gets back

A new group of attackers tries to break away. But the bunch catches them at km 70.

14:40LottoNL-Jumbo also want to get in the break

Steven Kruijswijk and Juanjo Lobato said this morning their team would be on the offensive today.

Kruijswsijk: “Personally, I hope to feel a lot better than the first week. I didn't feel really fit and there were a lot of steep climbs. I think this week is gonna be really different, with longer climbs. Hopefully, it will be better for me. Tomorrow hopefully will be a hard stage, but also today will have a tricky finish. We will take it day by day. As a team we will try to get into...

14:33Back together

The second group gets back to the leading bunch at km 60.

14:32The bunch splits

Cannondale-Drapac and Bahrain Merida are leading the chase in a second group.

14:26New attack, riders are being dropped

Four riders tried to get away but they're quickly caught, at km 54. With this hard pace, about 20 riders are being dropped off the back of the bunch.

14:22Bardet: “I'm learning and I'm learning about myself”

Now out of contention for the general classification, Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) reflected on his experience at La Vuelta so far in an interview with French newspaper L'Équipe. “I'm learning and I'm learning about myself”, the French climber said. “I spent a lot of mental energy during the Tour and I'm very much aware that the energy expended in July has consequences here.” Still, Bardet remains “absolutely motivated to go on the hunt for a stage win. (…) I've seen, I've...

14:1440km, still together

The bunch has already covered 41km and no one has managed to break away.

14:07Canty: "Get in the break and see what happens"

Brendan Canty hinted that Cannondale-Drapac are also keen on fighting at the front today: “Today is the first time it's raining… It will be interesting to see how the bunch responds after the rest day. And in the final descent it's gonna be very tricky so it'll be interesting to see if the GC guys just try to be safe. But if they're racing for the stage win, I think the final descent is gonna be very interesting. We're trying to get up in the breakaway today. Obviously Michael Woods is...

14:00Jungels is caught, more attacks

Riders are still fighting to get in the breakaway after 28km.

13:56Jungels on the move

Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) is riding slightly ahead of the bunch at km 24.

13:48Courteille: “Team Sky won't control every day”

Arnaud Courteille (FDJ) told lavuelta.com he was once again a candidate for a breakaway today: “We're gonna try to break away again. It's true that we don't have a leader win head to head with the strongest so the goal is to go on the early moves. Except for Lorrenzo Manzin and Daniel Hoelgaard, who are more focused on sprint days, everyone else in the team wants to go. Today, there's a hard final climb followed by a very technical...

13:44Still together

The peloton maintains a hard pace after 14km. Nicolas Roche (BMC) has suffered a puncture.

13:39Many attacks, Chaves punctures

No one has been able to break away after 10km of hard racing.

Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) gets back to the peloton after a puncture.

13:31Back together

Rohan Dennis (BMC) briefly joined Michel Kreder (Aqua Blue Sport) at the front of the race but they've been caught after 4km.

13:27First attack

Michel Kreder (Aqua Blue Sport) opens the road at km 2.

13:26It is on!

The 179 riders who finished stage 9 have made it to the km 0 of stage 10 and can now battle it out.

13:17Three riders from Murcia

Alejandro Valverde, winner of La Vuelta 2009 and winner of 9 La Vuelta stages, is the most famous rider from the area of Murcia. He doesn't participate in this edition as he still recovers from his crash at the Tour de France. Three local riders will race at home today: Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), Jose Joaquin Rojas and Ruben Fernandez (Movistar).

13:07The bunch is on the way, it's raining

The riders are on their way to the proper start. It's slightly raining on the race and dark clouds wait for them on the finish line.


Welcome to the official live of stage 10 of La Vuelta 2017. The neutral start from Caravaca de la Cruz is set at 13:05, the proper at 13:20. A 164.8km route, with the climb up the Collado Bermejo (cat 1) in the final, will lead the riders to the finish-line starring one of La Vuelta's new sponsors, as it will be located in front of the ElPozo Alimentación facilities, in the locality of Alhama de Murcia.


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