Thursday August 31st, 2017

Stage 12Motril / Antequera. Los Dólmenes

Start 13h28 (Local time)

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Summary - Stage 12 - La Vuelta 2017

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Already winner of stage 6, Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) led another victorious breakaway on stage 12 of La Vuelta. The Polish rider dropped all his companions in the last climb of the day to solo to the win at Antequera, on Thursday. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) enjoyed that same climb to go on the move again… and Chris Froome (Team Sky) crashed twice in the following downhill. The British rider will spend a 10th consecutive day in red tomorrow but he lost 20 seconds to Vincenzo...

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Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), best young rider: “We were going very fast in the downhill, with our team we were right behind the riders from Team Sky. I moved past him (Chris Froome) when he lost control of his bike and then I didn't see what was happening. These things happen in a race. Today I was again with the favorites in the last climb and I'll keep going day by day, let's see how the legs do. I enjoy being the best young rider of La Vuelta. I enjoyed watching riders from the Tour and...

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Omar Fraile (Dimension Data): “I'd already been feeling better in the past few days and I wanted to do something today. I think I can be happy with that second place, because I was about to go home a few days ago. Today Tomasz (Marczynski) was the strongest and we have to congratulate him. It's being a very unlucky La Vuelta (five riders from Dimension Data have already abandoned) and I also wanted to win to lift up the spirits in the team. I've tried, but we're really unlucky. To be only...

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Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “It panned out much better than what we could hope for. I spoke with (Nicolas) Roche and I attacked with him. Since he couldn't hold the pace, he told me to go alone. We have a good relation. I knew I had a teammate ahead (Edward Theuns) and we gave it all. It was a hard descent, with a reflections on the surface because of the humidity. We went as fast as possible and now we need to recover. Froome crashed but he didn't lose much time and I'm sure he'll...

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Nicolas Roche (BMC): “It's my fault if it turned into a GC day. Everybody was quite happy with the pace. I just thought why not. It wasn't as hard a climb as the other days so it could have been an opportunity to grab some precious seconds. The idea was good when I went with Alberto (Contador) but then his pace was just a little bit too high for me on the climb and I thought it would be better to kind of ease off and not totally explode as the group behind was coming pretty fast. This...

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader: “I'm doing okay, thankfully. I'm just grateful there's nothing more serious. It is never nice to crash. I had two teammates with me, Mikel Nieve and Wouter Poels, and they were incredible. They helped me all the way to the finish and helped me limit the losses to the Vincenzo Nibali group. I just slipped, I lost my front wheel in the corner. It was the same for the second crash. Of course I don't like to give away time but I'm grateful it's 20...

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Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal), stage winner: “It felt even better than the first one. I could enjoy more in the final as I was alone. It was an incredible stage. After my first victory, I still had good legs. I wanted to try again today. I was a little bit afraid because at the beginning I spent a lot of energy. I tried like 100 times just to get in the breakaway. There was again a big fight. Once I was there, I thought today could be my day again. I felt good. I stayed calm until the...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:46Froome still in red with a reduced lead

GC after stage 12:

1. Chris Froome (Team Sky)

2. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), +0'59"

3. Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott), +2'13"

4. David De La Cruz (Quick Step), +2'16"

5. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb), +2'17"

17:42Froome loses 40" over Contador

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) crossed the line 7'26" after Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal). The group with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) finished 20" behind him and Chris Froome (Team Sky) 20" further behind.

17:36Froome still chasing

3km to go: Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) is 42" ahead of the group with Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), Chris Froome (Team Sky) is 28" further behind.

17:35Top 5

Results at Antequera:

1. Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal)

2. Omar Fraile (Dimension Data)

3. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar Team)

4. Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe)

5. Stef Clement (LottoNL-Jumbo)

17:33Marczynski wins at Antequera!

Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) soloes to his second stage victory at La Vuelta 2017.

17:31Last kilometre for Marczynski

Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) is on his way to his second stage win at La Vuelta 2017.

17:27Froome with Nieve and Poels

Mikel Nieve and Wouter Poels are trying to help Chris Froome (Team Sky) get back. They are 30" behind the bunch and 1' behind Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) with 12km to go!

17:25Froome crashes twice!

Chris Froome (Team Sky) went down on two occasions in the downhill!

Alberto Contador has joined Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) who can help him to try and open differeces.

17:2130" for Contador

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) maintains his solo effort ahead of a bunch reduced to 20 riders.

17:19Marczynski led the way to the summit

Results atop the puerto del Torca:

1. Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto-Soudal) 5pts

2. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) 3pts

3. Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe) 1pt

17:16Marczynski in the downhill, Canty crashes

Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) has opened a 1' gap over his chasers. He is now in the downhill to Antequera. Brendan Canty (Cannondale-Drapac) has crashed.

17:11Contador and Roche open a gap

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Nicolas Roche (BMC) are 12 seconds ahead of the Sky-led peloton.

17:07Roche and Contador on the move

Nicolas Roche (BMC) attacks in the climb, with 23km to go. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) follows him, Team Sky try to control.

17:05Marczynski goes alone

With 4 more kilometres of climbing, Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) has a 20" lead over Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe), Brendan Canty (Cannondale-Drapac) and Omar Fraile (Dimension Data).

17:03Intermediate sprint

Results at Villanueva de la Concepcion (km 137):

1. Omar Fraile (Dimension Data)

2. Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal)

3. Brendan Canty (Cannondale-Drapac)

16:58Canty accelerates, Polanc and Duval in trouble

Brendan Canty (Cannondale-Drapac) attacks in the front group 6km away from the summit. Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) and Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) reply.

Julien Duval (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), who both crashed, are dropped.

16:52The last climb

The attackers are now 9 minutes away from the peloton as they tackle the puerto del Torcal (7.6km, 7.0%).

16:50Polanc punctures, mechanical for Zakarin

Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) tries to get back to the front group after a puncture.  He has a delay of 30" with 27km to go.

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) quickly got back to the bunch after a mechanical incident.

16:46Antequera, Roche and Moreno

Stage 12 offers an unprecedented finish at Antequera. But La Vuelta already visited the town in 2013 with the start of stage 9. Nicolas Roche was wearing the red jersey after taking it from Vincenzo Nibali on the day before. But he lost it that same day with Dani Moreno taking the stage win at Valdepeñas de Jaen and overtaking the race leadership for 1 second.

16:45The attackers get back together

Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport) briefly joined Michael Morkov (Katusha-Alpecin) at the front of the race but they're joined by the rest of their breakaway companions with 33km to go.

16:40Locals at the front

Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) and Junajo Lobato (LottoNL-Jumbo) remain safe in the peloton. But the breakaway still has some andalusian accents. Already a stage winner at La Vuelta 2017, Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) lives in Granada. As for Anthony Perez (Cofidis), his grandparents are from Jaen.

16:37Duval made it back

Julien Duval (AG2R-La Mondiale) is with the race doctor, just behind the chasing group. With 38km to go, Michael Morkov (Katusha-Alpecin) has opened a 20" gap. The peloton is still 8 minutes behind.

16:33Morkov already won a memorable stage of La Vuelta

At 32 years old, Michael Morkov (Katusha-Alpecin) is participating in La Vuelta for the second time in his career. In 2013, he won stage 6 at Caceres after a memorable fight between Tony Martin and the peloton. The German rouleur attacked from the gun and held off the bunch on his own during 175km, only to be caught 25m away from the finish line...

16:25Duval crashes

Julien Duval (AG2R-La Mondiale) hits the deck in the downhill and loses contact with his breakaway companions.

16:2450km to go, 8 minutes

Michael Morkov (Katusha-Alpecin) accelerates in the downhill. The gap with the peloton is still up to 8 minutes.

16:1610 KOM points for Rojas

Results atop the puerto del Leon:

1. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), 10 pts

2. Brendan Canty (Cannondale-Drapac), 6 pts

3. Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), 4 pts

4. Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal), 2 pts

5. Omar Fraile (Dimension Data), 1 pt

16:07The gap increases in the climb

The breakaway's lead rises to 8 minutes with 60km to go to the finish.

16:015km to the summit

The attackers maintain a 7'25" lead over the Sky-led peloton.

15:55Bardet: "'ll enjoy myself even more when I'll raise my arms"

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) spoke to lavuelta.com about his sensations at the front of the race yesterday: “I'll enjoy myself even more when I'll raise my arms. But yes, it was nice to be at the front of the race. It changes from my usual plans and I enjoyed it. We didn't have all the cards, we know that our faith depends on how the teams organise the chase. It's not only about our legs and our attacks, that's modern cycling. But I've been able to race in a way I like. I can take...

15:46Temperature's rising

And it's not surprising. The sun is high and the temperature is up to 35°C.

15:38Second hour

The early attackers have maintained an average speed of 43.5km/h in the first two hours of racing.

15:34Rojas, third time lucky?

Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) is back at the front of the race. He was already on the move on the way to Cuenca (stage 7), where he finished third, and Alhama de Murcia (st. 10), where Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) snatched the win ahead of the Spanish rider. “First I finish third, now second… Next time I win!”, he said on that occasion, also claiming that “Movistar deserve a win more than anyone after the bad streak we've had since Valverde crashed on the Tour”.

15:26The first climb of the day

Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Pawel Poljanski, Andreas Schillinger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Julien Duval (AG2R-La Mondiale), Brendan Canty (Cannondale-Drapac), Michael Morkov (Katusha-Alpecin), Stef Clement (LottoNL-Jumbo), Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal), Omar Fraile (Dimension Data), Anthony Perez (Cofidis), David Arroyo (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport) are now facing the cat-1 puerto del Leon: 17.4km...

15:1980km to go, 7 minutes

The 14 leaders collaborate well to open a 6'50" gap with 80km to go. They've already made it to the feeding zone, midway through today's stage.

15:15Alaphilippe: "We have the riders to both target GC and stages"

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) reflected on his team's results today with lavuelta.com: “Today will be very important for David (De La Cruz). We have the riders to both target the general classification and stage victories. Matteo Trentin proved himself to be extraordinarily dominant and we do our best to protect David. But he's doing great on his own. Yesterday, I stayed with him as much as I could but he showed in the last climb he was in a stellar condition. What he's done, with...

15:08Quick-Step dominate, Astana aim right

With 11 of the 21 stages of La Vuelta 2017 (including the opening TTT), here's a first assessment of team performances. Quick-Step Floors have been omnipresent, with three different stage winners (Matteo Trentin x2, Yves Lampaert, Julian Alaphilippe). Astana riders made it twice in the top 3 and both times they came out on top, with Alexey Lutsenko and Miguel Angel Lopez winning stages 5 and 11.

STAGE WINS:

1. Quick-Step Floors, 4

2. Astana, 2

3. BMC, Sky,...

15:01The gap keeps increasing

The gap gets up to 5'20" at km 67. Team Sky lead the peloton.

14:594 minutes

Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Pawel Poljanski, Andreas Schillinger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Julien Duval (AG2R-La Mondiale), Brendan Canty (Cannondale-Drapac), Michael Morkov (Katusha-Alpecin), Stef Clement (LottoNL-Jumbo), Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal), Omar Fraile (Dimension Data), Anthony Perez (Cofidis), David Arroyo (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport) enjoy a 4'10” lead after 64km.

14:53Rojas at the front

Correction: Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) is in the breakaway instead of Diego Rosa (Team Sky).

The gap is up to 2'39" at km 61.

14:47The 14 leaders

Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Diego Rosa (Team Sky), Pawel Poljanski, Andreas Schillinger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Julien Duval (AG2R-La Mondiale), Brendan Canty (Cannondale-Drapac), Michael Morkov (Katusha-Alpecin), Stef Clement (LottoNL-Jumbo), Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal), Omar Fraile (Dimension Data), Anthony Perez (Cofidis), David Arroyo (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport) open a 1'15" gap at km 57.

14:38A very fast first hour

The bunch has covered 47.7km in the first hour of racing. A group of 14 riders is now leading the way with a slight advantage over the peloton.

14:33Arroyo: "An aggressive rider will find a perfect terrain"

The Spanish veteran David Arroyo (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) foresaw a hard fight at the beginning of stage 12: “We can see that something happens every day, and with the weather we've had in the past days it was a bit more difficult. Today at least the sun is back and we can dry a bit. Without a doubt, every stage has something hidden. The start is a bit difficult and there will be a hard battle. And the final climbs are true challenges. An aggressive rider will find a perfect terrain.”

14:23Back together

The second bunch gets back at km 36.

14:19The peloton splits

With a very hard pace from the start, the peloton splits in two groups at km 29.

14:14Costa: "Make the break and fight for the stage"

Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) is part of the many riders willing to go on the move today: “Today and tomorrow are days where I think the breakaway can make it. The sun is back and it's nice after complicated days. We hope we can make it in the breakaway, I'm going to try as well as others, and we'll try to fight for the stage win. The two climbs in the final are hard ones. We're getting into the second week with longer and harder climbs, but the important thing is to fight to get in the...

14:07Arcas and Hofstede abandon

Jorge Arcas (Movistar) and Lennard Hofstede (Sunweb) tried to tackle stage 12 but the hard pace from the start was to much for them.

14:01Attacks keep flying

19km into stage 12, Bora-Hansgrohe, AG2R-La Mondiale, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and Manzana Postobon are among the most aggressive teams at the front of the peloton.

13:57Ventoso: "A demanding start"

Fran Ventoso (BMC), stage winner at Antequera during la Vuelta a Andalucia 2010, spoke about today's challenges with lavuelta.com: “Today I think there will be two separate races. The first one will be about the breakaway, with a demanding start, going up and down along the coast. And then it will be the GC riders, because it's not a climb to open gaps but it will make a selection between riders. We hope that our two GC leaders (Nicolas Roche and Tejay Van Garderen) won't suffer from...

13:50No break, Bilbao punctures

The bunch sticks together at km 11 except for Pello Bilbao (Astana), who sustained a puncture.

13:45Fast start

Once again, the battle to get in the breakaway is very intense. After 7km and many attacks, no one has managed to open a gap.

13:36It is on!

The flag has been dropped, the bunch can battle it out on the way to Antequera.

13:28Four days in Andalusia

Today is the first of four stages entirely designed on the roads of the autonomous community of Andalusia. Two local riders will try to enjoy the opportunity to shine at home: the fastman Juanjo Lobato (LottoNL-Jumbo), who believes there could be openings for him these days, and the never tiring attacker Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis), who will go on the move without a doubt. Javi Moreno (Bahrain-Moreno) also tackled La Vuelta 2017 but he had to abandon after a crash on stage 2.

13:23Bennett and Pauwels are out

176 riders tackle stage 12 of La Vuelta 2017 as George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) are out of the race. The Kiwi is still to fully recover from the illness that took him out of the Tour de France. Pauwels is also sick. He is the fifth rider from his team to leave La Vuelta 2017.

13:18The bunch is on the move, the sun is back

The riders are on their way to km 0. After two days of raining, it's sunny again and the temperature is up to 33.5°C.

13:10Welcome

Welcome to the official live of stage 12 of La Vuelta 2017. The neutral start from Motril is set at 13:15, the proper one at 13:28. A 160.1km route will lead the riders to Antequera with two hard climbs in the second part of the stage.

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