Vuelta a España – Stage 11 – Kesiakoff wins, J-Rod still in Red!

The sole time trial of the Vuelta ran today and it was a nervous day for the main GC contenders. Joaquim Rodriguez, the weakest of the top four at the TT needed a monster effort to keep the red jersey. Alberto Contador nervously anticipating Chris Froome’s performance. Alejandro Valverde trying to stay in contention with the other three.

Today’s TT wasn’t your regular time trial with a significant climb and descent in the middle of the stage. It was one for the strong climbers and Fredrik Kessiakoff, a man often in the mix for the King of the Mountains of late set a blistering time and went on the win the stage. The first big name on the course to come through was Valverde, losing time in the flat portion up to the climb, he set a strong time coming in second on the day, but Contador easily blasted past him, besting Valverde by nearly 1 minute. Chris Froome, who looked tired on the day, came in slightly down on Contador but up on Valverde. Lastly, was Rodriguez who lost almost all his time on the start and the flat and protected from there, sprinting into the line to finish 1 minute down on Bert, but 1 second ahead of him on GC.

Stage 11 Time Trial
1. Fredrik Kessiakoff (AST)_____52’36”
2. Alberto Contador (STB)______+17″
3. Chris Froome (SKY)_________+39″
4. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)_____+1’08”
5. Benat Intxausti (MOV)_______+1’09”
6. Richie Porte (SKY)__________+1’15”
7. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)_____+1’16”
8. Cameron Meyer (OGN)_______+1’17”
9. Andrew Talansky (GRM)______+1’24”
10. Jonathan Castroviejo (MOV)_+1’34”

Complete Stage Results: La Vuelta Official

Overall Classification after 11 stages
1. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)_______40h26’15″
2. Alberto Contador (STB)________+1″
3. Chris Froome (SKY)___________+16″
4. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)______+59″
5. Robert Gesink (RAB)__________+2’27″
6. Daniel Moreno (KAT)__________+2’54″
7. Nicolas Roche (ALM)__________+3’39″
8. Andrew Talansky (GRM)________+4’08”
9. Laurens Ten Dam (RAB)________+4’22″
10. Bauke Mollema (RAB)_________+5’10″

Complete GC: La Vuelta Official

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