Vuelta a España – Stage 12 – Q: 30%? A: Rodriguez…. easy.

Joaquim Rodriguez has shown once again that on the short, explosive finishes there is non better. Take note: Philippe Gilbert finished +1’01” on the stage. The relatively flat stage began with an aggressive first 80km as numerous riders wanted to get into the break until eventually, a quartet with Moinard, Meyer and Astarloa got away. From there, Katusha controlled things trying to keep the break within the 4’00 mark as they new this stage was perfect for Rodriguez and at the top lie a 20″ time bonus for first place. Sure enough, as the peloton closed down on the suffering dogs in front, the pace whipped up and all but Astarloa were caught within the base of the climb. Igor Anton was the first to go and then Rodriguez and Contador responded. They knew the grade grew more torturous as it went and were hesitant to go full gas at first. Eventually, it was Contador showing his colours at the front, taking the race to the others – all but Rodriguez who sat ominously on his wheel. Within the last 500m Rodriguez opened his sprint as the others struggled away looking longingly at his pace. Rodriguez wins his second of the Vuelta, gains 20″. Contador finishes 5 seconds later and gains 12″ bonus. Valverde scrambles in for third and 4″. Gesink, huffing and puffing at 20″. Froome scratches and claws his way along losing 23 seconds….. 43″ with bonuses in less than 1.5km.

Stage 12 Top Five
1. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)_____4h24’32”
2. Alberto Contador (STB)______+8″
3. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)____+13″
4. Robert Gesink (RAB)_________+20″
5. Chris Froome (SKY)__________+23″

Complete Stage Results: La Vuelta Official

Overall Classification after 12 stages
1. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)_______44h50’35″
2. Alberto Contador (STB)________+13″
3. Chris Froome (SKY)___________+51″
4. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)______+1’20″
5. Robert Gesink (RAB)__________+2’59″
6. Daniel Moreno (KAT)__________+3’29″
7. Nicolas Roche (ALM)__________+4’22″
8. Andrew Talansky (GRM)________+5’17″
9. Laurens Ten Dam (RAB)________+5’18″
10. Bauke Mollema (RAB)_________+6’01″

Complete Stage Results: La Vuelta Official


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