2013 Vuelta – Stage 10 – Eagle Rising?

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A brutal finishing climb on tap today with the 8km final climb up to the Alto de Hazallanas and its ramps up to 18%. I’m not sure where they find these roads in Spain, but they seem to have an endless number of them available. Today was the first day of the high mountains and it would prove to be very selective.

It was Movistar who controlled the pacing throughout the day and they lead Valverde into the final 8km where the climb started in earnest at a mere 18%. The peloton was quickly blown all over the road as the pace Movistar was setting was to quick for everyone. In fact, the pace proved to be to quick for Valverde himself as he momentarily lost touch with the leading riders, only to find himself desperately clawing back with Nicolas Roche. The selection was firmly established as 8 riders when Chris Horner attacked without response with 5km to go and he built a large margin quite quickly. With 3km to go Chris Horner had 41 seconds on the group of 6 pursuers of Basso, Nibali, Valverde, Rodriguez, Pinot and Roche.

With 2km to go Nibali cranked the pace up and attacked the group, dropping the rest of the GC competitors as he tried to close on the on leading Horner. But it was too little too late as Horner won the stage with a large margin over seond placed Nibali. Valverde led the rest in 16 seconds later to claim third and the third place bonus seconds. Dani Moreno who won the leaders Red jersey yesterday tumbled from the top position and finds himself in 6th over 2 minutes back. Tomorrow is the rest day before Wednesday’s sole time trial of the race.

2013 Vuelta Stage 10 Top Five
1. Chris Horner (RLT)________4h30’22’
2. Vincenzo Nibali (AST)_____+48
3. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)__+1’02”
4. Ivan Basso (CAN)
5. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)

Overall Classification after 10 stages
1. Chris Horner (RLT)_________40h29’14”
2. Vincenzo Nibali (AST)_______+43″
3. Nicolas Roche (TST)_________+53″
4. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)____+1’02”
5. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)____+1’40″
6. Daniel Moreno (KAT)________+2’04”
7. Ivan Basso (CAN)___________+2’20″
8. Thibault Pinot (FDJ)________+3’11″
9. Rafal Majka (TST)__________+3’16″
10. Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM)__+3’28″
11. Leopold Konig (NET)_________+3’58″

13. Ivan Santaromita (BMC)____+4’35″

15. Rigoberto Uran (SKY)_______+5’12″
16. Laurens Ten Dam (BEL)______+6’05″
17. Samuel Sanchez (EUS)______+6’33″
18. David Arroyo (CJR)________+6’33″

20. Mikel Nieve (EUS)_________+6’39″
21. Igor Anton (EUS)__________+7’01″
22. Michele Scarponi (LAM)_____+7’04″
23. Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)___+7’08″

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