2013 Vuelta – Stage 14 – Reshuffling


An absolutely incredible day in the Vuelta where the weather played a significant role. Ivan Basso surprisingly abandoned the race (along with 16 other riders) due to hypothermia while his teammate Daniele Ratto hung on to his 9 minute lead from the break to win the 14th stage of the Vuelta alone atop the Collada de la Gallina in Andorra.

Behind, third placed Alejandro Valverde also had major problems with the cold on the descent and was distanced by the group of favorites and he trailed the leaders as much as 1 minute as they approached the final climb.

” I had a really bad day, it has been a terrible day, inhuman, for me, the hardest I’ve spent on the bike. Not just for this tour. I was too cold on the descents, shaking and could not pedal, I almost fell. Riders were just passing me by… I was very cold even when climbing, and when that happens to you, everything becomes very difficult.” said Valverde

Valverde burned through his teammates to help him and had only Jesus Herrada with him near the base of the final climb to help close the gap. As they closed to within 15 seconds of those falling off the back of the favorites Chris Horner and Vincenzo Nibali attacked and blew the group of favorites to pieces.

From there, it was Horner and Nibali side by side up the ascent with Nibali surging at the line to take the bonus seconds and put a few bike lengths between him and the American. Behind, Nicolas Roche had a massive meltdown, battling the cold as he fell, like today’s rain, from second place to sixth. Rigoberto Uran and Rafal Majka were also casualties of the weather, both battling for the top ten Uran lost 22’19, and Majka 23’16” on the winner dropping both well out of the top twenty. Alejandro Valverde, who came into the stage fighting for the podium, was still battling back, slowly picking off riders one by one as his tried to limit his losses from the earlier problem. He managed to catch all by Nibali, Horner, J-Rod and Samuel, finishing 6th, but he took a significant hit to his chances to battle Nibali for the overall.

The overall is completely reshuffled with riders jumping as many as ten placings today. Tomorrow looks like more rain and when you include the 20km neutralized start, the stage approaches 250km in length. Expect massive gaps and even more suffering.

2013 Vuelta Stage 14 Top Ten
1. Daniele Ratto (CAN)_______4h24’00”
2. Vincenzo Nibali (AST)_____+3’53”
3. Chris Horner (RLT)________+3’55”
4. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)___+4’11”
5. Samuel Sanchez (EUS)______+4’19”
6. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)__+4’43”
7. Thibault Pinot (FDJ)______+4’46”
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM)__+4’46”
9. Mikel Landa (EUS)_________+5’17”
10. Leopold Konig (NET)______+5’21”

Overall Classification after 14 stages
1. Vincenzo Nibali (AST)_______53h56’49″
2. Chris Horner (RLT)_________+50″
3. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)____+1’42″
4. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)____+2’57″
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM)____+3’43″
6. Nicolas Roche (TST)________+4’06″
7. Thibault Pinot (FDJ)_________+4’34″
8. Leopold Konig (NET)________+5’42″
9. Daniel Moreno (KAT)________+6’28″
10. Tanel Kangert (AST)________+6’45″
11. Samuel Sanchez (EUS)______+7’10″
12. David Arroyo (CJR)________+11’14″
13. Dominik Nerz (BMC)________+11’40″
14. Mikel Nieve (EUS)_________+11’50″
15. Michele Scarponi (LAM)_____+12’26″
16. Eros Capecchi (MOV)________+12’37″
17. Igor Anton (EUS)__________+12’45″
18. Jose Herrada (MOV)________+13’28”
19. Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)____+15’47″
20. Robert Kiserlovski (RLT)____+16’15”

Ivan Basso (CAN)______________DNF


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