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Vuelta a Espana

2008 Vuelta a España: Live Updates – Stage 14

01:20 PM: Good day and welcometo's Live Coverage of the 14th stage of the 2008 Vuelta a Espana, a 158.4-kilometer race from Oviedo to a mountain-top finish at the Fuentes de Invierno Ski Resort. It's another tough day, opeing with a series of Category 3 climbs:The Alto del Padrón (which summits Alto de San Tirso (22km)The Alto de Santa Emiliano (34.5km)

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  • 01:20 PM: Good day and welcome

    to’s Live Coverage of the 14th stage of the 2008 Vuelta a Espana, a 158.4-kilometer race from Oviedo to a mountain-top finish at the Fuentes de Invierno Ski Resort.

    It’s another tough day, opeing with a series of Category 3 climbs:
    The Alto del Padrón (which summits
    The Alto de San Tirso (22km)
    The Alto de Santa Emiliano (34.5km)

    That part is just the warm-up, though. The Cat.1 climbs kick in with the Alto de la Colladona (which beins at an altitude of 430 meters at km 64.7 and summits at 850m at 70.3km)
    The Alto de la Colladiella (from 265m at 90km to 850m at 98km)

    The the final climb, which follows a gradual ascent from 220 meters, but officially begins at km 144.4 at an altitude of 680 meters and climbs to 1497 meters at the finish.

    The official start came at 1:00 and the attacks kicked in over the first two kilometers. We’ve seen several attempts to get a gap and the peloton is working its way up the day’s first climb. There is a big group that includes Nicolas Roche and Paolo Bettini and several others, but this group only has a small gap.

  • 01:23 PM: Drop us a line

    If you have a comment, a question or a complaint, feel free to hit the “Contact our editors” link below our Live Update Window.

    We’ll read all of them, answer as many as we can and even post a few along the way, today.

  • 01:23 PM: The break

    is rather large and we’re not betting on its success.

    And… there they are. It’s all pulled in.

  • 01:25 PM: Coming off the Padrún

    the peloton is done with the Alto del Padrún. Now we have two more Cat. 3 climbs that might shake things up.

  • 01:27 PM: Today’s finish

    Yesterday, the narrow roads up the Angliru were packed with fans. Today could be even more crowded, since folks can actually drive to the top and park at the ski area. The final kilometers may be crazy again today. It’s a weekend and a lot of fans are already lining up to watch for a big battle on the final climb.

  • 01:30 PM: Today’s weather

    It’s a perfect day for a bike race. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-70s (Fahrenheit) and winds are moderate. The sun is out and it’s cool. There is, according to the forecast, no chance of rain and the clear skies appear to confirm that.

  • 01:34 PM: The climb to Fuentes de Invierno

    is making its debut in the Vuelta. It’s never been used in the Spanish tour before.

  • 01:37 PM: A new break

    We have a new group trying to get away on the day’s second Cat. 3:

    Damiano Cunego (Lampre)
    Martin Velits (Milram)
    Yaroslav Popovych (Silence-Lotto)
    Xavier Cabre (Bouygues Telecom)
    Vasili Kiryienka (Tinkoff)
    Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis)
    Iban Mayoz (Xacobeo Galicia)

    They have about 30 seconds on the peloton.

    Well… check that. Popovych is back in the peloton.

  • 01:42 PM: The men in the break

    Damiano Cunego (Lampre)
    Martin Velits (Milram)
    Xavier Cabre (Bouygues Telecom)
    Jurgen van Goolen (CSC)
    David Arroyo (Caisse d’Epargne)
    Vasili Kiryienka (Tinkoff)
    Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis)
    Iban Mayoz (Xacobeo Galicia)

    They have crested the Alto de San Tiroso, but still only have a small 40-second lead. Chavanel was the first to hit the KOM, with kiryenka, Martin and Cunego getting the remaining points.

    We have a new group with Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel), Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rabobank), David Dapena (Xacobeo Galicia) trying to catch the leaders.

  • 01:54 PM: A bigger break now

    Our three chasers have caught the leaders, so the break is now composed of eleven men:
    Damiano Cunego (Lampre) – 28th, at 21:51
    David Arroyo (Caisse d’Epargne) – 27th, at 21:36>BR>Martin Velits (Milram) – 76th, at 1:05:37
    Xavier Cabre (Bouygues Telecom) – 42nd, at 39:09
    Vasili Kiryienka (Tinkoff) – 44th, at 40:48
    Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) – 17th, at 16:50
    Iban Mayoz (Xacobeo Galicia) – 37th, at 35:58
    Jurgen van Goolen (CSC) – 14th, at 11:42
    Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel) – 71st, at 59:40
    Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rabobank) – 53rd, at 45:08
    David Dapena (Xacobeo Galicia) – 29th, at 24:06

    They have 90 seconds on the peloton. This could be the day’s break.

  • 02:03 PM: Up and over

    the third Cat. 3, the Alto de Santo Emiliano. The leaders are holding on to a 3:40 lead.

    Chavanel scored top points again, leading Van Goolen, Landaluze and Cunego.

  • 02:05 PM: Time to get to work

    with no climbs until the 70km mark, the leaders now have to work to make the gap stick before they hit the first of the three Cat. 1s.

    They have a healthy 4:00 advantage.

  • 02:07 PM: The pace

    over the first hour is quite brisk, considering the terrain. The 11 escapees averaged 39.5kph for the first hour of racing.

    They now lead the peloton by 4:40 at the 43.5km mark.

  • 02:11 PM: With Astana

    apparently unworried by the break, the chasing duties are being taken up by Caisse d’Epargne.

    At 47km, the leaders are 4:45 ahead of the main field.

  • 02:21 PM: Reader comment

    Reader Rich W writes in reference to our earlier discussion of the historic significance of Contador’s possible Vuelta victory this year:

    You mentioned that “Contador could also match another record if he pulls the Giro-Vuelta double, a feat that?s only been matched by Merckx (1973) and Giovanni Battaglin (1981). “

    Yes, but wasn’t the Vuelta earlier in the season then, making it a more difficult double?
    Yes Rich, you’re correct. The Vuelta was moved from the spring to September in 1995, so the dynamic has certainly changed.

    The Vuelta had a spotty history in its early years by the way. It began in 1935 and was run again in 1936, before the Spanish Civil War ended it for 1937, ’38, ’39 and ’40. Then they ran it again in 1941 and ’42, before it was cancelled again for WWII. Still, it recovered quickly and they ran the event again in 1945. Economic factors led to the cancellation of the Vuelta in 1949 and then again from 1951 to ’54. So far, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing a Spanish national tour every year since 1955. Like we said, it was switched from the spring in 1995. the switch has worked out well and, from a reporter’s perspective, remains our favorite of the three grand tours, with a much, much more relaxed atmosphere. We imagine that the difference will be even greater next year, if Lance Armstrong actually does to return to the Tour, where the press room will once again play host to hundreds of reporters whose interest in cycling appears connected only to covering that single rider. “Now, what do they mean when they say ‘peloton‘?”

    So it goes.

  • 02:33 PM: The men in the break

    The break is composed of eleven men:
    Damiano Cunego (Lampre) – 28th, at 21:51
    David Arroyo (Caisse d’Epargne) – 27th, at 21:36>BR>Martin Velits (Milram) – 76th, at 1:05:37
    Xavier Cabre (Bouygues Telecom) – 42nd, at 39:09
    Vasili Kiryienka (Tinkoff) – 44th, at 40:48
    Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) – 17th, at 16:50
    Iban Mayoz (Xacobeo Galicia) – 37th, at 35:58
    Jurgen van Goolen (CSC) – 14th, at 11:42
    Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel) – 71st, at 59:40
    Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rabobank) – 53rd, at 45:08
    David Dapena (Xacobeo Galicia) – 29th, at 24:06

    Despite Arroyo’s presence in the break – he’s not working – the Caisse Crew is pushing the pace in the peloton. The gap has come down a bit and, at 61km, the leaders are now 3:40.

  • 02:47 PM: At 68km

    our leaders have bumped their advantage back up to 4:15. They are nearing the last two kilometers of the Alto de la Colladona.

  • 02:49 PM: The Caisse d’Epargne

    is setting tempo at the front of the peloton. Arrayo is clearly not working in the break and it appears that the team is hoping to set up Valverde for a stage win today. The final climb could suit his talents, but he has those explosive accelerations of Alberto Contador to deal with.

  • 02:51 PM: On the Alto de la Colladona

    The leaders’ advantage is back down at the 3:50 range.

    The name of the climb may sound familiar. That’s because yesterday’s route also covered this Cat. 1 climb, albeit from the other direction.

  • 02:56 PM: Up and over

    the leaders have crested the Alto de Colladona. It appears that they have a 4:00 lead. We’ll get a solid time check when the peloton reaches the summit.

  • 03:02 PM: 4:15

    the peloton crested at 4:15.

  • 03:04 PM: KOM points

    Chavanel missed out on points on the Colladona. He did score top points on the last two climbs, but he has a long way to go to challenge David Moncoutie for primacy in that contest. Here is the KOM picture as it stood at the start of the day:

    Overall KOM
    1. David Moncoutie (FRA) Cofidis 113 points
    2. Christophe Kern (FRA) Credit Agricole 80 points
    3. Alberto Contador (ESP) Astana 68 points
    4. Juan Manuel Garate (ESP) Quick Step 53 points
    5. Alessandro Ballan (ITA) Lampre 51 points
    6. Maarten Tjallingii (NED) Silence-Lotto 43 points
    7. Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) Xacobeo – Galicia 39 points
    8. Joaquín RodrÍguez Oliver (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne 39 points
    9. Nikita Eskov (RUS) Tinkoff 38 points
    10. Matej Jurco (SVK) Milram 36 points

  • 03:09 PM: Lunch

    Our leaders have hit the base of the climb and are heading through the feedzone. Up next is the Alto de la Colladiella, which summits at km 98km. After that, a dicey descent and then the long haul to the base of the of the day’s final climb.

    Organizers are advizing caution on the descent on the Alto de la Colladiella. It’s a steep and twisty route that could put all but the best descenders at risk. It could also be a spot where the most skilled of the group might get away.

    Recall, also, that Valverde lost a serious chunk of time on Thursday when he got gapped on a descent. The main field did split on the way off of the Colladona as well, but it looks like the biggies – including Valverde – are still in the front half of that split.

  • 03:30 PM: Reader question

    Robert N. writes in to ask:

    We all know about the one-two punch offered by the Schleck brothers on CSC by now. Do you know of any other impressive brother/brother combo’s in the history of the sport? Sure we know about the Jalabert brothers, and they are impressive, but not really overall GC candidates. Have there been brothers who have contested the overall standings of a big tour like the Schlecks may well do in coming years?
    Actually we got that question a lot during the Tour and we were scratching our heads to recall. Here at the Vuelta the answer is a bit easier. The second-ever Vuelta a España was won by Gustaaf Deloor in 1936, who had also won the 1935 edition. In ’36, however, it was his brother Alfons who came in second in the overall standings. That race, by the way, was contested over 4407 kilometers, over 22 stages… and that was done on clunky steel bikes with very limited gearing options … as in two speeds with reversable wheels, sporting cogs on both sides of the hub. Ouch.

  • 03:33 PM: On the Colladiella

    The leaders have hit the slopes of the day’s second Cat. 1 climb and still have a lead of 3:32 on the main field. It looks like the split caused on the last descent has been closed, but it does make the ride off of this climb a focus of interest, since it may cause even bigger gaps on its treacherous slopes.

  • 03:40 PM: The weather

    is holding. Indeed, as we said earlier, the threat of rain is non-existent at this point and conditions are quite pleasant on the top of the final climb. It’s something of a party atmosphere out there on the road. That may not bode well for the behavior of the crowd when the leaders come through.

  • 03:45 PM: Up and over

    the leaders – still riding together – are over the top of the Colladiella and working their way down that dicey descent.

  • 03:49 PM: Reader question

    Mike writes in to ask:

    Broken Collarbones…I broke my left collarbone 6 weeks ago today..required a steele plate to hold together..I saw Anton a GC contender broke his yesterday..Is there any protective device..and how long before these guys return to competitive cycling.I’m scared as hell!
    Ahhh the left collarbone. It’s the most common injury in cycling. We can empathize with your fear, too. We’ve broken that left collarbone before and DANG!!!! it hurts!

    Aside from allowing the break to heal, there really is nothing you can do to protect it. We wish there were … oh man, we wish there was something out there that would allow you to ride with confidence with a crack in that bone.

    Ouch… ouch…. thanks alot for reminding us of that injury Mike. We still get shudders when we think about it.

  • 03:51 PM: Mmmmmmmm

    Now here’s an unusual question. Rusty writes to ask:

    How different would the Grand Tours, and many of the Spring Classics, be if the UCI allowed the teams and riders the freedom to ride BMX bikes?

    Also, thanks for the great play-by-play!
    Well Rusty, we’re not too sure about that one.

    Given that the gearing is limited, the wheels are tiny and the bikes ain’t all that useful for climbs or events more than 45 seconds or so, we doubt that “freedom” would be one the peloton would be quick to take up. We might guess that descents would be a bit more interesting, but Paris-Roubaix on a BMX? That could take a few days… if not weeks.

    The gap at the top was just 3:19.

  • 03:58 PM: Yesterday had some serious impact

    Our man Andrew Hood spoke with Astana Director Johann Bruyneel this morning. The team had already given up the jersey twice, but this time the plan is to keep it.

    We can ride defensively now. We have the top two spots in GC and hopefully we can keep it that way all the way to Madrid. There’s still a week to go, so we cannot assume anything. It was a pleasure to watch yesterday’s stage – everything went exactly to plan.”

  • 04:00 PM: at 114km

    the pace is quite high as the leaders hit the base of the climb.

    There is a split in the lead group, but it is not huge.

    About 20 riders in the peloton have lost contact on the descent, as well, but none of them are major GC contenders, meaning that Valverde made it down without losing time.

    Caisse d’Epargne continues to lead the peloton and the gap is down to 3:33.

  • 04:01 PM: Sastre

    One of the big victims of yesterday’s run up the Angliru was, of course, Carlos Sastre.

    Scott Sunderland, DS at CSC-Saxo Bank says that while Sastre is realistic, he hasn’t given up hope of taking the overall title at the Vuelta.

    “We cannot expect miracles. Contador is in a very good position. Now we have to see how everyone recovers from the hard effort up the Angliru. Today is not an easy stage. If Carlos feels good, he’ll attack. Realistically, we’ll ride to defend the podium, but Carlos hasn’t giving up on trying to win.”

  • 04:07 PM: Just how hard was the Angliru?

    Levi Leipheimer said there is nothing harder out there.

    “That’s the hardest climb in Europe, there’s no doubt about it now. It’s hard than the Mortirolo, harder than Alpe d’Huez. My front tire up popped up a few times. It was an epic climb, beautiful, great with all the public there. I really enjoyed it.”

  • 04:08 PM: The rock star

    Alberto Contador was the big attraction at the start: “It’s far from being over and I won’t count anything until we cross the finish line in Madrid. The team did amazing work on the Angliru, especially Leipheimer, who proved himself as a great teammate and great professional.”

  • 04:08 PM: Today’s absentee

    Davide Rebellin didn’t start – he was sitting in the top 10 overall – but preparing for the worlds is his top priority right now. Now folks may criticize the decision to pull out, but at least he had the guts to take on the Angliru before pulling out.

  • 04:11 PM: Our leaders

    Are back together riding as a single group. The time gap is now 3:28.

  • 04:11 PM: Another crash victim

    Carlos Barredo – who lives near Oviedo – dropped out last week. Nonetheless, he was at the start with his right wrist in a cast. He broke it during a fall in the first week: “It’s been a tough season for me. Since May, I’ve had a series of problems. I wasn’t good in the Tour and I came to the Vuelta in good shape and super motivated, but that’s sport. Look what happened to Igor Anton yesterday. You just have to keep pushing on.”

  • 04:12 PM: The weather

    Is still absolutely gorgeous. It’s a wonderful day in northern Spain. There wasn’t a clooud in the sky for the start in Oviedo. There are some light clouds building at the summit, but nothing serious.

  • 04:14 PM: This group

    is still working well up front, with the lone exception of Arroyo, who isn’t helping, since his team is driving the chase back in the peloton.

    Caisse d’Epargne is really pulling hard on this flat section – Valverde must be feeling good. He’s far enough back that Contador might let him go for the stage win, putting pressure on Sastre to chase.

  • 04:17 PM: One bit of news

    Antonio Lopez (Andalucia-CajaSur) was kicked out of the Vuelta yesterday because he was taking illegal pulls from the team car up the Angliru.

    Hey, now how long has been since we’ve seen someone kicked out for something other than doping? We guess we can take solace in that, eh?

  • 04:19 PM: The gap

    is shrinking under pressure from the Caisse d’Epargne team.

  • 04:20 PM: Italy

    will be announcing the composition of its world’s squad tomorrow.

  • 04:22 PM: With 28km remaining

    the group up front is just 2:00 and because of that Chavanel has attacked, but he’s only got a small gap.

  • 04:23 PM: Landaluze

    has bridged up. They have a tiny advantage.

  • 04:24 PM: They’re back

    but he attacks again. Now Chavanel is going on his own again. 26km remaining.

  • 04:25 PM: He will be joined

    soon by Jurgen van Goolen and a Xacobeo Galicia.

  • 04:26 PM: The peloton

    doesnt’ care too much about the games up front. They are just chasing. The gap is down to 1:44.

    It’s still Caisse d’Epargne up front.

  • 04:29 PM: There are four riders up front

    Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis), Jurgen van Goolen (CSC), Martin Velits (Milram) and Iban Mayoz (Xacobeo Galicia). The gap is 1:45 to the peloton.

  • 04:30 PM: Valverde is in there

    Valverde still believes the podium is possible: “After my error in Suances, I felt a lot better up the Angliru. The stage win was impossible because Contador was strong, but I regained some time and the podium is still within range. I will aim for that now.”

  • 04:34 PM: With 19.7km

    the leaders are heading toward the final climb. It will begin in about 4km.

  • 04:36 PM: The gap is 1:29

    The peloton is charging up on the remnants of the break.

  • 04:38 PM: Van Goolen

    has just scampered off on his own. The CSC man is not being chased by the other three.

  • 04:40 PM: Van Goolen

    is on his own, but the peloton is flying up fast. Still led by the Caisse d’Epargne team, the gap is 1:10. Van Goolen may not make it all the way up on his own, but he’s hitting the base of the climb soon, so we’ll see how long he lasts.

    Meanwhile, the Little Prince and most of the original break, are back in the peloton

  • 04:43 PM: He’s almost on the climb

    and the peloton is now 1:31 behind our lone leader.

    Caisse d’Epargne’s DS Eusebio Unzue says: “We’ve been chasing because Arroyo doesn’t have great chances for the win today. Everyone is tired, but I don’t think there will be a lot of differences today. Our goal is to win the stage today.”

  • 04:45 PM: On the Puerto de San Isidro

    This is the final climb of the day. It starts at 670 meters, tops out 700 meters from the finish at an altitude of 1500 meters.

  • 04:46 PM: Van Goolen is

    climbing, with the peloton now at 1:20.

  • 04:48 PM: Chavanel and Velits

    Are still chasing Van Goolen. They are 18 seconds behind the lone leader. The peloton is at 1:18 and the remaining riders from the original break are all back in the peloton.

  • 04:49 PM: The splits

    The main pack is fracturing under the Caisse d’Epargne chase – out the back already is Paolo Bettini and points leader Greg Van Avermaet.

    Meanwhile Van Goolen is now 10km from the finish.

  • 04:50 PM: Chavanel

    is on his own, having lost Velits. He’s trailing the leader by 42 seconds.

    Meanwhile, Andrea Tonti (QuickStep) has attacked out of the peloton.

  • 04:52 PM: Tonti

    has joined Chavanel.

    We need to correct an earlier update. Velits actually left Chavanel behind.

    Regarding Tonti, remember, the Italians are vying for world’s spots this weekend.

  • 04:52 PM: Chavanel

    caught by the peloton.

  • 04:52 PM: Nine km

    to go for Van Goolen.

  • 04:54 PM: Tonti

    and Martin Velits are back in the field. And now Tinkoff’s Pedrezza is charging up the climb.

    Van Goolen, meanwhile, is 58 seconds up the road.

  • 04:55 PM: Cunego

    off the back of the field. A day on the attack has taken its toll on the former Giro winner.

    The main group is down to about 30 or 40 riders.

  • 04:56 PM: 35 seconds

    Van Goolen is only 35 seconds…. er… uh… make that 25 seconds.

  • 04:57 PM: Sastre

    is not really looking great out there. He’s gritting his teeth and just riding near the back of the yellow jersey group.

    Van Goolen is still powering ahead and now his gap is 40 seconds.

  • 04:59 PM: With 7km to go

    the gap is 35 seconds, but Van Goolen is now reaching the tough part of the climb. Caisse d’Epargne is still up front and shredding the peloton.

    Van Goolen is just 24 seconds up the road… he lost a chunk of time.

  • 05:01 PM: With 6.5km remaining

    Van Goolen looks good, but he’s losing time. He’s 21 seconds ahead.

    The Caisse d’Epargne team is down to three riders but they are driving the pace. Meanwhile Juan Miguel Garate (Quick Step) is attacking out of the field.

  • 05:02 PM: Garate

    has caught Van Goolen. The Spaniard goes right by Van Goolen.

    Ivan Velasco (Euskaltel) is now charging out of the field.

  • 05:02 PM: Velasco

    has caught and passed Van Goolen and….
    WAIT!…. Sastre attacks out of the yellow jersey group!

  • 05:05 PM: Astana’s Paulinho attacks

    Sastre was caught and now Paulinho is up with the Garate and Velasco.

  • 05:06 PM: The Paulinho group

    has been caught. And the pace is high in the yellow jersey group. Under the pressure of Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo – Galicia), the “Peloton” is basically down to the top five on GC.

  • 05:07 PM: Mosquera is pushing the pace and

    Caisse d’Epargne’s Joaquim Rodriguez just flatted, with 4km to go!

  • 05:08 PM: Valverde popped!

    and we don’t mean his tire. He’s been gapped.

  • 05:08 PM: Sastre too!

    Sastre has been dropped, as Mosquera goes off with Contador and Leipheimer on his wheel.

  • 05:09 PM: Gesink

    Gesink chasing back from behind. He’s caught Valverde… and is powering ahead, about to catch Sastre.

  • 05:09 PM: Time gaps

    -14sec for Sastre, Valverde -20sec

  • 05:11 PM: Gesink

    is has Moncoutie on his wheel, and they’ve dropped Valverde and caught Sastre.

    Meanwhile, with 2.5km to go, Mosquera is driving hard at the front. He still has Contador and Leipheimer with him. They have 17 seconds on the Gesink trio.

  • 05:12 PM: With 2km

    to go, Gesink is leading the trio and they are now 14 seconds behind Mosquera and crew.

  • 05:13 PM: Mosquera

    started the day in fourth at 4:19 ….

    And Contador attacks.

    See ya!

  • 05:14 PM: Contador

    is now one kilometer from the top and he’s flyin. He’s near the top of the climb and then he gets another 700 meters of downhill to the finish.

  • 05:15 PM: He’s adding time

    Contador is in his big chainring and rocketing to the finish. He’s solidifying his hold on GC.

  • 05:15 PM: Contador

    is on his way to winning his second Vuelta stage in his career and adding to his lead in the overall.

  • 05:16 PM: Leipheimer

    in second and Mosquera in third.

  • 05:16 PM: Gesink

    comes in with Sastre and Moncoutie at 19 seconds.

  • 05:16 PM: Valverde comes in

    in a group of five at 59 seconds.

  • 05:18 PM: Mosquera

    sure made a big impression today. He’s still in fourth on GC, but he took some time out of Sastre.

    Sastre, meanwhile, also lost more time to Leipheimer and Contador.

  • 05:23 PM: Top 20 stage

    Results, Stage 14
    1. Alberto Contador (ESP) Astana, In 4:16:01
    2. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana, at 2
    3. Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) Xacobeo – Galicia, at 4
    4. Robert Gesink (NED) Rabobank, at 20
    5. David Moncoutie (FRA) Cofidis, at 20
    6. Carlos Sastre (ESP) CSC, at 20
    7. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA) Lampre, at 1:00
    8. Oliver Zaugg (SUI) Gerolsteiner, at 1:00
    9. Joaquín Rodríguez Oliver (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne, at 1:00
    10. John Gadret (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1:00
    11. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne, at 1:00
    12. Sergio Paulinho (POR) Astana, at 1:27
    13. Daniel Moreno Fernández (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne, at 1:33
    14. Alan Pérez (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:40
    15. Egoi Martínez (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:40
    16. José Luis Rubiera (ESP) Astana, at 1:42
    17. Ivan Velasco (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:52
    18. Sandy Casar (FRA) Francaise Des Jeux, at 1:59
    19. Nicolas Roche (IRL) Credit Agricole, at 1:59
    20. David García Dapena (ESP) Xacobeo – Galicia, at 2:04

  • 05:25 PM: GC

    Overall, After Stage 14
    1. Alberto Contador (ESP) Astana, In 55:56:58
    2. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana, at 1:17
    3. Carlos Sastre (ESP) CSC, at 3:41
    4. Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) Xacobeo – Galicia, at 4:35
    5. Robert Gesink (NED) Rabobank, at 5:49
    6. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne, at 6:00
    7. Joaquín Rodriguez Oliver (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne, at 6:11
    8. Egoi Martínez (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 8:56
    9. David Moncoutie (FRA) Cofidis, at 9:32
    10. Oliver Zaugg (SUI) Gerolsteiner, at 10:01

  • 05:28 PM: Okay folks

    that’s a wrap.

    We’ll have a complete stage report from Andrew Hood soon. Then we’ll have full results and photos from Graham Watson to boot.

    See you tomorrow.