Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won stage 10 of this year’s Vuelta a España today, after winning the 36.7 kilometer time trial from Real Monasterio de Santa María de Veruela to Borja.
Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) set an early best time of 47:13. However, his mark was eventually surpassed by Martin, as the world champion blaze through today’s course with a final best time of 47:02.
Meanwhile, race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was involved in a dramatic crash after the first time check, as the Colombian rider was seen flipping over his handlebars after making contact with a guardrail. Fortunately, he was able to remount and finish the race, albeit at a greatly reduced effort.
However, said crash, forced Quintana to lose more than three minutes to Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), who now wears the leader’s red jersey.
“It’s a shame about Quintana,” said Contador. “You had to be very careful throughout the entire stage. My body is feeling better by the day. I hope it holds out until the end of the race.”
Other riders such as Cancellara and Laurens Ten Dam also voiced their concerns about the lay-out of the course.
“It’s not just the up and down, the asphalt has nothing to do with a time trial, in my opinion,” said the former world time trial champion. “It will be even harder for the GC guys. I hope they find better roads next time. I did what I could, that was my goal today. My only doubt was my safety for myself, and I could not really find the rhythm,” said Cancellara.
“It’s a hard time trial,” said Laurens Ten Dam (Belkin) “I don’t like TTs, I like climbing. I think the first part was really good, but on the downhill part, I couldn’t find my rhythm. I tried to stay in position as good as possible.”
In other results, Chris Froome (Sky) finished 10th, 1:32 behind Martin, a disappointing result for a rider many consider to be peerless when it comes to the time trial.
Stage 10 Results
GER 1 MARTIN, Tony (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) 47:02 SUI 2 CANCELLARA, Fabian (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 11 COL 3 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) + 15 ESP 4 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TINKOFF-SAXO) + 39 ESP 5 SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, Samuel (BMC RACING) + 48 AUS 6 EVANS, Cadel (BMC RACING) + 49 BLR 7 KIRYIENKA, Vasil (SKY) + 58 ESP 8 VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro (MOVISTAR) + 1:01 NZL 9 SERGENT, Jesse (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 1:13 GBR 10 FROOME, Christopher (SKY) + 1:32 BEL 11 SERRY, Pieter (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) FRA 12 COPPEL, Jerome (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) + 1:35 LUX 13 JUNGELS, Bob (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 1:39 FRA 14 SICARD, Romain (EUROPCAR) + 1:45 COL 15 ANACONA GOMEZ, Winner (LAMPRE – MERIDA) EST 16 KANGERT, Tanel (ASTANA) + 1:49 ESP 17 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin (KATUSHA) NED 18 GESINK, Robert (BELKIN) + 2:01 GER 19 NERZ, Dominik (BMC RACING) SWE 20 LUDVIGSSON, Tobias (GIANT-SHIMANO) + 2:02 ITA 21 ARU, Fabio (ASTANA) + 2:03 ITA 22 CARUSO, Damiano (CANNONDALE) + 2:05 ESP 23 SANCHEZ GIL, Luis Leon (CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA) + 2:06 ITA 24 MALORI, Adriano (MOVISTAR) + 2:07 AUS 25 DENNIS, Rohan (BMC RACING) + 2:09 BEL 26 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen (LOTTO BELISOL) ITA 27 QUINZIATO, Manuel (BMC RACING) + 2:14 BEL 28 DE CLERCQ, Bart (LOTTO BELISOL) + 2:15 GBR 29 MILLAR, David (GARMIN SHARP) + 2:16 POL 30 NIEMIEC, Przemyslaw (LAMPRE – MERIDA) + 2:18 ESP 31 NAVARRO GARCIA, Daniel (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) + 2:19 NED 32 KELDERMAN, Wilco (BELKIN) + 2:22 SUI 33 MORABITO, Steve (BMC RACING) + 2:31 FRA 34 BOUET, Maxime (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 2:38 FRA 35 LE BON, Johan (FDJ.fr) + 2:41 GER 36 GRETSCH, Patrick (AG2R LA MONDIALE) CAN 37 HESJEDAL, Ryder (GARMIN SHARP) POR 38 MOREIRA PAULINHO, Sergio Miguel (TINKOFF-SAXO) + 2:44 NED 39 CLEMENT, Stef (BELKIN) + 2:45 IRL 40 MARTIN, Daniel (GARMIN SHARP) + 2:48
General Classification after Stage 10 ESP 1 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TINKOFF-SAXO) 36:45:49 ESP 2 VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro (MOVISTAR) + 27 COL 3 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) + 59 COL 4 ANACONA GOMEZ, Winner (LAMPRE – MERIDA) + 1:12 GBR 5 FROOME, Christopher (SKY) + 1:18 ESP 6 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin (KATUSHA) + 1:37 ESP 7 SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, Samuel (BMC RACING) + 1:41 ITA 8 ARU, Fabio (ASTANA) + 2:27 NED 9 GESINK, Robert (BELKIN) + 2:38 ITA 10 CARUSO, Damiano (CANNONDALE) + 2:59 COL 11 QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo Alexander (MOVISTAR) + 3:25 NED 12 KELDERMAN, Wilco (BELKIN) + 3:29 IRL 13 MARTIN, Daniel (GARMIN SHARP) + 3:48 ESP 14 NIEVE ITURALDE, Mikel (SKY) + 3:50 FRA 15 BARGUIL, Warren (GIANT-SHIMANO) + 4:11 ESP 16 NAVARRO GARCIA, Daniel (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) + 4:14 ESP 17 MORENO FERNANDEZ, Daniel (KATUSHA) + 6:30 COL 18 CHAVES RUBIO, Jhoan Esteban (ORICA GreenEDGE) + 6:37 BEL 19 MONFORT, Maxime (LOTTO BELISOL) + 6:39 ESP 20 PARDILLA BELLON, Sergio (MTN – QHUBEKA) + 7:37
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