Monday, September 6, 2010

Vuelta a España: Stage 9

This final stage before the first rest day was tailor made for a large breakaway group and that's just what we got.  A group of 15 headed out, slowly dropping riders over the days seven categorized climbs until only one remained David Lopez.  A big win for Lopez, but there was no change in the overall.  David Moncoutie used this hilly day to grab the climbing jersey.  He's trying to win it for the third straight year. 

The first day back is an odd one.  It's a fairly flat stage, but we have a very steep and nasty climb near the end.  It will be interesting to see who has the legs after a day off for this test. 

As for the United States, well we have a pretty good showing so far.  Tyler Farrar has won a stage and sits second in the points competition.  Tejay Van Garderen sits 11th overall with Tom Danielson just behind him in 14th. 

I follow cycling pretty closely but I have to admit to completely missing out on Van Garderen.  He is 22 years old and a big time prospect.  With this performance so far he's living up to all the expectations of being a serious stage racer.  He took 2nd in this year's Tour of Turkey.  He took 3rd in this year's  Criterium du Dauphine, and then 4th in the Tour de l'Ain.  That's a good start for someone only 22 and in their first full season off of a development team. 

General classification after stage 9
1 Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 37:56:42  
2 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha    
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:02  
4 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 0:00:42  
5 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:52  
6 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 0:01:15  
7 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:01:18  
8 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale 0:01:19  
9 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne 0:01:22  
10 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia 0:01:26  
11 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia    

Points classification
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia 56 pts
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions 53  
3 Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 50  
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 50  
5 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 47  

Mountains classification
1 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 41 pts
2 Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 36  
3 Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 25  
4 Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 10  
5 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step 8  

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