martedì 2 settembre 2014

Fränk Schleck and Riccardo Zoidl with Trek Factory Racing through 2016

PRESS RELEASE
Trek Factory Racing is pleased to announce that Fränk Schleck and Riccardo Zoidl have re-signed with the team on multi-year contracts. 

Fränk Schleck signed a new two year contract and will remain with TFR as a team leader for stage races and the hilly Classics. Schleck had a solid 2014 season after returning to the WorldTour. He finished 12th in the last Tour de France and showed steady results in the mountain stages. He won the national road championships and narrowly missed out on a stage win in Paris-Nice. 

Fränk Schleck: “I’m very happy to stay with the people I have been with since 2011. Trek Factory Racing is special to me: it’s a group of friends, not just team mates. If you spend so much time together on the road, you’re happy to do it with friends.
I have had a rough year and a half and Trek has always stood behind me during this time. My performance in this season was good and steady and I am proud of my 12th place in the Tour. I hope to continue working hard and hopefully get some nice results for the team and for myself!” 
There are a lot of young riders on this team and I believe I can lead them - to try and win races together but also to lead by example. I believe I have a lot of experience and I can’t wait to share it with those youngsters. It’s the team that counts. If I can’t win, I’m the first to help another".

General Manager Luca Guercilena: “Fränk is a hard working athlete who at times can be very hard on himself. He’s been very eager to prove himself in the races that he loves. A big victory is missing, but we know how much effort he put into his training and racing.
I am very happy that we found an agreement and that Fränk is staying with us. He will continue to play a leading part in stage races and classics. He will a great support for Bauke Mollema in the defence of the team’s overall ambitions in the Grand Tours."

La Vuelta 10: ITT Results

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As far as the itt is concerned: Tony Martin ruled but TFR did very well by Cancellara, Sergent and Jungels
As far as the GC is concerned:
Nairo Quintana crashed:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI8iOqgIy5I
Alberto Contador was fit. Chris Froome wasn't. Uran did great. 
Cancellara complained about the road... on the climb it was perfect, not so in the descent... bust still not as dangerous as he said in my opinion.
For the rest, lets the results talk.

Team Tinkoff-Saxo DS Steven De Jongh:
"Alberto did an amazing job on the course with a wild pace on the climb and from then on he maintained the pressure but on the descent he lost time to the likes of Martin and Cancellara. However, we're thrilled to have the jersey and tomorrow's a very tough day with an uphill finish. We'll try to control the stage and naturally defend the lead."

Fabian Cancellara:
“I did what I could, that was my goal today. My only doubt was my safety for myself, and I also could not find the rhythm. I spoke with my [director] and he said, ‘hey, if you did not find the rhythm how do you expect the other ones to find the rhythm?'
I was not using the gears I usually do for time trials – it was either hard [gear] to pedal, or really low [gear] to pedal; [that] was something special of today. In the end I did what I could. I did my maximum, and that is also important.
It was bad, bad roads! This asphalt – it is not an excuse - but it has nothing to do with a time trial in my opinion. Compared to last year [the roads were] much nicer, but this is how it is and we have to do it, but I hope they look for better roads than this.
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Jesse Sergent 
“Today was a hard TT, it was up, down, windy, hot and bad roads. I felt okay but didn't really know what to expect. I went all-in to do my best. Today was a chance for me to do something, so I kept positive and gave it a nudge.”

Bob Jungels
“In the first intermediate I did not feel very good, same problem with my legs since the crash, but I did a good time, and after the climb I recovered well and did a good second part.  Most of my time trials I finish off pretty strong, so I am pretty happy. I lost 21 seconds to Jesse in the first kilometer, I still don’t know how that is possible! At the end I was only 26 seconds back. I am not 100% satisfied because I think I can do better, especially in the climb. But after all these crashes I think I need some time to get back.”

Chris Froome:
"Obviously I was hoping for a better ride today. I definitely started out too fast. For the first 15 minutes I felt fantastic and I think I chased it a little much. By the time I hit the climb I started to really feel the effort of the fast start and I paid the price for the rest of the time trial. I think anyone who races and knows that feeling of starting out too fast, and how hard it is to come back from being in the red, will know what I’m talking about. It’s a horrible feeling and I had to just try to hold on to it and finish the best I could.
I’m just over a minute off GC still with a lot of racing to come. I’m going to keep fighting as best I can every day. Going back, my goal coming into this Vuelta was to get a Grand Tour into my legs and finish the season in good form. I think all things considered I’m still on track for that. I’m going to take it one day at a time.”

Samuel Sanchez:
"I immediately had good feelings today and the team was kind enough to host him (Galdeano), which pushed me emotionally. For sure, my performance came from my heart and my legs. But I have to say that from the car, (BMC Racing Team Sport Director) Valerio Piva managed my time trial the best, telling me every single turn and the right rhythm.
The Vuelta is really long again. Today we did a good step up and tomorrow I hope to make another one. We will see, day-by-day.
I was sorry to hear about Quintana's crash. I also had some risky moments in a few of the corners. You always have to stay focused in a time trial like that." 

MORE TO COME 

RESULTS
ITT

1 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:47:02
2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:11
3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:15
4 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:39
5 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:00:48
6 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:49
7 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 0:00:58
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:01
9 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:13
10 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:32
GC
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:27
3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:59
4 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:01:12
5 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:18
6 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:37
7 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:01:41
8 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:27
9 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:36
10 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale 0:02:59

La Vuelta 10: ITT Start Times

1. PELUCCHI, Matteo 126 IAM Cycling 13:10
2. KLEMME, Dominic 124 IAM Cycling 13:11
3. BETANCUR, Carlos Alberto 12 AG2R La Mondiale 13:12
4. ENGOULVENT, Jimmy 85 Team Europcar 13:13
5. ROWE, Luke 198 Team SKY 13:14
6. GUARDINI, Andrea 23 Astana Pro Team 13:15
7. ROUX, Anthony 98 FDJ.fr 13:16
8. WAGNER, Robert 39 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 13:17
9. FUMEAUX, Jonathan 122 IAM Cycling 13:18
10. MANGEL, Laurent 95 FDJ.fr 13:19
11. GUARNIERI, Jacopo 24 Astana Pro Team 13:20
12. THOMSON, Jay Robert 167 MTN - Qhubeka 13:21
13. FOMINYKH, Daniil 22 Astana Pro Team 13:22
14. JOEAAR, Gert 74 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 13:23
15. DOCKER, Mitchell 184 Orica GreenEdge 13:24
16. ARAMENDIA, Francisco Javier 52 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 13:25
17. TJALLINGII, Maarten 38 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 13:26
18. BERHANE, Natnael 82 Team Europcar 13:27
19. FISCHER, Murilo 93 FDJ.fr 13:28
20. TURGOT, Sébastien 19 AG2R La Mondiale 13:29
21. CRAVEN, Dan 84 Team Europcar 13:30
22. SERGENT, Jesse 216 Trek Factory Racing 13:31
23. LANCASTER, Brett 185 Orica GreenEdge 13:32
24. VAN SUMMEREN, Johan 109 Garmin Sharp 13:33
25. BAGOT, Yohan 78 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 13:34
26. LASCA, Francesco 56 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 13:35
27. LANG, Pirmin 125 IAM Cycling 13:36
28. BOIVIN, Guillaume 64 Cannondale Pro Cycling 13:37
29. GAUDIN, Damien 14 AG2R La Mondiale 13:38
30. SOUPE, Geoffrey 99 FDJ.fr 13:39
31. MALORI, Adriano 157 Movistar Team 13:40
32. BEWLEY, Sam 181 Orica GreenEdge 13:41
33. HUTAROVICH, Yauheni 16 AG2R La Mondiale 13:42
34. MEYER, Cameron 187 Orica GreenEdge 13:43
35. MILLAR, David 107 Garmin Sharp 13:44
36. RICHEZE, Maximiliano Ariel 8 Lampre - Merida 13:45
37. HAAS, Nathan 104 Garmin Sharp 13:46
38. FERRARI, Roberto 5 Lampre - Merida 13:47
39. VENTER, Jaco 169 MTN - Qhubeka 13:48
40. SINKELDAM, Ramon 119 Team Giant - Shimano 13:49
41. GRETSCH, Patrick 15 AG2R La Mondiale 13:50
42. BREEN, Vegard 143 Lotto Belisol 13:51
43. SAGAN, Peter 61 Cannondale Pro Cycling 13:52
44. VELITS, Martin 178 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 13:53
45. KRIZEK, Matthias 68 Cannondale Pro Cycling 13:54
46. CIOLEK, Gerald 162 MTN - Qhubeka 13:55
47. JEROME, Vincent 86 Team Europcar 13:56
48. VANDEWALLE, Kristof 218 Trek Factory Racing 13:57
49. BOUHANNI, Nacer 91 FDJ.fr 13:58
50. ARMEE, Sander 142 Lotto Belisol 13:59
51. KNEES, Christian 196 Team SKY 14:00
52. CHERNETSKI, Sergei 133 Team Katusha 14:01
53. NOCENTINI, Rinaldo 18 AG2R La Mondiale 14:02
54. ARREDONDO MORENO, Julian David 212 Trek Factory Racing 14:03
55. BROWN, Nathan 105 Garmin Sharp 14:04
56. GATTO, Oscar 67 Cannondale Pro Cycling 14:05
57. KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, Merhawi 163 MTN - Qhubeka 14:06
58. HENDERSON, Gregory 147 Lotto Belisol 14:07
59. LIGTHART, Pim 148 Lotto Belisol 14:08
60. CATALDO, Dario 192 Team SKY 14:09
61. ANDERSEN, Michael Valgren 202 Tinkoff - Saxo 14:10
62. TOSATTO, Matteo 208 Tinkoff - Saxo 14:11
63. BODNAR, Maciej 63 Cannondale Pro Cycling 14:12
64. PIEDRA, Antonio 58 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 14:13
65. DOMAGALSKI, Karol 55 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 14:14
66. SERPA PEREZ, Jose Rodolfo 9 Lampre - Merida 14:15
67. LONGO BORGHINI, Paolo 69 Cannondale Pro Cycling 14:16
68. AREGGER, Marcel 121 IAM Cycling 14:17
69. TSCHOPP, Johann 129 IAM Cycling 14:18
70. POPOVYCH, Yaroslav 215 Trek Factory Racing 14:19
71. CRADDOCK, Lawson 113 Team Giant - Shimano 14:20
72. KOZONTCHUK, Dmitry 135 Team Katusha 14:21
73. CANCELLARA, Fabian 211 Trek Factory Racing 14:22
74. ARNDT, Nikias 112 Team Giant - Shimano 14:23
75. HINAULT, Sébastien 123 IAM Cycling 14:24
76. CLEMENT, Stef 32 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 14:25
77. FAVILLI, Elia 4 Lampre - Merida 14:26
78. MEINTJES, Louis 164 MTN - Qhubeka 14:27
79. MAS BONET, Luis 57 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 14:28
80. KIRYIENKA, Vasil 195 Team SKY 14:29
81. DEBUSSCHERE, Jens 145 Lotto Belisol 14:30
82. FELLINE, Fabio 213 Trek Factory Racing 14:31
83. CUNEGO, Damiano 3 Lampre - Merida 14:32
84. FRÖHLINGER, Johannes 116 Team Giant - Shimano 14:33
85. DEGENKOLB, John 115 Team Giant - Shimano 14:34
86. DENNIS, Rohan 42 BMC Racing Team 14:35
87. ZEITS, Andrey 29 Astana Pro Team 14:36
88. MAES, Nikolas 173 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 14:37
89. PINOT, Thibaut 97 FDJ.fr 14:38
90. TROFIMOV, Yury 138 Team Katusha 14:39
91. BENNATI, Daniele 203 Tinkoff - Saxo 14:40
92. ERVITI, Imanol 154 Movistar Team 14:41
93. LUTSENKO, Alexey 27 Astana Pro Team 14:42
94. PINEAU, Cédric 96 FDJ.fr 14:43
95. MORENO, Javier 158 Movistar Team 14:44
96. FERNÁNDEZ DE LARREA, Koldo 103 Garmin Sharp 14:45
97. POZZATO, Filippo 7 Lampre - Merida 14:46
98. KEIZER, Martijn 37 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 14:47
99. DE CLERCQ, Bart 144 Lotto Belisol 14:48
100. LE BON, Johan 94 FDJ.fr 14:49
101. VAN RENSBURG, Jacques 168 MTN - Qhubeka 14:50
102. MARTINEZ, Yannick 87 Team Europcar 14:51
103. CONTI, Valerio 1 Lampre - Merida 14:52
104. MEDEREL, Maxime 88 Team Europcar 14:53
105. DE MARCHI, Alessandro 66 Cannondale Pro Cycling 14:54
106. CASTROVIEJO, Jonathan 153 Movistar Team 14:55
107. VERONA, Carlos 179 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 14:56
108. COUSIN, Jerome 83 Team Europcar 14:57
109. LEVARLET, Guillaume 76 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 14:58
110. CLARKE, Simon 183 Orica GreenEdge 14:59
111. WARBASSE, Lawrence 48 BMC Racing Team 15:00
112. BILBAO, Peio 54 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 15:01
113. ROVNY, Ivan 206 Tinkoff - Saxo 15:02
114. JUNGELS Bob 214 Trek Factory Racing 15:03
115. SBARAGLI, Kristian 165 MTN - Qhubeka 15:04
116. STUYVEN, Jasper 217 Trek Factory Racing 15:05
117. DE KORT, Koen 114 Team Giant - Shimano 15:06
118. MARTIN, Tony 174 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 15:07
119. ZINGLE, Romain 79 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 15:08
120. BENNETT, George 62 Cannondale Pro Cycling 15:09
121. KENNAUGH, Peter 194 Team SKY 15:10
122. MATTHEWS, Michael 186 Orica GreenEdge 15:11
123. BOONEN, Tom 171 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 15:12
124. SIUTSOU, Kanstantsin 199 Team SKY 15:13
125. PAULINHO, Sergio Miguel 205 Tinkoff - Saxo 15:14
126. YATES, Adam 189 Orica GreenEdge 15:15
127. LUDVIGSSON, Tobias 118 Team Giant - Shimano 15:16
128. REYNES, Vicente 127 IAM Cycling 15:17
129. TALANSKY, Andrew 108 Garmin Sharp 15:18
130. HARDY, Romain 73 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 15:19
131. QUINZIATO, Manuel 47 BMC Racing Team 15:20
132. ELISSONDE, Kenny 92 FDJ.fr 15:21
133. TEKLEHAIMANOT, Daniel 166 MTN - Qhubeka 15:22
134. HAGA, Chad 117 Team Giant - Shimano 15:23
135. IZAGIRRE, Gorka 156 Movistar Team 15:24
136. HERRADA, José 155 Movistar Team 15:25
137. SÁNCHEZ, Luis León 51 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 15:26
138. DUPONT, Hubert 11 AG2R La Mondiale 15:27
139. TIRALONGO, Paolo 28 Astana Pro Team 15:28
140. DEIGNAN, Philip 193 Team SKY 15:29
141. WYSS, Danilo 49 BMC Racing Team 15:30
142. TXURRUKA, Amets 59 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 15:31
143. MARTENS, Paul 36 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 15:32
144. GILBERT, Philippe 44 BMC Racing Team 15:33
145. MONDORY, Lloyd 17 AG2R La Mondiale 15:34
146. KANGERT, Tanel 25 Astana Pro Team 15:35
147. LOSADA, Alberto 136 Team Katusha 15:36
148. EVANS, Cadel 43 BMC Racing Team 15:37
149. BRAMBILLA, Gianluca 172 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 15:38
150. HERNÁNDEZ, Jesús 204 Tinkoff - Saxo 15:39
151. VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen 141 Lotto Belisol 15:40
152. HANSEN, Adam 146 Lotto Belisol 15:41
153. AMADOR, Andrey 152 Movistar Team 15:42
154. KOLOBNEV, Alexandr 134 Team Katusha 15:43
155. COPPEL, Jerome 72 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 15:44
156. ZUBELDIA, Haimar 219 Trek Factory Racing 15:45
157. SÖRENSEN, Chris Anker 207 Tinkoff - Saxo 15:46
158. VORGANOV, Eduard 139 Team Katusha 15:47
159. LE MEVEL, Christophe 75 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 15:48
160. BOUET, Maxime 13 AG2R La Mondiale 15:49
161. MATE, Luis Angel 77 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 15:50
162. HESJEDAL, Ryder 101 Garmin Sharp 15:51
163. NERZ, Dominik 46 BMC Racing Team 15:52
164. SICARD, Romain 81 Team Europcar 15:53
165. LANDA, Mikel 26 Astana Pro Team 15:54
166. POELS, Wouter 175 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 15:56
167. NIEMIEC, Przemyslaw 6 Lampre - Merida 15:58
168. ZAUGG, Oliver 209 Tinkoff - Saxo 16:00
169. SERRY, Pieter 176 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 16:02
170. MORABITO, Steve 45 BMC Racing Team 16:04
171. TEN DAM, Laurens 33 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 16:06
172. CARUSO, Giampaolo 132 Team Katusha 16:08
173. ARROYO, David 53 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 16:10
174. CARDOSO, Andre Fernando 106 Garmin Sharp 16:12
175. PARDILLA, Sergio 161 MTN - Qhubeka 16:14
176. MONFORT, Maxime 149 Lotto Belisol 16:16
177. MORENO, Daniel 137 Team Katusha 16:18
178. NAVARRO, Daniel 71 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 16:20
179. KELDERMAN, Wilco 31 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 16:22
180. MARTIN, Daniel 102 Garmin Sharp 16:24
181. CARUSO, Damiano 65 Cannondale Pro Cycling 16:26
182. SÁNCHEZ, Samuel 41 BMC Racing Team 16:28
183. CHAVES RUBIO, Esteban 182 Orica GreenEdge 16:30
184. NIEVE, Mikel 197 Team SKY 16:32
185. BARGUIL, Warren 111 Team Giant - Shimano 16:34
186. URAN, Rigoberto 177 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 16:36
187. GESINK, Robert 34 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 16:38
188. ARU, Fabio 21 Astana Pro Team 16:40
189. RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin 131 Team Katusha 16:42
190. FROOME, Christopher 191 Team SKY 16:44
191. ANACONA, Winner 2 Lampre - Merida 16:46
192. VALVERDE, Alejandro 151 Movistar Team 16:48
193. CONTADOR, Alberto 201 Tinkoff - Saxo 16:50
194. QUINTANA, Nairo Alexander 159 Movistar Team 16:52

lunedì 1 settembre 2014

Rest Day

Rest Day!
In the Vuelta... and also for me. I spent two days in Forte dei Marmi doing NOTHING, just sunbathing, reading a bit of philosophy, walking on the beach and... watching cycling. 
Af far as la Vuelta is concerned, I think we still have to see the last of it. Today Cyclingnews lists the following riders are 'favourites':
1. Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
2. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
3. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
4. Chris Froome (Team Sky)
5. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)
6. Fabio Aru (Astana)
7. Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
8. Samuel Sánchez (BMC)
9. Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp)
But in the actual top 10 there are also: 
10. Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge
11. Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 
12. Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:02 
13. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:06
La Vuelta is demonstrating once again to be a very open race and I think you can't exclude yet riders 1' down, especially when they are very good climbers AND quite good cronomen. Wilco Kelderman for exemple. Of course the first 9 are more likely to win the overall... but you never know. 
In Italy the weather is really weird this summer, in Spain it looks better but still riders have to face a big temperature excursion in mountains stage and an awful heat in the flat ones. Then there is the wind, that - we have already seen - can play a very important role. 
Tomorrow there is a crucial ITT so today riders and staff went to see it. My man in Spain said it's hard. That can be an advantage for strong cronomen and a risk for the others. Chris Froome lost 1' to Contador but he can easily get it back there if he's fit. The question is: is he fit? I think he is. We have seen it on La Zubia. Contador keeps saying he is not or at least that he doesn't know exactly how he is... He looks very good but it's true that he could suddenly crack if his condition isn't perfect: it's a long hard race.
The view from my room in the country
I think Rigoberto Uran can show all his class in the last week, don't believe that much in Quintana - maybe it's just me - and I'm curious about Fabio Aru. People don't talk much about him but he's already there: 6 overall. Don't underrate him. 
Disappointing so far TFR Arredondo, while the young Bob Jungels was once again consistent and strong: watch him tomorrow in the ITT!
As far as me... I'm back to my country home: I love this place! it's already quite cold but so beautiful!

domenica 31 agosto 2014

La Vuelta 9: The Big Breakaway


The winner Anacona
31 riders: Adam Hansen, Anacona, Arndt, Arredondo, Berhane, Bewley,  Bilbao, Boonen, Bouet, Cataldo, Coppel, Cousin, Cunego, Felline, Hesjedal, Jungels, Lang, Lutsenko, Martens, Martinez, Mas, Moreno, Nerz, Nocentini, Teklehaimanot, Thomson, Vansummeren, Verona, Vorganov, Wyss and Zingle.
It was a big break-away. Rain at the finish and some serious climbsCat. 2 alto de San Rafael (11.5km, 4.2%),and Cat. 1 summit finish at Valdelinares (8km, 6.6%). 34 km to go the gap was 7'. 
The decisive move came 25 km to go, when Sam Bewley went clean and a few riders bridged. The new front group included also Team Lampre's Anacona, virtual Red Jersey. 20 km to go they met the pourring rain and there three riders set an attack: Anacona, Jungels and J. Moreno. They got a gap. Behind Team Sky was leading the chase. 
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Pic by Antoin Plouvin
6 km to go Anacona went solo The gap still was about 4’. In the main peloton the fight for the GC had started with a move by Uran and Dan Martintrying to anticipate before the last climb. It didn't work but induced a selection: the duo was caught by a reduced peloton including Froome, Contador, Quintana and Rodriguez. 
In front Anacona won solo. Behind Contador attacked, dropped all but was joined on the line by Rodriguez and Quintana. Froome lost some seconds, like other main contenders.
Quite some stage. Really.

Winner Anacona:
“It was a great victory for me. I had tears in my eyes when I crossed the line,” admitted Anacona. “It’s a great day for me, for my team and for my country.
It’s the most important moment of my career. This is my third season and I haven’t managed to win up to now. The red jersey would have been nice, but a victory is a victory. If I had had to choose between the stage win and the race lead, then I would have preferred the stage, which is how things turned out.

Perhaps I will pay for this effort but for the moment I want to savour this victory and the knowledge that I am right in the GC battle gives me motivation to keep fighting and finish in the top 10 in this Vuelta."

Chris Froome
"Conditions were really tough out there. I think we can take a lot of good away from that stage in terms of how we rode as a team. I'm so so proud of how the guys rode today, they did such a good job. They kept me at the front throughout the stage.
In the final I didn't have the legs to follow the top guys when they went. But I think given where I've come from on the back of the Tour and the build-up into the race I'm really happy with how things have gone so far. I can definitely feel I'm starting to pick up that race rhythm back into my legs and I'm looking forward to the second half of this race."
I'm going to go and see the time trial course tomorrow and see what we're up against. It's relatively short compared to time trials elsewhere. But I enjoy time trialling and I'm hoping to make the most of it.
I think we've come to see that Contador is going extremely well. He's got over his injuries pretty quickly and he's going well, as are Nairo Quintana and Rodriguez. The usual guys we expected for the general classification. It's a huge fight here and it's going to be a big race all the way to the end. Every second here or there is going to count."

Team Tinkoff-Saxo DS Steven De Jongh:
“It was a very good day for Alberto and I think everyone saw a very strong Contador in the final. It was a bit of a nightmare in the rainy finale and we saw a lot of riders standing completely still. The first hour was very hard, we did over 47 km/h. It was never easy today, it was fast and they kept going full gas but we can be satisfied with today's result and now it's time to recover for the time trial Tuesday." 
Alberto Contador:
"I noticed that some of my rivals were in difficulties and I wanted to use the opportunity. I still lack condition to keep the pace at maximum intensity, but I'm very happy. I don't know exactly how much time I took on some of my opponents, but the important thing now is not to catch a cold and to get some rest", says Alberto Contador after crossing the finish line. 
Whenever I have the legs, I have to try. I haven’t been able to prepare properly for the Vuelta to ride for the GC as a goal. I hope to improve day-by-day, but I'm aware that there are other riders, who have been training meticulously ahead of this race. Perhaps today they didn’t have a good day, but the Vuelta has just begun", adds Alberto Contador.
It's always important to be ahead and if it’s because you’ve left your opponents further down the mountain, better, but I don’t think it’s important yet. We aren’t even halfway through the Vuelta and we still have many mountains to climb. 

In the TT I don’t know how I'll perform in the time trial. It will be a moment, where we will see which shape everybody is in. On a normal stage you’re able to hide a little more, but in the time trial, it’s just you and your shape. Let's see, I hope to do a good race, although I think there will be better riders than me”

Rigoberto Uran:
"Today I felt better compared with the first uphill finish of a few days ago. The weather was a bit crazy, we started with the hot temperature and we finished under the rain. The team today rode really well. We were present in the front with Tom and Carlos, and in the peloton the guys did a great job for me. For example, when Tony led me in the last descent to avoid risks. In general I'm OK and I feel that I'm improving. In the GC we are more or less where we were supposed to be at this time of the race. Now we have a well deserved day of rest and then the TT, where I have good expectations. I trained a lot with the my Specialized Shiv before La Vuelta and I'm looking forward to this race."

TFR DS - Josu Larrazabal
“For us in one way it was a really good day. The goal was to try and be in the break with Julian, Bob and Felline, and it was nice to see all three in the break. Even before the real break went there was another break with Bob and Julian again, so they did a good job from the beginning. 
Julian was still not looking in top shape so we asked him to work a little bit more, and then we ask Felline to try to follow the moves from afar since he is not as strong as Bob is on the climbs. On the second to last climb Bob followed the move from Anacona and Moreno from Movistar  - who was the whole day staying in the wheel since his team has the leader’s jersey – and they had 40 seconds on the last climb. From there everyone did his pace, and did his best. Bob could not hold their pace, but it was still good with two of our young guys doing 10th and 11th on the stage.  It was really good to see the team working like this.
On the other side we lost our status in the GC with Haimar when he was dropped on the second last climb. In the last days his feeling has not been so good, mostly with his respiratory system, he is coughing, and he is just not at his best. We need to see how he is going the next days and how he is feeling – especially on the next mountain.  But for the rest of the team we will continue to look for breakaways and focus on stage wins.”

BMC Samule Sanchez:
"Today I was missing a little bit to get to the finish line with Alejandro Valverde, who was the race leade. We have finished the first nine stages and have to be happy with what we have done up to now. We are close to the top 10 with a nearly two-minute gap from the leader. But our team has done a really good job in the first part of the race."

RESULTS
STAGE
1 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida 4:34:14
2 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:45
3 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:50
4 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:04
5 Peio Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:01:12
6 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:21
7 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp 0:01:33
8 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 0:01:45
9 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:49
10 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 0:02:08
GC
1 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 35:58:05
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:03
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:08
4 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:00:09
5 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:28
6 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha 0:00:30
7 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:06
8 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:19
9 Rigoberto Urán (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:26
10 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano
POINTS JERSEY
1 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 87 pts
MOUNTAIN JERSEY

1 Lluís Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 20 pts
COMBINATION JERSEY

1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 15 pts
TEAM

1 Movistar Team 107:27:19