Vuelta a Espana 2014 – Stage 11

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The 11th Stage of the 2014 Vuelta a España headed to the Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar starting from the famed town known as the ‘running of the bulls’ Pamplona. As the general classification starts to take shape, the 95-mile (153.4 km) route begins with a long and hilly journey of 65 miles. However, the route continues with the last 30 miles of up and down and up again. The peloton had to contend with two challenging inclinations, one at a category 3 and the other a category 1. The final ascent provided gradients upwards to 14%.

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The cyclists had to reassert themselves for these tough challenges including the temperatures which began at a humid 86 and dropped to a cool 69 degrees in the higher elevations.

Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar

One of the top contenders had a second mishap in two days and ultimately had to withdraw from the yet to be run stages.  Nairo Quintana Rojas of Colombia (Movistar) endured an untimely crash in yesterday’s time trial. Still sore, today’s crash fractured his shoulder blade.

After a perfectly-timed, late attack on the last incline of the Alto San Miguel, it was Fabio Aru of Italy (Astana Pro Team) who accelerated away and crossed over the finished line first. Fabio Aru placed at the Giro d’Italia and was immediately dubbed as Italy’s next big grand tour rider. He timed Stage 11 at 3 hours 41 minutes 4 seconds.

Fabio Aru

The top three riders for the Overall Classification remained the same as yesterday. Alberto Contador Velasco of Spain (Tinkoff-Saxo) lost 7 seconds over his previous days standing and Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain (Movistar Team) is 20 seconds behind. Britain’s Chris Froome (Team Sky) moved up a notch and is now in fourth place.

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Thursday’s Stage 12 will find riders sprinting on an extremely flat stage from Logroño to Logroño for 100 miles (164.5 km).

Stage 11 Results Wednesday September 3

1.    Fabio Aru of Italy (Astana Pro Team)
2.    Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain (Movistar Team)
3.    Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver of Spain (Team Katusha)
4.    Alberto Contador Velasco of Spain (Tinkoff-Saxo)
5.    Chris Froome of Great Britain (Team Sky)

Overall Classification Results

1.    Alberto Contador Velasco of Spain (Tinkoff-Saxo)
2.    Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain (Movistar Team)
3.    Rigoberto Uran Uran of Colombia ( Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling)
4.    Chris Froome of Great Britain (Team Sky)
5.     Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver of Spain (Team Katusha)

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