9.04.2014

La Vuelta 12: Relax for (almost) all

Logrono: start and finish
NOT for Cannondale Matthias Krizek who spent the day solo ahead a lazy peloton. After 48km his adavnatage was 9'18". 
Easy to control a one man break-away so the peloton took it easy.
In add start and finish were in the same town, so it was easier also for the teams staff.
Vuelta technical director Paco Giner had said: “Everybody needs to relax. It’s good to do that for this time of the year. The season is long and there are many difficulties on the route. Sprinters deserve to have such a chance. People like it for the spectacle it delivers. Fiesta is part of La Vuelta.”
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Pic by Antoin Plouvin
At the last lap (18 km to go more or less) the gap still was 1'24", then the peloton started a serious chase and Krizek got caught 11 km to go.
At that point and till 3 km to go Team Tinkoff-Saxo went in front and set a very high pace to deliver the race leader Alberto Contador safe and sound to the neutralisation. 
Mission accomplished sprinters teams took the lead and we had the expected sprint. Degenkolb won but behind there was a big crash... Somebody maybe was too much relaxed!
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After the crash
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The winner
RESULTS
STAGE
1 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 4:11:18
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 
3 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team 
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 
5 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida 
6 Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar 
7 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 
8 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 
9 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 
10 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale


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