VUELTA: Stage 9- Moreno takes stage and the Leader’s jersey


Katusha finished first and third with Daniel Moreno winning the stage up the wall at Valdepeñas de Jaén and with it, the leader’s jersey

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There was another fine win for Daniel Moreno in the 68th edition of “Vuelta a Espana”. After two second places, on stages 2 and 8, and then the triumph on stage 4, Katusha’s Spanish rider incredibly encored all that on the ninth stage, 163 km from Antequera to Valdepenas.


Victory for Moreno. Photo:

The stage finished on a ‘wall’ of a climb where the gradient in parts was 24%. As soon as the climb started, Daniel Moreno attacked and nobody could follow him. The Spanish winner was followed by two more from Spain, Valverde of Movistar in second at four seconds and then another rider from Katusha, Rodriguez.

The day saw Welsh Hitter, Luke Rowe, organiser of the recent Hitters GP, get in a break with Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) and then joined by Anthony Roux (FDJ), Francisco Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural) and Lloyd Mondory (AG2R La Mondiale).

The five were able to open up a maximum gap of 6’30”, but the peloton soon started to increase its pace and close the break down. Once the break had been caught, and the final climb aapproached, many riders tried to attack. Former tour of Britain winner Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) opened up a good gap of 25” but it was too early and that was neutralized with 2 km to go, right before the Valdepenas ‘wall’ where Moreno proved once again his great shape and made the difference with his attack.


Moreno dances on the pedals and no-one could hold the wheel.  Photo:

“Of course I’m very happy about this win” said Moreno on his teams website. “Today I talked with Purito and we planned this strategy: I had to attack in the same place he did when he won in 2011. I did, and thanks to him and the whole team, I managed to take this incredible result.”

“Joaquim, Valverde and Nibali are still the favorites and the third week will be very tough and probably crucial for general classification. I think I deserved this result after the ‘Tour de France’ where I did a lot of work. We had a training camp at altitude in Andorra and that was hard too but it was worth it.”

“I know it will be hard to keep this jersey: there are still plenty of stages, starting from tomorrow when the climbing will be suited to the likes of Ivan Basso since it’s very long and steady. But anyways, we won’t go crazy about that: if I manage to keep it, it would be great; but things are going great for Katusha. I’m the race leader and Purito has already recovered some of the time lost and quickly moving up the general classification. So we have to continue ike this, and that’s the most important thing”.


Boasson-Hagen has a go at the end of the stage.  Photo:

Overall favourite, and third on the stage, Rodriguez, said afterwards “I’m very happy for Dani. He’s in incredible shape right now. We’re in a perfect condition for the general classification. Today I had to follow Dani when he attacked, but the truth is I couldn’t: in fact, nobody could!”

Alejandro Valverde who was second said of the finish, “It was a really hard finish. The team worked hard to the penultimate climb to keep all attacks close and Katusha also put some riders at the front to complete the chase. Dani went really strong, I hesitated for a bit, and when I wanted to react, it was impossible to get to his wheel.”

“Dani is, together with Purito, the best rider in such finishes, an amazing rider – hats off to him. They proved to be in really great condition. It seems like the story is up to the two of them and myself in these uphill sprints, but there’s still a long way to go in the race.”

“Even though Dani is also gaining time, we get some seconds day after day and we’re happy with that. The real mountains will start tomorrow – it will be quite a harder stage than the previous ones and we’ll see how we really feel.”


The break with Hitter Luke Rowe on the left.  Photo:

Roche, who is now second overall after fourth on the stage but only a second off the lead, said “It was a nasty uphill finish but I think I did a good job finishing fourth as this climb is for the specialists. Naturally, I’m a little disappointed about losing the jersey with one second but it’s no disaster for us. The race is long and many opportunities ahead of us”.


Nicholas Roche on stage 9.  Photo:

Another overall hopeful Chris Horner (Radioshack Leopard Trek) slipped to fifth place behind the new race leader. “It was a difficult climb but it was very fast so in just a few minutes it was over. You had to be good right from the start, which isn’t my specialty. Everyone got their gas in the first 2-300 meters and then just held it where you were. I need something longer to get up to my top speed. Tomorrow should be better for me.”

Today is another difficult climbing day before the rest day on Tuesday. There is a cat 1 climb with 15% pitches midway through the 187km stage and then the final climb Güéjar Sierra. Alto de Hazallanas is 18% in two areas for an HC climb at finish. Explosive racing action is a sure bet.

1 MORENO FERNáNDEZ Daniel Katusha Team 04:18:57
2 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro Movistar Team 00:04
3 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim Katusha Team @ st
4 ROCHE Nicolas Team Saxo-Tinkoff 00:08
5 SANCHEZ GONZALEZ Samuel Euskaltel – Euskadi 00:09
6 NOCENTINI Rinaldo AG2R La Mondiale @ st
7 NIBALI Vincenzo Astana Pro Team @ st
8 GILBERT Philippe BMC Racing Team 00:13
9 BARGUIL Warren Team Argos – Shimano @ st
10 ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor Euskaltel – Euskadi 00:15
11 BASSO Ivan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
12 SANTAROMITA Ivan BMC Racing Team @ st
13 HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis Sky Procycling 00:18
14 NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
15 KANGERT Tanel Astana Pro Team @ st
16 DE CLERCQ Bart Lotto Belisol Team @ st
17 HORNER Chris RadioShack – Leopard @ st
18 MORENO BAZAN Javier Movistar Team 00:26
19 SCARPONI Michele Lampre – Merida 00:27
20 POZZOVIVO Domenico AG2R La Mondiale 00:29
21 NERZ Dominik BMC Racing Team 00:30
22 HERRADA LOPEZ Jose Movistar Team @ st
23 CAPECCHI Eros Movistar Team @ st
24 TEN DAM Laurens Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
25 MOLLEMA Bauke Belkin Pro Cycling Team 00:43
26 FLECHA Juan Antonio Vacansoleil – DCM 00:47
27 BRAJKOVIč Janez Astana Pro Team @ st
28 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar RadioShack – Leopard @ st
29 KONIG Leopold Team NetApp – Endura @ st
30 MEIER Christian Orica GreenEDGE 00:49
31 CLARKE Simon Orica GreenEDGE @ st
32 ULISSI Diego Lampre – Merida @ st
33 URAN Rigoberto Sky Procycling @ st
34 ARROYO DURAN David Caja Rural-Seguros RGA @ st
35 SARMIENTO TUNARROSA Jose Cayetano Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 00:53
36 MEERSMAN Gianni Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 00:55
37 STYBAR Zdenek Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 00:57
38 PINOT Thibaut Equipe Cycliste 00:58
39 MAJKA Rafal Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
40 ZEITS Andrey Astana Pro Team 01:02
41 DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David Team NetApp – Endura 01:06
42 VANENDERT Jelle Lotto Belisol Team @ st
43 ZAUGG Oliver Team Saxo-Tinkoff 01:09
44 BAGOT Yohan Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
45 PIMENTA COSTA MENDES José João Team NetApp – Endura @ st
46 SORENSEN Chris Anker Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
47 KISERLOVSKI Robert RadioShack – Leopard 01:12
48 ELISSONDE Kenny Equipe Cycliste 01:14
49 EIJSSEN Yannick BMC Racing Team 01:16
50 MARCZYNSKI Tomasz Vacansoleil – DCM 01:19
51 DE WEERT Kevin Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 01:21
52 WYSS Danilo BMC Racing Team 01:22
53 MATE MARDONES Luis Angel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 01:25
54 SERRY Pieter Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 01:29
55 CARDOSO André Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 01:30
56 SANCHEZ GIL Luis Leon Belkin Pro Cycling Team 01:41
57 DE GREEF Francis Lotto Belisol Team 01:43
58 PREIDLER Georg Team Argos – Shimano 01:45
59 RATTO Daniele Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
60 WURF Cameron Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
61 ZINGLE Romain Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
62 GERRANS Simon Orica GreenEDGE @ st
63 PATERSKI Maciej Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
64 LONGO BORGHINI Paolo Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
65 PAUWELS Serge Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
66 OROZ UGALDE Juan Jos̩ Euskaltel РEuskadi @ st
67 AZANZA SOTO Jorge Euskaltel – Euskadi 01:49
68 TIRALONGO Paolo Astana Pro Team 01:50
69 HANSEN Adam Lotto Belisol Team @ st
70 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald Sky Procycling @ st
71 MONTAGUTI Matteo AG2R La Mondiale 01:57
72 CHEREL Mikael AG2R La Mondiale 01:59
73 HOWES Alex Garmin – Sharp @ st
74 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team 02:01
75 VOSS Paul Team NetApp – Endura 02:02
76 MORI Manuele Lampre – Merida 02:08
77 GUSEV Vladimir Katusha Team 02:09
78 CARUSO Giampaolo Katusha Team @ st
79 GENIEZ Alexandre Equipe Cycliste 02:12
80 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto Katusha Team 02:15
81 VICIOSO ARCOS Ángel Katusha Team 02:17
82 MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN Egoi Euskaltel – Euskadi 02:35
83 VERDUGO MARCOTEGUI Gorka Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
84 ZANDIO ECHAIDE Xabier Sky Procycling 02:51
85 ROUX Anthony Equipe Cycliste 02:58
86 SZMYD Sylwester Movistar Team 03:01
87 KIRYIENKA Vasil Sky Procycling 03:07
88 MARTIN Tony Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 03:19
89 GARCIA FERNANDEZ Marcos Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 03:56
90 FROHLINGER Johannes Team Argos – Shimano 03:58
91 BERARD Julien AG2R La Mondiale 04:09
92 VEIKKANEN Jussi Equipe Cycliste 04:13
93 CHAINEL Steve AG2R La Mondiale 04:16
94 PAOLINI Luca Katusha Team 05:08
95 EDET Nicolas Cofidis Solutions Crédits 05:13
96 BUSCHE Matthew RadioShack – Leopard 05:31
97 KNEES Christian Sky Procycling 05:51
98 POPOVYCH Yaroslav RadioShack – Leopard 06:10
99 BOLE Grega Vacansoleil – DCM 06:25
100 PINOTTI Marco BMC Racing Team 06:46
101 DODI Luca Lampre – Merida 06:49
102 TXURRUKA Amets Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 07:32
103 VANENDERT Dennis Lotto Belisol Team @ st
104 STORTONI Simone Lampre – Merida 08:27
105 SIJMENS Nico Cofidis Solutions Crédits 08:32
106 FERRARI Fabricio Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 08:39
107 VANSUMMEREN Johan Garmin – Sharp 08:47
108 TANNER David Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
109 GRIVKO Andriy Astana Pro Team 09:08
110 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt Team Argos – Shimano @ st
111 CANCELLARA Fabian RadioShack – Leopard 10:05
112 KREDER Michel Garmin – Sharp 10:36
113 REYNES MIMO Vicente Lotto Belisol Team @ st
114 GASTAUER Ben AG2R La Mondiale @ st
115 CAMANO ORTUZAR Iker Team NetApp – Endura @ st
116 CATALDO Dario Sky Procycling @ st
117 KOZONTCHUK Dmitry Katusha Team @ st
118 COPPEL Jérome Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
119 CLEMENT Stef Belkin Pro Cycling Team 11:13
120 DE GENDT Thomas Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
121 VANDEWALLE Kristof Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
122 VAN DE WALLE Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team @ st
123 PINEAU Cédric Equipe Cycliste @ st
124 MONDORY Lloyd AG2R La Mondiale 11:33
125 BOIVIN Guillaume Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 11:41
126 COURTEILLE Arnaud Equipe Cycliste 11:43
127 TOSATTO Matteo Team Saxo-Tinkoff 11:52
128 KOHLER Martin BMC Racing Team 11:54
129 WESTRA Lieuwe Vacansoleil – DCM 16:19
130 RASMUSSEN Alex Garmin – Sharp @ st
131 VALLS FERRI Rafael Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
132 NUYENS Nick Garmin – Sharp @ st
133 GARATE Juan Manuel Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
134 LASTRAS GARCIA Pablo Movistar Team @ st
135 IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel RadioShack – Leopard @ st
136 LANDA MEANA Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
137 INTXAUSTI Benat Movistar Team @ st
138 ERVITI OLLO Imanol Movistar Team @ st
139 GUTIERREZ PALACIOS Jose Iván Movistar Team @ st
140 DEMPSTER Zakkari Team NetApp – Endura @ st
141 VELASCO MURILLO Ivan Caja Rural-Seguros RGA @ st
142 VAN DER SANDE Tosh Lotto Belisol Team @ st
143 HUZARSKI Bartosz Team NetApp – Endura @ st
144 FAIRLY Caleb Garmin – Sharp @ st
145 HUPOND Thierry Team Argos – Shimano @ st
146 FARRAR Tyler Garmin – Sharp @ st
147 SINKELDAM Ramon Team Argos – Shimano @ st
148 HERMANS Ben RadioShack – Leopard @ st
149 WAGNER Robert Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
150 BARTA Jan Team NetApp – Endura @ st
151 RAST Gregory RadioShack – Leopard @ st
152 HENDERSON Gregory Lotto Belisol Team @ st
153 COOKE Baden Orica GreenEDGE @ st
154 MARKUS Barry Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
155 BEWLEY Sam Orica GreenEDGE @ st
156 POELS Wout Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
157 ARAMENDIA LORENTE Javier Francisco Caja Rural-Seguros RGA @ st
158 HOOGERLAND Johnny Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
159 LANDER Sebastian BMC Racing Team @ st
160 PETERSON Tom Team Argos – Shimano @ st
161 BROWN Graeme Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
162 LODEWYCK Klaas BMC Racing Team @ st
163 HAEDO Lucas Sebastian Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
164 PIEDRA PEREZ Antonio Caja Rural-Seguros RGA @ st
165 POULHIES Stéphane Cofidis Solutions Crédits 16:29
166 HOWARD Leigh Orica GreenEDGE @ st
167 STAMSNIJDER Tom Team Argos – Shimano @ st
168 DOCKER Mitchell Orica GreenEDGE @ st
169 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
170 MANGEL Laurent Equipe Cycliste @ st
171 SCHORN Daniel Team NetApp – Endura @ st
172 ARNDT Nikias Team Argos – Shimano @ st
173 PUCCIO Salvatore Sky Procycling @ st
174 BESSY Cyril Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
175 LASCA Francesco Caja Rural-Seguros RGA @ st
176 ISAYCHEV Vladimir Katusha Team @ st
177 SøRENSEN Nicki Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
178 PETROV Evgeni Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
179 ANACONA GOMEZ Winner Lampre – Merida @ st
180 IGLINSKIY Maxim Astana Pro Team @ st
181 SOUPE Geoffrey Equipe Cycliste @ st
182 MATTHEWS Michael Orica GreenEDGE @ st
183 PETIT Adrien Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
184 MøRKøV Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
185 URTASUN PEREZ Pablo Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
186 GRAZIATO Massimo Lampre – Merida 16:53
187 BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto AG2R La Mondiale 16:57
188 VANOTTI Alessandro Astana Pro Team 17:03
189 ROWE Luke Sky Procycling 17:10
190 FENN Andrew Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
191 RICHEZE Ariel Maximiliano Lampre – Merida @ st
192 DALL’ANTONIA Tiziano Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
193 KREUZIGER Roman Team Saxo-Tinkoff 17:13
194 BONO Matteo Lampre – Merida @ st

1 MORENO FERNáNDEZ Daniel Katusha Team 35:58:34
2 ROCHE Nicolas Team Saxo-Tinkoff 00:01
3 NIBALI Vincenzo Astana Pro Team 00:20
4 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro Movistar Team 00:22
5 HORNER Chris RadioShack – Leopard 00:28
6 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim Katusha Team 00:56
7 KONIG Leopold Team NetApp – Endura 01:09
8 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar RadioShack – Leopard 01:10
9 URAN Rigoberto Sky Procycling 01:24
10 SANTAROMITA Ivan BMC Racing Team 01:25
11 BASSO Ivan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 01:36
12 MAJKA Rafal Team Saxo-Tinkoff 01:43
13 CAPECCHI Eros Movistar Team 02:05
14 KANGERT Tanel Astana Pro Team 02:12
15 POZZOVIVO Domenico AG2R La Mondiale 02:21
16 SCARPONI Michele Lampre – Merida 02:23
17 TEN DAM Laurens Belkin Pro Cycling Team 02:25
18 PINOT Thibaut Equipe Cycliste 02:28
19 BARGUIL Warren Team Argos – Shimano 02:31
20 DE CLERCQ Bart Lotto Belisol Team 02:33


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