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2010 Vuelta a España: News and Updates: Stage 8

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Stage 8 – Villena to Xorret de Catí - 190.0 km (117.8 mi)

Saturday/04 September 2010

 

The beauty of any of the three grand tours is that there are so many different battles within the framework of the race to keep a fan entertained. Not everyone is the type of all-around dominant rider that is going to be in the hunt for the general classification. Those riders who can are the ones who receive all the accolades, the plaudits showering down from adoring fans and a fawning press as they cling for a vicarious taste of the good life through the eyes of the maglia rosa or maillot jaune or, in the case of this 75th anniversary of the Vuelta a España, the camisa roja introduced this year amidst much pomp and bravado.

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But there are plenty of other competitions to follow. Individual riders, some you might know quite well if you follow the sport regularly and others who make a breakout appearance on a worldwide stage, hunt down stage victories to elicity glory for themselves and their sponsors. In the past few days we were treated to the battle brewing between sprinters like Mark Cavendish, Tyler Farrar, Alessandro Petacchi and Thor Hushovd for the points classification. And today, the two-time defending champion made his bid to claim a record-tying third straight King of the Mountains title on Spanish soil.

That man, Frenchman David Moncoutie, is amongst the best climbers of his generation. Unfortunately for him as well as his beleaguered countrymen, it never translated to big wins in stage races. Moncoutie is not the kind of rider who will ever be wearing the yellow jersey on the Champs-Elysees in front of his adoring compatriots lined along the sides to cheer on their own. But cycling is all about finding your niche. For Moncoutie, that niche has been picking one Vuelta stage before the race even begins, training with laser-guided focus on dominating that stage, and setting a foundation for a lasting title as King of the Spanish Mountains.

Hail the conquering hero, because he’s done it again. The platform has arrived, folks, as Moncoutie slaughtered the Stage 8 run up the agonizingly-steep slopes of the Xorret de Catí to win the stage and edge closer to current KOM leader Serafin Martinez. The Spaniard in the lead yielded little ground, though, as Martinez finished second behind Moncoutie to buffet his lead. As it was just the first of several high-mountain days, the race is bound to get even tighter for these two men as well – with ten points separating the two and 18 from the nearest competitor behind them, Moncoutie and Martinez are bound to duel for this coveted title all the way to the finishing hill in Madrid.

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That wasn’t all the excitement on the day, though. While Moncoutie and Martinez were separating themselves from the field, a little controversy ensued when Igor Anton over the red jersey from five-day leader Joaquin Rodriguez. Both Anton and Rodriguez finished with identical time elapsed; but because, with no individual time trial (the normal tiebreaker in this type of case) the race officials instead went for consistency by picking the better finisher in the daily stages. Ultimately that winner was Anton.

The win stripped the jersey from Philippe Gilbert’s shoulders and draped it upon the most recent Spaniard to lead the Vuelta. There was plenty of grousing by Katusha after their leader Rodriguez was denied a more meaningful tiebreaker. But ultimately it came down to a test of wills on the road, and just like in the past couple years for Moncoutie there always has to be a loser when winning is at stage. Tomorrow we get our last stage before the first rest day of the 2010 race on Labor Day. Moncoutie will be on the ataack yet again, most likely… will that be enough to really start cementing his season? After all, that’s what some cyclists were simply born to do.

Perhaps the offensive-minded spirit of throwbacks like Moncoutie, Rodriguez, Anton et.al. is just what the doctor ordered to kick-start Moncoutie. Today served as the former’s reminder that more greatness was yet to come from his corner…

STAGE 8 RESULTS

1
David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne
5:14:32
 

2
Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
0:00:54
 

3
Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
 
 

4
Jose-Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2R-La Mondiale
 
 

5
Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha
0:01:29
 

6
Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
 
 

7
Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
 
 

8
Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana
0:01:32
 

9
Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team
 
 

10
Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team
0:01:35
 

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

1
Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
32:28:49
 

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
Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne
0:01:10
 

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
Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia
0:01:26
 

10
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
Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
51
 

4
Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
50
 

5
Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
50
 

6
Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha
46
 

7
Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
44
 

8
Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ
33
 

9
Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
30
 

10
Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
28

KING OF THE MOUNTAINS

1
Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
36
pts

2
David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne
26
 

3
Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step
8
 

4
Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
7
 

5
Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team
5
 

6
Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha
5
 

7
Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram
5
 

8
Egoï Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
5
 

9
Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur
5
 

10
Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team
3
 

TEAM CLASSIFICATION

1
Caisse d’Epargne
97:01:00
 

2
Team Katusha
0:01:46
 

3
Euskaltel – Euskadi
0:03:58
 

4
Cervelo Test Team
0:05:16
 

5
Team HTC – Columbia
0:05:21
 

6
AG2R – La Mondiale
0:07:46
 

7
Omega Pharma – Lotto
0:07:52
 

8
Xacobeo Galicia
0:08:08
 

9
Astana
0:11:51
 

10
Liquigas – Doimo
0:14:51

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