Vuelta a España
Stage 19: S. Vicente Barquera - Oviedo.Alto Naranco - Stage Details

Leigh Howard and Christian Meier featured in a large escape group that dominated the early action of the stage, but it was evident early that Katusha had earmarked the stage for Joaquim Rodriguez. The Russian team kept the break on a short leash before reeling them in on the summit finish. Rodriguez repaid them for their work, accelerating away from the elite front group in the final kilometre to take the stage win. Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard-Trek) distanced Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) on the final climb and, after two days of slowly but steadily eating into his Italian rivals advantage, Horner did enough to move into the red leader's jersey. 

"The stage started fast, and the break went away quickly. It became clear early that the overall contenders wanted to fight for the stage win, and the break had trouble getting organised because there were so many riders with different objectives. [Leigh and Christian] fell off the pace after the first 100km or so, but it wasn’t a concern for us. The break was never going to go the distance and any results we could achieve on these stages would have been a bonus rather than anything we expected." - Sport Director Matt Wilson


Place Rider/Team Time
1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) - Katusha 4:16:13
2 Diego Ulissi (Ita) - Lampre-Merida 0:00:11
3 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) - Katusha ST
4 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) - Euskaltel-Euskadi ST
5 Christopher Horner (USA) - RadioShack Leopard 0:00:14
6 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) - Movistar Team ST
7 Michele Scarponi (Ita) - Lampre-Merida 0:00:16
8 Leopold Konig (Cze) - Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:20
9 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) - Astana Pro Team ST
10 Nicolas Roche (Irl) - Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:23
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
50 Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:05:29
113 Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:18:00
122 Mitchell Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
133 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
144 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:21:13