Vuelta a España
Stage 20: La Faisanera Golf. – Bola del Mundo - Stage Details


Simon Clarke made it look easy. Within the first hour of racing, Clarke put himself into the early break and led his group over the summit of the first categorized climb on the penultimate stage of the Vuelta a España.

Clarke went on to secure top points on the next two climbs, adding 25 points to his mountain classification lead.  Having won the first three of five categorized climbs, Clarke ensured that it would be mathematically impossible for him to lose the polka dot jersey. Barring any incident, he will win ORICA-GreenEDGE’s first Grand Tour jersey in Madrid on Sunday.

“We are extremely happy with what we accomplished today,” said Stephens. “It was a lot of hard work for the entire team. The boys knew this would be a difficult stage to finish, and they were still able to belly up the energy to help Simon at the start before dragging their way to the finish. The collaboration and selflessness on display is a reflection on the generous attitude of the team.” 


Place Rider/Team Time
1 Denis Menchov (Rus) - Katusha Team 4:48:48
2 Richie Porte (Aus) - Sky Procycling 0:00:17
3 Kevin De Weert (Bel) - Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:42
4 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) - Astana Pro Team 0:01:16
5 Romain Sicard (Fra) - Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:39
6 Eros Capecchi (Ita) - Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:30
7 Maxime Bouet (Fra) - AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:39
8 Simon Geschke (Ger) - Argos-Shimano 0:03:14
9 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) - Katusha Team 0:03:31
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) - Movistar Team 0:03:56
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
28 Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE
37 Pieter Weening (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:06:39
69 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:12:48
81 Julian Dean (NZl) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:16:00
93 Daniel Teklehaymanot (Eri) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:18:29
145 Allan Davis (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:29:45
155 Mitchell Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:30:17
160 Travis Meyer (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE